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Cuomo Calls For New Examination Of Indian Point After Oil Spill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo inspected Indian Point Nuclear Facility by boat on Sunday following an oil spill reported at the facility.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo inspected Indian Point Nuclear Facility by boat on Sunday following an oil spill reported at the facility. Video Credit: NYGovCuomo

In his second visit to the Indian Point nuclear point plan following the reporting of an oil spill on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that there are "no threats to public health and safety," but expressed concern over the number of recent incidents at the nuclear power plant in Buchanan.

"This incident is the latest in a litany of operational issues at this aging power plant," Cuomo said, "and I have directed the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health and Department of Public Service to fully examine this spill as part of their ongoing investigation into similar issues at the facility.”

Since 2011 there have been over 40 spills and unexpected shutdown events at the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor, Cuomo said.

Entergy, which owns and operates Indian Point, said that Indian Point's staff identified an oil sheen in the plant's discharge canal Friday morning and has not detected any sheening in the Hudson River.

"A permanent protective boom in the discharge canal is designed to try to prevent oil from reaching the river," Entergy said in a statement issued Friday evening. "Contract environmental protection professionals have taken additional measures to mitigate against further migration.

"Engineers and plant operators are examining systems and components at the plant to identify the potential source."

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