65,000% Spike in Radiation Outside New York Nuclear Plant is Likely Worse than Fukushima

indian-point-radiation-leakBy Jay Syrmopoulos

Buchanan, NY — An uncontrollable radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant continues leaking into groundwater, which leads to the Hudson River, raising the specter of a Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

The Indian Point nuclear plant is located on the Hudson River, approximately 25 miles North of NYC, and serves the electrical needs of an estimated 2 million people. Last month, while preparing a reactor for refueling, workers accidentally spilled some contaminated water, containing the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium, causing a massive radiation spike in groundwater monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing by as much as 65,000 percent.


Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant, chalked up the readings to “fluctuations that can be expected as the material migrates.” According to Entergy, the tritium contaminated water spill was contained within the plant, and never reached the Hudson or any other water source.

“There is no impact to public health or safety,” Entergy spokeswoman Patricia Kakridas told RT.

Of course, the tritium leak is the ninth in just the past year, four of which were serious enough to shut down the reactors. But the most recent leak, however, according to an assessment by the New York Department of State as part of its Coastal Zone Management Assessment, contains a variety of radioactive elements such as strontium-90, cesium-137, cobalt-60, and nickel-63, and isn’t limited to tritium contamination.

Despite the assurances from Entergy, the area around Indian Point is a “cancer cluster,” with the local rate of thyroid cancer rates registering at 66 percent higher than the national average, according to Joseph Mangano, Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP).

According to a report by RT:

RPHP researchers compared the state and national cancer data from 1988-92 with three other five-year periods (1993-97, 1998-02, and 2003-07). The results, published in 2009, show the cancer rates going from 11 percent below the national average to 7 percent above in that timespan. Unexpected increases were detected in 19 out of 20 major types of cancer. Thyroid cancer registered the biggest increase, going from 13 percent below the national average to 51 percent above.

Incredibly, Entergy completely rejects the notion that their plant’s operations have caused an increase in cancer rates.

“There is no relation whatsoever,” Kakridas claimed.

When the study was conducted by RPHP, over 20 million people lived within a 50-mile radius of the nuclear plant.

“Everybody who lives near a nuclear plant is exposed to radiation. Some plants are worse than others,” Mangano told RT. In the case of Indian Point, it is a very old plant, and “there is a greater danger because of a large population living close by.”

Numerous environmental groups call the latest problems just a symptom of a much larger issue and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is partnering with organizations The Sierra Club, Riverkeepers, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Scenic Hudson and Physicians for Social responsibility in seeking the permanent closure of the plant.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a representative to the Indian Point plant, Neil Sheehan, who told CBS News that the NRC is continuing to review the recent tritium leakage at Indian Point.

“We recently sent a radiation protection specialist to the plant to assess the situation and learn more about what happened. He was assisted by our three Resident Inspectors assigned to the plant on a full-time basis,” he wrote in an email to CBS.

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NRC is also currently reviewing Indian Point’s renewal license, which would authorize it to continue operating for another 20 years.

“It’s a disaster waiting to happen and it should be shut down,” Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper, a watchdog organization dedicated to protecting the Hudson River, told CBS News.

“The good news is, advances in alternate power sources, grid management and energy conservation have brought us to the day when the aging, unsafe Indian Point can close,” Gallay said.

He pointed out numerous sources of energy for the region, including 600 megawatts in transmission system upgrades and another 500 megawatts available through energy savings achieved through efficiency and renewable energy.

“There will be enough power to keep the lights on in our homes and hospitals, our businesses and schools — in every place that makes our communities healthy and vibrant,” Gallay said.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has rejected calls for the immediate closure of the nuclear power plant by Cuomo and environmental groups, saying they should first demonstrate how to replace the energy produced at the power plant, which supplies 25 percent of the power to the New York City area.

“I have told some of the environmental people, if you can show me a plan to figure out a way to replace that electricity, fine, but if you can’t, it’s going to raise electricity rates 30 or 40 percent, which are high enough on average people and that’s not the way to go. In the meantime, I have emphasized very strong safety,” Schumer said.

While Schumer’s sentiments are understandable, the reality is that the sheer economic health costs of this plant’s operation far exceed the savings in energy bills. With so many alternative sources of producing clean energy, the reasoning for keeping such a toxic plant operational is baffling. One can safely assume that there is some vested financial interest in keeping this plant running; as always, simply follow the money.

Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

  • Smarty

    Chuck Schumer thinks it’s ok to let you die from cancer from a utility you have no control over, but it’s not ok for you to be a law abiding gun owner. What a POS he is…

    • Gunflint Roseberg

      Agreed Smarty….Chucky isn’t afraid of sick dying unarmed citizens. He is concerned of healthy Armed American Patriots who had enough of his crap.

      • Obie Miller

        You got it!

      • Mary Lou Coulson

        yep

  • Marsha

    Lol. New York is foreigners and libtards.

    • rcade

      Man are you that stoooooopid. It is both the liberals and the conservatives, the Republicans and the Democrats. A lot of the foreigners are much smarter than Americans as we are the brainwashed millions who can’t think for yourself. “Foreigners and Libtards” jeez, go crawl under a heavy unstable rock.

    • John Cook

      You mean JewYork?

      • William Burke

        You changed your name from Koch, didn’t you?

  • mabera19

    The Government wants to kill more than half of the US Citizens. Illegal aliens, they want to kill you too!!!

    • William Burke

      They want to kill them LATER. They still have use for them.

      • GrandmaAmerica

        Yes, they are Obummer’s new home grown military.

      • Mary Lou Coulson

        slaves

  • Jessica Coco

    Since Indian Point is heavily subsidized in the millions, why would there be a increase in electricity bills? This is nonsense! Has anyone heard of Oyster Creek & Salem nuclear facilities in NJ. Both Fukishima-like reactors produce 2% above what is needed to generate the plants themselves. Why are they open and subsidized by the millions while killing wildlife and killing children with cancer? Because one hand greases the other and both grease the face. You can follow the $ trail easily. This is why we have to get rid of capitalism, a satanic system that worships $ over people. If Oyster Creek or Salem go, there will be no America to talk about. Thank God 9/11 was perpetuated by our government. Imagine if we had real terrorists and they hit these power plants?

    • William Burke

      You are confusing Corporatism with Capitalism. I’m no rabid fan of the latter, but it’s not comparable to Corporatism.

  • Herbert Dorsey

    There’s is no reason to continue using nuclear power plants. Germany has shut down all their nuclear power plants after the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. The leadership of Japan and the U.S. apparently is not as wise. There are technologies presently suppressed, which can extract energy from the vacuums of space, as described in “Secret Science and the Secret Space Program.”

    • Cypher

      Yup. It’s all part of “humanity”. Those at the top that have made money with archaic thinking suppress alternatives. That goes for science, medicine, and technology in general.

    • Yorgle

      yes indeed Germany closed down its nuclear plant… without any proper plan, and replacing the nuclear sources mostly by coal source.
      Results: electricity prices have exploded, death rate from pulmonary disease is also expected to rise significantly…

      • Patty Parfait

        If this mess in New York gets out of hand it’s going to be a lot worse … and more widespread. Electricity rates exploded because of all the restrictions on coal … The radicalized Muslim sympathizer we’re still having to deal with til next January pledged to bankrupt the coal industry with restrictions and taxes so of course the prices exploded. There should have been a contingency plan with coal to fall back on. Jumping into nuclear anything before you have a plan that will control leaks … even worse a core meltdown. .. is playing Russians with hundreds of thousands, even millions of lives.

        • Michael McKinney

          Sad but maybe it would clean up some of our leaders there that do nothing in regards to these damaging consequences that are caused by who take corners that will not benefit America but have huge problems for many many years. These are chances we do not need to gamble with. Our so called luxuries today are not worth the devastating effects of tomorrow.

        • dessertgirl

          Have you been following Trump’s support of the coal industry? I have.

          • Patty Parfait

            No I have not. In all honesty I haven’t checked out any candidates on coal. You have given me a new project to study up on … Thank you.

      • Herbert Dorsey

        Coal burning technology is even more obsolete than nuclear power and, as you say, is also damaging to the environment. The point I wish to make is that much better technology exists that is cleaner and cheaper, that has been suppressed by the powers that be so that they can still profit by using obsolete and damaging to the environment, technology.
        The book that I mentioned shows what is possible if the public demanded it. One reason for dumbing down the public is so that they won’t know what has already been discovered and patented but still kept secret from the masses. In other words – the secret science.

    • BSORaiderErie

      Germany is in the process of turning nuclear into coal until they can figure out how to make electricity even more expensive. I still see nuclear energy as a better alternative than green energy.
      God Bless the USA and Springfield Armory!

      • Last of the patriots

        Well you don’t like this country because nuclear power plants when they leak radiation it doesn’t go away it stays there permanently and it kills people forever are you that ignorant. Nuclear radiation destroys everything fore ever. Apparently you don’t care for this planet.

        • BSORaiderErie

          Do you remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Stop with your ridiculous accusations and worries about what may come. I’m sure the key is to not have a leak? Nuclear power is quite safe. I think it is you who doesn’t love our planet or else you would know the problems with solar and wind technology which are not economically efficient and do their own destruction.
          God Bless the USA and Springfield Armory!

          • Michael McKinney

            Google our oceans, the radiation leaks from underground testing, our rivers and streams, our government chem-trails, fluoride in our water systems……. Some care about the planet and what we leave to those who have lent it to us. When we are gone and our children stand in our place, what do you you wish to leave them? A planet of disease, little air quality with nothing but contaminated water to drink? The food chain dead from these contaminates? Don’t be so selfish. If you wish to show an example, why don’t you move to some of these areas and be one?

          • BSORaiderErie

            You idiots who believe in evolution sure are bleak, definitely glass half empty bunch. The World is fine but if you want to do more than buy some land and take care of it.
            God Bless the USA and Springfield Armory!

      • Mary Lou Coulson

        Hilary trying to shut down coal

    • john

      Modern Nuclear plants are very safe. It’s a great source of energy, new reactors very efficient. There is still not enough renewable energy cost efficient or reliable enough to utilize on a replacement basis at the current time.

      • Herbert Dorsey

        I must disagree. Fission reactors are plagued with problems no matter how modern. The atomic decay causes damage to the reactor material eventually causing control rods to jam and other mechanical problems. The safe disposal of radioactive waste still has not been solved. If atomic energy is to be used, it should be based on proven cold fusion technology, like that of Andrea Rossi.

      • bobfairlane

        Perfectly safe, except for all that nuclear waste they leak out. Oh wait, that’s just “radiation”. Perfectly safe, because you don’t have enough money to win a lawsuit against them.

      • Michael McKinney

        One leak is too many. If the greed of money did not control this nation or any other nation for that matter, Tesla and his free power, the 150 mile plus carburetor……These people were bought out or killed so the money hungry savages that rule keep a steady flow of money world be dammed! These very people who represent them are bought out thinking they have a place after their duty is done yet will have a huge awakening ahead of them. If it is not from their masters it will be by the wrath of God.

      • Patty Parfait

        Have you noticed the oil glut of late?

    • Pyra Gorgon

      They want to kill us all, what better way than radiation poisoning?

  • Patty Parfait

    It’s a good thing nuclear power is safer than coal … not

    • emmanuelozon

      My coal burner cost me $400 including installation…. but if I had the money for a nuclear reactor well then.

  • Uncle B

    When even an American educated individual finds this of interest it is long past time for alarms to ring . . .

  • GGundam

    According to Entergy:

    “fluctuations that can be expected as the material migrates.”

    Why am I not re-assured by that statement?

    • Patty Parfait

      One helluva fluctuation .. 65,000 percent!

  • William Burke

    NO WAY is this a Fukushima-level event. It’s far from great, but there is some “good” news, in that Tritium’s half-life in the human body is only 7-14 days.

  • Anon Wibble

    Time for a revolution.

  • Fernando

    Part of the NWO Satanic Illuminati plan to cull the herd.

  • eddysach

    You can’t see, smell or detect radiation with any of our 5 senses …considering we’re only privy to 3.5% of the whole electro/magnetic spectrum…& we won’t know until it’s waaaay toooo late …when it bites us all on the ass…unless of course, they have magic pills or scaler frequency tech to ameliorate the threat to their health…how come David Rockefeller/ Prince Phillip /Henry Kissinger /Sheldon Adelson/.Geo.Soros et al & most of the Rothschild zionist /royal bloodlines …just won’t die?…maybe they have access to pure monatomic gold as their ‘elixir of the gods’…which . gives these “Chosen One’s” protection from radiation -chemtrails etc …& the normal effects of aging etc (altho they sure ain’t pretty-lol)…& the normally slow deteriorating chromosomal telomeres of theirs, are somehow rejuvenated???…Churchill drank like a fish & smoked cigars …& almost made it to100…go figure.

    • Donna Kuhn

      anti-semitic enough?

      • ittlebite

        Sorry, if the shoe fits

        • Donna Kuhn

          i love me some good old anti-semitism served up with my ecological catastrophes. hopefully you will succumb asap you disgusting excuse for a human.

          • John Cook

            By ‘anti-semitism’ you mean reality?

          • eddysach

            I think I just flushed out a hopelessly inculcated & negatively programmed & extremely selfish & coveting religious zealot HATER…. that suffers from toxoplasmosis ..a form of virulent rabies manifested as a genetic / generational brain parasite /hitch-hiker …that is endemic to the Tribe of Dan…that consider the 99% as chattel…. compared to their superior gene pool[sic]…give Nutty Yahoo a kiss for me (lol)!…& gfys

          • Pyra Gorgon

            Danites were heathen idol worshipers who liked boats, not that thing you wrote.

      • bobfairlane

        No, not enough. Semites are anti-white and a drain on the whole planet.

  • Paul Panza

    The US navy already has the answer to the worlds energy problems as they hold the patents on safe, zero point energy producing technology that is 100% safer than any atom fission or fusion tech. The problem with the inspection is multiple: 1) where is the transparency, 2) the inspectors are using standards that are off by factors of 100x to a 1000x depending on which isotope is in question, 3) where is the health data of the workforce that has worked there for the past several decades and which biased corporation safe guards that info, 4) does not the tritium evaporate into the atmosphere via venting from the plant? 5) how much insurance is available to cover the damage and what is the ceiling of that coverage, 6) this facility should have been shut down and decommissioned years ago posing more questions and safety issues; such as how does one safely remove a core and its surrounding highly radioactive components and transport them across country to storage sites with the proper monitoring and transparency of reportage. Transmuting elements into safer ones has been demonstrated and could be made available to reverse the dangerous long lived radioactive waste. The government needs to step up to the plate and start regulating this in a more pro-active manner and due its duty to hold accountable the nuclear industry and it mass murdering corporate entities.

  • Barn Cat

    Cancer clusters occur randomly all the time. A 66% increase in thyroid cancer isn’t statistically significant.

    • Patty Parfait

      Dependent upon the time period!

  • beijingyank

    Say goodbye to the NY real estate market.

    • john

      It’s a bunch of scare tactics. They are probably going to buy up all the real estate on the Hudson in that area when the price drops, then gouge it off on others when the readings all of the sudden are safe again.

  • Natalie London

    Oil. Nuclear. All the energy sources are like a bad drug. We should have never use ANY OF THEM.. And harnessed the power of the sun… and continually improved upon solar energy. It is too late now. And this one simple mistake will destroy mankind. Solar, does no have the energy output of oil even now, and certainly not nuclear. But how wonderful would it have been to live on an Earth that is still intact…..And if all the great mind s were working on solar problems who knows how much energy we could extract….

  • Iffinu Haddabrayne

    … could someone please hand me my Big Gulp?
    .

  • BSORaiderErie

    I agree with Shumer on this one but an inspection should be done to see what can be done to update this facility.
    God Bless the USA and Springfield Armory!

  • Gym

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer State. Schumer the commie, spritzer the rapist, Killary (not her home but) the liar, and the pfhagg mayor deblasio de blojob, and thousands of libturds idiots.

  • GrandmaAmerica

    Who’s to say this isn’t another false flag. Poor New York, crisis after crisis…How much money are they going to want to make this crisis go away?

  • MIKE6080

    make the companies officers live there

    • old codger

      and drink the contaminated water!!

  • Bess Servdkold

    Chewmer nay be doing us a biga$$ favor… Imagine if ALL the NYC liberals come to a glowing end??? I couldn’t care less….

  • Last of the patriots

    I guarantee these politicians and rich idiots been contaminated American people for years and years without anybody’s knowledge, what are you soon there won’t be nothing left to pollute or contaminate. Man has decimated all the aquifers around the world down to 20 / 27% pretty soon there won’t be nothing left!

    • Last of the patriots

      And keep lying to the public even know that plant is contaminating everybody all in the name of money

  • Gunflint Roseberg

    Well, last week it was Poisoned water just for the Citizens, this week it’s Radiation poisoning just for the Citizens. Hardly wait to see what next week will bring us.

    • Pyra Gorgon

      Don’t forget the latest “fly scare” : ZIKA VIRUS! (before that was ebola, swine flu, bird flu, SARS…)

  • old codger

    Well that certainly explains beyond any shadow of a doubt what has affected the New York LibTURDS!! Their brains are contaminated by nuclear waste!! Well that is “IF” they had a brain to begin with!! ROFLMAO! Chuck “the smuck” Schumer must have been drinking it right at the source of the leak!! What an A++hole he is!!!!!!

  • Blogengeezer

    As always repeated..”Follow the money”. So What just raise the rates the 40%… 50%.. whatever it takes.

  • Blogengeezer

    As said “Follow the money” Just raise the rates, whatever it takes, 40% 50% 100% 200%. Cover the entire area with thousands of imported 20% efficient [takes energy of five… to replicate one] wind turbines. After all, “It’s For the Children”.

  • sol

    hopefully katz’s on houston street wont become radioactive.. that would be the end of the last real pastrami sandwich in nyc

  • freewill2

    yup, follow the money, theres been several sources of cheap power discovered through the years and government stopped it all, no way to make money if people has a 10 dollar light bill..

  • carlolisa

    So, the Commander’n Chimp…hates coal…….

  • Chrissie See

    Sorry, but this is the kind of hysterical reporting that reduces the credibility of critics of nuclear power. Nothing in the problem at Indian Point even vaguely resembles the problems in Japan nor is it even remotely approaching one one thousandth of that scale.

    Is the leak good? Of course not. But call it what it is… and recognize that replacing the power generated from nuclear plants will require burning more fossil fuels, which carries an environmental price tag that is also significant.

  • BikerGuy7

    Th eClintons main residnce in only about 20 mile sor so from Indian Point

  • Erik

    Whoever titled this “likely worse than Fukishima” needs to be fired. That’s straight up sensationalist BS. I’m not a fan of radiation leaks, but this isn’t even REMOTELY close to the Fukushima incident. Recall that a 45 ft. tsunami wave hit that plant, and basically split the thing in half spilling everything out…. 100,000+ people were immediately evacuated and many can’t return home, even now. Get real…

  • PithHelmut

    Why doesn’t someone say to Schumer that he has to implement a plan of conservation of energy and to detail how they will themselves save 30-40% energy. One thing he could suggest is smart traffic lights. Ever noticed how they make you sit there for pedestrians even when no pedestrians are there. Councils are installing automatic pedestrian lights (at taxpayers expense of course) that stop traffic on four sides instead of the traditional two. That means an extra cycle of sitting at the lights when there is no reason to. That means an extra 20 seconds at most lights every day. Count all the cars that do this in a day at almost all traffic lights, and work out how much more emissions are going out for nothing. And that’s not all, we waste energy like there is no tomorrow and maybe there won’t be. We could save 30% energy tomorrow and not feel deprived at all is we simply cut out what we are wasting. Schumer needs to come out with a plan for conserving energy and not just make demands. Why do we listen to these slime balls anyway?

  • Jock Doubleday

    No worries!! Rothschild nuclear power plants were built on fault lines all over the world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love you!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Michael McKinney

    Workers accidentally spilled some contaminated water, containing the
    radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium, causing a massive radiation spike
    in groundwater monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity
    increasing by as much as 65,000 percent. Some as in a little bit or did they accidentally dump the container? 65,000%? Is that a small accident? This is a joke right?Just a little accident? Of course, the tritium leak is the ninth in just the past year, four of which were serious enough to shut down the reactors. But, “There is no impact to public health or safety,” Entergy spokeswoman Patricia Kakridas told RT. No worry people, Patricia says “No worry people”! We want to sign up for another 20years. (NOT)

  • Mary Lou Coulson

    how long has this been going on? we have noy heard about it?

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