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