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Stop the Fukushima fear mongering!
It is time we put an end to the fear mongering surrounding the Fukushima disaster.
The amount of unfounded and ill-informed threads and comments on ATS concerning the Fukushima incident have blown out of proportion, and sadly this is not only true for ATS but the general media coverage on the event as-well.
All I ask of you is to reconsider your current beliefs, and maybe we can restore the confidence in this amazing source of energy.
Based on experimentation with ionizing radiation and human epidemiology, exposure to radiation from cesium-137 can result in malignant tumors and shortening of life. Great Britain's National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) predicts that there will be up to 1,000 additional cancers over the next 70 years among the population of Western Europe exposed to fallout from the accident at Chernobyl.
I hear they are hiring at Fukushima for site clean-up.
And from what I see in your post you meet all the requirements.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant was a bad idea from the get go and a recipe for disaster since its inception. The design is extremely poor, especially considering the seismically active, tsunami prone location. "Hey, lets build a nuclear facility right here on this fault line by the ocean. We can build it so that the fuel storage areas can be suspended precariously 100 feet off the ground with no plans OR facility to store or recycle the spent rods! Won't that be great?! We can also skimp on safety regulations and maintenance just to increase the awesome!"
Some build a house of cards to watch it fall.
Fact of the matter is, the effects and consequences of the Fukushima incident locally as well as globally are minimal and insignificant, in the short term and long term. There have been zero deaths attributed to the radiation thus far, and none are to be expected in the future.
High thyroid cancer rates detected in Fukushima children
This review posits there are serious problems with both the concept of an effective dose and the methodology behind its calculation, and that a new framework is needed. In order to study the issues and drawbacks of the official concept of radiation safety, and to assist readers in understanding the basis of his argument, the author sums up and critiques the current system's main basic postulates and conclusions.
This examination adheres to the following limitations:
* All discussion focuses on the radiation safety of a general population and does not include professional exposure (i.e. the accidental irradiation from anthropogenic sources, in addition to the natural background level of radiation, versus individuals experiencing the effects of controlled irradiation by few radionuclides);
* The term "irradiation" relates to artificial sources of radiation in low doses, defined here as levels under 0.1 Gy (100 mSv).
In summary, the concept of an individual effective equivalent dose is based on a series of arguments that are out-dated and faulty, leading to unsupportable conclusions. Even the data used to arrive at these conclusions comes from sources that are sometimes unreliable due to political or historical exigencies. A new way to think about radiation safety, using the realities of modern data and science, must be constructed.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant was a bad idea from the get go and a recipe for disaster since its inception. The design is extremely poor, especially considering the seismically active, tsunami prone location.
The NRC database of nuclear power plants shows that 23 of the 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. are GE boiling-water reactors with GE's Mark I systems for containing radioactivity, the same containment system used by the reactors in trouble at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
GE's design for a nuclear reactor at a damaged Japanese power plant spurred the 1970s resignation of three employees over concern that its core might not withstand the loss of cooling systems in a severe accident, ABC News reported.
Yup,I put all seafood on hold ...just to be safe.Don't want to get cancer from a tuna on wheat.That would be a hell of a way to go.
Fukushima is more a threat to the stability of our food supply than to us directly. Indirectly it is a major threat not because of this particular incident but because of the risky places they have placed these plants all over the world.
Hey it helps to do some research before you go posting something like that,OP.
Nuclear fission is safe, clean, and well regulated (hopefully) for the most part.
TEPCO was not and they are still confused on what to do so they created an unsafe very hazardous situation.
The problem is that politicians are taking hold on what happened at Fukushima and are using it to their advantage, by telling people that nuclear power is evil etc etc... Which is clearly not the case if well regulated and maintained. The problem is when people post a bunch of propaganda material that are over-exaggerated and it hurts civilization more than it helps because nuclear power -can- and is mostly used in a good way.
Does nuclear power provide clean air? No, but it doesn't exactly contaminate it either. What it does do is the waste contaminates the soil where they bury it but they don't have to bury it as from my understanding when I asked what can be done about nuclear waste. It can be recycled or at least be stored to be recycled in the future.
I don't believe in closing down every nuclear power plant because TEPCO was greedy as #. Do you see BP and all the other oil companies still in business? Yes. Why? They contaminated the ocean right? Well, why aren't they fired? Because politics gets involved and that's all there is to it. Obama for example said that he would ban offshore drilling but told Brazil to drill instead and we would buy from them. It amounts to the same thing except we pay more for oil.
Getting rid of nuclear power will not solve anything, it will just create a higher demand for energy because a source was removed. What happened in Japan, happened and there's not much that can be done about it. But as anything that is science, we can learn from their mistakes and make sure that our power plants are secure for those types of disasters, even though a nuclear plant in Ohio will not get hit by a tsunami but it might get hit by an earthquake. My point is, there's too much sensationalizing over this and too many false facts that are being spread. What's more is that this event has created a lot of hate against Japan, which doesn't make sense because the people in Japan have nothing to do with the greed and stupidity that happened at TEPCO and in the government.
Japan is a great place to visit even today (go there if you can), nuclear power is safe if well regulated and maintained, and TEPCO screwed up but it's not the end of the world and we won't need to wear hasmat suits in 20 years.edit on 4-11-2013 by Em2013 because: (no reason given)