Notes on radiation, by Arthur Doucette June, 2001

1.  Nuclear materials are the most hazardous materials on the planet, they are toxic to all living things and in incredibly small doses.

2.  Nuclear materials can not be contained, they destroy their containers at the atomic level, there is no force in the universe that can prevent this and thus they will always get out of what ever container they are stored in.

3.  In order to build and operate nuclear power plants in such a manner as to prevent nuclear materials from getting away makes them extremely complex, expensive and very difficult to maintain, thus negating the reason for building them in the first place. Not to mention that a single mistake/malfunction in their operation can result in catastrophic results to either the plant or its surroundings or both and since they are operated by humans, eventually there will be these catastrophic mistakes/malfunctions.

4.  There is no, and never will be, a satisfactory solution to the problem of disposing of nuclear waste.

--- Excerpted from Arthur Doucette's letter to Russell Hoffman, June, 2001 ---

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