Plus …Xcel Energy leak: City of Monticello learned of tritium in days, not weeks.
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Xcel Energy leak: City of Monticello learned of tritium in days, not weeks
The City of Monticello learned about elevated levels of tritium near the Xcel nuclear plant three months earlier than city officials have acknowledged publicly, according to emails obtained from a public records request.
On Nov. 28, six days after radiated water was detected, Scott Johnson, Community Relations manager for Xcel Energy, sent a three-sentence email to Monticello City Administrator Rachel Leonard, informing the city that a monitoring well at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant “indicated Tritium levels above a reportable threshold.”
Asked about the discrepancy between the email and statements, city spokesperson Haley Foster said the earlier November 28 email did not contain sufficient details and drew a distinction between elevated levels of tritium in groundwater and confirmation of a leak at the nuclear plant.
The Nov. 28 email from Xcel was also apparently intended for Wright County Commission Darek Vetsch, whose district includes the City of Monticello.
But the email from Xcel misspelled his first name and had the wrong email address. It appears to have been inadvertently sent to a financial advisor with a similar name, according to records.
Foster maintains that the City’s press release was still accurate.
“As detailed in the emails provided to FOX 9, the City was not aware of the larger issue, including the tritiated groundwater until late February. This is reflected in our release, ‘The City of Monticello learned about the extent of the water leak at the Monticello Plant at the end of February 2023.’”
The key phrase appears to be, ‘the extent of the water leak….”
Earlier drafts of the statement did not use the word “extent” and said unequivocally the City of Monticello learned about the leak at the end of February 2023.
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