[ RadSafe ] Dumb and dumber at "Time" magazine
sjd at swcp.com
Tue Mar 15 20:59:24 CDT 2011
"Right now the situation around the [Fukushima] power station is
already much more serious than what we have today around Chernobyl,"
says [Andrei] Savin, the chief engineer of Project Uktrytiye, or
Enclosure, the group of scientists charged with the continuing effort
to seal off and clear out the radiation from Chernobyl. "Walking
around Chernobyl is much more safe than being anywhere near the
damaged plant in Japan right now. So the risk to human health there
is already serious."
That is mainly because of the radioactive iodine that has already
been detected around Fukushima after the explosions and fires it
sustained in the past several days. "The human body absorbs these
particles very easily. They get into the thyroid gland and gradually
destroy the immune system," says Ivan Blokov, program director of
Greenpeace Russia and an expert on nuclear accidents. "In Chernobyl
that was the main cause of illness in the immediate aftermath, the
radioactive iodine," which is especially dangerous for women and children.
But this toxin naturally dissolves after around eight days, meaning
that the long term threat of radiation would come from other
substances, such as cesium, which has already been detected around
Fukushima, and plutonium, which poses the greatest danger if the
nuclear fuel rods inside the reactors melt.
(end quote from TIME)
Savin also claims the melted fuel may reach critical mass and "could
cause an atomic explosion."
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