How dangerous is tritium?

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Beyond Nuclear is preparing a two-part (online) conference to examine the many aspects of tritium — how it is made, how it gets into the environment and why it is harmful. From proposed liquid releases from decommissioning nuclear plants in Massachusetts (Pilgrim) and New York (Indian Point)]; to the massive tritiated water release that Tepco is proposing to dump into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear site; and to the aerial release of tritium vapor from Los Alamos, our expert panelists will cover a wide range of topics and engage with audience questions. Tritium is also the cause of a dangerous crossover between the civil and military nuclear sectors, with the civil Watts Bar reactor in Tennessee making tritium for the nuclear weapons sector. We will be announcing these webinars soon, through our email Bulletin newsletter and on this website.

In the meantime, special guest Tim Deere-Jones, spoke this week to Nuclear Hotseat host, Libbe HaLevy, about the dangers of tritium, especially as it pertains to the health of the marine environment. Deere-Jones is a UK-based marine biologist, researcher and consultant. He specializes in analysis of the radiation threats to our planet’s waters from a wide range of nuclear sources.


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