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Skip Travis: Part 1

Skip Travis
Skip Travis
Skip Travis is a former security lieutenant at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant upriver from New York City. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich | Skip Travis, Indian Point, Nuclear, Terrorism, Meltdown,

Security Failures at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Skip Travis, a former security lieutenant at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, upriver from New York City, reveals explosive security failures at the facility and discusses his billion dollar lawsuit.

This is part one of a two-part interview with Charles Faddis.



About Indian Point Energy Center
Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is a three-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York just south of Peekskill. It sits on the east bank of the Hudson River, 38 miles north of New York City. The plant generates over 2,000 megawatts of electrical power, comprising as much as 30 percent of the electricity used in New York City and Westchester County.

The plant is owned and operated by Entergy Nuclear Northeast, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, and includes two operating Westinghouse pressurized water reactors ' designated 'Indian Point 2' and 'Indian Point 3' ' which Entergy bought from Consolidated Edison and the New York Power Authority respectively. The facility also contains the permanently shut down Indian Point Unit 1 reactor. Total employment at the site is 1,100.

There is a debate between Entergy and various opponents over whether the two Indian Point reactors should continue to operate beyond 2014 and 2016, when their initial 40-year operating licenses are scheduled to expire. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving toward granting a 20-year extension for each reactor, while Governor Andrew Cuomo wants them shut down at the end of their current license periods.



Key staff
Jeff S. Forbes
Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Jeff S. Forbes was named executive vice president, nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Nuclear effective Jan. 2, 2013. He is responsible for Entergy's nuclear plants located in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as the company's management services to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the Nebraska Public Power District.

Previously, Forbes served as senior vice president of nuclear operations at Entergy Nuclear since August 2011, overseeing the daily operations of Entergy's 11 nuclear units. He also directed regional operations for Entergy's nuclear plants in the South and served as vice president of operations at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Ark., and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss.

Before joining Entergy in August 2003, Forbes worked as senior vice president with the Nuclear Management Company. He had full responsibility of company boiling water reactor operations at Duane Arnold Energy Center and Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. Forbes started his career at NMC in 2001 as general manager at Monticello and was promoted to vice president within two months.

Forbes began his nuclear career in 1978 as an operations engineer at Duke Energy Corp.'s Oconee Nuclear Station. During his 11-year tenure at the plant, he served as general manager, performance engineer manager, outage manager and maintenance manager. In 1989, Forbes moved to Catawba Nuclear Station as a technical service manager. Two years later, he was named site engineering manager.

When he returned to Oconee Nuclear as general manager in 1998, he helped significantly improve plant operating performance, including achieving plant operating records in capacity factor and reduced reactor trips.

Forbes received his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State University. He holds a reactor operator's license, a senior reactor operator's license and a professional engineer license. He completed Harvard University's Advanced Management Program in October 2007.

John A. Ventosa
Site Vice President, Indian Point Energy Center
John Ventosa was named Site Vice President for Entergy's Indian Point Energy Center in December 2011.

Mr. Ventosa joined Indian Point in 1991 as a system engineer for Con Edison, and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility.

Following Entergy's purchase of Indian Point Unit 2 from Con Edison in 2001, Ventosa held a variety of roles including operations manager at IPEC, and assisted in combining units 2 and 3 into a single-site operation.

More recently, Ventosa was general manager, engineering for the Entergy Nuclear northeast fleet of plant and vice president, operations support for the Entergy Nuclear fleet. In that position he was instrumental in establishing an engineering pipeline and providing standardization to the engineering organization.

Mr. Ventosa is certified on both boiling water and pressurized water reactors, and prior to joining Entergy, held positions in training, maintenance and operations support.

Prior to joining Indian Point, he worked with General Public Utilities Nuclear Corporation at Oyster Creek. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and a master of business administration degree from Monmouth College.

Larry Coyle
General Manager of Plant Operations
Entergy Nuclear has named Lawrence M. Coyle, a 29-year nuclear industry veteran, general manager of plant operations at Indian Point Energy Center. In his new position Coyle is responsible for the safe operation of units 2 and 3.

Coyle began his career with Exelon at Dresden Nuclear Power Station as an engineer in 1982. He moved on to achieve the license of Senior Reactor Operator and held leadership positions of field supervisor, main control room supervisor and shift manager. He has also served as the mechanical maintenance manager and work management director at Dresden. Most recently Coyle was the plant manager at Braidwood Nuclear Power Station where the organization realized its best safety, human performance and collective radiation exposure results.

Coyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Master's in Business Administration, with honors, from the University of Chicago. He also holds a Senior Reactor Operator license from NRC. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and has served as a board member for Big Brother and Big Sisters.

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