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Monday, February 11, 2013

Another Accident Covered Up, Peterborough Tritium

A reader brought something to our attention, and its a good one.    You know those emergency exit lights that are in almost every building in the "civilized world", well they are designed to stay lit even without electrical power, so you can excape the building even during a power failure, even through smoke.

This is a licensed form of radiation in our immediate environments.   Battery backups make a lot more sense to me.     Because radiation "glows in the dark"....well the old saying is, just because we can, does that mean we should.    

Check it out.   Do you think we ought phase out these devices in almost all buildings except for the most specialized situations?    Like say an emergency exit in a dangerous area that requires vapor proof light fixtures to avoid explosion and servicing of batteries would present an undue risk.


TechDud has left a new comment on your post "Nuke Accidents Civilian and Military 99 since 195...":

How about the Peterborough Tritium releases rivaling that of a full-fledged Candu NPP?

Quote: "On February 1, 2010, a tritium light factory (SSI) located at the Peterborough Airport released 147 trillion becquerels of tritium to the atmosphere in about 5 minutes. This did not become public knowledge until 2012."

And this is a Maddow report that I first saw on a "Green Road" blog, about nuke accidents, coverups, etc.

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  1. The current generation of LED Exit signs with battery backup seem to be a wonderful product, allowing for many hours of illumination when properly maintained.

    If one is installed, it may be best simply to leave it in place.

    Unfortunately, many municipalities don't have good collection methods for this "nukepuke".

    Often, i am told, that they go into landfill.

    Apparently, it is the older ones with the greatest risk of fatality, should the glass tubes break and someone ingest the Tritium contents. Never collect more than 5 in one package, i think. Certainly do not open one nor allow a child to play with one.

    Fortunately, modern versions (at least) use polyethylene backings & polycarbonate/ABS housings. It is not easy to break them.

    Our pitiful waste stream simply cannot handle any of these signs. This is another example of how current governance has NO public plan to deal with such issues in a timely and proper manner.

    I sometimes wonder if in their policy books, when it comes to the subject of radiation,
    does it simply say "Meh,
    If you can't detect it, it's not really there"?

    In memory of Mary.

    1. Yet the nuke/industrial complex keeps pushing these products, I don't know the answer but to bring them to light, so to speak!

  2. Now they want to incinerate landfill garbage in our protected air-shed. :(
    It's past time to move inland from the coast.

    1. I did move away from Pacific, felt like a good move, still does


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