Ura­nium found in wa­ter at nuke plant

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors say tests show ura­nium lev­els ex­ceed­ing safe drink­ing wa­ter stan­dards have been found at two lo­ca­tions at a nu­clear fuel plant that has leaked in South Carolina.

The state news­pa­per re­ported that the Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion and plant op­er­a­tor West­ing­house told a com­mu­nity meet­ing Thurs­day night in Columbia that the pol­lu­tion came from leaks in 2008 and 2011 from a con­tam­i­nated waste­water line.

The Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion said the ura­nium-con­tam­i­nated wa­ter is in the mid­dle of the large fuel plant south of Columbia and has not reached the prop­erty bound­ary.

The com­mis­sion’s Tom Vukovin­sky said West­ing­house thinks the leaks “are fairly shal­low.”

West­ing­house is work­ing on a plan to clean the pol­lu­tion and prevent the spread of the ura­nium-tainted ground­wa­ter.

The plant makes fuel rods for com­mer­cial nu­clear re­ac­tors.

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