Radioactive Tritium Leaks Prompt New Drinking Water Concerns in the United States

Ever since the major earth quake in Japan and its subsequent nuclear disaster many people have become leery of nuclear power and it benefits in relationship to it environmental hazards. During the Japanese’s nuclear meltdown, many Americas became concerned if the potential radioactive fallout in this country. The rumors of the potential for a nuclear cloud to make its way across the Pacific Ocean and effect residents on the west coast prompted a run and national shortage of iodine pills. Now there is a MSNBC.com story stating that 48 nuclear sites in the United States have radioactive tritium that has leaked into the ground water. Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit. While most leaks have been found within plant boundaries, some have migrated offsite. But none is known to have reached public water supplies. At three sites — two in Illinois and one in Minnesota — leaks have contaminated drinking wells of nearby homes, the records show, but not at levels violating the drinking water standard. (Read Full Story here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43475479/ns/us_news-environment)

We are all pretty aware if people are exposure to radioactivity material, no matter how slight, boosts cancer risk, according to the National Academy of Sciences. This issue becomes even more dangerous because radioactive material in water have no taste, color, or smell rendering our senses useless to detect it in our drinking water. But it’s hard to know how far some leaks have traveled into groundwater. So what can you do to protect your drinking water supply? The first thing that can be done is to detect whether or not these highly dangerous contaminates are in your drinking water supply. During the crisis in Japan many people used small personal handheld radiation detector to identify if radioactive material was found in the air and water. This also prompted many people here in the US that lived close to reactors to purchase this device as a safety precaution.

If there is radiation found in your drinking water here is one water filter technology that can dramatically reduce uranium and other radionucleides for contaminated water supplies. Information from government officials in Nova Scotia http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/uraniumremovaldistill.asp states “Water Distillation can remove 100 per cent of the uranium in drinking water.” A very strong statement from the government but should highlight the effectiveness of water distillation as a uranium and radiation treatment method. Although boiling water seems to be an effective solution, the University of Nebraska study http://elkhorn.unl.edu/epublic/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=42 states that boiling water is good for removing biological contaminates it is not effective in removing inorganic materials such as in this case radioactive isotopes.

How does a water distiller system effectively remove uranium? It is because of how the water changes states of matter from a liquid to a vapor, in essence leaving behind the uranium in the boiling water which then is drained away. For more information about water distillers, uranium water contamination, and detection and treatment options visit FreshWaterSystems.com

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