In an era where lead, bacteria, fracking and Fukushima are all competing to see which can be the most destructive to clean drinking water supplies in the United States, a new contender has emerged – the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in New York. This is because radioactive water leaking from Indian Point has reportedly contaminated the groundwater surrounding the facility.
A statement issued from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office revealed that,
“Radioactive tritium contaminated water leaked into the groundwater” beneath the facility. What’s more, Indian Point sits on the bank of the Hudson river and is only 25 miles north of New York city.
The owner of Indian Point, Entergy, “reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent. The facility reports that the contamination has not migrated off site and as such does not pose an immediate threat to public health.”
The governor described the leak as unacceptable and stated that an investigation would be conducted by the New York department of environmental conservation and Department of Health “to determine the extent of the release, it’s likely duration, cause and potential impacts to the environment and public health.”
The Guardian reports that there have been many tritium leaks at Indian Point in recent years, although the one that occurred on February 6th appears to be the most serious.
Image: The Entergy-owned Indian Point Energy Center sits on the banks of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of New York City. (Photo: Hope Abrams/cc/flickr)