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AIDREC

Agency Investigating DoD Radioactive Environmental Contamination

A Comprehensive Investigation of

PLUTONIUM CONTAMINATION AND GOVERNMENT COVER-UPLORING AIR FORCE BASE, MAINEJANUARY MAY, 1992

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEXT VERSION: K ISSUED: SUMMER 1999

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T SExecutive summary ........................................................................................................... 3 Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 4 Charges ............................................................................................................................ 4 Overview of the facility ...................................................................................................... 5 Closure of Caribou Air Force Station ................................................................................ 6 The radiation exposure ..................................................................................................... 7 The arrival of the radiation response team ....................................................................... 7 Maine politicians get involved ........................................................................................... 8 The reported source of the radiation ................................................................................. 8 The radon story is contested............................................................................................. 9 Maine politicians intensify their involvement ..................................................................... 9 A review panel is formed ................................................................................................. 10 The panels findings and recommendations ................................................................... 12 What the Air Force wouldnt tell the media about site easy .......................................... 13 What the Air Force wouldnt tell the media about building 260 ...................................... 14 The vaults contents: the nuclear capsule ....................................................................... 16 Spring of 1992, the unsealing of the building 260 ........................................................... 17 The truth about radon and plutonium .............................................................................. 18 Plutonium in weapons use .............................................................................................. 19 Decommissioning of licensed nuclear facilities ............................................................... 20 Decontamination for release for unrestricted use ........................................................... 22 Radioactive waste ........................................................................................................... 24 The wild life refuge .......................................................................................................... 25 Final summation.............................................................................................................. 27 Terms, abbreviations and names .................................................................................... 28 Index ............................................................................................................................... 30

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E X E C U T I V E S U M M A RYIn the spirit of truthfulness, uncensored historical accuracy, and candor with the citizens of the State of Maine and the United States of America, the following report is submitted for public review and comment. The subject of this report focuses on areas of misconduct on the part of the United States Government. Conduct that through fraud, deception, waste, and undue secrecy, has obstructed the very domestic tranquility in which it is designed to ensure. This reports findings, research, and conclusions are provided not to challenge our national integrity, but rather to warrant fundamental accountability of those whom have been elected, commissioned, enlisted, or appointed to serve the interests of our nation. Please read this document carefully, for its detail and completeness is exacting. Your own findings and perceptions should be directed toward the elected officials of your locality, state, and nation. The authors of this report hereby release it for unrestricted distribution and publication.

(Name Omitted), Principle Researcher AIDREC August 1999

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INTRODUCTIONThis document brings to light facts concerning an incident that occurred during the period of January May 1992 at a U.S. Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility in northern Maine. The incident involved the exposure of government workers to radiation. The official explanation was that the radiation was caused by a natural occurrence of radon gas, which had built up inside an unknown building that had been sealed for more than 30 years. It is now known that the building once housed early atomic weapons components, and that these components contained radioactive fissionable material. It was the residue from this material that was the source of the radiation. The investigation into this event uncovered the fact that representatives of the United States Government deliberately lied about the history, use, and subsequent disposition of the building. These facts, along with supporting documents also provide indisputable evidence that the source of radiation was due to plutonium residue which had migrated to the inside walls of the structure. These same government representatives engaged themselves in a deliberate cover-up of the facts involving this incident, in order to divert attention away from this site, and the dangers it contains. These dangers include radioactive waste, some of which may still be present. The government has gone as far as establishing a fictitious, unnecessary and costly use for this land. Because the facility was due to be closed and turned over the public, the Aroostook Wildlife Refuge was developed, a bureaucratic ploy to keep this waste site in the control of the federal government, who can better control access and hide the site from the public. The government of the United States and its representatives continue to this day to keep the true facts pertaining to this site from the citizens of Aroostook County Maine, and the United States of America, therefore, we bring forth the following charges:

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CHARGES(1) The United States Air Force, its organizations and members, hereafter referred to as The Air Force, made willfully false and misleading statements to the public and news media regarding a radiation exposure of employees who were attempting to gain entry to a long-time sealed nuclear materials vault at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. (2) The 42nd Bomb Wing Commander, the 42nd Civil Engineering Squadron Commander, spokespersons at the Loring Public Affairs office, and other duly empowered government officials made false, incomplete, and obscure statements to the public and news media regarding the ownership, design, functional purpose, and historical significance of building number 260, where the exposure occurred. (3) The Department of Defense failed to act to clearly identify or placard that the building was in fact a DOE licensed, entombed nuclear structure, and that a potential radiological hazard existed to any person, military or civilian, whom worked in or around the building. This failure to

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adequately identify the hazards associated with nuclear material is clearly demonstrated by this careless and needless exposure of unsuspecting personnel to radiation.2.4.

(4) The Air Force made false and misleading statements to the public and news media regarding the root cause or fundamental source of the radiation that had contaminated personnel, and was detected within the building. (5) The Air Force failed to truthfully inform the public and news media that during the investigation of this structure, the residue of a highly lethal, radioactive, weapons-grade nuclear material called Plutonium (Pu-239) was suspected as being present, was tested for, and found in measurable levels to be inside the structure.2.5.1.

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It is further stipulated that these officials and representatives have made false statements and/or taken actions subsequent to this incident, which have directly led to preventing the citizens of the State of Maine from being aware of the potential dangers surrounding the site where this incident occurred. These officials and representatives were engaged in a pattern of conduct that was inconsistent with their constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws of the State of Maine and the United States of America. These acts, and others, were part an effort to conceal information relating to the magnitude of radiological environmental contamination that exists at Loring Air Force Base, and other similar Government Installations that were involved in early production and management of atomic weaponry. All of the facts and circumstances surrounding this event are true and have been substantiated by written documented sources. These sources include newspaper articles, historical documents, histories, and reports relating to this event. The danger surrounding the cause of the incident was rooted in events that took place some 40 years earlier. It is the legacy left behind to all the citizens of this nation who live near, or on installations of this kind. A Cold War legacy. The legacy of nuclear weapons waste.

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OVERVIEW OF THE FACILITYDEVELOPMENT OF LORING AIR FORCE BASE3.1.

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