Nuclear Power Plant Leak Into Lake Michigan Goes Unnoticed for Two Months

Tony Geren(The Pontiac Tribune) – Plant officials believe at least 2,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Lake Michigan and personnel suspect the leak has probably been ongoing since October 25th, 2014.

Officials with the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant near Bridgman reported the leak to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and local authorities on December 20th, 2014,  according to an event notification posted on the NRC’s website.  The oil leaked at about 0.04 gallons per minute, which did not allow detection in the total water discharge flow of 1.5 million gallons of water per minute.

What’s concerning is they don’t really know the extent of the leak,” he said. “Nearly two months later is the first determination they make that they have an oil leak? It speaks to the quality assurance of all of their other systems.” said Michael Keegan, director of the nonprofit Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes.

This isn’t the first time.

In march of this year, It was reported that 1,638 gallons of oil was spilled into Lake Michigan at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery.

A week later the Coast Guard, BP, and the US Environmental Agency announced they had found no more oil.
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