[ RadSafe ] Radioactive contamination of the ocean
jjc105 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 28 17:01:52 CDT 2011
In todays news, we see alarming stories of radioactive contamination found in
ocean waters near Japan. In a previous post, I cited the tendency of people to
equate detectability with hazard, and our capability to readily detect
radioactivity in miniscule concentrations.
The capacity of the ocean to dilute any contaminant is almost infinite. It can
readily be calculated that any amount of radioactivity released to the ocean
will be diluted to innocuous levels in a relatively short time. All of the
nuclear waste conceivably produced by the most ambitious nuclear power
production in the world would pose no significant health hazard if dispersed in
the world's oceans compared to the natural radioactivity (U, Ra, K-40, etc)
that nature has already placed in the ocean. Actually, as I have previously
discussed on radsafe, oceanic disposal is our best bet for disposal of
all radioactive waste.
Unfortunately, politics and hysteria will always trump science.
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