Fire at Indian Point

Company declares all is well

By Kevin E. Foley

One of the two active nuclear reactors (Unit 3) at Entergy’s Indian Point facility in Buchanan, New York, was shut down yesterday as a response to an outbreak of fire the company said started in one of the plant’s two main electrical transformers.

In a statement, the company said there were no injuries to the power plant’s personnel, no damage to the nuclear operations and no release of radioactive elements. “The plant is currently in a safe, stable, shutdown condition,” said the company. An automatic sprinkler system and on-site personnel extinguished the fire, according to the statement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The company said all notifications, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state, county and local officials, were made in a timely manner.

Entergy said the site’s other nuclear reactor, Unit 2, continued to operate at 100 percent of capacity.

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