Re; [ RadSafe ] "Radioactive cocktail: Blending waste won't lessen thedanger"

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Thu Jul 3 17:32:15 CDT 2008

Personally, I've always thought that the designation "mixed waste" was
among the dumbest ideas foisted on the public (and there is stiff
competition).  It absorbs resources (money) without giving improved
safety to anyone.  If the main hazard of a material is it radiological
properties, then that should drive the way it is handled.  If the main
hazard is its toxic hazard, then that should drive its handling.   

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] On
Behalf Of James Salsman
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 1:49 PM
To: radsafelist
Subject: Re; [ RadSafe ] "Radioactive cocktail: Blending waste won't
lessen thedanger"

Dear Dr. Cohen,

I thought you would know the answer to your question, "If the of
concentration of radioactivity in waste is not indicative of its
potential  danger, then what is?"

The chemical toxicity, which is very often much worse,  According to
Alexandria C. Miller's experiments published in 2004, about one million
times worse for U238.

Do you agree with that assessment?

James Salsman
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