Troubled Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant to shut down

USA, New York: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the closure of the Indian Point Energy Center by April 2021.

Located less than 40 kilometres from New York City, the 2,000 MW power station has had a troubled past since its three reactors began operations in 1962, 1974 and 1976, reports Energy Matters.

More than 40 safety and operational events and unit shut downs have occurred at the facility since 2012, including a transformer fire in May 2015 that Transformers Magazine reported about at the time.

In February last year, it was announced radioactive tritium-contaminated water leaked into the groundwater at the facility.

The first reactor was shut down on October 31, 1974 after the emergency core cooling system did not meet regulatory requirements. Unit 2 Reactor will close in April 2020 and Unit 3 Reactor will cease operations in April of 2021.

The closure is 14 years earlier than required under the anticipated federal re-licensing terms.

Source: Energy Matters
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