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article imageMore nuke woes – Indian Point explosion, new leak at Vt. Yankee

By Martin Laine     Nov 9, 2010 in Environment
Both the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY, and Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt., are shut down following incidents on Sunday. Both are owned by Entergy Corp., and have been the source of considerable controversy over the years.
In the Indian Point incident, an explosion and fire in a transformer triggered a “nuclear alert” at 6:39 p.m. Sunday, prompting officials in surrounding counties to prepare for a regional evacuation, according to a report in the New York Daily News. The local fire department responded to the fire and explosion, but were not allowed onto the premises, a restricted area. A fire brigade on site doused the fire. No injuries were reported, and the alert was called off after four hours.
The plant is located along the Hudson River, about 25 miles north of New York City.
This is the eighth shut down in the past two years at the plant. Entergy is reportedly already under investigation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for problems related to managing aging equipment at the Indian Point facility, according to the New Jersey Newsroom. Twin power plants there opened in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
The shutdown at Vermont Yankee was ordered Sunday night after workers discovered radioactive water leaking at the rate of one drop per second, according to a report in the Brattleboro Reformer.
Both the company and the NRC said the problem posed no threat to public safety. This incident is just the latest in a string of problems at the plant in Vernon, Vt., in the southeastern corner of the state. Last week, Entergy announced it was looking for a buyer for the 38-year-old plant.
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