2014 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:02:45 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: "Nuclear testing remnants remain radioactive"
Report: Nuclear testing remnants remain radioactive

November 20, 2014

Radioactive remnants from decades of nuclear bomb tests remain mostly in underground detonation sites at the Nevada National Security Site.

That was the upshot of the annual environmental monitoring report presented Wednesday night by Department of Energy staff and contractors to a citizens panel known as the Nevada Site Specific Advisory Board.

"What we attempted to do is a better job of putting groundwater monitoring into one section and make it more presentable to the public," said Kathryn Knapp, a health physicist and DOE’s program manager for the annual environmental report.

Knapp and other scientists discussed the 270-page monitoring report outside the meeting at the National Atomic Testing Museum. They said it will be a very long time before tritium, the primary isotope they are tracking, travels through groundwater layers and reaches any off- site water supply wells. By then, tritium will have decayed to levels considered well within the safe drinking water standard.


For the entire article, see
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/report-nuclear-testing- remnants-remain-radioactive


Lenny Siegel
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