BITS AND PIECES

These are short snippets relating to some of the "behind the scenes" problems that the public isn't aware of. How many other incidents and other dangerous activities transpired that were not reported to us?

THREE "INCIDENTS"

1) When the DOE subcontractor workers were decontaminating Building 14, there were incidents of "blowthrough" i.e. the plastic sheeting isolating the area being decontaminated blew out and allowed contaminated air to leak into areas where regular, unprotected Linde/Praxair workers were working.

2) In another situation, the subcontractor workers were running propane-driven machinery in an enclosed area and, when one of the exhaust blowers were shut down, the workers became nauseous and had to be removed from the work area to fresh air.

3) When the steam heat was turned on, it was found that there was a steam leak in Building 14. When the two Linde/Praxair maintenance workers went to investigate, they found that one of the unit heaters (ceiling mounted) had been removed by the subcontractors workers without notifying the maintenance staff at the plant. The room was loaded with steam and the resulting condensate. As the workers just walked by one of the main power panels (4,000+ volts) the panel blew as if a bomb went off. But for a couple of seconds time and the grace of God, these two men would have been killed.

Ralph Krieger, President of the local OCAW Union (and a maintenance worker himself) had warned the company of the necessity of contractors communicating with the regular maintenance people as to what they were doing. Needless to say, Ralph went ballistic over this "oversight."

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ANY LONG, LOW PARTIALLY FILLED RAILWAY GONDOLA CARS

PASS THROUGH YOUR TOWN LATELY?

DOE subcontractors lined these cars with heavy plastic and then loaded the contaminated soils on board, closed the plastic and sent them on their way. According to witnesses, there were no radioactive warning labels on any of these cars.

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