Indian Point sirens pass 3rd test

November 22, 2008 1:48:50 PM PST
Federal officials say the new sirens at Indian Point can now function as the New York power plant's primary warning system. The power plant successfully completed a third consecutive test of the siren system this past week to meet standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The new sirens are nearly two years behind schedule.

Indian Point spokesman Jim Steets says the third test is a "very positive indication that the sirens will perform as designed."

All but one of the 172 of the new sirens functioned properly during a four-minute, full-volume test on Thursday.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan says his agency will release a final report on the system in January.

Indian Point owner Entergy Nuclear missed three separate deadlines to test the system in 2007.

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