Riverkeeper Calls for Independent Investigation of Indian Point Following Second Transformer Explosion in 3 Years
Ossining, NY – November 8, 2010— Riverkeeper called today for an independent investigation of Entergy Corporation’s maintenance of its non-utility nuclear plants today, following last night’s declaration of an emergency at Indian Point 2 after a transformer explosion and emergency shutdown of the aging reactor. This latest incident is strikingly similar to the emergency shutdown of Indian Point 3 in April 2007 when its main transformer also exploded, putting the IP3 reactor out of commission for nearly a month. Questions were raised at the time about the condition of the IP3 transformer, which was over thirty years old. At nearly the same time IP2’s transformer exploded last night, Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was forced to shutdown after discovering a radioactive water leak from corroded piping. All of these incidents raise serious questions about Entergy’s lack of commitment to safely maintaining its aging nuclear reactors, and cast further doubt on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) ability to strictly regulate the nuclear industry.