"Kinsella had received 16 mrem of dosage."
(The divers I spoke with said they make about $20 an hour, which added up to somewhere between $20,000 and $60,000 a year, depending on workload and seniority. On contaminated dives, they get an extra $10 per day.)
Also, xkcd radiation dose cartoon.
Interesting - and not totally accurate. There are 104 operating power plants. I think the author was referring to sites. One of the commenters correctly identified that much of the same problem occurs with any power plants that use water for cooling - and I wonder if the diving controls are as stringent as at the nuclear plants. And the discussion of radiation indicates a lack of knowledge. Most dives involve no radioactivity. Even the dive to repair cables would have been in water that contained little radioactive material. The principle concern would have been nearby radioactive hardware. Still, the author got into a lot of the plant and the pictures were good.
@Blazecock Pileon: Sorry, how is our understanding of how radiation interacts with matter wrong? We know that pretty damn well these days, and I haven't heard of any big changes in our understanding of radiation-cancer relationships since the 60s. So yes, people who are old enough to be my grandfather may have been exposed to too much radiation. Can we talk about what is going on today, or in the last generation at least?
You can't talk about the risks of nuclear energy whole ignoring the risks from other sources of energy, though. -- empath
How many people died from Fukushima? How many uranium miners died last year? Now look at coal. Which is killing more people? --wierdo
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