June 25, 2011
In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 photo, a decoy sits on Bob Scamen's pond in Braidwood, Illinois, within view of the Braidwood Nuclear Power Station in Braceville, Ill., about 50 miles southwest of Chicago. Braidwood has leaked more than six million gallons of tritium-laden water in repeated leaks dating back to the 1990s - but not publicly reported until 2005.
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Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.