My father worked at a nuclear plant and one day, as he was going through the guard station, the radiation alarm went off. Workers get scanned as the go into the plant and when they leave.
It turns out the alarm was triggered by his pack of cigarettes. They set the alarm threshold lower than required so the pack wasn't glowing or anything crazy but tobacco and a lot of other plants and things can be naturally radioactive. Try not to sit in front of the television too long.
What really pissed my dad off was the fact they confiscated his cigarettes. :-)
Most of the radioactive waste currently awaiting a permanent site like Yucca Flats comes from hospitals.
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Nuclear power has always intrigued me. It seems so dangerous but is so powerful.
Dad worked for IBM and would have to go work inside the offices at Grand Gulf nuclear. Talked about the guards with M-16s and security being really tight. And that every time he left they always scanned with radiation detectors, even though he never got near the reactor.
I would love to tour a nuclear plant and see the reactor. Hell, I would love to tour Chernobyl.
"Courage is knowing it might hurt, and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same. And that's why life is hard."-Jeremy Goldberg
It was a clip from the HBO series Chernobyl, where a couple of the plant workers are sent to check out the damage of the exploded reactor; it shows them looking down into the blazing, churning nuclear core, and then retreating, realizing that they are probably already dead.
You should, it's fantastic. The episode with the three divers who went in to avoid a further explosion was amazing.
A lot of this miniseries was difficult to watch (indeed, there were a few scenes of Russian military conscripts, sent into the vacant city to kill left-behind pets with rifles, that I couldn't watch at all). Interestingly, it concentrates on many issues, like the end days of Communism in Russia, cowardice and stupidity of science hijacked by politics, and simple and almost unspeakable bravery. At one time, HBO set the standard for excellence in TV drama, and Chernobyl continues the trend.