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Re: Dirty Bombs
At 07:42 PM 11/27/2002 -0600, Rad Safety Institute wrote:
looked into the dirty bomb scenarios given on the FAS Web at this
The calculations are not documented
(methodology/models?) and they violate all of my intuitions. The language
is inflammatory, and the results appear quite exaggerated. Have any of
you done any recent calculations we could use for comparison? All
opinions appreciated! Ed Battle
Ed, as a visiting, non-professional member of this list, my first
reaction is this is based on the normal LNT calculations. I certainly
think that the outer rings (0.05% increase in cancer) is in the
statistical noise, but I'm not a statistician. I'd even go so far as to
say the middle rings (0.5%) are questionable.
As to whether the entire city would have to be demolished would be based
on what the cleanup standards should be. ALARA at what cost??? If we're
seeing background radiation of 10ÁR/hr and the event adds 1ÁR/hr to that,
is that any worse than moving to Denver? So New York or Washington become
Denver? Do we demolish Denver?
Is the radiation you're measuring in the brownstone fašade from the
device or residual in the stone itself? What was the measurement there
before? Oh, you don't have it?
I think this is the type of press that used to scare the stuffing out of
me. Thanks to the list, I've become more critical.
Did I pass the test?
- Dirty Bombs
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