Consider this headline:
“Radioactive tritium found near Vermont Yankee Plant”
Disturbing? Perhaps to many people. The headline is in fact a true statement. Even true statements like this raise fear because it is about radiation. Click here for the article.
Tritium is a naturally occurring radioactive form of hydrogen produced in the atmosphere when cosmic rays collide with air molecules. Consequently, tritium is found in very small or trace amounts in groundwater throughout the world. It is also a byproduct of the production of electricity by nuclear power plants.
The article does not mention that humans receive approximately 50% of their annual radiation dose from natural background radiation, 48% from medical procedures (e.g., x-rays), and 2% from consumer products.
Also, radiation doses from tritium and nuclear power plant effluents contribute less than 0.1% of the total background radiation dose to which people are normally exposed. Perhaps this should have been mentioned in the article as well.