[ RadSafe ] The Cult of Nuclearists

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon May 17 16:09:45 CDT 2010

I find it highly ironic that the title of the book is "A Primer on the
Art of Deception".  It is clear that the author is practicing that art.
"... materials whose only reasonable provenance can be the Manhattan
Project..." is, of course, clearly not true, as I can think of several
other reason for the higher counts in those areas.  If there is evidence
that it is connected to the Manhattan Project (and it would be easy to
get), I have every confidence the author would have shared it: this is
one of those cases where lack of evidence for is evidence against. 

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I believe that it is phosphate slag in the concrete underlayment of the


The Cult of Nuclearists 

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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