Sunday, April 24, 2011

NUCLEAR FALLOUT: Lepreau one of 3 "local" nuclear reactors that could impact Maine

Point Lepreau is only one of 22 Canadian (Candu) reactors; initial reports indicate the corrosion problems could be endemic to all of these reactors. Candu officials indicate corrosion is occurring at the rate of .1 to .15 mm per year and "at that rate it would take 4 or 5 years before the pipes need to be replaced" (Xinhua News Agency, Jan. 10, 1997, via Lexis-Nexis). One other Canadian reactor, Gentilly 2, is located directly upwind from Maine just south of Quebec, and along with Point Lepreau and the Seabrook facility is one of the 3 other source points of anthropogenic radioactivity having the most likely potential to impact the bioregion of Maine in addition to the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Plant.


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