Nov 13, 2018

Uranium Contamination Discovered at South Carolina Nuclear Factory

The groundwater contamination stems from two leaks

Groundwater contamination discovered at nuclear fuel facility
Groundwater contamination discovered at nuclear fuel facility

Recent tests found high levels of uranium contamination in groundwater at a nuclear fuel factory in Greenville, S.C. The contamination stems from leaks in 2008 and 2011 that occurred from a contaminated water line.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Westinghouse, the owner of the fuel factory, said the contamination is in the middle of the industrial plant and has not spread to surrounding land. Westinghouse now is working on a plan to cleanup the pollution and prevent further groundwater contamination, as reported by Greenville News.

The company is creating a report for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control detailing the extent of the contamination and potential remediation plans. The groundwater contamination has drawn concern from surrounding property owners.

Records show that the Westinghouse facility has a history of groundwater contamination, including nuclear materials and nitrate.