Reading an article from the World Nuclear Association, which is an “international organization that promotes nuclear energy and supports the many companies that comprise the global nuclear industry.” So, they certainly have a clearly pro-nuclear view.
Natural sources account for most of the radiation we all receive each year.
The nuclear fuel cycle does not give rise to significant radiation exposure for members of the public, and even in two major nuclear accidents – Three Mile Island and Fukushima – exposure to radiation has caused no harm to the public.
Radiation protection standards assume that any dose of radiation, no matter how small, involves a possible risk to human health. This deliberately conservative assumption is increasingly being questioned, and its application following the Fukushima accident caused much suffering and many deaths.
But the line that caught my attention was:
Interestingly, due to the substantial amounts of granite in their construction, many public buildings including Australia’s Parliament House and New York Grand Central Station, would have some difficulty in getting a license to operate if they were nuclear power stations.