Federal officials held meetings regarding the alleged Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., drinking water that was contaminated...
groundwater sample shows the presence of tritium at 400 times the federal
drinking water standard in a monitoring well 3.6 miles from the Columbia River
at the Hanford nuclear reservation. An internal Hanford memo, obtained by the
Tri-City Herald, says it could take the underground plume as little as three
years or as many as 30 years to reach the river.
information will be available in a few weeks as to the concentration of the
tritium and how serious a threat it poses to the river. A tritium concentration
of 20,000 picocuries of radiation in one liter of water is the federal drinking
water limit. The reading at the monitoring well was 8 million picocuries.
Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.