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Officials: Leak from radioactive pool at ORNL poses no threat
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A small leak at a reactor pool at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory poses no radiation threat to the public, according to officials.

Allen Schubert, Manager of Communications for UCOR, the environmental cleanup contractor for the DOE reservation, told 10News that the water leaking from the containment pool "is of little or low radioactivity and is contained to the building."

The reactor is more than fifty years old, and is not currently active. Right now, it is being used to store old "target" metals used in materials research. Scientists use the water to safely contain the radiation while they saw how the different metals react to being exposed to it.

The UCOR teams that oversee, monitor and maintain the buildings slated for later demolition were inspecting the facility when they noticed the leak, which was measured at about 100 drops per minute.

The water is being collected in a basin below the pool, and it will be taken to a treatment facility.


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