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Radioactive groundwater detected at Va. power plant

Wednesday - 2/22/2012, 11:53am  ET

LOUISA, Va. - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking the source of leaking radioactivity at its North Anna nuclear power plant after an elevated level of tritium was detected in groundwater.

Company spokesman Rick Zuercher tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/A8e2lf) that the plant's two reactors aren't the source of the leak.

The company told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday that tritium in water taken from an on-site sampling well was more than twice the federal standard for drinking water. The company says the contaminated water is not leaking off-site.

Dominion Virginia Power also told the commission that there's no evidence the leak is related to last year's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

The commission says the radiation isn't a hazard to the public.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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