From: Daniel Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Nuclear waste incident in NM in April
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 11:09:44 -0600
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A simple calorimeter analysis would have easily identified this problem.  My undergrads could do this!

Dan Crowl
Michigan Tech University

On May 28, 2014 9:57 AM, "STRAUGHN, John" <JSTRAUGHN**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

My not-so-expert understanding of nuclear waste is that much of the “weapons waste” material is actinide ions made water soluble in nitric acid solution. This pressurization problem is more an oxidation of cellulose, or something similar, (the “organic” kitty litter) by nitric acid. An apt comment in the NPR article comments mentions the problem of people being trained, but without a clue as to WHY things are to be done. Another comment mentions the problem of private equity firms buying up technology firms and the new management “forgetting” what business they are in.


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Looney, Bill
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Nuclear waste incident in NM in April


That’s what I heard in an NPR broadcast ---


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Funck, Steven
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 3:21 PM
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Can anyone confirm the news reports that the cause of this was that someone used an organic based cat litter vice a clay one? 


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