[ RadSafe ] New topic: A Little Humor

Victor Anderson victor.anderson at frontier.com
Fri Feb 22 11:28:31 CST 2013

Good Morning,

Fellow Radsafer's I just have to share this Dilbert cartoon with you.
Dilbert's  boss has the entire crew assembled for a meeting.  Boss¸ "Good
news!  We were the low bidder for the United Nations Asteroid Intercept
Missile.  The fate of the earth depends on your combined talents plus my
management talents. Wally, you're in charge of fissile material, which I
assume is some type of soda."  Not to worry Dogbert will solve the problem.


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Dan McCarn
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:55 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Legal Problems with ALARA and Decommissioning

Dear Prof. Raabe:

I've given a number of affidavits to court & regulatory hearings as well as
pre-trial depositions and courtroom testimony.  The only time I felt
"comfortable" was providing affidavits to the NRC where I was able to use
my full geological / scientific vocabulary to describe an issue.  I've also
given courtroom expert witness testimony in a trial for which not a single
juror had even a High School education.  That was the most challenging of
all, and sadly, the least rewarding.

One of the most important aspects of a scientist or engineer is to explain
issues to a team of lawyers - whether that is an analysis of formal
courtroom testimony or someone's "expert" affidavit on an issue.

I found the document relatively easy to read... compared to others I've had
to macerate on for days and found them quite indigestible.

Dan ii

Dan W McCarn, Geologist
108 Sherwood Blvd
Los Alamos, NM 87544-3425
+1-505-672-2014 (Home – New Mexico)
+1-505-670-8123 (Mobile - New Mexico)
HotGreenChile at gmail.com (Private email) HotGreenChile at gmail dot com

On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM, Otto G. Raabe <ograabe at ucdavis.edu> wrote:

> February 21, 2013
> Reading this document makes me glad that did not choose a career in law.
> However, it seems to me that the resolution of Shieldalloy issue will
> remain
> with the NRC even though NJ has become an agreement State.
> An exception has been made, for which there was precedent cited.
> Apparently the Court somewhat bought the ALARA argument,
> although that may not have made much difference.
> It seems that an unnecessary interruption the long interchange
> with the NRC was the main factor.
> ************************************************
> Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
> Center for Health & the Environment
> University of California
> One Shields Avenue
> Davis, CA 95616
> E-Mail: ograabe at ucdavis.edu
> Phone: (530) 752-7754   FAX: (530) 758-6140
> ************************************************
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