AP story confirms Beyond Nuclear report
In April 2010, Beyond Nuclear released its comprehensive report, Leak First, Fix Later; Uncontrolled and Unmonitored Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Power Plants. On June 21, 2011 the Associated Press released the results of its own year-long investigation, in which Beyond Nuclear participated, confirming the findings in our report.
Our research found that “leaking U.S. reactors are now ubiquitous” and that “at least 102 reactor units are now documented to have had recurring radioactive leaks into groundwater from 1963 through February 2009.”
The Associated Press investigation, headlined - Radioactive Tritium Leaks Found at 48 US Nuke Sites – concluded: “Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping. . . Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.”
As we work to first shut down the most demonstrably dangerous of the US reactor fleet – the GE Mark I reactors – Beyond Nuclear is providing resources for independent laboratory analysis of water samples taken from reactor communities. Contact Paul Gunter at Beyond Nuclear if you are concerned about your community's potable water supply or tritium contamination in your community.
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