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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Los Alamos offsite radioactive contamination accident not penalized by DoE

Los Alamos offsite radioactive contamination accident not penalized by DoE

"25 employees had contaminated personal clothing"

"at least nine homes were found with beta contamination"

"five employees were identified with skin contamination"

"contamination levels were found at the Lujan Center, with levels exceeding ... the maximum reading for the measurement device used"

"the spread of contamination first began on August 20, 2012 ... LANS subsequently identified this contamination on August 25"

The letter speaks for itself.


Anonymous said...

Check out the breaking news about the high level radioactive leaks coming from ancient underground tanks over at Hanford. Amazing when you consider the billions and billions spent for never-ending "cleanup" at this place:

Gov: 6 underground Hanford nuclear tanks leaking

(AP, Feb 22)

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater.

But the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation, where successes often are overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges.

....We received very disturbing news today," the governor said. "I think that we are going to have a course of new action and that will be vigorously pursued in the next several weeks."

The federal government built the Hanford facility at the height of World War II as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. The remote site produced plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, and continued supporting the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal for years.

....The tanks also are long past their intended 20-year life span — raising concerns that even more tanks could be leaking — though they were believed to have been stabilized in 2005.
Inslee said the falling waste levels in the six tanks were missed because only a narrow band of measurements was evaluated, rather than a wider band that would have shown the levels changing over time.

Anonymous said...

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