I am a nuclear reactor and this is what I know

By Christina Consolo

Contributing writer for End the Lie and host of Nuked Radio

You know me. There are lots of us around. We sit behind concrete walls and high fences, and most of us can boast of a killer view.

Note: be sure read Christina’s two most recent articles — “a day in the life of a Fukushima researcher” and “BYOG: Bring Your Own Geiger counter and Hazmat gear

My outside is pretty plain, but inside I have 10,000 parts. As a nuke plant, you are lucky, because you almost always get waterfront property. This is so if my insides ever get too hot, or the power goes out (oops!) it’s easy to scoop up water and dump it on me.

If my emergency diesel generators go out, which happens a lot, they can sometimes use fire hoses to cool me off, too. I’m glad the NRC spokesman brought that up the other day when Hurricane Sandy happened. A lot of people were probably worried about that. This exact same thing happened to some of my friends in Japan! Fire hoses seemed to work OK for them, but I’m not sure, because no one really talks about it. I think there might have been some explosions or something. Man do they have a nice view from there though! And I heard Pacific sushi is really good!

Some us of are right next to big cities too, so we never get lonely. When people see you a lot, it makes you seem like you belong. Sometimes they paint pretty pictures on us, to make us look more friendly! I hope they paint some birds and butterflies on me, I don’t see too many of those around anymore.

Some days I look around me and I see all that wind, water, and sun and I wonder why people haven’t used those things to generate power, too. Maybe they are just lazy. After all, they use it like crazy in third-world countries like Morocco!

I wish I didn’t vent so much steam too, because it really obscures my view. Some days its really bad, especially if we have a hot shutdown. But people have to work inside of me so I can work properly and things don’t “melt down”. Radiation in the steam is pretty small, so unless you go outside a lot, you’re probably OK. I’m not sure why so many kids around here keep getting brain cancer though. Maybe they sit too close to the TV.

Even if we don’t sit by a big city, we still aren’t lonely. There are lots of security guards around, in case a nun tries to throw blood on us or something! Lots of people don’t seem to like us, probably because they think we are dangerous. But that’s silly, there have only been a few big accidents that have happened, like Chernobyl and Fukushima, which killed lots of people, poisoned the environment forever (and made the ones that didn’t die sick!), or caused deformities in their kids. But when you think about how great nuclear power is, it all evens out!

Most of those people that live around nuclear reactors are poor anyway. The people that own me, probably don’t think they really count. And of course, the 99 other nuclear accidents that have happened most people don’t even know about, even though they’re listed on Wikipedia. They don’t like us to talk about it either. And you never ever talk about the spent fuel and nuclear waste! Or how precarious the fuel pools are, especially in the 23 Mark 1 BWR reactors in the US, the same style as Fukushima! That freaks people out a lot!

I hear some people that work inside me getting scared though, because we break down so much. All you have to do is look at the NRC event notification page to see! But it’s not my fault that I’m old! My owners don’t want to spend the money to fix me up right! They just fix stuff when it breaks. Hopefully it won’t be a big break, because then people will talk probably about us even more.

I’m actually not too worried about the election either, because it looks like both Obama and Romney are big fans of nuclear power. All of their friends are the people that own us. Their friends all own the news media too, so since we give them lots of money, they don’t talk bad about us. Now the Green Party, those people are just plain scary. They could possibly “shut us down”. But no one really listens to them. Most people are too busy watching TV I think. I should know, I make all that electricity for them!

The really funny thing is, electricity isn’t even the reason I was made… I was made to be a bomb-making factory! I kick out plutonium like a person craps after a big meal at a dirty taco stand! Then people from the government come along, scoop up this plutonium, and take it to labs all over the country. There, they figure out ways it can be used against other countries we don’t like, or the countries whose oil we want. Too bad our soldiers get sick from it too. I guess my owners must not care about them either.

Even if people got really mad at us, the NRC, who is like the babysitter that lets you get away with stuff your parents won’t, will relicense me endlessly so I can stay here forever. So I’m really not too worried about things. I would really hate to lose this view!

Maybe they will paint some fish on me too, because all the ones around here seem to be dead.

Please help Christina purchase a spectrometer in order to get the most accurate radiation readings and thus get you the most precise information possible by shopping through her Amazon link or donate directly via PayPal to [email protected] Keep in mind, this is expensive equipment and it is the only way that specific isotope readings can be obtained from food items.

Edited by End the Lie

Christina Consolo is a former clinical researcher supervisor with NIH credentialing; a former Member-at-Large for the Board of Directors, Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society; A peer reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography; She has written, published, and contributed to numerous scientific research in retinal imaging and ophthalmogy for the past 24 years; She is also an award-winning biomedical photographer and maintains several websites to teach people about radiation, mitigation, and other nuclear issues. She is also the host of “Nuked Radio” Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 pm EST on UCY.TV.

For more info including mitigation for radiation exposure, please visit FukushimaFacts.com.

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13 Responses to I am a nuclear reactor and this is what I know

  1. Finch November 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Christina, your articles are always great! So far, the others have been more information-rich, but this last article is the most well-written. The way you eloquently described the main risks, in the “voice” of the reactor, is artistic both in form and function! “You know me” ….. yes, unfortunately, we do

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  2. Zeathaminor November 4, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Christi ..so why are some people so paranoid about the Global warming thing and still yet speak so little about this ceramic kettles with butterfly paintings?

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  3. rl420 November 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    A few more of these and Chistina could have a badass coffee table book.

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  4. GuestPoster99 November 6, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    Three additional points about nuclear power plants:

    1. The steam can contain Radioactive Krypton-85, Tritium, Iodine

    2. Each power plant can use up to 20,000 gallons of water per minute.

    3. Each power plant utilizes up to 200 chemicals. These chemicals can be carcinogenic and also end up in the environment.

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  5. Kathleen Koblensky November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    you see it is never a full fledged lie…it is layers of deceptions ..the truth is always there…it is a universal fact…nuke power was always the wrong way to power the world…it is an uncontrollable beast..

    everything is connected..let us go with that in mind…the weather..we have an influx of energy .electrons in particular are used for communication..this commuter.cells..tv..etc.to pass this information you need electrons…and they need to be managed so to speak to allow all of this chitter chatter..

    this is the front purpose of the harrp technology….
    we are only in human level events…

    as the energy influx is communication galactic style…the earth would be quietly accepting …those who control the earth and sky ..are messing with frequencies..FOR COMMERCE then the side effects ..weather …we have little natural clouds…all of the storms are CREATED><this is now our lives…is this what we want?? we were not told of the side effects of the technology…nor did they stress the fact that once the monster of the nuke power was loose..that it was unstoppable…

    everything is connected…within the conscious living universe…

    money…money…money…what kind of earth do you want??

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  6. rollsthepaul November 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    If you aren’t protecting yourself from radiation, you need to start. This regimen will also reverse damage to DNA and organs. Start now while there is still time. Very simple, very cheap, very effective.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm_MH3nSdM&list=PL8I51JUYH7lYP7kKyT4J18yUxbT8qHnXe&feature=view_all

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  7. pronostic pmu December 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Thank you for your article (and please excuse me, English is not my mother tongue), do you write a second part to cover the subject entirety? In all cases, it’s a topical issue that will have to be treated in this way more often. Regards, Roger .

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  8. Gino Schafer January 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Wow, this is probably the worst article I have ever read on nuclear power. You really go out on a limb and make some lame comparisons and the articles linked are even weaker.

    The big problem with nuclear power plants is the spent fuel. Companies are forced to store it on site because Jimmy Carter banned reprocessing! Yes, that right. Good ole Jimmy didn’t want spent fuel rods to be stolen by terrorists and made into bombs. Never mind that is physically impossible.

    So spent fuel piles up at plants near cities, near oceans, near the great lakes. All because the Feds decided that was the best course of action.

    Democrat voters, who most often oppose nuclear power, have themselves to blame for the mess that is spent nuclear fuel.

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  9. Kukulkan January 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Gino, I can’t figure out if you are pro nuclear or just not awake. This article doesn’t expose by half the dangers and horrors which are the nuclear industry. If you are getting your info from mainstream source, it explains a lot. Here is some information which might help to wake you up http://worldtruth.tv/the-radiation-warnings-you-wont-get-from-the-mainstream-propaganda-machine-3/

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  10. JC April 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Hi all, I enjoyed the article, the writing style was interesting however I’d like folks who are against nuclear power to explain thier plans for powering the world. By 2100 the global population will reach over 10 billion people. Are we going to power the world with solar? How about wind? Here is what I see, a group says no to solar becuase it encroaches on a lizards habitat, a different group doesn’t like how wind farms obscure the lanscape and kill birds. Another group is for both of these methods but protests the transmission lines used to get the power to the population centers. I am not in love with plutonium but it seems like big oil is worse overall in regards to footprint, pollution, deaths, etc. We have a ton of people on this planet and we need a ton of energy production, cute solar panels or a backyard windmill won’t cut it at this time. Please trust me when I say I am not trying to disrespect anyone, I am just trying to be realistic. Responses are appreciated!

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    • Anonymous September 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      1) tidal
      2) hydrogen — look up the articles on this site about advances there
      3) high efficiency solar on individual homes + industrial buildings +parking structures

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  11. SLW May 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Gino and JC are right on.

    You dumb liberals are completly clueless to the truth.

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  12. Jamie November 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    like your style Christina restraint always seems to give the message more weight, Keep it up and good luck

    Regards

    Jamie G

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