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  •  One thing I know about the Los Alamos lab... (0+ / 0-)

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is where they do massive amounts of research on how to keep nuclear materials safe. Have you ever seen those videos of a small rocket powered train car that smashes the vehicle into a concrete block at 300 mph? That's Los Alamos. They are testing containers that will hold nuclear materials.

    Yeah, they leak tritium into the sewer every once in a while. The forrest fire is no big deal for the nuclear stuff they have there.

    "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."- Arthur Carlson

    by bobinson on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 11:50:12 AM PDT

    •  The forest fire absolutely is a very big deal. (4+ / 0-)

      It is a big deal in terms of the forest, a big deal in terms of the people who live here, a big deal in terms of the lab and its research.

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      by TheFatLadySings on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 12:39:10 PM PDT

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    •  You sound like they're paying you (3+ / 0-)
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      Eleven years ago, Americium (which doesn't occur naturally) was found in produce from home gardens in the area that got smoked.  I'm just getting ready to repost a diary I put up a few years back about the perfidy and BS they tossed out from that previous Cerro Grande fire.

      At Los Alamos, in the early days, they dumped motor oil and plutonium and every other kind of waste they made together, all in the same unlined pits.  It continues to encroach on and endanger down-gradient drinking water supplies, and the Rio Grande, even now.  Bits of uranium embedded in trees from text explosions.  Some of those trees later burned.

      But hey.  You say there's nothing to worry about.  And that oil spill last year wasn't anything to worry about either.

      I'll ask you the same question I asked "experts" prevaricating at a public meeting eleven years ago:  Do you expect your nonsense to pass the laugh test?

      The river always wins. (Mark Twain)

      by Land of Enchantment on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 02:12:29 PM PDT

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      •  I remember reading (2+ / 0-)

        about the test implosion experiments lighting the forest on fire (Richard Rhoade's book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb), but its been a couple of decades and I don't remember him mentioning uranium in the tests he talked about. Thanks for the info.

        One other thing I do remember about his book was that a lot of plutonium chemistry was being done in a wooden building and the interior walls of the building kept getting crapped up. They would paint over the contamination to immobilize the alpha-emitters and carry on. The officer responsible for firefighting and prevention was on pins and needles for months or years, hoping that building never caught fire. In the end, I wonder where they disposed of that material?

        By the way, your "text explosions" typo gave me a chuckle. I've been on the receiving end of more than one of those, lol.

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        by billmosby on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 04:06:20 PM PDT

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