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Radiation is energy that is radiated or transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles.

Radiation Exposure,Radioactive Contamination, or Radiological Contamination, is the uncontrolled distribution of radioactive material in a given environment.
Also see: Radiation Sickness

Radiation sickness is illness and symptoms resulting from excessive exposure to radiation over a short period of time. The term radiation sickness is especially used to description of the syndrome resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation (e.g., exposure to radioactive chemicals or to nuclear explosions).

The main three types of radioactive material are Alpha, Beta and Gamma. Radioactive substances emit radiation. This can be harmful if we subject ourselves to too much. Naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) result from the processing or consumption of coal, oil and gas, and some minerals. What Is Radioactive Material? Since every thing is made of atoms, radioactivity is part of nature. Radioactive atoms are unstable.

Radioactive waste is a waste product containing radioactive material. It is usually the product of a nuclear process such as nuclear fission/

Rainwater harvesting is an ancient practice of catching and holding rain for later use. In a rainwater harvesting system, rain is gathered from a building rooftop or other source and is held in large containers for future use, such as watering gardens or washing cars. This practice reduces the demand on water resources and is excellent during times of drought. Source: Water Resources Group

Referral Marketing is a method of promoting products or services to new customers through referrals, usually word of mouth. See also Network Marketing

Remediation is the action of remedying something, espdcially the reversal or stopping of damage to the environment

The term renewable energy generally refers to electricity supplied from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower and various forms of biomass. These energy sources are considered renewable sources because their fuel sources are continuously replenished. Under Virginia law, renewable energy refers to "energy derived from sunlight, wind, falling water, sustainable biomass, energy from waste, wave motion, tides, and geothermal power and does not include energy derived from coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear power." Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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