Transformer Explodes, Takes Indian Point Power Plant Offline

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After a main transformer exploded at the Indian Point nuclear power plant on Sunday evening, there was an automatic emergency shutdown. Officials say the reactor remains offline.

Jim Steets, a spokesman for Entergy, the company that owns the plant, says no alarms sounded in the area because there was no danger to the public. The plant is located in Buchanan, N.Y., about 25 miles north of New York City.

"No one was hurt in the explosion and there was no release of radioactivity,"  Steets said. "The plant is safe and stable and workers will be examining the transformer to see what it will take to make repairs and return the plant to service."

The shutdown at the Buchanan plant was the second Entergy-owned shut down in an hour. The Associated Press reports the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, VT also shut down at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night after workers detected radioactive water seeping from a leaky pipe in the complex. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the two shutdowns were a "complete coincidence."

The affected reactor at the Indian Point plant in N.Y., Indian Point Two, generates about 1,000 megawatts of electricity, but Steets says no residents have had power outages due to the shutdown. 

The reactor at the New York plant will remain offline until the cause of the explosion is found.