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Virginia Nuclear Plant Leaking Radioactive Tritium
Posted By yihan On February 23, 2012 @ 10:50 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled
Thursday, February 23, 2012
We reported  last August:
One of the largest East Coast earthquakes  in recorded history struck today.
The epicenter was very close  to the Lake Anna nuclear power plant:
The Lake Anna reactor was ranked the 7th most at risk from earthquakes  of any reactor by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Indeed, today’s quake was 5.9, and nuclear expert Bob Alvarez says that the Lake Anna plant was only built to withstand  a 5.9 to 6.1 quake.
And earthquake sensors were previously removed around the reactor due to budget cuts .
The Richmond Times Dispatch noted  a few days later:
(North Anna is another name for Lake Anna.)
The plant is now leaking radioactive tritium.
USA Today points out :
Dominion Virginia Power is seeking the source of leaking radioactivity at its North Anna nuclear power plant after an elevated level of tritium was detected in groundwater.
And the Times Dispatch reports :
Dominion Virginia Power has found elevated levels of a weak form of radioactivity in a sampling well at its North Anna nuclear power station.
The radiation poses no hazard to the public, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
On Friday, the Richmond-based utility was notified by its laboratory contractor that water taken from an on-site groundwater sampling point contained an unusually high level of tritium — more than twice the EPA’s standard for drinking water.
“There is no evidence that the increased concentration of tritium we sampled was related to the earthquake” on Aug. 23, which shut down the plant for nearly three months, the company told the NRC on Tuesday. “Monitoring of the sample points both inside and outside the protected area and a post-seismic hydrogeological evaluation show this to be the case.”
While it may be tempting to assume that the company is lying about the cause of the tritium leak – and nuclear accidents can cause tritium releases  – remember that 75 percent  of all American nuclear plants leak tritium.
In other words, the leak at the Virginia nuclear plant could be due to the earthquake … or it could just be standard operating procedure for the woefully unsafe  nuclear industry.
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URLs in this post:
 Washintonsblog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/02/virginia-nuclear-plant-leaking-radioactive-tritium.html
 reported: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/08/strong-earthquake-very-close-to-virginia-nuclear-power-plant-main-power-out-venting-steam.html
 One of the largest East Coast earthquakes: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20110823_Biggest_recorded_earthquakes_on_East_Coast.html
 very close: http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/ah-yes-there-nuclear-reactor-right-where-quake-just-struck#comments
 Image: http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/kakeanna.jpg
 many U.S. nuclear power plants are built near earthquake faults: http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/03/18/3700/regulators-aware-years-understated-seismic-risks-nuclear-plants
 7th most at risk from earthquakes: http://www.nbc29.com/story/14265528/lake-anna-reactor-ranked-7th-most-at-risk-for-earthquake-damage
 only built to withstand: http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011/08/north-anna-nuclear-reactors-designed-to-withstand-59-61-magnitude-earthquake.html
 removed around the reactor due to budget cuts: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/23/virginia-nuclear-plant-had-quake-sensors-removed-due-to-budget-cuts/
 Japan’s nuclear meltdown, the economic meltdown, and the Gulf oil meltdown all happened for the same reason: cutting safety measures to make an extra buck.: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/04/japans-nuclear-melt-down-economic.html
 noted: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/business/state-news/2011/aug/31/8/earthquake-caused-massive-nuclear-storage-casks-to-ar-1277791/
 points out: http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/usatoday/article/38632869?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cs
 reports: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/business/2012/feb/22/tdmain01-elevated-levels-of-a-weak-form-of-radioac-ar-1706167/
 can cause tritium releases: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/01/illinois-nuclear-power-plant-loses-power-vents-nuclear-steam.html
 75 percent: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/06/nuclear-reactor-design-chosen-not-because-it-was-safe-but-because-it-worked-on-navy-submarines.html
 woefully unsafe: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/12/nuclear-can-be-safe-or-it-can-be-cheap-but-it-cant-be-both.html
 Nuclear plant workers release unknown amount of radioactive tritium into Mississippi River: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nuclear-plant-workers-release-unknown-amount-of-radioactive-tritium-into-mississippi-river.html
 Regulator Says Radioactive Water Leaking Into Ocean From Japanese Nuclear Plant: http://www.prisonplanet.com/regulator-says-radioactive-water-leaking-into-ocean-from-japanese-nuclear-plant.html
 Second Japanese Nuclear Plant Suffers Radioactive Leak: http://www.prisonplanet.com/second-japanese-nuclear-plant-suffers-radioactive-leak.html
 Radioactive Leak at California Nuclear Power Plant: http://www.prisonplanet.com/radioactive-leak-at-california-nuclear-power-plant.html
 Tritium Leaking in 48 of 65 Nuclear Sites Across America Reports U.S. NRC: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tritium-leaking-in-48-of-65-nuclear-sites-across-america-reports-u-s-nrc.html
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