Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey: On 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl, Another Indian Point Operations Problem Raises Concerns

April 26, 2016
Press Release

Low Water Levels in Unit 3 Drain Tank Resulted from Open Valves

White Plains, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY17-Westchester/Rockland) today said Entergy’s discovery of low water levels in Unit 3’s drain tank at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, raises yet more concerns about its operations. Low water levels apparently resulted from valves that were unexpectedly opened, forcing Unit 3’s power to be reduced by 50%.

“On the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, another mishap at Indian Point today is reminder of the dangers of keeping this facility open,” said Lowey, the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee.  “I remain highly skeptical that the safety and security measures at Indian Point can protect the people of the Hudson Valley and greater New York City area given continued operations and safety incidents.”

More than 17 million people in parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York live within 50 miles of the Indian Point Energy Center.

This news is the latest in a series of safety lapses at Indian Point this year, including a tritium leak into monitoring wells beneath the facility and the discovery of faulty baffle bolts in Unit 2 earlier this year.  Lowey introduced a measure to require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to evaluate old power plants seeking license renewals with the same stringent criteria used to license new plants today. She has also proposed requiring NRC to award grants for emergency preparedness when the agency collects safety-related fines from nuclear facilities. 

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