U.S. Department of Energy Statement -- March 4, 1997

 

MARCH 4 UPDATE ON GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION
AT BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving aggressively to define the southern edge of the tritium contamination plume at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Preliminary results from two wells near Rowland Street 1,900 feet south of the High Flux Beam Reactor at BNL show tritium, one at 70,300 picocuries per liter 100 feet below land surface, and another at 88,000 picocuries per liter 100 feet below land surface. Another well to the east of these wells shows tritium levels at 14,000 picocuries per liter. The Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standard is 20,000 picocuries per liter. More complete data from other wells at this location will be available later this week.

DOE and BNL will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

 

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