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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.”

Source: AP via ABC 

UPDATE: One of my followers just accused Jeff Donn and the AP of shilling for coal companies. He, with a large staff, have investigated the NRC for over a year to produce this report. As the report states, two congressmen called for an investigation by the US GAO into the leaks - a report that shows serious inadequacies in voluntary self-regulation by the nuclear power industry.

Look, I’ll give my follower, and anyone else, the benefit of the doubt. I know Jeff peripherally, as well as several reporters and editors at the AP. If you have information that Jeff, or anyone at the AP are planting stories from coal companies, please send it to me asap directly or anonymously to or Thanks and best, Michael Cote

UPDATE2: Jeff Donn, AP reporter for this article, just had a Q&A sesh yesterday, here. Most interesting to me is this question about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station near me. It’s leaked into the Ct River, and the company (I believe), lied about it. This caught my attention:

Question from Harold One Feather:

What right does the public have in removing a nuclear generating station from their backyards?


Vermont is the only state where the state legislature has the power to close a nuclear plant. Upset about leaks of radioactive tritium, Vermont’s state Senate voted to do that for Vermont Yankee nuclear, but the plant’s operator has challenged in federal court.

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