Faulty Bolts at Indian Point

BUCHANAN – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released a statement yesterday, “the state learned that hundreds of faulty bolts were discovered within the reactor at the Indian Point Unit 2 Plant. This is the latest in a long series of incidents that raise deep concerns about the management, maintenance and equipment standards at this plant.” Cuomo called for an investigation in February after an apparent overflow spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well. That contamination remained contained to the site and did not put the public at risk, according to nuclear regulators. The company that runs the facility, Entergy Corp., confirmed that 2,000 bolts had been inspected when the Indian Point 2 reactor was shut down. More than 200 of the bolts need further examination, and some of the bolts were missing on the reactor’s lining, according to officials. Cuomo went on to say, “While there is no immediate danger to the public health and safety, this troubling news further validates the State’s ongoing investigation into the operations of this aging power plant and our position that it should not be relicensed. New York State will continue to investigate every facet of the plant’s operations and safety preparedness while ensuring that these critical defects are addressed immediately.”

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