Filed under: maps | Tags: CH2M Hill, Cold War, FBI, Great Western Reservoir, Indiana Street, Jefferson County Parkway, Krey and Hardy, nuclear weapons, Plutonium, radioactive contamination, radioactive particles, Rockwell International, Rocky Flats, Standley Lake
…is about more than spreading the cancer of suburban development. It is also the latest installment in a long project to cover up history and erase responsibility.
Distribution of plutonium contamination from Rocky Flats in becquerels per square meter (one becquerel equals one disintegration or burst of radiation per second). The original version of this map was prepared by P. W. Krey and E. P. Hardy of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Health and Safety Laboratory, New York City, and published in their 1970 report, “Plutonium in Soil Around the Rocky Flats Plant,” HASL 235. Sampling done in September 2011 along Indiana St. by independent scientist Marco Kaltofen showed that present deposits of plutonium are roughly equivalent to the levels measured by Krey and Hardy in 1970. The dotted red line shows the route of the proposed Jefferson Parkway.
via Leroy Moore: Rocky Flats and the Risk Society | LeRoyMoore's Blog.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Boulder, Denver plutonium, Full Body Burden, Kristen Iversen, Leroy Moore, Plutonium, plutonium fire, Rocky Flats, Standley Lake
That’s right, 2003.
Toward the end of Kristen Iversen’s remarkable book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, she provides a detailed account of a severe plutonium fire that happened in Building 371 at Rocky Flats in May 2003 in which Rocky Flats firefighters put their lives at risk in order to protect innocent people both on and off the site. By the time of this fire, I had for a decade been attending Rocky Flats-oriented meetings at the rate of two or three per month as a member of a number of advisory and oversight bodies focused on trying to get a responsible cleanup at Rocky Flats. When the fire happened, those of us engaged closely in Rocky Flats matters were awaiting publication of the final legally-binding Rocky Flats Cleanup Agreement by the Department of Energy and the cleanup regulators, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Despite all this close attention to what was happening at Rocky Flats, I and others around me never heard that there was another serious plutonium fire at Rocky Flats in May 2003. No one from the federal and state agencies responsible for day-to-day activities at Rocky Flats, no one from Kaiser-Hill, the cleanup contractor, no one informed us of this fire.
It might as well have been 1957 when a plutonium fire at Rocky Flats resulted in the largest single release of highly toxic plutonium to the offsite environment and the public heard not a peep. Forty-six years later, not a peep.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Cesium-137, earthquakes, Fukushima, Japan, MOX, nuclear accident, Plutonium, radiation, radiation leak, reactor 4, spent fuel pool, Tepco
Which dude said, Hey, let’s put the spent fuel pool on the roof of the reactor building. Are the US reactors like that as well (except with far more spent fuel)? Ack.
It would be good to remove the material from the spent fuel pool before it all collapses in a heap. Currently the crane is crumpled in the pool itself. So a new crane will be needed, and a structure to support it. Here are the plans for such released today:
Filed under: maps | Tags: Arvada, becquerels, Boulder, DIRTY BISMARK, Hardy, hot particles, Krey, Krey-Hardy, Martell, morgul bismark, NCAR, Plutonium, plutonium contamination, Ralston Creek, Rocky Flats, Standley Lake
Low-res scan of hard copy from a relatively recent civil case, map based on Krey-Hardy study, 1970.
That’s a very large area.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Edward Martell, Leroy Moore, NCAR, Plutonium, Rocky Flats
As far as we’re concerned…
The late Edward Martell, NCAR radiochemist, pointed out as early as 1970 that the radioactivity from plutonium dust particles at Rocky Flats is “millions of times more intense than that from naturally occurring radioactive dust particles (uranium) of the same size. Minute amounts . . . are sufficient to cause cancer.”
Martell maintained that standards for permissible exposure to plutonium are at least 200 times too lenient. He called for the appointment of independent researchers to develop far more stringent standards. This has yet to happen. When in 1983 he heard that antinuclear activists planned to encircle Rocky Flats, he warned: No children or women of childbearing age should go near the place.