Workers are investigating the main electrical generator as a probable cause of the Wednesday morning shutdown at the Indian Point unit 2 nuclear power plant.
Federal Regulators and the plant owner Entergy Nuclear said when the generator malfunctioned, there was no use for the steam produced by the reactor, causing the reactor to automatically shut down.
The electrical generator is on the non-nuclear side of the plant and there was no release of radioactivity and equipment performed normally during the shutdown.
Unit 2 was online for sixty-seven days following completion of its twentieth refueling shutdown in April. Unit 3 is currently operating at full power.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, NY, houses two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.