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US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster: Nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions

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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from nuclear-waste fires at dozens of reactor sites around the country, according to a recent article. Radioactivity from such a fire could force approximately 8 million people to relocate and result in $2 trillion in damages.

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Fallout from such a fire could be considerably larger than the radioactive emissions from the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan.

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A big enough EMP attack would potentially give us Fukishimas on the order of 100. Madness.

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99% of the nuclear power plants and r&d reactors are in the Northern Hemisphere and 100% of the nuclear weapons are also. Over time the probability of an occurrence of a major disaster approaches 100%. We don't know where, when or how but that likelyhood remains.
In the 10 weeks after the radioactivity from Fukushima reached the West coast the infant mortality rates went up by 35% according to CDC data analysed by Janet Sherman and John Magano. Today 30 years after Chernobyl, 80% of the children that manage to get born in Belarus have a sub normal IQ and/or other abnormalities.
Life evolved with radiation, but the radioactive nuceotides produces in reactors and explosions never existed before and are incorporated into living tissue. Iodine, cesium and strontium enter cells and when they decay energy is released next to or inside the DNA. Bad news for infants who are 100 times more vulnerable than adults and fetuses who are 1000 times more vulnerable.
I am too old for it to matter to me but when I look at a child I do not want to think; "Is it going to be you or your children or your childrens children?" When I look at a pregnant woman, I want to have happy thoughts.
The air and water masses of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres don't mix much. As a result I have been living in Ecuador for three years and expect to die here unradiated. If I manage to do any good in the meantime, it has a better chance of lasting a while.

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All true, and thanks for elaborating. But I also recall back in the early '80s looking into seriously moving to New Zealand for the same reasons. Shortly thereafter the Falkland islands were the target of potential nuclear attacks, and the possible radiation would have made myself and family "glow in the dark" in fairly short order. Not to mention that nuclear winter would truly make resistance futile. I've also given serious thought to Costa Rica, where I stayed for seven weeks and loved every minute of it, because of its beauty, lack of a military, strong environmental activists, and the many people I met. Life has intervened however, as I've pondered that move.



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