Buchanan, NY – A trace of radioactive tritium has been found in sewage at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which could mean that some of the facility’s contaminated groundwater is being carried to the village of Buchanan’s treatment system.
A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said today there was no danger to the public. The sample, taken from pipes leading to the village sewers, yielded tritium at a level of 8,000 picocuries per liter; the NRC standard for sewage is 10 million picocuries per liter.
The spokesman, Neil Sheehan, also noted that there is no nearby source of drinking water. The standard for drinking water is 20,000 picocuries per liter. [CBS]