[ RadSafe ] Two Meter Thick Steel Plates to Shield from Plutonium

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Tue May 31 21:50:17 CDT 2011

May 31

         That's a steel "plate" that is six and one-half feet 
thick.  I was under the impression that plutonium was an alpha 
emitter, and that alpha can be stopped by a mere sheet of paper.

         I doubt that it would be possible to pour a piece of steel 
this thick, and if it were possible where would one get a crane that 
could lift it?

         The purported Soviet nuclear testing site in the picture 
looks like something from a science fiction movie.  Is it real, or is 
it PhotoShop?

Steven Dapra

At 06:51 PM 5/31/2011, you wrote:
>Is this statement on the Der Spiegel Atomic Desert site accurate?  If it is,
>why two meter thick steel plates and how much of an area do they cover.
>  The Kazakh government had hoped to make the site available for agricultural
>use once again. But some areas are still so contaminated with plutonium that
>they have to be covered with huge, two-meter thick steel plates to contain
>the radiation.
>Roger Helbig

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