Nuclear power plant leaks 400,000 gallons of radioactive water

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Nuclear power plant leaks 400,000 gallons of radioactive water

A nuclear plant in the US leaked 400,000 gallons of radioactive water through a broken pipe, raising fears that the liquid has seeped into the ground.Xcel Energy admitted that its Monticello facility, 39 miles north-west of Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota, suffered a leak of water  containing tritium  last November.However, the company did not explain why it waited more than three months to publicly acknowledge what happened.Xcel Energy said that it notified state officials and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission once it learned of the leak on Nov 22 2022, but it was not announced until this week.

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Regulators: Nuclear plant leak didn't require public notice

Minnesota regulators knew four months ago that  radioactive waste had leaked from a nuclear power plant in Monticello  — but they didn’t announce anything about the leak until this week.The delay in notifying the public about the November leak raised questions about public safety and transparency, but industry experts said Friday there was never a public health threat. They said  Xcel Energy  voluntarily notified state agencies and reported the leak of tritium to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission soon after it was confirmed and that the leak of 400,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of radioactive water never reached a threshold that would have required public notification.

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