[ RadSafe ] Vermont Yankee leaking tritium - what me

William Lipton doctorbill34 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 09:57:19 CST 2010

Control is as important as risk.  I can control the way I drive and what I
eat, etc..  I can't control a nuclear power plant.

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

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 7:19 AM, Stabin, Michael <
michael.g.stabin at vanderbilt.edu> wrote:

> > 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.
> I agree that the 1960's mentality of "talking down" to the public not only
> bred mistrust, it was not appropriate. It is not talking down, however, to
> have a meaningful dialog about the use of public resources to promote the
> general welfare. As Bob Dixon pointed out, even if you believe in LNT, which
> is certainly suspect at levels a few orders of magnitude below natural
> background rates, we are spending $2.6 billion per theoretical life saved in
> limiting radionuclide emissions at NRC-licensed facilities, instead of
> $120,000 per actual warm blooded human being life saved by just widening
> lanes on rural roads. And if these trace amounts of tritium and strontium in
> baby teeth are that deadly, as radiation scientists we must DEMAND the
> removal of bananas, lite salt and sherbet from the grocery stores as well -
> that is not a humorous point, I am quite serious. If tritium is that
> dangerous, K-40 is far more so. Bob's more humorous point is "sure your
> girlfriend is 'hot', but to minimize exposure keep close personal contact
> ALARA" - do any of the LNT fearmongers do this? If we are going to preach,
> we must also practice.
> 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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> "The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation."
> Jacob Bronowski
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