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Another Leak at Indian Point

Latest Problem Causes Plant to Cut Power to 50 Percent

(BUCHANAN) (WCBS) Another leak at the Indian Point Two power plant in Westchester. Con Edison says a pinhole-size leak in a water discharge pipe forced the nuclear power plant to reduce power by half.

It was the second power drop caused by a leak since the plant reached full power January 28th. It had been idle nearly a year following a radioactive steam leak.

Con ed says the new problem appeared Monday night on the non-nuclear side of the plant and there was no discharge of radioactivity or other danger.

But Westchester Congresswoman Sue Kelly says the plant should not power up again until an ongoing inspection by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is completed and made public.

In November, The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its first ever "red" citation for the problems that led to the leak.

Under its color-coded ranking of risk the NRC found that Consolidated Edison's deficiencies at the nuclear plant reached the red zone, the top level, amounting to "an issue of high safety significance." The ranking system goes from green, the lowest level, to white, yellow and then red.

It's was worst violation cited at any of the nation's 103 reactors since the ranking system went into effect last year.

Con Edison is in the process of selling the plant, plus the mothballed Indian Point One plant, to Entergy Corporation. The neighboring Indian Point Three plant is already in Entergy's hands.

-- K. (, February 21, 2001

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