Saturday, July 02, 2011

GAO: Leaks on ageing Nuke sites difficult to detect

Saturday, July 02, 2011

U.S. nuclear plant power, the operators have found out not how quickly detect leaks of radioactive water from Aging pipes that snake and the leaks, often for years undetected are unstoppable, according to a new report by researchers at the Kongresses.

Der of two congressmen Tuesday in response to an investigation of the associated press published report from the Government Accountability Office has been under the sites -, the three-fourths of America's 65 nuclear plants shows sites radioactive tritium, sometimes have leaked into the groundwater.Separately, two US Senators arm of the Congress asked GAO, monitoring and watchdog, to examine the results of the current AP series of aging nukes, which is therefore, who have U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry operate within safety standards worked closely, to old reactors by weakening it or not force to keep the rules.

A third Senator, independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said plants raised disturbing claims about safety at the aging of the AP series and reiterates its call that the Vermont Yankee plant be shut down."The GAO concluded Tuesday democratic deputies Edward j. Markey of Massachusetts and Peter Welch of Vermont published report that during a voluntary initiative, the industry, to identify that recently adopted to leaks to, who U.S. does not know how quickly discovered nuclear regulatory Commission."Without such an assessment, we continue to believe that NRC has no guarantee that to confirm the presence of underground pipe-laying will lead the ground water protection initiative system leaks nuclear power plants age "report authors completed."No leak is known, that aquifer, holding water resources of the public utilities, have reached even though tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, residential drinking fountain in the vicinity of at least three nuclear power plants has contaminated.

Not exceed tritium in these wells the federal health standard. Although slightly radioactive tritium is the greatest risk to cause of cancer, if it ends up in drinking water.Markey spokesperson said that his Office received the GAO report in early June after it request to a tritium leak at the Indian point nuclear plant North of New York City 2009 reports. Usually, offices keep Congress reports for 30 days, but it Markey in response AP tritium history, part of an ongoing investigative series appears."In a written statement to he the ongoing nuclear crisis in the Japanese Fukushima Dai-Ichi work, the kind of collapse, what he said could happen in the United States, if a tube, the water to a reactor core to be cool not."It said would no warning as ever the integrity of these underground pipes checked no one, "Markey.Der industry's nuclear energy Institute cited his" underground pipe laying integrity initiative directive "voluntarily in 2009 was launched, as proof of the fact that it takes tritium serious leaks.

"The initiative commits the industry after a series of actions to set up more frequent inspections and improve the reliability of underground pipe-laying with a goal of structural integrity and leaks to protect prevent, "said the Institute in a statement. the Institute criticized also the AP General findings and" selective, misleading reporting in a number of new articles on U.S. nuclear power plant safety. ""Previously, the AP reported that regulatory authorities and industry to keep commercial nuclear reactors operation have weakened security standards for decades of the country.

While NRC officials and operators argue that safety margins can be relaxed without affecting safety, critics of these accommodations say the reactors are an accident inching closer."In response to these findings the GAO for a new inquiry, asked New Jersey's two Democratic Senators based on"serious accusations"documented by the AP."There the concern reached we would, in fact, aging power plants compliance with operating rules required because of the weakened NRC rules, instead of demonstrating compliance with the existing standards, "wrote separations Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez.In of a speech Senate Tuesday, Sanders said the Vermonters have ignored the will of Vermont Yankee operator Entergy and the NRC." Vermont Senate recently voted to close the plant, his license of next year expired.He called also a GAO investigation into the security issues in the AP series. "These allegations by the AP are incredibly disturbing," said Sanders.

"Our nuclear security should have seen top priority at the NRC, especially after what we do in Japan." "You should not answer to the nuclear industry, NRC must answer public."Sanders said that the investigation should determine whether the NRC systematically works with industry, safety, aging plants operation to keep to undermine.California Democrat Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Senate Committee, said environment and public works Sanders.Late she supported Tuesday, NRC said it did not agree with the AP conclusions in the stories, but welcomed the attention to nuclear plant safety, that have generated stories.

"The Agency defended security its standards and approach.""The NRC never varies from its main task - ensure that the public stays safe during the civil use of radioactive materials in the United States", the Anweisung.Die said the main issue of the series AP addressing to the weakening of the standards, the NRC said it "changes supported only if they maintain acceptable levels of public security;" "This includes adding or strengthening requirements."-The investigative AP national team can be reached to investigate (at)

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