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Monitoring System Failure Shuts Down Indian Point

WHITE PLAINS An Indian Point nuclear power plant was shut down Wednesday after safety officials detected a problem with a drain monitoring system.

There was no release of radioactivity, plant spokesman Larry Gottlieb said.

The plant was to be down for a few days to fix the problem with the system, which captures drain water from heaters, that warm non-radioactive water, he said. No homes would be affected, he said.

Another plant at Indian Point was unaffected by the shutdown. The two nuclear plants are on the Hudson River about 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

Since the terrorist attacks of 2001, many residents of the lower Hudson Valley have called for the plants to be closed, but federal authorities have found them to be safe and the emergency precautions to be sufficient.

In early August, the 156 sirens designed to alert nearby residents of an emergency at the plants were out of service for more than six hours because of a computer malfunction.

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