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I'd wonder whether plutonium would be ~ the mixed uranium/plutonium fuel rods are just the start of that, since plutonium is a reasonably common reactor product for LWR ~ indeed, that is part of the argument for the thorium fuel cycle, that if its seeded by uranium, plutonium is several additional steps as a reactor product so far less common.

A major blow up now of the kind speculated above would be very bad news for those in the plume, but in a world where we are playing around with possible 5°C global warming, probably 2°C global warming, and genetically engineering crops so that we can pump fields with so much poison that it kills off honeybees ~ its seems like the stratospheric fallout would be in the "lets kill of thousands and make life miserable for thousands more" level of bad that we have permitted consistently over the past half century.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 12:17:58 PM EST
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