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New report: Level of contaminated water from Indian Point Nuclear increased 80%

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Staff writer ▼ | February 10, 2016
Entergy reported that the level of radioactive tritium-contaminated water that leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear facility last week has increased by 80 percent since the initial report.
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"Last week the company reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well's radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.

"The trends of unexpected outages and environmental incidents like these are extremely disconcerting. On February 6, I directed the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health to investigate the cause of the radioactive leak.

"Operational problems at Indian Point have been under investigation by the Department of Public Service since my directive in December 2015.

"Today, I have further directed that the three agencies integrate their investigations to thoroughly explore whether the operational problems that are suspected to have caused the uptick in unexpected outages of the plant may also be causing the leak of radioactive water into the environment.

"Representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Public Service will be onsite as part of these investigations."