Chemical Reaction

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

With news that plutonium has been found around Japan's damaged nuclear power plant, David Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc., director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons, explains what other radioactive elements might be released.


David Brenner

Comments [9]

Louis from Bayside

Why is only milk affected? If the grass cows eat is affected, wouldn't any produce be contaminated as well?

Mar. 30 2011 07:32 PM

Brian,i was born in ukraine two months before chernobyl tragedy happened. we're dying from chernobyl and we're sick because of it. and i see cancer all around in ukraine.more than ever before. call it post-soviet syndrom but i dont believe to everything what they say on the media about japan. love the show!

Mar. 30 2011 01:20 PM
John A. from Oss

Nice report and very much appreciated.
I live 5 miles downriver from Indian Point so I might have liked The Dr. getting a larger slice of your time. Notes taken - useful.

Mar. 30 2011 10:51 AM
a g from n j

sorry,i meant NRC not NRA,though i imagine the mindset is not that much different. they both deal in leathality.

Mar. 30 2011 10:49 AM
Grace Coughlin from Jersey City

Do cows eat grass in Japan? I don't think they do here anymore!

Mar. 30 2011 10:46 AM
Robert from RBC

Thank you sir, yes does that mean it's ok to get thyroid cancer! Oh, iti's only thyroid cancer... would you please pass the salt.

Mar. 30 2011 10:44 AM
Richard Johnston from Manhattan upper west side

What about the infamous Strontium 90 we used to hear about in milk in the '50s and '60s? Was that just a marker?

Mar. 30 2011 10:39 AM
Kate from Fort Greene

Is it safe to travel to Tokyo right now? My fiancee is traveling there today for work. What precautions would you suggest he take?

Mar. 30 2011 10:38 AM
a g from n j

it is all as simple as this,there is no safe level of radiation. when i hear things in the media such as,"dangerous but not lethal",my eyes roll out of my head. govt's and "regulatory" commissions all go into C.Y.A. mode. did anyone expect any different ? the NRA is interested in protecting the rights of radioactivity,not radioactive people.

Mar. 30 2011 10:36 AM

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