Video: Oil leak at nuclear power plant follows transformer explosion


Courtesy CBS New York

A transformer explosion at Entergy's (NYSE: ETR) Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York over the weekend leads to an oil leak in the nearby Hudson River.
 
Unit 3 automatically shut down after one of the two main electrical transformers at the plant blew up. An automatic sprinkler system and onsite plant personnel extinguished the fire. There were no injuries reported and no release of radiation.
 
The explosion caused a tank to rupture and transformer fluid began leaking into a holding tank that did not have the capacity to contain all the fluid, according to an Unusual Event report filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Several thousand gallons of oil leaked into the Hudson River and the state Department of Environmental Conservation set up booms to contain an approximately 300-foot-diameter sheen seen in the water.
 
There is no word on how long Unit 3 will be offline. Unit 2 continues to operate at full power.
 
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