Now it might be one thing if you could trust the government to tell you when the mine poisons the water... - Dan F.
Archives Lost study finds radioactive elements
Derwin Gowan - Telegraph-Journal
Wednesday May 21st, 2008
A 1981 study that everybody apparently forgot about showed radon gas in some homes, and uranium and radon in the water in some wells, in excess of what the federal government considered safe at that time.
Inka Milewski, science advisor to the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, found this study while researching the health effects of uranium mining, informed the mayor and council on May 14.
Keith Davies, the department's senior radiation physicist who co-authored the report, wrote in a memo on Oct. 20, 1981, recommending that the government inform homeowners and undertake to test and monitor their health - including hair and urine sample.
Davies even drafted a letter to send to householders, but it seems that it never went further. "Somehow it was just dropped by the Health Department and residents were not informed," Milewski said Tuesday.