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Indian Point 2 shut down because of problems with steam generator
By GREG CLARY
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: May 29, 2007)
BUCHANAN - Indian Point officials hope to have Indian Point 2 back on line by this weekend after the 1,000-megawatt nuclear plant had to be shut down on Memorial Day due to problems with a regulating valve.
The valve is on the system that feeds water to one of the four generators that produce steam. The steam turns a turbine, which creates electricity.
The problem, which happened on the non-nuclear side of the Indian Point 2 plant, showed up about 5:30 a.m. yesterday and workers started reducing the plant's production of electricity to 20 percent. At that level, the valve could be removed without shutting down the plant because of backup valves that operate only at the lower levels.
Workers determined that the valve couldn't be fixed while Indian Point 2 was operating, so they safely shut it down at 3:45 p.m., according to officials from Entergy Nuclear Northeast, which owns and operates Indian Point. The second working reactor at the Buchanan site, Indian Point 3, was unaffected and continues to run at 100 percent.
There was no release of radioactivity to the environment, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and local public officials were notified of the shut-down, Entergy officials said.
Check back for updates at LoHud.com and read more about this story tomorrow in The Journal News.
Anti-War Mom Gives Up on Peace Movement
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Sheehan achieved national attention when she camped outside President Bush 's home in Crawford, Texas, throughout August 2005 to demand a meeting with the president over her son's death.
While Bush ignored her, the vigil made her one of the most prominent figures among opponents of the war.
But in a Web diary posted to the liberal online community Daily Kos on Monday, Sheehan said she was exhausted by the personal, financial and emotional toll of the past two years.
She wrote that she is disillusioned by the failure of Democratic politicians to bring the unpopular war to an end and tired of a peace movement she said "often puts personal egos above peace and human life."
Casey Sheehan, a 24-year-old Army specialist, was killed in an April 2004 battle in Baghdad . His death prompted his mother to found Gold Star Families for Peace.
But in Monday's 1,200-word letter, titled, "Good Riddance Attention Whore," Sheehan announced that her son "did indeed die for nothing."
"I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful," she wrote. "Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives."
Monday, May 28, 2007
Protesters argued they should be allowed on academy grounds to present opposition to Cheney's pro-war views were denied access by federal judges on Friday. They rallied instead in the village of Highland Falls outside a gate to the post.
WESPAC paid $400 for a shuttle bus to take people from the Peeksill Train Station to the rally site but they only collected half of what it cost them.
For those of you who are able to, you are welcome to make an online contribution at http://www.wespac.org to help cover the cost of the bus.
Contributions of $10, $20 or more are all welcome. Checks in the mail made payable to WESPAC Foundation are also welcome, sent to WESPAC Foundation, PO Box 488, White Plains, NY 10602.
Here is a short clip of the march:
See the whole enchilada - 3 hours 33 minutes 43 seconds of raw video. It's a long download, but streams well.
Thank you very much to Chuck Bell, Ceil Lavan, Nick Mottern, Dennis Hanratty and to all who worked hard to make this happen.