[ RadSafe ] Fwd: WG: [srp] France nuclear: Marcoule siteblastkills one: Way off topic! Wine

Doug Aitken jdaitken at sugar-land.oilfield.slb.com
Mon Sep 12 13:44:26 CDT 2011

Mmmmmm, yes!:
Best wine I ever drank in my life (for my palate!):
1966 Hermitage from Jaboulet Aine..... (absolutely perfect with your
favorite wild boar!)
In a small restaurant called L'Opera in Covent Garden, London (in 1980!). So
good that I made a deal with the head sommelier (a small amount of money
changed hands!) to take it off the wine list and keep his stock (he had 9
bottles left) with a promise I would eat there once a week and finish his
Which I did (thanks to a need to entertain visiting VIPs and clients <G>)...

Paid about $25 a bottle at the time. I checked current prices: ~$2,000 a

Doug (a little tired of Polonium.....)

Doug Aitken
QHSE Advisor, Schlumberger D&M Operations Support
Cell Phone: 713-562-8585
(alternate e-mail: doug.aitken at slb.com )
Mail: c/o Therese Wigzell,
Drilling & Measurements HQ,
300 Schlumberger Drive, MD15,
Sugar Land, Texas 77478

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of
franz.schoenhofer at chello.at
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:55 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) MailingList
Cc: Glenn R. Marshall
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Fwd: WG: [srp] France nuclear: Marcoule
siteblastkills one

Glenn and RADSAFErs,

Yes, I read alternative updates now, that it was a smelter which was used to
melt down and therefore reduce volume for disposal. One worker was reported
to have been burnt to death, four people hurt, one of them severely. 

Also here the deaths in Kenya did not appear on front pages. Neither have
any deaths from car accidents been reported - I bet they occurred. But
that's the difference - those deaths cannot be attributed to "nuclear" -
though there was nothing nuclear in the Marcoule accident. 

BTW: Close to Marcoule is Avignon, a site of eminent historic importance,
the seat of the antipopes which were installed by the French kings, with
fantastic architecture. And Cotes de Rhone is a great site for wine... If
you come in this area, don't miss it!

Best regards,


---- "Glenn R. Marshall" <GRMarshall at philotechnics.com> schrieb:
> Judging by the news report it appears they have either a smelter or an
incinerator that exploded and caught fire.  Probably a smelter because the
article discussed melting radioactive material, which I assume is metallic
waste.  "Explosion" might be an exaggeration.  In any event, one worker has
been killed and perhaps others burned.
> One story that did not make the front page was this one:  At least 75
people were killed in an oil pipeline explosion in Kenya.  So while this
appears to be at least 75 times more tragic than the smelter accident in
France, it gets less attention.  I suppose non-nuclear deaths are not
considered sexy by the media.  Shame!
Franz Schoenhofer, PhD, MinRat
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Vienna
mobile: ++43 699 1706 1227

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