Oil Spills Into The Hudson Following Indian Point Transformer Fire

May 10, 2015

Credit Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says part of the Indian Point nuclear power plant remains offline after a transformer fire that has created another problem: potentially thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River.

Cuomo spoke Sunday at a briefing on Buchanan-based Indian Point’s Unit 3. He says that after the transformer fire was doused Saturday night, the heat ignited a second blaze that also was put out. But he says transformer fluid has seeped into the river. Emergency crews circled the leakage with booms that cover a diameter of about 300 feet. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says several thousand gallons of oil may have overflowed the transformer moat. Indian Point owner Entergy deemed the plant safe and stable throughout and notes that Indian Point 2 is fully operational.

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