Cleanup of radioactive leak at Indian Point won't begin for months

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Entergy says it will be months before it can pinpoint the source of the radioactive leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and only then can it start the cleanup process.

Workers first discovered a small amount of contamination last fall outside the spent fuel pool, which stores fuel rods from inside the reactor once they are used up. Since the leak was found, test wells have been dug around and inside Indian Point Two to determine where the contamination is located underground.

And while Entergy says that leak was patched up, other test wells have detected both radioactive tritium and the more dangerous isotope strontium 90 in the ground. Entergy says it must first determine the source of the contamination before it can be cleaned up. Critics contend those tests are taking too long and are endangering the public.

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