Nuclear reactors routinely release radioactive gases into the environment

Special thanks to Charles Bigelow

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This graphic best explains issues with venting and filtering of nuclear reactor cores under normal operations. The venting is done approximately once every three months at the beginning of fuel cycle and once a month or more at the end of fuel cycle. Noble gases like Krypton 85 are chemically inert single atoms. They go right through the filters.

 

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3 thoughts on “Nuclear reactors routinely release radioactive gases into the environment

  1. What are your thoughts on Thorium use for nuclear power instead?
    Watched a couple documentaries om Thorium and it seemed like the obvious choice…

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  2. IMHO Thorium could be made to work as a means of breeding 233U for fission, but why would you want to do that? It does not solve any of the problems with existing mainstream nuclear technologies and there is zero prospect of cost savings, on the contrary there will be huge bills to pay to develop this whole new nuclear fuel cycle, just as renewables costs are plunging. A mirage.

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