[ RadSafe ] Isotope shortage affects patients

Brunkow, Ward ward.brunkow at wipp.ws
Fri Dec 7 07:50:36 CST 2007

I don't blame GE, they are a foremost American company who knows how to
make a profit and yet serve the public. That Livermore area out there,
not to mention just being in California, is a "nut house" for
anti-nukes...and the kind that don't even care if lifesaving isotopes
are produced. Add in the red tape of California and it gets dismal to
try to run a nuke plant.  GE will be a leader in the new generation
reactors that will be licensed, Dominion is planning on putting two of
them at North Anna Virginia. The industry now recognizes the genius of
the BWR, GE embraced it from the beginning. I worked in their reactor
field services for couple of years and glad I did. 

W. G. (Ward) Brunkow

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of John Jacobus
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 8:23 PM
To: Harold; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Isotope shortage affects patients

So, it was really GE that failed to start reactor
operations, i.e., "the faint hearted GE wimps quit." 
Not enough profit for them?

--- Harold <hacrad at comcast.net> wrote:

> The isotope shortage also has to due with
> anti-nukes.  GE built a complete
> reactor and laboratory near Livermore, CA, in the
> 1970's specifically for
> isotope production.  But anti-nuclear fervor and
> fear of earthquakes halted
> licensing.  GE went to the expense of additional
> ground testing to assure
> the licensing bodies that the site was safe but
> faced with continued legal
> crap, the faint hearted GE wimps quit.  Since then
> the Vallecitos Nuclear
> facility has been used for hot cell work and GE
> office space.  It is still
> there on the east side of Interstate 680 as you
> drive north to Livermore.
> Hal Careway
> San Jose, CA

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it
takes to sit down and listen." -- Sir Winston Churchill

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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