[ RadSafe ] Guv blocks two depleted uranium shipment - The SaltLake Tribune

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue Feb 23 19:07:54 CST 2010

For the Great Salt Lake to rise high enough to breach the disposal site,
Salt Lake City and all other communities lower than the site would have
been flooded, and all toxic materials in them spread into the
environment.  Trends indicate that cities in Utah are getting bigger,
and that people in them have more things that contain hazardous
materials.  Using the "logic" of the last line, the orderly evacuation
of SLC should start now, so the city can be destroyed and all
potentially hazardous material (and all other material, just to be safe)
can be removed before the Lake starts rising.  

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Dan W McCarn
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 4:45 PM
To: 'radsafelist Radsafe'
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Guv blocks two depleted uranium shipment - The
SaltLake Tribune

An article in the Salt Lake Tribune - TUESDAY, February 23, 2010:


Towards the end of the article was the following:

"Beginning today Utah Division of Radiation Control staff will begin
content samples from 171 of the nearly 5,000 drums of Savannah River
depleted uranium that the Energy Department shipped to Utah in December.
waste's been placed in a disposal cell, but not buried, pending a final
Gary Herbert-Energy Department agreement."


"DU: Not ordinary radioactive waste"
"Depleted uranium is classified as Class A low-level waste, which, by
definition, loses its radiological hazard over a century. The concern
DU is that while it's less radioactive now, over time it becomes more
hazardous, peaking in danger after 1 million years. So, is it reasonable
policy makers to focus on its current hazard, its hazard in 10,000 years
later? And what about the possibility -- some scientists insist it's a
certainty -- that the Great Salt Lake will someday rise again, breach
Utah disposal site and spread the hazard?"

Dan ii

Dan W McCarn, Geologist
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