[ RadSafe ] Sailors from the Ronald Reagan sueing TEPCO

Rees, Brian G brees at lanl.gov
Mon Dec 23 17:55:37 CST 2013

If the Cs was a salt (CsCl)when taken into the evaporators it'd be separated with the rest of the salts (NaCl, etc.) Shipboard water is pretty pure - basically distilled water (at least on Submarines). 

I doubt if the RadCon department could detect the low levels present, they care about the steam plant and reactors, and unless there were _real_ hazardous levels they'd be hard pressed to see them in seawater.  
Most of the sailors on the RR would not have much rad training, and could be susceptible to misinformation... 

(Obviously) my personal opinion,
Brian Rees

"There are two types of ships in the Navy: Submarines and targets..." 

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I read something about this earlier.  The contention is that the sailors
were exposed because contaminated water was taken into the ship's water
system, and the sailors drank it and bathed in it.  

I was in the Navy for a fair time, and while I was never stationed on
the RR, I am pretty confident they do not drink or bath in sea water; I
know that I didn't on any of the ships I was on.  Furthermore, I feel
pretty confident the evaporator and/or distillation systems used on the
RR would not pass many contaminates through.  Finally, give the size of
the Rad Shop on a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, I would bet money
that there was some sampling and analysis of water both before and after
it was made potable.  
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