Arnold Gundersen with another Fukushima report as radiation levels rise in Japan
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This week, Dr. Caldicott once again chats with Arnold Gundersen, a nuclear energy consultant with Fairewinds Associates, about the ongoing situation at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. As background for today's program, read the recent news articles Nuclear Expert Cites New Concerns about Westinghouse Reactor Design Based on Fukushima Disaster and Women Fight to Save Fukushima's Children. Read the Fairewinds report released November 2011, Fukushima and the Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000. Read the article, Nuclear Revival is Ruining Climate Protection Efforts and Harming Customers, says Watchdog Group and the accompanying report by NC Warn, New Nuclear Power is Ruining Climate Protection Efforts and Harming Customers. Also read the November 12 New York Times article Devastation at Japan Site, Seen Up Close.
This entry was posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011
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*Note: Single radiation dose of 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) and above causes serious illness. See also exposure list below.
Half-life of some radioactive elements
[NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.] * Cesium-134 ~ 2 years * Cesium-137 ~ 30 years * Iodine-131 ~ 8 days * Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years * Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.] * Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days * Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.] * Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years * Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years * Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years
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