Radioactive Fish Found In CT River – Strontium 90

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
By Paul Martin

Vermont finds contaminated fish as nuclear debate rages

Reuters.com
Tue Aug 2, 2011

* Vermont Yankee could close by March 2012
* Entergy fighting for reactor survival
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
leukemia.
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.
Entergy filed a complaint in federal court to block the
state from shutting the reactor next year.
Officials at Entergy were not immediately available for
comment.
“One finding of (Strontium-90) just above the lower limit
of detection in one fish sample is notable because it is the
first time Strontium-90 has been detected in the edible portion
of any of our fish samples,” the Vermont Department of Health
said on its website.

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