This section contains links to on-line information that can help you learn more about radiation, the terms used to discuss it, international radiation dose standards, its effects on health and more. This section also has information about how nuclear power plants work and where they are located around the world.
Remember, ask government and plant officials for quantitative information (facts and numbers). Compare this data to multiple international information sources. Don't rely solely upon those responsible for the accident to interpret the data for you. The more sources of information you have the more likely you are to find the truth.
Radiation and Us provides information about the radiation that exists in our everyday lives. It does not discuss nuclear power plants. From the Radiation Information Network at Idaho State University.
ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
The Quick Virtual Nuclear Power Plant Tour introduces you to nuclear power plant and their operations. It also contains some technical descriptions of how they work. This site was created by an individual who is a senior nuclear consultant at a US nuclear power plant.
Basic Radiation Related Terms from Idaho State University. Do you wonder what the
difference between alpha and gamma rays is? What rems or curies are? What somatic affects are? This is a good place to learn the fundamental terms
and concepts. This site contains:
- Basic Terms
- Common Types of Radiation
- Units of Measurement Used in the US and International Standards
- Terms Related to Radiation Doses
The Glossary of Technical Nuclear Terms defines words related to the nuclear industry and physics. This site is maintained by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and contains approximately 350 terms.
HALF LIVES AND TYPES OF RADIATION
Information about the half-lives and types of radiation emitted from various
radioactive products of nuclear power plants.
How is radiation measured? Since one cannot see, taste, or smell radiation, special
devices are needed to measure it.
United States Radiation Dose Limits from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a US government agency. This page contains standards for people exposed to radiation at work and for the
Dose Limits from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations agency which promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy. This page
also contains standards for people exposed to radiation at work and for the general public.
Australian Radiation Dose Limits from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety
Agency. Provides information about maximium radiation dose limits for the public.
EFFECTS OF RADIATION EXPOSURE
The Biological Effects of Radiation website from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission includes:
- Exposure Levels
- Effects of High Doses
- Effects of Exposure to Low Doses of Radiation
- Annual Exposure to Average U.S. Citizen
How Much is Too
Much Radiation is a brief exploration of this question from the Radiation Information Network at Idaho State University.
What is radiation sickness? provides information about the doses that may
cause radiation sickness and the symptoms of this illness. From the Radiation Information Network at Idaho State University.