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Quote:Radioactive materials spreading from St. Louis landfill – report

After analyzing nearly 300 soil samples from a 200-square-kilometer zone surrounding West Lake, the report’s authors concluded that “offsite migration of radiological contaminants from Manhattan Project-era uranium processing wastes has occurred in this populated area.”

In 48 percent of the samples, concentrations of the isotope were “above the risk-based soil cleanup limits for residential farming,” according to the study.

Moreover, the levels of Lead-210 were not in equilibrium with other isotopes in the radioactive decay series, suggesting that its origin was in the “short-lived, fugitive radon gas that escaped the landfill,” the study says.

https://www.rt.com/usa/327593-nuclear-wa...is-runoff/

The study and authors presentation

Quote:Tracking legacy radionuclides in St. Louis, Missouri, via unsupported 210Pb

In this study, the detection of unsupported 210Pb beyond expected atmospheric deposition rates is examined as a possible indicator of excessive radon emissions from buried uranium and radium-containing wastes.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/art...1X15301685

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/artic...Pg.twitter
This was a good write up of the study but dilutes the message with EPA guidelines.  

Nuclear waste piles have been left for future generations to deal with and we still don't know what to do with it but leave it for future generations. Document the leakage. Document the cancer clusters.  Government will hide the hazard from the people for national security.  It’s just not safe when it leaks.
(01-01-2016, 03:44 AM)Horse Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:Radioactive materials spreading from St. Louis landfill – report

After analyzing nearly 300 soil samples from a 200-square-kilometer zone surrounding West Lake, the report’s authors concluded that “offsite migration of radiological contaminants from Manhattan Project-era uranium processing wastes has occurred in this populated area.”

In 48 percent of the samples, concentrations of the isotope were “above the risk-based soil cleanup limits for residential farming,” according to the study.

Moreover, the levels of Lead-210 were not in equilibrium with other isotopes in the radioactive decay series, suggesting that its origin was in the “short-lived, fugitive radon gas that escaped the landfill,” the study says.

https://www.rt.com/usa/327593-nuclear-wa...is-runoff/

The study and authors presentation

Quote:Tracking legacy radionuclides in St. Louis, Missouri, via unsupported 210Pb

In this study, the detection of unsupported 210Pb beyond expected atmospheric deposition rates is examined as a possible indicator of excessive radon emissions from buried uranium and radium-containing wastes.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/art...1X15301685

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/artic...Pg.twitter
This was a good write up of the study but dilutes the message with EPA guidelines.  

Nuclear waste piles have been left for future generations to deal with and we still don't know what to do with it but leave it for future generations. Document the leakage. Document the cancer clusters.  Government will hide the hazard from the people for national security.  It’s just not safe when it leaks.

http://www.examiner.com/article/new-stud...e-landfill 

More coverage.

"There is strong evidence that the Lead-210 originated by decay of short-lived, fugitive radon gas that escaped the landfill."—Tracking legacy radionuclides in St. Louis, Missouri, via unsupported 210Pb by Marco Kaltofen, Robert Alvarez, and Lucas Hixson, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
LWH, great work, stay out of those floodwaters.  Solid science leaves EPA sputtering.  Forty two years of leaks and they couldn't check?  Perhaps EPA can use this data in remediation attempts.  Question remains is it better to manage the problem on-site or attempt to remove the waste as that might disturb and release more problems?
LWH, I applaud your efforts to collect data on radioactive pollution.  Industry is not sitting still in trying to hide it.  Just saw this article about a new Wyoming law.

Silencing activism: Wyoming makes it illegal to collect evidence of pollution
http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/us-s...perty.html
John Vibes
Activist Post
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00 UTC

The state of Wyoming recently passed Senate Bill 12, the Data Trespass Bill, which will prevent people from collecting evidence of pollution, even on public lands. The bill prohibits the "collecting of information" on property that the person does not own, even public and federal land.

According to the text of the bill, it is now illegal to "take a sample of material, acquire, gather, photograph or otherwise preserve information in any form from open land which is submitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government."

h\t  http://www.sott.net/article/309619-Silen...-pollution


BTW, when I looked for your report it was behind a $35 paywall.  Any chance of poor people reading it?
Thanks! Should be able to access study at this link - http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SHvg,62~nCESr
(01-02-2016, 08:32 AM)Horse Wrote: [ -> ]LWH, I applaud your efforts to collect data on radioactive pollution.  Industry is not sitting still in trying to hide it.  Just saw this article about a new Wyoming law.

Silencing activism: Wyoming makes it illegal to collect evidence of pollution
http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/us-s...perty.html
John Vibes
Activist Post
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00 UTC

The state of Wyoming recently passed Senate Bill 12, the Data Trespass Bill, which will prevent people from collecting evidence of pollution, even on public lands. The bill prohibits the "collecting of information" on property that the person does not own, even public and federal land.

According to the text of the bill, it is now illegal to "take a sample of material, acquire, gather, photograph or otherwise preserve information in any form from open land which is submitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government."

h\t  http://www.sott.net/article/309619-Silen...-pollution


BTW, when I looked for your report it was behind a $35 paywall.  Any chance of poor people reading it?

Well guess I won't be visiting Wyoming anytime soon.  Wonder how this will affect them in the long run, seems like a counterproductive measure if you ask me.  Wasn't it Plato that said Justice is the virtue of the state?