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Exposé Reveals Weakened Safety Standards for Reactors

In a special series called “Aging Nukes” the Associated Press revealed that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry have been working in tandem to weaken safety standards to keep aging reactors within the rules. Just last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels. The AP report also revealed radioactive tritium has leaked from 48 of the 65 U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard—sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.

Listen to a Democracy Now video with Jeff Donn the AP reporter who wrote the series:

Here’s a link to the NY Times story on the series as well


Dr. Helen Caldicott 3/18/11 YouTube Video: Radiation and Fukushima

In this video, Dr. Caldicott discusses the health effects of radiation and the consequences of the Fukushima reactors’ meltdowns.

Tiny Nukes: How dangerous are small doses of radiation?

While very high-rose radiation causes immediate illness and burns, the cancer-causing effects of smaller amounts don’t appear for many years. The true health effects of low-level radiation exposure are unknowable, since any study that could identify them would require an impossibly large sample size—in the millions, not the thousands.

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Radiation Exposure Standards

Radiation Risk in Exclusion Zone far Higher than Presented by US Department of Energy Comparisons – another link re: radiation exposure standards from Gerry Pollett at Heart of America.