A nuclear power opposition group (formed by me and several of my colleagues in and around Chattanooga Tennessee several years ago) has proposed the addition of distinctive visual dye-markers to routine nuclear emissions from nuclear power plants. This seemingly obvious protective strategy has common precedent with the odors added to propane and natural gas, so that leaks of these gases can be immediately detected. Other hazardous solids, liquids, and gases have for years been provided with dyes and other additives in order to make those dangerous substances more noticed by people exposed to them*.
This common-sense suggestion should make all radionuclide emission releases readily identifiable, better to protect the public from this very real public health danger. Continue reading