INDIAN POINT NEWS COVERAGE
With the nuclear plant closest to New York City set to shut down, lawmakers sought assurances that the power supply and communities’ finances would not be hurt.
Although the Indian Point Energy Center supplies enough energy to power up to two million homes in New York and Westchester County, experts say there are alternative sources coming on line to fill the gap when the nuclear plant closes.
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The plant, with a capacity corresponding to about a fourth of the power consumed by New York City and Westchester County, will be shut down by April 2021, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
The shutdown has been a long-held priority for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has said the plant poses too great a risk to New York City, less than 30 miles to the south.
BUCHANAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A transformer fire that shut down Indian Point nuclear power plant in May was caused by a failure of insulation, according to an internal investigation. Entergy Corp., which runs the plant, said the failure lead to the transformer in Unit 3 to short-circuit and catch fire on May 9.
The electrical supply room under investigation contains electrical equipment that provides power to plant safety systems. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday it will send a special investigative team to Indian Point to analyze this month's transformer failure.
Cleanup crews working on an oil spill following a transformer failure and fire at a New York nuclear reactor have accounted for 8,300 gallons of leaked fluid. Entergy Corp. said Friday that about 16,000 gallons of machinery fuel remain unaccounted for following the fire last week at Indian Point Unit 3.
This weekend's transformer failure is third for the plant in the last eight years.
To protect marine life in the Hudson River, environmental advocates have been calling for the Indian Point nuclear power plant to shut down for several weeks each year beginning in May. This year, they got part of what they wished for - but in a way they would have preferred not to.
"There is no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River," Cuomo told reporters Sunday, speaking at the plant. "Exactly how much, we don't know." The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was on scene in Buchanan, New York, at the site of the fire and on the river Saturday night into Sunday, monitoring what Commissioner Joseph Martens called an oil sheen of up to 300 feet in diameter.
A transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, N.Y. sent plumes of black smoke into the air on Saturday and raised concerns that the foam used to extinguish the flames could pose an environmental hazard. The fire at the plant, located 24 miles from New York City, began around 6 p.m.
BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) - Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.
New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant has been reopened after a 23-day hiatus for equipment upgrades, inspections and refueling. Entergy said control room operators returned the Buchanan plant to service Wednesday following the $50 million undertaking. More than 2,000 employees, including 1,000 extra contract workers, performed activities that can only be done while the unit is shut down.
Indian Point's owner Entergy went to court to reverse the New Yok Department of State's position that the nuclear facility's relicensing process was subject to state coastal waters rules A state court has ruled that the Indian Point nuclear power plants are exempt from New York's coastal waters management program.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - There's a heated debate over a proposed summertime shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed shutting down the plant on an average of 42 days in the spring and summer to protect Hudson River fish.
CORTLANDT, N.Y. - A giant power plant that kills tiny fish eggs is leading engineers, government officials, politicians and advocates of all stripes into a fourth year of debate about which side represents concern for the environment, and whether the fish are actually the issue.
Business groups and the operator of the Indian Point Energy Center have aligned against a proposal by New York state to close the nuclear power plant in spring and summer months to protect fish in the Hudson River, an idea drawing tentative support from some environmental advocates.
Officials at a Westchester nuclear plant are using a camera-equipped robot to help find the source of radioactive material showing up in the groundwater below the plant. Indian Point officials say the contamination most likely stems from a maintenance shutdown in March when radioactive water possibly leaked out from a damaged pipe or drain.
The Indian Point power plant is one of 10 sites considered most in need for a re-evaluation of earthquake vulnerability, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on Friday. Dozens of reactors at more than 20 sites across the eastern and central parts of the country need to be re-evaluated, the commission said, because of new estimates from the United States Geological Survey.
BUCHANAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) - A drop in the water level in a steam generator has automatically shut down one of the Indian Point nuclear reactors in the New York City suburbs. Plant owner Entergy Nuclear says there was no release of radioactivity.
Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Entergy Corp., the second biggest U.S. nuclear operator, expects federal approval to extend the operating life of its Indian Point reactors, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leo Denault said. "It is our belief that we can get through the process and be successful," Denault said in an telephone interview today.
The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility again grabbed headlines in recent weeks after reports of radioactive water leaks into the Pacific Ocean and repeated exposure of plant workers to dangerous levels of radiation once more focused attention on the disaster and its aftermath.
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Entergy Corp. should shut the Indian Point nuclear power plant near New York City instead of continuing to fight local officials who oppose the facility, the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
One of Indian Point's operating licenses for its 2 reactors expires this month. BUCHANAN, N.Y. - Factors prompting Entergy Corp. to shut down its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant don't exist at its Indian Point plant here, company officials said.