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.