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FirstEnergy: Perry nuke plant's radioactive water leak to be fixed today
FirstEnergy says the leak was small, contained and is expected to be repaired quickly
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Jennifer Young with FirstEnergy says only one area adjacent to the building with the leak had elevated levels of tritium in the water.
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Akron-based FirstEnergy’s nuclear power plant in Perry experienced a water leak containing radioactive tritium this week.

Exposure to tritium increases the risk of developing cancer. FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young says the leak is expected to be repaired Tuesday.

LISTEN: Perry Nuclear Power Plant's repairs to be completed today

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“The leak that has been discovered at Perry is not a large leak that will take a long time to repair. Workers are actively out in the field right now working to do that repair, which will probably include installing a clamp around the leaking area and injecting it with a sealant.”

Young says the plant has only found elevated levels of tritium in one area adjacent to the building that had the leak.

She says the contaminated water will remain in the storage area under the plant until it is treated and found safe to put back in the lake.
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