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"Tennessee Valley Authority officials say lightly radioactive water leaked from a tank at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant."
"Crews worked Wednesday to clean up the spill from one of the five large tanks that supply water to the turbines generating steam for the plant's three nuclear reactors."
Don Jernigan with TVA says less than 1,000 gallons of tritium water leaked out because of a valve problem in the top of the tank.
"Without any public disclosure, the state of Tennessee and the DOE's "Bulk Survey for Release Program" (BSFR) have allowed radioactive waste to be dumped into ordinary state landfills for at least 20 years."
"One such dump is the Middle Point Landfill in Rutherford County, owned by Allied Waste. The dump is next to the now-contaminated East Fork Stones River which supplies drinking water to 25,000 Murfreesboro and Rutherford County citizens."
"Ten million pounds of radioactive waste was dumped into Middle Point in 2005, and 166,000 pounds in 2004."
"Elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water sample taken from an undisclosed source within the Chattanooga drinking water supply provided by the Tennessee American Water Co."
"Current drinking water sampling guidelines from the U.S. EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation do not require water utilities to collect and analyze for this radioactive isotope."
"The most recognized health hazard posed by iodine-131 is that it is linked to the development of thyroid cancer."
"Tennessee Valley Authority officials have reported finding elevated levels of tritium in a groundwater sample taken from one of two new onsite monitoring wells at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant."
"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."
"...statistics from TDEC showed of the 225 permitted landfills across the state, 69 or 31% were leaking," Bliss said. "Landfill leachate, contaminates drinking water sources like groundwater and surface water with toxic pollutants that are known to cause birth defects, cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems."
"People around regular trash landfills will be shocked to learn that radioactive contamination from nuclear weapons production is ending up there, either directly released by the Department Of Energy or via brokers and processors," stated Diane D'Arrigo, NIRS."
"Any exposure to radiation increases the risk of damage to tissues, cells, DNA and other vital molecules, potentially causing genetic mutations, cancers, luekemias, birth defects, and reproductive, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune system disorders."
"Radioactive releases from a nuclear power reactor's routine operation often are not fully deteced or reported. Accidental releases also cannot be completely verified or documented."
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