Here is another good example of why it is so vitally important that these decaying nuclear plants do not have their operating licenses renewed, but are retired.  I’ve heard that salmon have returned to the Connecticut river, after many years of absence, indicating the river is healthier than it used to be, but apparently not clean enough.

Tue Aug 2, 2011 4:37pm EDT

NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Vermont health regulators said

on Tuesday they found a fish containing radioactive material in

the Connecticut River near Entergy’s (ETR.N) Vermont Yankee

nuclear power plant which could be another setback for Entergy

to keep it running.

The state said it needs to do more testing to determine the

source of the Strontium-90, which can cause bone cancer and


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants the 620 megawatts

reactor shut in March 2012 when its original operating license

was to expire.

“Today’s troubling news from the Vermont Department of

Health is another example of Entergy Louisiana putting their

shareholders’ profits above the welfare of Vermonters,” Shumlin

said in a statement.

“I am asking my Health Department to keep a close eye on

test results moving forward to determine the extent of any

contamination that has reached the environment.”

New Orleans-based Entergy, the second biggest nuclear

power operator in the United States, however wants to keep the

reactor running for another 20 years under a new license.

via Vermont finds contaminated fish as nuclear debate rages | Reuters.