[ RadSafe ] DOE warns CH2M Hill about exposure

Muckerheide, James jimm at WPI.EDU
Wed Jul 20 18:44:29 CDT 2005

Right Sandy, except of course this is solely the (intended) result of the

The ignorance represented here is built into the policies and training of
thousands people, in DOE, industry, NRC, etc., etc., that any amount of
radiation is harmful, and always a good excuse to exercise ever more costly
and wasteful stupidity.  They are generally trained even to ignore anything
from HPs and rad safety experts on the policy and process implications of
incidents and events. 

This is no accident!  It is the explicit intent of the
ICRP/NCRP/BEIR/EPA/NRC/DOE/FDA/NIOSH/ATSDR cabal rad protectionists to assure
that the $100s billions being expended for "clean up" and controls will
continue to feather the nests of the bureaucracies and industries, to which
the HPs and other experts are minions to generate bureaucratic empires and
profits, and then discarded.

Regards, Jim 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
> Behalf Of Sandy Perle
> Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:11 PM
> To: Susan Gawarecki; radsafe at radlab.nl
> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] DOE warns CH2M Hill about exposure
> On 20 Jul 2005 at 18:37, Susan Gawarecki wrote:
> > At the end of fiscal 2004, the employee's cumulative neutron dose was
> > 274 millirem, a measurement of the potential biological effect on
> > humans. DOE said proper safety steps weren't followed.
> >
> > The DOE-set limit is 500 millirem annually, but contractors strive to
> > keep exposure lower. The average occupational dose from working at a
> > DOE nuclear facility is 74 millirem.
> > "Your investigation into the cause of the exposure revealed
> > significant breakdowns in both work planning for the job evolution and
> > in control of the neutron source," wrote Stephen Sohinki, director of
> > the office, in the letter to CH2M Hill.
> > "Typically, I would consider pursuing enforcement action for events
> > involving such extensive and fundamental breakdowns," Sohinki wrote.
> > "We have changed our procedures to make sure it will not happen
> > again," CH2M Hill spokeswoman Joy Turner said.
> >
> > That includes tighter controls on who has access to radioactive
> > material, more training and more specific work plans.
> Shocking!  A total of 274 mrem cumulative neutron dose! This is
> "obviously" a very serious issue, where the individual's very well
> being is threatened! Will he survive? I certainly hope so. Perhaps
> CH2M Hill management should contact REACTS to provide immediate
> medical treatments to save this life, or prevent further
> deterioration to his physical and mental health!
> We can all debate LNT and its merits. However, when there is this
> type of reaction from supposedly knowledgeable individuals, there is
> no opportunity to debate the scientific facts. Here is a case where
> an individual received a relatively small annual dose. It's
> approximately 5% of the Annual Regulatory Dose Limit, yet we have
> managers running around considering fining due to not following all
> of the site SOPs. This is nothing more than "not paying attention to
> details", if that. The dose is inconsequential.
> As I have so often stated, WE are our own worse enemies. We don't
> need to worry about intervenors, about anti-nuclear entities. We have
> to worry about ourselves, our own industry, when we see such idiotic
> actions taken as are stated in this news article.
> I'm thrilled that I am nearing the end of my career in the nuclear
> industry (not imminent) rather than just beginning it. That is why I
> continue to recommend to students graduating to stay as far away from
> this industry as they can. It's too damn risky .. and NOT from the
> dose that they may receive. It's from management, regulators and
> politicians.
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