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One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant automatically shut down Wednesday morning. It’s the same reactor that was offline two other times in recent months for different reasons. Meanwhile, the relicensing schedule for the Westchester County plant has been pushed back again.

Rep. Maloney Calls For Indian Point 2 Shutdown

Jun 20, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood outside the Indian Point nuclear power plant Monday morning, calling for the suspension of operations at Unit 2 and an immediate safety review at Unit 3. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, this comes on the heels of a problem with baffle bolts at the Westchester County-based reactor.

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Supporters and opponents of Indian Point were out in force Wednesday evening at a hotel in Tarrytown. They were there for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual public meeting about the performance of the Westchester County-based nuclear power plant.

Enviro Group Files Petition With NRC Re: Indian Point

May 24, 2016
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An environmental group filed an emergency petition concerning the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County Tuesday. It wants a federal regulator to step in to keep one of the reactors shut down.

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Federal regulators will have to redo an analysis of the economic impacts of a potential severe accident at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant. That’s according to a ruling issued Wednesday being hailed by New York’s governor and attorney general.

Sanders And Clinton Weigh In On Indian Point

Apr 5, 2016
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One of the Democratic presidential hopefuls is calling for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. His rival says not so fast.

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Additional testing has turned up higher levels of radioactive tritium in groundwater than what was reported last week at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Plant officials say this is to be expected and stress there is no risk to public health and safety.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Radioactive tritium-contaminated water has leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. New York’s governor over the weekend ordered two state department heads to investigate. Indian Point officials say the leak was contained and there is no risk to public safety.

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Federal regulators have found that workers at the Indian Point nuclear plant responded appropriately to a May 9 transformer fire where some 3,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River and shut the facility's Unit 3 reactor for 16 days.

Courtesy of the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A transformer fire Saturday at the Indian Point nuclear power plant resulted in an oil spill into the Hudson River. There is differing information at this early stage about just how much material -- and what type -- seeped into the river. Meanwhile, investigations into both the fire and spill continue.

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A transformer fire Saturday triggered the automatic shutdown of Unit 3 at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. A spokesman for plant owner Entergy says the fire was put out by both a sprinkler system and on-site personnel.

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As the relicensing process for New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant crawls forward, federal regulators have issued decisions on contentions raised by the state and an environmental group.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week ruled on appeals involving two contentions in the Indian Point 2 and 3 relicensing process. One appeal was from New York State regarding transformers. NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan explains.

NRC Issues Violation To Indian Point Owner

Mar 17, 2015
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Federal regulators say the owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County failed to amend a reactor operator's license when the man developed sleep apnea.

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Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave an overview of the decommissioning process this week and what Vermonters can expect now that the Vermont Yankee reactor has shut down.

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The NRC held meetings with the media and the public on Thursday to explain the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant’s decommissioning process.

NRC Decides About Indian Point And Earthquake Risk

Dec 4, 2014
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A federal regulator has turned down a request from the parent of the Indian Point nuclear power plant concerning the level of earthquake risk.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has finalized its screening and prioritization for seismic hazard reviews for U.S. nuclear power plants. This comes after Entergy Nuclear had argued that its Indian Point 3 reactor should be moved from Group 1, the highest priority when it comes to examining earthquake risk, to Group 2 or 3. Jerry Nappi is spokesman for Entergy.

A New York congresswoman has written to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about assessing potential dangers from a proposed pipeline expansion near Westchester County-based Indian Point.

Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey penned a letter to the NRC chair, asking that the Commission require Indian Point-owner Entergy Nuclear to further assess the risk of an accident from the proposed Algonquin Incremental Market, or AIM, project.

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Judges for the Indian Point license renewal hearing have dismissed challenges from two environmental groups and the state. Those challenges have to do with storing nuclear waste.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel has dismissed contentions from environmental groups Riverkeeper and Clearwater along with New York State pertaining to on-site storage of nuclear waste at Buchanan-based Indian Point. Here’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan.

Indian Point Unit 3 Is Back In Service

Aug 15, 2014
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A reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County that shut down earlier this week is up and running.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has responded to what it deems an exceptionally lengthy list of questions from a group that wants to see the Indian Point nuclear power plant shut down.

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There is a public meeting Wednesday evening in Westchester County on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual safety review of Indian Point.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is rejecting calls from watchdog groups and some U.S. senators to speed up moving spent nuclear fuel from the pools where most of it is stored now to dry casks.

NRC Sets Priority List For Detailing Seismic Risk

May 13, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a priority list for nuclear power plants when it comes to detailing earthquake risk. The NRC is requiring more analysis about seismic risk from a number of plants, including Indian Point.

Nuclear Expert Talks About NRC Furlough Implications

Oct 10, 2013
Courtesy of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Amid the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is now down to bare bones after some 90 percent of the agency’s staff has been furloughed. WAMC’s Allison Dunne spoke with a scientist whose expertise lies in nuclear power and safety, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear terrorism. He talks about his concerns and the furlough’s potential impacts.

If the partial federal government shutdown continues beyond Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be operating with a skeleton staff. As a result, the NRC review process for the relicensing of one of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant could be delayed.

Some 90 percent of the NRC staff was to have been furloughed beginning Monday, but some leftover money is keeping the agency funded until Thursday. That’s according to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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Entergy, the owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, has taken the first of two formal steps to notify the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the plant is shutting down.

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The parent of the Indian Point nuclear power plant has submitted a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, saying that the earthquake risk for one of its reactors is not nearly as great as initially estimated.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the NRC had already been looking into seismic risk, but that the topic took on greater urgency following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has updated an environmental study of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant as part of the plant’s license renewal application. Environmentalists are taking issue with the study.

The NRC update to the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released in December 2010 incorporates new information about the possible impacts of Buchanan-based Indian Point on the aquatic environment. Here’s NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

NRC Releases Spent Fuel Pool Study

Jun 26, 2013

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a study that looks at the potential impact of earthquakes on the pools where spent fuel is stored. The study says the pools likely are safe. An independent nuclear power expert says the study is flawed.

NRC Grades Indian Point; Plant Opponents Grade The NRC

May 14, 2013
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting and open house this evening to discuss the Commission’s recent safety assessment of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Earlier today, Indian Point opponents issued their own report card, grading the NRC.

A number of leaders of environmental and citizens’ groups stood near the Hudson River in Peekskill Tuesday, with the Indian Point power plant reactors in the background. Former Democratic New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky was among them.

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