[ RadSafe ] SRE Accident

Phil Rutherford email at philrutherford.com
Wed Nov 21 00:40:14 CST 2007

Anyone wishing to read the real facts about the SRE accident and responses to the Beyea and Lochbaum reports can find them online at ...


Other historical reports and recent scientific reviews of the SRE accident and can be found at ...


Finally, a video presentation on the SRE reactor and the 1959 accident (including historical video footage) can be found at ...

(Tip: To avoid a long download time, hit your browser stop button after downloading begins, then hit "Play")


email at philrutherford.com

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: BLHamrick at aol.com 
  To: radproject at sbcglobal.net ; bobcherry at satx.rr.com ; rhelbig at california.com ; radsafe at radlab.nl 
  Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2007 10:17 PM
  Subject: [ RadSafe ] Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

  Whoever should be credited with the quote, I personally admire their  
  I know there's been very little notice by health physicists, but back in  
  October 2006, the "Santa Susana Advisory Panel" issued a "report" on a 1959  
  reactor incident (_www.ssflpanel.org_ (http://www.ssflpanel.org) ),  and, if ever, 
  the quote applied, I believe it is in the case of this so-called  "report" 
  with regard to the accident assessment and consequence  assessment.
  In particular, the "reports" by Jan Beyea and David Lochbaum are, in my  
  opinion, ridiculously speculative, and their conclusions lack any real  scientific 
  basis.  They would, in my opinion, be purely fodder for humor,  but for the 
  fact that they received a considerable amount of press here in  California, and 
  their conclusions have become "factoids" of sort...i.e., in the  true meaning 
  of "factoids," which (as Al Franken points out in "The Truth,  (with Jokes"), 
  the American Heritage Dictionary, defines  as "a piece of unverified or 
  inaccurate information that is presented in  the press as factual and that is then 
  accepted as true because of frequent  repetition."  Or, for those who prefer 
  fake TV news to fake print news, the  conclusions of Beyea and Lochbaum have 
  taken on a "truthiness" (thank you,  Stephen Colbert) of their own, despite the 
  I hope you all might take a look at the SSFL Panel report, and don't forget  
  to review the panel participants, just for the fun of it. 
  Barbara L. Hamrick

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