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Radioactive Waste Dodged for Illinois River
Radioactive waste from a decommissioned power plant in Arkansas will not be put the Illinois River watershed...(posted 4/26/17)

4/26/17

Save the Illinois River (STIR) has been assured that radioactive waste will not be discharged to the Illinois River Watershed. It will go to the White River watershed which is the source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in northwest Arkansas. Original reports about the waste disposal did not indicate what river would receive the material tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen.

The assurance came today from Denise Georgiou, industrial pretreatment coordinator for the City of Fayetteville.

"The radiation is an exempt amount, almost 1,000 times less than the limit," she said.

The waste is being removed from a small nuclear power generation facility being decommissioned by the University of Arkansas.

Transporting the waste to an approved disposal site is not "sustainable" said Georgiou.

While the waste is not coming to our watershed, STIR still is extremely concerned about the possibility the City of Fayetteville will approve the disposal plan at its meeting Tuesday.

"We shouldn't be putting this waste into any river, anywhere," said STIR President Denise Deason-Toyne. "What is the message Fayetteville and the university will be sending to the youth of our nation? They are saying 'this is the expedient thing to do although not the right thing."

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