[ RadSafe ] [New post] Expert: "It's completely unsafe... impossible to remove 100s of radioactive materials" -- 1, 200 radionuclides, only 62 reduced

parthasarathy k s ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jan 22 06:04:55 CST 2015

Dear Roger,
You must have "googled", his credentials.Your conclusion that he projects himself as an expert seems to be correct;
Gordon Edwards was born in Canada in 1940, and currently lives in Montreal. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1961 with a gold medal in Mathematics and Physics and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. While studying Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at U of T, he worked for the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office as the Lightning Rod Inspector for the Province of Ontario. At the University of Chicago, he earned Masters degrees in Mathematics (1962) and English Literature (1964). After four years of lecturing at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Queen's University (Kingston, 1972).Dr. Edwards' professional activities have been diverse. From 1970 to 1974, he was the editor ofSurvival magazine, an international ecology newsletter with subscribers in a dozen countries, most of them scientists. In 1972 he co-authored a book on Lie Algebras. In 1972-73 he worked on the Economics of Ocean Fisheries, and was published in the Journal of the Fisheries Research Board. In 1973-74 he coordinated a nation-wide study of the role of the Mathematical Sciences in business, industry, government, education and science, for the Science Council of Canada; the study resulted in seven published volumes. In 1979 he made five half-hour television shows for CTV on the evolution of mathematical thought. Since 1974 he has been a professor of Mathematics at Vanier College in Montreal, where he has served as coordinator of the Integrated Science Program and a member of the Board of Directors' Executive Committee.He has clearly stated his academic qualifications which show that at best he is a mathematician. THe is likely to know the difference between "fission" and " fusion"!!
I am not aware of a qualification such as "Court certified".
His main qualification seems to be his relation with a Canadian anti-nuke organizaion
In 1975 he co-founded the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, and has been its president since 1978. The CCNR is a federally incorporated organization with an educational mandate. 
It seems pretty unusual that he is an expert in "reactor safety, health effects of radiation, uranium mining and radioactive waste management)"
If the claim is true it does not augur well  any  agency, judicial or non judicial.
It is possible.I recall a case in which an activist known to the list contributed to an interesting judgment in UK, the case was possible radiation induced colon cancer. I do not know the final result.The judgment reportedly caused some jitters in the establishment
Warm regardsParthasarathy

     On Thursday, 22 January 2015, 16:47, Roger Helbig <rwhelbig at gmail.com> wrote:

 Does anyone on the list have any personal experience with Gordon
Edwards.  I rather doubt that any court would certify him to be an
expert witness, but I expect that he has often sold himself as one.

Roger Helbig

I am not familiar with this new poster to Nuclear-News Dunrenard

> Expert (Gordon Edwards): "It's completely unsafe... impossible to remove 100s of radioactive materials" -- 1,200 radionuclides, only 62 reduced
> by dunrenard
> January 21st, 2015
> TV: Gov't approves plan to 'drain' Fukushima nuclear waste into ocean -- Professor: Monitoring necessary to detect 'worrisome signals' --
> NHK, Jan 21, 2015 (emphasis added): Regulators approve Fukushima wastewater drainage -- Japan's nuclear regulator has approved a plan by [TEPCO] to drain filtered wastewater from the firm's crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant into the sea... The firm also plans to reduce the level of radioactive material in the water before releasing it into the nearby Pacific. On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority approved TEPCO's plan to install drainpipes and a pumping system and to reduce the level of radioactive cesium-137 to less than one becquerel per liter.
> NHK Transcript, Jan 21, 2015: Japanese regulators have approved a controversial plan by [TEPCO]. They say TEPCO officials can flush filtered waste water into the ocean... Fisherman: "We can't trust Tepco... If they proceed with their plan the situation will surely go back to how it was before. I'm worried the government and Tepco will act to suit themselves."
> Wall St Journal, Jan 21, 2015: Japan's nuclear regulator has officially called on [Tepco] to work toward discharging low-level contaminated water... just two days after a worker fell into [a tank] used to store contaminated water... Tepco is using a processing system [that] is unable to take out the tritium [and] is reluctant to release it into the ocean to avoid... criticism from neighboring countries and some nations with a Pacific Ocean coastline... there is no detailed study about tritium's long-time effect on animal genes. Mamoru Takata, a Kyoto University professor and expert on radiation's long-term effects, said monitoring would be necessary to detect any worrisome signals.
> TEPCO: [ALPS] is designed to remove most remaining radioactive contaminants
> TEPCO (pdf): (ALPS) -- Removal capacity: Reduce 62 nuclides below the density limit
> Asahi Shimbun in Jan. 2012: "To prevent a further contamination of the sea [Tepco] plans to remove about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials from water"
> Japan Atomic Energy Agency (pdf), Feb 2014: TOPICS Fukushima -- [W]e carried out detailed calculations... for 1,200 radionuclides, and the results were incorporated into a database.
> Dr. Gordon Edwards, court-certified nuclear expert, Aug 8, 2014 (50:00 in): It can't be dumped into the ocean, because it's completely unsafe because of these fission products. They have built over 1,000 large tanks, huge tanks... that contain this very, very radioactively contaminated water. At the moment they're trying to filter out these fission products... It's impossible for them to remove all those hundreds of radioactive materials. They know how to remove about 62 of them, but there's other ones that they cannot.
> Source: Enenews
> http://enenews.com/tv-govt-approves-plant-drain-fukushima-nuclear-waste-ocean-fisherman-trust-tepco-expert-completely-unsafe-impossible-remove-all-hundreds-radioactive-materials-video
> dunrenard | January 22, 2015 at 6:19 am | Tags: Fukushima Daiichi | Categories: Japan | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-iJh

> http://nuclear-news.net/2015/01/22/expert-its-completely-unsafe-impossible-to-remove-100s-of-radioactive-materials-1200-radionuclides-only-62-reduced/
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