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Old 03-20-2009, 02:29 PM
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I was thinking of moving to Meridian/Boise, Ada County area. The weather is only a few degrees colder from where we live. Looking for a place to retire and a great place for my daughter to finish school. The problem I found with Idaho, which is a little unsettling, is the radiation fallout from the Nevada Nuclear tests in the 1950's and the Nuclear Waste dump site (radioactive materials and sand from Kuwait) located 70 miles southwest of Boise.

My question here is what is the status of Ada County in 2009? Did the 2-4 Rads disappeared or is it still in the soil and water? How come Gem County just north is ranked 3rd worst radiation hit along with the eastern part of the state with the counties of Lamhi, Custer and Braine with 12 to 16 rad and south of Ada County in Owyhee Co. with 6-9 rads. What made Ada protected in not getting as much rads or was the testing insufficient? I have also read that in Idaho Falls, about 125 miles east is INL/Dept of Energy runs active radiation leaks to see how far it travels and its effects regarding nuclear reactors--does this reach Ada County?

I really like the area and hope someone will answer these questions for me so I can determine whether or not I should consider making Ada County, Idaho home. Thank you.

Last edited by BlueHawks; 03-20-2009 at 03:00 PM.. Reason: spelling error
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:30 PM
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Question I'm confused BlueHawks

I copied a portion of the post that you wrote ~5 hrs after you wrote this one and it states that you are NO longer interested in Idaho . Are you STILL looking for replies to this thread or is this subject off the table now ??!

I'd hate to see posters wasting a lot of time on something that you're no longer concerned with, though there may be others with the same issues . I don't have any information to add on this particular subject, but I wish you the best in your search efforts! No place is perfect, but finding the BEST fit for your family is very important !

Below is an excerpt from your later thread Evaluating Prescott's cons
"I had eliminated Prescott from my search upon these 6 cons, which I felt important and began looking at Idaho. Idaho overall was positive until I discovered that it suffers from serious radiation fallout and documented high cancer clusters...well that ended that search."
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:05 AM
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Default To answer your requestion regarding Idaho & Prescott

Yes, I am still interested in Idaho, if you had read in that post further, it stated that "Idaho was positive." I am asking for honest feedback from both sites from people who live there. Being a first time user, didn't know that I had to go in detail regarding my two choices. I don't feel I misrepresented my needs either. I want honest answers to my questions.

In my search, I had narrowed it down to Prescott and to Idaho. I found Idaho met every one of my family's needs and want to move forward, but until I find out about the radiation levels as to whether or not it is still present in the soil and water, I am on hold...I have searched and found no further information...and if Idaho still has the radiation problem then it will sadly result in "ended my search". I want some serious feedback to these questions as I am still holding out for Idaho. I am sure someone out there is aware of a report that offers this information and would be willing to share.

My heart goes out to every person in Idaho that was needlessly exposed to this. Our government owes Idaho and across our nation medical care and financial restitution for every victim they exposed to this radiation fallout. Accident or not, they owe to do the right thing.

I have children and cannot expose them to this heartache if it is still in Idaho's soil and water. I really want to move to Idaho, but am on hold until someone can inform me whether or not it has dissipated. What would you have done if you found out this information including the cancer clusters in the surrounding areas? Wouldn't you want to know before moving forward to relocate here? From the fallout map link listed below, you can see why I wonder about Ada County. It shows the surrounding counties with high exposure...I want to make sure Ada Co. was spared from the high radiation impact and what it was exposed to has dissipated.

As you read in that post as far as Prescott, it did not meet all of my needs. I too asked for a honest reply to the 6 reasons why I choose not to move there. If Idaho doesn't work out, then my 2nd choice was Prescott. Overall Prescott is a nice place to move to and call home, it did meet some of my needs, but it is not my 1st choice. Even though we are older parents, we are looking for a place to retire in addition to meeting the needs of our children too. No place is perfect, I understand that, but I am trying to make the right move that will benefit my family.

I found that this forum has a lot of nice people who are eager to share their experiences and advice. That is why I posted my questions regarding Idaho and Prescott as I am looking forward to hearing from all of them--I value their input. I really want to know.

This map is in several respected websites, but Wiki was easier to copy from to show you what I am referring to. I hope it doesn't get cut since it is informative.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:35 PM
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Default Changed Mind

Thank you to all who have read and replied. Since I have to move on and no one seems to have any answers for me or willing to share, I have decided not to proceed further with Idaho. Too bad because I really liked the area.

Thank you again.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:43 PM
Location: Emmett Idaho
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Can I be blunt ?
You ready to retire. That means your half way to dead.
How bad can Idaho be ?
There are thousands of people who seem to be doing fine and I have not read of any of them glowing.
Every place you choose will have some unhealthy aspect of living there.
If you like Idaho then go for it.
I guarantee that something is going to kill you no matter where you move...
Move to a place you enjoy and live life and try not to worry about what's going to kill you...

good luck
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