DEQ: Radiation from Mustang Complex Fire Posed Low Health Risk

Posted by Andrew Crisp on Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Reuters reports the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality took air samples in northern Idaho to assess the effects of a former uranium mine burned during the Mustang Complex fire.

Mining sites with traces of uranium and thorium were scorched by the blaze, with smoke plumes containing elevated levels of radiation, but none that posed a risk to human health, according to DEQ.

However, the smoke did cause unhealthy air quality readings in the North Fork and Salmon areas, with health officials cautioning residents to stay indoors to avoid breathing in particulates.

This week, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wrote in an opinion piece that the 2012 fire season alone was responsible for more air pollutants released into the atmosphere than all automobile and industrial sources in the state.

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DEQ is a very lame organization run by mediocre employees. Don't listen to anything they have to say. Otter on the other hand actually said something that makes sense for once - the fires dwarf the other emissions in this state.

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Posted by NGunderson on 10/06/2012 at 11:36 AM

The manager in charge of air sampling is a lazy, inept, insecure little man. He rarely does any work and he fraudulently does his time sheet. He takes walks each day on the taxpayer dime, surfs the Web for hours, and reads books at his desk, yet claims an 8-hour day worked. The guy even claimed Boise was ozone nonattainment and then realized the numbers shouldn't be rounded per EPA requirements and had to backtrack when we were not in nonattainment of the standard. The guy also failed to use a stipulation in a contract for a data acquisition system for the air monitoring equipment that stated if it didn't work the company would be forced to replace it with another vendors product. This failure cost the taxpayers about $400,000 right in the middle of the economic collapse. This man bullies his employees so women leave meetings in tears and employees quit, yet he still works at DEQ and rips off the public. Never trust DEQ air monitoring data. Not with this clown in charge of it.

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Posted by Fred Garvin on 10/07/2012 at 1:59 AM
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