AW: [ RadSafe ] Claims About Three Mile Island

edmond0033 at edmond0033 at
Wed Mar 25 17:21:39 CDT 2009


You are correct.  For those who may not be aware, a cloud passed over Turkey, as they were concerned with their 'spices'.  Apparently hen the wind shifted the 'fallout' landed on their crops.  We ran samples from this area and found them to contain a high amount of fission products. 

Ed Baratta 

edmond0033 at 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Franz Schönhofer" <franz.schoenhofer at> 
To: edmond0033 at, "Bernard L. Cohen" <blc+ at> 
Cc: "RadiatSafety" <radsafe at> 
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:00:25 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: AW: [ RadSafe ] Claims About Three Mile Island 

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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