BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- A government radiation expert has been sent by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to investigate radioactive groundwater at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, according to a report in the New York Times.
State officials found evidence that "radioactive tritium-contaminated water leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear facility," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Saturday afternoon.
"The company reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent. The facility reports that the contamination has not migrated off-site and as such does not pose an immediate threat to public health.
"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 called the "latest failure" at Indian Point unacceptable and said he has directed Basil Seggos, Department of Environmental Conservation acting commissioner, and Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to fully investigate this incident.
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