Entergy Announces Continuing Site Improvements
Painting of Containment Dome Vents, Other Improvements Begin
Entergy announced today that work has begun to assemble the scaffold that will support the painting of the vents that are affixed to the outside of the Indian Point unit 2 and unit 3 containment domes. Scaffolding is expected to rise more than 200 feet into the air to support the workers who will paint the vents.
Rick Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Entergy, and CEO-Designate of Enexus Energy, said, "Entergy committed to make improvements at Indian Point that would help place it among the top performing plants in the country. Hopefully, while not a safety improvement, this will be viewed as an example of the many other improvements we've made over the years that are directly connected to safety."
"The painting of the containment vents is but one of a host of site-wide visual improvements undertaken in response to the ISE report," said Joe Pollock, Vice President of Indian Point Energy Center. "There are many areas in the plant that are extremely clean and visually appealing. Our aim is to make all areas of the plant equally appealing so that the public has the same sense of the pride our employees have in the facility."
These aesthetic improvements to the vents were one of the recommendations made last year in a report produced by the independent panel that conducted the Indian Point Independent Safety Evaluation. The report concluded that Indian Point is safe and secure, with well- maintained equipment, both functionally and in appearance, and reliable safety systems, but recommended improving its outward appearance to reassure the public about the condition of the areas of the plant that are not easily seen by the public at large.
Entergy has already initiated or completed work on a variety of other improvements at Indian Point, including:
The painting of the containment vents is expected to continue through October.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,300 employees.
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