[ RadSafe ] Example of Non-Regulated Materials

AnaLog Services, Inc. AnaLog at logwell.com
Wed Feb 17 09:04:02 CST 2010

I would think the statute of limitations would now shield the principals
from criminal prosecution and probably civil action as well.  It would be
hard for the regulators to argue they were just now discovering things at
this late date.  If this episode is as represented by some, why were
criminal charges never filed?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <blreider at aol.com>
To: <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:22 PM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Example of Non-Regulated Materials

Hey RadSafe Group:

I know we all at times get caught up in LNT discussions, but there is a
reason that radiation professionals are needed and rules and regs need to be
evaluated by professionals and reasonable written plans for radiation safety
put into place and implemented. I thought you might like to see an example
of what happens when regulations are ignored.

I believe this talk was by the EPA or USACE following the removal of sources
from the Gulf Nuclear Inc. (GNI) Webster site. This was the number one
potential dirty bomb site following 9-11.  The remediation was performed
under CERCLA by the EPA.  To my knowledge, GNI made well logging sources and
also made check and calibration sources under the name "The Source".   Gulf
Nuclear went bankrupt in 1990.  At some point the state put a fence up
around the site which is between a medical center and an oncology building.


In case you didn't read the zeros correctly the presentation states there
were up to 200 million dpm per 100cm2 finely powdered Am-241  on the
surfaces.*   Dose rates ranged up to 1000 rem per hour.

Barbara Reider, CHP

* NRC recommended free release level is 20dpm/100cm2 removable transuranics
per  RG 1.86.
The State of TX uses 200dpm/100cm2.

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