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State investigating shut down, oil spill at FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba

By Eric Reinhardt


Photo credit: Entergy website

SCRIBA, N.Y. — New York officials are investigating the shutdown and subsequent oil leak into Lake Ontario at the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba, near Oswego.

The New York State Departments of Public Service (DPS) and Environmental Conservation (DEC) are probing the matter, DPS said in a news release issued Monday night.

The departments describe the plant shutdown as “unexpected.” They’re also pointing to a stuck valve, which they contend led to a leak of non-radiological oil into Lake Ontario.

The two agencies are conducting this joint investigation to understand the precautionary measures the plant operator took and what impact the leak had on water quality.

Investigators have stopped the source of the leak. The incident didn’t release any radioactivity into the environment, the departments say.

New Orleans, Louisiana–based Entergy (NYSE: ETR), which operates the Fitzpatrick plant, is currently remediating the spill under DEC and the U.S. Coast Guard oversight, according to the release.

The plant produces more than 800 megawatts of electric power, representing about 4 percent of the total energy demand in New York, according to the Entergy website.

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