NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:59 PM
The Indian Point nuclear facility reported “alarming levels” of radioactivity in three water monitoring wells.
Radioactive water leaked into the groundwater at the upstate Indian Point nuclear power plant, officials said Saturday.
Gov. Cuomo said the plant’s operator, Entergy, reported “alarming levels” of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000% — from 12,300 picocuries per liter to over 8 million picocuries per liter.
The Buchanan plant reported that the contamination has not migrated off site and as such does not pose an immediate threat to public health.
Gov. Cuomo said plant operator Entergy reported one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000%.
Cuomo said he was informed of the tritium-contaminated water leak Friday and has asked the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health to investigate the incident.
“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,” Cuomo said.
The site, roughly 35 miles north of New York City, has been under increased scrutiny from Cuomo and other officials following several incidents.
In December, Cuomo ordered an investigation into Indian Point after a series of unplanned shutdowns, citing potential risk risks to both the city and the populated suburbs surrounding the facility.
Plant critics have argued that the spate of shutdowns represent clear evidence that the site’s infrastructure is decrepit.
Cuomo said it is a priority is to ensure the groundwater leak “does not pose a threat.”
Other state officials also blasted the controversial nuclear facility’s most recent mishap.
Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) noted that the latest incident was not the “first time Entergy’s operation and maintenance has failed.”
“My primary concern is the potential impact this tritium-contaminated water may have on the health and safety of those who live nearby but also the impact this radioactive water may have on public health and our environment,” Jaffee added.
Frequently asked questions about the Indian Point nuclear power plant
Where is the Indian Point nuclear facility located? Buchanan, N.Y., roughly 40 miles north of Manhattan.
How many reactors are there? Two.
How much energy does it supply to New York City? About 30%.
How many monitoring wells are there? 40.
How many of those wells reported increased levels of radioactivity? Three.
What is a picocurie? One-trillionth of a curie, a standard scientific measure of radiation.