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PAGES on NUCLEAR ISSUES

The nuclear industry is unlike any other industry, in the range of topics to which it relates. The effects of the nuclear industry, and its eventual viability depend on the way in which it relates to each of these topics.

On this website, the main aspects of the uranium/nuclear issue are summarised in these PAGES, listed here and also listed on the sidebar, near the bottom of page:

Each month we focus on a particular topic.

Some of the hazards of the industry are illustrated in the diagram below


6 Comments »

  1. Concerning Health, out of about 620 millirems per year that people (average American) are exposed less than .1% is actually from Nuclear Power, 51 % is from Medical exposure and 37 % is from the rocks and soil. 5% is from the Human Body, another 5 is from cosmic rays, and 2 % is from consumer products that people buy.

    I also argue that the economic costs of nuclear power plants are public and not hidden.

    (National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurment Report 160 (2006))

    Comment by Bill Scout | February 3, 2011 | Reply

  2. 1. People (average American) might or might not get less than 1% radiation from nuclear power. I’d take that assertion with a big grain of salt.
    I doubt that they count the radiation from uranium tailings. I doubt that they count the radiation experienced by U.S. soldiers and others in Middle East, from depleted uranium.
    Perhaps, indeed, U.S. ionising radiation is better controlled. You can bet that not all countries have regulations in place, or actually enforced. For example – Russia, China.
    2. Well, medical radiation is quite a scandal in its overuse. And in the fact that it is used as a fig leaf to make the whole toxic nuclear industry look good.
    3. The economic costs of nuclear power are certainly not all public – and they escalate all the time. Nobody knows the extent of them.
    Consider the effects of storing the nuclear waste for more thousands of years than humans have even been on this planet. Nobody can estimate the costs of that – nor the public costs of the cancers resulting from uranium mining, nuclear weapons use, nuclear waste – or even those accidents that have already occurred (Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, the Urals)
    Statistically there will have to be further accidents and/or wars – how to estimate those costs, too?

    Comment by Christina MacPherson | February 3, 2011 | Reply

  3. On Point 1, I agree, until we know the amount from all perspectives, statistics are biased. One issue I was hoping you or others would bring up was the key word “average,” what I want to find is the statistics on how much radiation, on average, a person living within 20 miles of a nuclear power plant are exposed to.

    2. Yes, medical overuse of radiation is a shame, and is used as an easy scape goat for all things nuclear.

    3. Once again I agree, but making any analysis like that would involve so much extrapolation it would be misguided. We cannot predict the future of technology.

    Comment by Bill Scout | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  4. Greetings,this industry has to be stopped,why are we asking permission?All countries have forced this industry onto its citizens.Now India ,China,making deals holding other investing countries liable for these plants??So many human rights issues,such as the right to keep this industry off our water ways.We must cause a alarm at the UN,with public outrage for crimes against humanity. 50 yrs. of evidence isn’t enough to call these countries, nuclear terrorists,engaging in propaganda campaigns,with government funds.It needs collective action to stop another mass spread of toxic liabilities.

    Comment by janine | March 10, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by Tobe Carey | March 19, 2011 | Reply


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