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Leaky Pipes at Nuclear Sites?

Is Congress listening about the news that an estimated three-quarters of the country's nuclear sites have leaky pipes?Two top elected officials have heard the news, and they are demanding the federal government do something about leaky pipes at these sites.Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Ranking Member on the Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), chief deputy Democratic whip, just put out a negative report from the Government Accountability Office report that says that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and licensees must do more to stop leaky pipes at nuclear reactor sites.Worse, no one in government knows how serious the problem is, and the GAO says it can't figure out the problem, either, because the information is insufficient.This is a fire-engine red alert problem, the Congressmen say. "Buried pipes at nuclear power plants carry water necessary to cool nuclear reactors. Other buried pipes carry...

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