Wikipedia: Gordon Edwards was born in Canada in 1940, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1961 with a gold medal in Mathematics and Physics and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. In 1972, he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Queen’s University. […] Edwards has worked widely as a consultant on nuclear issues and has been qualified as a nuclear expert by courts in Canada and elsewhere.
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Gentilly reactor [in Quebec, Canada] releases 200 trillion becquerels of tritium every year
Tritium is a chronic problem
No way it can be filtered out of [drinking] water
Becomes a part of all living things
Beta particle goes ripping through nearby molecules
Dr. Helen Caldicott: If Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses I am evacuating my family from Boston.
Few people know that the Pacific Northwest got whacked hard by fallout from the Fukushima disaster with radiation rates hundreds of thousands of times higher than normal background radiation.
The damage from this is not something that the corporate media or the government is talking about. It mysteriously disappeared from the radar almost immediately.
Dr. Caldicott referred to this as a process of “cover-up and psychic numbing.” Looks like it may be working.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just approved two new nuclear power plants this week (4/2/12) in South Carolina in addition to the two approved earlier this year in Georgia.
Dr. Caldicott talks about the dangers and hidden costs of nuclear power then tells the awful truth in minute detail about the actual scale of the Fukushima disaster and compares it to the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.
Recent studies estimated that a million people have died so far from Chernobyl.
Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, Nobel Peace Prize winner, noted author, anti-nuclear power advocate and has founded numerous national and international groups which oppose nuclear power & weapons, including Physicians for Social Responsibility.
On October 24, TEPCO quietly released the analysis of the water being sprayed in the plant compound, supposedly for fire and dust suppression.
The water comes from the basements of Reactors 5 and 6, and is treated, apparently, by the system that uses reverse osmosis. TEPCO assures us the water is safer than the seawater cleared for ocean bathing, though it does exceed the WHO standard.
In fact, the treated water is so safe that a cabinet officer of the Noda administration has vowed to drink up the water (link in Japanese) to appeal safety. Seriously.
Apparently, TEPCO at Fuku-I plant is getting ready to shoot the video of water collection for the officer, according to the tweet from a plant worker. The worker is a bit cross with this performance by the politician and TEPCO’s willingness to accommodate him.
I hope this officer knows that tritium is a beta emitter, and not really recommended for ingestion.
BRACEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.
The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.
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