Five Years After Fukushima, Lessons Still Not Learned: Two US Nuke Facilities On The Brink Of Disaster

Two US Nuke Facilities In Heavily Populated Areas Leaking–Worse Than Fukushima, Some Say

The old saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

But what about three times? Four? A dozen? Where does the shame lie then?

That’s the situation facing Americans today, and the corporate media blithely ignores the danger while the leadership fiddles and everyone is on the verge of burning along with Rome.

Actually Miami, in this case. A recent study from the University of Miami has revealed that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, located just south of Miami, has caused levels of a radioactive isotope called tritium in Biscayne Bay to spike to 200 times higher than normal. There have long been suspicions that the facility’s aging cooling canals have been leaking radiation into the waters of the nearby national park, and this latest data would seem to be confirmation.

The site’s cooling canals are currently permitted to operate at 104 degrees, the hottest in the nation. Not only that, the geography and climate of the area could hardly be a worse fit for locating a dangerous nuclear power plant. Especially in light of the Fukushima disaster, another facility sited on the edge of a continent subject to volatile shifts in weather, the time to take a second look at Turkey Point would seem to be way overdue.

“This is one of several things we were very worried about,” said South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who doubles as a biological sciences professor at Florida International University, in an interview with the Miami New Times. “You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national parks and subject to hurricanes and storm surge.”

But wait, there’s more!

Last month New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that the Indian Point Nuclear Facility sited along the Hudson River is also leaking tritium into surrounding groundwater. Recent samples show an 80 percent increase over previously drawn samples, prompting experts to call the plant a “disaster waiting to happen.”

Cuomo’s response? He has “encouraged” Entergy, the company running the site to close it down.

You get one guess as to how that was received.

The company responded in classic New York fashion, essentially suggesting that the governor could go do something to himself that would prove anatomically challenging:

“While elevated tritium in the ground onsite is not in accordance with our standards, there is no health or safety consequence to the public,” the company’s statement read. “The tritium did not affect any source of drinking water onsite or offsite.”

Oh, well I’m sure everything’s just fine then.

Fool us 374,923 times, and the shame will be on all of us if we don’t do something to stop these idiots from poisoning the planet any further.

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