An Indian Point nuclear reactor taken offline due to a leaking water pipe is operating again.
The plant’s owner, Entergy, said Indian Point 2 returned to service Monday. Entergy said the unit shut down Friday to complete weld repairs to a pipe and to allow workers from Con Edison to test a breaker in a nearby switchyard.
Buchanan, NY-based Indian Point 2 shut down in March for three months after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) discovered damaged or cracked bolts during an inspection.
Indian Point is about 40 miles north of New York City.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a longtime opponent of Indian Point, said the leak was part of a pattern of “repeated and continuing problems” at the plant.
Unit 2 – one of two functioning reactors at Indian Point – went out of service in March after NRC inspectors discovered some 278 damaged or cracked bolts during a refueling or “outage,” which takes place every two years.
The reactor was put back into service on June 16, over the objections of local lawmakers and environmental groups who urged the shutdown of a reactor they view as past its prime.
Unit 2 had been in operation for 627 days before the March shutdown, providing electricity to some 1 million homes in Westchester County and New York City. Its sister reactor, Unit 3, has been online for more than three months since its last refueling.