Transformer explodes at Indian Point nuclear power site in New York; situation said stable

Transformer explodes at Indian Point nuclear power site in New York; situation said stable

[Ed. – Indian Point is up the Hudson from Manhattan, just south of Peekskill.]

A transformer failed Saturday at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that was quickly extinguished. The unit shut down automatically and was deemed safe and stable, said a spokesman for plant owner Entergy Corp.

The transformer takes energy created by the plant and changes the voltage for the grid supplying power to the state. The blaze, which sent black smoke billowing into the sky, was extinguished by a sprinkler system and on-site personnel, Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi said. Westchester County police and fire were on site as a precaution.

It was not immediately clear what caused the failure, or whether the transformer would have to be replaced. Nappi said there was no radioactive release. It’s unclear how long Unit 3 will be down.

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The company’s Unit 2 plant was not affected.

Nappi told CBS2’s Dave Carlin that because it happened in the nonnuclear area of the facility, no one was ever in any danger and no evacuations were necessary. …

The Indian Point Energy Center supplies electricity for homes, businesses and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County. Officials said there have been no reports of power outages.

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