SCRIBA -- Oil found on Lake Ontario Friday near the Entergy-owned James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant is suspected to be residual oil from a previous spill in late June, according to plant officials.  

An off-duty employee identified an apparent new sheen of oil on the lake, prompting Entergy to shut off a circulating water pump, after which no further oil was added, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson Neil Sheehan.

Following the placing of protective barriers and the restart of the pump, Entergy staff confirmed that no additional oil was released, and the sheen was “a result of a small amount of residual” oil from the June 24 spill, Entergy spokesperson Tammy Holden said.

Holden said there was no impact to worker or public safety.

Entergy and Department of Conservation staff remain on scene addressing the residual oil. 

The plant, which was first returned to operation after that spill on July 7, according to the NRC, is currently operating at 85 percent capacity pending work on a condensate booster pump, and is expected to return to 100 percent power afterwards, Sheehan said.

Check OswegoCountyNewsNow.com for updates later today or Tuesday’s edition of The Palladium-Times for the full story.

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