Material Left South Carolina Nuclear Site
January 7, 2005
Low-level contamination has been found on some equipment used to replace
a steam generator at the Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca, South Carolina.
Dayle Stewart, spokeswoman for the Oconee Nuclear Station said that workers
at a nuclear plant in Arkansas and a contractor in Texas found contamination
on equipment used to replace the steam generator in Oconee Unit Three.
Officials at Oconee say the equipment had been cleaned.
The unit is back to full power after a refueling and maintenance outage.
Duke Power and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported the contamination
as minor and posed no health risks.
A nuclear watchdog group calls the contamination unneeed radiation exposure.
Michael Mariotte with the Nuclear Information Service in Washington says
even small contamination can cause problems.