Indian Point shut down due to leak

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BUCHANAN -

A nuclear reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan was shut down Monday morning as crews worked to fix a leak.

According to owner Entergy's website, operators have been monitoring what they call slight water leakage during the last few weeks in the Unit 3 Power Plant. Entergy officials say workers will replace two water seals that sit between the lid of the reactor and the reactor vessel.

They say there has been no threat of radiation release or danger to the public or workers and that the maintenance shutdown to replace the seals is being done out of an abundance of caution.

News 12 asked some residents if the maintenance shutdown makes them worry. "Any kind of leakage of that kind of reactor, makes you wonder cancer-wise," says Gemma Dunne, of Continental Village. 

"I don't get scared, maybe I hear it so much that you just become immune to it," says Rosaleen Caset, of Cortlandt Manor.

Unit 3 just returned to service last month after a $100 million maintenance and refueling project. Entergy officials say Unit 3 will return to service when the maintenance is complete, although they don't say how long that will take.

Unit 2 is operating at full power.

It was previously announced that Indian Point will completely shut down by April 2021.

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