Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down After Fire

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) -

Part of a nuclear power plant 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan, surrounded by about 20 million residents, remained shut Sunday after a transformer fire  caused thousands of gallons of oil to leak into the Hudson River.

The transformer at the Indian Point 3 plant failed on Saturday evening, causing a fire that forced the automatic shutdown. The fire on the non-nuclear side was quickly extinguished and the reactor was deemed safe, said a spokesman for owner Entergy Corp.

On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a briefing at the site to address how the emergency was handled.

“These situations we take very seriously. Luckily this was not a major situation. But the emergency protocols are very important,” Cuomo said. “I take nothing lightly when it comes to this plant specifically.”

The Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan supplies electricity for millions of homes and businesses in New York City and Westchester County.

The event is considered the lowest of four emergency classifications for U.S. nuclear plants.