2 Indian Point sirens fail to sound during test

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BUCHANAN -

Two sirens failed to sound during a test of the emergency siren system at the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan today.

Only 170 of 172 sirens went off  and could be heard for four full minutes in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange counties. One siren in Putnam and another in Orange County did not sound. Indian Point offcials say they are investigating to find out why the sirens didn’t sound.

Plant officials stress that the sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, the sirens will sound at full volume to alert the public to tune in to a local EAS radio or television station for important information and direction.

The plant generates as much as 30 percent of the electricity used in New York City and Westchester County. The plant is scheduled to be taken completely offline by 2021 after an agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office and Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point.

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