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Old 07-13-2011, 12:12 PM   #208 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post
Are wind turbines or solar PV panels radioactive? I'm sure they can be recycled.
As a matter of fact, yes. They are radioactive, because EVERYTHING is radioactive.

Do you live near Vermont Yankee? Leaking radioactive water gets into the ground water -- who drinks that?
No, I live on the other side of the continent, on the east side of a large granitic/igneous mountain range (the Sierra Nevada). Get my water from a well: as the groundwater seeps down through the rocks, it picks up some of the natural radioactive minerals in those rocks, leading to probably more net radiation than you'd get from a nuclear plant. Frankly, I'm a heck of a lot more worried about the stuff the $@#! golf course upstream uses - the same sort of stuff those large-scale solar plants would use to "discourage" vegetation.

The damage from Japan's nuclear accident is ongoing and will be for a long, long time.
So what's the death toll so far?

They use fuel rods for between 3 and 6 years.
Using up a few percent of the fissionable material (at most: a properly-designed breeder reactor produces more fuel than it consumes). Reprocess the fuel, as any sensible enterprise would do (ever hear of recycling?) and the storage problems go away.

Plutonium is the most poisonous material other than maybe botulism.
That is simply not true.

A single tablespoon in the water supply could kill everybody in a very large city.
Neither is that. Why don't you try reading some actual research - even the Wikipedia page, fer gawdsakes - rather than repeating this crud?

Talk to us after someone blows up a so-called dirty bomb.
So what do "dirty bombs", or Pakistani/Iranian/North Korean conventional nuclear weapons, have to do with commercial nuclear power in the US?
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