The Indian Point 2 nuclear plant in New York resumed operation on 3 January 2001 for the first time in eleven months after a leak from its steam generators released radioactive steam into the air, causing an alert at the plant. Since going off-line the plant has been bought by Entergy Nuclear of New Orleans, Louisiana, for $602 million, and in November 2000 Consolidated Edison of New York replaced the steam generators.

The restart was accomplished despite a minute leak of coolant of less than 0.08 of a gallon per minute. The leak, which was well within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s allowable rate of 10 gallons per minute, was contained in the coolant line.