1. Rod, I almost wish you could temporarily allow Kit P. to comment on this posting, since he loves so much to state that the air he breathes is so clean.

  2. Sorry, I’m neither an elected official nor an industry leader, but thanks for posting this. It’s refreshing to see that we have a few intelligent, rational political leaders left. I’m a little afraid of the younger crop coming behind them.

    Jazcko, like many people, seems to think his world is THE world. I really wonder if he ever thinks about the fact that his obstruction is killing people.

    Whenever you argue that it is safe to return to most of the area around Fukushima, you will hear ‘oh yeah, would you let your kids live there?’ This is the way humans argue. We don’t understand probability etc. In any case, my answer is ‘yes’, but of course that doesn’t carry much weight. I sometimes try this: ‘would you live in Denver?’. For most people the answer is yes. So, we maybe we just need to keep pointing out comparisons of radiation levels at Fukushima, and other places where the average person would have no problem living.

  3. News is news. After 15 years, we good to go !!!!

    TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s nuclear regulator has given Bruce Power the green light to restart the Unit 2 reactor, which has been offline for more than 15 years, the Ontario power utility said on Friday.

  4. I’d really like to know the take of the MSM and New York Times on Senator Carper’s commentary (though I can guess). Green-mole Jaczko performed as anticipated, using his NRC perch to help hamstring nuclear development for his “new age energy” administration (yea, call me a conspiracy theorist!). Though I praise Carper’s slings and mentions, especially availing testimonies of coal, gas, oil exposure pollution victims, he should’ve pumped the steamroller. The best weapon against the anti-nuclear lobby is not economics or environment but the comparative mortality game, a stark simple language anyone can understand. Good as Sen. Carper and Magwood and Svinicki were, they should’ve stressed this to the hilt, such as pointing out that since nukes were fired up in 1942 less people were killed — including accidents — in nuclear-electric generation than in a single airliner crash, yet during the same period almost a hundred thousand oil, gas and coal workers and public and neighborhoods near THEIR (far more frequent) accidents were destroyed, and that Japanese complaining nuclear safety is a “myth” are cluelessly looking a gift horse in the mouth what zero deaths and public property damage after three nukes met the rare wrath of God twice — and guess what such punishment would’ve reeked to oil and gas facilities. Worst, they should’ve stressed that it’s not just oil, gas and coal accidents that are of concern, but the _regularly released products_ of their daily operations (something that turns anti-nuke health concerns into hypocrites). Whether those hapless true on-site victims of Fukushima were drowned or crashed or crisped, even the most rabid anti-nukers chalk those up to the tsunami, not the reactors, since their main operative zeal is specific and uniquely evil death by _radiation_, which has vexed and frustrated them since Fukushima frizzled out that hope.

    I hope members of the Atomic Carnival take clips of Sen. Carper’s session and tack it at their headers for casual surfers to quickly access so to demonstrate the background facts and philosophy of pro-nuclear blogs have credence and illustrated history in their cause. I’d also love to see a tally of Hill remarks to the session by attending pols, and sending those pols addresses and info of pro-nuclear blogs for grass-roots feedback and support.

    James Greenidge

  5. FWIW (but not much): Cause of death was probably reported at a later date from the Autopsy, not from first appearances picked up by CNN while the crisis was still evolving. Look at the date of the report.

  6. Rod, according to the UN Commission on nuclear energy, the largest natural background radiation dose is in Ramsar, Iran. It’s 9mSv/year. That works out to 1067nSv/hour. When I checked the Japan Information Societies’ radiation map at http://jciv.iidj.net/map/, only two monitoring sites are above that: The power plant (way above), and a community center (about 5x). The other monitors are all less than Ramsar. I admit Ramsar is extreme, but the point is that Ramsar has been studied, and there are no known health consequences.

    1. I believe that you’re thinking about the monazite-bearing Kerala coast of India, which has a natural background level of, say, 8 to 15 mSv per year. Rasmar, Iran, is almost two orders of magnitude higher than that, with typical doses of 150 to 250 mSv/yr.

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