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Radioactive water leak detected at Upstate nuclear power plant
LAKE WYLIE Water with traces of a radioactive hydrogen isotope has again leaked at an Upstate nuclear power plant, but the spill hasn’t made nearby drinking water unsafe, according to federal regulators. According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, more than 100 gallons of water containing tritium leaked over the weekend during maintenance at the Catawba Nuclear Station in York County. Water was being pumped from the main condenser to a site collection pump, and the water in the pond overflowed, officials said. The level of tritium in the water is well below limits that would make it dangerous to drink, the NRC said. Federal officials classified the leak as a “non emergency event.” According to Duke Energy, which runs the plant, the contaminated water was contained at the Catawba site and wasn’t near drinking water wells. In May, a leak in a fiberglass discharge pipe resulted in a spill of more than 100 gallons of water. In both reported leaks, NRC officials said that the levels of tritium in the water were less than half the federal limit for safe drinking water. Tritium is a byproduct of atomic fission. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that drinking water containing tritium can increase the risk of developing cancer.
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Nation & World
Boeing income rises 12 percent as deliveries of commercial planes accelerate
Boeing Co. said Wednesday that its net income rose 12 percent in the third quarter as deliveries of commercial planes continue to accelerate. It raised its profit guidance for the full year. The big U.S. plane maker also said it plans to boost production of the 787 – some of which are made at a new plant in North Charleston – amid strong demand for the technologically-advanced plane. Boeing shares closed up $6.54, or 5.34 percent, at $129.02 Wednesday. Profits from commercial planes rose 40 percent, offsetting a 19 percent profit drop in Boeing’s defense division because of a sharp decline in deliveries of military planes. Boeing earned $1.16 billion, or $1.51 per share, for the quarter. That was up from about $1 billion, or $1.35 per share, a year earlier. Not counting pension expenses, Boeing would have earned $1.80 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting $1.55 per share. Revenue rose 11 percent to $22.13 billion, above analyst expectations.
Starbucks opening ‘tea bar’ in New York City
NEW YORK Starbucks is trying to make tea trendy, with plans to open its first “tea bar” in New York City. The Seattle-based company says Teavana Fine Teas + Teavana Tea Bar will serve sweets and other food including flatbreads, salads and small plates ranging in price from about $3 to $15. Drink prices will range from $3 to $6, and include novelties such as a Spiced Mandarin Oolong tea and carbonated teas. The menu of food and freshly made drinks is a switch for Teavana, a chain of about 300 stores that sell boxed and loose tea and accessories. Teavana stores are mainly in shopping malls, but Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he plans to expand the footprint to include more locations in urban areas.
The Associated Press contributed.