[ RadSafe ] Spewing Radiation
jjc105 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 2 13:31:42 CDT 2011
I can live with radiation leaks and emissions, but when it "spews", I worry.
Maybe this is just another example of what the NYT considers fair, balanced, and
I don't understand the inordinate efforts to prevent seepage of radioactivity
into the ocean. I believe that dumping radioactive contaminated water into the
ocean is the safest and most expedient means of dealing with the problem. The
oceanic capacity to dilute to safe levels is essentially infinite. Monitoring
radioactivity levels near the release point and preventing intrusion into areas
of high concentration would be a reasonable precaution, but in a relatively
short time, the convective forces of the ocean would naturally dilute these
concentrations to safe levels.----Even if the New York Times does not approve.
From: "Egidi, Phil" <Phil.Egidi at dphe.state.co.us>
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] NY Times article today on Fukashima
Radiation levels of 10 Sv/h and the workers are protected by their anti-C's?
Surface activity levels, (Bq/cm^2) I could understand being protected by
clothing, but readings in Sv/h?. It's not just the folks in India who need to
clarify their units...
I want a pair of whatever those guys are wearing if they are protected at 10
Tokyo Electric Power, said that workers on Monday afternoon had found an area
near Reactors No. 1 and 2, where radiation levels exceeded their measuring
device's maximum reading of 10 sieverts per hour - a fatal dose for humans.
The company said the workers who found the reading were safely protected by
antiradiation clothing. Tokyo Electric said it has closed off an area of several
yards around where the lethal radiation level was found. The company said this
would not hamper efforts to build a new cooling system and remove contaminated
The plant has continued to spew radiation since the disaster, though levels have
been dropping. The operator is working to install a new makeshift cooling system
by early next year that will allow it to finally shut down the plant's three
That effort includes removing thousands of tons of highly contaminated water
from the reactor buildings. On Monday, Tokyo Electric also said it will begin
constructing a new wall that will extend some 60 feet underground to prevent
radioactive groundwater from seeping into the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Don't shoot, I just pass 'em on...
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