Nuclear Reactor Wastewater Will End Up In Beaver Lake

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville City Council on Wednesday approved dumping wastewater from the site of a former nuclear reactor into the city’s sewer system.

The water will eventually flow into Beaver Lake, our area’s main source for drinking water.

One city council member thinks it’s a bad idea, but others claim it’s perfectly safe.

"We are actually dumping our sewage, what’s left of it into our drinking [water] source," said Fayetteville City Council member John La Tour.

The council voted four to two in favor of the decision to process 70,000 gallons of nuclear reactor wastewater in its public sewer system. La Tour voted against the measure.

"Apparently Beaver Lake is so big it doesn’t matter, but it just makes me uneasy to know we are putting our waste in our drinking water supply," La Tour said.

Fayetteville’s Utility Director Tim Nyander said they’ve had the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas test the waste water, and it’s slightly better than state regulations for drinking water.

"If you actually tested ground water going into anybody’s basements you’d probably see the same levels of this hydrogen tritium that they are talking about, it’s very low […]

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Nuclear Reactor Wastewater Will End Up In Beaver Lake
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Arkansas 2017: Fayetteville City Council approved dumping wastewater from nuclear reactor into the city's sewer system, which flows into Beaver Lake, the area's main source for drinking water.
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