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U.S. Nuclear Power Plants: What Distance Is Safe?

Given the the nuclear reactor meltdown disaster in Fukushima Japan, and the local area Fallout contamination that is now entering the food chain and water systems there, I have constructed a location map of the current (and decommissioned) nuclear power reactors in the United States. Without discussing For or Against nuclear power, it may be smarter and a better use of time to learn some lessons from what happened in Japan that led to the the Fukushima meltdown, and to consider the potential risk for those living in the U.S. near one of these reactors...

Emergency declared at U.S. nuclear plant after lightning strike — “Venting of Unit 1 primary containment” — ‘Normal’ radiation levels reported — NRC mobilizes response center

LaSalle News Tribune:  Exelon Generation’s La Salle County Generating Station declared an Unusual Event at 3:11 p.m. today, after both units automatically shut down when power from the switchyard into the site was interrupted during a severe thunderstorm. […] Technical experts are working to restore power to the switchyard. […] LaSalle Generating Station is located about 75 miles southwest of Chicago […]

Radiation 101

There is a great deal of conflicting information about radiation and it’s effects around at the moment. This ranges from overly complacent to hysterical with not much of anything in between. This article is not about Three Mile Island, or Chernobyl or Fukushima, it is just about radiation in general, the different types, how it causes damage, what you can do to mitigate some of the issues it creates and the signs and symptoms of radiation poisoning.

Radiation going up slowly and quickly across the US

A quick review shows some very disturbing trends.

Massive Solar Eruption

This past Sunday evening, a huge blast of plasma was shot from the surface of the sun. This has led to the strongest radiation storm to hit the planet earth since 2005. You can read the details here. This is one scenario we prepare for. It would take a good sized solar blast to create an EMP effect. They are warning that certain flight paths will be rerouted as a result of this storm. So it makes one think about the effects this has on people and the rest of the planet. What do you think? If you wake up one morning and nothing is working. Car won’t...