Breaking: 3/4 of US nuclear power plants leaked or are leaking radiation
"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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Breaking: Airspace Over Flooded Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Still Closed
I blame lazy media for not picking this up. The first climate-related nuclear power plant shut down occurred in 2007(!). Since then, there have been, by my count, an additional 5 climate related shut downs in the US. Where the F*CK is the media on this? More at bottom.
A fire in Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports.
The fire occurred on June 7th, and knocked out cooling for approximately 90 minutes. After 88 hours, the cooling pool would boil dry and highly radioactive materials would be exposed.
On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.
"No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM," referring to the "notice to airmen," effective immediately.
Since last week, the plant has been under a “notification of unusual event” classification, becausing of the rising Missouri River. That is the lowest level of emergency alert.
The OPPD claims the FAA closed airspace over the plant because of the Missouri River flooding. But the FAA ban specifically lists the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as the location for the flight ban.
Source: Business Insider
The first climate-related nuclear power plant shut down in North America occurred in 2007. Due to extreme, unplanned for drought, one of the cooling towers to the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power in Alabama shut down because the lake it drew water from was too low and too hot to cool the power plant. I wrote about this incident in my article published in the International Journal of Climate Change - that the US is shamefully under-prepared for current climate conditions, never mind future climate impacts.
Since 2007, I count 5 nuclear power plant shut downs in the US. Unbelievably unprecedented and shamefully under reported.