TYING THE DOTS: Radioactive Eyeglasses, Hip Joints, Spoons and More Might Be Coming...

Updated 8 years ago Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
TYING THE DOTS: Radioactive Eyeglasses, Hip Joints, Spoons and More Might Be Coming...

What’s the significance of allegedly altered radiation records at the site of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant near Piketon?

Both federal and a representative for Department of Energy contractor, Fluor-B&W have told the Columbus Dispatch and other news media, that radiation detection records are “believed” to have been altered. The company has a contract to remove radioactive and toxic contamination where enriched uranium for weapons and nuclear power plant reactors were manufactured from 1954 to 2001.

Although no one has admitted that any metals left the location, a company spokesman told the Columbus Dispatch that these monitors that measure alpha and beta radiation are the “main source” for checking contamination of people and equipment that leaves the location.

The memorandum to employees carried a May 22 date.


Coincidentally, Sen. Edward Markey introduced a bill on May 16 that would prohibit radioactive scrap metal from being used for consumer products.According to the bill, 14,000 metric tons of radioactive scrap “could then be used to create jewelry, cutlery, and consumer products, potentially exceeding safe doses of radiation without any knowledge by the consumer.”

In 2012, Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in 20 states recalled India made tissue holders contaminated with Cobalt 60. The NRC advised the public “to return the products even though the amount of contamination was not considered a health risk.”

The DOE first suspended radioactive recycling in 2000. At that time Energy Secretary Bill Richardson made the decision following concern by Markey and others that the metals could be turned into baby spoons, jewelry or medical devices implanted into the human body.

In late 2012, DOE advanced again a similar proposalthat “provided the public with only a few short weeks (which encompassed the Christmas and New Year’s holidays) in which to submit comments.”

In his January 11, 2013 letter to Department of Energy Secretary Steve Chu, Sen. Markeyquestioned the recommendation of the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board that the former PGDP site, now operated by the “financially troubled” United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), host a national recycling center to process DOE materials that would be released into the marketplace.

Markey in his letter (which you can download in PDF form) asked for construction cost estimates and a list of  “each type of radioactive metal that would be processed”, including“potentialthe volume and potential commercial value currently stores at DOE sites.”

Current DOE protocols allow only allow release of metals that will result in less than 1 millirem (mrem) above background to a member of the public, in any calendar year.



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