Many people (and their political representatives) seem to be generally sensitive about radiation attributable to nuclear power. Energy policymakers often recognise the many benefits of nuclear energy, which are so well underlined in World Nuclear Association’s Harmony programme. These include its contribution to a climate change solution. However, they usually fall silent when challenged about the issue of radiation and thus the sense that radiation is the archenemy of nuclear energy is being propagated around the world. Recent reports from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) are challenging the commonly held views on radiation among the misinformed. A recent document issued by the United Nations Environmental Programme and UNSCEAR recognises that “although the production of electricity by using nuclear power is often controversial, in normal operation it contributes very little to global radiation exposure”.
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