Vermont Yankee removing contaminated water, soil

first_imgFollowing last week’s announcement that Vermont Yankee has identified and stopped the source of tritium leakage at the nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont Yankee technicians have begun removing tritiated groundwater from beneath the plant site.  On Thursday, technicians began pumping groundwater into above-ground containers for processing and reuse in the plant. Also, planning is under way to remove about 150 cubic feet of soil that contains small amounts of other contaminants such as manganese and cobalt. The soil will be disposed of at a federally licensed disposal facility. With the conclusion of the investigation to identify and stop the source of tritium in the site’s groundwater and the start of longer-term remediation, Entergy has instituted a six-point, fleet-wide initiative to become an industry leader in tritium leak prevention, detection and mitigation. The six-point initiative includes benchmarking industry best practices, prioritizing structures, systems and components, improved inspection techniques and improved strategies for prevention, monitoring and mitigation of leakage. Entergy Vermont Yankee will continue to provide updates on the progress of remediation efforts and other plant activities on a regular basis or as information warrants.  As of today, the plant has been operating continuously for 505 days. Filing Will Allow Entergy to Release Investigative ReportVermont Yankee Communications issued following news release Saturday afternoon in response to Vermont Yankee’s filing of a protective order to the Vermont Public Service Board. The statement clarifies Entergy’s position on the order which was misrepresented in a news article from Saturday.”(Vernon)  Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee spokesman Larry Smith responded today to news reports regarding a motion the company has filed with the Vermont Public Service Board setting conditions for the release of the company’s internal report regarding underground piping.“Despite interpretations to the contrary, the purpose of the motion was not to conceal information, but to make it public.  The company’s motion before the Public Service Board simply defines the conditions for providing the full report by an outside law firm to the public without waiving the attorney-client privilege or the attorney work product privilege with respect to anything else.  A reading of the motion would have made clear that it was intended to facilitate, not obstruct, the transparency which the company has promised.”Source: Vermont Yankee. 3.27.2010last_img

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