Governor “very concerned” about radioactivity found in shoreline water sample

Published: August 18th, 2011 at 12:35 pm ET


Governor ‘very concerned’ as radioactive hydrogen leaks from nuclear power plant in Connecticut, Daily Mail, August 18, 2011:

A radioactive form of hydrogen has leaked from a U.S nuclear plant into soil and groundwater has reached the nearby Connecticut River, according to health officials.

State Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen said 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 which has been linked to cancer when ingested in large amounts.

Governor Peter Shumlin wants more wells to pull contaminated water from the ground on the Vermont Yankee site. He says he is ‘very concerned’.

Entergy’s Response

In response to claims of a leak, Vermont Yankee said in a statement: ‘We are aware that the Vermont Department of Health may have detected strontium-90 in some fish from the Connecticut River.

‘There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that Vermont Yankee is the source for the strontium-90. We have 31 monitoring wells on site that are tested regularly. No groundwater sample from any well at Vermont Yankee has ever indicated the presence of strontium-90, or any other isotope other than tritium.

‘We do not know why the Governor would suggest Vermont Yankee is the source, but there is no factual basis for that suggestion.’

Published: August 18th, 2011 at 12:35 pm ET


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21 comments to Governor “very concerned” about radioactivity found in shoreline water sample

  • fuckyoushima

    tritium is the panic isotope.

    cannot be avoided.

  • americancommntr

    Maybe Vermont Yankee would feel so confident about not being the source, that it would allow Greenpeace and another group of concerned citizens to dally about the place for a couple days with their own sampling equipment and survey meters?

    If they don’t have anything to hide, that is?

    • Auntie Nuke

      What fun! We could have a picnic, invite the Governor of Connecticut, msm reporters, fly kites and generally celebrate the honesty and transparancy of Entergy!

      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

        Dear Auntie: We could (also tongue-in-cheek) drink reverse osmosis cleaned water from the Connecticut river downstream from Vermont Yankee! We could even have it specially carbonated and bouyantly suggest that it be marketed as the next U.S. mineral de l’ea. Health to all we’ll proclaim! Bottoms up!

        [remembering of course that even reverse osmosis cannot remove radiologic compounds, like tritium. 🙁 )

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      Dear ameri: We U.S. citizens should be forcing that sort of thing at all nuke sites. Since our health is at stake whatever their priorities from a corporativist sense, they have no rights to the ridiculous concept of privacy for the legal corporate “person”. I agree with you. Testing by citizen/civilian groups must occur, not by insiders without full, binding citizen oversight.

  • Stephengn

    Could the strontium 90 be from Japan?

  • bmurr bmurr

    The strontium was test for back in 2009. I’ve been eating bass out of long island sound my whole life. Thanks entergy!

    • Jaskal

      That’s a courageous diet you have sir. I fish the sound once in a while and I’ve always been terrified to eat anything from there, it being a toxic sewer and all.

  • selfsovereign

    “We have 31 monitoring wells on site that are tested regularly.”

    I remember some nuclear professional(not Arnie?) saying these wells were never going to give any reading of isotope migration due to the specific technology(or lack thereof) employed in these monitoring wells.

    Hmmmmm……I can’t name that whistle blower

    • ocifferdave

      I remember that guy. Didn’t he blow the whistle after working for the national nuke lab that just had a bunch of wild fire activity? Haven’t slept well in weeks, brain cant think of names.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I live at Mosel river in Germany. 30 miles upstream the French take their cooling water for their nasty 4 reactor NPP from that river.
    Peoples are advised not to eat the fish because of the constant tritium in the water.
    But the French take samples every 3 weeks (!!), so nothing to be concerned about.

  • Auntie Nuke

    The problem is tritium and Entergy responds with an excuse based on strontium 90? Classic disinformation. Governor needs to come back and say, “No, Numnutz — TRITIUM!” — and really push them on it.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    They sit back in their leather chairs…allied with others of the same ilk…smiling at the ingenuity of the program’s smooth roll out…the human population slow kill off is proceeding at full pace and they are too stupid to realize how hot the pot is.

    The grass grows greener.


    • alasanon

      huh…you’re not kidding!

      It makes me take more pride in all my friends who are currently HEALTHY and very PREGNANT!! I’m surrounded by them. My friends are still CRANKING OUT many healthy, solid little American babies!!! Make room!!

      And so help anyone who stands in their way!!!!

      Fertile women abound in the U.S. with TONS of beloved children!! The war may be on, but everyone I know has been cranking them out from their 20s into their 40s. And most of these mothers in the U.S. are extremely well-educated, environmentally-minded & savvy. I’m continually amazed at how much they & their spouses know about GMOs, home gardening, water supplies, and handling licensed firearms… It’s stunning, actually.
      They will do anything for their young families.

      Nothing yet can stop the miracle of Love & Life. 🙂

      The head honchos really don’t know what they’re dealing with–serious mother bear mothers out here!! 😉

  • I’ve heard that Indian Point has leaked Strontium in the past…

  • sueec

    Event Description
    Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 13 August, 2011 at 04:06 (04:06 AM) UTC.
    Washington State Health Department officials say they have the first case of a strain of shellfish poisoning making a people in the United States ill. Samples in a small bay on the Strait of Juan de Fuca detected presence of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning or DSP. The tests were conducted at Sequim Bay after members of a local family came down with symptoms of DSP after collecting and eating mussels from the bay. Local health officials were ordered to post signs and close shellfish fish harvesting on the beach and state officials say they were able to recall all shellfish gathered commercially at the site. Campers in the area say they were curious about the signs but like most residents, they refrain from shellfish gathering during the summer months. Operators at Sequim Bay State Park say they were surprised to learn their beach produced the first DSP illness in the country but say few people have complained about the closure. The Health Department is continuing to sample shellfish in the Bay for DSP which has been common in Europe and parts of Canada but never detected in shellfish before in Washington State.
    Biohazard name: Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP)

    Maybe another name for very bad isotopes from japan poisoning( FP)


  • sueec

    Sorry lost the bottom line
    RSOE EDIS event description

  • odylan

    This one currently rates a score of 2 on the Hungarian(‘rsoe edis) disaster scale where a maximum disaster is rated a 5.

    Just a passing thought. . .