Skip to comments.Feds to clean site of 1976 'Atomic Man' accident
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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Doctor Manhattan, I presume?
Harold R. McCluskey died 11 years later at the age of 75 of coronary artery disease.
What THEY don’t tell you is that the Dust Bunnies in the room became sentient and are mutating.
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
Certainly a better result than the SL-1 disaster.
Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki today and you will have your answer.
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.
I drive by there all the time.
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.
Too bad the radiation did not cure that coronary artery disease.....
Site (old Plutonium Finishing Plant) is about 20 miles from me.
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!
Global Peace Conference in Hiroshima
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.
I’m guessing that they don’t ship in much new plutonium. Do you have a ‘glow’?
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.
The human smoke detector.
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!
Hmm one of those guys was impaled by a control rod through his groin and pinned to the ceiling.
Hiroshima didn’t give their NFL team a bad name either.
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.
Yikes! What an unpleasant ending for all of them.
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.
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.
Nothing like a good firestorm to eradicate accomplices of the Imperial Empire!
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.
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.
Coronary Artery Disease or Global Warming..?