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Nearly Three of Four U.S. Nuclear Plants Leaking Radioactive Material

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posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 08:59 AM
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Nearly Three of Four U.S. Nuclear Plants Leaking Radioactive Material


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A radiocative form of hydrogen is escaping from nearly three quarters of U.S. nuclear sites, sometimes in quantities hundreds of times over the federal limit of what is hazardous in drinking water.

Tritium has leaked out at 48 of 65 sites nationwide, according to the Associated Press. Although none of the potentially carcinogenic substance is known to have reached public drinking supplies, it could seep into groundwater.

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posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 08:59 AM
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....and everyone thought the threat of radiation was from abroad, well hey, its right in our back yard and you can do absolutely nothing about it, so i guess that means were all going to glow in the dark and act like zombies ?

But , no no, were not going to turn into zombies but what is going to happen...well i guess in the next decade the first symptoms will begin to surface.

Good Luck Everyone..!

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posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 10:03 AM
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Okay, so lets shut them all down, and then what?

Think of how life would change without nuclear power. Can you imagine the blackouts?

The problems are inherent to the age and design of these reactors. They are old and running far above maximum output...

We can get rid of it, but what will happen when electricity costs to an average family skyrocket into the thousands of dollars per month?

What will happen to an already bad economy?

You've seen what can happen when gas prices go up.

How much risk are you willing to accept from the nuclear industry to keep energy rates at or near where they are now?




posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 10:10 AM
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Everyones pretty quiet about nuclear power as they enjoy it at home. Only whent here is an accident people say omg no more nuclear lol .


right now regardless of its dangers we need the nuclear to make the world tick. Untill we have alternative methods like fusion or tap into that recently discovered strongest eletric field in that cosmic jet found by toronto scientists.



how about this masses ?


lets cancel all the concerts , olympics , sporting events , reality tv , game shows , local events , expensive dinner parties ,etc


we cancel all of that and use the trillions of dollars from all of those for researh and development of

anti-fission nuclear tech ?


how many are okay with that ? ???


none eh ? goood so stfu and enjoy your nuclear energy

have a good day !



as for the op .... there leakinig ???


oh my what a surprise NOT


What did you people expect with aging nuclear reactors lol ? This is just a byproduct of our waste


eat it up dirty humans you can't go cry to mama now because its in her backyard lool



posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 10:50 AM
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A radiocative form of hydrogen is escaping from nearly three quarters of U.S. nuclear sites, sometimes in quantities hundreds of times over the federal limit of what is hazardous in drinking water.


As related to... what? They also release scalding hot water into the atmosphere and into local water reservoirs - as hot as that cup of coffee served to that lady in a McDonald's Drive Through that was deemed hot enough to be negligence on the part of the company.

So why isn't every nuclear reactor sheathed in a boiling, radioactive moat of doom? Entropy has its way of doing that. Tritium has a fairly short half-life of about 4,800 days (or a little over 13 years for those paying attention). Water molecules containing tritium dilute into the non-tritium bearing mass, and any concentration is more than halved every 15 years.

Though, again - I'm not sure where they are getting this measurement from... from the vapor leaving the cooling towers? From water recycled through the reservoirs? Kind of makes a difference. Though it's also worth noting that we're not drinking any of it in the concentrations measured - regardless of where they got it from.


....and everyone thought the threat of radiation was from abroad, well hey, its right in our back yard and you can do absolutely nothing about it, so i guess that means were all going to glow in the dark and act like zombies ?

But , no no, were not going to turn into zombies but what is going to happen...well i guess in the next decade the first symptoms will begin to surface.


Hardly.

The beta radiation emitted by Tritium penetrates no further than about 6mm of air and is completely incapable of passing through the outermost layers of the epidermis (your dead skin cells). Though it wouldn't be particularly advisable to drink a 2-liter of the stuff - you'd have to take up an all-tritium water diet to really make things problematic for yourself.

But the most humorous thing:


The legal limits for tritium in drinking water vary from country-to-country and from continent-to-continent. Some figures are given below.

Canada: 7,000 becquerel per liter (Bq/L).
United States: 740 Bq/L or 20,000 picocurie per liter (pCi/L) (Safe Drinking Water Act)
World Health Organization: 10,000 Bq/L.
European Union: "investigative" limit of 100 Bq/L.

The American limit is calculated to yield a dose of 4.0 millirems (or 40 microsieverts in SI units) per year. This is about 1.3% of the natural background radiation (roughly 3000 microsieverts).


en.wikipedia.org...

The WHO has over 12 times the amount of Tritium listed as being the 'legal' or 'safe' limit as the U.S. does. Canada has nearly 10 times. Britain has about 1/7th.




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