The two plants that make up the Indian Point nuclear power complex were restarted today after a power failure on Monday and a fire on Tuesday had shut them down. The restoration of generating at the plants came as a report released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a generally satisfactory review of the commission’s oversight of Indian Point since the mid-1990’s. The commission’s office of inspector general started the inquiry in the spring of 2001 at the request of Congress. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 raised concern about Indian Point’s vulnerability amid a growing chorus of demands by both residents and public officials to close the plants permanently. Even before Sept. 11, the plants were under scrutiny for their poor safety record. In February 2000, a tube ruptured in a steam generator in Indian Point 2, causing a radioactive leak and closing the reactor for nearly a year. At one time the commission rated the reactor’s performance the worst in the country. Full Story
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