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"Thank you for post and email! The links didn't show up in above post so I'm pasting here as fyi... This pdf provides some additional information on the spent fuel pools at…"
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Spent Fuel in Japan

 Update: links should be fixed now The spent fuel pools near the Japanese reactors affected by the earthquake are a significant concern at this point. During the power generation process fission products build up in the fuel rods. In particular for the first several years after their removal from the reactor the radiation levels are fairly significant and the the rods can generate a fair amount of heat. Most reactors have a storage pool nearby in which the spent rods are stored for several…See More
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"Excellent post Benjamin! It more than worth repeating, so I will share this article through other social outlets and email. Thank you!"
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A quick primer on Radiation and its Health Effects

Radiation can have a lot of unusual effects on the human body. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of health effects and causes but unfortunately due to the complex Jargon used in the nuclear safety industry many people are confused when presented with information concerning radiation. I'll try not to get too technical :PFirst a short discussion of Dose and ActivityDose: What is it?:Dose refers to the damage a human body takes from radiation. Calculating it is complicated but just…See More
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Benjamin Van Eck replied to the discussion 'Dirty Bomb (RDD) Attack' in the group Disaster Preparedness
"I had an entire 4 credit class on RDD devices and this is a better summary of what the public should do than we were ever given. Interestingly concern over the effect of dirty bombs has largely shifted from radioactive dust cloud style bombs to…"
Mar 16, 2011
Benjamin Van Eck replied to the discussion 'Nuke power plant emergency' in the group Disaster Preparedness
"This is an excellent summary of what to in case of a severe accident at a nuclear reactor. In fact most of these actions would also be very wise in case of a dirty bomb or low yield warhead. The only other thought I would add is that panic is much…"
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Radiation and Japan

There is a lot of information floating around the internet about radiation safety because of the events in Japan. Unfortunately much of it is incomplete or wrong. You have to be very careful where you get information from as many incomplete or wrong ideas tend to get spread out of fear. I'd like to try to clear up a few significant misconceptions and will provide references from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or similar sources.Radiation can cause both long term and short term health…See More
Mar 16, 2011
Benjamin Van Eck commented on the blog post 'Potential radioactive fallout map + safety data'
"Unfortunately this map is a fake. The NRC would not give radiation measurements in units of RAD (Sv is the SI unit) and they would specify either a rate or a or a time period of exposure. More importantly there is not nearly enough radioactive…"
Mar 16, 2011

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Spent Fuel in Japan

Posted on March 18, 2011 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

 

Update: links should be fixed now

 

The spent fuel pools near the Japanese reactors affected by the earthquake are a significant concern at this point. During the power generation process fission products build up in the fuel rods. In particular for the first several years after their removal from the reactor the radiation levels are fairly significant and the the rods can generate a fair amount of heat. Most reactors have a storage pool nearby in…

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Radiation and Japan

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There is a lot of information floating around the internet about radiation safety because of the events in Japan. Unfortunately much of it is incomplete or wrong. You have to be very careful where you get information from as many incomplete or wrong ideas tend to get spread out of fear. I'd like to try to clear up a few significant misconceptions and will provide references from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or similar sources.



Radiation can cause both long term and short term… Continue

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