Information about source points of anthropogenic radioactivity

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Website users can greatly assist the Center for Biological Monitoring by making a donation of 10 cents per page of information printed from the RADNET website.  Please mail your donations to our sponsor
The Davistown Museum, Box 144, Hulls Cove, ME 04664
Or see our fundraising information.  Thank you!


Center for Biological Monitoring

An Information Resource for Chemical Fallout Issues.

The Center for Biological Monitoring is the sponsor of RADNET: RADNET is the cyberspace manifestation of twenty-five years of collecting radiological surveillance data, monitoring reports and research publications pertaining to the biogeochemical cycles of anthropogenic radionuclides in the biosphere. A summary of CBM interests, publications and information wanted and available follows the table of contents for RADNET. For the reader who has landed in this section of RADNET, the following is the Table of Contents of the entire RADNET site. (You are in Section 16 now: click on any of the following topics according to your needs or interests.)

RADNET:Table of Contents

RADNET: Section 12 is devoted to the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company as a model for studying the many controversial issues which surround the operation of a nuclear generating station: steam generator and reactor safety problems, allegations of falsification and misrepresentation of computer data, non-compliance with federal law and NRC regulations, locations and inventories of radioactive wastes, decommissioning deficits and scenarios, irregularities in environmental surveillance reports and radiological response plans, anomalies in radiation protection guidelines, inadequate radiological monitoring capabilities, and insufficient laboratory equipment for use during a nuclear accident. Click on RADNET, Section 12 for an update of the ongoing NRC investigations of the inadequate small break loss-of-coolant accident (SBLOCA) analyses, phony license amendments, and fraudulent containment analysis, and other related topics.
KEY WORD INDEX: biocatastrophe, biological monitoring, biologically significant radionuclides, cesium, chemical fallout, decommissioning deficit, dietary intake, entombment, emergency core cooling system (ECCS), high-level waste, low-level waste, Maine Yankee, NRC license violations, nuclear power, nuclear safety, public safety issues, plutonium, quick release accident, radionuclides: inventories, radionuclides: pathways, radioecology, reactor vessel GTCC wastes, steam generator safety, tritium. Also see RADNET key word index.


C.B.M. was established in 1974 as Maine Radscan and is located in Hulls Cove, Maine (Box 144, 04644; phone (207) 288-5126; fax (207) 288-2725; e-mail cbm@davistownmuseum.org). The primary focus of CBM is on chemical fallout issues, including the biogeochemical cycles of radioactive wastes and baseline data pertaining to their presence in the environment. A secondary interest of CBM is the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company, Maine's regional headquarters for nuclear waste production (1,000 curies of high level waste per hour of operation), including the biologically significant radionuclides documented in this website, as well as the many interesting safety and legal controversies pertaining to the operation of this facility. Maine Yankee is also the location of large accumulations of radioactive wastes, including decommissioning low-level wastes, reactor vessel greater than class C wastes (GTCCW), and spent fuel (HLW). The storage, transportation and disposal of these wastes, and the general deconstruction of the Maine Yankee facility remain essentially unfunded. Information on these topics is included in RADNET, Section 12 of this website.


1. Brack, H. G., ed. Radscan: Information Sampler on Long-lived Radionuclide. Hulls Cove, ME: Pennywheel Press, 1984. (out of print, available through interlibrary loan).

2. Brack, H. G., ed. A Review of Radiological Surveillance Reports of Waste Effluents in Marine Pathways at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company at Wiscasset, Maine--- 1970-1984: An Annotated Bibliography. Hulls Cove, ME: Pennywheel Press, 1986. (out of print, available through interlibrary loan).

3. Brack, H. G. Legacy for Our Children: The Unfunded Costs of Decommissioning the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station. Hulls Cove, ME: Pennywheel Press, 1993.

4. Center for Biological Monitoring. "The Failure to Fund Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station: A Commentary on Violations of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act and the General Requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities," prepared for the Office of Attorney General, Augusta, Maine, 1994.

5. Center for Biological Monitoring. "Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company Noncompliance Update", prepared for United States Department of Justice, 1994.

6. Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company: "A Summary of Safety Concerns." Steam Generator Resleeving Project 1995. Re: September 14, 1995 Maine Yankee-NRC Meeting Steam Generator Sleeving Update.

7. Brief, December 13, 1995 - A Petition to Jay McCloskey, United States Attorney for Maine, requesting the investigation and prosecution of various criminal acts which have had or will have an injurious effect on the constitutional rights and the public safety of the citizens of Maine.

8. RADNET: Nuclear information: Hard copy. This publication is available in one complete copy ($20) +300 pp, or may be ordered in individual sections:
Vols. I. and II.: RADNET: Sections 1-6: General Definitions, Radiation Protection Guidelines, Plume Pulse Pathways, Baseline Data and Dietary Intake, $6.
Vol. III.: RADNET: Section 7: Chernobyl Annotated Bibliography, $8.
Vol. IV.: RADNET: Section 8: Major Plume Source Points, $6.
Vol. V.: Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company as a Model Nuclear Power Station, $5.

9. RADNET: Section 13: RADLINKS: Internet links to Nuclear and Environmental Information Sources, $5.

10. RADNET: Section 12: The Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company: Collapse of a Pyramid Scheme: Rituals of Evasion, $6.

11. Center for Biological Monitoring. "Nuclear Dada and The Traffic in Nuclear Waste: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and The Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company: Patterns of Noncompliance: Generic and Site-specific Deficiencies in Radiological Surveillance Programs." $10.

12. Brack, H. G. (2011). "Fukushima Daiichi: Nuclear Information Handbook: A Guide to Accident Terminology and Information Sources." Pennywheel Press. $24.

Request for financial assistance

The United States government (Internal Revenue Service) has refused to permit the Center for Biological Monitoring to register as a non-profit organization.  We were unable to provide to the IRS a satisfactory explanation of the usefulness of biological monitoring in general and of anthropogenic radioactivity and its point sources in particular.  As a result of this ruling, we are unable to apply for funding to any of the traditional foundations which assist environmental organizations.  Were we to obtain any significant amount of funding from any source, we would be able to greatly increase our capabilities for the rapid discovery, review and posting of the latest research documenting the numerous plumes of anthropogenic radioactivity now moving through our biosphere. 

Request:  If you are reading, reviewing and downloading the materials within RADNET, would you consider sending us a donation of 10 cents per page of citations and material downloaded?  Our mailing address is:

Center for Biological Monitoring
P.O. Box 144
Hulls Cove, ME  04644-0144

We are also seeking endowments from any individual or organization which would be willing to assist the Center for Biological Monitoring in continuing to be the most comprehensive, nonpartisan source of information pertaining to the dispersion of anthropogenic radioactivity available anywhere on the World Wide Web. 

MEMO:  RADNET was originally established in 1970 as Washington County Radscan in West Jonesport, Maine (Engine Co. No. 9).  Since that date, we have received approximately $150.00 in donations.  We received zero dollars from the many foundations who look the other way when it comes to radiological contamination of the biosphere.  Most of the work constructing RADNET is voluntary in nature, as is the donation of office space by the Jonesport Wood Co. in Hulls Cove, Maine.  The small volume of sales of our publications (see publications list) is our only source of income.

The Center for Biological Monitoring has now become part of The Davistown Museum's Environmental History Department.

Any assistance in helping us to expand our search for, review and posting of governmental as well as private radiological monitoring activities (research reports, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact us at the address above.


The Center for Biological Monitoring is especially interested in locating, preferably in hard copy, any of the following general categories of nuclear waste data. Please note our publications contain an extensive list of information sources about nuclear waste generation. Our current emphasis is on site specific surveys other than the Annual Radiological Environmental Monitoring Report, and Effluent and Waste Disposal Semiannual Reports required by the NRC. We are looking for the following data:

If you have any interesting information related to the above, please contact us by e-mail and/or mail us hard copy. We will reimburse mailing expenses.
  1. Data not available to the general public about the decommissioning of the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station. Most of this information is available in hard copy in Legacy for Our Children. This report contains the nuclide inventory of the reactor vessel at two years cooling as well as a specimen aerial radiometric survey (not of Maine Yankee), 125 pages, including a useful bibliography.
  2. The noncompliance of Maine Yankee with federal regulations. Please request publications #4 and #5.
  3. Information on Maine Yankee as a de facto high-level waste site, including inventories of Maine Yankee radionuclides. Please request publication #3.
  4. A variety of other broadsides and information sheets available by e-mail or snail mail, including the FDA secret report on Chernobyl-derived radiocesium in the imported food basket (1986-88), and data on current levels of radiocesium in New England hardwoods, etc.
  5. The information collected by CBM over a period of twenty-five years is now available in electronic form on the World Wide Web (RADNET) and can be downloaded for republication in hard copy format. A listing of the individual RADNET volumes is contained in the above list of publications of the Center for Biological Monitoring.
  6. Hot particle contamination at Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company: United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (September 15, 1997). Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company: Rebuttal testimony of James K. Joosten. Docket No. ER97-913-000. Office of the Attorney General, State of Connecticut. CBM has a limited number of reprints of this important document.

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