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Re: MOX fuel and Lawyers
In a message dated 10/7/2004 1:46:33 PM Pacific Standard Time,
If nothing else, someone should clue them that their basic premise is hosed.
Telling them what you told us, if well put, may suffice. At least asking
that the instructor mention that the effects are exaggerated would help, as
they probably need the "body count" to have a hook to hang their arguments on.
Bear in mind that, in many ways, the truth is beside the point to a lawyer,
and that the following is derived from actual court records: ATTY: So, when
you signed the death certificate you weren't sure the man was dead, were you?
CORONER: Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar
on my desk. But I guess it's possible he could be out there practicing law
Thanks everyone for commenting. I agree that the results of the act of
piracy appear exaggerated, but it is possible for the students to argue that the
results were not a result of the breach of the MOX fuel container.
Furthermore, we are completely free to educate the developers of this "problem" about
any and all of the facts they got wrong. In fact, that's pretty much what my
friend asked, because she doesn't want to be blindsided by the "real facts"
in a student's submission.
As one who plays "both sides of the field" - i.e., lawyer and scientist, I
recognize that a statement of a case may not represent reality - witness the
statement of the Masry case against PG&E on the chromium VI issue (i.e., "Erin
Brockovich"). It is then up to those who can sort the fact from fiction to
make solid arguments as to why the allegations made cannot be so.
With this in mind, I welcome any and all arguments that 50 kg of MOX fuel
(and, the problem does not seem to define the actual state of the MOX - i.e.,
whether it was compressed into ceramic pellets, included in a fuel assembly,
irradiated or unirradiated, etc.) could not produce the fishkills and
radiation illnesses alleged. In fact, an assessment of what missing information is
critical would also be helpful. Consider this a chance to educate "the other
side," or ignore it, as you will.