Radiation monitoring and education program gets underway in Burke County

June 20, 2017, Updated June 21, 2017, by Thomas Gardiner, The Augusta Chronicle

Studies in the 1990s revealed a number of drinking wells around Burke County with tritium contamination, a radioactive product of the Savannah River Site. Studies also suggest the area has had higher than average cancer rates since the establishment of Plant Vogtle, leaving some residents with questions about radiation exposure from entities positioned adjacent to each other along the Savannah River.

The Environmental Protection Agency held a public forum Monday to announce the results of a needs assessment conducted in late 2016 to establish the Radiological Education, Monitoring, and Outreach Program. The agency is working in conjunction with Georgia Women’s Action for New Direction and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory to initiate the outreach program.