Transformer Explosion At Indian Point Releases Non-Crude Oil Into Hudson

A transformer fire at Indian Point 3 at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York caused black smoke to billow into the air Saturday evening around 6PM which was extinguished by a sprinkler system. The transformer holding tank in place to hold oil from the transformer, overflowed from the fire, releasing thousands of gallons into the Hudson River. Emergency crews arrived on the scene to try and contain and clean up the transformer fluid. Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press briefing Sunday afternoon saying exactly how much oil was discharged into the river is yet unknown. The fire caused an automatic shutdown and Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi claimed that the adjacent reactor, Unit 2, is unaffected, remaining in operation. Cuomo said cleanup efforts could take up to two days with commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Protection, Joseph Martens, declaring booms had been set up in a 300ft diameter to keep the oil from spreading. It is not clear yet what caused the transformer failure and Nappi said it could be weeks before Unit 3 is reopened again. Unit 3 of the Energy Center uses energy created by the plant to supply power to the state. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay, expressed sentiment felt by many residents in a press release from Sunday stating that, “The plant should not be operated under its current fire safety regime. It is not cheaper, it’s not safe, and it’s not necessary. It’s time to close Indian Point and move on.”

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