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Ogg-the-bear
Stunning millions with bolts of lightning...
01:15 PM on 03/28/2011
Great journalism. So don't drink the water for eight days or what?! Solid info would be swell instead of the patronizing garbage "don't worry, drink up and be happy" PR nonsense.
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QuantProgrammer
Log Cabin fiscal conservative
01:44 PM on 03/28/2011
Our public health officials are drinking the water and the radiation exposure you get from the iodine is going to be a tiny fraction of what you get from the radioactive potassium that is considered a nutritional supplement and has been in existence for eons.
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PlinytheYounger
Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico
02:02 PM on 03/28/2011
It doesn't go away after 8 days. The amount that is detected would likely require a person to drink 2L of contaminated rainwater per day for a year to exceed the EPA dose limit.
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Kachina Lively
Seeking Truth in all things
01:14 PM on 03/28/2011
We have also learned NOT to trust information from Government! How much are they not telling us?
11:30 PM on 03/30/2011
Well then, here's a thought. Go get a radiation monitoring kit, and check the values for yourself. Of course, once you've had some basic classes in radiation and radionucleotides, so you can understand the results, you'd realise the threat is as 'deadly' as the terrorist one (ie 70x more chance of being murdered)
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Kachina Lively
Seeking Truth in all things
01:12 PM on 03/28/2011
I question where the radiation is coming from! Our own failing Nuclear plants ir Japans? How easy to blame Japan, now! If the increase is from Japan this is even a bigger reason to shut down ALL Plants!
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QuantProgrammer
Log Cabin fiscal conservative
01:31 PM on 03/28/2011
If our nuclear plants were failing, we wouldn't have been able to detect the iodine spike. If anything, it's proof that our nuclear plants have not been leaking radioactive material. Please stop worrying.
02:23 PM on 03/28/2011
You are radiation,everything is radiation.If you shut down all plants,what will you eat?
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rog1112
stealing bread from the mouths of decadence
01:02 PM on 03/28/2011
And of course this can not be overstated enough-- all these fears and problems would all just go far far away if only there were more tax cuts and much much more deregulation.
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GraphicMatt
Some people take the microbio way too seriously.
12:56 PM on 03/28/2011
Health concerns or not, I don't want radioactive anything in the rainwater that falls in my neck of the woods!
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QuantProgrammer
Log Cabin fiscal conservative
01:32 PM on 03/28/2011
There's been radioactive uranium in the water for millions of years. Not really a big deal; please stop worrying.
01:36 PM on 03/28/2011
Radioactive uranium in the water has different health effects than radioactive iodine in the drinking water (which is what the rain water eventually ends up).
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Rahm11219
12:48 PM on 03/28/2011
As long as our focus is on how the earthquake is affecting Americans, because that's all that really matters....10k dead and counting in Japan and we have a headline about an inconsequential amount of radiation in Massachusetts.
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rog1112
stealing bread from the mouths of decadence
12:58 PM on 03/28/2011
We're just singing in the rain, just singing in the rain...
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Kathy Hurd
12:42 PM on 03/28/2011
So, even though it's a small amount of radiation now, there will be more going into the atmosphere and sea until the problem is solved. If not resolved, levels will increase to more and more dangerous levels. The planet is being poisoned, life is being poisoned. I can't help thinking that this could have been avoided, first by people really thinking through nuclear debate along the lines of not "if" a nuclear disaster happens, but rather "when" it happens. Sooner or later it was inevitable; sooner or later an even worse disaster will happen. Where are the wise men and women?
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rog1112
stealing bread from the mouths of decadence
01:05 PM on 03/28/2011
If criticality occurs, it'll be 1000X Chernobyl.
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QuantProgrammer
Log Cabin fiscal conservative
01:47 PM on 03/28/2011
Doubtful. Most of the concrete still surrounds the containment. We could wind up with a situation where there is a lot of on-site contamination, but we are not seeing widescale off-site contamination. A much bigger and much more rational concern would be the spent fuel pools, which do contain more radioactive cesium and strontium than Chernobyl's reactor did, but no, criticality in the very worst case imaginable situation could make the situation only as bad as Chernobyl when the entire reactor core was vaporized by a steam explosion. I put the odds of that happening at 1 in 5000.
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QuantProgrammer
Log Cabin fiscal conservative
03:28 PM on 03/28/2011
Also, the only possible way for the reactor is to re-achieve criticality is for the uranium to be covered with water. Without water to slow down fast neutrons so they can split the U-235, you cannot have a nuclear chain reaction. Re-criticality might be a concern in a breeder reactor like France's Super-Phenix where you've got a fast-neutron reaction, but it is not a problem in a western light water reactor.
11:37 PM on 03/30/2011
Ah yes, "when" a nuclear disaster happens. You mean all the ones so far haven't been enough? Here's a sobering thought for you. The earthquake and tsunami killed more people in one day there, than 60 years of nuclear power and weapons development (if you don't count the two bombs dropped in anger) That's including a nuber of events, Chernobyl (actual deathcount is about 40 from that) three mile island, Windscale, that reactor in Switzerland that went into partial meltdown in 69, etc.

But hey you're right.
Nuclear power is a WITCH! BURN IT!!! Black Magic must be purged and other 13th century ranting....
12:39 PM on 03/28/2011
How can they conclude that it is most likely from Japan. Is I-131 unique to those power plants?
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PlinytheYounger
Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico
12:42 PM on 03/28/2011
No, I-131 is not unique to those plants, but unless you know of another nuclear meltdown all signs point to the Fukushima facility.
12:45 PM on 03/28/2011
One would hope that before the government pronounces a conclusion that they would have facts to support it. So at this point they are assuming the source.

Not a very scientific way. What was the rain water reading prior to the melt down?
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12:30 PM on 03/28/2011
I guess after Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan is simply returning the favor.... in a small way.
April22
Some experiences in life are ineffable
12:32 PM on 03/28/2011
Really.

I have heard Hiroshima and Nagasaki mentioned throughout all of this, but never is the US mentioned as the one who dropped the bombs.
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rog1112
stealing bread from the mouths of decadence
12:38 PM on 03/28/2011
Looks like it's the earth doing the payback...
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boyer37212
I am a petite Doberman. Not a wiener dog!
01:04 PM on 03/28/2011
All the firebombing did way more destruction than those two bombs. Japan would have never given up if not for dropping the big ones.
12:48 PM on 03/28/2011
Japan does not complain much about the bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, probably because they are the ones who "awakened the sleeping giant" and brought the US into the war.
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WarrenPease
Your interests are special, too.
12:54 PM on 03/28/2011
Even so, Japanese people generally don't play the victim card. That being said, for every cause, there is an effect.
April22
Some experiences in life are ineffable
12:29 PM on 03/28/2011
Japan's problems are not over yet and may get worse.

How will this effect the US?
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rog1112
stealing bread from the mouths of decadence
12:39 PM on 03/28/2011
How 'is' this affecting us?
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LynxAlexiaBlack
To all the world I am but one to me that is enough
April22
Some experiences in life are ineffable
12:34 PM on 03/28/2011
We need to fear what this has done and the possibility of an accident such as that happening here, in the US!!!
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PlinytheYounger
Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico
12:39 PM on 03/28/2011
We do not need to fear, we need to understand so that we can make an informed decision.
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Neets101
All hits, all the time!
12:21 PM on 03/28/2011
Kinda makes you wonder what the levels are the CLOSER you are to Japan....

Or even in Japan perhaps...

hmmmm.....

It's quiet, too quiet...
April22
Some experiences in life are ineffable
12:31 PM on 03/28/2011
No kidding. If the Japanese have yet to get a true count, will we ever get one, either?
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splashy
Really?!?!!!
03:25 PM on 03/28/2011
Yes. That rain went over my area before it got to PA and MA. It's possible that it rained even more radiation on us, because we got it first.
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Neets101
All hits, all the time!
05:09 PM on 03/28/2011
I hope not.
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12:19 PM on 03/28/2011
Republicans are trying to neuter the EPA.
April22
Some experiences in life are ineffable
12:35 PM on 03/28/2011
They work for large industries and corportations. How else can they afford to stay in office?
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ArnoldHorshack
This is my micro-bio. What do you think?
12:15 PM on 03/28/2011
1) Mass Dept of Public health should not have called a press conference on a Sunday for this. They found traces of radiation ONE DAY that are MORE THAN 25x BELOW the limit of "safe"
2) see above
3) There are greater risks out there, foold illness being one of them.
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splashy
Really?!?!!!
03:27 PM on 03/28/2011
The thing is, they only talk about the radioactive iodine. What else is in there that has more long lasting effects?