The Alliance For A Clean Environment
HISTORY: Radiation was first confirmed to be in the Pottstown Landfill in a report which was discussed at a PA DEP meeting held in Pottstown in March, 1997.
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
Page 21 – DEP states “There will be tritium radiation in the landfill gas piped to Occidental Chemical.” Yet in an August 28 letter from Francine Carlini to ACE – she states that no radiation is “expected” when the gas is burned at Occidental.
Point: DEP admits radiation is in the gas and will be piped to Occidental, yet they want us to believe it won’t be emitted out of the stacks. Where will it go? Radiation can not be burned off. Are we to believe it magically disappears? Is this the sound science DEP based its decision on?
Page 21 – DEP states “Very little is known about synergy between tritium (radiation) and other materials: however, tritium is not a public health problem while it is in the landfill.”
Points: DEP admits tritium radiation is a public health problem. DEP admits it has no idea how hazardous to our health this radiation will be when mixed and added to the other massive amounts of hazardous substances emitted into our the air from Occidental.
Point: DEP has no idea how much of a radiation dose will be at any given time, especially when added to tritium and other kinds of radiation from the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant LESS THAN ONE MILE DOWNWIND of Occidental. What is the risk from duration? Who could even hazard a guess how this relates to this project? Pottstown Landfill gas will be emitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Page 12 – DEP states “Radioactive material was alleged to be from illegal dumping of “low level radioactive waste” by one or more local firms.”
Point: It didn’t have to be dumped illegally. DEP and the NRC permitted massive amounts of wastes containing radioactive materials – for instance 35,000 tons per year every year since 1983 just from nearby Cabot industries. DEP admits it permitted radioactive sludge from Royersford to be dumped and that this will be terminated within the next year. Why not now? DEP admits radiation exposures are risks to our health. Because DEP has permitted this radioactive waste to be dumped in the landfill at so called “safe limits.”
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