Entergy Continues Investigation of Elevated Tritium at Indian Point Nuclear Plant

 Entergy Continues Investigation of Elevated Tritium at Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Entergy (NYSE: ETR) released updated findings from groundwater tests at the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York.
 
Recent samples earlier this week from onsite groundwater monitoring wells show elevated levels of tritium, with the highest concentration rising by about 80 percent, Entergy said. The fluctuations can be expected as the material migrates. Entergy maintains there is no impact to public health or safety, and that the readings remain less than one-tenth of one percent of federal reporting guidelines. Tritium is a weak radioactive isotope of hydrogen.
 
Samples will continue to be taken regularly from the monitoring wells, and the utility is investigating the source of the elevated tritium levels. The cause may likely be related to the processing of water in preparation for a regularly scheduled refueling outage at Unit 2. Workers are inspecting the pump and drainage systems associated with the outage preparations, which were completed in January, to determine the likely pathway for the water to have reached the ground.
 
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