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[MSNBC] - Tritium leaks found at many nuke sites

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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.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.
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.

While most leaks have been found within plant boundaries, some have migrated offsite. But none is known to have reached public water supplies.
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43475479...s-environment/
Edited by Lampen - 6/21/11 at 7:23am
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s.. Spiderman?
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It's not really new news. They've been discovering these leaks since 2009. The sensationalist media is just stirring the pot again.

I'm not saying it isn't important...they just report the same events over & over.
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post #4 of 70
Good old American engineering.
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It's because we can't modernize and update our nuclear plants due to regulations being too tight.
 
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post #6 of 70
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Originally Posted by Willhemmens View Post
Good old American engineering.
Good ol BP ignoring safety concerns and the CEO not giving two craps.

Also:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5ae_1244280023

Moral: Every country has it's crappy engineering failures and successes. Grow up.

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At three sites — two in Illinois and one in Minnesota — leaks have contaminated drinking wells of nearby homes, the records show, but not at levels violating the drinking water standard.
Sorry, but to me any contamination is against drinking water standards. Soon enough we're going to be drinking green water with 3 eyed fish in it and the FDA will say it's safe.
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post #7 of 70
idiot construction techniques. you'd be amazed how many places are built using regular steel/iron when they need to be using Stainless steel/Galvanized
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This doesn't surprise me, really.

How old are most of the reactors in America? How stringent is the EPA and all those other agencies when it comes to building new facilities?
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Originally Posted by sbeast;13950641 
idiot construction techniques. you'd be amazed how many places are built using regular steel/iron when they need to be using Stainless steel/Galvanized

Yeah.. last house I lived in had a regular ole iron pipe for the propane line running under ground and into the house next to a water spicket. If that isn't a bad idea, I don't know what is.
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Tritium is commonly used in gun sights as a light source. This isn't exactly plutonium leaking out here...
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