Nuclear Power, Devices, and Accidents

The following FAQs have been developed by our topic editors for this category:

  HPS FAQ   Do Levels of Radioactivity in the United States Follow the Levels Being Released From the Japanese Reactor Site?
  HPS FAQ   Radioactivity in the United States From Japanese Nuclear Plants
  HPS FAQ   The Fukushima Accident

The following HPS Web page also addresses this category:


The following health physics questions have been answered by an expert and approved by our editors for inclusion in our "Ask the Experts" feature. Click on the question to see the answer.

Questions in this Category Are in the Following Subcategories:
  •  Nuclear Power
  •  Nuclear Devices
  •  Nuclear and Radiation Accidents
Nuclear Power
Q10720   –   Contamination from nuclear power plant inspector
Q10835   –   Radioactivity in spent (used) nuclear fuel
Q10856   –   How do I tell if this ointment from Japan is contaminated?
Q10882   –   Radioactivity in food in Japan
Q11168   –   Is it safe to live near a nuclear power plant?
Nuclear Devices
Q9039   –   Applying risk coefficients from Japanese bomb survivors to medical
Q9122   –   Long-term effects of bombing of Hiroshima
Q9593   –   Fallout from Trinity site
Q11448   –   Is there radioactive fallout from subcritical nuclear tests?
Nuclear and Radiation Accidents
Q7000   –   Expiration date of potassium iodide (KI)
Q7157   –   Clothes made in Ukraine and Belarus
Q7799   –   Magic pill to prevent radiation effects
Q8964   –   Three Mile Island and thyroid cancer
Q9669   –   Are plutonium measurements being made at Daiichi and what bio-impact is plutonium having?”
Q9680   –   Impact of accident on U.S. West Coast currents
Q9713   –   Radioactivity in seaweed
Q9784   –   Food absorption of contamination from reactor accident
Q9935   –   Is traveling to Osaka, Japan safe?
Q9965   –   Is it safe to live near Kyoto?
Q9974   –   Is it appropriate to use these instruments for measurements in Japan?
Q9993   –   Radioactivity on cars from Japan?
Q10093   –   Safety of products from Japan
Q10387   –   Purchasing a vehicle from Japan
Q10792   –   Detector for measuring contamination on used cars from Japan
Q10907   –   Safety of tea and pottery from Japan
Q11121   –   Biological dosimeters
Q11250   –   Don't worry about products exported from Japan

The following websites may also be useful:

  External website   “Environmental Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident and Their Remediation: Twenty Years of Experience”
  External website   Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS): A Fact Sheet for the Public – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  External website   Emergency Preparedness and Response - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  External website   Fact Sheet on Dirty Bombs - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  External website   Fukushima Information – The Health Physics Society
  External website   Fukushima Information and Resources, Air Monitoring - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  External website   Hiroshima/Nagasaki Radiation Effects - Radiation Effects Research Foundation
  External website   Nuclear Energy Institute Website
  External website   Nuclear Power Plant Video
  External website   Nuclear Power: Villain or Victim? – Max W. Carbon