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Nonradioactive steam leak at nuclear plant

(Buchanan, New York-AP) -- Power was cut to 65 percent at the Indian Point nuclear power plant after another leak was found in the pipes that pump water to and from the plant. Consolidated Edison says there was no release of radioactivity. One of two pumps was closed for repair, forcing the power cut. It was the second leak detected in the feedwater system in less than a week. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked Con Ed to make sure the system is not suffering from metal fatigue. Con Ed spokesman Mike Clendenin says the pumps, which send hot, highly pressurized water to the plant's steam generators, are part of the plant's original equipment and have been in use since 1972. The leak was found Tuesday night and power was cut yesterday.

-- K (infosurf@yahoo.com), August 16, 2001

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