Tritium found in deep well at Vermont...

Tritium found in deep well at Vermont Yankee

There are 483 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Oct 9, 2010, titled Tritium found in deep well at Vermont Yankee. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

A sample taken from a former drinking-water well at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was contaminated with tritium, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

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Allen

Putney, VT

#1 Oct 9, 2010
'A sample taken from a former drinking-water well at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was contaminated with tritium, according to the Vermont Department of Health. The Construction Office Building well goes down about 360 feet and penetrates a bedrock aquifer and is much deeper than the groundwater monitoring wells on site.'

Yet Larry Smith states "The site's hydraulic studies and sampling data continue to indicate that tritium has not and will not contaminate on- or off-site drinking water supplies."

What?

The waste from VY is contaminating our aquifers and it is nothing to be concerned about? Are job security & corporate profits really worth this risk?

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#2 Oct 9, 2010
Though they all love to chant 'no danger to the public' ad nauseum, they shut down the plants own drinking water well early in leaking pipes-gate debacle 'just as a precaution'.

If it's so 'harmless' why? could it be they're a bunch of liars who will say anything to keep the plant open, save their skins & use the state of VT as dumping grounds for their radioactive nuclear waste?

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#3 Oct 9, 2010
And if it's so 'harmless', why is it a 'former well' & why haven't they been & aren't they using it now???

If it were true, that it is indeed harmless they would be using it.

Five pinnochios Larry! Go get a nose job. It's now so long IT IS a danger to the public.
Thanks Jim

Harwich, MA

#4 Oct 9, 2010
The only thing more disingenous than Larry Smith's comments were those of Brian Dubie, who now wants to appear tough on VY. Douglas did the same thing when the leaks and lies came to light, but in the end went right back to their corner.
Why are these idiots acting so surprised? Of course a leak of this magnitude that has been going on for at least two years is going to get into the groundwater in the bedrock.
Larry Smith would like us to take comfort in knowing that it'll just go into our Ct. River; not our water supply. That lying weasel knows it's going to go into both.
A reminder - California's acceptable level is 5,000p; not 20,000. How much radiation do you want in your drinking water from an unregulated release?
Shut 'er down. Git 'er done.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#6 Oct 9, 2010
AP story from Boston Globe:

Vt. Yankee tritium found in well tied to aquifer
By Dave Gram

Associated Press Writer / October 8, 2010

MONTPELIER, Vt.—Radioactive tritium that has leaked from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has turned up for the first time in a former drinking water well tied to a deep underground aquifer, plant and federal officials said Friday.

Plant officials said the new test results indicated there was no threat to public health and safety. Two positive readings, showing just over 1,000 picocuries of tritium per liter of water, were well below the federal Environmental Protection Agency's safety limit for tritium in drinking water -- 20,000 picocuries per liter.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/arti...

Burlington Free Press:
Tritium found in well water at Vt. Yankee nuclear plant

By Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer • Friday, October 8, 2010

Radioactive tritium has been detected for the first time in a former drinking-water well at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, a potential indication that tritium that leaked from the plant has migrated to a deep underground aquifer, state, federal and plant officials said late Friday afternoon.
Read more: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20...
headless fowl

Bangor, ME

#7 Oct 9, 2010
"While this single data point indicates a detectable amount of tritium in the Construction Office Building well, it's insufficient information on which to draw any conclusion as to the impact of the tritiated groundwater plume on the bedrock aquifer," Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. "Clearly more work is necessary to determine the significance of the sample."

And will 'they' wait for complete information or will hysterics and speculation rule the day? No, they will not wait, they are already labeling you a lier even before the article is read.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#8 Oct 9, 2010
headless fowl wrote:
"While this single data point indicates a detectable amount of tritium in the Construction Office Building well, it's insufficient information on which to draw any conclusion as to the impact of the tritiated groundwater plume on the bedrock aquifer," Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. "Clearly more work is necessary to determine the significance of the sample."
And will 'they' wait for complete information or will hysterics and speculation rule the day? No, they will not wait, they are already labeling you a lier even before the article is read.
More propaganda from VTEP pointman, VY sympathizer & Entergy subsidiary & propaganda ministry VTEP.
http://www.vtep.org

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...
LawyerCalhoun

Belmont, VT

#9 Oct 9, 2010
At the next Governor's debate, give Brian Dubie a pitcher full of Vernon well water, and see if he drinks any.
Native Vermonter

Dover, NH

#10 Oct 9, 2010
Thanks Jim wrote:
A reminder - California's acceptable level is 5,000p; not 20,000. How much radiation do you want in your drinking water from an unregulated release?
Shut 'er down. Git 'er done.
So what? The test results (1380 pCi)are 1/4 of the California limit. Still good to go. Are your hands tired from the needless wringing?

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#11 Oct 9, 2010
Native Vermonter wrote:
<quoted text>
So what? The test results (1380 pCi)are 1/4 of the California limit. Still good to go. Are your hands tired from the needless wringing?
No. Entergy, VY & all employees @ the plant were wringing hands. That's why they stopped using this well 'as a precaution'. They have all proved they are nothing but a bunch of liars. If it was harmless they would be continuing to use it. Well, we now see it's not & never was.

Never trust a cook who will not eat their own food. Never trust a nuclear power plant that will not drink it's 'harmless' radioactive well water.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#12 Oct 9, 2010
"numerous private residences off-site near the plant have not shown tritium levels

----- greater than the lower limit of detection ....."

How comforting.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#13 Oct 9, 2010
Native Vermonter wrote:
<quoted text>
So what? The test results (1380 pCi)are 1/4 of the California limit. Still good to go. Are your hands tired from the needless wringing?
The original leak was not a 'tritium leak', but contained the other more hazardous forms of radioactive nuclear waste as well. It had been leaking for at least 2, perhaps three or more. The tritium just moves faster & was in greater quantity.

The other forms move more slowly, however if it's in the ground, it's in the ground water & if not stopped, if even possible, will eventually make it into drinking water.
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search...
Howard Shaffer

Brunswick, ME

#14 Oct 9, 2010
Note the words of Dr. Irwin. No Tritium detected in the wells of homes and the school, ABOVE THE LOWER LIMIT OF DETECTION. More sensitive instruments will detect Tritium in all the water everywhere on the planet, becasue it is a natural substance, and always has been.

There are places in the world where natural exposure is hundreds of times what it is in the US. The people are fine.

Science knows the safe levels.

Creating hysteria over radiation is a political ploy. Helen Caldicott used it at the Legislature when giving a lecture and book signing donated by Mr. Blitersdorf, the wind energy businees owner, who was forced to resign from the board that gives out tax credits to -wind energy.
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#15 Oct 9, 2010
It was a public relation ploy, they didn’t want the media frenzy in the early days repeating over and over again they discovered tritium in well water. It would look terrible for the industry.
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#16 Oct 9, 2010
You remember how many times the media said: Entergy discovered no tritium in the river and well water!
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#17 Oct 9, 2010
Why didn’t the NRC order them test it...a case could be made it has been diluted now, it was much higher months ago?
mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#18 Oct 9, 2010
It is a common practice amongst most nuclear plant engineering....gaming...certai nty/uncertainty gaming....as in this case turning a hydrogeological model from uncertainty magically into certainty for your friends. It is professional and engineering fraud!

The essence these kinds of statements are unregulated....engineers are free to say what they want from money.

http://sentinelsource.com/articles/2010/10/09...

Vermont Yankee: Tritium turns up again

Found in former drinking water well
By Susan Smallheer
Rutland Herald
Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010
VERNON, Vt.— Radioactive tritium has showed up in a new area at Vermont

Yankee: 200 feet deep in bedrock in a former drinking water well at the nuclear reactor.

The news, which Entergy Nuclear disclosed to state regulators Friday afternoon, was a surprising development, said William Irwin, radiological health chief for the Department of Health, despite the fact that the 360-foot-deep well was only about 150 feet away from the original source of the radioactive leak.

Irwin said that hydrogeological tests and models led officials to believe the tritium was heading toward the Connecticut River, and not moving deep into the bedrock.

“One reason it was unexpected is the bedrock is so deep there, and the pressures of the well were upward,” he said.“Tests were indicating that there would be very little chance of tritium showing up in this well.”

The tritium was at low levels and was found in a bedrock fracture that fed into Entergy’s now-closed well at the construction office building. He said it was possible the tritium was found in the well as a result of cross-contamination from testing done on the well, but he said that would be hard to pinpoint...
NorthStarDustClo ne

Port Huron, MI

#19 Oct 9, 2010
Getting closer. She only has 529 more rants to go until she hits 5000 comments. Come on, we know you can do it!
Deployed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

#20 Oct 9, 2010
LawyerCalhoun wrote:
At the next Governor's debate, give Brian Dubie a pitcher full of Vernon well water, and see if he drinks any.
Good reply. They all should suck it down.
NSTAR

Woburn, MA

#21 Oct 9, 2010
Who is Northstardust?

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