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Radioactive Tritium, Cobalt 60 Found in Monitoring Well Near Callaway Nuclear Reactor

Kevin Killeen
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The Callaway 1 nuclear reactor. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

The Callaway 1 nuclear reactor. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Ameren Missouri claims there is no threat to drinking water in the area after it found radioactive Tritium and Cobalt 60 in a monitoring well near the Callaway nuclear reactor it owns and operates.

Normal operating procedures include regularly checking and monitoring equipment and systems at Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center, including well and groundwater testing procedures, according to a statement released by Ameren Missouri.

The test results were publicized by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which opposes the utility’s efforts to expand its nuclear power production.

Ed Smith, of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, says the contaminents were found at levels above what is considered safe for drinking water, and anyone with a groundwater well in the area should have it tested right away.

“Groundwater doesn’t know boundaries,” Smith says. “So if the contamination happened on Ameren’s property, it could very well move off site.”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was on site and investigating Monday.

Ameren Missouri told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it stopped discharging treated water from the plant into the affected area after results from the July 25 test became known.

Ameren Missouri in its statement said it has notified the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Nuclear Regulatory Commission and will continue investigating the matter.

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