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Flashback: Radioactive Leaks Found at 75% of US Nuke Plants, Issues Continue

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:37
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Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.

While most leaks have been found within plant boundaries, some have migrated offsite. But none is known to have reached public water supplies.

At three sites — two in Illinois and one in Minnesota — leaks have contaminated drinking wells of nearby homes, the records show, but not at levels violating the drinking water standard. At a fourth site, in New Jersey, tritium has leaked into an aquifer and a discharge canal feeding picturesque Barnegat Bay off the Atlantic Ocean.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/radioactive-leaks-found-at-75-of-us-nuke-sites/

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    ** ALL ** of the existing reactor designs leak (with statistically significant health effects upon the nearby population!) All of those reactors could be shut down AND cleaned up if all of the secret alternative energy technologies were declassified. But then there would be no more energy monopolies. Just remember, the secret government and its secret budgets do not exist for YOUR protection — this is for the protection of the ruling elite and the status quo.

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