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Friday, July 25, 2008

South Carolina to test wells near nuclear plants

South Carolina health officials to test water in wells outside 3 nuclear power plants

The state's health agency will be testing water from wells near three nuclear reactor sites around South Carolina.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says its staffers will visit residents Thursday and take samples from wells near Duke Energy Corp.'s nuclear power plants in York and Oconee counties and near the V.C. Summer plant in Fairfield County, which is co-owned by Scana Corp.-owned South Carolina Electric and Gas and state-owned utility Santee Cooper.

The agency says it is looking for radioactive contaminants in the water and is retesting wells that were sampled earlier this year.

Last year, testing at the Catawba plant in York County showed elevated levels of tritium in one of 30 monitoring wells on the site.

(Source: CNNMoney)

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