Tuesday, January 21, 2014

US DoE To Allow Radioactive Waste From A-Bomb Making To Be Recycled Into Your... Spoons?

From Consortium News (one among many sources):

In something of a stealth maneuver during the 2012 holiday season, the U.S. Department of Energy set about to give every American a little more radiation exposure, and for some a lot, by allowing manufacturers to use radioactive metals in their consumer products – such as zippers, spoons, jewelry, belt buckles, toys, pots, pans, furnishings, bicycles, jungle gyms, medical implants, or any other metal or partly-metal product.

New slogan: Put some extra rads in your morning cereal! This has to be the stupidest thing I've heard proposed implemented in a long time. Who knows; maybe it's safe to expose literally everyone including kids to very low levels of radiation continuously and indefinitely... but why take that chance? The crazy, it burns...


  1. This is a big problem with buying wrought iron stuff in Mexico - some of it sets off the nuke detectors at the border crossings because it contains scrap metal from who knows where.

    Granite countertops are a good source of radon gas, which is rarely mentioned in the sales brochures.

    OT: I was reading this article about the Turkish Islamic cleric whose moment is behind the current unrest in Turkey, and they mentioned that among his network of financing is one of the largest charter school systems in Texas. Somehow I doubt the Texas authorities are aware of this.

    1. Bryan, I knew about the granite and radon, but not about the wrought iron. It stands to reason all that stuff ends up somewhere, and there are not surprisingly manufacturers who don't bother to look for it in the scrap they buy. Now our very own DoE is offering to provide it to us, not free of charge, but free of testing. Ah, the times we live in...

      Charter schools are big biz in Texas. The Christian fundies love 'em for providing an alternative to public schools for their kids so they can have a proper Christian upbringing and no exposure to anything else. They are doubtless unaware of the Turkish Islamic cleric's school network...



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