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Second leak in four months reported at Oyster Creek nuclear facility

oystercreek071709_optBY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Another leak has been discovered at the Oyster Creek Generating Station in Ocean County, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission revealed Wednesday.

The NRC report stated the leak appears to come from a 6-inch aluminum transfer line that is used to transport water for condensation.

The NRC theorizes the leak is passing through the condensers wall, which is about four feet thick.

The NRC is investigating to determine if the leak contains any tritium, a naturally occurring radioactive form of hydrogen. A leak occurred at Oyster Creek in April shortly after the facility's operating license was granted for another 20 years.

Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club of New Jersey, called the second leak outrageous.

"This is the second leak since the plant was relicensed,'' Tittel said. "This shows the plant is unsafe and should be closed pending an independent evaluation. We can not trust Excelon to look after this plant, Scandia Labs should be brought in immediately to do an inspection. How many more leaks will there be? What other problems are there at this plant? The leak is 500 times the standard for tritium a radioactive carcinogen.

"This clearly demonstrates that plant should not have been relicensed for another 20 years. The plant is unsafe and the NRC is more concerned about protecting Exelon than public health and safety.

 

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