Radioactive leak at nuclear power plant under investigation

Nuclear safety inspectors are investigating a radioactive waste leak at the 966 MW V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina, according to The State newspaper.

The leak was discovered July 7 during a routine inspection of a low-level waste processing system where processed radioactive waste is being prepared for release.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that 100 gallons of liquid waste spilled from a pipe that led to a discharge point at the plant operated by South Carolina Electric & Gas. Initial reports show the material pooled on a concrete pad at the site and reportedly did not leave the plant or threaten the public. Officials continue to investigate what caused the leak.

The plant uses a Westinghouse three-loop pressurized water reactor and entered service in 1982.

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