The Latest Silly Nuclear Scare

by Karl Denninger

The latest blowup over nuclear power is from a FPL plant near Biscayne Bay.

According to a study released Monday by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, water sampling in December and January found tritium levels up to 215 times higher than normal in ocean water. The report doesn’t address risks to the public or marine life but tritium is typically monitored as a “tracer” of nuclear power plant leaks or spills.


Tritium forms in the cooling water used in nuclear power plants, mostly due to activation of boron used in the cooling water for reactivity control, and it is also present in the control rods. The presence of it in environment strongly suggests that there are low-level leaks occurring at Turkey Creek, particularly since the reactors there are PWRs (meaning they have a primary and secondary loop, and theoretically the primary loop, which is where the tritium would normally be found, should be 100% isolated.)

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