[ RadSafe ] Helium suppies endangered,threatening science and technology

John R Johnson idias at interchange.ubc.ca
Thu Jan 3 19:32:25 CST 2008


I think we met when I worked at PNL (now PNNL)

Thanks for this. I thought there was more to the "helium supply" situation 
than we were hearing.

John R Johnson, PhD
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idias at interchange.ubc.ca

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dukelow, James S Jr" <jim.dukelow at pnl.gov>
To: "Roger Helbig" <rhelbig at california.com>; "Radsafe" <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 4:25 PM
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Helium suppies endangered,threatening science and 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
> Behalf Of Roger Helbig
> Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 3:01 AM
> To: Radsafe
> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Helium suppies endangered,threatening science and
> technology
> Helium supplies endangered, threatening science and technology News from
> Washington University in St. Louis - Saint Louis,MO,USA By Tony
> Fitzpatrick The element that lifts things like balloons, spirits and
> voice ranges is being depleted so rapidly in the world's largest
> reserve, ...
> http://news-info.wustl.edu/tips/page/normal/10754.html
>   <snip>
> =================
> The Washington University PR release has only a vague allusion as to how
> we got into the helium supply crunch.
> The Helium Wiki at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium#_note-16  provides more
> background and some links to additional information.
> The US government used to run the program to extract helium from natural
> gas and store it in the Nation Helium Reserve in the Texas Panhandle.
> The Helium Privatization Act of 1996, Public Law 104-273, was one of the
> recommendations of the Clinton Administration's National Partnership for
> Reinventing Government.  The law was passed by the Republican 104th
> Congress and signed by President Clinton.  The law mandated a National
> Academy of Sciences study of The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium
> Reserve, which report, of the same name, is available at the NAS
> website, www.nas.edu .
> Best regards.
> Jim Dukelow
> Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
> Richland, WA
> jim.dukelow at pnl.gov
> These comments are mine and have not been reviewed and/or approved by my
> management or by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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