Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another pipe leaks tritium at Braidwood

Engineers are continuing their check into the reason for a new tritiated water leak at Braidwood Generating Station. Station spokesman Paul Dempsey said today a leak was discovered last Wednesday by a worker at the station. The flow was stopped at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The incident occurred in a metal transfer pipe leading from the condensation storage tank to an auxiliary boiler on the non-nuclear side of the station. About 878 picocuries of tritium per liter wwere present in the water in the pipe. The amount is well below the federal maximum of 20,000 picocuries per liter, and 478 picocuries above the California level of 400 picocuries per liter.

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