|Authored by: jjs on Thursday, June 06 2013 @ 08:41 PM EDT|
|Mentioning ionizing radiation reminds me of the book "The |
Health Hazards of Not Going Nuclear" by Petr Beckmann. In
the forward to the 2nd edition (the first was before TMI),
he talks about why he did NOT make any changes in the book.
Among other things he discusses is that those folks flying
in to protest TMI received more radiation in their flight
than the most exposed person at the TMI boundary.
He opens the book with a piece of sage wisdom - there is NO
safe energy production. All of it (to include solar and
wind) entails risk. The question is which has the least
risk, as measured by deaths/1,000 megawatts? His
conclusion, based on life cycle (digging the material out of
the ground to final disposal of the waste) is that nuclear
is safer than the main choices at the time - coal and oil.
(Note IANAL, I don't play one on TV, etc, consult a practicing attorney, etc,
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