NEW YORK — Watchdogs say a leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants.
New testing has shown that the amount of tritium below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water.
Officials say there’s no immediate health risk from the leak because the village gets its drinking water from the Catskill mountains.
But critics of nuclear plants say the leak is cause for concern, partly because investigators had yet to pinpoint how it happened.
An Associated Press investigation in 2011 found that three quarters of commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. had reported tritium leaks.
Those spills were often linked to corroded, underground pipes.
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