Experiences. Nothing is worth practical exercises to understand what is not always obvious at the first explanation
From Xavier Nast
Since the Fukushima accident, everyone understands the situation as h eperceives it to be and everyone is right, it is very serious indeed, but still we haven’t seen almost anything yet. And what we may risk to see and understand?
When sharing the galette des rois, some cookies are stuffed with a a small gold coin (a gold Napoleon). If a greedy one swallows it inadvertently, he will have to wait one to two days to recover it but his health will not be affected.
Imagine the coins gold plated and filled with actinides (highly toxic alpha radiotransmitters) such as:
They all weigh 6 grams, have a diameter of 21 mm and the same visual appearance.
A) gold plated Uranium 238
B) gold plated Plutonium 239
C) gold plated Plutonium 238
D) gold plated Polonium 210
We will not see any difference in appearance and weight.
You swallow any of those and nothing happens, either immediately or later.
The the lethal dose threshold of an inhaled monolithic dust is:
0.835gram for A
0.000 000 4 gram for B
0.000 000 001 6 gram for C
0.000 000 000 007 gram for D
This means that the lethal dose of these coins could destroy:
6 lives for A (Uranium 238, there is a lot)
13,475,000 lives for B, more than Paris Metropolis population (Plutonium 239,there is a lot)
3700000000 lives for C, more than half of mankind (Plutonium 238 is rare)
850 billion lives for D, 120 times the world’s population. (Polonium 210 is very rare)
Yet these coins A, B, C and D have not caused you any damage after being swallowed, not even long after. Because they were all covered with a tenth mm of gold , which prevented the huge flow of alpha particles to destroy even just a little of your digestive tract.
Conclusion:alpha emitters radionuclides must remain CONFINED.
Avoid that nuclear plants explode, even one, especially those using MOX,such as the ones which are many in France.
this, are you still willing to fight FOR nuclear power?