2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 08:46:27 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATiON: Nevada Test Site tritium
RADIOACTIVE REMNANTS: Scientists monitoring groundwater from Nevada Test Site area for contamination

Monitoring relies on plugging data into computer model

July 27, 2009

Radioactive groundwater laced with remnants of Cold War nuclear weapons tests is inching its way beyond the Nevada Test Site boundary where scientists expect they will soon find it for the first time.

The concentration of tritium is much higher than safe drinking water guidelines, but Department of Energy officials note it will be found within the surrounding Air Force range in an area not accessible by the public.

The pad and sump, or pit, for what's labeled Well EC-11 are being completed, with the first samples to be collected as drilling proceeds in the next three months, the federal scientist in charge of the project said Friday.


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