AW: [ RadSafe ] TMI - reported "metallic taste"

Bjorn Cedervall bcradsafers at
Tue Feb 14 11:27:34 CST 2006

I was Director of the Pennsylvania radiation protection program  during the
TMI accident and I did indeed have a metallic taste when I was  outside 
the plant.  I believe that the winds at the time were  blowing from the 
and that the odor was coming from a paper plant well to  the southwest of 
   It sure had nothing to do with  "fear."


Very interesting. Does this mean that the metallic taste only occurred at 
the time
of the TMI accident (but not before or after)? It must take quite a high air
concentration if the metallic taste was there because of a direct mechanism.

My point was really not about fear but more about associations where 
are translated into physiological effects (compare embarrassment - > redness 
the face, even passion can translate into physiological phenomena...).

Having said this, I am open to explanations based on direct effects but then
the amounts (milligrams/mmoles) must be quite substantial (and anything
related to radiology would be excluded).

What does a paper plant do that results in rel. large releases of metals?

My personal comments only,

Bjorn Cedervall    bcradsafers at

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