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Entergy reports radioactive leak at nuclear plant

3 years ago December 22, 2011 Dec 22, 2011 Thursday, December 22 2011 Thursday, December 22, 2011 7:59:25 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. - Officials at Entergy Corp.'s nuclear power plant near Baton Rouge say they have notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a leak of radioactive hydrogen.

The Advocate reports that an elevated level of tritium was found Wednesday in a groundwater monitoring well at the Entergy River Bend Station.

Entergy says the leak is not considered a public health threat because it was only in one of 31 monitoring wells.

Plant spokeswoman Katie Damratoski says Entergy is still investigating the source and cause of the leak. She says River Bend Station will check the contaminated well and those around it every month.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission regional spokeswoman Lara Uselding says the commission has inspectors at the plant to monitor the situation.

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