Destruction and Leaking Radio Waste Storage Tanks VIDEOS

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KEY POINTS:

  • The October 12-13, 2006 snow storm in Buffalo, NY downed many trees. The resulting destruction and numerous consequences created increased danger in the Nuclear Medicine/CRS department to UB employees, the environment and the public in general.
  • The loss of power caused the sump to fail in the below-grade Waste Water Facility servicing the cyclotron vault, the target vault and nuclear medicine labs, housed in Parker Hall .
  • The ground water sump failure in the Waste Water Facility, caused the partially full radio-waste-water-tanks to be ripped from their plumbing by first floating, and then sinking once the piping at the bottom of the tanks was torn off.
  • It was my job to secure by key the drain valves of these tanks, collect the samples, log, and discharge the water in these tanks after the water was measured for adequate radioactive decay and approved to be no longer a radiological hazard.
  • I told CRS of this system failure and despite this failure Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek scheduled and practised typical radio-pharmaceutical production and methods.
  • I brought this matter to the attention of Radiation Safety Officer Jeffrey Slawson, who then immediately took a series of steps to stop Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek from typically proceeding, as doing so would obviously increase the likeness of uncontrolled and unmanageable radio exposure to persons and the environment.
  • This incident was another event that caused Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek to be angry at me.
  • I was disciplined shortly after this in October by Dr.Lynn Kaczmarek.
  • Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek removed me from the oversight of the repair of these tanks and I was told by her that she had assigned it to her brother.
  • I was fired in November
  • I took this video on 10.29.2006 and sent it to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, along with other tapings and materials
  • NYS DEC oversees the radiological license of CRS.
  • In a very non-public way the cyclotron was decommissioned and the entire cyclotron department was let go, in less than 10 years after this incident.
  • The remainder of CRS now resides off campus.

TAPE ONE in 4 parts

(TAPE 1 PART 1) 10.29.2006 Video of the 10.12.2006 Snow Storm Damages to Radiation Waste Water Tanks (7 minutes long)

 

(TAPE 1 PART 2) 10.29.2006 Video of the 10.12.2006 Snow Storm Damages to Radiation Waste Water Tanks (7 minutes long)

 

(TAPE 1 PART 3) 10.29.2006 Video of the 10.12.2006 Snow Storm Damages to Radiation Waste Water Tanks (7 minutes long)

 

(TAPE 1 PART 4) 10.29.2006 Video of the 10.12.2006 Snow Storm Damages to Radiation Waste Water Tanks (7 minutes long)

 

TAPE TWO

KEYPOINTS:

  • Taken one week later 11.04.2006
  • A follow-up of TAPE ONE.
  • Also sent to NYS DEC.
  • NYS DEC oversees the radiological license of CRS.
  • This tape is available but not placed on this website yet.
  • In a very non-public way the cyclotron was decommissioned and the entire cyclotron department was let go, in less than 10 years after this incident.
  • The remainder of CRS now resides off campus.