From my friend Terry
If I had a dollar for every “dental x-ray” misdirection I’ve heard in nearly 40 years of fighting nukes. Here are a couple answers to that trash talk:
We don’t get dental x-rays daily. Far from it.
Dentists make us wear lead shielding even on the head, exposing only a focused area for zapping.
They and their assistants either wear shielding or step outside the lead-line room when taking radiographs.
Dental x-rays remain the topic of some controversy as to the strength of gamma radiation used – i.e., whether they are excessive levels.
Dental x-rays are not directed at breasts, internal organs, brain cavities, etc. etc.
The radioactive particles used in dental x-ray machines are never going to be allowed to routinely find their way into groundwater or the surrounding air after attaching themselves to windblown microscopic particles.
The radiation in dental x-ray machines is bound up with other elements and not water-soluble. The radium in fracking waste is water-soluble and if it escapes into groundwater and is consumed by human or animal, it lodges in the tissue. Radium is misinterpreted by the human body as being calcium and readily absorbs into bones. The result? Bone cancer.
Everyone associated with use of medical and dental x-rays has to have specialized training and a license to administer such technology – and must understand in the course of training do’s and don’ts which are aimed at protecting human health and minimizing exposure. For radioactive waste which they apparently admit is comparable in dangers to dental x-ray isotope material, there are no permits required whatsoever. And a random sampling of frack driller workers and associated truck drivers will reveal little to no understanding of the dangers. Even the disposition of radioactive material in Ohio dumps is not required to be recorded or disclosed. When they spill it on the roads or there’s a nasty accident, no one knows what is being spilled. Trucks carrying radioactive fracking waste are supposed to have specific signage by state law. It is often not obeyed.
Landfills are not required by ODNR or OEPA to measure radiation in waste about to be dumped, or to keep records if they do. So excuse me if I’m not the slightest bit reassured by someone else’s unexamined, mindless repetition of something that someone with a financial stake in misdirection told them. They have no better idea how radioactive the landfills are becoming than the general public.
Every last isotope of medical and dental radiation must be inventoried, catalogued, measured and a cradle-to-grave paper trail created and maintained to show where it is disposed of (completely the opposite of fracking waste), down to geopositioning coordinates in the landfill. It is disposed of at great expense in specially-designed repositories at a cost 100 times or more the tipping fee at Ohio commercial municipal dumps for a comparable quantity of fracking waste (which likely is as radioactive, or more so).
It will take 5000 years for the radium in fracking waste to decay to harmless levels, which is why dental and medical x-ray wastes are disposed of in facilities believed to have the stability to store for thousands of years. The Thorium-232 which is often found in fracking waste, incidentally (and which is not used in medical x-rays), will take a bit longer to decay to safe levels: 14,500,000,000 years. Yes, billion. Several times longer than the estimated remaining time the Earth is expected to exist.