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"Dan resolved the dilemma by doing something even more unthinkable—he lent her the computer, and **told her his password**. This way, if Lissa read his books, Central Licensing would think he was reading them. It was still a **crime**, but the SPA would not automatically find out about it. They would only find out if Lissa reported him."
The Right to Read
Now that the precedent is set, its a matter of the government slowly upping the punishments until no one shares any kind of information without first paying for it.
As for the news, if you don't believe me look up ( http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2045416&cid=35545774 ) at the comment which links to a blog that is recording the journalist hall of shame in covering this nuclear accident which has killed how many people, 0?
Spent fuel heatup following loss of water during storage. [PWR; BWR]
Benjamin, A.S. ; McCloskey, D.J. ; Powers, D.A. ; Dupree, S.A.
Abstract: An analysis of spent fuel heatup following a hypothetical accident involving drainage of the storage pool is presented. Computations based upon a new computer code called SFUEL have been performed to assess the effect of decay time, fuel element design, storage rack design, packing density, room ventilation, drainage level, and other variables on the heatup characteristics of the spent fuel and to predict the conditions under which clad failure will occur. Possible storage pool design modifications and/or onsite emergency action have also been considered.
A commenter posted:
>>Importantly, reading the documents introduction
>>& conclusion section seems to indicate that
>>there is a “decay time” of 5 to 150 days after the
>>BWR fuel assemblies are put in the spent fuel
>>pond, after which the fuel assemblies do not
>>reach the critical 850-950C following a complete
The article seems to suggest it isn't a burning issue, although the radiation would be quite locally intense (within the pool itself) until it is recovered by water. Nothing would be leaking about into the air though. If anyone has a different take on the article share them.
I am glad you brought this up. If toxic chemicals are released into the enviroment, how long are they toxic for? Forever. On the other hand, the release of nuclear materials into the environment will eventually decay into products no more radioactive than background radition. What's even better is those things that are highly radioactive have very short half-lifes, meaning their danger is reduced much quicker. Thus radioactive materials maybe thought of as 'self cleaning'.