“BREAKING NEWS – Scientists detect Fukushima radiation on North American shores” — Coastal communities ‘concerned’ — Over 7 Bq/m3 of cesium from dock in Pacific Northwest — Professor: It indicates arrival of other radioactive substances — “Represents potential radiological health risk” (VIDEO)

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Statesman Journal, Apr 6, 2015: BREAKING NEWS Scientists detect Fukushima radiation on North American shores — Seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached North America… cesium-134 and cesium-137 in a sample of seawater taken in February from a dock on Vancouver Island… It’s the first time radioactivity from the March 2011 triple meltdown has been identified on West Coast shores [see: April 2011 -- California seawater squeezed from kelp sample had 400,000 Bq/m3 of Iodine-131]… sample was taken Feb. 19… It contained 1.5 becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3) of cesium-134, the Fukushima fingerprint, and 5 Bq/m3 of cesium-137 [actually 1.4 and 5.8, respectively]… Fukushima radiation concerns coastal communities… models have predicted that in general, the plume would hit the shore in the north first, then head south toward California… currents can be unpredictable… Woods Hole has received support from the National Science Foundation to analyze about 250 seawater samples that will be collected next month…

CTVNews, Apr 6, 2015: First low-level trace of Fukushima radioactivity detected off B.C. — But the levels are so low they are likely of little concern… Still, researchers say this is the first detectable of radioactivity from Fukushima found in a water sample taken from the U.S. and Canadian West Coast… Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at WHOI who has been measuring radioactivity in Pacific seawater since 2011, says it’s been important to carefully monitor the oceans, given that the Fukushima disaster saw the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history.

Buesseler’s statement: “Even if the levels were twice as high, you could still swim in the ocean for six hours every day for a year and receive a dose more than a thousand times less than a single dental X-ray. While that’s not zero, that’s a very low risk.. We expect more of the sites will show detectable levels… Predicting the spread of radiation becomes more complex the closer it gets.”

CBC Radio, March 2015: Four years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, scientists like UVic’s Jay Cullen are still monitoring the Pacific waters near us for radiation. Listen to what he’s found and what he hasn’tCullen: “If we see cesium-134 in a water sample or a fish for example we know that that’s been affected by the Fukushima disaster… Not only is cesium a marker for other isotopes that were released… it also represents a potential radiological health risk because if its internalized… it can damage our cells and cause illness. So the risk of illness appearing in individuals relates to the activity, how much of that isotope ends up in their body. Given the nature of this disaster, with most of the isotopes going into the North Pacific Ocean, the most likely way that a human being would be exposed to this radioactivity at this point would be through the consumption of seafood.” >> Full interview here

Watch Woods Hole’s latest projection of Fukushima Cs-137 levels through 2021 here

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    'Fukushima disaster is nature's last warning'

    Director films residents visit to Chernobyl

    By Baek Byung-yeul

    … a documentary film, "Fukushima: Is There a Way Out?" hits local theaters Thursday.

    In the film, director Lee Hong-ki documented 17 Fukushima residents' trip to Chernobyl …
    to weigh the future of their hometown.

    Though 27 years have passed since the Chernobyl accident, the investigation team and

    Lee met with victims of radiation poisoning and found a spot that has 300 times more than the permitted maximum exposure to radiation in one of the remaining drainages areas of the nuclear power plant.

    "While visiting the scene, I realized that nuclear energy is a no-go thing. I can confidently say there can be no future in an area that's been the site of a nuclear accident. …

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      "As an experienced director, I have seen a lot of cruel scenes like people dying, but visiting Chernobyl brought me to another level of fear," Lee said.

      After completing filming, Lee said he suffered a year-long mental torment that kept him from living an ordinary life.

      "When I was sitting still, I was seized by mixed emotions including anxiety, stress and depression. Now I feel OK, as I had gone through therapy," he said.

      The director added that he learned that it's time to study how to reduce the use of nuclear energy, saying, "Using nuclear energy is the same as living in an apartment building without a restroom.

      "Though we know how to use nuclear energy to generate electricity, we don't know how to destroy the leftover nuclear fuel," Lee said.

      At the end of the interview, Lee said he is currently working on a sequel to "Fukushima: Is There a Way Out?"

      "Nuclear energy is the biggest energy source of Korea. And this country is planning to add 11 more nuclear power plants by the end of 2024, bringing the total to 34. If this plan is achieved, Korea will be the world's first in terms of density of nuclear power plants.

      "As a person who both visited Fukushima and Chernobyl, I would like to say this may cause a disaster in the future," Lee said.

      "Koreans should know that we are not an exception from nuclear disaster, and this is why I am planning to document a story about nuclear power plants in Korea for my next film. …

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    Thermometer reading shoots up at Fukushima plant
    Apr. 8, 2015

    … Company officials say high radiation levels prevent them from servicing the broken thermometers.

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    Japan weighs options for Fukushima coolant water disposal
    8 April 2015 By Edd Gent

    …The evaporation method was used after the Three Mile Island disaster in the USA, but Dale Klein, an outside adviser to Tepco, said the amounts were much smaller

    "They have huge volumes of water so they cannot evaporate it like they did at Three Mile Island," Klein said. "If they did it would likely be evaporated, go out over the ocean, condense and fall back as rainwater. There's no safety enhancement." …

    - so what happened at TMI? If there was ''no safety enhancement'' what was the point?

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      RE: disposing of coolant water by evaporation. "so what happened at TMI? If there was no safety enhancement, what was the point?"

      Getting rid of the evidence? And so if it then evaporated so it could go "out over the ocean, condense, and fall back as rainwater," may it not have in the case of the meltdown at TMI, fallen back as rainwater over land? And if it made it to the ocean, nuclear fission material, which makes everything it touches radioactive, now and for 1.2 billion years has made the Atlantic polluted with ongoing radiation?

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    Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Inspection To Start October 2015
    April 8th, 2015

    TEPCO and IRID recently published details on the first efforts to probe the unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi.

    In October 2015 we should see the first images from inside the containment structure.

    Unit 3 was the site of the massive explosion during the reactor meltdowns.

    High radiation levels in the building have so far prevented workers from conducting any inspections into the reactor systems. The work will also install equipment to better monitor conditions … Read entire article »

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    April 8, 2015
    Heller makes request to DOE for Nevada rep on Yucca Mountain tour


    WASHINGTON — A scuffle over the guest list has added a last-minute twist to plans by a group of congressmen to visit Yucca Mountain, the once-touted Nevada site for nuclear waste now fenced off and empty after being terminated by President Barack Obama.

    As a half dozen lawmakers and other federal officials prepared to arrive in Las Vegas in advance of the Thursday tour, Sen. Dean Heller stepped in to urge that the state of Nevada be allowed to send along one of its consultants.

    Going to the top, Heller, R-Nev., lodged his request in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

    “Given that many of the congressional participants are traveling thousands of miles for this fact-finding visit, it would be a shame for those representatives to not receive a comprehensive briefing while in the state,” Heller wrote to Moniz on Tuesday.

    Heller acted after Robert Halstead, executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects was told this week there was no more room on the tour. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., tour leader and chairman of the House environment and the economy subcommittee, said the visit to be conducted by Energy Department personnel “was fully subscribed.” …

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      The state had proposed to send along geology consultant Steve Frishman, a member of a Nevada technical and legal team that has built evidence it says shows that Yucca Mountain would be unsafe to store highly radioactive waste. …

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    Ya but this is what the DOE! says aboy Yucca Mt…

    DOE on agency’s Yucca visit: Nothing to see here – March 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has moved to end speculation over the future of Yucca Mountain, telling Congress there are no plans in the works to put the once-proposed radioactive waste site to new use.


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      This does a thorough demolition job of the Yuks for Yucca:


      Yucca opposition: it’s not just Harry.
      Posted on April 8, 2015 by C.A.N.
      By Michael Mariotte

      … Oh, and some environmental groups also oppose Yucca Mountain.

      Actually, it’s not just some; it’s essentially all environmental and clean energy organizations across the country. When we tallied it up in 2002, more than 50 national organizations and 700+ regional, state and local organizations from across the nation had publicly stated their opposition to Yucca.

      So it’s not just Nevadans either. And it’s not like the number has gone down since 2002; if anything, the number has gone up.

      Why is there such widespread opposition to Yucca?

      It’s not because Harry Reid doesn’t want the project. It’s not blind support for President Obama, who began ending the project as soon as he came into office in 2009.

      It’s because as one of the most studied places on Earth, it’s the one place on Earth we know will leak if it becomes a radioactive waste dump–a fact NIRS and other environmental groups have been pointing out, with greater and greater scientific backing, for decades. …

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    Government withheld report of a simulated attack on a nuclear power plant
    1984 ministry document addresses a Fukushima-like scenario

    APR 8, 2015

    The Foreign Ministry secretly conducted a simulation in 1984 to assess damage from a hypothetical attack on a nuclear power plant in a war and concluded that up to 18,000 people would be killed with acute symptoms from radiation exposure, it emerged Wednesday.

    The previously secret report also mentioned the possibility of a hydrogen explosion that could follow the meltdown of fuel rods in a nuclear power plant, the exact phenomenon that happened during the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

    Anti-nuclear activists slammed the ministry for not publicizing the report earlier, allegedly out of fear that the warnings could fan anti-nuclear sentiment among the public.

    “The report should have not been held secret. (The government) should publicize it and consider how it can protect” nuclear power plants, said Hideyuki Ban of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center.

    The content of the document was first reported Wednesday by the Tokyo Shimbun, which obtained a copy of the 63-page report through the information disclosure law.

    The Japan Times confirmed the outline and key conclusions of the report with a senior Foreign Ministry official. …

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    Coincidence or success? Nuclear waste facility drops towns after protest

    Anti-nuclear organizers note a coincidence: towns with resistance to the construction of nuclear waste facilities are often declared "geoscientifically unsuitable" and struck from the list of potential hosts.

    On March 3, the towns of Creighton, Saskatchewan and Schreiber, Ontario were dropped from consideration by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to host a facility for highly radioactive used nuclear fuel.

    Since 2010 the NWMO has been actively seeking a location to build what it calls a 'long-term management site' for the storage of used nuclear fuel. While there were originally 22 communities on the NWMO's list of potential hosts, only nine remain, all in Ontario, as candidates for a high-level waste site for used nuclear fuel. …

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    April 7, 2015

    The utilities' war on solar won't work. Because Americans already have decided the outcome.

    Last week, we published the tale of two public opinion polls, one from Gallup and one from the Nuclear Energy Institute, that asked the same question but came up with radically different numbers.

    Another new poll provides additional proof that one of those polls cited last week–the NEI poll–is the one that is way off base.

    This new poll, conducted by Clean Edge and SolarCity, is consistent with the findings of just about every poll published in recent years except NEI’s: Americans love renewables and really don’t like nuclear power and coal very much.

    Continue reading at http://www.safeenergy.org...

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    This 10 second video says it all;


    You Must Accept Nuclear Waste – Ten Second Info

    Peter Fonteece
    Apr 8, 2015

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    Residents voice concerns at Parks Township forum over waste dump plan

    By Mary Ann Thomas
    Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:41 a.m.
    Updated 32 minutes ago

    About 100 people filled the Parks Township fire hall Wednesday evening for an update on the cleanup of the nearby nuclear waste dump along Route 66. …

    … At Tuesday's meeting, the audience was filled with government representatives from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection, and the offices of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Sen. Pat Toomey and state Rep. Joe Petrarca.

    Also present were Armstrong County Commissioner Rich Fink, Parks Township supervisors, Leechburg Council President Tony Difilippi, and a member of the Kiski Township Planning Commission.

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    Moving Forward To Address Nuclear Waste Storage And Disposal
    on April 03, 2015

    - to which i like Tom Clements' reply:

    Tom Clements • 5 days ago

    Where's any evidence, especially given the failure pursuing Yucca Mountain, that DOE can site two repositories?

    A defense waste repository may be slightly easier to site but that approach may spell doom for a second repository for commercial spent fuel.

    As far as an "interim" storage facility goes, best not to magnify costs or increase handling risks and worker exposure or increase transportation risks.

    For now, spent commercial fuel should be left on reactor sites in robust dry casks. Efforts by special interests – a money-making venture, you know – to get an interim storage facility at DOE's Savannah River Site here in South Carolina has stirred strong public opposition and that will likely be repeated elsewhere.

    Tom Clements, Savannah River Site Watch, Columbia, SC

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    Consequences of Trinity Site in New Mexico via Current-Argus
    The time was 5:30 a.m., Monday morning July 16, 1945. My grandfather, Eugene McKim, Sr., was having breakfast with my grandmother and aunt. My grandfather’s 200 acre property was two miles east of Oscuro, one of the closest towns to the first atomic explosion.

    They rushed outside. The sky was red. In the next week the hair on the cattle fell off. They were told it was an ammunition dump, nothing to worry about. Only when two Japanese cities were obliterated did New Mexicans learn their explosion was atomic.

    This last weekend there was a protest at the annual Trinity Site visit. A group calling itself Downwinders was protesting that after this atomic device is exploded above ground, there was and is radioactive fallout and illnesses. The government has never addressed the radiation effects on people from the Trinity Site.


    It has always been in vogue to talk about radiation in Japan and how those people suffered, but not in New Mexico. Obviously no environmental impact statement was filed before the nuclear test. In the 1970s there was some research on the Chupadera Ridge radiation but not on people.

    Generations of New Mexicans have been sickened by the released radiation yet our government turns a blind eye as does the news media and our elected officials. Contrast that with the hoopla last year when a miniscule amount of radiation …

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      escaped from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.


      The protestors at the Trinity Site visit were noted by the media who otherwise yawned broadly at the spectacle of these people being sickened and killed by the actions of our government. Without the media pushing this, nothing will happen since the political parties feed upon media attention.

      So the media could lead the change in the fortunes of these unfortunate citizens. First the media must get their hackles up that all of these people have been harmed and not compensated or helped by our government. The same government throws billions of dollars at many countries who hate the United States. How about a little love for our own citizens?

      This is partly personal since I developed the aggressive thyroid cancer that some call Chernobyl cancer because it has been studied downwind of the 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukraine. It hasn’t been studied in the United States like it has in Europe. We could have been studying this in our country but no interest.

      In all of the years my cancer and subsequent treatments have cost me lots of money and discomfort. Also my quality of life has been compromised dramatically. Some expenses have been picked up by insurance, but there has not been even a “Sorry” from the government.

      Read more at Consequences of Trinity Site in New Mexico

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    Kitty Litter Shuts Down Sole US Nuclear Weapons Waste Facility via William Boardman

    Now it’s official: using the wrong kitty litter can cause a severe and expensive nuclear accident at the nation’s unique underground radioactive waste containment facility, shutting it down indefinitely.

    What’s NOT official yet is why the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) used organic kitty litter that caused the nuclear waste accident in the first place, or why LANL used that kitty litter in some 678 other drums of radioactive nuclear weapons waste now located at LANL and other locations.

    It’s also NOT official that the wrong kitty litter was deliberately and deceitfully used for more than a year. Nor is it yet clear why the federal government, having violated New Mexico environmental laws, refuses to pay the state $54 million in fines for federal law-breaking.

    Last winter, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) appointed a Technical Assessment Team of independent experts from other government labs, and the team spent most of a year investigating the 2014 Valentine’s Day radiation-release accident at New Mexico’s federal Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP).

    On March 26, 2015, the team produced a 277-page report that concluded that radiation was released from the facility when a single container (Drum 68660) over-heated and failed because the nuclear weapons waste it contained was packed with the wrong kind of kitty litter…

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      That kitty litter was “chemically incompatible” with the other contents of the drum, causing it to overheat, creating gases that forced open the lid in a “thermal runaway” that led to the spill that released radiation to the environment and that still renders a large section of the underground storage area lethal to humans.

      Was LANL cutting safety corners to cut costs?

      In November 2014, after a six-month investigation, the Santa Fe New Mexican portrayed LANL as behaving either incompetently, or with reckless disregard for safety, or with something like criminal negligence – perhaps a mixture of all three.

      Motivating LANL malfeasance, the paper suggests, was the desire of the private contractors running the lab to meet the June 30, 2014, deadline for clearing waste from the site, thereby protecting and extending its $2.2 billion annual operating contract with the U.S. Energy Department as well as another $80 million a year for managing LANL.

      Like so much of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, LANL is a cozy, profitable, corporate-welfare monopoly for a private consortium calling itself Los Alamos National Security.

      The Delaware Limited Liability Company was formed eight years ago by four entities: Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services, URS Energy and Construction, Bechtel, and the University of California.

      As stated in its by-laws, the company purpose is “to manage and operate the Los Alamos National Laboratory …

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        in a manner that furthers the interests of the national security and advances the DOE/NNSA missions, programs and objectives in accordance with the terms of the Prime Contract.”

        In other words, it is a privately held national security profit center that, according to Bloomberg, “engages in the businesses of nuclear defense programs, facilities management, science and technology to homeland security challenges, and safety and security.”

        Los Alamos National Security LLC is, by its very nature, a limited liability conflict of interest in which at least one conflict is between profit and security.

        Santa Fe New Mexican lays out tough case against LANL

        As viewed by the New Mexican, the parent company, Los Alamos National Security, allowed its employees at LANL to take numerous actions that could protect the company’s profits by risking the security of others.

        The gambit appears to have failed by just one drum. Its elements, perpetrated or allowed by LANL employees or contractors, included, according to the New Mexican:

        … workers packaging the waste came across a batch that was extraordinarily acidic, making it unsafe for shipping.

        The lab’s guidelines called for work to shut down while the batch underwent a rigid set of reviews to determine how to treat it, a time-consuming process that jeopardized the lab’s goal of meeting the deadline.

        Instead, the lab and its various contractors took shortcuts in treating the acidic nuclear waste, adding …

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          neutralizer and a wheat-based organic kitty litter to absorb excess liquid.

          Documents and internal emails show that even after the radiation leak, lab officials downplayed the dangers of the waste – even to the Carlsbad managers whose staff members were endangered by its presence – and withheld critical information from regulators and WIPP officials investigating the leak.

          Nuclear safety is an expensive mirage, all for the sake of nuclear war

          The cost of failure of the single drum contaminated with organic kitty litter will almost surely run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

          WIPP alone estimates its recovery plan will cost at least $500 million, and an additional $200 million or so for an improved, new ventilation system.

          These estimates do not include the additional costs of holding the nuclear waste stream while WIPP is closed, or the cost of improvement and compliance at LANL or any other facility.
          And now the federal government has reversed its past practice of paying fines for violating state laws and regulations.

          In December 2014, New Mexico’s Environment Department levied a total of $54 million in fines on the federal (outsourced) operations at WIPP ($17.7 million) and LANL ($36.6 million).

          Now the Energy Department is taking the position that it would be illegal to pay New Mexico’s fines, even though it has done so in the past.

          New Mexico is reportedly preparing a new order against WIPP, LANL, …

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            and others with fines totaling $100 million.

            Underlying this struggle over the safety of nuclear weapons waste is the Obama administration’s perpetuation of longstanding reliance on a massive nuclear weapons force comprising more than 7,500 warheads, more than 2,000 of which are presently deployed around the world.

            The Obama administration has embarked on a program of improving and expanding the American nuclear force. A key element of that program is the fabrication of Plutonium pits (nuclear bomb triggers).

            Making these essential elements of American weapons of mass destruction has been assigned to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, even though LANL has demonstrated its ability and willingness to gamble on lying about using the wrong kitty litter.

            Read more.

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              Yes. rogerthat. TY. IMHO, never mind the financial expense. The residents of Carlsbad, New Mexico…have not been told they were contaminated by the radioactive releases from the WIPP, and they were. Very sad.

              The good news is that people ARE waking up, and the Truth is being revealed, more and more each and every day. It is reason for Hope.


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    "Contrast that with the hoopla last year when a miniscule amount of radiation escaped from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant."

    miniscule amount of radiation (that was REPORTED to have escaped) from the WIPP

    Why, it wouldn't even fill a lunchbox.


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    Apr 02, 2015
    Column highlights nuclear risks
    Grimsby Lincoln News
    Re. Nuclear waste an irradiated uranium bullet to Niagara economy, Column, March 19:

    Congratulations to James Culic on his well-written and humorously satirical article advocating for Wainfleet as a nuclear storage dump.

    This piece highlights the problem with nuclear energy. This supposedly clean energy source is toxically radioactive for thousands of years.

    Does our road to a safer and more sustainable energy future lead to more nuclear power, or to greater investment in alternatives, like wind and solar?

    Phil Conklin,


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    What's This?
    Reprocessing: Poised for growth, or on death's door?

    Some observers believe that plutonium reprocessing is on the verge of an expansion—while others argue that the end of the practice is in sight.

    The risk of nuclear proliferation has always been the chief objection to reprocessing, but proponents argue that today, with uranium enrichment technology more easily available, reprocessing no longer represents an efficient route toward nuclear weapons.

    Supporters also tout the energy security that reprocessing could provide to nations without indigenous uranium sources and the reductions in high-level nuclear waste that reprocessing might achieve.

    Opponents counter that reprocessing offers only marginal benefits in waste reduction and in any event makes little economic sense.

    Taking into account issues ranging from proliferation to nuclear waste to cost, how should nations approach plutonium reprocessing?

    ROUND 1
    How I changed my mind on reprocessing
    Klaus Janberg

    This very personal story starts in the late 1960s, when I worked as a postdoctoral engineer on a short research project involving the Phénix fast breeder reactor at Cadarache, the research facility that was the center of France’s research into safety for fast breeder reactors. …

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    North Dakota Considers Weaker Landfill Rules, Less Oversight Fracking Radiation
    By rowan on April 8

    By John LaForge

    Radioactive waste produced by hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is making headlines all over gas land, particularly in North Dakota's booming Bakken gas and oil field.

    National news coverage of the scandalous illegal dumping of radioactive filter "socks" there — on Indian Reservations no less — has led North Dakota's legislature to consider changes to its radioactive waste laws so that fracking's contaminated wastes can be dumped in ordinary landfills.

    One current bill would permit fracking's radioactive waste in state landfills to be contaminated with 10 times the radioactivity that state law now allows — as long as it's covered with 10 feet of dirt. Radioactive fracking waste that's not being illegally discarded — no Victoria, mobster dumping probably hasn't ended — is supposed to be being trucked out of state.

    ND House Bills 1113 and 1114 — reportedly requested by the State Health Department — are being contested by some law makers and journalists who question the right of the department to set its own rules.

    The ND Newspaper Association and the ND Broadcasters Association complained that one bill eliminates mandatory public hearings about landfill rule changes and instead …

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    • rogerthat

      permits them "when appropriate." The bill also cancels public notification of the permitting process for disposition of radioactive materials.

      Dave Glatt of the State Health Department told the Bismarck Tribune that his agency commissioned Argon National Laboratory in Chicago to study the issue and make recommendations. The department wanted to know "radiation limits that would be safe for workers and the public." Glatt forgets that there are no safe radiation doses, only legally permitted ones.

      Locals are Worried

      "We don't want to have, when this oil and coal is gone, nothing left here, a wasteland, and I'm afraid that's what might happen," said Underwood farmer Gene Wirtz to KXNET news reporter Ben Smith in January. Wirtz is worried about the increased radioactivity in local landfills. "Any amount of radiation beyond what you're already getting is not a good thing," he said.

      Radioactive isotopes that contaminate fracking industry waste and its machinery include radon, radium-226, uranium-238, and thorium-232. According to the Health Department's website, these long-lived radioactive pollutants come in six forms:

      * "Produced water" which is injected underground but later brought to the surface as waste;

      * "Sulfate scales," which are hard, insoluble deposits that accumulate on frack sand and inside drilling and processing equipment;

      * Contaminated soil and machinery;

      * Filter socks, contaminated by filtering "produced water"; …

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        * Synthetic "proppants" or sand; and

        * Sludge and "filter cake" solids of mud, sand, scale and rust that precipitate or are filtered out of contaminated "produced water. They build up in "filter socks," and in waste water pipes and storage tanks that can leak.

        A case in point came Jan. 6, 2015, when three-million gallons of waste water sprang from a North Dakota pipeline rupture, in Williams County north of Williston, the biggest ever in the current Bakken oil rush. Attempted containment of the leak was underway January 23 as berms were set up across Blacktail Creek to prevent the waste water from flowing into the Missouri River. The New York Times reported that the leaked waste water "may contain residue from hydraulic fracturing."

        Forbes-online Calls Potential for Harm "No Problem"

        Writing Jan. 26 in Forbes online, James Conca turned upside-down the results of a recent Pennsylvania study of the risks of radiation exposure from gas fracking wastes. Mr. Conca's column was headed, "Radiation from Fracking? No Problemo."

        The Penn. Department of Environmental Protection studied so-called "Technologically-Enhanced Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Material" or TENORM, and analyzed the levels of radioactivity associated with oil and gas extraction in the state.

        Mr. Conca wrote that the PDEP study found there is "no concern of radiation exposure from fracking wells for oil or gas. …

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          But on the contrary, the PDEP found explicitly warns of increased radiation risk from various aspects of fracking.

          In particular, the PDEP report warned of:

          * Limited potential for radiation exposure to the public and workers from the development, completion, production, transmission, processing, storage, and end use of natural gas;

          * Potential radiological environmental impacts from fluids if spilled; and

          * Little potential for radiation exposure to the public and workers from landfills receiving waste from the oil and gas industry.

          * The PDEP report said there was a need for further study of the impacts of radiation from the use of "brine" or "saltwater" or so-called "produced water" from the industry since some of it is now being spread around for" dust suppression" and "road stabilization."

          Forbes trivialized and denied Pennsylvania's formal warning, but it did say this: "With 15 million Americans living within a mile from a fracking well, this is an important result."

          Originally published by CounterPunch.

          John LaForge works for Nukewatch a nuclear watchdog and anti-war group in Wisconsin and edits its Quarterly newsletter.

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    Rate of hair loss, lesions in Alaskan polar bears skyrocketed almost 1,000% after Fukushima
    Thursday, April 09, 2015 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

    (NaturalNews) Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea region of Alaska have suffered a surge in hair loss, according to a survey conducted by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and an Alaskan veterinary pathologist, and published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

    While the scientists note that the cause of the hair loss remains unknown, circumstantial evidence suggests that radiation released by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster might be at least partially to blame.

    The hair loss is a serious problem, as it hampers the bears' ability to resist the cold.

    "They might be more energetically stressed, and then they encounter some other stressors," USGS researcher Todd Atwood said.

    Coincides with seal disease, radiation release

    From 1998 to 2012, the researchers captured and examined live polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea region of Alaska. Overall, the rate of alopecia syndrome — characterized by patchy loss of hair around the head, neck and shoulders — was 3.45 percent. When bears with the syndrome were captured again in later years, they had typically recovered fully.

    In 2012, however, a shocking 28 percent of the bears examined …

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      were suffering from alopecia syndrome. This time period roughly corresponds a similar affliction — patchy fur loss and skin lesions — plaguing hundreds of Alaskan seals, causing many deaths, and also disease in a smaller number of walruses.

      In their search for explanations for the alopecia, the scientists took skin biopsies from hairless areas on the polar bears, but they found no evidence of fungal or bacterial infections.

      Because the researchers did not test the bears for radiation exposure, there is no way to know if the uptick in alopecia syndrome was caused in any way by the March 2011 nuclear meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

      It is well established that a nuclear plume released from that disaster scattered radioactive fallout across the northern Bering and Chukchi seas within five days. In the following months, radiation could have continued to spread across the region by a variety of environmental vectors.

      It should also be noted that radioactive waste has been pouring into the Pacific Ocean ever since the Fukushima disaster five years ago.

      Indeed, a paper presented to the January 2014 Alaska Marine Science Symposium explored the possibility that Fukushima fallout could be behind another outbreak of seal disease — also involving hair loss and skin lesions — that hit various Arctic seal populations just months after Fukushima.

      The paper suggested that fallout had contaminated the sea ice and entered the food chain…

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        that summer once the ice began to melt.

        Environmental factors also at play

        The researchers found that subadult bears were the most affected and that males were more likely to be affected than females.

        Mother bears and cubs seemed immune to the condition, suggesting that the proximate cause of the alopecia could have been something that wa in the environment between November and March, when mother bears with cubs remain confined to their dens.

        Nearly all reports of alopecia in polar bears have come from the Beaufort Sea population, further suggesting an environmental component. The researchers noted that, due to the shape of its continental shelf, the Beaufort Sea has limited hunting grounds for polar bears; the populations there have been harder hit by vanishing sea ice than bears in regions with more shallow waters for hunting.

        This could mean that the Beaufort Sea bears are in worse physical shape and more vulnerable to whatever causes alopecia. This hypothesis is supported by the observation that polar bears with alopecia were usually in worse physical shape than bears without it.

        It could also be, however, that alopecia makes bears more sensitive to the cold and, therefore, they develop poor health.

        "That's a question that we can't answer at this point because we don't know what's causing it," Atwood said.


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    http://www.fukushimaupdatereport.com Wow! A DNA scientist is being interviewed across alternative media platforms. Yesterday's infowars/show 1/2 hour interview will be available until today's show replaces it this afternoon. Scientist Jerry Petermann is telling it like it is, an ELE. If you miss this show, or don't want to hear the entire looped show of other guests, it will be soon be archived on Petermann's site http://www.fukushimaupdatereport.com where you can currently hear other of his interviews, I.e. Coast to Coast A.M., with George Noory and see notable stories posted. This man gets it.

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    Yes. rogerthat. (may be a tad off topic) BUT, several years ago I overheard an oilfield hand telling another worker that he had a metallic taste in his mouth since he had been working with the drilling fluid from a well near Loving, N.M.

    "There are two small plaques above the test area today. One marks the chamber as a test spot. The other forbids drilling. Cattle are allowed to graze around the surface area. Eight miles away, and part of the same salt bed, is the long term nuclear storage facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant."


    There are wells everywhere in that area. This link provides locations of wells drilled around, and even within the 16 sq. mi. boundary of the WIPP. Chart p. 66, below.


    Ignoramuses. And, a fox is guarding the hen house.



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    So, the White House went dark. Ask: Considering the number of possibly methane/H2S related explosions worldwide (but most in the U.S.), is the White House really in the dark?

    Category: Fires And Explosions

    2015-04-07 – Power plant hit by explosion in southern Maryland, much of Washington DC goes dark:

    Quote: "D.C. homeland security officials said an explosion at a southern Maryland electrical facility is believed to have caused the power surge that temporarily knocked out power to the White House and much of downtown Washington, according to the Washington Post.

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    2015-04-07 – Transformer box bursts into flame at business, fire spreads to business, near airport in Phoenix (Arizona):

    Quote: "Claudia Winslow, who lives near the business, said she saw a transformer box near the business on fire and she called 911."

    2015-04-07 – Transformer explodes in Willow Street (Pennsylvania), shopping center goes dark:

    2015-04-07 – Transformer bursts into flame at intersection in Sacramento (California), 1400+ homes go dark:

    2015-04-07 – Transformer bursts into flame at power plant in Karnataka (India), plant offline:

    Quote: "Power generation at the 500 MW unit of the Ballari Thermal Power Station in Karnataka has come to a grinding halt following a major fire, a BTPS official said on Tuesday."


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    2015-04-07 – Electrical box explodes beneath the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

    Note: Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with copper, especially electrified copper. Eventually this one problem will wipe out the grid and the world will be plunged into darkness. This is the same problem that's causing underground fires and explosions and it's also causing parked vehicles to burst into flame, at least much of the time. (The other ignition source is hydrogen sulfide's reactivity with rust.) Some of these major grid-related fires are taking out electricity for days at a time, so it'd be wise to keep some flashlights and solar chargers and stuff handy…

    (SO! What would we think that would mean for NPP transformers? We've already seen a number of them burn. And I've introduced discussions here about H2S related pinholes in NPP welds… Maybe there's a reason to just let the infrastructure go…if it can't hold anyway… Kind of like planting more coral to replace dead reefs eaten by acid…are they thinking "what's the point?")

    Courtesy Jumpingjackflashblog

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    I am REALLY disappointed that you can't see what is clear. Yes. Nuclear. But this is a cascade. Now you need to watch Methane/H2S. It's not a slow death in the future. It is happening now and will take down more NPP plants. Yes, in addition to EQs (which release more methane H2S) because practically ALL NPP are built on fault lines (go figure) or in tsunami zones. So, yes, in the futue THAT disaster is inevitable. But RIGHT NOW people are spontaneously combusting. Parked cars are spontaneously combusting AND EVEN STARTING THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF COPPER WIRING, reactive to H2S. IMAGINE what this means for nuclear powered submarines! Do you want to see the list of vurning subs in the last two years? I am asking you to consider to being more than one trick ponies. There are more catastrophes than you are considering. And some of them are more IMMINENT. For example, 566 tractor trailers have incinerated so far in 2015. Do you realize how many homes have exploded so far this year? Please. Pay attention. There is more to this than you may be seeing.

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    That is a long time, despite what ferricfacialhair might think!

    Anyone notice more people in foot-boots for joint issues lately?

    Methinks Strontium-90 has sought and found our bones.

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