WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Incident with the Indian Point nuclear power plant near New York City has led to an oil spill in Hudson River from the damaged transformer, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant near New York City was shut down Saturday after transformer's fire outside of the nuclear area of the plant.
“There is no doubt but that oil did escape from the transformer, there is no doubt that oil did go into the holding tank and exceeded the capacity of the holding tank, and there is no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River,” Cuomo said Sunday at a briefing on the incident as quoted by the CBS New York.
Cuomo pointed out that the booms had been put in the river to collect the spill.
On Saturday, the Entergy Corporation operating the facility stressed that there was no danger to public health and safety since all the Indian Point’s emergency systems had worked as designed following the incident.
The facility produces 25 percent of the New York City and Westchester’s electricity, generating about 2,000 megawatts of electricity.