Thursday, May 17, 2007

Yet Another Indian Point Alarm FAILURE

As we all know, yesterday saw a typical May thunderstorm whisk through the area with high gusting winds, and sheets of rain. Like the spring rains, another typical Entergy event unfolded yesterday as well. In their usual inept fashion, 26 of the 156 sirens FAILED to go off, requiring Indian Point to notify the NRC...think about it folks, if this had been a real emergency, 1 in 6 of us would not have heard these non-working failed sirens. In a fast moving event at the failing Indian Point Nuclear Reactors, time is everything, and every second, every non working siren is LIFE could be yours, or it could be your child, but someone will die. We need to pull the plug on Indian Point.

"Due to severe weather storms in the area surrounding Indian Point Energy Center, 26 of the 156 emergency sirens have been out of service as of 1655 hours on 5/16/07 due to either loss of local AC power (24 sirens) or communications problem (2 sirens). 15 of the 26 sirens are in Rockland County; the remaining 11 sirens are in Westchester County. Sirens in Orange and Putnam counties were unaffected. Rockland and Westchester Counties have been notified and route alerting is available as an alternate means of public notification. Additionally, a high speed telephone notification system is available for public notification by the counties. Contact of the local utilities has been initiated to request power restoration to the areas associated with the 24 effected sirens; the communication problems with the remaining 2 sirens are under investigation."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector, New York State Public Service Commission, and Rockland, Westchester, Putnam and Orange counties.

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