Radioactive Fish Found Near Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

June 1st, 2010 - 6:29 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Radioactive FishMontpelier, June 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A Connecticut River fish was tested positive for radioactive Strontium-90 which had all tracks leading straight towards the nuclear plant of Vermont Yankee. Reportedly, the nuclear plant is 38 years old and rests on the banks of the Connecticut River. After the fish was tested positive for radioactive Strontium-90, the soil of the nuclear plant was also found contaminated with the same. What’s alarming is the isotope being a major contributor for Leukemia and Bone Cancer.

However, in reaction to the radioactive test results, the state officials have declared that Vermont Yankee might not be the source of the radioactive elements that was found in the body of the fish. The yellow perch that was observed is speculated to be an aftermath of the tiny amounts of strontium-90 to which both human beings as well as animals were exposed after it was released into the atmosphere by the testing of nuclear weapons way back in the year of 1950.

The Vermont Yankee plant was reported to have witnessed the leakage of Tritium in the month of January. Following that the plant has been subjected to regular monitoring of the wells in accordance to the levels set by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This also accounted for the presence of the isotope at safety limits in the water. Cesium-137, Cobalt-60 and Zinc-65 were the other major isotopes found alongside Strontium -90. The state officials are of the opinion that tritium leakage followed all the way downhill which had it’s roots back in the nuclear plant and didn’t take much time to mix with the waters of the fast flowing river.

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