Tritium Found In Water Again At Vermont Yankee

10/08/10 5:50PM

Radioactive tritium that's leaked from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has turned up for the first time in a former drinking water well tied to a deep underground aquifer.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant officials continue to say there's no threat to the public health or safety from the new tritium finding.

Plant spokesman Larry Smith says the water in the section of the well that was tested is not flowing toward the aquifer. He also says the levels of tritium found are well below the safety limit set for drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Neal Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, says the test result is just one data point and more testing is needed.



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