Indian Point powerhouse and the asbestos cancer risk
New York's Indian Point Nuclear Powerhouse was owned by Consolidated Edison (ConEd). Like many powerhouses, its equipment was lagged or insulated with asbestos because asbestos was known to be extremely fire-retardant and able to handle the high temperatures particular to powerhouse operations.
Indian Point powerhouse workers at risk for asbestos
Nuclear power production encompasses high temperatures and extreme heat; this requires insulation.
At the time the Indian Point powerhouse was erected, asbestos insulation was used due to its cheap price and tremendous resistance to heat, chemical reactions, and fire.
The Indian Point powerhouse plant was unfortunately stocked to the rafters with asbestos--from asbestos-insulated pipes, turbines and pumps, to any other item that required insulation.
Indian Point powerhouse contained miles of steam piping, as well as boilers, turbine-generators, pumps and other items that were assembled and lagged with asbestos.
In addition, various construction projects at the plant released clouds of asbestos dust into the air.
Workers were unaware of the dangers associated with breathing in the dust and weren't provided with protective equipment or clothing to shield them from the deadly asbestos fibers.
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