British nuclear plant says radiation alert caused by natural radon gas

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euro-yank wrote:

Given that the half-life of Uranium 238 is just short of 4.5 BILLION years, how can any human being in their right mind (especially those with children… who will have children, etc etc etc… ad infinitum) really believe that nuclear power is the best solution for the future?!?

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PopUp wrote:

No more nukes!!!

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PopUp wrote:

No more nukes!!!

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PopUp wrote:

No more nukes!!!

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PopUp wrote:

No more nukes!!!

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No more nukes!!!

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PopUp wrote:

No more nukes!!!

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euro-yank wrote:

@PopUp – You really only need to enter your comments once. It does take a few minutes to post, but given your profile history it seems you don’t learn from experience.

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GRLCowan wrote:

Maybe he’s paid by the post.

“Given that the half-life of Uranium 238 is just short of 4.5 BILLION years, how can any human being in their right mind …” — well, nuclear power consumes uranium-238; it doesn’t produce it. Its long half-life means we can continue to dig it up and fission it for tens of millions of years with only a little of it turning to lead before we can get to it.

(Yes, now-a-days nuclear power mostly consumes uranium-23*5*, only 700 million years half-life; but some 238 is converted to plutonium-239 and then fissioned. This contributes, IIRC, about half of a fuel rod’s thermal output as it nears the end of its service life.)

Jan 31, 2014 9:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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