Sewage Spills at Nuclear Plant

JENKINSVILLE – A pump failure at a sewer lift station at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant caused the spillage of between 500 and 1,000 gallons of raw sewage Monday morning, according to an event notification report posted on the Web site of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html).

The overflow was detected at approximately 7 a.m. Monday in the yard outside the plant, spilling into a nearby storm drain. The storm drain discharges into Outfall 13, a designated spill drain that empties into the Broad River via Mayo Creek, on-site inspectors with the NRC said Tuesday. A spokesperson with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) could not confirm at press time whether or not the sewage actually reached Mayo Creek or if DHEC planned an inspection of the site.

Crews on site stopped the leak shortly after its discovery and began repairs and clean-up, according to the NRC. The spill was reported to DHEC at 10:45 a.m.