Federal regulators investigating SC uranium spill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

February 1, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Federal regulators are at a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant investigating a spill of wastewater containing uranium.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday a team had arrived at the Westinghouse Electric Co. plant near Columbia.

The NRC says about 200 gallons of wastewater containing ammonia and uranium spilled Jan. 24 after a pump failed. No workers were injured or needed medical attention.

The team is examining Westinghouse's response and will issue a report in about a month.

Westinghouse's 550,000-square-foot plant near the Congaree River makes fuel rods for nuclear power stations across the country. Regulators said in October the public faced little danger from 25 pounds of low-enriched uranium pellets reported missing from the plant several months earlier.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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