Unheeded Warnings: Earthquakes, Storage and Nuclear Power, Part 3

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 11:02 AM
June 28, 2011

Well, I haven’t been able to get a word in edgewise lately, but Jael and my leader, Dr. Repriestly, have to give me some space cause the latest news on nuclear power in the United States is earthshaking indeed!  The Associated Press (AP) has just reported that radioactive tritium has been leaking from most of the nuclear power sites in this country for some time.  Moreover, the number and severity of leaks falling into groundwater from often rotted underground piping is on the increase. 
 After months of research, the AP team reports:  “Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) records . . . Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.”  Moreover at sites in Illinois and Minnesota these tritium leaks have contaminated residential drinking wells.

 Egads!  How on earth is this happening?  Why is the government allowing nuclear plant operators to poison this nation’s water?  What companies are running these nuclear plants, and why is there a lapse of government oversight?  The AP report posits that “regulators and industry weakened safety standards for decades to keep the nation’s commercial nuclear reactors operating within the rules.”  People at NRC and the plants claim that there is no danger to the public, but critics assert that this easing of standards brings this nation closer to nuclear accidents.  Moreover, researchers at the National Academy of Sciences claim that even the slightest exposure to radioactivity in water increases risks of cancer.  And this nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fears that “seven of 200,000 people who drink such water for decades would develop cancer.”

 So, while we, the American people, trust our government to keep us safe, NRC officials, behaving like foxes guarding the hen house, have allowed this radioactive poison to fall into our water systems, where it can join with God only knows what.  More questions:  How and when will these leaky pipes––many encased in concrete beneath nuclear power plants––be repaired?  And who will pay for it?  These commercial companies have made billions of dollars by selling nuclear powered energy to Americans.  Now, surely, they don’t intend for tax payers to foot the bill?  Or does this industry even plan to repair these rusted pipes?

 Hopefully,  I will have more space to report on this subject.  As a member of the International Association of Truth-Telling Women Journalists (IATTWJ), I will continue to dig into this urgently important story.  In Bible prophecies, My Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, compels me to tell readers the truth:  “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  Let us pray that this nation is also compelled to remove this dangerous poison from our drinking water.

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