(p. A15) Fission is in fashion as drawbacks of intermittent wind and solar power emerge.
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Regulatory limits on annual exposure around nuclear plants are less than a year’s background radiation from rocks and cosmic rays. Radiation scientists now know that people can safely absorb that much radiation every day because DNA is repaired and cells are replaced constantly in living beings. Yet regulators’ mandated limits, at a thousandth of what’s really harmful, create fright of all radiation. No one needed to be evacuated at Fukushima or around Chernobyl, places where thousands died from unwarranted fear and relocation stress.
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(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date Jan. 26, 2022, and has the same title as the print version.)