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Entergy Identifies, Stops Flow of Lubricating Oil From FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant

A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew noticed the sheen during a flight and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew noticed the sheen during a flight and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SCRIBA, NY – This morning (June 27), Entergy personnel at its James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba identified the source of oil released to the site’s discharge canal on Sunday and stopped the flow.

A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew noticed the sheen during a flight and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew noticed the sheen during a flight and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

While this oil contains no PCBs, is non-radioactive, non-hazardous and has low potential health effects, any unintended release to Lake Ontario is not in accordance with Entergy’s standards.

A preliminary investigation has determined a tank that stores lubrication oil overfilled due to an apparent equipment failure.

A pipe that acts as an air vent from the tank exits onto a building roof. Excess oil flowed through the vent pipe and pooled on the roof, then apparently migrated to a roof drain and eventually into Lake Ontario.

Equipment that discharges water to the lake has been turned off, and there is no apparent ongoing release of oil.

“We are taking appropriate actions to mitigate the environmental consequence from this event and working closely with appropriate local, state and federal agencies,” said Brian Sullivan, FitzPatrick’s site vice president and Entergy’s top official at the site. “We have identified the source of the oil, stopped the leak and put protective absorbent material and barriers in place to help mitigate additional oil from reaching the lake. Environmental protection is a hallmark of our operations, and we are taking all appropriate actions.”

Site personnel and environmental contractors are cleaning up the lubricating oil from the building and working within the discharge canal to absorb and contain any oil that reached the canal, which flows to Lake Ontario.

FitzPatrick nuclear power plant has been shut down since Friday afternoon, when control room operators removed the unit from service following a loss of power supply affecting water pumps at the plant.

3 Comments

  1. Oh Lord. This is scarey, especially given the age of the plant and it’s closing planI hope this is not a sign of things to come,

  2. Keep it open though … upstate energy jobs blah blah blah … this is disgusting. Leaking tritium, leaking oil, we read about this place spewing toxic crap into Lake Ontario ruining the ecology of the region but let’s keep it open so some people can have jobs.

    That’s corporate capitalist America for ya. Destroy the planet, pollute every ocean, lake, river … so some corporations can profit and some people can have jobs … even though we could be moving full speed ahead with non nuclear clean energy that doesn’t spew oil into the Lake and where even more people could work than do today at FitzPatrick.

    Nuclear is so clean though … uh huh. Get the oil out of the lake please. Unreal.

  3. “non-hazardous and has low potential health effects”

    Dear Entergy…

    non-hazardous
    potential health effects

    Shut them down, and stop liying…

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