posted on Apr, 29 2011 @ 01:29 AM
reply to post by Neo_Serf
I recall reading that larger materials cannot be integrated into the body. The atomic number is just to heavy. That does not make it harmless. As its
presence is harmful, not it's use. Many materials, like lead, are not harmful in presence, but in their use (replacing oxygen in the blood).
A % increase in radioactive material does not necessarily mean a % increase in death. It does mean a % increase in mutation, but it takes a huge
increase to create harmful affects. Remember, every second of your life countless radioactive residue is penetrating your body in the form of protons,
electrons, and neutrons, hitting your dna and aging you slowly. It's all to often to forget that the sun is a radioactive object, constantly barging
us. Bananas are radioactive. Your computer screen is radioactive, everything is radioactive to some small amount, it's just when the level of output
means it is likely to hit your dna that you need to worry. At this moment in time, that is only within 20 km or so of the plant.
In truth, you made me realize something. You could, in theory, have flawed dating ages if the radiochemistry of the environment was different.
Rest assured, while the world is slowly dieing, it's not at a point of worry yet. We put out far more radioactive and acid materials at your average
chemical plant for your computers and what not than this plant. And that's why historic monuments are decaying faster than ever before.
Point is this. You live with radiation. And radiation is just the chance that something hits your dna. And of that, there is a chance it could be