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Entergy Nuclear: Worker error causes Indian Point 2 shutdown

Entergy: Worker error shut down Indian Point 2

BUCHANAN - The shutdown of an Indian Point reactor this week was the result of worker error, according to a statement issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The Indian Point 2 reactor has been temporarily closed after maintenance crews accidentally tripped it on Wednesday. Entergy, the company that owns the plant, says the reactor should be up and running by the weekend.

While no radioactivity was released, NRC officials say the incident will be considered during the 40-year-old facility's performance review. To boot, NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane recently toured the plant with Rep. Nita Lowey, who reiterated the dangers of having a nuclear power in such a densely populated area.

Entergy officials say they have a workable evacuation plan in place, but did not require any evacuations during or after the incident. 

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