Wednesday, December 27, 2017
High Flux Isotope Reactor refueling at Oak Ridge National Lab
What would happen if you swam in a nuclear containment pool? Every centimeter of water between you and the spent fuel cuts the radiation in half, roughly.
Swimming to the bottom and touching something radioactive would kill you in a couple days or even hours, but if you’re only a few feet under, then there may actually be less ambient radiation than outside the water.