How much radiation and pollution is in our communities?

What is Government actively doing to reduce the pollution and radiation deposits from nuclear power plants in and around our local communities?

To build the latest Hinkley Point C power plant, EDF plan to dredge up 300,000 tonnes of mud from the Somerset coastline and deposit it near to Cardiff. Decades of nuclear waste will be exposed to the atmosphere and our seas.

According to Wikipedia, The UK has 15 operational nuclear reactors at seven plants 14 advanced gas-cooled reactors and one pressurised water reactor. There are major concerns over nuclear waste and potential threats of disaster among our communities, but are not talked about enough.

What plans are in place in the event of a nuclear disaster? How much radiation poisoning is being caused by these nuclear reactors? How much of it is in our food? What is the impact on fertility? How much of it is in our waterways? How much of it comes out of our own kitchen taps?

Signs and symptoms of nuclear radiation disease-

The 3 forms of radiation other than neutrons can be dangerous if there is a release of radioactive material from a reactor or from spent nuclear fuel. At Fukushima, alpha, beta, and gamma radioactivity have been released outside the reactor, though the only immediate danger of this radiation has been at very close proximity to the reactors.

Alpha radiation consists of a proton and a neutron. This type of radiation does not travel far in the air and can be stopped by a sheet of paper. It cannot penetrate skin; therefore, it is of concern only if ingested or inhaled. If sufficient alpha-radiation occurs inside the body (eg, in someone who consumed polonium-210), it can cause severe damage resulting in illness or death. At Fukushima, low levels of the alpha-emitter plutonium have been discovered in soil samples near the reactor, the result of radioactive dust settling in the soil. If dust particles are inhaled, potential alpha radiation damage could occur in humans. Plutonium can disperse widely; most of the current plutonium found in the soil worldwide is the result of prior nuclear weapons testing.

Beta radiation consists of high-energy electrons. They are a somewhat more penetrating form of radiation, but they can be stopped by aluminum foil or wood shielding. External beta radiation can cause a radiation burn to the skin, which may appear as a slower healing form of sunburn. Beta-radiation can also be inhaled or ingested. At Fukushima, radioactive iodine and cesium—both beta-emitters—have been detected in vegetables, the result of radioactive dust settling on leaves. Trace levels of radioactive iodine and cesium have been detected as far away as California and Massachusetts.

Gamma radiation , the most concerning kind of radiation from a health risk standpoint, consists of high-energy photons, which can penetrate body tissues from an external source and cause damage to cells and their genetic material. Such radiation can be attenuated by using a shield such as lead or concrete, or by sufficient distance from the radiation source.

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