remember jackrabbit flat.It wasnt deep but it was wide. As well as Sedan site. I was doing some isotope mapping work for SAIC when they were doing the investigtions for alpha contam soils at NTS. (mid 90's?)
Like at 3 mile island where the contaminated fluids were processed and then "boiled down" so they could send it to INL forever along with solids and subsoils .
As far as NO effects at 3 mi., whil you are probably right, remember, that over 350 health effects lawsuits were settled out of court with sttlement info sealed from public scrutiny. Met Ed was just too quick to cave on them, They didnt even make EIL insurance claims an I always wondered about that. I feel there was something they didnt want anyone to know. (maybe Im getting like these "truthers" )
3 mi island was a relatively easy response "melt down" it was handleable and our tech in handling enviro effects in Pressurizzed reactors prevented a Chrnobyl like event. Had it been an alkali cooled system it would have been a real mess cause' the aquifers under the area are highly anisotropic fracture flow systems with heads seismically measurable for nearly ten miles . Had it not been handled smartly as it was eventually (after the panic settled down and the engineers were allowed to work) The nearby town of Elizabethtown woulda been our own ghost town.
No matter how smart we think we are, occasionally we get damned lucky .Why Fukushima Daiichi was even locatd where it was is a mystery to me.
What was that reactor incident in 1959 at a alkali coolant system , near LA?
Thyre till screwin with that one.