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Rep. Engel: Transformer Explosion and Fire Just the Latest Problem Plaguing Indian Point

Rep. Engel: Transformer Explosion and Fire Just the Latest Problem Plaguing Indian Point

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the Indian Point transformer explosion:

“This weekend’s transformer explosion is the latest in a long-history of near-misses at the troubled Indian Point nuclear power plant.  Entergy is emphatically telling the public that there’s nothing to see here, but the plumes of smoke rising above the facility tell an entirely different story.  Indian Point is old, dangerous, and should never have been built where it stands.

“This latest incident is also a reminder of the environmental hazards associated with Indian Point.  According to Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates, several thousands of gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River resulting in a deadly oil sheen that measures hundreds of feet in diameter. 

“Whether it is exploding transformers, chemical leaks into the Hudson, or oil leaking into the water, this aging nuclear reactor on two major fault lines continues to beg to be closed down.”