CORTLANDT – Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant owner, Entergy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have confirmed the radioactive leak at the plant is worse than first thought.

Entergy and the NRC say the radioactive isotope strontium 90 has been at elevated levels in test wells on the Buchanan site. They also say the potentially toxic chemical is likely getting into the Hudson River. Entergy says the levels of strontium 90 that were found in monitoring wells may be coming from Indian Point One, which has been shut down for years.

Meantime, the leak was briefly discussed at a summit meeting at Cortlandt Town Hall Wednesday. The meeting was a result of a request made by Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-Katonah) to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Also addressed at the meeting was emergency preparedness at Indian Point, following repeated problems with emergency sirens around the plants. Rockland and Westchester officials say the meeting did not resolve all issues, but it is a step in the right direction.

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