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Old 12-03-2012, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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ORNL, or what you are calling "Oak Ridge," did isotope separation or uranium and later the production of enriched uranium but they did not do weapons "testing." And there is not a nuclear plant in Oak Ridge, huge or otherwise.
I know; it was all sarcasm, which apparently does not translate in print even with a smiley emoticon.

People who are "that" worried about health hazards are not going to be satisfied with ANY answer, so as Reactionary said it's fun to mess with them.


 
Old 12-03-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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hiknapster = "there is not a nuclear plant in Oak Ridge, huge or otherwise"

Not exactly, there is a reactor (nuclear plant) on site - it is so dangerous that it is open to the public for tours:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Graphite Reactor

Don't get me wrong - I recognize that there are health hazards in Tennessee - when I worked at Oak Ridge there was a creek with signs warning not to -touch- the water because of mercury contamination.

There was also the pencil manufacturer that (IMO negligently) leaked chemicals (toluene and benzene) into the Harpeth River in Franklin near Fort Granger (which is still being monitored by TDEC). While the remediation plan included several responsible measures, IMO the company was also subject to a shake-down by environmentalists to fund their cronies.

I wouldn't consider Franklin a bad place to live because of the contamination, but I wouldn't advise playing in the toluene...

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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There was also the pencil manufacturer that (IMO negligently) leaked chemicals (toluene and benzene) into the Harpeth River in Franklin near Fort Granger (which is still being monitored by TDEC). While the remediation plan included several responsible measures, IMO the company was also subject to a shake-down by environmentalists to fund their cronies.

I wouldn't consider Franklin a bad place to live because of the contamination, but I wouldn't advise playing in the toluene...
It wasn't a pencil manufacturer. It was Egyptian Lacquer Manufacturing Company, which still denies that they did it but voluntarily helped to "clean" it up.

http://www.egyptcoat.com/
 
Old 12-03-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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hiknapster = "there is not a nuclear plant in Oak Ridge, huge or otherwise"

Not exactly, there is a reactor (nuclear plant) on site - it is so dangerous that it is open to the public for tours:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Graphite Reactor

Don't get me wrong - I recognize that there are health hazards in Tennessee - when I worked at Oak Ridge there was a creek with signs warning not to -touch- the water because of mercury contamination.

There was also the pencil manufacturer that (IMO negligently) leaked chemicals (toluene and benzene) into the Harpeth River in Franklin near Fort Granger (which is still being monitored by TDEC). While the remediation plan included several responsible measures, IMO the company was also subject to a shake-down by environmentalists to fund their cronies.

I wouldn't consider Franklin a bad place to live because of the contamination, but I wouldn't advise playing in the toluene...
It was a graphite reactor and it hasn't been operational in almost 50 years, since 1963. There ARE nuclear power plants in Tennessee but that is not one of them. That reactor was EXACTLY what I was describing in an earlier post.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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Wmsn4Life - you're right, they made paint for pencils (I knew I remembered something about pencils):

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Egyptian Lacquer Manufacturing. The dozen-employee factory made its money producing paint, mostly for pencils.
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