Nevertheless, Boeing and the DOE
have repeatedly said the radioactive gases released from the reactor were largely harmless.
Running through November, the Doe
Fund will clean sidewalks and the Boardwalk, empty trash bins and remove posters, stickers and graffiti from street furniture.
The federal law does
have language stating, "Nothing in this Act shall be construed to .
standards require that the name, date of birth and Social Security number associated with an electronic signature must be authenticated by a third party against an approved database;
has awarded 43 plant-wide assessments in six rounds of solicitations.
In 1996, a DOE
FOIA officer asserted that records from a reactor safety committee at Los Alamos National Laboratory were not classified but possibly "sensitive.
States with nascent DOE
cleanup efforts often have to compete for limited funds.
Neither of these conditions were met in the Baby Doe
The only sources of the isotope in the United States were particle accelerators at DOE
labs, where copper-67 was occasionally made by piggybacking its production onto some other activity--typically a physics or nuclear-weapons experiment.
Peter Yerace, waste coordinator for the Department of Energy's Fernald project in Ohio, displays an overhead slide: PUBLIC PERCEPTION PROBLEMS: FEARS OF RADIATION, SUSPICION OF DOE
After that, however, Doe
thought it was all over--until he found out about a statute signed into law in Massachusetts last August.
Unfortunately, the real-life result is that the DOE
allows its contractors to decide whether to defend a case, to choose the lawyers (subject to approval by the DOE
), and to exert tremendous influence over decisions such as whether to settle or go to trial.