Thursday, April 12, 2018
We always wondered when we would glow in the dark.
The plant is in cleanup phase for eternity.
This appeared in the Augusta Chronicle this morning:
Radioactive mouse found at SRSBy Tom Corwin Staff Writer
A watchdog group is asking for further investigation after a highly contaminated mouse was found in a radioactive waste storage tank area at Savannah River Site.
The mouse was found on Feb. 24 in a building that is a Radiological Control Office inside the H-Area Tank Farm that stores radioactive waste at SRS. The mouse was killed and subsequent testing revealed it had 160,000 disintegrations per minute of beta-gamma radiation, although no other contamination was found in the building. That is more than 10 times the level of surface contamination level of 5,000 disintegrations per minute for that type of radiation and it triggered a report to the U.S. Department of Energy.The report filed April 5 does not say where or how the mouse became contaminated and that is what troubles Tom Clements, director of Savannah River Site Watch.
“That’s what is probably the highest concern for me is how could a mouse wandering around on the surface pick up contamination,” he said. “And the report really does fail to explain that and what the remediation is going to be for this situation.”
A U.S. Department of Energy spokeswoman said Wednesday she couldn’t provide an answer until today .
While noting it was a “positive thing” that there was no further contamination, “it does leave the question unanswered as to of where the contamination came from,” Clements said. “I think this merits further study and investigation because of that very point.”
Another concern is there are “a ton of animals” out at the site, such as possums and coyotes, and if a mouse could find its way into a contaminated area perhaps other animals could as well, he said. While Clements said he was not going to file a formal complaint about the incident, he does plan to bring it up at the next full SRS Citizens Advisory Board meeting in May.
In March, the Department of Energy extended a contract with Savannah River Remediation to continue liquid waste disposal at SRS.