Indian Point reactor malfunctions slightly due to misaligned rod

(09/29/05) BUCHANAN ? Engineers are working to repair a misaligned rod inside one of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Plant officials say an electrical problem may be to blame for the rod misalignment in the Indian Point Unit 3 reactor. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the situation does not pose any danger to the public. However, the NRC will order plant personnel to shut the reactor down if the rod is not fixed within a reasonable amount of time.

Indian Point critics point to the latest incident as further evidence of the dangers posed by the plant. The misaligned rod occurred on the same day Cortlandt officials met to hash out emergency planning procedures in the event of a future disaster, natural or man made. Due to the misaligned rod, Indian Point Unit 3 is running at 65 percent capacity.

 

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