Report: Radioactive release from nuke plant less than 150 miles from New Orleans

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
By Paul Martin
May 3rd, 2011

Nuclear Event – North-America, RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, May 3, 2011:


Event type: Nuclear Event
Date / time [UTC]: 03/05/2011 [May 3] – 02:56:08
Area: Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant
County / State: State of Mississippi
City: Port Gibson
Event Description:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating after a radioactive element is found in the Mississippi river. Authorities say it started at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Port Gibson. They say they went to check for standing water in an abandoned unit, and found a build up of water. They decided to pump it out, and after taking a sample, they discovered the chemical “tritium” had been released into the river. Officials say the River has diluted the radioactive material, and is not causing harm to the people. Right now the incident is under investigation. There’s no word on how much Tritum was pumped into the water.

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