The amount of radioactive materials released from the
The amount so far has come to 70 million becquerels per hour, compared with 60 million becquerels in December, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday, adding that the increase is attributable to the displacement of radioactive materials that had settled on facilities and equipment as a result of work conducted near reactors 2 and 3.
Tepco has recently probed the inside of the container vessel for the No. 2 reactor with an industrial endoscope and conducted scrap work around reactor 3.
While the amount of radioactive materials released from reactor 1 decreased to one-fifth the level in December, the amount of materials from the other two each increased by 10 million becquerels per hour, Tepco said.
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Nuclear plants pose risks to drinking water for Illinois
Posted By Brandon Reid On January 25, 2012
Brian Imus, Illinois PIRG state director, explained: “The danger of nuclear power is too close to home. Nuclear power plants in
The nuclear meltdown in
According to the new report, “Too Close to Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water,” the drinking water for 652,00 people in Illinois is within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant — the distance the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to measure risk to food and water supplies.
Dr. Sam Epstein, a medical doctor and professor emeritus at the
Radiation from a disaster like the one in
In December 2005, investigators found tritium in a drinking water well at a home near Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station in
David Kraft, director of the Chicago-based Nuclear Energy Information Service, a nuclear power watchdog organization, said: “Tritium should be considered a major problem issue with nuclear plants. Especially among the Great Lakes region’s 33 nuclear reactors, and especially with the Canadian CANDU reactors, which belch out many more times the tritium than do the
Local bodies of water also play a critical role in cooling nuclear reactors and are at risk of contamination. In the case of the
“With nuclear power, there’s too much at risk and the dangers are too close to home,” Imus said. “Illinoisans shouldn’t have to worry about getting cancer from drinking a glass of water.”
The report recommends the
To reduce the risks nuclear power poses to water supplies immediately, the report recommends completing a thorough safety review of
“There are far cleaner, cheaper and less-risky ways to get our energy,” said Max Muller with Environment Illinois. “
The Illinois PIRG Education Fund is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy group. Visit www.illinoispirg.org .
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