CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION!
Local Citizens and organizations around the nation, including Rock the Reactors, Green Nuclear Butterfly, Fuse USA, and Citizens Opposing a Radioactive Environment (CORE) have united to immediately halt the ongoing dumping of 500,000 gallons of radioactive water into the Hudson River through the end of this year – 2008.
According to a July 31, 2008 report, â€œIndian Point Safety Evaluation,â€ the Entergy-owned Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant implemented plans to drain Fuel Pool 1 by the end of 2008 as â€œan effective pathâ€ to solve the problem of underground fuel pool leaks. Known radioactive contaminants in the water include: Tritium, Strontium, Cesium, and Cobalt. An Entergy employee newsletter admits that â€œConcentrations of Sr-90 are much higher in the IP1 spent fuel pool than in the IP2 spent fuel pool.â€ These are very Dangerous!
In the Requests for Hearing and Petitions to Intervene legal action filed October 1, 2007 with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the States of New York and Connecticut, Riverkeeper, Inc., Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Town of Cortlandt, NY, Connecticut Residents Opposed to Relicensing Indian Point, and Westchester County, NY, current leaks of radioactivity from two spent fuel pools at â€œhigher than acceptableâ€ levels into both groundwater and the Hudson River are a serious concern for impacts of the contamination on the Hudson River fish and shellfish.
Despite Entergyâ€™s claims that a program was initiated beginning in April, 2006 to reduce the concentration of radionuclides in the Unit 1 Poolâ€™s water via demineralization water filtration process, such filtrate treatment is incapable of removing radioactive Tritium and very fine radioactive particles from water.
In a paper prepared for the Department of Energy by the Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Tritium within water evaporates and is released into the atmosphere. A radioactive isotope of Hydrogen with an effective life of over 240 years, Tritium can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled, and ingested in water and food. Particularly vulnerable are children under 20 and pregnant women. Diseases associated with Tritium exposure include: cancer, asthma, allergies, hormone dysfunctions, leukemia, nervous system disorders, birth defects, Downâ€™s Syndrome, defective sperm, and neonatal deaths.
According to a 2008 American Cancer Society Report, 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women can be expected to face cancer in their lifetime. The citizens of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey are particularly at risk due to Entergyâ€™s dumping of 500,000 gallons of contaminated water into the Hudson River, with radioactivity subsequently evaporated into the air and flowing down the Hudson River, washing ashore along Atlantic coast beaches.
Concerned citizens are urged to immediately contact: NY Governor Paterson (518) 474 -8390, and your representatives both in the NY State Senate (518) 455-3216, and the NY Assembly (518) 455-4218 and demand an end to the dumping of 500,000 gallons of radioactive water into the Hudson River!