Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites

Jun 21, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: MSNBC

'You got pipes that have been buried underground for 30 or 40 years, and they've never been inspected,' whistleblower says Charles Rex Arbogast / AP A decoy sits on Bob Scamen's pond in Braidwood, Ill., within view of the Braidwood Nuclear Power Station in Braceville, Ill.

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Your Neighbor

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Jun 21, 2011
 
This does not surprise me they have allready found tritium in home drinking water. As a piping Inspector for more than 30 years I have seen the damage that cooling water can do to pipe underground. They try using ways to protect the pipe from corrosion such as coatings and cathodic protection but most allways fail after 20 years. There are no easy ways to Inspect piping underground unless you dig it up.I dont think Braidwood has done any preventive maintenence. I guess we are just left to deal with the cancer if we get it huh?
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Jun 21, 2011
 

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The risk of cancer from the leaking tritium is not significant.

We are all exposed to natural background radiation constantly. The natural background radiation varies considerably, depending on location. Careful studies have found that people living in areas with high natural background radiation do not suffer any ill effects from it. So, considering that the leaking tritium is far less than natural background radiation, there is no reason to suppose that the risk of cancer is increased. One would be exposed to more radiation from eating a banana since bananas contain radioactive potassium.

Tritium is used in some watches to produce a glow to enable reading watches in the dark. It is also used in emergency exit signs to make them glow. The radiation emitted by tritium consists only of alpha particles; they cannot even penetrate paper or skin.

Of course exposure to radiation above a certain threshold level does increase the risk of cancer. Also, one wonders about the design of nuclear power plants when pipes are located where they cannot be easily inspected or replaced. Obviously there is room for improvement, but there is no need to panic.
mr big

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Jun 22, 2011
 

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bull yap , it is there job to keep save and that is a facts .
Your Neighbor

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mr big wrote:
bull yap , it is there job to keep save and that is a facts .
I think you be a little drunk haha
BDV

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Jun 23, 2011
 
mr big wrote:
bull yap , it is there job to keep save and that is a facts .
And on the flip side, the BigOil's (fat, very very fat) bottom line to protect, and that's a fact, too.
mr big

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Jun 24, 2011
 
no it,s that your unsave it is coming for you in your sleep .
Happy Dad

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This is crazy. Ok I don't want to hear anymore crap about the amount of radiation in tritium not being dangerous. That isn't the point. The point is that Excelon is dumping radiation into our ground water. So we're exposed to "background radiation" every day. So what? So we eat bananas with patasium. So what? You're seriously going to debate that it's ok to leak a little tritium because of bananas and radium? Wow! Would it be ok for me to put a fly in your soup? Would you go ahead and eat the soup? Hey studies show that the average American consumes over 10 lbs of bugs a year, why would one more little fly hurt? The truth is we don't really know if this tritium is hurting us. We won't know until it's too late to fix. So don't come on here telling me it's no big deal. IT IS A BIG DEAL. I think they should force them to close until the correct the problem. These people are the same ones who appealed the unfair taxes and won. I'm ussually against raising taxes, but these people need a wake up call. If they aren't going to spend the money to keep their plant safe and clean, they should be taxed and the City of Braidwood should use part of the money to research exactly how much damage is being done.

"just calm down everybody, it's no big deal." Yeah right!
mr big

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it,s in the water and the air can you taste it ?? it,s like a living monster growing inside us that we can,t get out . do you have muscle spasms thats it, head thumpping thats it trying too get out but it can,t toooooo late!!!!
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We are all radioactive because of the potassium 40 in our bones. It is good for us to have radiation in our bodies. We evolved in a world that had higher levels of radiation, our current world is radiation deprived. Research has shown that animals grown on a diet that contains only stable potassium 39 with no radioactive potassium 40 are sickly. Radiophobes taken note. Health requires radioactive substances in our bodies. Increased amounts of radioactivity lowers our risk of cancer and stimulates our immune systems. Japanesse bomb survivors are living longer than Japanesse who were not irradiated and Chernobyl firefighters who recieved large doses of radiation have 15 to 30% less cancer than other Russians. Even those who lived in the area of highest dosages at Chernobyl have 5% less cancer according to two scientific studies.
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Jun 26, 2011
 
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Jun 27, 2011
 
Dailymotion - US nuclear plants leaking radiation - a News & Politics video

Radioactive tritium is leaking from three-quarters of all U.S. commercial nuclear power sites. The cancer causing material often seeps into groundwater from corroded, buried piping. That's what the Associated Press concluded after a year long investigation.

See the full video and others at more at www.radiationalerts.blogspot.com on:
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Happy Dad

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Jun 28, 2011
 
tjostemj wrote:
We are all radioactive because of the potassium 40 in our bones. It is good for us to have radiation in our bodies. We evolved in a world that had higher levels of radiation, our current world is radiation deprived. Research has shown that animals grown on a diet that contains only stable potassium 39 with no radioactive potassium 40 are sickly. Radiophobes taken note. Health requires radioactive substances in our bodies. Increased amounts of radioactivity lowers our risk of cancer and stimulates our immune systems. Japanesse bomb survivors are living longer than Japanesse who were not irradiated and Chernobyl firefighters who recieved large doses of radiation have 15 to 30% less cancer than other Russians. Even those who lived in the area of highest dosages at Chernobyl have 5% less cancer according to two scientific studies.
And there are "scientific studies" that show that SUVs are causing a hole in the ozone layer. And then conflicting "scientific studies" that say the hole has been there for centuries. Radiation is bad for you.
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Jun 30, 2011
 
Happy Dad wrote:
Radiation is bad for you.
And paying inflated prices for oil, not to mention not affording it, isn't?

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