Some will see this just reported story of a government helicopter search for radioactive jackrabbit poop as an outlandish waste of taxpayer money. It is also validation of the Law of Unintended Consequences,.
According to OfficialWire, "Nevada-based National Security Technologies received $300,000 in federal stimulus money sent to Hanford to do the helicopter survey."
No word yet on how much the total cleanup will cost, but the hot rabbit poop scraped up by bulldozers is reportedly headed to Hanford WA, in a radioactive fill. How did this happen?
Decades ago, liquid wastes from plutonium production were dumped in underground tanks. Jackrabbits burrowed into the dumps and liked the salty taste so nuclear waste went in one end and out the other.Good thing Road Runners don't also like Plutonium salt, in which case the radioactivity would have spread even farther.
Wikipedia states that the Jack Rabbit's "...natural predators include Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, and eagles, as well as mammalian carnivores such as coyotes, foxes, and bobcats."
For sure, some rad-crap was dispersed higher up the food chain. Very possibly, some New York model once had a fur accoutrement with plutonium traces. Now there's an an unintended consequence.
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