We are having one last snow storm here in the Northeastern United States. It’s making the kind of big, fluffy snow flakes that are fun to catch on your tongue. But don’t worry – the increased levels of radiation in the snow are too low to pose a risk to public health.
The nearest nuclear power plant to me is called Vermont Yankee. Like many U.S. nuclear facilities, it’s the same model and roughly the same age as the failed plants in Japan. Over the last few years, the 40 year old plant has been in the local news for periodically leaking radioactive water and steam. Each time, we are assured that the leaks “pose no risk to public health or safety,” so I am not worried. I have learned to trust our nuclear power plant operators and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that works for them.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Real scientists say that exposure to any level of radiation increases a person’s risk of cancer.” You clearly aren’t paying attention to your government or news media. Because if you were, you would realize that since there are already dangers out there, like natural background radiation, driving in the rain, and the chance of slipping on errant slugs, that new dangers are rendered inoperative.
That’s why I’ve decided to start smoking. You see, smoking won’t hurt me since I am already at risk from radiation leaks from nuclear power plants.
Protest nuclear power, and you could end up like these people (click the flower):