Vermont Yankee Reported Strontium 90 Releases To NRC

08/08/11 7:50AM By Mitch Wertlieb
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The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was in the news last week after a sample of a fish in the Connecticut River turned up containing small amounts of the radioactive material Strontium 90.

Plant officials strongly denied that the Strontium 90 came from the power plant. Vermont Yankee has been known to release tritium, another substance, but say Strontium 90 has never turned up in groundwater samples at the plant.

Vermont's Health Commissioner also said that the strontium levels were consistent with background levels caused by nuclear testing and the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Associated Press reporter Dave Gram dug a little further however and found that Vermont Yankee had reported strontium release to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in three annual reports.

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