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What is that even supposed to mean?Pretorian wrote: as life diversity is very limited, not the case flor sub-tropic/tropic regions
Ludi wrote:Small-scale hydroelectric has fewer side-effects. Local power generation using small turbines should be less damaging. Avoiding building large dams would be a good idea. They've thoroughly proven themselves to be a bad idea in the long run.
I can assure you there are plenty of plants and animals in Sweden.
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Radioactive water that leaked from the nation's oldest nuclear power plant has now reached a major underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to much of southern New Jersey, the state's environmental chief said Friday.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station to halt the spread of contaminated water underground, even as it said there was no imminent threat to drinking water supplies.
The department launched a new investigation Friday into the April 2009 spill and said the actions of plant owner Exelon Corp. have not been sufficient to contain water contaminated with tritium.
Tritium is found naturally in tiny amounts and is a product of nuclear fission. It has been linked to cancer if ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin in large amounts.
"There is a problem here," said environmental Commissioner Bob Martin. "I am worried about the continuing spread of the tritium into the groundwater and its gradual moving toward wells in the area. This is not something that can wait. That would be unacceptable."
The tritium leaked from underground pipes at the plant on April 9, 2009, and has been slowly spreading underground at 1 to 3 feet a day. At the current rate, it would be 14 or 15 years before the tainted water reaches the nearest private or commercial drinking water wells about two miles away.
But the mere fact that the radioactive water — at concentrations 50 times higher than those allowed by law — has reached southern New Jersey's main source of drinking water calls for urgent action, Martin said.
At least 15 Japanese hospitalized with radiation poisoning
MOSCOW, March 13 (RIA Novosti)
At least 15 people have been admitted to hospital with symptoms of radiation poisoning following an accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Kyodo news agency said on Sunday.
Telegraph Live blog
21.28 According to Japanese officials, 22 people have been confirmed to have suffered radiation contamination while up to 190 may have been exposed. No health problems have been detected, with experts claiming as long as the radiation stays on the surface of the clothing or skin, there will be no health risk.
Extensive damage: Experts are now debating whether a radiation cloud could reach the West Coast
Japan's nightmare gets even WORSE: All THREE damaged nuclear reactors now in 'meltdown' at tsunami-hit power station
Unlike Chernobyl, there is no chance that this could become an international incident; Japan is simply too far away from anywhere else for the radiation to spread, and the most serious radioactive contaminant – Iodine-131 – has a half-life of just eight days. Furthermore, the Japanese government is rich, competent and open – which the Soviet authorities in 1986 conspicuously were not.
Sixstrings wrote:If I had to guess at this point I'd say this is mostly a problem for the Japanese. If any fallout reaches us, we'll never know about it just some folks will be coming down with cancer in 15 years and never know it was from this.
Some of the plumes move over eastern Siberia, Alaska, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in 5 - 7 days. Such a long time spent over water will mean that the vast majority of the radioactive particles will settle out of the atmosphere or get caught up in precipitation and rained out. It is highly unlikely that any radiation capable of causing harm to people will be left in atmosphere after seven days and 2000+ miles of travel distance. Even the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which had a far more serious release of radioactivity, was unable to spread significant contamination more than about 1000 miles.
Right next door, the Montrose Chemical Plant manufactured chemical products from 1947 to 1983, including DDT pesticide. Soils and groundwater in the vicinity are contaminated with DDT and the plant discharged DDT-laced waste water to local sewers, contaminating drainage channels and ocean sediments.2
Beneath these two facilities, soil and groundwater are polluted with industrial by-products, including chlorobenzene, DDT, parachlorobenzene sulfonic acid, benzene, ethylbenzene, naphthalene, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, and dichloroethylene. These substances are present beneath the facility as non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL), dissolved in groundwater, and adsorbed to soils, and, if left untreated, these pollutants could pose a possible threat to the public.
Jeff will have another post later today. He knows his stuff.
AdvancedNano provides a handy Radiation Chart. Living on the Colorado Plateau is worse for you than having a chest X-Ray.
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