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Progress Energy announces plan to keep tritium out of ground water

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Progress Energy announced today a new plan to keep tritium out of ground water near their Brunswick County nuclear plant. Tritium is a chemical by-product of nuclear reactors. Most of it is stored in a retention pond located next to the plant. In May of 2007, traces of it were found near a man hole sparking concern from environmentalists, and nearby residents Progress Energy plans to place borders around the pond that will keep tritium from escaping. Progress Energy officials say the chemical is not hazardous. Concerned residents can get their questions answered at a community meeting at the Progress Energy site. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Brunswick Media Center on River Road in Southport.

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