Power outage knocks out Indian Point emergency sirens for hours

A power outage knocked out emergency sirens at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant for nearly six hours Monday night.

Officials say Monday?s violent storms caused the main system in the plant to go down, disabling the 156 emergency sirens. At about 9 p.m., there was a power outage in the Indian Point building. The first backup of the emergency sirens, which was a diesel generator, malfunctioned after two hours. The battery-powered second backup was then deployed but died after a few hours.

The failure has renewed calls for a better backup system at the power plant.A spokesperson for Entergy, the company which owns Indian Point, says the failure should not have occurred and they are investigating the cause.

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