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If anything this will improve the water quality in Lake Ontario.
    
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They don't, but the reaction produces such isotopes, and those isotopes are far more likely to escape than parts of fuel rods.
How so? If both are in contact with the water, then what determines whether either is more easily carried away by the water? (just wondering)
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I wonder what this will do to the fish!

Well... according to the Simpsons, the fish will grow a third eyeball.
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In the past year, how many coal mining / refinery / oil platform / natural gas line accidents can you think of that caused fatalities?

I can think of 20+.

Can you name one nuclear plant incident in the past fourty years that wasn't Chernobyl (Pretty much intentionally "overclocked" the reactor, they knew it'd happen) that caused fatalities? Or massive irreparable damage to an ecosystem?

I mean, guys. It took the strongest (tied) Earthquake in a century, only a few miles off the coast, plus a tsunami, to take out one plant.
Whooptie. Imagine how many other forms of energy infrastructure would've been ****ed. Can you imagine a thirty foot wave hitting an oil rig?
A 9.0 Earthquake hitting a natural gas plant?
Gawd.



Are you telling me that they let the fuel rods slip into the water? ;]

Nuclear fission produces MANY very short-lived isotopes and elements. Don't believe the media hype.
It didn't even really "take out" the plant, the tsunami took out the backup generators for the cooling systems. Had they been underground like all modern plants we wouldn't be talking about this. Our methods for nuclear power is essentially 100% safe in modern plants. Every nuclear accident we have had have been in old plants with inferior safety precautions compared to what we build now.
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How exactly does something like this happen?
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Why would a nuclear power plant use fuel that has a half life of days, let alone seconds?
The water used to cool the core winds up radioactive, but the half life of the isotopes is seconds.
    
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19,000 gallons is nothing. Your average swimming pool is more than that.
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Well... according to the Simpsons, the fish will grow a third eyeball.
Good one.. Bart would be saying.. "COOOOL..."
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Good one.. Bart would be saying.. "COOOOL..."
no, the radiation will just make people look back on all the mercury in that lake
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it's not the Canadians I'm worried about (no offense). It's the fish and other marine life I feel bad for when stuff like this happens.
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