Caption: Indian Point nuclear power plant
Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said it continues to monitor and mitigate any impacts from an oil leak at the 2,000-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York.
Indian Point Unit 3 automatically shut down May 9 following the failure of one of two main electrical transformers. The failure led to a fire, which was quickly put out by an automatic sprinkler and on-site firefighting personnel. The fire caused a tank to rupture and leak several thousand gallons of oil into a holding tank, which overflowed its capacity and spilled into the river. There were no injuries reported and no release of radiation from the event. Unit 2 continues to operate at full capacity.
Entergy staff has been investigating the cause of the transformer failure and placed protective oil booms in the plant’s discharge canal and river to contain an approximately 300-foot-diameter sheen seen in the water. The utility is working with federal and state environmental protection officials to monitor the river and take necessary actions against potential environmental impacts to the river and the surrounding community.
“We take our commitment to the environment seriously, and any potential spill of transformer oil into the environment is not in accordance with our standards,” said Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. “Onsite personnel moved aggressively to mitigate any potential condition and began an analysis of the failure.”
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