Utah company being considered to stop radioactive leak at Japanese nuclear plant

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  • KJR Alpine, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 11:47 p.m.

    I shake my head when I read articles like this. Yes,radiation has special hazards and it's good that there is technology to help stop the leak, but it appears that most of the people that write these articles have no notion of what an isotope, half-life, Becquerel or Sievert is. Despite its peculiar dangers, you always know where radioactive isotopes are and what's happening to them. We can detect traces of these isotopes (Iodine and Cesium) at incredibly low levels. The detected radiation in the Fukushima leakage is a tiny fraction of that which is allowed in drinking water (in Bequerels/m3) and much lower than many naturally occurring background radiation sources (such as those granite counter-tops in my kitchen). Also some articles (not this one) speak of "radioactive water" and it's pretty clear from the wording that the writer didn't understand that the water itself is not radioactive, but is carrying traces of isotopes. Actually, the drifting refuse from the quake is much more hazardous but doesn't get any press. There's a fine line between willful ignorance and intent to deceive to promote a self-proclaimed "righteous" agenda.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    I have read articles that talk about nuclear power plants that don't produce much waste, because they turn what would have been waste into energy. Going forward wouldn't the real solution be to mandate that those type of power plants be used?

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    I'm grateful that entrepreneurs are working to resolve this ongoing nuclear disaster. I wish this company success and hope they make millions in the process, paid for by the Japanese government and citizens.

    But I also hope that Americans recognize the risks of nuclear power and how disasters have to be bought and paid for -- either by taxpayers or ratepayers. Nuclear is NOT cheap, clean energy.

    All too often, I hear conservatives promote nuclear power -- even in Utah where water necessary for nuclear is so scarce -- and proclaim a Fukushima-style event as "unlikely" here.

    Meanwhile, a new Dept. of Energy report says that wind power -- booming across the country (but not here) -- is at the lowest price ever, and it will continue to fall as local manufacturing economies of scale and technology advance. Solar is also growing as prices drop, but Utah may face "solar fees" to curb its growth because the utility monopoly worries home solar is hurting its coal interests.

    Renewable energy is clean and price stable. And wind and solar spills cost nothing for clean up.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Don't need another Godzilla.