Skip to comments.Plutonium found in Los Alamos runoff
Posted on 02/04/2009 10:29:14 AM PST by george76
The state Environment Department says runoff last summer from part of Los Alamos National Laboratory contained high levels of plutonium and other radionuclides.
The department measured elevated levels of plutonium, americium and strontium in the runoff that resulted from a large potable water spill and several storm events in Los Alamos Canyon in July and August.
(Excerpt) Read more at kob.com ...
This is not good. Someone should send fat little Richardson there with a mop.
Large amounts? Parts per billion levels? Parts per trillion? or what?
Erin JockItchOvich again?
That’s what I was wondering. Japan is panning for gold in the sewers, are terrorists now going to be digging around the drainage ditches of New Mexico?
Obviously less than Chelyabinsk 40 levels ‘cause the towns still there.
Panning for gold in the sewers?
Elevated levels can be anything above the normal background level, harmful or not. Considering the source I’d call this one propaganda.
There was a thread yesterday ... apparently, there’s enough gold from electronics industry effluent in the sewers of some Japanese city that the concentrated sewage sludge is effectively high-grade ore, and they’re turning a profit refining it.
Give a whole new meaning to the phrase “same s***, different day”!
Any article that does not give real quantities but instead adjectives like large, elevated, serious, etc is bogus.
Alsoones that list increases by factors, it went up a factor of ten! without stating what the standards are.
So if the standard is 1 ppb, an increase to 50 ppt from 1 ppt is reported as a FIFTY TIMES INCREASE!
Since all the nuclear countries did above ground testing, I bet you can find plutonium just about everywhere if you had a sensitive enough measurement.
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I'm having trouble grasping how a POTABLE water spill could have had anything to do with runoff containing "elevated levels of plutonium, americium and strontium", and raising the plutonium level of the groundwater by 100 times. Maybe they THOUGHT the water in that broken line was potable, but it wasn't potable if it had anything to do with this increased contamination.
It likely had nothing to do with the elevated levels, other than the fact that it added to the amount of water run-off for that particular area. Which could, I guess cause more debris to run down stream and be concentrated in one particular area after the waters recede.
I told you not to put that there.
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