[ RadSafe ] CIA endangers NUMEC toxic waste cleanup

Bernard L. Cohen blc at pitt.edu
Thu Oct 20 10:22:23 CDT 2011

It is my understanding that the Israeli nuclear bombs are fueled by 
plutonium produced in their Dimona reactor, not by enriched uranium as 
implied in this article. There has been a great deal of publicity about 
their plutonium program including a bomb factory below the reactor as 
revealed by a former worker there. Plutonium is a better material for 
The radiation hazards from the former Numec plant, including its wastes, 
were the subject of a lengthy court proceeding which I believe has still 
not been settled. From reading the court proceedings, which I did as a 
consultant, the harm to public health has been essentially negligible. 
Note that the article gives no quantitative information on the harm to 
public health,but implies that it is substantial.

On 10/20/2011 10:04 AM, Clayton J Bradt wrote:
> This article is more than a little interesting:
> CIA endangers NUMEC toxic waste cleanup
> Americans Pay Dearly to Maintain Israel?s Nuclear Secrets
> <
> http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2011/10/19/americans-pay-dearly-to-maintain-israels-nuclear-secrets/
> Clayton J. Bradt
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