Wednesday, August 03, 2005
ROGER SNODGRASS, firstname.lastname@example.org, Monitor Assistant Editor
The Los Alamos National Laboratory employee found to be contaminated with low levels of radiation last week contaminated homes visited in Kansas and Colorado over the weekend before the person's condition was discovered.
A Department of Energy Radiological Assistance Program team was dispatched to the undisclosed locations in the two nearby states, a laboratory official said, and their response to the event has been completed.
"We did remove some items from the out-of-state locations that he visited," said Kathy Delucas, a LANL spokesperson. "The levels were very low. They are detectable with instrumentation, but pose no health risk. We believe we have captured all material that went off site."
The contaminant has been identified as americium-241, the most common isotope of the element.
"This is not funny (strange or amusing)... You think this is the first time, or the first time a bright RCT caught it?"
I could not make much sense of your comment. You are right about one thing. It is not funny.
I am glad that the RCT discovered the problem. Too bad it was not found ten days earlier.
Am241 was captured when they
don't know how much there was?"
Beware the contaminant was not americium, it was really uranium, just another conver up by DOE. Wait until this one hits the press!
the tech's unfortunate group leader
who is probably in LANL's version
Stop work America! You have Am241 EVERYWHERE! You must cleanse yourself of all smoke detectors in order to be free of this vile filth.
BTW - I'll take uranium (especially enriched) over Am any day of the week.