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Radioactive material found in Ohio nuke plant leak

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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PERRY, Ohio (AP) — An energy company says radioactive material detected in water from a steam pipe leak at a nuclear power plant in Ohio doesn't pose a threat.

Crews at the Perry nuclear plant alongside Lake Erie northeast of Cleveland detected the leak Monday afternoon and reported it the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the state.

The plant notification to the NRC says tritium was detected in a groundwater monitoring station near the auxiliary building where the leak occurred. There's no evidence tritium made it off plant grounds.

Plant operator FirstEnergy says the leak is being repaired and there is no threat to the public.

The NRC says tritium is a weakly radioactive isotope occurring naturally in nuclear plant operations. It can be found in self-luminescent items like wristwatches and aircraft dials.