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Isn’t that a tantalizing blue to go swimming in? Pro-nuclear? Think Nuclear Energy is good for the environment and climate friendly? Think radiation is safe? Here’s a great job for you! Nuclear diving. No joke. There’s also general nuclear clean-up.
If you think that nuclear energy is safe and clean. If you think that radiation is good for you. Then nuclear diving and clean-up is just the job for you. Why leave it to the desperate and homeless? If nuclear’s so great, then become a nuclear diver, go help clean-up Fukushima, Chernobyl, WIPP, Savannah River site etc. Don’t leave clean-up for welfare to work folk, the homeless, and other desperate people (desperate to feed their children, eat, pay rent). They generally didn’t ask for nuclear anything.
Nuclear diving is similar to HAZMAT diving; the difference is the exposure to radiation instead of a water borne contaminant. To this end, different precautions are required for nuclear diving, mainly, equipment which will not absorb radioactive contamination and pose a disposal problem after several dives. Moreover exhaustive briefing of the group or diver for the specific environment he is going to work, depth, water temperature and potential radioactive sources.
Heat stress can also be a danger for the diver, in which case a cold water suit may be used: the cold water suit is a special canvas coverall which floods the outside of the diver’s drysuit with chilled water, countering the dangerously high ambient water temperature. A dosimeter is used to ensure that the diver does not receive a dangerous dose of radiation during the dive, assisting in calculating the maximum length of the dive. In addition the dosimeter can also be used to find radiation hot spots, which can indicate areas in need of repair.”
(Last accessed April 2015)
“Nuclear divers are laborers that work fully submerged in radiated water at nuclear reactors. There are three types of diver tasks: radioactive dives, non-radioactive dives, both of which occur inside reactors, and “mud-work” that involves cleaning out cooling-water intake systems in lakes, rivers and oceans. In 1986, a nuclear diver inspecting intake pipes at the Crystal River Plant in Florida, two divers were killed. In 2006, diver Michael Pickart performed a dive inside an Arkansas nuclear reactor, and was exposed to 450 millirems of radiation.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_labor_issues
(Last accessed April 2015)
At Chernobyl: “divers knowingly swam to their deaths in a successful attempt to avoid a thermal explosion that would have levelled 200 square kilometres and irradiated 200 million people’s water supply.” http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Chernobyl_Nuclear_Disaster
“Scuba divers swam to certain death in the pool of water under the reactor to close valves and prevent even greater damage.”