Routine Nuclear Emissions
A Little Lesson on Radioactivity:
How it Affects the Human Body
|Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that is produced in the reactor core. NSP releases tritium into the river where it replaces hydrogen in water. Tritium in water that is ingested will cause continuous internal low-level radiation exposure over a long period.|
|Other routine radioactive emissions that get inside the body through ingestion and inhalation include Cesium 137, Iodine 131 and Strontium 90.|
|Strontium mimics calcium. It collects in bones where radiation can reach the marrow, an important part of the immune system.|
|Cesium resembles sodium, and migrates to fatty tissue.
Radioactive iodine concentrates in the thyroid gland, which is also integral to the immune system.
|Once radioactive material gets inside the body, comparisons with background radiation are meaningless.|
|Background radiation is outside body shielding. But living tissue next to internal sources is not shielded. It is vulnerable, and gets damaged or destroyed.|