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Indian Point’s Unit 2 reactor returned to operation Saturday morning after a shutdown of two water pumps in the facility caused the reactor to shut down Wednesday. The pumps turned off after workers inadvertently opened the two pump valves while testing a third valve.

No radioactivity released and there was no threat to the public or the workers, said Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi.

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“Control room operators returned the Indian Point unit 2 nuclear power plant to service early Saturday morning after safely shutting down the plant Wednesday afternoon when two valves inadvertently opened while workers were testing a third valve,” Entergy said in a statement.

“The work had caused a fluctuation in water levels inside the plant’s steam generators, leading to the shutdown.

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“Unit 2 had been online for 252 continuous days prior to the shutdown. Unit 3 was unaffected by the shutdown and has been operating for 107 continuous days.”

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, NY, is home to 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.

The original 40-year operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 are due to expire on Sept. 28, 2013 and Dec. 12, 2015. Entergy, the company that operates Indian Point, submitted an application for a 20-year extension.

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