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Aug 27 2006
01:24 am

As if TVA has not done enough already we have this.

"NRC spokesman Kenneth Clark said if the leaked tritium reaches the Tennessee River, that body of water would dilute the substance until its concentration would not be a "health and safety issue for the public." 

Since he says so it must be true

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Johnny Ringo's picture

And in a totally unrelated story...

...a Clarksville lad catches a mystery fish: (link...) Coincidence?
SteveMule's picture

Dilution

What Mr. Clark says is true. Up to a point that is. If the tritium release was limited (small) and does not become a recurring event. If I put a leathal dose of arsernic in a bottle of coke it would, of course be deadly. But if I dumped that into the Tennessee River and then refilled the coke bottle with tennessee River water it wouldn't be. HOWEVER, if everyone in Tennessee did the same thing ... well, then things would change. Tritium (heavy water) is a relatively short lived radio-isotope of water and IF this is incident is the only one then I really don't think we have much to worry about.

What we need to be concerned about is how this happened and to make sure that it does not happen again. And I agree that crap like this happens far too often at Oak Ridge Labs. I have trouble with the system of contracting and sub-contracting that is going on. It is too easy IMHO to avoid accountability and penalties.

Take Care, Be Good and don't play in the street!

SteveMule

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