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How “Hot” Is The 24/680? The NNSA Wants To Know


Judging by the number of calls we get whenever a low-flying aircraft buzzes the area we should be hearing from quite a few of you as this specially equipped chopper surveys the Bay Area this week as part of a federal research program measuring our background radiation.

The helicopter, a twin-engine Bell 412 equipped with gamma radiation sensors, will be flying in a grid pattern through Sunday at 300 feet or higher over several cities, according to information released by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The survey is part of a study by the Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Office intended to help improve the ability to detect and measure radiation from the air, the agency said in a statement.

The National Nuclear Security Administration is an agency within the Department of Energy responsible for military applications of nuclear science.

Make you feel any better? We didn’t think so, but there it is.


  1. Not taking any chances. I am working on a 10′ x 20′ tin-foil hat to suspend from the ceiling of my growing room. Thanks for the heads-up.

  2. Since our inspectors are not allowed to look in Iran for nukes, they are angry and just searching the Bay Area out of frustration.

  3. Can they distinguish between a microwave oven and a cold fusion reactor?
    Oh, crap. I’d better make another hat. The plants need light and fans.

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