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Braidwood tritium update June 26, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Nuclear Power.

On June 11, 2006 the Braidwood nuclear plant, in Illinois, provided a preliminary notification report update to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on its ongoing issues with tritium contamination.

Basically a recently purchased offsite pond is contaminated with tritium (radioactive isotope of Hydrogen) at what the licensee terms “low levels.”

As part of their “Tritium Remediation Plan” Braidwood is lowering water levels in the pond by pumping tritium contaminated water into the Kanakakee River, where they say the volume of the river will dilute the tritium.

This is the normal way of dealing with this, it seems, as the EPA, state of Illinois and Will County all signed off on this.

Mmmm . . . tritium water.


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