2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:49:37 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Nevada Test Site
Radioactive tritium found off nuclear test site for first time

By Mary Manning (contact)
Las Vegas Sun (NV)
October 20, 2009

Scientists have found radioactive tritium from nuclear tests in Nevada contaminating groundwater off the Nevada Test Site for the first time.

However, state and federal studies indicated the contaminated groundwater would leave the nuclear site within 50 years.

A groundwater sample taken in a new well drilled on Air Force land contained tritium at about 12,500 picocuries per liter, below the federal Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Act limit of 20,000 picocuries per liter. A picocurrie is a measure of radiation in liquid.

The Energy Department predicted in February that groundwater contamination would leave the Test Site boundary near Pahute Mesa, in the northwest corner of the sprawling site about 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas.


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