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Yankee Swap: tritium contaminated water anyone?

First published in the Montague Reporter First we hear about tens of thousands of picocuries in the groundwater beneath Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant, next it’s over one hundred gallons of water contaminated with over 2 million picocuries in some sort of concrete trench. Oops. Besides sloppy practices, lax monitoring, shoddy construction, and obfuscation (what underground pipes?) what do these numbers mean? Should we worry about all that tritium? And what the heck is a picocurie anyway? Tritium is a radioactive isotope of the element hydrogen.
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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Cuts Power After Leak

News : Huffington Post (6 years ago)

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Radioactive tritium from Vermont nuclear plant leaked into soil and Groundwater has reached Connecticut River - 18th Aug 2011

News : The Coming Crisis (3 years ago)

Health officials say a radioactive form of hydrogen that leaked from a Vermont nuclear plant into soil and groundwater has reached the nearby Connecticut River. State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen said Wednesday w... Read Post

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Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Clean Beta (3 years ago)

The Vermont Department of Health said it has found radioactive tritium in the Connecticut River, which probably leaked from the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The state’s laboratory measured 534 to 611 picocuries of the ... Read Post


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