Indian Point Unit 2 Shut Down for Refueling Outage

Editor's note: The following statement was sent by Entergy, the operators of the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan.

Buchanan — Control room operators at the Indian Point unit 2 nuclear power plant shut down the unit to begin its 21st scheduled refueling outage at 1 a.m. on Monday. 

Unit 2 was online generating electricity for more than 16,500 hours—or more than 99 percent of the time—since it returned to service from its previous refueling outage in April 2012. 

“About 2,000 workers, including 1000 additional highly skilled contract employees, will help perform hundreds of scheduled maintenance activities and inspections during the Unit 2 refueling outage,” said John Ventosa, site vice president and top Entergy official at Indian Point. “Indian Point’s unit 2 has safely and reliably generated electricity for New Yorkers over the past two years and we look forward to its continued safe operation for years to come.” 

U.S. nuclear power plants are among the most reliable of any type of electricity generator, operating on average more than 90-percent of the time. Nuclear plants also help regional electricity grids maintain a diverse array of fuel generation and protect against an over-reliance on a single fuel type. 

Unit 3 continues operating at full power and completed its last refueling outage in March 2013. 

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, NY, is home to two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County. 

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees. 

Mike Hirsch February 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM
I am in favor of nuclear power plants, but it is not a good idea to have one located 50 miles from Times Square. This one needs to be shut down. Imagine what would have happened on 9/11 if one of the aircraft hit that plant. My family and I visited the memorial this past weekend. Best time to go is early on a weekend during the winter.
Teleman February 24, 2014 at 03:29 PM
And there is our anti-nuke post of the day.
StandfortheLord February 24, 2014 at 05:30 PM
The Japs were told nuclear power was safe. As we were. They found out that was a lie. All is well until some part fails or someone does something stupid. We find out later that the tsunami was not the cause of the meltdowns as everyone has been told over and over, it was the earthquake taking out pipes that initiated the cooling failures. These Indian Point reactors sit near a fault line. The Japs were told their plants would withstand EQ's, that they employed the best technology against them. Tokyo is DONE. The lies and cover ups continue...just like here. Mike is correct.
Teleman February 24, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Tokyo is done? LOL
jo February 25, 2014 at 08:04 AM
nothing is 100% safe.. the libs will find fault with everything..
Cortlandt1 February 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Go Nukes!
joshua tanner February 25, 2014 at 05:49 PM
I recall operators at Fukushima risking their lives staying at the plant during the crisis. At Indian Point I doubt that would be the case. The military should be running a plant that close to New York City and the lower Hudson. I don't have much faith in the people running IP.
Sue Peck February 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM
Indian Point was built in the 1960's . The infrastructure is old and a lot it buried underground, out of sight but hardly out of mind. It is too scary to think of!
Warren Lindholm February 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM
Remember close Indian Point and dirty coal will make up the difference! Like millions of tons per year that spew out radio-active particles and tons of CO2 to cause more global warming.
StandfortheLord February 26, 2014 at 09:02 AM
So called "man made" CO2 "global warming" is a fabricated man made fraud. This has been exposed as such. Do some research yourself instead of repeating orchestrated lies and socialist progressive talking point Agenda21 propaganda.
NancyV February 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Climate change is well documented. From the NY Times: "For people throughout the Eastern United States who spent January slipping, sliding and shivering, here is a counterintuitive fact: For the earth as a whole, it was the fourth-warmest January on record. It was, in fact, the 347th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average"
Jim Knight February 26, 2014 at 06:52 PM
SftL: Read "The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert (with an open mind) and then tell me it’s a fraud. And please, if you are not convinced, please explain to us how a world-wide conspiracy of scientists, ranging back to the 1890's, was organized and sustained, and to what end. Jim Knight
pauline schneider March 01, 2014 at 10:46 PM
what the hell is this part of the article? "U.S. nuclear power plants are among the most reliable of any type of electricity generator, operating on average more than 90-percent of the time. Nuclear plants also help regional electricity grids maintain a diverse array of fuel generation and protect against an over-reliance on a single fuel type." You guys writing PR for a nuclear bomb waiting to go off? Give me a break. Everyone who is involved in the industry or working to shut this fraud of an industry down knows Nuclear is expensive, unsafe and only benefits the men who own the LLC. Not one other soul benefits. Not even the employees because they suffer the health effects of being exposed on a daily basis to the stupidity of the owners and managers, I mean to radiation....
pauline schneider March 01, 2014 at 10:56 PM
I apologize. It wasn't Patch writing that PR for the bomb factory on the Hudson River, it was sent by it's CEO who's making off like a bandit while we get left holding the bag if anything goes wrong. Our property, our lives, our children cannot be replaced and no insurance company will reimburse us for anything when IP melts down. Nuclear power plants are uninsurable. Yet we risk everything so that these handful of rich men can make money off of the maybe 15% of toxic energy they grind out, energy we could easily conserve or make ourselves in our own homes and towns. If we had any sense.
John Q. Public March 02, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Ms Schneider, if you are so compassionate and smart, why do you continue to subject your children to what you perceive grave risk? Either there is no unmanageable risk, or you are just an irresponsible crank who would sacrifice your kids on the altar of your ego. What park do you carry your soapbox to everyday?
Teleman March 02, 2014 at 02:05 PM
while I do agree that Indian Point is surpassing its useful lifespan and needs to be replaced, the rhetoric of calling it a "bomb factory" is an unintelligent, dopey, statement. Pauline is saying not IF, but WHEN IP melts down- why is she still here reaping the energy and tax benefits of the plant- please, move away.
Teleman March 02, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Jeez, don't you know all we have to do is throw up a few windmills and solar panels? Its so easy.


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