To my friend Jim Burke, I pose this question, because it’s been bothering me for days now.
We’ve all been assured that the plutonium-laced waste at Los Alamos is “protected.” I don’t believe that, but for the sake of this post, let’s pretend like I do.
Jim, I’m almost 50 years old. I remember a lot of things. One of the things I remember is that in days gone by, nuke handlers weren’t very careful with their waste handling. You know the stories; Fernald and Hanford immediately come to mind.
I figure that since Los Alamos is one of the original nuke facilities, that a lot of waste was carelessly handled THERE, too. I also figure that in the ensuing decades, a lot of contaminated flora has grown up from the contaminated ground.
This is where you can help me with some clarity, since you know more about these issues than I do.
I believe that the fires around Los Alamos have almost certainly burned up a bunch of contaminated trees. I also believe that, with contaminated trees, their burning almost guarantees that radioactive contamination is now entering the air with the smoke from the fires. What I don’t know, of course, is how much, or how bad it will be, but given what they’ve been playing with at Los Alamos, it’s almost got to be awful.
I almost have to be correct, don’t I?