NY Nuke Cleaning Up Oil Spill

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 07:10 PM gHale

Clean-up work at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, continued Saturday after a leak spilled an unknown amount of lubricating oil into a drainage canal that leads to the Hudson River.

“There was no oil observed in the Hudson River, and we have contract environmental professionals onsite yesterday and today to mitigate as necessary and monitor the canal and river,” said Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi.

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An unknown amount of lubricating oil spilled at Indian Point on Friday after the cooling system for one of the turbines malfunctioned.

Nappi said the turbine is on the non-nuclear side of the plant, so no radiation released.

During a press conference at Indian Point on Friday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he was confident the situation was under control.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) got the call Friday to check on the situation, but as of Saturday the DEC had not yet posted any information about the spill on its online spills database.

In May 2015, about 3,000 gallons of oil seeped into the Hudson River after a transformer caught fire, automatically shutting down the Unit 3 generator. The mishap, which brought Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the scene, was the result of faulty insulation that caused a short circuit in a high-voltage coil.