Leaked contaminated water pools grow

October 10, 2006

New York's Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is leaking radioactive water into the ground, it was reported Monday.

Contaminated water under the plant, 24 miles upstream from New York City on the Hudson River, has grown to approximately the size of the Central Park Reservoir, the New York Daily News said Monday.

Don Mayer, special projects director for Entergy, which runs the plant, said the underground area has contaminated water between 50 feet and 60 feet deep, the Daily News said. Another area is about 30 feet wide by 350 feet long.

Mayer said the area is leaking primarily strontium-90 and tritium, both carcinogenic, the Daily News said, but Entergy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission both said drinking supplies tested two miles from the plant were found contaminant free.

Mayer said cleanup of the leaks is scheduled to begin at the end of the month, the Daily News said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: China tightens controls on export of drones, supercomputers

Related Stories

Finding cause of California oil spill could take months

May 22, 2015

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.

Recommended for you

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.