Buchanan, N.Y. – Control room operators manually shut down Indian Point’s unit 3 nuclear power plant Monday morning as planned to troubleshoot an issue with one of four valves that control the flow of water into steam generators. The valve, located on the non-nuclear side of the plant, was responding incorrectly to controls and operators made the decision to shut down the plant in order to further troubleshoot the problem with the valve.
There was no release of radioactivity and no threat to the safety of workers or the public. Plant equipment performed as designed in response to the shutdown.
Unit 3 had been online for 120 continuous days prior to today’s shut down.
Unit 2 is currently operating at full power and has been online for 26 continuous days.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., 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.