Do Your Own Radiation Monitoring
One in three Americans now lives within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant that routinely releases radioactive poisons into the environment, but there are no public health alerts for these invisible poisons in our air and water and the utility companies are only required to make annual reports on their emissions.
We want to empower you to monitor radiation in your own area and provide you with directions giving step by step instructions. Our BEST Radiation Monitoring Manual is modeled on the A Citizen's Guide to Monitor Radioactivity written by American scientist Norm Buske and Russian scientist Sergey Pashenko and on the BREDL/Shell Bluff - Draft QAPP of July, 2013. You can download both the guide and the manual from the column at right.
In 2012, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) Executive Director, Lou Zeller, received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to train BREDL chapters in EPA protocol for monitoring. The first BREDL chapter to begin training was Shell Bluff in south Georgia, which immediately began monitoring Plant Vogtle; and our Tennessee Valley chapter, BEST/MATRR, began training and monitoring in October of 2012.
BEST/MATRR's project director, Garry Morgan, is retired from the U.S. Army Medical Department with experience and training in Radiation Protection, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Decontamination and emergency response in military and civilian medical care settings, and his military experience includes Personnel Reliability-Nuclear Surety inspections. Garry has expanded our training and procedures to include Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and State of Alabama Department of Health Radiation Control protocols.
BEST Radiation Monitoring Sites
The BEST/MATRR Radiation Monitoring Project established 50 field test sites around Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in north Alabama, and recorded background, air, and soil (or water) radiation counts per minute (CPM) at each of the sites, some multiple times and under varying weather conditions. Test sites circled the plant and worked outward to determine plume paths. The distances range from under one mile to over 90 miles from the plant, and the readings on the Inspector™ geiger counter ranged from backgrounds of 32 to over 1600 CPM. BEST Radiation Monitoring Project director, Garry Morgan, created an interactive map of the recorded CPM readings which can be viewed online at https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zUriF2xNKAQ4.kc_DIj9TCDyM
Radiation Monitoring Training
BREDL/BEST/MATRR offers training workshops to help your group learn how to monitor your local nuclear power plant (or processing plant or nuclear disposal facility). We are a non-profit environmental group made up of concerned citizen volunteers (so we always welcome donations); but to help other groups begin their own monitoring, our only charge for the one or two day session(s) is for travel, food and lodging expenses for our trainers. We will provide hands-on instructions on how to:
1. Organize members of your group for the project
2. Plan your systematic study of the area of contamination
3. Protect project team members from radiation poisoning
4. Choose and organize the project equipment
5. Use the radiation geiger counter and real-time radiation graph and mapping software
6. Record data for scientific accuracy
7. Share your data with other groups and the scientific community
Please feel free to contact us for specifics by calling Garry Morgan at (256) 218-0124 or writing him at best(at)matrr(dot)org.
Make Radiation Visible
We think that commercial nuclear power companies and nuclear regulators in our own government are not doing enough to protect us from the dangers and existing poisoning from nuclear sources, so teaching citizens to monitor their own communities and sharing their findings with the scientific community is one way to draw attention to the problem and to make radiation visible through the collection and dissemination of data.
We are also spearheading a MAKE RADIATION VISIBLE campaign, asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to enact new regulations requiring Public Health Alerts (like Pollution Alerts and Pollen Alerts) for all radiation releases into our air or water, and requiring that all radiation releases contain Visible Dye-Markers (like odor markers for natural gas and propane). Please sign our group letter to the NRC asking for these important regulations here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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