Expert Says NORM Danger Way Worse Than They Say

Exclusive on Stuart Smith’s blog  (8-24) –

Expert says Louisiana officials “in denial” over radium risk at sinkhole

A veteran radiation expert says Louisiana environmental officials are “in denial” over the hazard posed by elevated radium levels discovered in the slurry liquids of the massive sinkhole that has forced out residents of the rural town of Bayou Corne.

Stanley Waligora — a New Mexico-based radiation protection consultant and leading authority on the health risks of naturally occurring radioactive material, or NORM — confirmed earlier reports that radium levels at the site about 70 miles west of New Orleans are not within limits but roughly 15 times higher than the acceptable level set by the state.

Waligora said officials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality need to launch immediate additional testing to ensure that the hazardous radium is not leaking into nearby groundwater and posing a threat to human health as well as livestock. . . .

ALSO –

(8-22) –  Threat to Bayou Corne grows as tests show elevated levels of radium, butane traces in and near sinkhole

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10 thoughts on “Expert Says NORM Danger Way Worse Than They Say

  1. “…radium levels at the site about 70 miles west of New Orleans are not within limits but roughly 15 times higher than the acceptable level set by the state.”

    OK, that’s the good news… Now what’s the BAD news ?? 😦

  2. Radium levels and mud daubers
    black and yellow mud-dauber wasp
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory I think this was in 1964
    Bottom sediments from the Clinch River mud sludge here is some what’s in it 60Co, 106Ru , and 137 Cs , 90Sr.
    The black and yellow mud-dauber wasp and radioactive mud.
    I think it the Pipe Organ Mud Dauber or black mud dauber is the one that build its nest out of radioactive mud.
    http://web.ornl.gov/info/reports/1964/3445600215489.pdf

    I think I will pass looking into Black Scorpion

  3. I was wrong it was the Pipe-Organ mud-dauber that never uses radioactive mud in constructing its nest.

    That ‘Oak Ridge National Laboratory research study’s
    Transport of Radioactive Materials by Mud-Dauber Wasps page 71
    The Black and Yellow mud-dauber wasps (Sceliphron cementarium) construct nests using radioactive mud.
    The Pipe-Organ mud-dauber wasp (Trypoxylon politum), which is common in the same areas, never uses radioactive mud in constructing its nest.
    http://web.ornl.gov/info/reports/1964/3445600215489.pdf

    • That’s fascinating! We humans have a lot to learn from the Pipe-Organ guys about fouling our nests. I wonder if their behavior could be helpful in alerting us to radioactive substances – like, hey little guy, want a bite of my salmon?
      (This is a brilliant document, Walter. Wish I understood all the math. It never occurred to me that nest building critters could bring radiation into homes….)

  4. I was looking at that index or contents for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) report for 1964 pages 1 to 241.
    There some on disposal of radioactive waste in salt domes or salt formations.

    (ORNL) Oak Ridge National Laboratory code name X-10.
    Part 1 . Radioactive Waste Disposal
    3. Disposal in Natural Salt Formations page 19
    Demonstration of High-Level Waste Solids Disposal page 19
    Rheological Studies and Tests of Plastic Flow Instrumentation page 27
    Radiolytic Production of Chlorine from Salt page 31
    http://web.ornl.gov/info/reports/1964/3445600215489.pdf

    • that’s interesting stuff ….
      reading recently on the money backers of nuke labs & energy (California gold fortune heirs) they said they had no interest from the get go in the ‘end product’ and never did give too much effort in the nuke waste problem. The top scientists were all attracted to the ‘front end’ of nuke research. The sexy science.
      60 years later we reap the reward.

      Book was “Imperial San Fransisco”.

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