US Governor says nuclear plant fire created oil slick

A New York nuclear plant has had a transformer fire and leaked oil into the Hudson River. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed the oil discharge at Indian Point but “exactly how much, […]

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A New York nuclear plant has had a transformer fire and leaked oil into the Hudson River.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed the oil discharge at Indian Point but “exactly how much, we don’t know” he said.

He revealed the initial fire which broke out over the weekend, had been put out but the heat from the transformer reignited, so it had to be extinguished again.

He said the transformer was full of oil and in the process of putting out the fire, it ruptured.

This caused the oil to leak into the ground, which goes into the drain system and ultimately, “goes right into the Hudson River”.

The governor said there are now booms in the water to collect any oil which may be in the river.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is currently on site and on the river, monitoring this situation.