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Potentially toxic chemical found near power plant

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A potentially toxic chemical was discovered near the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant. That chemical is called tritium, a chemical by-product of nuclear reactors. But residents say they're not worried. According to the EPA tritium is a form of hydrogen that is radioactive. Long-term exposure to large amounts can cause cancer. Progess Energy assures residents that the levels found were small and do not pose a health risk. Southport resident David Ness said, "I'm not really worried about it. Because I'm in City water and I don't think City water will be involved." The tritium was found in two manholes and in a nearby well. Progress Energy is still investigating the source of the leak. Progress Energy will hold public information session next Tuesday. They will have geologists along with other experts on hand to talk with nearby residents.

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