AW: [ RadSafe ] Claims About Three Mile Island

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Wed Mar 25 13:00:25 CDT 2009

Ed, Bernard, Roger and RADSAFErs,

To give you a rough comparison between the effect of the TMI and the
Chernobl accident: First of all the TMI accident had only local (if at all
any) impact. The Chernobyl accident had with few exceptions an impact on
nearly all European countries. When you talk about pCi's of I-131 then I can
tell you that our units for contamination were nCi/l of milk. For Cs-137 for
instance in beef we had a limit of 16 nCi/kg (not pCi!) and these values
were very frequently exceeded. We would have been happy if food had TMI

If those people writing horror stories would think for just a second and try
to use common sense instead of paranoia on radioactivity they would
recognize that people in Europe are still living after the Chernobyl
accident and even survived the many years of high fallout after the
atmospheric nuclear tests. 

"Don't disturb me with facts, I have made up my mind!"


Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] Im Auftrag
von edmond0033 at
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 25. März 2009 18:17
An: Bernard L. Cohen
Cc: RadiatSafety
Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] Claims About Three Mile Island

I agree with you Bernard.  We ( USFDA ) analyzed over 4,000 samples from
this area.  Many of the samples were of unpasteurized milk.  The majority of
the results for Iodine-131 were non detectable.  There were a handful that
did contain some detectable amounts, but were in Range II of the Federal
Radiation Protection Guidelines which called for continued surveillance.  I
believe the maximum was ~40 pCi /L.  The Guidelines for Range II was 10-100
pCi /L.  (Please excuse that I didn't convert it to the new units).  This
amount certainly was exceed by the above ground weapons tests by the USA and
the then USSR.  Also the Chernobyl incident was even higher, in that the
resultant fission products were certainly much higher.  Strontium-89 and 90
was non-detectable from the 

TMI incident.  As for the 'bubble' , I have my own opinion.  The news media
and its adherence's love to draw its own conclusions for their own agenda. 

Ed Baratta 

edmond0033 at 

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