White Plains, NY, Mar. 20, 2008 — In an effort to provide public assurances about the operation and protection of New York’s largest nuclear power facility, Entergy Nuclear announced the start of an examination of safety, security and emergency preparedness at its Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) in Buchanan.
The safety evaluation will be conducted by a panel of experts. The safety evaluation would supplement evaluations already regularly conducted by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission through its reactor oversight process.
The decision to perform a safety evaluation came after the company listened to various constituencies and policymakers and conducted numerous focus groups in an effort to understand the concerns associated with Indian Point, among them, concerns about the condition of plant materials, conduct of operations, and accident management capability.
A formal written report will be produced and made available to the public on a schedule to be determined by the panel. The co-chairs of the panel were appointed by J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and CEO of Entergy Corp., the parent of Entergy Nuclear. According to the company, the chairs of the panel were selected by Leonard “…with the complete understanding that they would be independent of the company and have total autonomy to conduct a thorough investigation.” The members of the panel were selected by the co-chairs.
Entergy is funding the cost of the evaluation. The panel’s evaluation will begin on March 27 with a visit to IPEC. After that, it is anticipated that the panel will meet, visit and inspect Indian Point on the schedule determined by panel members.
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