[ RadSafe ] The Cult of Nuclearists

Doug Huffman doug.huffman at wildblue.net
Mon May 17 14:52:06 CDT 2010

The historical Port of Charleston, SC shipped phosphate from places with 
names like Ashley Phosphate Road in the Nineteenth Century.  Then in the 
late Twentieth Century we closed the public nuclear shipyard and cleaned 
it of hazardous radium decay chain waste.  What a waste!  I watched 
technicians with radiacs crawling over gravel heaps.

I'm sure Roger Helbig has his share of stories of Total Quality Management.

On 5/17/2010 14:37, Cary Renquist wrote:
> I believe that it is phosphate slag in the concrete underlayment of the
> roads...
> Cary
> The Cult of Nuclearists
> http://j.mp/9sizBe
> A new book says nuclear safety experts have deliberately underplayed the
> dangers of radioactivity. So what does that mean for Niagara Falls?
> This summer, two stretches of road in Niagara Falls whose beds are known
> to contain dangerous radioactive materials-materials whose only
> reasonable provenance can be the Manhattan Project-will be torn up and
> repaved. Radiation surveys produced within the last two years for the
> city by national defense contractor Science Applications International
> Corporation reiterate the findings of radiation surveys produced for the
> federal government in the 1970s and 1980s: Portions of Lewiston Road and
> Buffalo Avenue are emitting unnatural levels of gamma radiation. Some
> hotspots reach up to 100,000 and 1,000,000 counts per minute,
> respectively, 50 and 100 times what SAIC deceptively calls "background"
> levels of radiation (set at 2,000 and 10,000 counts per minute for the
> SAIC studies) and thousands of times what might be called "natural"
> levels of radiation for this thoroughly contaminated region (between
> five and 50 counts per minute).
> The prospect of those materials being thrown up into the air as dust and
> carried off site as runoff deeply concerns author Paul Zimmerman. He
> thinks the prospect ought to concern residents of Niagara Falls and
> surrounding communities, too.
> ---
> Cary Renquist
> cary.renquist at ezag.com
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