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Runyan Posts Public Comment on Potential NRC Rulemaking Requiring Prompt Clean Up of Radioactive Materials at Nuclear Power Plants


Location: Washington, DC

Earlier this week, Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-3) sent a public comment encouraging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to require operators of Nuclear Power Plants to promptly remediate radioactive contamination. On July 18, 2011 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it would begin consideration of rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual radioactivity during operations at nuclear power plants. The NRC requested public comment, which will be open until September 16th.

In addition to his desire to see prompt remediation of radioactive contamination, Runyan also drew attention to the issue of tritium leaks from underground piping. In 2009 Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, in Lacey Township, leaked tritium into land through corroded underground piping. Runyan drew attention to the danger of a contaminated water table.

"I am strong supporter of nuclear energy as part of an all of the above energy strategy, but common sense dictates that leaks at nuclear facilities should be cleaned up immediately, said Runyan. Frankly, I'm surprised that prompt remediation isn't already mandatory."

Runyan also wrote the NRC on June 23, 2011 with questions about what it is doing to prevent future tritium leaks from the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. Attached, you can find a copy of the letter to the NRC.

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