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October 10--  The radioactive water leak at Plant Hatch south of Vidalia has been repaired with no impact on public health and safety, according to the following information Monday from the Southern Company.

"Things are going very well at the site. The Plant Hatch sampling program has worked successfully in identifying the suspect line and leak. All of our testing is complete, and we have confirmed that one underground leak was present in one line. The line has been drained, with covers welded on both ends so it cannot be used in the future. It is no longer in use.

A new line will be added above ground to replace the one with the leak. We have continued our sampling and there have been no increases in tritium on or offsite. There remains no impact to the health and safety of the public."