Hi Philadelphia. Did you know that the nuclear plant in Limerick, just up the Schuylkill River from us, accidentally released 15,000 gallons of radioactive water into the river in March? And that the Schuylkill supplies about 40 percent of the city with drinking water?
No? You’re not alone. The whole thing was kept pretty hush-hush. Three weeks after the accident, plant officials finally posted a public notice, and the Pottstown Mercury picked up on the story. No mention in our local papers, though. (The Inky did note last year that the power plant was trying to run an end-around standard safety reviews.)
Don’t worry, the state Department of Environmental Protection knows all about it, and decided that it’s nothing you need concern yourself about. The DEP told Counterpunch that the radioactive water was not an “Event of Potential Public Interest.” Why not? As it turns out, the plant routinely discharges wastewater into the river.
Claims by plant operators and state regulators that all of this is perfectly safe notwithstanding, somehow this seems like something the public would be interested in.