NH DHHS - NH Test Results for Tritium in Connecticut River Negative

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is announcing that water

samples taken from the Connecticut River to test for tritium in response to

Vermont’s positive result last week are negative. All the samples were

below the minimum detection level of 500 pCi/L.

The 10 samples included 1 collected by Vermont. The New Hampshire samples

were from the same sites DHHS has been collecting samples since last year

when the tritium leak was discovered near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant.

The Vermont sample was collected from the point where the contaminated

groundwater flows from the shoreline into the River where the samples

reported last week were collected.

“We did not expect to find anything,” said Dr. José Montero, Public Health

Director at DPHS “so these results are reassuring. We will keep up our

increased testing until we are sure the potential threat is over. Then we

will resume our regular schedule.”

DHHS’ Division of Public Health Services routinely collects and analyzes

hundreds of environmental samples each year around the 10-mile emergency

planning zones of both VY and Seabrook Station nuclear power plants to

monitor air, soil, ground and surface water, and plants. Results from this

additional testing will be made available as soon as results are complete.

For more information, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website

at http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/tritium.aspx or the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services website at