Reactor at NY nuclear plant could be offline for weeks after transformer fire, oil leak

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A reactor at a New York nuclear power plant could be offline for weeks because of a transformer fire and oil leak.

Several thousand gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River after a Saturday transformer fire on the non-nuclear side of the Indian Point plant.

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The plant owner says it could be weeks before the plant's Unit 3 is restarted. The transformer must be replaced.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says transformer oil seeped into a holding tank that did not have the capacity to contain all the fluid. The state Department of Environmental Protection set up booms over an area about 300 feet in diameter to keep the oil from spreading.

The reactor itself has been deemed safe. The plant's other active reactor, known as Unit 2, is still operating.