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  • Sunday, March 19, 2006

    Radioactive water found to be leaking from nuclear reactors

    This worrying report from Truthout:

    Near Braceville, Ill., the Braidwood Generating Station, owned by the Exelon Corporation, has leaked tritium into underground water that has shown up in the well of a family nearby. The company, which has bought out one property owner and is negotiating with others, has offered to help pay for a municipal water system for houses near the plant that have private wells.

    In a survey of all 10 of its nuclear plants, Exelon found tritium in the ground at two others. On Tuesday, it said it had had another spill at Braidwood, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, and on Thursday, the attorney general of Illinois announced she was filing a lawsuit against the company over that leak and five earlier ones, dating to 1996. The suit demands among other things that the utility provide substitute water supplies to residents.

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    2 Comments:

    At 3/24/2006 09:18:00 pm, Blogger Eric McErlain said...

    Incidents like this happen at nuclear plants, and the news is never welcome. Still, it's important to understand the relative risks involved, and just what sort of quantity of radioactive material that we're talking about.

    Here's a passage from a fact sheet my own organization did that provides that sort of perspective:

    For perspective, the amount of tritium in the groundwater at the nuclear power plant with the highest and most extensive levels of tritium is far less than the amount of tritium in a single 'exit' sign. Many industrial-grade exit signs contain 10 to 20 curies of tritium gas. By comparison, the average concentration of tritium in groundwater at nuclear plants is at or below the EPA standard for tritium in drinking water—0.02 microcuries per liter.

    If you have any other questions, please let me know.

     
    At 3/24/2006 09:23:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Interesting... We are now attracting PR folks.

     

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