A crackpot conspiracy blog alleges (with numerous links to other crackpot sources) the Feds aim to dispose of toxic atomic waste by putting it into the very silverware we eat with (among other personal items). Christ, where do these loonies come up with these ideas?
“Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: “The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.” [Source: Counterpunch (another crazy conspiracy blog must-see]
“A Department of Energy proposal to allow up to 14,000 metric tons of its radioactive scrap metal to be recycled into consumer products was called into question today by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) due to concerns over public health. In a letter sent to DOE head Steven Chu, Rep. Markey expressed “grave concerns” over the potential of these metals becoming jewelry, cutlery, or other consumer products that could exceed healthy doses of radiation without any knowledge by the consumer. DOE made the proposal to rescind its earlier moratorium on radioactive scrap metal recycling in December, 2012.” [Source: Congressman Ed Markey]