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Staff at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant are looking for six tools containing radioactive material that have been reported missing. Xcel Energy says the tools contain sealed radioactive materials, with significantly less radioactivity than what's found in residential smoke detectors. They were discovered to be missing during an inventory taken in December. Xcel says the situation does not pose any safety threat to plant workers, the public, or the environment. The company reported the mis
A problem cropping up at nuclear plants around the country has occurred at Vermont Yankee, with the discovery of a radioactive isotope called tritium in a monitoring well on the Vernon reactor site. Plant spokesman Robert Williams said the monitoring that found tritium in the well is part of an industrywide program to check for the isotope of hydrogen. He said the level is about half the amount that would be required to be reported to federal authorities and poses no threat to public health or safety. Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry engineer who has consulted with the Legislature on issues related to Vermont Yankee, on Thursday said, "It's a sign that there's a pipe or a tank leaking somewhere" at the plant. "It's highly unlikely that the highest concentration in the ground would happen to be at the monitoring well."
They were discovered to be missing during an inventory taken in December.