Radioactive Tritium Found Present at Over 200 Times Normal Levels in Florida Bay
(NaturalNews) Thewater qualitythroughout the United States leaves much to be desired; it's in such horrible shape that just about everywhere you turn, it's ruining people's health. This isn't about an occasional situation either, but rather several ongoing problems that seem to have no end in sight.
Thelatest water issueto rear its ugly head comes from Florida's Biscayne Bay. Water sampling of its waters revealed hundreds of times more than the normal amount of tritium, a radioactive isotope that's produced by nearby nuclear reactors. These are used to track water that's been leaking from nearby cooling canals. Specifically, it's the Cooling Canal System (CCS) that serves the Florida Power & Light (FPL) Turkey Point facility that was studied.
The study, which was completed by Dr. David Chin of the University of Miami, and recently released by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, reinforces fears that the cooling canals have led to dangerous underwater plumes, putting drinking water in jeopardy. In fact, the study was released only a couple of weeks after a Tallahassee judge ordered the utility and the state to clean up the cooling-canal system.
Disturbingly high concentrations of tritium in groundwater
According to the study: A threshold concentration of 20 pCi/L has been used as a baseline to infer the presence of groundwater originating from the CCS. Groundwater with concentrations below 20 pCi/L are presumed not to be affected by the CCS. FPL does not concur with the selection of 20 pCi/L as a threshold or background tritium concentration for surfacewater, pore water, or shallow groundwater. The basis of FPL's contention regarding the 20 pCi/L threshold is that multiple factors such as atmospheric deposition, vapor exchange, and errors in laboratory analysis can influence reportedtritiumlevels. ... However, at depth, the CCS appears to be the primary source of tritium, and using tritium as a tracer in the lower elevations of the Biscayne Aquifer is reasonable. Reported measurements show groundwater tritium concentrations in excess of 3000 pCi/L near the CCS. ...
Whoa. There are "... groundwater tritium concentrations in excess of 3000 pCi/L?" Considering that the threshold has been set for 20 pCi/L, this is beyond alarming. Still, the report seems to rely heavily on variables that make this number ebb and flow, or at least seem somewhat justifiable. The likes of varying temperature levels, salinity, FPL's disagreement with the set threshold level, vapor exchange and possible lab analysis errors are all mentioned in what comes off as an attempt to soften the blow of the disturbing finding.
"How much damage is that cooling canal system causing the bay is a question to be answered," says Everglades Law Center attorney Julie Dick. "There are a lot more unknowns than knowns and it just shows how much more attention we need to be paying to that cooling canal system."
Throughout the United States, water quality issues loom
There, people ended up drinking lead-laden water after Governor Rick Snyder and his administration switched the water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department system to the Flint River in 2014. The move was a money-saving effort that ended up destroying people's lives, giving them everything from osteoarthritis to legionnaires' disease. The problem facing these people has brought widespread attention to the issue of both aging water pipes and overall water quality concerns.
We need not even get into the problem thatfrackingcreates; Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco, recalls nine cases of well operations that have injected a mind-boggling, "3 billion gallons of toxic oil industry wastewater intoaquifers that were cleanand supposed to be protected under federal and state law."
Clearly, water contamination issues abound and are almost commonplace these days.
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