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Radioactive spills revealed at British nuclear plants

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:26 pm    Post subject: Radioactive spills revealed at British nuclear plants Reply with quote

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The Guardian - 20/04/11

Leaked report details incidents at three plants during February that were serious enough to be reported to ministers.

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There have been two spillages of radioactive waste and a breakdown in an emergency cooling system at Britain's nuclear plants in the past three months, according to a report to ministers leaked to the Guardian.

A brown puddle containing plutonium five times the legal safety limit leaked from an old ventilation duct at the Sellafield nuclear complex in Cumbria. This exposed "a number of shortfalls in the design", says the report.

Groundwater at the Torness nuclear power station near Edinburgh was contaminated with radioactive tritium (a form of hydrogen) leaking from two pipelines. At Hartlepool nuclear station on the north-east coast of England, the back-up cooling system was put out of action by a faulty valve.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do they say things like "plutonium five times the legal safety limit leaked". Means nothing unless you know what 'the legal safety limit' is. I'd have though zero would be a reasonable safety limit for plutonium, after all there isn't any natural background.
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