Friday, March 19, 2010

Contaminated Groundwater Making Its Way Into The Connecticut River

March 18, 2010 - Contaminated groundwater at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is making its way into the Connecticut River, stated the Vermont Department of Health in its daily update posted on its Web site on Wednesday. However, stated the DOH, the tritium in the contaminated groundwater is being diluted by the water in the river "below the lower level of detection."

"The major source of tritium contamination of groundwater -- if not the only source -- was identified at the advanced off gas pipe tunnel, and the leak stopped on the weekend of Feb. 14," stated the DOH's daily update. Since that time, water samples taken from the groundwater monitoring well nearest to the off gas tunnel have shown decreasing tritium concentrations and water samples taken from wells further east have shown increasing tritium concentrations, it stated.


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