BUCHANAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal regulators on Tuesday were investigating why water accumulated in a room of critical electrical equipment after a transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday it has sent a team to the plant in Buchanan, in Westchester County.
A transformer at the non-nuclear part of the plant caught fire twice on Saturday, May 9. The fire destroyed the transformer, caused an oil spill and forced Indian Point 3 offline. It
The fire was put out by a built-in system as well as on-site and outside firefighters.
The commission said water appeared in the electrical room after the fire.
The commission said the room’s electrical equipment, which was undamaged, powers plant safety systems.
A spokesman for Indian Point’s owner said water from a sprinkler system flows to a floor drain in the electrical room by design, but did not drain as quickly as expected.
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