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Tritium is commonly used in gun sights as a light source. This isn't exactly plutonium leaking out here...
No but the media loves to scare people.

The local nuclear plant in Springfield VT leaked tritium a couple of times, and people routinely complain about the radioactive effects... despite being miles UP STREAM of the reactor. Just like with the Wifi and cell phones, people are paranoid, and if the media can scare up a story, they will do it. When Fukishima had issues it was all over the media "that our nuclear plant here in VT used the same design"... That was it. No conclusion to the story, no mention of our plant being hit with an earthquake or melting down, they just tried to connect the two, and let the viewer imply ours was in big time future danger.

Now there is a fight between the state and the company that owns the plant about it continuing to run. Sadly the yuppies here think that the plant can go away and the massive amount of power it generates will be replaced by ... well magic, or buy it from some place else and hope they can meet demand.
Edited by trueg50 - 6/21/11 at 8:16am
    
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Part of this is down to the anti nuclear campaigns. There was next to no progression in the nuclear industry from the 70's onwards because all the protests hurt funding. This wouldn't be happening if the reactors were newer, better ones. But we are stuck with mostly 40 year old ones. This isn't just an American problem either.
     
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post #13 of 70
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Tritium is commonly used in gun sights as a light source. This isn't exactly plutonium leaking out here...
So? Tritium wouldn't be in the water supply if it weren't for pipes leading to the reactor. The company put it there, it's their job to prevent anything from leaking.
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I wish people would STOP picking on nuclear energy. OF COURSE the OLD, unrefined BASE MODEL reactors HAVE PROBLEMS. Its like expecting the FIRST cell phone ever made to be perfect. Or the FIRST car out to go the land speed record for the rest of time. TECHNOLOGY HAPPENS PEOPLE. STOP BLOWING STUPID STUFF OUT OF PROPORTION.
Tritium. big freaking whoop. Let me know when we have weapons grade plutonium or depleted uranium contaminating our water supply - then I'll care.
    
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Tritium is commonly used in gun sights as a light source. This isn't exactly plutonium leaking out here...
Well, tritium only emits lower power beta radiation which cannot penetrate skin. Supposedly, ingesting it is much more harmful. I can't fathom it being a large difference in carrying my .45 w/ night sights daily, imho. I've not seen any actual long term tests that prove or disprove it's supposed highly negative effects health wise.

Tritium is also injected (along with deuterium) into the core of nuclear weapons to exponentially increase the power of the weapon during it's initial reaction stages. That important step is what turned atomic weapons, into the extremely powerful fission-fusion hybrid weapons we know of today. Not that that has anything to do with it being more, or less dangerous if ingested. Just putting the info out there.

And yeah, this is certainly not a uranium/plutonium/cobalt-60 situation of dangerous radioactivity at all. So, no need in running to the bomb shelter.
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 6/21/11 at 8:58am
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Well if ingesting it is more harmful and it's getting into the water supply...what does that mean? I don't understand what the problem of keeping the companies accountable for their property. If their pipes are leaking a substance that isn't naturally found there..why is it a problem to call them out on it?
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Well, tritium only emits lower power beta radiation which cannot penetrate skin. Supposedly, ingesting it is much more harmful. I can't fathom it being a large difference in carrying my .45 w/ night sights daily, imho. I've not seen any actual long term tests that prove or disprove it's supposed highly negative effects health wise.

Tritium is also injected (along with deuterium) into the core of nuclear weapons to exponentially increase the power of the weapon during it's initial reaction stages. That important step is what turned atomic weapons, into the extremely powerful fission-fusion hybrid weapons we know of today. Not that that has anything to do with it being more, or less dangerous. Just putting the info out there.
Interesting. I didn't think of it being more potent inside the body. I did a bit of googling and from what I gather, the amounts being released are too small to pose a health risk, even if ingested. Plus, this isn't like radioactive iodine which can stay inside you for life; it is flushed from the body in 10 days. Personally, I'm not worried any my water comes from a lake beside a large nuclear power plant. I'v received far more radiation in my life from working on sites with leaking radioactive waste a few feet underground.
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Interesting. I didn't think of it being more potent inside the body. I did a bit of googling and from what I gather, the amounts being released are too small to pose a health risk, even if ingested. Plus, this isn't like radioactive iodine which can stay inside you for life; it is flushed from the body in 10 days. Personally, I'm not worried any my water comes from a lake beside a large nuclear power plant. I'v received far more radiation in my life from working on sites with leaking radioactive waste a few feet underground.
Same here, I was editing to reflect that same belief when I was interrupted by the UPS guy getting here with my replacement desk.
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Well, now we know where to find tritium for use in cold fusion reactors
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If the EPA wasn't forcing the US to continue using 40 year old reactors we might some newer and safer stuff by now. It'll be great when we move completely to renewable energy and we're all bankrupt at the same time.
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