Tritium Leak at SC Nuke

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 03:05 PM gHale

Water with traces of a radioactive hydrogen isotope leaked at a nuclear power plant in South Carolina.

The level of tritium in the water is well below limits that would make it dangerous to drink, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Thursday.

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Workers discovered the leak Wednesday at the Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca. The NRC said water was in the process of transferring from one chemical treatment pond to another and began seeping from the ground.

Officials said the leak was greater than 100 gallons of water.

Duke Energy runs the plant. A watchdog group is calling on the company to figure out why the leak happened and prevent future spills. Duke officials say the reporting was voluntary and no one is at risk from the release.

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