Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
LAKE WYLIE, SC (WBTV) -
Federal regulators say more than 100 gallons of water, with traces of a radioactive hydrogen isotope, have leaked at the Catawba Nuclear Station.
According to a report from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the leak was discovered around 11:23 p.m. on Tuesday night. Officials at the Lake Wylie-based nuclear station reported the leak to federal officials around 2:52 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The report states that a "leak greater than 100 gallons containing tritium has the potential to reach groundwater. The source has been identified. Actions to isolate this source are being initiated."
Tritium is a radioactive form hydrogen by bonding together three hydrogen atoms. WBTV has learned the atoms take just over 12 years to break down.
"Everyone is exposed to small amounts of tritium every day, because it occurs naturally in the environment and the foods we eat," according to the NRC's website.
The tritium levels in this water were less than one-half of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards and pose no public health risks, Duke Energy stated in a release on Wednesday afternoon.
"All water is contained at the Catawba site and is not in close proximity to any drinking water wells," said Kelvin Henderson, Catawba site vice president.
The location of this water is about a half-mile inside the station's property.
"This is not anything that causes us any level of concern," said York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell. "There's certainly no immediate risk. All the testing will be done and appropriate action will be taken. The likelihood of this actually getting into the ground water is rare."
Howell says on a "day like today" it will likely just evaporate.
"No reason for concern by anyone around the property or employees on-site," Howell said. "Nothing to be concerned about. It is monitored, it is being watched, it is being taken care of. There are measures going on, as we speak, to make sure that what is there is contained and taken care of and no future, or additional, leaks occur."
"Once tritium enters the body, it disperses quickly and is uniformly distributed throughout the soft tissues," the NRC's website stated. "Half of the tritium is excreted within approximately 10 days after exposure."
Dr. Tim Mousseau, a professor of biology at the University of South Carolina, says that there should always be concern when things aren't going as planned at a nuclear facility.
"Tritium is basically radioactive water," Mousseau said, "It gets into everything, it can move through the ground and air and it's really hard to capture."
Mousseau has spent a career studying the effects of nuclear leaks and meltdowns and their effects on the environment.
He says the leak at the Catawba Nuclear Station is a drop on the bucket when compared to the total amount of nuclear-contaminated water being stored at the facility.
According to Duke, Tritium must be ingested in large quantities to pose any significant health risks.
Officials have identified a leak in a fiberglass discharge pipe from the turbine building sump, the report from the USNRC states.
Duke Energy, which runs the plant, is "in the process of installing a temporary sump pump in the turbine building sump in order to isolate the discharge path," according to the report.
The report classifies the tritium leak as a "non-emergency."
Howell says the leak is at a small enough number that officials weren't required to report it to the USNRC.
"The reason, I think, there's visibility to this - a few years ago there was some traces of tritium found in some wells in the immediate area, in some of the on-site monitoring wells that are there," he told WBTV. "Since then, of course, that's heightened awareness."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says drinking water that contains tritium can increase the risk of developing cancer.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>