The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) praised Entergy, the new owners of Indian Point 2, and withdrew the plant's "red" designation, which had been imposed in 2000 after a broken pipe leaked radioactive steam into the atmosphere.
The accident in February 2000 came during the ownership of the plant by Consolidated Edison. Entergy bought the plant in 2001, and the NRC said that substantial progress has been made. "Significant additional resources have been committed by Entergy to improvement initiatives," NRC regional administrator Hubert Miller said in a letter to the company. "New plant management has brought higher performance standards and levels of accountability to the station."