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Nuclear Power 101

Excellent video with Arnie Gunderson. Thought it was appropriate, as the Fukushima accident may not get much MSM airplay. An article was published about the elevated levels on the Canadian Pacific coast, and still experiences elevated levels, but inland, due to the jet stream rising north.
This is the video:  http://www.fairewinds.com/. Other videos concerning the disaster are there, and especially one that speaks of 'hot particles', of concern here with our uncovered reservoirs.

The Canadian link states:

On March 18, seven days after an earthquake and tsunami triggered eventual nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, the first radioactive material wafted over the Victoria suburb of Sidney on Vancouver Island.

For 22 days, a Health Canada monitoring station in Sidney detected iodine-131 levels in the air that were 61 percent above the government's allowable limit. In Resolute Bay, Nunavut, the levels were 3.5 times the limit.

Meanwhile, government officials claimed there was nothing to worry about. "The quantities of radioactive materials reaching Canada as a result of the Japanese nuclear incident are very small and do not pose any health risk to Canadians," Health Canada says on its website. "The very slight increases in radiation across the country have been smaller than the normal day-to-day fluctuations from background radiation."

In fact, Health Canada's own data shows this isn't true. The iodine-131 level in the air in Sidney peaked at 3.6 millibecquerels per cubic metre on March 20. That's more than 300 times higher than the background level, which is 0.01 or fewer millibecquerels per cubic metre.

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