Exploding Transformer Shuts NY Nuke Plant

Indian Point blast being investigated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 3:11 AM CST
Exploding Transformer Shuts NY Nuke Plant
Control room agent Russell Warren monitors various readings and levels at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, owned by Entergy Nuclear, in Buchanan, NY.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

One of two units at a nuclear power plant 24 miles north of New York City was shut down after a transformer exploded last night. No one was injured and there was no danger of a radiation leak, officials at the Indian Point plant told AP. The unit will remain closed while the incident is investigated. A Vermont plant owned by the same company was closed half an hour later after workers detected radioactive water seeping from a leaky pipe. Regulators say the two shutdowns were a "complete coincidence." (Read more Indian Point stories.)

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