NJ Nuke Plant suffers a leak

(CBS)   The operator of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant says a small quantity of a low-level radioactive substance found this week in a concrete cable vault is confined to the plant site.

Officials at the plant in Lacey Township near the New Jersey shore told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that detectable levels of tritium were found while workers were replacing a cable to a water pump on Wednesday.

Tim Rausch, Oyster Creek’s site vice president, said late Friday that the release posed no threat to public or employee health or safety.

Plant engineers and environmental experts are working to determine the source of the water containing the tritium. They believe it may have trickled into the vault by following underground electrical conduits that pass near a condensation tank.

Oyster Creek is the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant.


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