Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new leak of radioactive material has been found and fixed at the troubled Vermont Yankee
    nuclear power plant, officials said Saturday.

    Vapor and water containing 13 different radioactive substances was found late Friday coming from a pipe in a hole workers dug to find the source of an earlier leak.

    "This was a new leak," Vermont Yankee spokesman Larry Smith said in an e-mail. "The leak has been stopped. ... There is no threat to public health or safety."

    The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission also said the public faced no danger.

    Spokeswoman Diane Screnci said an NRC inspector will arrive Tuesday to help the two agency inspectors assigned to the plant year-round. She said they will look at company efforts to find what caused the leak, the repair of the piping, and remediation of any effects of the leak.
    "The observed short duration and small volume of leakage from the drain line appears to indicate that the event did not result in any impact to public health and safety," according to an NRC statement.

    Vermont Yankee was recently off line for routine maintenance and refueling. It went back in operation and was reconnected to the New England power grid early Saturday. Smith said the plant is expected to be running at 100 percent within the week.

    The leak was the second mishap connected with the startup. On Wednesday, the reactor "scrammed" — went into automatic shutdown — when a problem developed with equipment in the switchyard where it connects to the power grid.

    In January, plant officials announced that radioactive tritium, which can cause cancer when ingested in large amounts, had turned up in a monitoring well. In investigating, the company spent months digging wells, only to find more tritium and other radioactive substances.

    Meanwhile, plant officials acknowledged they had misled state regulators and lawmakers regarding whether the plant had underground pipes that carried radioactive substances. The radioactive tritium was found in an underground pipe.

    FOXNews.com - Vt. Yankee official: Leak of radioactive water found at nuke plant, fixed, no public threat

    You know that another way to interpret this is that the reactor is short at least 1 additional layer of containment here. the coulda, woulda, shoulda, defense grows old real quick. We don't need excuses. Stop violating the trust and act responsibly in the first place.

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    According to Rdean, Democrat scientists were responsible for the leak
     
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    Frank, you don't have to make a purposeful attempt to look idiotic, you have that base covered naturally.
     
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    There are many people pushing Nuclear Energy. Done correctly, it is clean, safe, and puts out a lot of power in one spot.

    However, what we see here is the reason that Americans no longer trust Nuclear. The people building and using these plants cut corners, and try to do things on the cheap. They are taking chances with the lives of everybody downwind, and with the environment. Three Mile Island.
     
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    And what happened at 3 mile Island? LOL, come on buddy tell us what happened...:lol::lol:
     
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    Three mile island involved a partial core meltdown that came very close to a full meltdown. There was a combination of bad engineering, and poorly trained personal that made some wrong decisions.

    The point was at that time the Nuclear Industry was still selling nuclear power as totally safe. They claimed to have redundent safety measures in place that would prevent any accidents from happening, let alone reach the point where there was a danger of a total meltdown.

    The Nuclear Industry had already lost a great deal of it's luster, because of the failure to deliver the cheap power that it had been promising. Then the near catastrophe at Three Mile Island destroyed what was left of the public's trust. And they have yet to regain that trust.
     
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    keep harping on a 30 year old accident as if there have been no improvements in design or safety since then.

    I thought you science worshipers were all about focusing on the future yet you seem to be stuck in the past.
     
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    Skull, it is not me you have to convince. It is the American Public. The Nuclear Industry created this situation, not I. Here in the Pacific Northwest, WHOOPS is still a bitter taste in the mouth.

    You want nuclear? Address the failings of the Nuclear Industry. Too many instance like the one Intense has pointed out. Then you add BP into the mix, and you can see how much the Public as reason to trust the large corperations involved in these kinds of projects.

    Windmills, solar, and geothermal do not have the potential for catastrophic failure that poisons hundreds to thousands of square miles of our nation.
     
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    It's about taking responsibility for actions. False claims are proved by the radioactive contamination that results. My reason hints to me that the industry is short at least one level of containment. The industry seems real comfortable with radioactive water and contaminated fish. That's a hard sell, I'm not buying. What we have here people is a failure to communicate. I'm not big on baloney sandwiches. Should you fail to address the short falling in your industry in regards to safety, and force confrontation with new construction, protesters, arrests, might I advise more humane accommodations, for us. Cuisine, breakfast, Eggs Benedict should be served at least once a week. I like my bacon crisp. Coffee, Starbucks, Melita Drip preferred. Lunch, Burgers, Hot Open Sandwiches, Barbecue, Full Vegetarian Menu, Kosher Menu, all meals. Tea's Juices, plenty of ice. 5 Star mattresses. Maybe it would be a good idea to just hold everyone in reputable 5 Star hotels rather than gymnasiums, Cable TV would be good too. Pool privileges are also a necessity. Think more along the lines of Hilton-Gitmo-Six Flags. Get it? Good. Wake up calls not before 8:30 AM, lights out after Greg Ferguson. ;) Either that or build more responsibly. Take the hint. Stop lying to us and making excuses.
     
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    You guy's in the Nuclear industry even have me sold on the concept of reprocessing, under one condition, safety and security first. Show that you can do what you claim 100% of the time. No bullshit excuses, fail-safe 100% guaranteed. Oversight, Transparency, Accountability. Make it right or STFU. No more smoke and mirrors. ;)
     
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