Dominion Virginia Power has found elevated levels of a weak form of radioactivity in a sampling well at its North Anna nuclear power station.
The radiation poses no hazard to the public, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
On Friday, the Richmond-based utility was notified by its laboratory contractor that water taken from an on-site groundwater sampling point contained an unusually high level of tritium — more than twice the EPA’s standard for drinking water.
“At this point, I don’t think there’s any concern on the NRC’s part that it would affect (nearby Lake Anna) or drinking water supplies,” said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the federal regulatory agency’s Atlanta office.
- AP: Quake-hit North Anna nuke plant leaking radioactivity February 22, 2012
- Tritium detected in Connecticut River — 1,230 picocuries per literDecember 26, 2011
- “Quake sensors removed around Virginia nuke plant due to budget cuts” — Spokesman: We’re still evaluating “all of the instrumentation that’s at North Anna” to determine forces reactors dealt with August 24, 2011
- Spokesman: Quake damaged North Anna’s spent fuel bunkers; Concrete came loose — Not considered ‘serious’ September 1, 2011
- Strange: Spokesman says workers at Virginia nuke plant were preparing to manually shut down reactors after quake when system went into automatic shut down — Another spokesman says “it was a manual shutdown” August 23, 2011