Entries by Qal-Tek Editors

House Passes Bill to Study Low Dose Radiation

The House on Monday passed legislation by voice vote to authorize Department of Energy research on the risks of low-dose ionizing radiation. Under the measure, H.R. 5544, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science would conduct research on low-dose radiation. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), the bill’s sponsor, said there isn’t enough scientific data regarding exposure […]

Fukushima Radiation Traces Found in West Coast

Coastal Alaskans have been watching for signs of radiation from 2011’s Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan. Now, an oceanography institute says trace amounts have been detected off the West Coast. Radiation experts say the very low levels of measured do not pose a health threat here. The post-earthquake and tsunami nuke plant accident spilled […]

Counterfeit Cigarettes Contaminated with Radiation

German customs have warned that counterfeit Red Marlboro cigarettes may flood into Europe from Vietnam contaminated with lethal radiation. Officials at German air and seaports have been issued with geiger counters to read radioactive signals after a batch of the bogus cigarettes were intercepted in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this year. The packages contain flawless tax […]

Radioactivity Increase in Reindeer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Blame Mushroom Season Rudolph’s nose might be glowing just a little bit brighter this year, for all the wrong reasons: radiation levels in Norwegian reindeer sharply rose this year. According to a Norwegian environmental report, scientists in September observed 8,200 becquerel (a unit of measurement for radioactivity) of Celsium-137 per kilo in reindeer, a noticeable […]

Researchers develop new radiation detector with a lot of promise

In a paper to be published in the Oct. 1 issue of Optics Letters, UT Arlington Physics Professor Wei Chen and his co-authors describe a new method to fabricate transparent nanoscintillators by heating nanoparticles composed of lanthanum, yttrium and oxygen until a transparent ceramic is formed. A scintillator refers to a material that glows in […]

Rolls-Royce fined for radiation exposure to workers

A subsidiary of Rolls-Royce in Derby has been fined £200,000 for exposing workers to a radioactive material that was misplaced for five hours. Marine Power Operations admitted the 2011 breach when a piece of radioactive equipment broke while parts for nuclear submarines were being tested in Sinfin. Three welders unknowingly passed around a radioactive sample, […]

Changes at LANL resulting from WIPP Leak

Four top officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been reassigned and the lab’s private operator is losing the job of cleaning up nuclear waste as fallout from the lab’s role in a radioactive leak at the country’s nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad. A lab official confirmed lab director Charlie McMillan’s reassignment of four managers […]

Radiation Fears Still Haunt Fukushima

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The road leading to Fukushima City is filled with scenic views of rice fields in varying shades of green and gold, and villages surrounded by mountains with lush forests of cypress and pine trees – a postcard-perfect landscape. But amid this, piles of black and blue garbage bags occupy roadsides and empty lots. These bags […]

Radiation Technology Superfund Cleanup Plan Announced

Dozens of contaminated buildings at the 263-acre Radiation Technology Superfund site — once used for testing and developing rocket engines and propellant — will be knocked down under a plan announced Monday. In all, 34 buildings and structures at the Lake Denmark Road property — contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and other materials — […]

DOE Conducts Radiation Aerial Survey of West Valley

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), will be conducting an aerial survey, starting Monday, to measure radiation at and near the West Valley Demonstration Project in the town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County. The purpose of the survey is to measure the […]

Los Alamos Drum Leak Investigation Update

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have identified another nuclear waste drum, similar to the drum that caused the February’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Terry Wallace Jr., the LANL WIPP recovery leader and principal associate director for global security, testified that the chemical reaction was likely caused by a discarded glovebox glove […]

New Study of 1945 Trinity Blast Site

Better late than never? Nearly 70 years after the Manhattan Project conducted the world’s first atomic bomb test, the National Cancer Institute will soon begin a new investigation into the effects of the radioactive fallout on communities in New Mexico. As the Wall Street Journal reports, this will be be the most detailed examination yet […]

New Radiation Specialist Training Course Available

Qal-Tek Associates, in partnership with Guardian Centers is pleased to announce its new Radiation Specialist training course designed to teach emergency responders true radiation behavior through use of live radiation sources.  This course lasts five days and is conducted at Guardian Centers’ exclusive 75 acre training facility located in Perry, GA. For more details or […]

Air Testing Lapse at WIPP Blamed on Staff Vacancy

State regulators failed to collect air samples in the week following a radiation release at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump because of a vacancy in the office responsible for monitoring the site at the time, a state official said on Friday. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where drums of plutonium-tainted refuse from government nuclear […]

EPA Forced to Retreat on Radiation Limits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is raising by a factor of 350 what it considers to be the threshold for safe radiation exposure, Jon Utley reported at Reason.com. The higher threshold belatedly rectifies overly restrictive standards that have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, Utley reported. Tsunami, Not Reactor, Was Deadly Utley documented […]