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Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Several notable leaks above the EPA drinking-water limit for tritium happened five or more years ago, and from underground piping: 397,000 picocuries per liter at Tennessee's Watts Bar unit in 2005 — 20 times the EPA standard; four million at the two-reactor Hatch plant in Georgia in 2003 — 200 times the limit; 750,000 at Seabrook in New Hampshire in 1999 — nearly 38 times the standard; and 4.2 million at the three-unit Palo Verde facility in Arizona, in 1993 — 210 times the drinking-water limit.
Braidwood has leaked more than six million gallons of tritium-laden water in repeated leaks dating back to the 1990s — but not publicly reported until 2005. The leaks were traced to pipes that carried limited, monitored discharges of tritium into the river.
Tritium measuring 1,500 picocuries per liter turned up in an offsite drinking well at a home near Braidwood. Though company and industry officials did not view any of the Braidwood concentrations as dangerous, unnerved residents took to bottled water and sued over feared loss of property value. A consolidated lawsuit was dismissed, but Exelon ultimately bought some homes so residents could leave
Quote from pamma
Is anybody else smart enough to understand what the socialist/communist AP did with this? "Tritium is relatively short-lived and penetrates the body weakly through the air compared to other radioactive contaminants. Each of the known releases has been less radioactive than a single X-ray.
The main health risk from tritium, though, would be in drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says tritium should measure no more than 20,000 picocuries per liter in drinking water. The agency estimates seven of 200,000 people who drink such water for decades would develop cancer."
Thought so. Just a clue--the "airborne" bit was diversion, as no airborne tritium was at issue. Then we were told by the AP that the EPA, which refused to monitor radiation on the W. Coast after Fukushima because it said it was way, way far away and there was no serious breach, "no worry" about the tritium in water, either. Btw, chest w-rays are not remotely similar in radiation or effect, to cesium, tritium, etc. Apples and oranges.
Liars. Japan, way way belatedly, admitted multiple meltdowns at multiple plants, that occurred right at the beginning. Japan delayed its disclosures for months, and buried them in back page stories. Query: if our vaunted EPA didn't have any info other than what we read in the news, i.e., Japan's lies, why are we spending billions on it? I knew about Japan's meltdown ages ago because I can read, and the internet gives info our govt. wants to hide. I'll betcha this AP story was only posted because there's a big report coming, and govt/EPA/nuke agency and industry wants to get out ahead so you won't understand you're going to die of cancer due to tritium in your water, so you'll yawn at the report--if you can even find it--it won't be in this excuse for news. Drink up. At least 8 glasses/day.
Quoted from skyw9lker
How many nuclear meltdowns does it take to make the entire "Atomic Energy is harmless and wonderful" crowd glow in the friggin' dark?
Yeah, I thought so, too.