Radioactive Tritium Found In Two More Wells At Vermont Yankee

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(Host) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says more radioactive tritium has been found in two additional test wells at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon.

NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan says that Vermont Yankee has reported finding tritium in two wells south of where radioactive water was first reported on January second.

(Sheehan) "One of the wells, GZ14, was found to have tritium in the range of 70,500 picocuries per liter. Another well also in the vicinity, GZ4, was found to have tritium at the level of 1,800 picocuries per liter."

(Host) Sheehan says the additional findings should help Yankee technicians pinpoint the source of the leak.

(Sheehan) "These new wells are designed to try to outline the dimensions of any groundwater contamination. And so in that respect, they’ll serve as important additional data points."

(Host) Vermont Yankee officials say no tritium has been found in area drinking water supplies or in the Connecticut River.

The federal safety standard for tritium in drinking water is 20,000 picocuries.

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