Worry over radioactive water leak
An underground pipe has been discovered by workers in Georgia leaking radioactive water beneath a nuclear power plant. The workers are in the process of discovering if the pipe is the sole cause of the leak or if there is another source that the water is also coming from.
Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that is created inside nuclear reactors. There is worry of the water spreading past the area and affecting the public’s water supply. Radioactive water can be harmful in a drinking source and therefore needs to be monitored. At the moment, state environmental officials say the water has not spread and is currently no threat to the public. They are hoping to get the leak fixed early this week.
The tritium was found in two test wells 25 feet below the ground. It is one of the least dangerous chemicals as it is low-level radiation that leaves the body quickly, however it does increase the risk of developing cancer. It is confined to a very small area and therefore officials say it is highly unlikely that anyone will be affected. The plant has been producing power for more than 30 years and previously suffered from tritium leaks and they hired a consultant to investigate the previous leaks.
The company replaced piping and repaired other parts of the plant to prevent anymore tritium leaks back in 2006. Now the problem has struck again it will take more sealing and repair methods to ensure the problem is prevented in the future. A bigger leak could cause a lot more damaged if it reached the aquifers and drinking source.
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