29 June 2011

Los Alamos National Labs

8 comments:

Bix said...

I can't imagine how it must be to run from a fire. To leave your home. It's tragic.

That's odd that no one mentioned the safety of nuclear materials. It disturbs me that these issues aren't discussed more, not from the people manufacturing and guarding the materials, not from the people charged with protecting the public, and not even from potential victims of nuclear fallout. If I was that correspondent, I would at least have said that all nuclear materials were protected, or were offsite. Or that there was concern, or no concern, anything. I mean, the point wasn't even raised.

virginia said...

I rarely title my posts, but I wanted everyone who read this to understand the significance of Los Alamos.

My family lived there until 1982. In 2000, I was up after midnight, and switched on CNN - they were reporting on a fire from White Rock, a bedroom community several miles from Los Alamos. As with the Florida fires of 1998, someone made the decision not to mention the landmark. In '98, CNN was calling our fire location "Volusia and Flagler County" so that tourists would not cancel their reservations for Daytona's Firecracker 400, which takes place near the 4th of July. At the eleventh hour, the race was canceled.

Bix said...

Here you go:

http://news.yahoo.com/towns-near-nm-fire-nuclear-lab-wary-smoke-073221114.html

"The anti-nuclear watchdog group Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety said the fire appeared to be about 3.5 miles from a dumpsite where as many as 30,000 55-gallon drums of plutonium-contaminated waste were stored in fabric tents above ground."

And here's the Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety's site (I can't get their webpage to open but this is their Facebook site, it's open access):

http://www.facebook.com/notes/ronnie-ortiz/nuclear-concerns-losalamoslos-conchas-fire/10150246577933010

virginia said...

Thank you, I think everyone is paying attention now. Couldn't open the Facebook page though. I'll enter via sign-in.

Finally, they're pulling fireworks off the shelves.

Bix said...

I don't think we should be considering more nuclear power plants until we decide where to put the nuclear waste. Leaving it in drums under tents in a fire-prone zone doesn't sound like the best solution. As we know, there is no safe level of radiation exposure.

virginia said...

I seem to remember high rates of cancers in Los Alamos residents - rumors always suggested that waste was just dumped in the canyons (early on).

I wonder if there are statistics (for cancer in that county) available?

Bix said...

From my reading, there are also higher rates of cancer in people who live near ordinary (ordinary) nuclear power plants, used for energy generation. I have one near me.

virginia said...

I found this (1970-1990):

http://www.doeal.gov/SWEIS/OtherDocuments/313%20athas1993.pdf


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