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A banana has around 14 bequerels per banana, based on Chiquita information, of how much potassium is in a banana. The counts per minute equivalent would be 840. Radioactive Potassium (K40) does emit gamma radiation. This video goes into radiation emitted by a banana, or anything else with that much potassium inside of it.
Should we be worried about this very small amount of radiation inside a banana? Not really.. because this is background radiation that we are all exposed to. There is no way to avoid it. This radiation is present in all potassium in the soil, naturally. We can call it ‘background radiation’.
However.. There is a HUGE difference between the potassium in a banana, and the radioactive cesium, iodine or other man made radioactive contamination in food after a nuclear accident.
First and foremost, potassium is potassium. RADIOACTIVE CESIUM is MAN MADE. Potassium and K40 is a natural mineral in many foods. CESIUM IS NOT A NATURAL MINERAL.
Cesium is a POISON. When it is detected in foods, it acts like a heavy metal in the body. The radiation from the cesium is dangerous to health. This has been extensively studied.
The nuclear apologists who try to confuse people by saying low level radiation is not dangerous are trying to tell you that potassium is the same as radioactive cesium, radioactive strontium, radioactive uranium, radioactive plutonium, radioactive iodine, etc.. These are all POISONS, compared to potassium in a banana.
This is why all governments around the world regulate the amount of these radioactive substances that can be legally measured in a food item. If your food, milk or water tests above a certain limit, then you as a farmer or food retailer have to dump the food or let it rot in the fields, because it cannot be sold for human consumption.
So let’s go see who this works in actual real life. Let us check out food safety in Japan, and get some random radiation sampling results with a trip to the supermarket.
Radioactive cesium is like potassium, and the body uses it like cesium. Iodine in food is absorbed by the thyroid. Radioactive strontium acts like calcium, and it goes to the bones, where it causes leukemia and bone cancer.
Radioactive strontium, uranium and plutonium is NOT being tested for, despite the fact that they can be found in soil, food, air and water.
Farmers are not willing to give up. Farmers in contaminated areas are still growing food, testing it and then shipping it out to other areas of Japan. Is it being shipped out of the country? Who knows?
Radiation contaminated food is being shipped outside of contaminated areas, because Japan believes that their food is superior to any other countries food.
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Radioactive Bananas? Peeling The Mystery
“When reprocessing used nuclear fuel rods at La Hague, solid fission products like 137Cs and 90Sr are separated for storage, but 85Kr is just diluted and emitted in the atmosphere. For instance in 1999, La Hague emitted 2.9*1017 Bq of 85Kr, more than the radioactivity of 137Cs and 90Sr released by the Chernobyl disaster.
“Iodine, caesium, strontium radioisotopes fall on the soil more quickly and locally if emitted, and accumulate in the food chain. Krypton, as a noble gas, dilutes in the whole northern hemisphere’s atmosphere, where in 2001 it added 1.2 Bq/m3, with 3/4 of it coming from La Hague – it must be worse by now.”
At 51 minutes in, this is a lab technician talking about the radioactive Krypton and Xenon that is being released into the air from this plant, making the air very radioactive. These radioactive gases decay into highly toxic, solid, radioactive elements wherever they land. All by itself, the amount of radiation released into the air, is like a ongoing nuclear accident, only it happens 24 hours a day.
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La Hague; France’s Nuclear Waste Nightmare; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/la-hague-nuclear-waste-nightmare.html
“In 1991, U.S. experts measured a dose rate of 300 to 600 millirems per hour near the shores of the lake, which is three to six times maximum U.S. safety levels. It was estimated that just one minute standing on its shore without full protection would mean certain death. No place in Russia symbolizes the country’s inability to manage the reprocessing of its spent nuclear fuel better than Chelyabinsk region in the Urals with its fields, rivers, and lakes contaminated with deadly radio nuclides. And as Russia speeds toward accepting spent nuclear fuel and waste from abroad for reprocessing and long-term storage in exchange for billions of dollars, environmentalists warn that this lucrative plan will turn Russia into the world’s nuclear dump.
According to a recent report compiled by Russian and Norwegian scientists, the quantity of radioactive materials the Mayak plant has released since it first opened in 1948 is five times greater than every other major accident or nuclear test on earth since then: the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986, the 1957 leak at the British Sellafield nuclear plant, and all the nuclear tests ever conducted.
The current dose of radiation absorbed by Muslyumovo residents is 10 times higher than internationally acceptable levels, according to a study put out by Kostina’s department. Only 18 percent of the village children aged 6 to 14 can be called healthy, while the rest of the children suffer from acute memory loss, attention deficit disorders, and exhaustion.” http://www.wentz.net/radiate/lake/index.htm
The Kyshtym disaster was a radiation contamination incident that occurred on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Russia (then a part of the Soviet Union). It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale, making it the third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded (after the Chernobyl disaster, and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, both Level 7 on the INES scale). The event occurred in the town of Ozyorsk, a closed city built around the Mayak plant. Since Ozyorsk/Mayak (also known as Chelyabinsk-40 and Chelyabinsk-65) was not marked on maps, the disaster was named after Kyshtym, the nearest known town.
A storage facility for liquid nuclear waste was added around 1953. It consisted of steel tanks mounted in a concrete base, 8.2 meters underground. Because of the high level of radioactivity, the waste was heating itself through decay heat (though a chain reaction was not possible). For that reason, a cooler was built around each bank containing 20 tanks. Facilities for monitoring operation of the coolers and the content of the tanks were not adequate.
Ozyorsk today.After World War II, the Soviet Union lagged behind the United States in development of nuclear weapons, so it started a rapid research and development program to produce a sufficient amount of weapons-grade uraniumand plutonium. The Mayak plant was built in a great hurry between 1945 and 1948. Gaps in Soviet physicists’ knowledge about nuclear physics at the time made it difficult to judge the safety of many decisions. Also, environmental concerns were not taken seriously during the early development stage. All six reactors were onLake Kyzyltash and used an open cycle cooling system, discharging irradiated water directly back into the lake. Initially Mayak was dumping high-level radioactive waste into a nearby river, which was taking waste to the river Ob, flowing further down to the Arctic Ocean. Later on, Lake Karachay was used for open-air storage of high level radioactive wastes. It is the largest and most contaminated open air exposed radiation dump on the planet at present.
In September 1957, the cooling system in one of the tanks containing about 70–80 tons of liquid radioactive waste failed and was not repaired. The temperature in it started to rise, resulting in evaporation and a chemical explosion of the dried waste, consisting mainly of ammonium nitrate and acetates(see ammonium nitrate bomb). The explosion, estimated to have a force of about 70–100 tons of TNT threw the concrete lid, weighing 160 tons, into the air. There were no immediate casualties as a result of the explosion, which released an estimated 2 to 50 MCi (74 to 1850 PBq) of radioactivity.
In the next 10 to 11 hours, the radioactive cloud moved towards the northeast, reaching 300–350 kilometers from the accident. The fallout of the cloud resulted in a long-term contamination of an area of more than 800 square kilometers, primarily with caesium-137 and strontium-90. This area is usually referred to as the East-Ural Radioactive Trace (EURT).
At least 22 villages where exposed to radiation from the disaster with a total population of around 10,000 were evacuated. Some were evacuated after a week but it took almost 2 years for evacuations to occur at other sites.
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Because of the secrecy surrounding Mayak, the populations of affected areas were not initially informed of the accident. A week later (on 6 October) an operation for evacuating 10,000 people from the affected area started, still without giving an explanation of the reasons for evacuation. People “grew hysterical with fear with the incidence of unknown ‘mysterious’ diseases breaking out. Victims were seen with skin ‘sloughing off’ their faces, hands and other exposed parts of their bodies.”
Although vague reports of a “catastrophic accident” causing “radioactive fallout over the Soviet and many neighboring states” began appearing in the western press between April 13 and April 14, 1958, it was only in 1976 that Zhores Medvedev made the nature and extent of the disaster known to the world.
Even though the Soviet government suppressed information about the figures, it is estimated that the direct exposure to radiation caused at least 200 cases of death from cancer. “In 1992, a study conducted by the Institute of Biophysics at the former Soviet Health Ministry in Chelyabinsk found that 8,015 people had died within the preceding 32 years as a result of the accident.”
To reduce the spread of radioactive contamination after the accident, contaminated soil was excavated and stockpiled in fenced enclosures that were called “graveyards of the earth”.
The Soviet government in 1968 disguised the EURT area by creating the East-Ural Nature Reserve, which prohibited any unauthorised access to the affected area.
Rumours of a nuclear mishap somewhere in the vicinity of Chelyabinsk had long been circulating in the West. That there had been a serious nuclear accident east of the Urals was eventually demonstrated by Zhores Medvedev, who, after his reference to the disaster in a western publication was derided by western nuclear industry sources, showed that numerous Soviet scientific publications on the effects of radiation on plant life, supposedly derived from laboratory experiments, were in fact thinly disguised descriptions of the area contaminated by the disaster.
According to Gyorgy, who invoked the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to the relevant Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) files, the CIA knew of the 1957 Mayak accident all along, but kept it secret to prevent adverse consequences for the fledgling American nuclear industry. In 1990 the Soviet government declassified documents pertaining to the disaster.[16
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- ^ a b Schlager, Neil (1994). When Technology Fails. Detroit: Gale Research.ISBN 0-8103-8908-8.
- ^ a b c “Chelyabinsk-65”.
- ^ a b “Conclusions of government commission” (in Russian).
- ^ Kabakchi, S. A.; A. V. Putilov (1 1995). “Data Analysis and Physicochemical Modeling of the Radiation Accident in the Southern Urals in 1957”. Moscow ATOMNAYA ENERGIYA (1): 46–50.
- ^ See also List of military nuclear accidents
- ^ Dicus, Greta Joy (January 16, 1997). “Joint American-Russian Radiation Health Effects Research”. United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
- ^ Kostyuchenko, V.A.; Krestinina, L.Yu. (1994). “Long-term irradiation effects in the population evacuated from the East-Urals radioactive trace area”.Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier) 142 (1–2): 119–125.doi:10.1016/0048-9697(94)90080-9. PMID 8178130. Retrieved 5/01/2012.
- ^ Pollock, Richard (1978). “Soviets Experience Nuclear Accident”. Critical Mass Journal.
- ^ Medvedev, Zhores A. Nuclear disaster in the Urals translated by George Saunders. 1st Vintage Books ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1980, c1979, ISBN 0394744454.
- ^ Diane M. Soran; Danny B. Stillman (1982). An Analysis of the Alleged Kyshtym Disaster. Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- ^ a b “The Southern Urals radiation studies: A reappraisal of the current status”. Journal of Radiation and Environmental Biophysics 41. 2002.
- ^ John R. Trabalka (1979), “Russian Experience” pp. 3–8 in Environmental Decontamination: Proceedings of the Workshop, December 4–5, 1979, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CONF-791234
- ^ The Nuclear Disaster They Didn’t Want To Tell You About/Andrew Cockburn/ Esquire Magazine/ April 26 1978
- ^ Gyorgy, A. (1979). No Nukes: Everyone’s Guide to Nuclear Power.ISBN 0919618952.
- ^ “The decision of Nikipelov Commission” (in Russian).
- ^ R. Jeffrey Smith (Jul 10, 1989). “Soviets Tell About Nuclear Plant Disaster; 1957 Reactor Mishap May Be Worst Ever”. The Washington Post: A1.
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Fukushima Tsunami Explosion Coverup?
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Hanford; Lethal And Leaking; A Race To Armageddon?
Congress is talking about a new (Classified) Bill of Rights, right after some kind of attack by (classified), all authorized by this (classified) law, giving (classified) unlimited powers and (Classified) amounts of money from (classified) in case of (classified) attack or incidence of (classified).
I think I am going to trade mark the word (classified) and (top secret), as I think income from this will greatly increase in the near future. My logic for thinking this is (classified).
Classified, Top Secret, Classified, Top Secret; via A Green Road Blog
They ONLY way that these soldiers can get help for these children is to stay in the military. They also cannot complain or make noise about this situation, or their benefits are cut off. No one will insure a child with a ‘pre-existing’ condition.
They ignored a HUGE pile of studies that found uranium has negative effects on human health, from all around the world. This ‘positive’ conclusion is now the ‘official’ result of ALL of the science globally, according to the military industrial complex, which largely owns Congress and the Senate, as well as the White House.
“US soldiers are returning from Iraq to die of “mysterious” ailments – and the depleted uranium (DU) poisoning scandal just won’t go away, despite efforts to cover it up. Protesters in New Haven spoke out against the U.S. military’s use of DU, its effects on US troops, and cutbacks in veterans’ medical benefits.
The DU test costs $1,000, so the U.S. government won’t test for DU poisoning. “More than 240,000 Gulf War veterans are on permanent medical disability and more than 11,000 are dead. They have been denied testing, medical care, and compensation for depleted uranium exposure and related illnesses since 1991,” say reports.
A U.S. government study found that 67% of post-Gulf War babies have serious birth defects or serious illnesses. In Italy, eight soldiers home from Iraq died of cancer, probably caused by DU exposure. Today, Italy proposed new legislation to censor media covering the military. The new law would bar any reporting on the health effects of depleted uranium. Anyone who breaks the law could face up to 20 years in a military prison, including civilians. You thought they came home safely from the war.”
In my view, manmade uranium fuel generated dust and gas is dangerous to human health, no matter where it comes from. Whether the source of uranium nano dust is from a nuclear meltdown and/or explosion, such as Fukushima, or DU dust from depleted uranium weapons, it kills..
Nuclear weapons, including DU shells, bombs and weapons need to be abolished, along with the nuclear power plants that are nothing more than an excuse to make more DU weapons.
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Depleted Uranium (DU) Dangers And Effects On The Human Body, via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html
“The US has more than 100 reactors similar to Japan’s destroyed Fukushima plant. Some located in earthquake zones or close to major cities are now reaching the end of their working lives. People And Power sent Joe Rubin and Serene Fang to investigate.”
Aging and worn out nuclear power plants are at the end of their original design basis. Nuclear power plants are designed to operate for 30 years and then shut down and decommission.
You can TAKE ACTION to make a difference with this issue, and here is how.
March 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The accident has had profound and long-lasting public health, environmental, quality-of-life, and economic consequences for tens of thousands of Japanese citizens. What happened at Fukushima can happen in the United States.
You can ensure your decision makers make smart choices based on facts, and help raise awareness about this critical issue and demand faster action to ensure safer, more secure, and better regulated nuclear power in the United States by writing a letter to the editor today.
Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) is an effective and easy way to reach a large audience with your message. LTEs are printed on the editorial page, which is one of the most read pages in the paper. Decision makers keep a close eye on media coverage, including LTEs, in their local papers so they can keep a ‘pulse’ on issues of importance to their constituents. Having a strong letter published helps you reach both a wide public audience and your elected officials with the same effort!
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For years to come, the Japanese people will suffer grave human, environmental, and economic costs as a result of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. And the truth is, it could happen in the United States as well.
The Japanese nuclear crisis has exposed some of the risks and vulnerabilities of nuclear power and the importance of making sure our nation’s 104 nuclear power reactors are safer than they are today.
Please tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it must make every effort to prevent such a disaster in the United States and take steps to make nuclear power in this country safer.
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Join the online National Nuclear Power Safety Briefing—March 19,
More than 115 million Americans live within 50 miles of an aging nuclear power reactor—and that means that we all have a direct stake in improving the safety and security of these power plants. For that to happen, more people need to get informed and hold accountable those responsible for our health and safety.
Please join us for a special, one-hour discussion examining the key issues surrounding nuclear power in the United States and policy recommendations for making nuclear power safer, more secure, and better regulated.
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Dave Lochbaum, director of the UCS Nuclear Safety Project, and Ellen Vancko, manager of the UCS Nuclear Energy & Climate Change Project, will discuss our work on both nuclear power safety and economics, respectively. I will provide an update on our nuclear power safety campaign and what we hope to accomplish—with your help—in the coming months and years.
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Aging Reactors, Lies, Deceptions, Profits And Earthquakes
This video talks about making bigger nuclear bombs, which required huge amounts of Tritium. Windscale was ordered to make 500% more Tritium in order to make bigger bombs. They did this by increasing the heat in the reactor and taking off shielding from the core material. Scientists warned of impending disaster, but the politicians and military ignored them.
Details how fire broke out in reactor core, and how the secret was kept. Uranium was burning inside the reactor, stimulated by the air fans used to normally cool the reactor. Uranium dust was coming out of the vent stack, but no one was warned. A rumor spread around town that the plant was on fire, but on official announcement was made. Half the village left town. There was no emergency plan to deal with the fire.
They tried pouring water on the nuclear fire, but that did not put the fire out, until they turned the air off. The fire went out quickly with a combination of water and no air moving through the reactor. It took about 24 hours for the official announcement to come out that a small fire had broken out, but that all radiation had blown out to sea, when actually it was blowing over the nearby town. The government ordered all milk from 250 square miles to be thrown out. A top secret inquiry found out that the military production of tritium and plutonium caused the fire. McMillan ordered that the whole inquiry and report about it be kept secret. Safety issues were ignored completely.
The coverup was complete. The plant operators were blamed for the fire, instead of the military pushing for more tritium and plutonium production from the plant. An official summary white paper was produced later, saying it was a minor accident, leaving out most of the details, and blaming it all on “operator error”. Shortly after that, a hydrogen bomb was exploded, with a one Megaton rating, which the politicians and military were very proud of.
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