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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Eyecatchers-10 : Plutonium is deadly! by R.P.Subramanian

100 grams of Plutonium can kill one billion people if 'properly' delivered. ... read the U.S.Dept of Energy documentation on the effects of plutonium (Pu) dust that leaked from the Hanford n-facilities in the U.S. for over four decades from the 1940s (made public, thanks to the efforts of former U.S.Energy Secretary, Hazel O'Leary), and how the U.S. Dept of Health is still monitoring - and indeed paying compensation to - tens of thousands of families that have suffered the horrific effects of Pu poisoning even though they lived hundreds of kilometres away from Hanford.

Similar stories, but with less transparency, may be found on the Pu contamination from the Chelyabinsk-Mayak n-plants in Russia, and the Sellfield n-facility (earlier called Windscale) in Britian. (Excerpted from the 'Open Page', The Hindu, August 5, 2007)

1 comment:

BabyWhisperingLoudly said...

Hello Sir,

I'm interested in reading this post entitled "Plutonium is deadly!", but the font size is extremely small. Are you seeing the small font size as well?

All things Hanford are of interest to me lately. My apologies in advance for all the bad language on my site...it's emotional stuff for me, so the language reflects that.

Thanks!
A Bengali in California