[ RadSafe ] Congress Questions Nuclear Regulatory Decision about Depleted Uranium Lowest Level Waste Classification

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Wed Mar 25 19:42:12 CDT 2009

March 25

         This SLC Tribune article is a bunch of malarkey.  See my comment 
in its text.

Steven Dapra

At 10:41 PM 3/24/09 -0700, Roger Helbig wrote:
>Can Depleted Uranium be so concentrated that it is "off the scale" as
>commented in this article?  Please, also go look at the comments,
>including the buried ones where it seems the scientists posting to
>this newspaper website are doomed to be placed by the anti-uranium
>crowd that seems to dominate the discussion.  The Congressmen ignore
>the fact that the NRC made a similar ruling Accessed in ADAMS as
>XR173808 in September 2004.
>Roger Helbig


>Matheson wants answers on depleted uranium
>Tooele» NRC vote approves the radioactive waste for Utah burial
>By Judy Fahys
>The Salt Lake Tribune
>Updated:Â 03/19/2009 07:44:32 PM MDT


>The uranium-enrichment waste, often called "DU," can be very low in
>hazard, but it also can be so concentrated
>that it is off the scale for low-level radioactive waste. The
>congressmen note that NRC staff suggest some is hazardous enough to
>warrant deeper burial and a robust cover to prevent the release of
>alpha radiation, which actually increases over time.

         A "robust cover" to prevent the release of alpha??   And radiation 
doesn't increase, it decreases.


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