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The Lowdown on Monitoring

Radioactive Releases Occur Routinely. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, like all reactors, releases large numbers of radioisotopes/radiation into the air and water as part of “normal” operations. 

Entergy (Licensee) Charged With Tracking Their Own Releases 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission relies upon self-reporting and computer modeling from reactor operators to track radioactive releases and their projected dispersion. A significant portion of the environmental monitoring data is extrapolated – virtual, not real. What is put into the computer model, assumptions, will determine the answer that comes out.

Public Left in Dark: Due to inadequacies in the monitoring equipment and self-reporting, neither the public nor federal and state authorities know how much is actually emitted.

We need: State-of-the-art radiation monitors computer linked to state and local authorities at all points where radiation is released from Pilgrim and at appropriate off-site locations; we need environmental sampling performed honestly with indicator and control stations appropriately placed. 

Why? Read our analysis below - it describes who is responsible for monitoring emissions (licensee, federal, state - no independent groups); where the monitors are located; the accuracy of their measurements; the reliability of their reports.

Leaks imperil nuclear industry - Boston Globe, 12-31-10

Critics press for more testing at Pilgrim plant - Boston Globe, 12-31-10

LEARN MORE ABOUT MONITORING

On-Site Ground Water Monitoring  More

On-Site Air Radiation Monitoring Systems   More

Off-Site Air Radiation Monitoring Systems   More

Environmental Monitoring & Assessing Plume Dispersion (Wind Directions)
Includes important study, Feasibility of Exposure Assessment for Pilgrim 
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