High levels of tritium, a radioactive material, leaked into the groundwater around a nuclear plant located less than 30 miles outside of New York City, state officials said Saturday.
Nuclear regulators said the public is not at risk, the AP reported.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the facility, operated by the corporation Entergy, reported “alarming levels” of radioactive tritium that contaminated three of 40 monitoring wells. One well spiked 65,000 percent above permissible levels, the governor said, while noting that none of the material left the site.
The radioactive levels recorded this week are “significantly higher” than those discovered multiple times over the last few decades, according to Cuomo, who sent a letter to state health and environment officials on Saturday.