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Feds to clean site of 1976 'Atomic Man' accident
MSN ^ | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS

Posted on 07/02/2014 5:58:02 PM PDT by Libloather

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, leading to him being nicknamed the "Atomic Man."

Harold McCluskey was working in the room when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to explode. He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from the chemical element americium ever recorded — 500 times the occupational standard.

Hanford, located in central Washington state, made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades. The room was used to recover radioactive americium, a byproduct of plutonium.

McCluskey, then 64, was placed in isolation in a decontamination facility for five months. Within a year, his body's radiation count had fallen by about 80 percent and he was allowed to return home.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1976; accident; atomic; nuclear
This is a great lesson on how you get rid of Hussein's records, ya see.
1 posted on 07/02/2014 5:58:02 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Radioactive Man photo: Radioactive Man RadioactiveMan.jpg
2 posted on 07/02/2014 6:02:17 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Libloather

Doctor Manhattan, I presume?

3 posted on 07/02/2014 6:02:50 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Libloather

Harold R. McCluskey died 11 years later at the age of 75 of coronary artery disease.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 6:07:32 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Libloather

What THEY don’t tell you is that the Dust Bunnies in the room became sentient and are mutating.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 6:11:25 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Being irradiated can’t be a good thing but is as scary as the gov says? personally I don’t believe anything the gov says anymore. Too many people with too many agendas


6 posted on 07/02/2014 6:12:16 PM PDT by refermech
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To: Libloather

Certainly a better result than the SL-1 disaster.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SL-1


7 posted on 07/02/2014 6:13:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: refermech

Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki today and you will have your answer.


8 posted on 07/02/2014 6:14:26 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: refermech

Hormesis is a real phenomenon. At low doses, radiation can be beneficial and can reduce the chance of cancer.

This is true, but not a popular thing to say. The PC approach is to say all radiation is bad all the time.

Radiation can certainly kill. That’s why we build thermonuclear weapons. But there should be nothing wrong with stating that radiation can also prevent disease.

After all, this guy lived 11 more years, did not die of cancer, but just fell victim to coronary artery disease.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 6:22:21 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: cripplecreek

I drive by there all the time.


10 posted on 07/02/2014 6:25:38 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: refermech
personally I don’t believe anything the gov says anymore. Too many people with too many agendas

I think if you start out, by assuming everything the government tells you is a lie, until you can verify it, you are in safe territory. If the government tells me the sky is blue, I am going outside to check for myself.

11 posted on 07/02/2014 6:28:43 PM PDT by Mark17 (Rats and RINOs, who are destroying America, may you be screwed by the fickle finger of fate)
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To: Libloather
Surprised he didn't grow 7 feet tall and turn green.



12 posted on 07/02/2014 6:28:43 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Repeal The 17th

Too bad the radiation did not cure that coronary artery disease.....


13 posted on 07/02/2014 6:30:05 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Libloather

Site (old Plutonium Finishing Plant) is about 20 miles from me.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 6:30:33 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki today and you will have your answer.

Yep, they were left as "Glow in the Dark" wastlands, toxic to all living things that came within a dozen miles! They will remain so for centuries!

/s

Global Peace Conference in Hiroshima


15 posted on 07/02/2014 6:31:26 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: eartrumpet

They had to take the roof off the building to get the 3rd man out because he was impaled on the fuel rod assembly which was stuck in the roof.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 6:33:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BwanaNdege

17 posted on 07/02/2014 6:34:47 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: steve86

I’m guessing that they don’t ship in much new plutonium. Do you have a ‘glow’?


18 posted on 07/02/2014 6:37:16 PM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: BwanaNdege

Estimates of deaths from “conventional” bombing of Japan: 250,000-900,000.
Estimates of deaths from nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 150,000-250,000.


19 posted on 07/02/2014 6:39:45 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Libloather

Americium Man

The human smoke detector.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 6:48:51 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Bratch
Could have been worse....
21 posted on 07/02/2014 6:48:51 PM PDT by CTyank
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To: CTyank
Try again:
22 posted on 07/02/2014 6:53:06 PM PDT by CTyank
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To: Ken H

Are you implying that, in the long run, being the “beneficiary” of “enlightened” socialist policies is as devastating as being the recipient of an attack with a low yield nuclear weapon?

IOW, a current visitor to Hiroshima would have a more enjoyable evening stroll than a visitor to Detroit?

Hiroshima is a better place to raise a family today than Detroit?

Well, at least Detroit did not give its NFL team an insensitive name!

/s


23 posted on 07/02/2014 6:53:08 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: cripplecreek

Hmm one of those guys was impaled by a control rod through his groin and pinned to the ceiling.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BwanaNdege

Hiroshima didn’t give their NFL team a bad name either.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 6:59:12 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: smokingfrog
The human smoke detector.

There was a young teenager who was building his own atomic bomb. The feds shut him down and confiscated all his equipment. He gathered americium from hundreds if not thousands of discarded smoke detectors. They found him because his neighborhood had unusually high radiation. Supposedly, he had gathered more than enough material to make a viable bomb. I don't think he suffered ill effects from radiation exposure.

26 posted on 07/02/2014 7:02:53 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: roadcat
I remember that story.

David Hahn

27 posted on 07/02/2014 7:09:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cripplecreek

Yikes! What an unpleasant ending for all of them.


28 posted on 07/02/2014 7:13:35 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: refermech

I transport people from hospitals to rehab centers.

A number of months back I transported a man who was stationed inside the ICBM missile silos. According to him, he was stationed inside the silo, with the missile 6 hours per day, switching off with another maintenance man. He did this 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off, for a year.

He was in my vehicle because he was having all his major joints, hips, knees, elbows etc., replaced, one at a time.


29 posted on 07/02/2014 7:19:28 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (TRICKLE DOWN TYRANNY is trickling down from President Obama to his minions)
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To: roadcat

It was an interesting book.
He was trying to build a breeder reactor using Thorium transmuting to U233 which is fissonable.

His mistake was not knowing this reaction also produces U232, a gamma ray emitter.

It could have killed everyone within 100 yards if they hadn’t turned it off.


30 posted on 07/02/2014 7:26:33 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Zathras

dang


31 posted on 07/02/2014 7:27:08 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Nothing like a good firestorm to eradicate accomplices of the Imperial Empire!


32 posted on 07/02/2014 7:38:15 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: cripplecreek

One article I read said they suspected the third guy might have caused the explosion then run off. Then several hours later, somebody looked up at the ceiling.


33 posted on 07/02/2014 8:28:13 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks for the link about David Hahn. I didn’t know what happened to him after reading of the initial news story back when he was discovered. The followup story on him is sad, a lot of lost potential. What’s interesting is the statement that his mom threw out most of the radioactive stuff in the household garbage before the feds moved in. Could of been bad if the garbage was burned.


34 posted on 07/02/2014 8:53:32 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Libloather

Coronary Artery Disease or Global Warming..?


35 posted on 07/03/2014 4:24:45 AM PDT by outofsalt
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