Radioactive slag used for road construction in New York, 10X normal radiation — “It is on all of the people’s lawns” says contractor (VIDEO)

Published: September 2nd, 2011 at 11:31 am ET


Unfortunately, the local news investigators didn’t look into how the road fill became radioactive…

Concerns over Falls road fill radiation, WIVB, August 31, 2011:

Tip calls and e-mails to our newsroom spawned a probe into contaminated soil in Niagara County. […]

The controversy involves radioactive road fill [radioactive slag] in Niagara Falls and there are still lots of questions. […]

Contractor David Pfeiffer, owner Man O’ Trees Contracting:

  • Pfeiffer dropped a “bombshell” on the reconstruction of Lewiston Road.
  • “The truth is there is a health hazard on that project and it’s not being properly cleaned up.”
  • “Radiation levels, in some spots, are 10 times higher than the normal background levels for that area.”
  • “We were told not to chase the radiation, although it is on all of the people’s lawns.”

Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, international consultant with Radioactive Waste Management Associates:

  • “When you have levels that are 10 times greater and more, then yes, I’m very concerned about that aspect of it.”
  • “In my opinion, that material should be taken out now. This material is going to stay radioactive essentially forever. Roads are going to come and go. You know, kicking the can down the road is not going to solve the problem.”

NY State Senator George Maziarz:

  • There should be an independent investigation.
  • “Somebody is not telling the truth. Let’s find out who it is. I don’t want to see an unsafe condition, a hazardous condition covered up. That is not in anyone’s best interest.”

h/t Anonymous tip


Concerns over Falls road fill radiation:

Published: September 2nd, 2011 at 11:31 am ET


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38 comments to Radioactive slag used for road construction in New York, 10X normal radiation — “It is on all of the people’s lawns” says contractor (VIDEO)

  • Bobby1

    Sewage sludge (“biosolids”) is incorporated into road base materials:

    This is material extracted from municipal and county wastewater plants and shipped around the country.

    The very same stuff is sprayed on half of US farmland:

  • maaa

    Poisonous stuff gets spread and no one do anything to stop it? Time to ban nuclear power plants.

    • Lil

      Yes, I agree. California nuclear power plants are up for relicensing. It is important this doesn’t happen for many reasons, but most importantly a meltdown in California, due to the jet stream, would spread radiation across the US and make much of the US unusable for many years!

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi Lil, and it would not stop at the US borders, but come over here to Europe and all the way round again…. 🙁
        Is there a way you could stop the relicensing? I’m quite impressed by the folks who are arrested every day for protesting against the pipeline. Could you please organise an anti-nuke rally really soon?? Please?


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    And guess what O did today?
    What a Industry Tool. Never again…no VOTE HERE.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Whoopie, I don’t think a Republican in office is the answer as they are all bought and sold by major corps. What a mess we really could use a third party but once, money,…….whoa that mean, ….mean green.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      An email from the EDF offered this:

      …delaying action to reduce ozone pollution…threatens millions of Americans and contributes to as many as 12,000 premature deaths every year.”

      Well, I guess that’s one way to try to solve the jobs & unemployment problem: Kill us off.
      But it could add to the budget (health and education funds) problem, as it…

      …will result in more than 45,000 cases of aggravated asthma and over 1.5 million missed work or school days per year.


      Quotes from the environmental Defense Fund. Go there to sign a petition to B.O. and EPA chair Jackson saying no to this absurdity.

  • Ken31ONCA

    thats a interesting story, i cant believe its happening right in new york city. it doesnt seem like a conspiracy at all. i hope some people wake up and start to question this on a higher scale and find out why this is happening! its a shame what the worlds been coming to.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Not gonna happen until we manage somehow to change/vote out/overthrow the current political-economic system.

      About 30 years ago, I remember a news article that many of the metal table standards in restaurants were made in Mexico of radioactive waste materials sent there from (guess who?) us. I don’t think anything was done about it except for people to call out that something should be done about it.

      Oh my, I’m so tired of calling out to our deaf elected officials!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    ‘Forty years ago, when some of these plants were started, the hazard — we had no idea,’ industry consultant says
    Front page MSM

  • bmurr bmurr

    is it just me or is this article incredibly vague? what is the source of the radiation? I.e. what nucleids?

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      No it’s not just you what, where, when and how much. I thought these were simple journalistic guide lines we learned in grade school. Guess not. Things that make ya go hmmmm.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi moonshellblue,

        I would also like to know: Who, What, Where, When, How Much, if People Were Alerted, Time Line of Cleaning It Up, and How are the Workers?

        Wonder if questions will ever be answered, and will it just be left that way?

    • lam335 lam335

      It’s also unclear because it says that it is road fill, but then they say it is also in people’s lawns.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Iam335

        I agree all this is very unclear.

        I can see why it would be all over, radiation spreads, particles get caught up in the wind, and it’s invisible.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    VOTESCAM(book)…Vote fraud … black box voting… look it up. With electronic voting, vote fraud is as easy as punching buttons on a computer.

    So that makes ‘Vote the b****rds out’ – let’s say, an idea whose time, if it ever existed, is past.

    Whenever anyone says, ‘Oh, c’mon, government wouldn’t do that to us’ – substitute ‘the Mafia’ for government and see if you still believe it.

    Would the Mafia, organized crime, do things like lying to us about the nuking of all of us by Fukushima? (Especially now that Japan is burning tons of radionuclide-contaminated materials, thus putting the lethal radionuclides BACK INTO THE AIR AND JETSTREAM and thus exporting them en masse to North Ämerica and the entire Northern Hemisphere.)

    Well, I have yet to hear a peep of protest from ‘our’ government… that is, from the de facto organized crime mob that ‘our’ government seems to have morphed into.

  • “>=105 cpm on Santa Monica Freeway – readings map (Entry Number 193)

    I noticed upon ‘ZOOMing’ into the Entry #193, that a large stretch of the Santa Monica Freeway reads over 105 cpm. hmmm… I wonder why that is? Cars, DU goo in the concrete?

    Seems high to me, considering the surrounding readings looked very normal.”

    from comment on EnviroReporter Aug, 30, 2011

  • Just thought I’d say reactors 3 and 4 are in trouble again / right now… 3:49 Pacific time Sept 2 2011.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Now I’m really confused. Isn’t it usually DAYTIME by now?
      It sure looks bad.

      • irradiated californian

        it’s usually dawn by about 4:30-40 japan time. and it doesn’t look as bad as they used to look, but it is troubling to see them steaming up againg…i still suspect tepco is intentionally doing this. after watching timelapse vids from yesterday morning it looks like it did before, majority of steam/fog rolls in at night, and as soon as sun up it all stops…


      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Don’t forget typhoon Talas is moving in thus it’s a tad cloudy. Although, I read on Aug. 31 there was a small hydrogen explosion. I don’t recall which one I think it was 4 but I’ll have to do a Google search.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Tsunami warning issued for Alaska.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I’m pretty sure that’s been lifted unless they just had another quake. It was on on one of the beads of island.

  • socal stukncali

    Okay has anyone ever heard of this Dr. Marvin Resnikoff? He’s a so-called international radioactive waste management expert(I believe they said) and not once have I ever heard him speak over Fukushima. Someone please tell me if you’ve heard of him.

  • Semper in excretum sum sed alta variat

  • dpl dpl

    gives “roadkill” a whole new meaning

    why did the chicken cross the road?
    to see if he could make it to the other side

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Hit the road Jack and don’t ya come back no more, no more. I just wonder where this material came from and how much. Not to be redundant but there is not a lot of info concerning this event.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    If I was the person who handled the radiation without knowing, I would be a very unhappy person.

    Wonder if the people in the area know about this?

    There is way to many questions to be answered about this.

  • Saw on MSM MSNBC Evening news last evening, I will post the link to video when it becomes archived tomorrow ! Now only Aug. 31st !

    • Broadcast of Evening news for Thursday, Sept, 1st is still not avalable ??? even though Fridays Sept. 2nd is ??? and later, as well as all others … Seems they do not want that inf. on the recall !!!
      Radioactive slag used for road construction
      Look under Full Broadcast, Sept, 1st is not there ???

  • lam335 lam335

    The story seems to imply that the radioactive stuff is already under an existing road. If it were new road material, I would wonder if there had simply been a significant FUK rainout wherever the road fill materials were kept before being taken to the site. If it’s under existing blacktop, I suppose it couldn’t be from a FUK rainout.

    It sounds more like some kind of radioactively contaminated sludge that should have been disposed of in a different way was sent to become road material instead–either through a mistake/oversight, or because someone was corrupt and did not want to pay to have the stuff disposed on properly.

    It’s strange that a local politician would so openly refuse to have it removed/deny its significance to the surrounding community–I would think that would kill any chance of re-election in such a local context. It’s one thing to deny/ignore invisible stuff spreading across the entire country from the other half of the globe; it’s another to say yeah, we know all the pavement right outside your front door is radioactive, but we’re just going to finish building the road and move on. I hope the local people can succeed in getting the stuff removed.

  • kx kx

    I was a bit surprised discovering my kitchen tiles to be around 120 CPM when the rest of the house is around 20-30.

    they are 5 years old, maybe made with what they cant extract from the uranium minning dirt.

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    Allison Macfarlane of George Mason University in the US believes coming up with storage solutions for nuclear waste continues to be a last-minute decision in a number of countries. It is surprisingly common for reactor sites to be overburdened with spent fuel with no clear disposal plan. In …