ratlung and I had a discussion with one of the doctors, and he thinks that for a weekend trip it would be fine. He said he wouldn’t take his kids there, though. The nuclear waste is in ash form, and the ash was mixed with concrete so it is a block of concrete. The ash/block of concrete is in a container, and the container is in the huge concrete trench. It seems that the blocks of concrete inside the containers are cracking, and that there is talk to go in and fix it up. The set-up holds up okay, it is just when it rains it might dissolve some of the ash and it could leak out. I wouldn’t head directly over to the dump site and camp out there, if you are on the other end of the island you should be fine. The radiation expose in general would be very low, but I would never want to live there.
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You’re a gem, thank you. So it seems that, on the one hand, even if you were exposed to radiation from the bunker it would be very low over a two day period. Perhaps nothing worse than getting an x-ray? Is this a sound comparison?
On the other hand, I’m not very happy with the fact that the doctor wouldn’t take a child there, and that rain can cause the ash to leak. Does that mean ocean fish may be ingesting radioactive ash? Nasty.
Can you ask one more question? The assessment is assuming that the waste is all buried where taipower says it is. If by chance some was buried elsewhere on the island (as some environmental groups claim) could it affect ground water and hence and food people would eat there? Would this be extremely dangerous to eat, or only pose a minor risk?
I owe you dinner for this by the way.