Radiation discharge near Philadelphia kept secret from public for weeks — No ‘immediate’ health concerns, says NRC

Published: April 13th, 2012 at 5:22 pm ET
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Title: NRC reveals radioactive water spill at Limerick nuke plant
Source: The Mercury
Author: Evan Brandt
Date: April 13, 2012
Emphasis Added

Several thousand gallons” of water containing as much as five-times the government’s “safe” level of radioactive tritium was accidentally released at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station last month and then flushed into the Schuylkill River, The Mercury learned Thursday.

Public Kept in Dark Due to Unclear, Voluntary Reporting Requirements Set by Industry

  • However the concentrations of contamination in the water were considered so low that they presented “no immediate health and safety concerns,” according to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, which is why the incident was not reported publicly until 23 days after it happened.
  • “When formal notifications are made to the state, we expect to receive a written notification to us […] The company initially said it wasn’t clear whether such a submittal was needed (under the reporting requirements of NEI voluntary Groundwater Protection Initiative) […] But we insisted that it was needed, and the company ultimately agreed.” –NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan

“Routine”

  • It was 3 a.m. Monday, March 19 when “a manhole cover overflowed during a scheduled and permitted radiological release,” according to an incident report posted on the NRC web site.
  • “several thousand gallons of water […] was discharged” through a permitted discharge to Possum Hollow Creek, which flows from the plant grounds into the Schuylkill River,” according to information from the NRC.
  • Exelon estimated something less than 15,000 gallons, was legally dumped into the Schuylkill River, which is a drinking water source for several downstream communities, including Phoenixville and Philadelphia.
  • “It’s important to note that the Limerick and other nuclear power plants routinely release slightly radioactive water to the river, but the releases must be controlled and any levels of radioactivity well within allowable limits,” [NRC’s] Sheehan wrote.

“Slightly Radioactive”?

  • NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in an e-mail that the “maximum level of radioactivity detected in Possum Hollow Creek . . . on the day of the event was 495 picocuries per liter of tritium.”
  • One water sample collected from a puddle near the manhole from which the water first emerged, had a tritium concentration of 113,000 picocuries per liter [Several thousand gallons released]

“Regardless, we made the courtesy notifications because we like to keep stakeholders and community members informed” –Dana Melia, communications manager for the Limerick Generating Station

h/t Anonymous tip

Read the report here

Update

Title: NRC: Bigger Concern Is, Why Did Limerick Nuke Spill Happen?
Source: Patch
Author: Teresa McMinn
Date: April 13, 2012
Emphasis Added

[…] Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station — a nuclear power plant located in Montgomery County, roughly 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — on March 19 performed a scheduled and permitted water release.

“During a release, mildly radioactive water is pre-mixed with hundreds of thousands of gallons of non radioactive water from Limerick’s cooling towers before it is pumped through a network of pipes to the Schuylkill River,” said Dana Melia, Exelon’s communications manager at the Limerick plant, via email.

But the water took an unexpected path during the recent release. […]

Most of the spilled water ended up at its target destination – the river, she said.

Although several thousand gallons of water were involved, the spill was contained in a small area on plant property and quickly remediated, she said. […]

Read the report here

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93 comments to Radiation discharge near Philadelphia kept secret from public for weeks — No ‘immediate’ health concerns, says NRC

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Just what do you mean by "immediate," boy? In the next few "immediate" minutes, "immediate" days, "immediate" weeks?

    Can anyone tell me which direction is the next reality?

    • billyedtimmy

      Exactly. In order to ever be an IMMEDIATE threat, radiation has to be VERY, VERY high. MOST of the fallout around Fukushima isn't an IMMEDIATE threat, though millions of people will develop cancer as a result LATER.

      • Arizonan Arizonan

        Science, anyone? Tritium is a beta emitter that can stay in the body for ten years, and particles can bind to any organic molecule, including DNA…. "Tritiated water is associated with significantly decreased weight of brain and genital tract organs in mice (Torok) and can cause irreversible loss of female germ cells in both mice and monkeys even at low concentrations. (Dobson, 1979)
        Studies indicate that lower doses of tritium can cause more cell death (Dobson, 1976), mutations (Ito) and chromosome damage (Hori) per dose than higher tritium doses. Tritium can impart damage which is two or more times greater per dose than either x-rays or gamma rays. (Straume) (Dobson, 1976)"
        See complete report and references on health effects of tritiated water and tritiated food at:
        http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/tritiumbasicinfo.pdf

    • Yjey have to be following orders that were pre/before anything happens and from the top !

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      75% US Nuclear Plants Leaking Toxic Tritium Radiation Into Drinking Water Supply; via A Green Road Blog
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/75-us-nuclear-plants-leaking-toxic.html

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        The way they did this is the same way other nuki, nuki plants do it as well..

        No notice to public, no actual measurements or Geiger Counter readings, and empty platitudes.

        If you call the local emergency management agency may sound neutral, concerned and promise to look into it and take some measurements, but then never actually seem to do anything or actually report anything specific.

        Anyone else notice a pattern here?

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Good morning AGR, the Radiation Network showed high readings for the Philadelphia area for many months prior to the admission Limerick dumped radioactive water into the river.

          If you check the archives you'll see I posted several times in the Monitoring forum, warning of the high CPM readings. The high CPM levels are documented. If the person who collects data for Radiation Network has a record of the data over time, the high CPM levels in air could be proven.

          The Radiation Network group uses software to upload readings on a continuous basis.

          The Pennsylvania Radiation Network stations are for some reason mysteriously offline, this week.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Today the station is back online, and it's interesting to see the CPM levels are presently back down to 38 CPM. They were in the 50's, 60's, and even 70's to 90's for the couple of weeks prior to admission of releases. I think I saw a 93 reading one day.

            • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

              Question
              There used to be three on top of each other…..I never became a member so don't know…..is this the same monitoring station?
              I have a few doubts.
              monkey

    • Yes … the vagueness is galling. Plenty to say about the effects low dose rad exposure, but somehow usa.gov is always silent on this one. Thanks always for your info, AGreenRoad. As many visiting may not know, research abounds
      http://realitycheck.no-ip.info/forum/index.php/topic,152.0.html

  • many moons

    Why aren't there protests????
    The people who live around these areas NEED to protest!

    • Bones Bones

      You're right and there are actually a lot of people who are somewhat aware of how dangerous nukes are. We did live through TMI. lol Problem is our state is so so so so so corrupt. We are used to the environment being destroyed and contaminated. The best we can do is get environmentally conscious people into office around here.
      We can't really affect change when we have bought politicians. Senate elections are coming up with an oil guy running. The weird thing is that I actually am friends with one of the owners daughters. lol The are they "good" are they "bad" thing is complicated. I still don't want him to win, but I like him and his family as people. I just don't think they need any more power. Nothing personal, but it could be weird. lol I should run!

  • Tritium is Hazardous to Life for a little over 120 years. (decay rate 12.3 yrs)

    [[ slightly radioactive ]] WHAT?

    "…nuclear power plants routinely release slightly radioactive water to the river, but the releases must be controlled and any levels of radioactivity well within allowable limits,” [NRC's] Sheehan wrote.

    allowable limits = allowable deaths (Hopefully people will figure this one out sooner than later.)

    If so called routine releases happen regularly, then wouldn't it only make sense that 'accumulation' would occur also.

    No wonder those who live near these Death Machines are suffering.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Yes, ChasAha! You are absolutely correct. "Allowable limits = allowable deaths". As an example, in recent public protection federal coal legislation, the argument was made that the expected levels of deaths to children were acceptable for the gains to public quality of life. It was believed that more children would die from other causes through a lack of quality of life that electricity offers than from the asthma that would result from burning the coal to produce the electricity. Mathematical formulas are used for the same rationale in much of US legislation.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I'm gettin' sick of these nuclear plants spreading radiation, routinely releasing radioactive water into rivers, and then saying, "no immediate” health concerns". Ruining our planet is what they're doing. All of them.

  • richard richard

    Well, Dana Melia and all your lackeys – who the F@ck do you think you are?

    It was a courtesy notification was it. Apparently for a 'legal' dump. What are f@cling joke, an insult to the core.

    This is just out of hand people. These deceiving nukers need to shutdown, not just the plants. How evil is the likes of Dana Melia that they think its okay to poison the planet with this crap.

    So Dana, why don't you drink the crap. In fact, serve it in a punch bowl to all your NRC mates.

    As moons has asked, where are the protestors ? This world has become a seriously alien place.

    'legally dumped', 'permitted discharge' – what utter garbage. It's called Ecocide. It must be stopped, possibly at all costs.

  • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

    Remember,
    standard operating procedure is to take the High (and would be Illegal) water and dilute it until it falls below the limit.

    Radioactive discharge is still the same, but now falls below limit as far as picos/liter.

    Of course, it's all self-reporting too.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Now I'm SURE that's what has been showing up on Radiation Network. The CPM readings have been high since at least December. Have posted here over & over gain about this, and at Monitoring forum area. We have proof and it's well documented here!

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      HoTaters, I hadn't seen your comments – not sure how I missed them – but yes, I've noticed the station near Philly always reads high on the Radiation Network, usually the highest in the country. I figured it was just an anomaly with the station or someone would have been fussing about it. You were! I just didn't see it. :-{

    • drinkupdreamers drinkupdreamers

      I noticed it, too – hitting sometimes as high as 83, and not dropping below 60-65; wish I knew how to save the screen, but, for what? Of course, NOTHING in the news about it. Thank God for RADNet.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hi drunkupdreamers, RadNet is run by the EPA! One of the reasons Radiation Network was established is because RadNet is unreliable.

        I know we have the tendency to shorten names here because it saves keystrokes, but RadNet's data is sometimes suspect.

        It is run by a company contracted with the federal government. The woman who runs the company is an ex- GW Bush administration member.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Had commented over & over the readings around Philadelphia looked suspiciously high for months on end. Arrgh!

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Those _______ liars! This has been going on for MONTHS.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Well, out of fairness, they were talking about releases into water. But the releases into the air have been going on for months!

  • stopnp stopnp

    This is disgusting.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I think we only know a fragment of what is going on..If we knew the complete truth, we probably would not believe it, or we would be in shock.

    The things we do know, is horrible enough. Can only imagine what we don't know.

    • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

      Absolutely agree, wind.
      And the term "immediate health concerns" just means…."We're fucking killing you, your kids, your soil, your food, your water, your air and everything else on the planet. It just won't happen in a time frame that you can pin your death on us!"
      Hey, Nuke industry……FUCK YOU !!
      SHUT EM ALL DOWN….NOW !

  • jdotg

    Too close to home and too many people use this water. Maybe we can point the finger upstream to limerick for the I 131 in our water too. Seems to me its leaking a little bit. Scheduled or not, publicized or not, reported, within limits, whatever. Typical PR rhetoric. it's been happening for years, and all over our country and planet. Eyes are finally being opened..

    Anyways, here's a picture of limerick a friend of mine snapped that I always found striking .
    <img border="0" src=" http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/395746_1822437417704_1743290908_890683_187921001_n.jpg?dl=1 " width="500" height="500" />

  • Anthony Anthony

    What an ignorant world we live in.

  • No little Opp's !!

    Is there a fine for such incompetence and disregard for human life ???

    grrrrrrr

  • Bones Bones

    This really pisses me off. Our area is so beautiful, but highly contaminated. Don't eat any fish you catch. I'm writing this up into an article and sending it to the paper. I cannot believe they just dump radioactive water into the river!!!! They act like it's no big deal – Just contaminating people!!

    I gotta organize an opposition to these nuke plants. For god's sake, we went through TMI, yet we have nuke plants running?! I'll try to figure something out. There is a very involved woman in town and I know she'd help me with this. She's pretty connected and her heart is only for nature.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    I have a real problem with this… Voluntary? WTF? Shouldn't that be mandatory? or would that be to big of an inconvenience for the bastion of the 1%? When I googled the NEI voluntary Groundwater Protection Initiative I found this piece of krap..

    Wow! Barff..this is the party line people.. and I mean both parties!!

    Sure would like lying about and manipulating data, that is a matter of public health and well being, to be treated like attempted murder.. unbelievable.. and how many tax dollars do these folks get every year?

    http://www.nei.org/resourcesandstats/publicationsandmedia/insight/insight-web-extra/revealing-the-green-side-of-nuclear-energy-power-plants-closely-monitored-to-protect-the-environment/

    Need to create a wikibullshittranslator overlay for this piece of carefully crafted spun shit, for the sheeple…

    • CB CB

      Lets drop a rufee in her drink. She wakes up unaware of the vicious assalt on her. A victim blinded by the noise, the danceing. She finds she is pregnant. What does she
      ask? Pregnant= cancer
      The violent assault on unsuspecting victoms continues, supported and encourage by the authorities.

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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    The problems with Tritium is that it also passes through the placenta & is increased rates of fatal birth defects, childhood leukemia, and Down’s Syndrome in nearby populations.

    Correlations have been found in epidemiological research between tritium and Down’s' Syndrome. Associations have also been found between low-level radiation and Down's Syndrome." http://www.ipsecinfo.org/Tritium.htm

    During Dr. Helen Caldicotts most recent lecture she mentions that Tritium is the most pervasive cause of cancer near Nuclear plants & it is released in bot hthe air & water. Because Nuke plants need to be near water it is also carried by fog.

    Tritium easily crosses the placenta, which raises concern for spontaneous abortions, stillbirths, congenital malformations and diseases.
    Tritium rapidly enters all material containing hydrogen. Some of this absorbed tritium reacts with organic compounds and is called organically bound tritium (OBT), a very important component of tritium exposures. When there are repeated (i.e., chronic) exposures to tritium, concentrations of OBT gradually increase in all biota. Humans accumulate OBT by consuming OBT in tritium-contaminated food and by drinking/eating, breathing and absorbing tritiated water (HTO). OBT is more problematic than HTO because of its much longer residence time and because OBT by its very nature is located near organic molecules (for example, DNA)

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      cont:
      Both gaseous and aqueous forms of tritium (HT and HTO respectively) are very radioactive and pervasive.3 HT permeates most materials, rubber and many grades of steel with relative ease, and HTO, which is chemically identical and physically similar to ordinary water, very rapidly mixes everywhere.

      Tritium is a carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen and developmental toxin which is easily absorbed into the body. Tritium exchanges easily with H atoms, and binds with organic compounds to form Organic Bound Tritium (OBT). It becomes incorporated into DNA. It disrupts the genetic code of women’s reproductive cells. The cells most at risk from tritium would be those dividing at the time of exposure (precursor cells for the ovum), the embryo and nerve cells. http://iicph.org/comments-on-cnsc-tritium-studies-project

      Once released, much of the tritium becomes part of the water cycle. Falling to earth as radioactive rain and snow, it accumulates in the environment. Freezing, melting, evaporating, and raining down again, it seeps into groundwater and flows into streams, lakes, rivers, aquifers, and oceans. It is also taken up by all living organisms.

      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        And it does NOT dilute nor move quickly through the water.

        Radioactive tritium became a perfect marker for tracking ocean water §. Scientists sampling North Atlantic water found that tritium released into the atmosphere before the 1962 nuclear test ban treaty, mixed downward by 1973. By 1980, the SAME tritium had moved into deep areas off Florida. The water had taken about 20 years to travel 3000 miles (4800 km) through the sea at an average speed of less than half a mile a day, about half the speed of a snail §.
        http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/oceanography_currents_3.html

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          Thx, MaidenHeaven!

        • Arizonan Arizonan

          Thank you for that info Maidenheaven!

        • What-About-The-Kids

          Thank you for the EXCELLENT information on tritium, MaidenHeaven! Gee, I wonder why the NRC doesn't include any of this information in their fact sheet on tritium on their website? (sarc)

          Their verbiage makes it sound like a harmless substance that 1)"doesn't travel far in the air" and 2)"doesn't penetrate the skin" (see under the heading: "Tritium":

          http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/tritium-radiation-fs.html

          But w-a-i-t a minute…a few paragraphs later under "How Can People Be Exposed to Tritium," they state:

          "Tritium is almost always found as tritiated water and primarily enters the body when people eat or drink food or water containing tritium OR ABSORB IT THROUGH THEIR SKIN. People can also inhale tritium as a gas in the air."

          Which is it NRC? Does tritium penetrate the skin or not???

          I, for one, am sick of all the lies, misinformation, obfuscation, diversionary tactics, cover ups to protect the Nukers, and on and on. The NRC and the Nuke industry have lost ALL credibility at this point (if they ever had any.) Do they really think we are fools? Companies who have been found to have consistently lying to the people about their "accidental releases" etc. should have their business licenses revoked, not just given a slap on the wrist while the NRC turns a blind eye. Ridiculous that we should allow such irresponsible liars to stay in business, especially when our health and our planet's health hinges on their…

  • OhioBoy

    pardon my anger management issues, but the only way to teach these a-holes who wantonly contaminate and kill the rest of us is to go after their precious children and grandchildren. This would teach them true pain and perhaps understanding of the world around them …and the consequences of f_cking that world up!

    • many moons

      I think they don't even care about their children. They are polluting their surroundings that can make the children sick…they know that…What they really care about above all is money…go after that and you will have them on the ropes.

  • Sickputer

    Yep… drinking water is pretty well screwed with nuclear power plant leaks into public drinking water sources and to add insult to injury you have fracking waste truck dumping of radioactive slurry into creeks.

    Quickie tanker dumps happens in west Texas all the time and a fracking tanker trucker told me he observed it (but didn't admit he dumped fracking slurry waste). In many areas of the country it may not even be a crime to dump it into creeks that feed into water sheds. Your government at its finest.

    To complete a trifecta there are also numerous huge coal plants in Texas gushing out toxic slurry and particulate matter. But fortunately the construction of new coal plants don't look very promising as the bankers are about as leery of coal as they are of nuclear plant financing. Gas plants are way cheaper and the frackers have found so much that natural prices have gone way down. So much so they are not looking for gas any more in west Texas. They want oil and fracking-induced earthquakes be damned…

  • @MaidenHeaven
    Good review of Tritium's harm.
    One look at nuclear discharges into streams and lakes shows clearly that Tritium is chronically present in water one drinks. One must trace on a daily basis the travels of tritium into the bodies of human beings like mothers and fetuses and infants and make a comprehensive report. Greenpeace issued a tritium report in the 1980s. It is the responsibility of municipalities to log the data publicly on line.
    How primitive we are compared to the complex emissions of the nuclear war and nuclear terrorism that is going on.
    Action please! And daily billboard result online. For all nuke pollution and health data and data from transparent studies.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Radiation is no respector of titles or nobility. It is an equal opportunity killer.

    How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html

    Hot Particles (Fuel Fleas) From Fukushima Continue To Circulate Globally; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/hot-particles-from-fukushima-continue.html

  • RutherfordsGhost

    Tritium? Bad news that – really really bad news.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    We all know what No ‘immediate’ health concerns means:

    They cannot guarantee what's going to happen to your health in the future, but for today, you are safe.

    "immediate" means: related to the present

    Did someone mention… Full Disclosure.

    There isn't a Government who gives Full Disclosure.

    I believe there are: Deals behind closed doors in every Government. Protection of Corporations even when they are killing people and the environment with radiation, chemicals, drilling, fracking, and so on.

    Corruption is all over..They all keep their secrets..
    Warn the public if there is danger, don't count on it..
    We all will be the last to know..

  • Spectrometising

    I am measuring how serious Fukushima/Philadelphia/other is by how much i hear on the subject of sport here in Australia. It must be getting very bad since the amount of sport coverage is 95% of the time on as many radio stations.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    I think the scariest part of this article is the spokeswoman saying that despite the accident, the tritium still managed to reach its target – the river. THE RIVER!!! THE RIVER!!!!!!!

    • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

      They really see no problem with this.

      Some people use mercury to extract gold and then burn the mercury off in a iron pan over a camp fire and also see nothing wrong with it.

      I have a problem with both. But if I were to do the merc extraction, there are retorts that catches your mercury and saves your reagents…..along with the enviroment.

      Same thing. tritium can be extracted and used for exit signs.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      How can they be targeting the river? It's like keeping mother nature hostage with a gun to her head. They have gone completely insane. We are being governed by psychopaths.

      • What-About-The-Kids

        I completely agree, Arizonan. They must be completely insane, or lacking intelligence and a moral compass. It is especially insidious and frankly, frightening to know that tritium CANNOT BE FILTERED out of water! (see EPA website) Their only "solution" is "dilution."

        But did any of their folks actually try to strain their brains just a bit and try to project into the future to see the ramifications of their actions, polluting our rivers, groundwater, air (indeed, the entire water cycle) ad infinitum?

        Did they ever stop to ask themselves what will happen when they have polluted our water supplies so badly that there is NO MORE CLEAN WATER to "dilute" the tritiated water with? What happens when the EPA's little trick of simply quietly raising the maximum permissible levels for radiation in our food, water, rain, etc reaches the biological tipping point and our bodies simply can no longer handle the ever-increasing doses of radiation we are exposed to???

        We need to STOP the madness now and send any and all psychopaths who have had a hand in this to jail…or a mental institution. Such actions are truly and verifiably insane!

        /end rant #2

  • markww markww

    UNDER REPORTING WHY DO people LIE LIKE THIS did not your families and GOD Tell you to tell the truth growing up. Looks like CRIMINALS everywhere took over in the worlds work places. Mark

  • datura17

    well exactly where do these leaks come from as the primary cooling loop is supposed to be closed, right? so where does this radioactive water routinely come from and why hasnt anyone said anything about the dump time 'It was 3 a.m. Monday, March 19' so since this was planned, and since the drain was plugged up and an unexpected event occurred because of the plug, i have to say that we now all know when they 'routinely' dump. 3:00 am on any given day i bet this is industry standard. so given that, what do those steam releases in the daytime mean. how bad would things be for that to happen?

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    A Limerick for Limerick

    People downstream of Limerick had no warning,
    of radioactive Tritium arriving one morning.
    The NRC said it is okay.
    To get radiated that way.
    Politician’s allow it to be ongoing.

    • many moons

      Just cause someone tells you it's OK it may not be.
      That's one important lesson that doesn't seem to sink in….
      The nuclear agency lies about everything…they don't care if people live or not. That should make you angry and you should gather people to protest. They are commiting a crime and will continue to do so if you don't act up….it's your only means of protection.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Outraged that the notification is voluntary.??
    You are not the first to be outraged…

    Here is a link to something I wrote on this very issue back in Nov. 2011 on ENENews's website.

    http://enenews.com/obama-chief-political-strategist-david-axelrod-worked-for-exelon-largest-nuclear-plant-owner-in-us-nei-chairman-is-obama-donor/comment-page-1#comment-161330

  • dodge

    A basic worry is that we allow the release of small amounts of radioactive waste into our water and air and we publish their half lives and safety standards, but many of these elements decay into other less radioactive elements, but with much longer half lives. These are not detected in the release, are not traced, but accumulate and are perhaps the elements we should be worried about. When will we reach the tipping point, where the health effects of our pollution do not just affect the few (the unlucky%) but effect us all. Knowing that 10% of the population may contract health problems which shorten their lives by 25 to 50% may be considered acceptable (I wonder by whom) but once we figure out that 100% will be affected, as well as genetic damage to future generations, who then will be able to argue for nuclear power.

  • Fred

    HEY! Aren't you all 'spoz'd ta be all foaming at the mouth about global warming, instead of noticing what they are really doing to us? Propaganda Dept. must be losing its grip on the herd!

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Someone else has noticed the high airborne CPM counts near Philadelphia and it's documented:

    http://lifeabundantly-alim.blogspot.com/2012/03/philadelphia-radiation-hot-spot-of.html

  • glowfus

    makes great kool-aid. includes the six essential daily recommended radionulcide isotopes in the food pyramid. plutontium, tritium, uraniuam, iodine, cesium, americium,

    • StillJill StillJill

      Hey 'glowfus',…where's my strontium? You know I can't start my day off right without my 7th isotope!

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @StillJill

        I have it here, StillJill! It's in our rainwater. Which means it's in the ground here, which means it's in our vegetable garden, which means it's in us.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    "Tritium is essential to the construction of boosted-fission nuclear weapons. A boosted weapon contains a mixture of deuterium and tritium, the gases being heated and compressed by the detonation of a plutonium or uranium device. The D-T mixture is heated to a temperature and pressure such that thermonuclear fusion occurs. This process releases a flood of 14 MeV neutrons which cause additional fissions in the device, greatly increasing its efficiency." http://www.wcpeace.org/tritium.htm

    … Tritium limits in drinking water (Bq/L)

    US EPA (1999) 740
    European Union (1998) 100
    Colorado 18
    California 15
    Canada 7,000

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    "In conclusion, a single atom of tritium can cause a lethal cancer and damage to DNA that may be carried to future generations. This is why there is no safe dose of tritium, or any other radionuclide. This is confirmed by the fact that human exposure, measured in Sieverts, estimated the probability that a given exposure will result in a fatal cancer. This acknowledges that human casualties are an inevitable result of releasing radionuclides into the environment and merely strives to keep these casualties at an “acceptable” or “reasonable” level."

    "But no level of casualties is “acceptable” or “reasonable” to a population that has not chosen to accept them without informed consent that scientific ethics require. Nor is even a single casualty “acceptable” to the unfortunate individual and family that suffers it."

    http://iicph.org/comments-on-cnsc-tritium-studies-project

  • StillJill StillJill

    Very true MaidenHeaven,….and when extrapolated out,….it means,…(to me anyway),…that MANY people of this world are guilty of either MURDER,…or are 'complicit' in said MURDER! 🙁

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      Sadly true…People have knowingly permitted deaths all becasue of greed. Whether it be the person at the top, the government or those who shut their hearts & souls to the suffering their job at a company causes.

      By allowing varying levels of quality in everything, we encourage inequality. By allowing companies to offer low quality products, medical care & products, food & housing we allow those making the most money to be in a position of power over us.

      The elite with the power over our quality of life have degraded the value of a dollar so that over half the population is only able to afford the low quality products.

      Those people that might otherwise speak out against what is going on around them, instead allow the loss of a job to shut their hearts to suffering. If money did not equal better food, housing or medical care then losing a job over integrity & honesty would Not be an issue.

      And if we Always demanded integrity, honesty & equality then someone who murders as a result of what their company does would be treated exactly as serial murder would be.

      • StillJill StillJill

        Yes MaidenHeaven! I'll go one GIANT step further,…and P' some folks off,….I'm pissed tptb allow Joe Blow to go buy roundup!
        Sure,…"it's so harmless you can drink it", said my roomie's "Master Gardener Professor", before he could get his landscaping contractor's license. But,….brings to mind for me, "I will bring to ruin those ruining the earth." (Holy writ). Told my roomie this a few days ago,….(I'm such a shit),…and he said, "Yeah well, God meant the BIG polluters". It's one earth folks. Backyards run into streams. Streams run into rivers. Need we think we are all an island?

  • StillJill StillJill

    I can almost see St. Peter at the pearly gates,….(in jest,…sortof),..and he asks, "Did you know that radiation was escaping, and did you warn everybody?"

    He's not going to ask, "Did you know it was harmful?"

    Any ape knows THAT!

    What would YOU do?
    What DID you do?

    • many moons

      StillJill you are so right and we shouldn't need to hear it from St. Peter…how bout that little voice in your head that says….I should do something to save myself and others…
      I don't feel good about how I say through Chernobyl and was not about to do anything…25 years later we don't have to be going through this…
      If we all did the right thing….Protest and boycott

  • CB CB

    Just a little searching for water bottling companies down stream.
    Location of Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station ~
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1360&bih=655&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Exelon+Nuclear%E2%80%99s+Limerick+Generating+Station&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Exelon+Nuclear%E2%80%99s+Limerick+Generating+Station&cid=0,0,5669029525810450589&ei=p0GKT9bfNczggge_tLDzCQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CA0Q_BI

    Water bottling companies ~ Crystal Springs Water

    http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=12060561460980412134&q=where+are+water+bottle+companies+in+pennsylvania&hl=en&ved=0CEsQ-gswAQ&sa=X&ei=eUKKT-jxLaWCywW8pZnjBQ&sig2=QwBCrSfPxj7m-OxbjAGZHg

    Health water of PA.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=10664088736214490617&q=where+are+water+bottle+companies+in+pennsylvania&hl=en&ved=0CEcQ-gswAw&sa=X&ei=FkCKT_LrEIKczAWGw4SFBQ&sig2=dnmPp7iZlRldnsUSXrnLJQ

    FTI Bottled Water Supplier, Restaurant

    http://maps.google.com/maps?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1360&bih=655&q=where%20are%20water%20bottle%20companies%20in%20pennsylvania&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=il

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Folks in Philadelphia can change this. All reactors are shut down in Japan, and also in Southern California, and you can do it to. Just get ticked-off ..you can stop these lame nuclear power plants. This is happening.