A week ago (and on an inside page), the Gray Lady ran a modest AP item on the “leak,” highlighting the complaints by “critics” (i.e., Chicken Littles).
Such near-silence, over a possible catastrophe right here in New York City, makes quite a contrast with the big, loud, serial front-page coverage of the lead-poisoning crisis out in Flint.
How come? Who knows? Whatever’s driving it, the Times’ non-coverage of this nuclear disaster is exactly like its years of silence on the global threat posed by the endless “leak” from Fukushima.
Indian Point Contaminates the Hudson River With Uncontrollable Radioactive Flow
By ROGER WITHERSPOON
For more than a decade, it has been impossible for operators of the Indian Point nuclear power plant to stop highly radioactive reactor and spent fuel pool coolant from leaking into the groundwater and migrating to the Hudson River.
And despite assurances from Entergy that this time will be different, there is no indication that the company has developed the ability to prevent the latest uncontrolled leaks from following the underground waterway into the Hudson. And because the river is a tidal estuary flowing as much as 20 miles above and below the nuclear site, radioactive contaminants may be sucked into the drinking water systems of several river towns.
While Entergy focuses attention on tritium, a radioactive form of water and the predominant contaminant leaking from the plant’s cooling system, the actual leak contains a basket of radioactive elements, including Strontium-90, Cesium-137, Cobalt-60, and Nickel-63 according to an assessment by the New York Department of State as part of its Coastal Zone Management Assessment.