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...the event was a low level regulatory event with only negligible effect to the environment and no public health implications," ontario power said in a statement on wednesday...
stop making a big deal out of nothing!

By this definition - I will create the following TRUE article:
The US government has recently revealed that majority of the earth is being exposed to dangerous radiation. Most of the world's population will be exposed exposed and millions have already been diagnosed with related ailments such as cancer and burns.

The cause is due to a massive nuclear reaction occurring close to earth, peppering the earth with this dangerous radiation. Most of the radiation is blocked by solid objects, so please, stay indoors!


;reasonable definition:
The sun creates radiation, it causes sun burns and skin cancer, this is MUCH MUCH MUCH worse than the "radioactive" water that was dumped into the lake. Sensationalist headlines like this one make me sick!
Edited by bruestle2 - 3/17/11 at 8:37am
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stop making a big deal out of nothing!
To be fair, people need to take what the power company says with a grain of salt since there's an obvious motivation to want to minimize the perceived damage.

But from the reports available on the incident, in this case, it does not appear to be anything significant, and I'd even say, nothing worth noting to the general public, definitely not in the way that it was written in the article liked in the OP.
    
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Originally Posted by Diabolical999 View Post
And how do you suppose the headline should've read, when it came to reporting about 73,000 liters being dumped into a city lake?
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Originally Posted by B!0HaZard View Post
Maybe something like "no danger" or "low-level radioactive waste" would've been good to include.
Something like that.
    
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But people do live there today with no problems. I believe that's what he was saying.
That would be just as ridiculous, telling people not to worry about a nuclear waste incident TODAY b/c 65 yrs ago we bombed 2 towns and NOW people can live their without a problem.
    
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Leaked? More like dumped. If they really had taken the appropriate measures, there is no way this would have happened.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Probably low-level radioactivity....
You make it sound like, since its low level radioactivity, its ok....
just wondering...

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Originally Posted by ilam3d View Post
Leaked? More like dumped. If they really had taken the appropriate measures, there is no way this would have happened.
agree with You on that one... cant imagine they didnt notice leak earlier...
Edited by mechati - 3/17/11 at 8:42am
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You make it sound like, since its low level radioactivity, its ok....
just wondering...


agree with You on that one... cant imagine they didnt notice leak earlier...
Relative to the radiation levels output during this leak, you'd be exposed to far more "radioactivity" on a domestic plane flight that lasted a few hours.

It's all about the capacity of the radioactivity to actually do damage, and how long the radioactive nuclides reside before decaying. In this case, it's tritium, which has a pretty short half-life (on the order of a week or two), and the radiation it outputs is beta-emission (electrons), which is blocked by our skin with no damaging effects (well, technically it's absorbed by our outer-most dead layer of skin, but whatever). In order for it to have any real consequence, it would need to be introduced to your body internally (by drinking, etc.), or you'd have to literally bathe in a significant quantity of it (for the substance to be absorbed through your pores into your body), which would lead to health effects--but still not in the quantities that were released.

And to address the second point, when a plant is processing/pumping up to millions of gallons per hour, a leak of 73k gallons would have occurred over the course of minutes.

Also, think about 73k gallons of water on the scale of one of the great lakes. And also consider the fact that water is used as a protective shield for beta-emitters, where the beta particles are absorbed before they can interact with organic matter. The "radioactive" material is diluted to the point of impracticality, with the residual amount of "radiation" being absorbed by water molecules that it is surrounded by in very little time.

This was not a dangerous leak in any definition of the term "dangerous."
    
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What about THREE MILE ISLAND in 1979?


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Who died?
    
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How exactly does something like this happen?
The regulatory agency has been declawed by political interference. Currently, Stephen Harper has his face plastered all over the CNSC website, to celebrate their 65th anniversary, which is only an important event because there's talk of an election. There are messages from past presidents. All but one: Linda Keen, who Harper had removed because she shut Chalk River down for maintenance in 2007. In 2008, it started leaking, and in 2009 it was shut down for repairs. Sound familiar?

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Useless metric is useless. Tell me about the amount of radiation it contained.
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There is no danger to area wildlife or to human health, OPG spokesman Ted Gruetzner said, noting the maximum increase in radioactive tritium levels was 0.56 becquerels per litre, keeping levels within the normal range of 6-10 becquerels per litre.

The provincial standard for tritium in drinking water is 7,000 becqerels per litre, though the Ontario Drinking Water Advisory Council has recommended a substantial reduction, to 20 becquerels per litre.
This is such a non-issue it's amazing. The media isn't reporting the facts, because the facts turn it into a dull story.

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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?
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What about THREE MILE ISLAND in 1979?
No fatalities, genius.

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If anything this will improve the water quality in Lake Ontario.
Too true.
Edited by MrDeodorant - 3/17/11 at 9:48am
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Every disaster is man made.
Obviously the end is near.
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