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Correct Commissioner’s Ostendoroff misstatement?

Could Commissioner Ostendoroff correct his testimony made in the senate hearing on May 5, 2010. He stated "none of the ground water samples at any plant in the USA has exceeded 20,000 picocuries per ml."

At Vermont Yankee ground water contamination was in excess of 3 million picocuries per ml, while at Oyster Creek it was in excess of 1 million.


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    Mike Mulligan ( Idea Submitter )

    Dear Mr. Mulligan,

    Thank you for your comment on May 8, 2010, on the OpenNRC website. On May 5, 2010, Commissioner Ostendorff made the following statement during the NRC oversight hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clear Air and Nuclear Safety:

    "So far, to date, none of the water samples taken at any of the plants have had any groundwater contamination in excess of the 20,000 picocuries per liter."

    You are correct in pointing out this misstatement. The Commissioner’s intention was to say that, to date, no local drinking water samples taken near any NRC-licensed nuclear power plant have had tritium levels in excess of the 20,000 picocuries per liter limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Commissioner Ostendorff intends to correct this matter for the record of the hearing.


    Ho Nieh

    Chief of Staff

    Office of Commissioner William C. Ostendorff

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission