Poison in the Well: Radioactive Waste in the Oceans at the by Jacob Darwin Hamblin

By Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Poison within the Wellprovides a balanced examine the coverage judgements, medical conflicts, public kin ideas, and the myriad mishaps and next cover-ups that have been born out of the challenge of the place to deal with lethal nuclear fabrics. Jacob Darwin Hamblin strains the improvement of the difficulty in Western nations from the top of worldwide battle II to the blossoming of the environmental stream within the early Nineteen Seventies.

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Often the best course would be storage, flushing into sewage systems, or land burial. Sea disposal would probably be chosen, not just because of suitability of the waste and of the sea, but because of convenience. “It seems reasonable to assume that producers or users of radioactive isotopes located on Threshold Illusions 37 or near the coasts, or on inland waterways, may find it simpler to dispose of virtually all wastes at sea,” whereas those in inland areas might prefer methods closer at hand.

It seems reasonable to assume that producers or users of radioactive isotopes located on Threshold Illusions 37 or near the coasts, or on inland waterways, may find it simpler to dispose of virtually all wastes at sea,” whereas those in inland areas might prefer methods closer at hand. 80 On the question of bulk disposal, for which the AEC had been so keen to leave room for interpretation, Fleming wrote very little. He warned about the problem of building up concentrations of radioactivity in certain areas and the possibility of contamination of food fish; but he also included “discharge” as one of the many legitimate means of disposal.

One promising solution appeared to be the sea: if wastes could be mixed with other materials into concrete, they could be deposited into remote areas of the ocean, where they might fall to the bottom and remain isolated from population centers. The choice of forum indicated that the AEC considered, and hoped others would consider, the dangers of radioactivity as part of an array of risks posed in industrial processes, rather than as a unique danger. The meeting included several of the AEC’s safety experts, including Merrill Eisenbud, the chief of the Industrial Hygiene and Safety Branch, and Forrest Western, assistant director of the Health Physics Division.

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