[ RadSafe ] Vermont Yankee leaking tritium - what me worry?

William Lipton doctorbill34 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 21:27:59 CST 2010

It's interesting to note that, back in the 1960's, General Electric's slogan
was:  "Progress is our most important product."  This implied that new and
more advanced was assumed to be better. They dropped that a long time, ago.
(I believe it's now, "We bring good things to life.")  The public no longer
assumes that advances in technology automatically mean an improved quality
of life.  "The best and the brightest," who brought us Viet Nam, Love Canal,
Bho Pal, Enron, and the financial meltdown of 2008, are no longer trusted.
Most people, not just the whacked out radicals that many, here, consider to
be anyone who disagrees with them, do not want the "experts" to make their
decisions for them.  The burden of proof is on the promoters of a technology
to convince the public that it's safe.  We must thus be concerned about even
small, unplanned releases of radioactive material.  If we can't control
them, how can we be trusted to safely manage nuclear power plants?

You may think that this is unfair, and that your credentials give you the
right to tell others what's acceptable, but "trust me" no longer works.

Bill Lipton
It's not about dose, it's about trust.
doctorbill at post.harvard.edu

On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 7:27 PM, Stabin, Michael <
michael.g.stabin at vanderbilt.edu> wrote:

> >It's not about dose, it's about trust.
> Of course it's about dose, but that's not the point to some. If we wring
> our hands about this, we have to wring our hands about the local major
> industry and its incessant 'leaking of radiation' - a nuclide with a 1.3
> BILLION year half-life, with 1,460,000 eV photons ripping through the flesh
> of our children and pregnant women daily. Yes, I'm of course
> discussing....bananas... My gosh there are radioactive smoke detectors in
> many of our homes, a nuclide with a 430 year half-life, DEADLY alpha
> particles...same old, same old. It's about truth, but many gave up about
> caring about the truth years ago. If the truth doesn't matter, that trace
> levels of strontium in baby teeth is normal, that a little tritium in the
> environment is FAR less potentially harmful to you than the burger and fries
> you just ate while reading the article that alarmed you, and far worse, that
> some of the professionals who know better are willing to continually line
> their pockets by furthering the scariness...the song says...what are we
> fightin for? I'm totally content cuz I know the Truth and the Truth has set
> me free!
> Mike
> Michael G. Stabin, PhD, CHP
> Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
> Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
> Vanderbilt University
> 1161 21st Avenue South
> Nashville, TN 37232-2675
> Phone (615) 343-4628
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> e-mail     michael.g.stabin at vanderbilt.edu
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