Another sample of ground water at the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert, Michigan has confirmed the presence of the radioactive substance known as tritium. The tests–a follow-up to tests last week–found levels of tritium at 22,000 picocuries per liter, or 2,000 above the limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These tests were conducted on site, with samples sent to an offsite lab for additional testing. Once that testing is completed, Palisades’ staff will reportedly begin the process of finding the source of the contamination and begin trying to “address” it.
A report in the corporate media also says that the mayor of nearby South Haven is looking into having the city’s water tested for tritium. Representatives from Palisades have said that the contamination affects only ground water and not drinking water and poses no health risk. They say that because the contamination has been found in only one of five shallow wells between the plant and Lake Michigan, the contamination is contained.