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Terrie Barrie: Educate yourself on radiation

To the Editor:

I admit that I am biased when it comes to radiation issues, but I know so very little about low-level waste that when a concerned citizen asked me to attend of Moffat/Craig Economic Development Partnership meeting to gather information on the proposed uranium tailings repository, I readily agreed.

I came away disappointed with the presentation by the health physicist, Shane Brightwell. It was my understanding that he would address the health effects. Brightwell acknowledged that the workers would have the greatest chance of contracting a radiation-induced disease. He indicated that there would be little to no effect on the public. But no proof was offered. Just reassurance that there are regulations to follow. There also was no mention of adverse environmental effects. I did a quick search and learned it is possible that the chemicals involved in this process could leak into the groundwater. But I do not know how often this happens.



I am thankful that there will be some time before the petition to the state will be finalized. There is a long list of questions I think need to be answered. I strongly feel that the public needs to know about the environmental and health effects this site will have in Moffat County. There should be a series of public forums to explain in more detail the possible consequences of this repository before the process goes any further. This is too serious of a proposal to let slide under the radar.

Here are a few Web sites that have information:



http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/phs150.html

http://www.ieer.org/clssroom/r-waste.html

http://www.antenna.nl/wise/uranium/uwai.html#HEAPL

Sincerely,

Terrie Barrie

Craig


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