Most of leaked oil con­tained, Cuomo says

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

Most of the 600 gal­lons of petroleum that leaked at the nu­clear power plant has been con­tained, Gov. An­drew Cuomo says.

BUCHANAN >> Most of the 600 gal­lons of petroleum that leaked from a heat ex­changer at the In­dian Point nu­clear power plant on Fri­day has been con­tained within the plant and only a small por­tion reached the dis­charge canal, ac­cord­ing to Gov. An­drew Cuomo, who toured the area by boat on Sun­day.

En­tergy spokesman Jerry Nappi said the prob­lem was dis­cov­ered when “staff iden­ti­fied an oil sheen in the plant’s dis­charge canal” on Fri­day morn­ing. No sheen­ing of oil was de­tected in the river, he said.

State en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials in­spected again on Satur­day and found no oil or sheen on the river or the canal and Cuomo said af­ter Sun­day’s in­spec­tion no ad­di­tional petroleum is ex­pected to reach the dis­charge canal.

The In­dian Point nu­clear power plant is about 45 miles south of Kingston City Hall, on the east­ern shore of the Hud­son River, and 24 miles north of the New York City bound­ary.

State En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mis­sioner Basil Seg­gos sug­gested the ab­sorbent booms placed in the dis­charge to canal to ab­sorb the petroleum sheen may not have been ef­fec­tive.

“The booms are ac­tu­ally placed at the very far end

of the canal sys­tem down­stream from the dis­charge point into the Hud­son River so that raises a sig­nif­i­cant ques­tion of if oil got into the wa­ter at any rate, it would have got­ten into the canal be­cause of the lo­ca­tion of the booms,” Seg­gos said. “One of the booms is ac­tu­ally ripped off as well.”

Nappi said the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion has been on­site many times since the spill was re­ported Fri­day morn­ing “and we have not got­ten any neg­a­tive feed­back about our boom place­ment prior to now.”

The oil that leaked lubri­cates plant equip­ment and is not ra­dioac­tive; the plant con­tin­ues to run safely and there is no im­pact on work­ers or pub­lic health or safety, Nappi said.

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