Your table is too simple. The most important emissions are at 5.6MeV; 4.7keV; 3.7MeV and 1.2MeV.
Total energy involved ~6MeV.
Measurements with nice graphs: https://doris.bfs.de/jspui/bit...
Gorleben has stationary measurement stations at the fence of its area. As the escaped neutrons have to pass the 50cm thick wall of the building and an high thick dike (berm), those measure mostly only sky-shined (reflected back to the surface via collisions with air nuclei) radiation. Abb.9 at page 24 shows that the sky-shined neutron radiation is ~0.2mSv/a: www.gns.de/binary.ashx/~defaul...
Note that this sky-shined neutron radiation has little effect as also shown by m/f sex ratio of newborn in Gorleben (~2km away) and the measurement station in the village. The damaging effects are mainly at greater distances (20-30km away) due to the neutron-Ar41 mechanisms as e.g. shown at sheet 18 of this English presentation: http://www.helmholtz-muenchen....
The heat production
The power of the heat produced by the 113casks in the storage building is ~5MW. Enough to create the substantial upwards stream of air, which causes that the ar-41 need substantial time before it reaches the surface. Hence the DNA damage occurs mainly at 15-30km away (depends on the local wind speeds. At the Bezau NPP the DNA damage peak is more nearby).
Argon41 coming down gradually
Normal argon (ar-40) is indeed inert. But argon41 behaves differently as also shown by the Mol experiment.
how does this damage the DNA of babies?
The gamma radiation particles of the ar41 (partly also inhaled, etc) damage DNA, which is mostly repaired if the cell is stable.
But sperm is produced via a.o. very fast cell division, shortly before conception.
At cell division (and shortly thereafter) DNA damage cannot be repaired or is often repaired wrongly because a.o. the new cell isn't fully equipped for correct repair yet and/or the DNA is single stranded, etc.
As male DNA is smaller it has a lower chance to be hit and killed by a radiation particle. So an increase in ionizing radiation creates an increase in the m/f sex ratio of new born as also stated by UNSCEAR in its 1958 report to the UN.
The problem is that these new born have increased chance on Down syndrome, serious congenital malformations, etc. because the radiation particles damaged their DNA not enough to prevent multiplication. The radiation particles that hit the DNA will often only create some damage, not enough to prevent further cell division.
Also shown by solid studies in areas ~1000miles away from Chernobyl. E.g: http://www.ibis-birthdefects.o...
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Monday, October 26, 2015
"Properly" Stored Dry Cask Used Nuke Fuel, and Nuke Dumps, Do Still Damage Babies
No time to develop into a nice article, this guy BasM really knows his stuff, so I want to document this information source.
Posted by Stock at 4:36 PM