shady8x t1_jdkgiux wrote

Unless a coal power plant opens up nearby, my guess is that the changes will be negligible.

These leaks aren't bigger than regular scheduled releases of the same type of polluted water. Unless they are lying about the amount or the type of leak they had, then government regulation of what a safe release is, is different from these leaks in only one way, these weren't caused by someone pressing a button while under government monitoring, but happened accidentally.

There is a reason why nuclear power is less deadly then even wind and solar power, per kilowatt generated.

This plant has to get it's shit in order, obviously. But from the information released so far, there is not much to be concerned about yet.


shady8x t1_jdk8ypv wrote

From the article:

>Valerie Myers, a health physicist with the NRC, told WCCO last week that the amount of tritium that's in the water is negligible.

>"If we look at the dose impact of something like this, it would be a fraction of a milligram. I'm talking 0.00-something milligrams. The average person will get 300 milligram in a year just from the sun, the ground, everything," Myers said.

So the radioactive danger from this specific leak is much less than just stepping outside your house on a normal day.

Last time such a leak happened they reported it 1 day after it happened and the danger of the release was considered such non-issue by those that learned about it, that journalists which constantly seek out anything to terrify the public with, took 4 months to even bother reporting on something that was made public 4 months ago.

Now that said, what the fuck is wrong with those morons? Stop cutting corners and do some proper repairs. Not to mention the danger of an actually dangerous leak, repeated accidents are gonna make people terrified about what else is close to breaking at this power plant, and with good reason.


shady8x t1_j4bdflb wrote

>You do know that it takes years, if not over a decade to build new ones?

The phase out policy was introduced in 1998. It was cancelled, but then re-introduced in 2011, which is still over a decade ago.

So like I said before, the shutting down of old plants could have coincided with the building of new ones.