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Radioactive tritium from Vt. nuke plant in river

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posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 11:31 PM
not much to say other than not again.!

these test samples were taken last month so how long has this been leaking and how far has the tritium traveled.

Health officials say a radioactive form of hydrogen that leaked from a Vermont nuclear plant into soil and groundwater has reached the nearby Connecticut River.

State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen said Wednesday water samples from the shoreline near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant last month tested positive for small amounts of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that's been linked to cancer when ingested in large amounts.

Gov. Peter Shumlin wants more wells to pull contaminated water from the ground on the Vermont Yankee site. He says he's "very concerned."
Tritium has leaked from nuclear plants around the country. It's particularly problematic for Vermont Yankee as it seeks to renew its license.

New Orleans-based plant owner Entergy Corp. is suing Vermont in federal court over the state's efforts to shut the plant down.

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 11:46 PM
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has an Event Reports website where you can view where they found things that went wrong with radioactive material/reactors.

Look at the end of July Reports. They found out 1 of our nuclear reactors had a person putting a bucket under a leaky pipe and dumping the Tritium down the nuclear plants toilet.

Which would go to the river. I won't spoil it and tell you WHICH reactor has been doing that for a very long time.

Go read it yourself.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 01:32 AM
NRC Events Page

Scroll about 3/4 of the way down the page to event #47091 to read the info referred to in the above post.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 09:31 AM
reply to post by Pervius

that is unbelievable thanks for posting Pervius...

thanks for the link imweasel.

I cant believe the incompetence of the workers and inspectors of the plants. these nuke plants are like a bomb just waiting to go off at any moment and the people running things are NOT making things any safer.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 11:53 AM

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP's yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard – sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.

Meantime, the reactors keep getting older – 66 have been approved for 20-year extensions to their original 40-year licenses, with 16 more extensions pending. And, as the AP has been reporting in its ongoing series, Aging Nukes, regulators and industry have worked in concert to loosen safety standards to keep the plants operating.

One of the highest known tritium readings was discovered in 2002 at the Salem nuclear plant in Lower Alloways Creek Township, N.J. Tritium leaks from the spent fuel pool contaminated groundwater under the facility – located on an island in Delaware Bay – at a concentration of 15 million picocuries per liter. That's 750 times the EPA drinking water limit. According to NRC records, the tritium readings last year still exceeded EPA drinking water standards.

This is a pretty informative article.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 12:09 PM
reply to post by tinker9917

thanks for posting that tinker... the article reminds me of something I brought up before in a previous thread about the Nuclear industries Infrastructure being outdated, their original time frame for safe operation was 40yrs. now we are handing out 20yr extensions with very little to no inspections only field reports from plant operators.

this thread is a good read on our decaying infrastructure.

NRC and industry rewrite nuke history

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