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Vermont nuke plant denies fault for radioactive fish; Hawaii milk radioactive

vermont nuclear power plantThe Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant on the Connecticut River. Image via Wikipedia

Another dangerous isotope found in Hawaiian milk this Spring, strontium-89, has been associated with Fukushima.

By Jeff McMahon

“Hey, don’t look at us” has been Entergy Corporation’s response to the discovery of Strontium-90 in fish from the Connecticut River.

But the contamination, revealed this week by the Vermont Department of Health, promises to complicate the utility’s effort to extend the license of its aging Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant.

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EPA plans to boost radioactivity safety limits up to 100,000-fold increase

By Michael Kane

In 1992, the EPA produced Protective Action Guides to enforce the law following any incident involving the release of radioactive material. According to documents obtained by PEER.org, here is what the EPA is planning to change:

* A 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131;
* A nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90; and
* An almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63, writes Michael Kane.

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