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Nuclear plant leak renews safety debate

February 2, 2010

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— Radioactive tritium, a carcinogen discovered in potentially dangerous levels in groundwater at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, has now tainted at least 27 of the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors — raising concerns about how it is escaping from the aging nuclear plants.

The leaks — many from deteriorating underground pipes — come as the nuclear industry is seeking and obtaining federal license renewals, casting itself as a clean-green alternative to power plants that burn fossil fuels.

Tritium, found in nature in tiny amounts and a product of nuclear fission, has been linked to cancer if ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin in large amounts.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that new tests at a monitoring well on Vermont Yankee’s site in Vernon registered 70,500 picocuries per liter, more than three times the federal safety standard of 20,000 picocuries per liter.

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Buffers 4 years, 2 months ago

And any kind of factory can leak, blow up, burn. There is danger in everything. Your greatest risk, driving a car. Most likely to die in a car wreck, more than any other danger.

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gphawk89 4 years, 2 months ago

Tritium has a half-life of about 10 years, if I remember right. Compare that to, what, several billion years for U238. My watch has tritium in it. 2 or 3 of my gun sights have tritium in them. While I agree that it's not something that you want a lot of inside your body, I can think of a lot worse things that could potentially leak out of a nuclear reactor than tritium.

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somedude20 4 years, 2 months ago

Nuclear power is no worse than that evil K-2

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ralphralph 4 years, 2 months ago

Overblown and irrational anti-nuke hype rises again.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 2 months ago

Time to support an "all of the above" mantra for the world's energy needs: nuclear, wind, petroleum, solar, coal, geothermal, natural gas, biomass, oil shale, ethanol, tar sands, etc.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

Nuclear power is simply a game of Russian Roulette. The more of them are, the more bullets there are in the gun.

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