Obviously it seems they did, or the headline would not be so transparent. I read somewhere that asking questions draws attention. That and Top 10 lists. Hmm. Nothing at the moment, except my #1 reason to avoid nuclear waste: It is deadly.
Sufficiently riveted? I hope so, because what seemed a simple thought can take forever to express in writing. Note below that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) downplays the consequences of tritium, in various ways. Wikipedia highlights their bs.
It is really frustrating to think that there are people who will visit their home page and be reassured by their “carefully” crafted poison:
Tritium is a mildly radioactive type of hydrogen that occurs both naturally and during the operation of nuclear power plants. Water containing tritium and other radioactive substances is normally released from nuclear plants under controlled, monitored conditions the NRC mandates to protect public health and safety. The NRC recently identified several instances of unintended tritium releases, and all available information shows no threat to the public. Nonetheless, the NRC is reviewing these incidents to ensure nuclear plant operators have taken appropriate action and to determine what, if any, changes are needed to the agency’s rules and regulations. The following information provides further basic information on tritium and other isotopes released from nuclear power plants, outlines the status of the unintended tritium leaks and the NRC‘s actions.
It really bugs me that they worded things to leave the impression that somehow our health is their first priority. They allow plants to leak tritium out on a regular basis, within their own mandates to protect public health and safety? There are NO safe amounts. At best there are legal limits, and bribes.
Wikipedia: November 13, 2011:
Naturally occurring tritium is extremely rare on Earth…
Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen, which allows it to readily bind to hydroxyl radicals, forming tritiated water (HTO), and to carbon atoms. Since tritium is a low energy beta emitter, it is not dangerous externally (its beta particles are unable to penetrate the skin), but it is a radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin.
Despite the contradiction in the statement, tritium IS absorbed by the skin.
Radioactive Isotopes: Strontium-90, Cesium-137, Radioactive Iodine, Plutonium, and Tritium
Tritium: Dr. Caldicott: “It’s a really nasty substance”
It is absorbed through the skin
Tritium is emitted “all of the time by reactors”
Dr. Caldicott expressed frustration that the industry denies they are causing cancer
Note also the correlation with Rhabdomyosarcoma
Anyhow… they lie. Whether or not they did a poor job of it may depend on the angle: To those in the know, they lying is obvious, and poorly done. However, to any that can be deceived by the NRC, or any pro-nuclear lobby propaganda, others might consider it to be an easy breezy success.
Madness. Upside down and inside out…