Westchester, NY– Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to the latest reports of increased levels of radiation in the groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant:
“This latest report of elevated levels of radioactivity in the groundwater at Indian Point has once again raised very serious concerns regarding the safety of this aging and troubled plant. Though the radioactivity levels recorded in the groundwater are the highest ever detected at Indian Point, this is not the first time there have been alarming levels of tritium leaking from this facility. The last such incident took months to solve, and the fact that it has happened again so soon after does not instill a high level of confidence when it comes to the management of Indian Point’s safety.
“A nuclear facility should not be located a mere 24 miles from the largest metropolitan area in the nation, especially a facility as troubled as Indian Point. I am pleased that the state is working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to determine the extent of the release, its potential impacts, and how it can be contained. Yet still, I cannot help but feel the only real solution to the constant barrage of problems plaguing Indian Point is the simplest and perhaps most obvious one: close the plant down.”
Please note this statement was originally published on January 21, 2016 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.