- Sep 22, 2021 11:21 pm GMT
"New nuclear power is cleaner and can be even cheaper than electricity generated by burning coal, but in August the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied a petition aimed at reducing the cost of nuclear power and the public’s fear of radiation. The petition asked the NRC to move away from its 'linear no threshold' hypothesis, which has long served as the basis for its highly restrictive radiation-exposure regulations.
I signed the petition in 2015 along with many eminent radiation oncologists, health physicists and scientists who are concerned that radiation limits set in the name of safety were orders of magnitude too low. These limits create unwarranted fears among average citizens ranging from whether they should get a CT scan of their midsection to whether nuclear power plants should be allowed to exist at all, anywhere.
What’s the cost of nuclear safetyism? With rational, efficient regulation new nuclear power could compete on price with natural gas, now the predominant source of electricity in America. The death rate per unit of electricity from natural-gas accidents has been 40 times the death rate from nuclear accidents. Particulate emissions from the world’s growing number of coal-fired power plants kill more than 200,000 people a year. "
Photo: In 2020, the background radiation in Bob's backyard in Burbank, CA was .04 µSv/hr higher than that in Fukushima City, Japan. Why? I don't know. Why don't I know? I don't care.
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