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Fact or Fiction: Nuclear Life in Canada

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Not in MY Back Yard

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There's uranium in your back yard.

The top metre of soil in the typical Canadian back yard contains about 300 grams of uranium.

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Ripe Pair

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Power for the People

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15% of Canada's electricity is generated using uranium.

Nuclear power stations in Ontario and New Brunswick provide approximately 15% of Canada's electricity supply.

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Extreme Bathing

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People are exposed to radiation all of the time.

Radiation is all around us and we are exposed to some form of it every day of our lives. More than 85% of all radiation to which people are exposed occurs naturally.

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The (less than an) Ounce of Prevention

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Many smoke detectors contain a tiny amount of a radioactive isotope.

Many household smoke detectors use a small amount of an isotope called americium that provides a safe and simple way to detect small amounts of smoke in the air.

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Don't Mine Me

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There's uranium in your own body.

Trace amounts of uranium are found everywhere in the world including the food we eat and our own bodies.

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Isotope Pop?

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Radioisotopes are used to control how much soda goes into soft drink bottle.

Radioisotopes are used in a wide range of measuring and metering equipment, including systems used in the soft drink industry.

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Dig Deeper

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You can only find uranium in rocks.

Trace amounts of uranium are found everywhere in the world including in the food we eat and in our own bodies.

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Non-destructive Habits

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Gamma-radiography is a way to test metals for flaws.

Gamma-radiography is a process that uses gamma rays to test materials for flaws such as invisible cracks and defects. In the past, the only way to test some cast metal products was to randomly select items and cut them to pieces, which was slow and expensive.

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Measurable Exposure

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A sievert is a unit to measure exposure to radiation.

A sievert is a unit used to measure the biological significance of radiation exposure.

Fact or Fiction: Nuclear Life in Canada