Cuomo Sends Investigators After Blackout Forces Shutdown Of Nuclear Reactor Near NYC

Almost 2 years after being fined for falsifying safety records, and 7 months after a transformer exploded at the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor (just 30 miles from midtown Manhattan), Entergy – the plant’s operator – has ‘safely’ shutdown the Unit 2 reactor due to a major outage cut power to several control rods. Despite the company’s reports that no radioactivity was released to the environment, NY Governor Cuomo has sent investigators to the site to ‘monitor’ the situation.

As AP reports, officials say one of the Indian Point nuclear power plant’s reactors in suburban New York has been shut down because several control rods lost power.

Plant owner Entergy says control room operators safely shut down the Indian Point 2 reactor around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The reactor’s designed to make a safe shutdown if the control rods lose electricity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the company reports no radiation was released into the environment. State Department of Public Service workers are headed to the plant in Buchanan, about 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

The Indian Point 3 reactor is running. Together, the two reactors supply about one-quarter of the power used in New York City and Westchester County.

Indian Point 3 was shut down in July after a water pump problem.

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