Saturday, August 22, 2009

Palisades repairs second tritium leak

A second radioactive leak at the Palisades nuclear plant has been fixed.

``I'm happy to say we have found the source of the leak,'' said Mark Savage, the public-affairs and communications director for Palisades, ``and have repaired that.''

The new leak was at a turn in a pipe and was because of the failure of a weld, Savage said. The pipes and welds are stainless steel.

``We think it was during original construction,`` Savage said.

In June, Savage told the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners that tritium levels were rising in monitoring wells.

Kalamazoo Gazette

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