NRC: Limerick nuclear plant had radioactive spill in March

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has revealed the Limerick Generating Station had a leak in March, releasing thousands of gallons of radioactive water that were flushed into the Schuylkill River.

    The Pottstown Mercury has a report on the spill, which occurred March 19 during a scheduled radiological release. Several thousand gallons of the water overflowed, were discharged into Possum Hollow Creek and then eventually made their way into the Schuylkill.
    So why are we just learning about it? The contamination concentrations were so low that the NRC determined there was no threat to public safety.

    Post-spill tests revealed water contamination levels well below the state and federal governments’ allowable standards.

    A public meeting about Limerick’s 2011 operations has already been scheduled for April 18, 6 p.m. at the Limerick Township Building.

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