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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Newton Center, MA

#490 May 3, 2011
Men Held as Possible Terrorists After Filming Nuclear Plant->
(the nuke is Sellafield in England, the article doesn't talk about the many cancer deaths from this nuke plant dumping radioactive sludge into the ocean for years)

Decatur, GA

#491 May 4, 2011
Scott wrote:
as if the manipulated price of oil and gas has somehthing to do with nukes
The price and market availability of one type of energy influencing the price and market availability of other types of energy? Never heard of such concept!

Scott, sugar, I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn (low price, spotless condition) you might be interested in!
tick tock

Windsor, CT

#492 May 9, 2011
Investigation Update

"Sampling the COB Well
Vermont officials from the Departments of Health, Public Service and Environmental Conservation will use their findings from the conceptual site model and from the groundwater protection site inspection in June to independently determine whether Vermont Yankee should again try to sample the Construction Office Building (COB) well. This former drinking water well is situated near the centerline of the plume of tritium-contaminated groundwater that was confirmed in January 2010. The well was removed from service by Vermont Yankee in late February 2010. State officials have sought samples from the well to assess whether bedrock sources of water had become contaminated with tritium. Vermont Yankee sampled the well in September 2010 during what is called packer testing. Packer testing isolates specific fractures in the bedrock that provide water to the well. One of the fractures tested had a tritium concentration of 1,040 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), and Vermont Yankee officials decided to suspend any further testing or sampling of the well.

In response to requests from the State Of Vermont, Vermont Yankee again tried to sample the COB well in February 2011. They were unable to obtain a sample. Vermont Yankee officials and their hydrogeological contractor met with the commissioners of health, public service and environmental conservation in April 2011 to explain why. They described how the sample pump put so much pressure on the well that there was a risk of pulling contaminated groundwater above the bedrock into the well. They also described a method that could be employed to sample the well without high risk of contaminating it. This method would require up to 16 weeks to purge the well and obtain a representative sample. State officials determined it best to obtain the conceptual site model and analyze hydrogeological data independently during the NRC groundwater inspection to determine if the well could be sampled safely by other means."


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