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September 1, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Dispatch Quotes Ingram on Pike County Radiation

David Ingram , portrait

Dr. David Ingram

Dr. David C. Ingram, professor and chair of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article headlined “Pike County school district asks feds to move middle school away from radiation.”

The levels in the report were “well below the levels at which you have to take action to protect the public,” David C. Ingram, chair of the physics and astronomy department at Ohio University who specializes in nuclear science, said in a recent interview.

Despite the figures cited in the report and DOE’s assurances, the community has every right to be concerned about exposure though, Ingram added. That’s because the annual report uses averages.

“One analogy I use is that if I was to put a small piece of radioactive material in the corner of a big field, very close to that piece of radioactive material it could be a hazard, particularly if somebody picked it up, or breathed it in,” he said. “Whereas I could take all that material and spread it across the field and come up with a number which is well below causing concern.”

Read more at the Columbus Dispatch.

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