Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Elevated Levels" of Radiation Found In Saint Louis Storm Water System

A Saint Louis TV news station, KMOV channel 4, is reporting that the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)  and the US Army Core of Engineers have detected  UNKNOWN radioactive materials in Saint Louis storm water runoff and sewer system.

 " about 2600 disintegrations per minute were detected, but that reading was not high enough to trigger more investigation.  Typically, Cotner says that a reading of at least 6000 disintegrations per minute would lead to more sampling.

The above quote draws significant concern from the POTRBLOG team; for the following reasons:

1. It is not possible to calculate disintegrations per minute for an UNKNOWN material.
2. The report massively downplays the risk,  and the need for further testing, based on calculation that are not possible given that they state they don't know what the radioactive material really is.

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