Radioactive Tritium From VT Yankee Nuclear Plant Found in Nearby River

"MONTPELIER, Vt. — Health officials say a radioactive form of hydrogen that leaked from a Vermont nuclear plant into soil and groundwater has reached the nearby Connecticut River."

"State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen said Wednesday water samples from the shoreline near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant last month tested positive for small amounts of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that’s been linked to cancer when ingested in large amounts.

Gov. Peter Shumlin wants more wells to pull contaminated water from the ground on the Vermont Yankee site. He says he’s “very concerned.”

Tritium has leaked from nuclear plants around the country. It’s particularly problematic for Vermont Yankee as it seeks to renew its license."

Dave Gram reports for the Associated Press August 17, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"NRC Fails To Change Groundwater Protection Rules for Nuclear Plants" (Asbury Park Press)

"NRC Infighting Goes Nuclear" (Politico)

"VY Tritium Detected in Conn. River" (Brattleboro Reformer)

"Tritium Leaks Found at Many Nuke Sites" (AP)

Thursday, August 18, 2011
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