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Denver has particularly high natural radioactivity. It comes primarily from radioactive radon gas, emitted from tiny concentrations of uranium found in local granite. If you live there, you get, on average, an extra dose of .3 rem of radiation per year (on top of the .62 rem that the average American absorbs annually from various sources). A rem is the unit of measure used to gauge radiation damage to human tissue.
The International Commission on Radiological Protection recommends evacuation of a locality whenever the excess radiation dose exceeds .1 rem per year. But that's one-third of what I call the "Denver dose." Applied strictly, the ICRP standard would seem to require the immediate evacuation of Denver.
This is a Wall Street Journal piece from over the weekend that is trying to convince folks that the radiation effects from the cripple nuke plant in Fukushima is less than the daily exposure from natural radiation in Denver..
Untold millions of tons of radioactive water has been continuously dumped into the Pacific Ocean, radiation has been detected in rain, snow, air, water & food in a number of places far away from the west coast. Why has the level of concern of state and federal governments been so low? Why has radioactivity testing been stopped? Why is the Ventura County Reporter the only news outlet reporting on this acute threat to the lives of millions of Americans?
I have handled radioactive materials which were registered with the proper authorities, and I had to undergo a lot of training before I was allowed to do it. This doesn't elevate my status to that of "expert" but I certainly know something about radiation as a result of all that training.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
It's a lengthy read, and while I am definitely no expert in the nuclear field, I seem to get the hint that this is a piece trying to get the nuke power plants up and running in Japan.
Since I am woefully ignorant, I am presenting this to the members to see how they take this article...
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year