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  •  I'd test at least (1+ / 0-)
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    marleycat

    three times a day whenever you see reports of big release from meltdowns and/or notices of fallout in or headed toward you. D.C.'s airborne levels went up alarmingly during the first pass of the original explosion/fire plumes. Raleigh's RadNet monitor was quickly taken off-line when it pegged. You can't really predict where fallout's going to fall (everything underneath is at risk). Rain always carries more of it to your spot.

    I'd have a daily routine if I lived within 50 miles of a nuke too, doubly so the closer you get. They burp quite regularly. If there's an accident you get to hear about, get the hell outta there.

    Get a good feel for your local background, where it's concentrated, and what it's likely from (geology/hydrology). If your drainage concentration spots read higher than the rest of your property you're likely dealing with fallout isotopes from bomb testing days as background there. If you're getting mostly ambient gamma, it's likely from the rocks. Don't plant your crops in or near the drainage pathways. Do dig/install drainage pathways in your garden that channel excess water away from the crops to elsewhere in the yard or woods. After fallout periods don't use the fall leaves as compost. Don't burn them either. Best to pile them somewhere away from the garden/residence, or fill a pit and cover it with dirt.

    Remember the 'emergency' won't last forever. Over time the contamination will concentrate in drainage areas, your Geiger will tell you where those are. When 'the worst' is over and the volatiles have decayed away (iodine), you can 'remediate' even those areas if you do it carefully and with meticulous protection and step-down carefully to avoid spreading it around. But it's not time for that yet, and I'm sorry the Japanese residents near Fukushima tried to do it too soon. But they felt a need to do something. It's just very tragic all around.

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      Joieau

      finding this a bit disturbing. And who has $300-$600 lying around to spend on a geiger counter? I live 32 miles southwest of Peach Bottom nuclear power plant and 50 miles south of Three Mile Island. Like you, I figure I'll die of something other than the effects of radiation (I'm 56) but my kids (the youngest of whom is 18) are another story. Jeebus.

      A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

      by marleycat on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 12:54:25 PM PDT

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