Radioactive Water Seeps into Groundwater underneath Indian Point N.Y. Nuclear Plant
On Friday, the officials of Indian Point in Buchanan reported a leak at the facility which contaminated the groundwater underneath the facility, with highly radioactive tritium.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation. However, the nuclear regulators say that the health of the public is not at risk.
A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Neil Sheehan said the leak happened following an overflow from a drain while maintenance exercises were being carried out by workers, during a water transferring process.
According to Sheehan, usually a sump pump takes the water out and filters into another treatment system. However the pump was out of service. As the drain overflowed, the radioactive water seeped out of the building and got mixed into the groundwater.
In a statement on Saturday, New York State Gov. Cuomo said, "Our first concern is for the health and safety of the residents close to the facility and ensuring the groundwater leak does not pose a threat."
Still it is not clear exactly how much water spilled. The samples revealed the water had a radioactivity level 65,000 percent more than the normal average at the plant.
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