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Updated 06/22/2011 05:36 PM
Report finds Indian Point with tritium leak
The Indian Point Power Plant is pointed out in a new report. Our Elaina Athans tells us why it was under investigation.
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BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- "I don't think there's anything particularly new that came out in the report," said Indian Point Communications Manager Jerry Nappi.
The Indian Point Power Plant addresses findings from a yearlong investigation that radioactive tritium has leaked from the nuclear plant.
"When Entergy purchased these plants, there was a known leak," said Nappi.
The Associated Press cites Indian Point in the report. It says tritium often seeps into the ground because of decaying pipes. Indian Point claims the chemical won't cause health problems, but the National Academy of Sciences doesn't feel the same way. The organization says any exposure to radioactivity increases cancer risks. Indian Point days the source of the leak has been addressed.
"The company moved quickly to take the fuel out of that spin fuel pool, to take the water out and thereby eliminating any chance for future leakage," said Nappi.
These leaks have spurred doubt among independent engineers on the reliability of emergency safety plans. Indian Point says the plan they have in place will keep the public safe.
"We work closely with the four counties in this region and the state. We practice drills regularly," said Nappi.
Indian Point is under the watchful eye of the federal government. Four inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are solely assigned to the plant. Indian Point says they're the most scrutinized in terms of inspection hours.
"They (NCR inspectors) see all the documentation on all our equipment and how we maintain it," said Nappi.
There's equipment now to watch over the probability of potential leaks.
Nappi said, "We can see what's in the ground. If there are future leaks, we can identify them quickly and take measures to mitigate them."