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Radioactive Water Under Plant Hatch
Monday, 03 October 2011

October 3--  The Southern Company reports it has found the source of a leak of radioactive water at Plant Hatch south of Vidalia.

Spokesperson Amoi Geter says workers started digging Friday after plant water monitors showed traces of radioactive tritium which is produced when energy is produced at nuclear reactors.  She reported Monday that workers have found one underground water pipe with a leak and stressed there is no danger to public safety or to area drinking water.

"This has no impact on public health and safety.  We will be working around the clock to stop the tritium releasing and go about the process of repair and replacement.  We've tested all of the sample points both onsite and offsite and have found no evidence of any increased tritium," she said.

There is no danger to drinking water in the area, according to Geter.

September 30--  Toombs County EMA Director Lynn Moore forwarded the article below:

— Radioactive water has been found underneath a nuclear plant in southeast Georgia, but officials say it does not pose an immediate threat to public health.

The Atlanta-based Southern Co. says workers will start digging Friday under Plant Hatch in Baxley to find the source of the leak.

Plant Vice President Dennis Madison says radioactive tritium was found Wednesday in two test wells at the plant. Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen. It’s created when energy is produced at nuclear reactors and is found in water.

It is unclear how much water is leaking.

Madison and state officials say the radioactive water appears confined to a small area at the site. They say there’s little or no chance it could get into drinking water. Testing shows local aquifers remain safe.

 

 

 

 
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