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12:49 AM on 08/20/2010
I was going to have a laugh, and say that I've seen this movie before, then I realize that I was stationed there at the time of Chernobyl.
(So that's why I have superhuman powers.)
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MaryBethC3
11:18 PM on 08/19/2010
I don't see this as evidence that nuclear power is bad. It's a testament to what can happen when governments and big corporations do not put the safety of its people and the environment as their highest priority.

It's a wake up call. I wonder what we'll be saying about the BP disaster in 24 years?
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03:08 AM on 08/23/2010
Sure, if all goes well. But while a coal plant, as negative as that is, can only have relatively minor problems at the worst, a nuke plant can literally destroy not only itself, as at 3 Mile Island, but the environment around it for centuries ! CENTURIES !

And that which could be cleaned up will cost a FORTUNE $$$$$$$
Not a small fortune, a TON of MONEY ! $$$$$$$
Plus they can be a terror target.......plus their shipments or waste can be a terror target or have terrible accidents.....and then the costs of nuclear are really very high when you look at the big picture......like over a billion, maybe up to $ 2-4, just to tear them down at the end and store all of that equipment for a zillion years.......at again very large cost's, especially for future generations...
11:18 PM on 08/19/2010
its more than likely from the ovens
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01:47 PM on 08/20/2010
idiot.
11:00 PM on 08/19/2010
If they want they can come to Texas & shoot all they can haul off, we can't get rid of them. (Good eating to!)
10:58 PM on 08/19/2010
Are they easier to shoot at night, when they glow?
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10:49 PM on 08/19/2010
The Chernobyl radiation leak was first suspected when animals (reindeer, I think) were checked and found to be highly radioactive, up in Scandinavia. Hundreds of thousands of them had to slaughtered and discarded because of radiation poisoning.

I know nuclear power is supposed to be very clean - except when it isn't. The worst nuclear meltdown and leak in USA history happened only 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, in the 1960s. It was kept completely secret from the public, until info was accidentally released to a grad student under the freedom of information act. Rachel Maddow commented on this on the last anniversary of ONE of the many meltdowns at the Rockwell site in the Santa Susanna mountains.
It has been estimated that as many as 3,000 people died prematurely due to radiation exposure from the several nuclear reactor meltdowns in Ventura County. However, since the public was not notified at the times of the radiation leaks, there is no way to know for sure.
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
10:56 PM on 08/19/2010
Thank you, mamacat, for the reminder of how we have been lied to about the safety of nuclear power. Why would such a safe industry have to hide behind lies? The mining and transport of nuclear materials are all veiled in secrecy. The public is expendable to those who make money off nuclear power. The idea that we have to depend on storage of nuclear wastes for thousands of generations is absurd. We have much better ways to boil water.
11:55 PM on 08/19/2010
It depends what you mean by first suspected, whether you mean the Russian authorities of the rest of the world, but neither involved reindeer or Scandinavia.

Russian authorities knew right away. The rest of the world found out when a Swedish nuclear engineer at his own nuclear plant went through a standard radiation check and thought that nuclear war had broken out due to the readings...

I mean really, you think Scandinavians checked the radiation levels of reindeer? Why on earth would they be doing that?
10:46 PM on 08/19/2010
Now lets talk about how long the so-called depleted uranium shells that have been exploded all over the middle east from Palestine to Afghanistan, and exposed thousands to is radioactive? Womenare having deformed babies in the cities where the tanks blew the walls of houses down. Our own soldiers, some in their 20's are dying from weird cancers. How about putting that story on the front pages instead of the idiotic blather that fills the 24 hour cable news channels?
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
10:58 PM on 08/19/2010
This is the Republican solution to nuclear waste-just throw it on someone else's property.
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EJavaM07
Doing what no one else will.
11:42 PM on 08/19/2010
And someone else's children.
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myth buster
02:06 AM on 08/20/2010
It's the chemical toxicity they're concerned about, not the radiohazard. They'd be having similar health problems if they were exposed to similar amounts of lead.
10:43 PM on 08/19/2010
I am appalled. There must be some misinformation here. You do not burn radioactive materials. That just puts the particles back in the air. Someone must have gotten this wrong.
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MaryBethC3
11:13 PM on 08/19/2010
I doubt it. What evidence do we have the powers at be care about clean air?
01:08 AM on 08/20/2010
Please have facts to bring to the table.
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c-tom
Badges we don't need no stinking badges
11:16 PM on 08/19/2010
Burning does seem pretty stupid.
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kering
09:55 PM on 08/19/2010
I find it amazing that folks will go kill something and then see if there's a slight chance it might be edible/sell-able after it's dead. You know if it has to be tested there's a good chance you can't eat it. It's like people who go looking for one kind of wild mushrooms and tear up half the woods, asking 'Is this a good one?"

Of course someone will say "The population is out of control", but a) humans do a lousy job at controlling populations and ought to just leave natural predators alone, and b)if they are radioactive, chances are the problem will take care of itself soon via short lifespans and low reproduction rates. But no. Destroy first. Kill, kill, kill and call it control!
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10:51 PM on 08/19/2010
Since Chernobyl, it has been common practice, and common sense, to check food for radiation poisoning before selling it.
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myth buster
02:09 AM on 08/20/2010
Actually, just because there is an elevated level of radioactivity, doesn't mean that the animals will suffer any noticeable loss of reproductive success. Safety levels have a built-in factor of safety, so that the maximum allowed public exposure is much smaller than that required to cause harm.
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sonoffestus
Got smart & got out!
09:51 PM on 08/19/2010
And you thought Trichnosis, (sp?) was bad.
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seehowtheyrun
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08:20 PM on 08/19/2010
No nukes.
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01:28 PM on 08/20/2010
Know Nukes!
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JennaS
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06:23 PM on 08/19/2010
Wow! So scary to hear about how the fallout is affecting the environment still...however, what is more scary is how it is affecting wildlife in Germany!
07:25 PM on 08/19/2010
Everything goes somewhere. It's human nature to think "out of sight, out of mind" but we can not forget about these disasters or it will come back to haunt us in other ways. Think of how helpless these people, animals and even trees were to have had to face that explosion.... such a terrible thing to have placed on such living things...
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10:10 AM on 08/20/2010
And how is it affecting wildlife in Germany?

"Experts so far have no evidence that the animals suffer from the relatively low levels of radioactivity accumulating in their bodies."
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Talossa
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05:37 PM on 08/19/2010
Now that's a headline you don't see every day.
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waldopepper
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05:00 PM on 08/19/2010
I would be surprised if this did not make the "threat down" segment on the Colbert Show.

"Number 2 Radioactive Boars!" ...
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Ezzy666
04:47 PM on 08/19/2010
Homer can finally have his web swinging spider pig
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Talossa
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05:37 PM on 08/19/2010
LOL