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Faulty bolts at Indian Point Nuclear facility near New York City

Hundreds of faulty bolts have been discovered within the Unit 2 reactor at the Indian Point Nuclear facility near New York City, state officials say, marking the latest problem in a series of safety issues.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that there was no immediate danger to public health and safety, but emphasized that the "troubling news" validates the state's ongoing investigation into the aging power plant, which is about 37 miles north of New York City.

"This is the latest in a long series of incidents that raise deep concerns about the management, maintenance and equipment standards at this plant," the governor said. "New York State will continue to investigate every facet of the plant’s operations and safety preparedness while ensuring that these critical defects are addressed immediately."

Other details about the faulty bolts were not immediately released. State officials disclosed in February that radioactive tritium-contaminated water had leaked into groundwater at the plant, and in December a power loss to several control rods forced the facility's Unit 2 reactor to be shut down.

Indian Point Energy Center has a generating capacity of more than 2,000 megawatts and provides enough power to light about 2 million homes, thousands of businesses and hundreds of critical transportation, health and municipal systems. The power is distributed to the Con Edison system, which serves more than 3 million customers in the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County.

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