The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy, which operated the plant, are trying to locate the source of the tritium.
A collective bargaining agreement between the plant’s operator, Entergy, and the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2, is set to expire at the end of the day Friday. Talks have been under way since Wednesday to try to negotiate a new contract.
Plant owner Entergy Nuclear says there was no release of radioactivity. The company says a controller device failed Monday night in one of four steam generators attached to Indian Point 3.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a supplement to a 2010 study Tuesday. That study found Indian Point’s impact is not great enough to deny a new 20-year license.
The report card results were announced one day after it was learned that one of Indian Point’s reactors will become the first and only nuclear reactor in the country operating without a license.
Indian Point 2’s 40-year license expires on Sept. 28. Officials said the reactor can keep operating because Entergy Nuclear, its owner, filed for renewal more than five years before the expiration date.
Entergy said the device performed without problem during January’s Sugar Bowl and other earlier events. They said the device has been removed and replacement equipment will be installed.
Thursday marked yet another call for the shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Westchester County, citing possible danger to the area.
A local nuclear power plant faces a possible shutdown after officials and activists have expressed fear over the facility’s operations.
According to a spokesman for Entergy, the ads for the Indian Point plant will begin running next week on cable television and in newspapers.
The NY1-YNN-Marist College poll released Tuesday night shows 49 percent of the adults living nearby are against closing Indian Point.
The nuclear fallout from the devastating earthquake in Japan has put a spotlight on the Indian Point nuclear power plant as licenses for its reactors come up for renewal.
Using the Japan nuclear crisis as a worst case scenario, the Westchester Board of Legislators was set to meet to explore the disaster preparedness plan at the Indian Point Nuclear power plant.