Government to Dispose of Radioactive Waste By Putting It In Our SILVERWARE

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114982596706602958 cAlWuJMP b Government to Dispose of Radioactive Waste By Putting It In Our SILVERWARE


The overwhelming scientific consensus is that any amount of radiation – no matter how small – can cause cancer and other serious health effects.

(Current safety standards are based on the ridiculous assumption that everyone exposed is a healthy man in his 20s – and that radioactive particles ingested into the body cause no more damage than radiation hitting the outside of the body.  In the real world, however, even low doses of radiation can cause cancer. Moreover, small particles of radiation – called “internal emitters” – which get inside the body are much more dangerous than general exposures to radiation. See this and this.  And radiation affects small children much more than full-grown adults.)

But the Department of Energy – the agency which is responsible for the design, testing and production of all U.S. nuclear weapons, promotes nuclear energy as one of its core functions, which has been covering up nuclear accidents for decades, and has used mutant lines of human cells to promote voodoo, anti-scientific arguments – proposes letting radiation into our silverware.

Counterpunch notes:

Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: “The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.”


Having failed in the ‘80s and ‘90s to free the nuclear bomb factories and national laboratories of millions of tons of their radioactively contaminated scrap and nickel, the DOE is trying again. Its latest proposal is moving ahead without even an Environmental Impact Statement. Those messy EISs involve public hearings, so you can imagine the DOE’s reluctance to face the public over adding yet more radiation to the doses we’re already accumulating.

Congressman Markey writes:

A Department of Energy proposal to allow up to 14,000 metric tons of its radioactive scrap metal to be recycled into consumer products was called into question today by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) due to concerns over public health. In a letter sent to DOE head Steven Chu, Rep. Markey expressed “grave concerns” over the potential of these metals becoming jewelry, cutlery, or other consumer products that could exceed healthy doses of radiation without any knowledge by the consumer. DOE made the proposal to rescind its earlier moratorium on radioactive scrap metal recycling in December, 2012.


The proposal follows an incident from 2012 involving Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in America recalling tissue holders made in India that were contaminated with the radio-isotope cobalt-60. Those products were shipped to 200 stores in 20 states. In response to that incident, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson advised members of the public to return the products even though the amount of contamination was not considered to be a health risk.

This is not the first time this has happened.

As the Progressive reported in 1998, radioactive scrap metal was ending up in everything from silverware to frying pans and belt buckles:

The Department of Energy has a problem: what to do with millions of tons of radioactive material.  So the DOE has come up with an ingenious plan to dispose of its troublesome tons of nickel, copper, steel and aluminum.  It wants to let scrap companies collect the metal, try to take the radioactivity out, and sell the metal to foundries, which would in turn sell it to manufacturers who could use it for everyday household products: pots, pans, forks, spoons, even your eyeglasses.


You may not know this, but the government already permits some companies under special licenses, to buy, reprocess and sell radioactive metal: 7,500 tons in 1996, by one industry estimate. But the amount of this reprocessing could increase drastically if the DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission … and the burgeoning radioactive metal processing industry get their way.


They are pressing for a new, lax standard that would do away with special permits and allow companies to buy and resell millions of tons of low-level radioactive metal.




The standard the companies seek could cause nearly 100,000 cancer fatalities in the United States, by the NRC’s own estimate.

(A couple of years later, Congressman Markey successfully banned most radioactive scrap … but now DOE is trying to bring it back.)

Radioactive scrap is a global problem.  As Bloomberg reported last year:

“The major risk we face in our industry is radiation,” said Paul de Bruin, radiation-safety chief for Jewometaal Stainless Processing, one of the world’s biggest stainless-steel scrap yards. “You can talk about security all you want, but I’ve found weapons-grade uranium in scrap. Where was the security?


More than 120 shipments of contaminated goods, including cutlery, buckles and work tools such as hammers and screwdrivers, were denied U.S. entry between 2003 and 2008 after customs and the Department of Homeland Security boosted radiation monitoring at borders.


The department declined to provide updated figures or comment on how the metal tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond, tainted with cobalt-60 used in medical instruments to diagnose and treat cancer, evaded detection.




The general public basically isn’t aware that they’re living in a radioactive world,” according to Ross Bartley, technical director for the recycling bureau, who said the contamination has led to lost sales. “Those tissue boxes are problematic because they’re radioactive and they had to be put in radioactive disposal.”


Abandoned medical scanners, food-processing devices and mining equipment containing radioactive metals such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 are picked up by scrap collectors, sold to recyclers and melted down by foundries, the IAEA says.

Dangerous scrap comes from derelict hospitals and military bases, as well as defunct government agencies that have lost tools with radioactive elements.


Chronic exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cataracts, cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A 2005 study of more than 6,000 Taiwanese who lived in apartments built with radioactive reinforcing steel from 1983 to 2005 showed a statistically significant increase in leukemia and breast cancer.




India and China were the top sources of radioactive goods shipped to the U.S. through 2008, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Bartley, a metallurgist who has tracked radioactive contamination since the early 1990s, said there’s no evidence the situation has improved.




Two years after an Indian scrap-metal worker died from radiation exposure, the world’s second-most populous country hasn’t installed alarms, the Ministry of Shipping said in December.




The same thing could easily happen again tomorrow,” said Deepak Jain, 65, who owns the yard where the worker died. “We have no protection. The government promised a lot, but has delivered absolutely nothing.”

Indeed, we are being bombarded with low-level radiation from all sides:

  • In Japan, radioactive crops are being mixed into non-irradiated foods

(The government would never treat us as guinea pigs ... would it?)

What can we do?  Counterpunch notes:

You can tell the DOE to continue to keep its radioactive metal out of the commercial metal supply, commerce, and our personal items. You can demand a full environmental impact statement. Comment deadline is Feb. 9, 2013. Email to: (with an underscore after “scrap_”). Snail mail to: Jane Summerson / DOE NNSA / PO Box 5400, Bldg. 401K. AFB East / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185


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dizzyfingers's picture

Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest

 Letter to Editor: Newtown Bee

The following is a short letter-to-the-editor of a Newtown, CT newspaper. It is wonderfully encouraging to read this man's opinion and note that his entirely accurate thoughts were...apparently...actually printed. Nothing on Snopes yet,1/28/13


To the Editor:

I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren't harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief.   Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. It is about providing a balanced firepower so when King George's successor came knocking on your door, you could fight back. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present day Washington, it's as threatening as ever.   That so many of you view the NRA with its resistance to further restrictions on firearms as intransigent lunatics has far more to do with how you conduct yourselves in office than it does with the NRA's actions. You in public office are fundamentally dishonest people. You lead lives of deception at every turn, structuring your lives as comfortably as you can while governing with an indifference and arrogance that is absolutely maddening. When the country is reeling from financial disaster, you waste a trillion dollars on a health care bill we can't afford and you've never read. You claim it's critical because health care costs are killing this country... no they're not, you are! You are killing this country. You endorse the ongoing slaughter of millions of unborn children and whine when terrorists are water boarded. You can't lecture us right in Newtown High School about not doing enough to keep our children safe, while simultaneously slaughtering the unborn. You fabricate the intense, media laden drama of the fiscal cliff and lack the courage to do anything about truly reforming the obscene gluttony of government. You know you'll be out of office before the bill comes due… you don't care and have no integrity nor honor.   You lie whenever and wherever you need to to move forth your agenda. Were you able, you would purge the US of guns… every last gun in the country, if you could. So please forgive Wayne LaPierre and those of us who don't trust you as far as we can spit. You're a dishonest lot, motivated by a distorted worldview. If mass murder prevention were truly your goal, you would welcome armed security wherever needed. It is outrageous that we protect our money with far more firepower than we protect our children.   I have never owned a gun, nor wanted to as intensely as right now. You'll stop restricting guns when only you have them.   Brendan Duffy   Sandy Hook January 8, 2013     This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid

Manic by Proxy's picture

Is it wrong that I sometimes accelerate excessively fast when driving my car, just to smear large globs of carbony goodness onto Gaia's breasts? Is it wrong? And why does it feel so right?

the grateful unemployed's picture

the thought comes suddenly, is it more dangerous to sleep with a cellphone next to your ear, or to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth?

Peter Pan's picture

Let them recycle the stuff into bullets. That way they can always argue that it wasn't the radioactivity that killed the victim.

It all makes you wonder that if they can be so brazen with such a large quantity of radioactive scrap what more have they done or are willing to do to the deteriment of society.

They are all a bunch of sick and evil bastards.

the grateful unemployed's picture

several extraneous thoughts :1) it would make more sense to add radioactive material to silver used in coins and bullion to prevent owners from taking physical delivery? 2) didn't we add nuclear material to the artillery rounds in Iraq ?(in order to make them denser). 3) isn't this the plot in Dead Eye Dick the Vonnegut novel. on the one hand the boy shoots a 30.06 from his bedroom window randomly, and kills a pregnant woman, and the other hand, his father has the mantle on the fireplace repaired, and the rebar is radioactive and someone in his family dies of cancer? so whats the frickking difference? i saw Vonnegut on TV very late in the game, and he said, when asked if had advice for people , he said Join a gang...

Bunga Bunga's picture

If consumer products why not coins and bars? A good way to make gold and silver very unattractive. Yes, you can hold gold, but only the government will buy your radioactive coins. Time to get a Geiger counter.

thisandthat's picture

Radioactive gold? Considering gold bullion is as near to 100% pure as possible, I seriously doubt it could be affected.

hawk nation's picture

Give it a break everyone. They are trying to solve the unemployment problem by killing off 20 or 30million americans

Rustysilver's picture

So which is worst: radioactive silver or Chinese dry wall.

I think somebody wants to create a panic with silver collectors. 

This is actually brilliant depending which side of the fence you are on.

Captain Nukem's picture

It seems to me that one Auric Goldfinger had a similar plan, intended to increase the price of gold.

This is bullish for silver!

El Hosel's picture

I had temporay job at a very large waste sight ( Rocky Flats ) in Colorado in the 1990s, security guards just laughed when the geiger counters went off.... and they went off pretty regular depending on which way the wind was blowing.


SmittyinLA's picture

"They" won't use separate smelters, its impossible, all of our metal will eventually pick up traces of radioactivity with the exception of metal created from "new ore". 



chinucklehead's picture

"there’s no evidence the situation has improved."

Sigh. There's also no evidence it's the same, nor that it has worsened. Humanity's fatal flaw - spurious logic.

Dr. Sandi's picture

So the new Sterling silver can be 92.5% silver and 7.5% radioactive waste?

That means that even the real stuff will turn your skin green.

tony bonn's picture

it is sick enough that the nazis are contaminating us, but even sicker that several skin heads have rated this report less than 5...

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture


Silverware has "SILVER" in it.

Otherwise it is "cutlery"

So Gerge...why don't you do an article on "chemtrais"

Who the fuck cares about radio active shit if we can't even get clean air anyways...?

We get sprayed EVERY DAY by strato tankers by the USA Air force.


Look up people yo are being hosed.

One World Mafia's picture

Bring a geiger counter to the store with you when you're shopping for silverware.

q99x2's picture

John B. Wells a host of Coast to Coast sells reasonably priced geiger counters on his web site.

El Hosel's picture

Lets just put it in "their" silverware and call it good. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

If we can accept toxic waste fluorides in our tapwater then radioactive silver and fillings seem reasonable?


nmewn's picture

Its just where people choose to live...I moved long ago.

Of course, they're working on constricting movement of all now...for the good of ALL society, dontcha know ;-)

blindman's picture

with government like this who needs enemies?

Radical Marijuana's picture

Yes, of course, this story FITS into the general pattern of society being controlled by the people who are the best at deceits, with the leading edge of that being the ways that atomic energy gets developed.

Before the 1990s, it was recognized that depleted uranium munitions were de facto war crimes. Then, they became allowed, and normal features on battlefields ... despite poisoning the places were they were used for countless thousands of years, as well as poisoning one's own soldiers, as well as killing one's enemies, and the children's children of one's enemies.

Atomic energy is the supreme manifestation of the paradox of "Oneness" becoming socially psychotic! Atomic energy can only be understood and used through profound paradigm shifts in physics, which requires understanding that matter is a form of energy, and that time and space are relative, and so on and so forth ... all of which should be spiritually enlightening, since they confirm ancient mystical intutions in proven ways, that can be explained using mathematical physics, which manifest the REALITY of atomic energy.

However, that knowledge got employed through the social pyramid system, to become better at being destructive, and those applications get defended with more and more deceits. Therefore, OF COURSE, we are living inside a social system dominated by the biggest bullies, promoting their psychotic bullshit, justifying them poisoning the planet.

My macabre sense of humour finds it ironic how what should be a profound spiritual insight, regarding the theory and realities about atomic energy, ACTUALLY becomes the most psychotic single thing that our style of society is doing to itself. Everything we are doing is based on fraud backed by force, and the ways that atomic energy manifests is the first and foremost example of that!

rehypothecator's picture

Thousands of people unknowingly exposed to high levels of Co-60 gamma radiation, over many years, not only don't show higher cancer rates, they show much lower cancer rates.



George Washington's picture

A major new study
of atomic bomb data by the official joint U.S.-Japanese government
study of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors found that low dose
radiation causes cancer and genetic damage, and debunks the radiation
“hormesis” claim (the ridiculous claim that a little radiation is good
for you) once and for all...

rehypothecator's picture

Let me guess: the US and Japanese governments are absolutely trustworthy and, in fact, completely honorable about all matters they deal in, (except maybe, just maybe, regarding financial matters) and futhermore are capable of addressing issues of past use of nuclear weapons (as attackers and attackees, respectively) in an entirely objective, unbiased, and disinterested manner, without even the shadow of any ulterior motives being present. 

willwork4food's picture

Good point, but your first and second posts were from atomic and medical professionals 35 years after the bomb with obviously a bias basis for fact gathering.

rehypothecator's picture

Co-60 made its way into rebar that was used for the construction of apartments and other commercial buildings, which were inhabited for nearly a decade before the contamination was discovered.  (Almost 2 half-lives!) It has nothing to do with nuclear weapons. Both links I posted were to the same paper, the second was Fig.1 of the paper. The fact there's a .gov in the URL doesn't mean the US gov't funded the paper - that's just where the paper is located.  

Please explain the number of cancer deaths among the irradiated population vs. the control population, taking into special account the hysteria posted by George Washington on the subject, especially the 'fact' that hormesis has been 'debunked.'  If some drug company came up with pills that did that to cancer, the world would beat a path to its door. But once you know what the experimental group was treated with, not only does no one want to touch it with a ten-foot pole, some in fact seek to increase the phobia surrounding said 'treatment'.  Go figure.  

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

If they had a wee bit more Chutzpah, they'd mandate all firearms to be made of radioactive scrap metal. Bet Tavistock hasn't thought of this one yet!

George Washington's picture

The notion of radiation hormesis has been rejected by the National
Research Council’s (part of the National Academy of Sciences) 16 year
long study on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. “The
scientific research base shows that there is no threshold of exposure
below which low levels of ionizing radiation can be demonstrated to be
harmless or beneficial.

Captain Nukem's picture

And you believe what the government says? Dupe!

willwork4food's picture

Let's all hope your post is correct my friend, we shall all find out soon.

I do have reservations on your first and second post concerning the authors. They are in the Atomic field industry or in the medical field industry. Both supportive of the nuclear industry directly or indirectly. The second is just the gov, which has no merit whatsoever.

rehypothecator's picture

Did you read the paper? Did you look at the figures?  Do you have any explanation for why the cancer death rates observed are so very much lower than expected, or predicted?  Please answer in a way other than "it's been debunked" because the paper presents real data, which, unlike interpretations, can't be "debunked."  Trusting the word of the National Research Council on the matter of hormesis being debunked makes no more sense than trusting the "consensus" of AGW - both are simply logical fallacies of the appeal to authority.  

For all those who haven't junked me yet, but are planning to: Read the paper and then junk me, if you still want to.  At the very least, look at the embedded figures. 

Not Too Important's picture

Forbes missed this:

“Fukushima Equals 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses"

“Dr Paolo Scampa, a widely know EU Physicist, single handedly popularized the easily understood Lethal Doses concept. “Lethal Doses” is a world wide, well understood idea that strips Physics bare and offers a brilliant, understandable explanation for all the physics gobbledygook Intelligence agencies and their respective governments use to disguise the brutal truths of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster."

"Three thousand billion (3,000,000,000,000) Lethal Doses of Radiation means there are 429 Lethal Doses chasing each and every one of us on the planet, to put it in a nutshell. This is up from about 70 Billion Lethal Doses March 23, 2011. It is getting worse everyday without any intervention by the US and the other nuclear powers….”

"Note that the lethality of radioactive reactor cores goes up the first 250,000 years they are out of the reactor – not down."

Three, possibly four cores completely melted into the ground, contaminating both air and water, and burning out of control for almost two years. The entire site is collapsing, over 30" in some places. The buildings and Spent Fuel Pools will not stand, and when they fall they will catch fire and burn for decades.

There is no more 'low-level' radiation. We are now living in a 'medium-level' radiation world, with every man, woman and child in the Northern Hemisphere having substantial amounts of aerosolized plutonium and uranium in their lungs. The average estimate of the experts (that aren't paid by the nuclear industry) is we all have about five years left.

The data is all correct, the latest death rates are accurately reflective - time to work your bucket lists, boys, and hedge accordingly.

eddiebe's picture

Jesus, I hope Mr. Scampa is mistaken.

are we there yet's picture

On a long enough timeline, fukushima will migrate to every corner of the food chain.

SafelyGraze's picture

fortunately, there will be free healthcare for all

drink up!

willwork4food's picture

Didn't Half Past Human run a post years before Fukushima Diiachi refering to the public's fear of 'Ill winds' in the future?

fatman51's picture

actually, the article in Forbes does not speak to hormesis but a linear no threshold theory, which has been used for a long time as there is nothing better since we can not experiment on people.

Like with most epidemiological studies, people argu when interpreting statistical data with a weak signal. The fact that these arguments are so persistent tells you something very important. The signal of increased cancer incidence, if there, is very weak. So weak, that people argue about it almost indefinitely.

DNA repair in case of damage by any insult, chemical or radiobiological is a well established fact in biochemistry and medicine. Spontaneous mutations that lead to cancer is an equally well established fact. If you live to be 100 years old you have 25% chance of dying of cancer. It stands to reason that a signal attributable to radiation willl utlimately get lost in the background.


Not Too Important's picture

There is only DNA repair when the offending material is removed, but with mutagenesis still a threat. There is no DNA repair when the host is thoroughly contaminated, in our case plutonium in our lungs, air, food and water, and there is no possibility of removal (along with over 200 other radioactive elements).

The Common Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima Daiichi has apparently complete burned up. Over 3/5 of all the nuclear material on-site is now airborne, or in our oceans, about half of this plutonium. The Japanese were using more plutonium in their rods than allowed. One significant reason the .gov is now shutting down the new plutonium reprocessing plant at Savannah River.

This is thousands of tons of lethal radioactive material now circling the globe. This is all new, and the data is presently being compiled.

The next epidemic is 'Sudden Death Syndrome'. People just dropping. I've already had two in my neighborhood. Good luck.

Debeachesand Jerseyshores's picture

It will be easier to spot "citizens" if they also glow in the dark.

walcott's picture

And send them all to the (OFC) Obama Fiendly Camp for de-radioactive-lousing showers. Die bitchez!

Umh's picture

Eewh! gross! To paraphrase the wife.

Slightly Insane's picture

How about re-using the radioactive material in construction of all feral gubermint buildings?  I'm thinking that if this shit's good, why not "redistribute" it to all our fearless leaders.  Maybe Liz Warren, the consumer protection nanny, can have her whole office decorated in this shit.  Just think of it ..... all those flourecent fixtures glowing ..... without even having the light switch on.   I think it could qualify as a "green job".

are we there yet's picture

Radioactive offices is a fresh approach to term limits.