The special interest advocates who were rushed in front television cameras to help protect the nuclear
industry in the United States have suddenly gone rather quiet. Not before bragging that the US is the gold
standard in the world for the nuclear industry:
So if it is true the United States is in fact the gold standard, how well are we complying with those
standards. My experience in the US is that its not the regulations across many fields that are lacking its
the enforcement of them, and thats quite a different story - That is the real story.
Now here we actually find why there is every reason to be greatly concerned. The 2,000 tons of spent
nuclear fuel rods looking for a home after leaving reactors each year in the US are being kept in storage
vessels and containers exactly as they are in Faukushima, Japan. This contravenes the governments
own standards and regulations. Yes its in the legislation that requires them to be removed and separated
from each site and stored at other preferred sites like Yucca Mountain, where most of us thought the
waste was in fact going. Not so. Here we go again, spin, lies and business interests.
When can we believe a word these people say. The experts pushed in front of the TV cameras the last
two weeks are noticeably absent as the Japanese crisis worsens into the horrendous mess many of us
saw coming years ago. This stuff is great when its all working but remove the power and the water and
this is what you get. Worth a moment to ponder with a what if. What if during the coming months of
continued solar changes now pepping up (2012-Solar cycle 24) that we experience a CME which NASA
has been warning about that knocks out the electrical grid AND damages the electrical circuits of the back
up generators in these nuclear plants and obviously systems wide and far?. What then?
Graham: U.S. nuclear regulations are ‘gold standard’
March 18, 2011
Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the House Energy Committee on Wednesday that the Obama
administration remains committed to seeking $36 billion in new loan-guarantee authority from Congress,
beyond the program’s current $18.5 billion.
Chu, a nuclear physicist, told lawmakers that he and other government experts “don’t believe
there is any danger” from the country’s 104 nuclear reactors.
Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2011/03/18/1740738/graham-us-nuclear-regulations.
|Could it happen in
the United States?
|MOST OF THE SPENT NUCLEAR WASTE FROM THE UNITED STATES
JUST LIKE THOSE IN JAPAN AND IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE
GOVERNMENTS OWN REGULATIONS THAT THEY MUST BE MOVED OFF
SITE TO PREFERRED UNDERGROUND FACILITIES LIKE YUCCA MOUNTAIN
IN NEVADA. THIS SHOCKING FACT IS AMONG MANY FRIGHTENING
REALITIES YOU FIND IF YOU PROBE BEYOND THE SPIN OF BIG BUSINESS
INTERESTS AND POLITICS. THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PLACED IN
FRONT OF TV CAMERAS TO CALM PUBLIC CONCERNS FOLLOWING THE
CRITICALLY SERIOUS RESULTS OF LOSS OF POWER TO SIX REACTORS
IN JAPAN TWO WEEKS AGO, SPEAK FROM A SCRIPT AND NOT REALITY..
March 25, 2011
|This subject will be further researched and the facts brought forward. Any perspectives and
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|Nuclear plant downplayed tsunami risk - HERE
Posted March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON — American nuclear safety regulators, using a complex mathematical technique,
determined that the simultaneous failure of both emergency shutdown systems to prevent a
core meltdown was so unlikely that it would happen once every 17,000 years.
It happened twice in four days at a pair of nuclear reactors in southern New Jersey.
The American people, and the regulators whose job it is to protect them from a catastrophic nuclear
accident, are watching the unfolding events at a complex of crippled reactors in Japan with foreboding
and an overriding question: Can it happen here?
The answer — probably not — from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is meant to reassure. But as
the New Jersey accidents in 1983, which did not result in a release of radiation, show, no one can
predict what might upend all the computer models, emergency planning and backup systems
designed to eliminate those narrow theoretical probabilities or mitigate their effects.
“We can never say that that could never happen here,” said Anthony R. Pietrangelo, senior vice
president and chief nuclear officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry’s main trade
association. “It doesn’t matter how you get there, whether it’s a hurricane, whether it’s a tsunami,
whether it’s a seismic event, whether it’s a terrorist attack, whether it’s a cyberattack, whether it’s
operator error, or some other failure in the plant — it doesn’t matter. We have to be prepared to deal
with those events.”.........Full story: New York Times
|Cutting Through The Usual Spin: The Truth & its not good
Israel and USA release
computer virus to destroy
|Quotations and Words of the Day - Colin's reactions after United States
Government Nuclear experts assurances HERE
April 6, 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Incident - Japan.
To listen to the sickening deception and spin from the nuclear Industry
around the world and willingly passed on unchallenged by the media, you
would now think that nuclear radiation was good for us and that Iodine 131
was a new dressing for your salad. After all, its half life is just 8 days and
anyway even the more potent stuff like Cesium 137 dilutes like lemonade in
your soda. NOW LETS GET REAL: HERE
|LATEST UPDATE: October 15, 2013
|Germany to scrap nuclear power by 2022
by Deborah Cole Deborah Cole – Mon May 30, 8:11 am ET
BERLIN (AFP) – Germany on Monday became the first major industrialised power to agree an end to
nuclear power in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phase-out to be completed by 2022.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said the decision, hammered out by her centre-right coalition overnight,
marked the start of a "fundamental" rethink of energy policy in the world's number four economy.
"We want the electricity of the future to be safer and at the same time reliable and affordable," Merkel
told reporters as she accepted the findings of an expert commission on nuclear power she appointed
in March in response to the crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant.
"That means we must have a new approach to the supply network, energy efficiency, renewable
energy and also long-term monitoring of the process," said Merkel, whose popularity had suffered over
her previous pro-nuclear stance.
The commission found that it would be viable within a decade for Germany to mothball all 17 of its
nuclear reactors, eight of which are currently off the electricity grid. Full Story.
|Updated - August 14, 2011.
|Vermont finds contaminated fish as nuclear debate rages
Posted August 14, 2011
* Entergy fighting for reactor survival NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) -
NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Vermont health regulators said on Tuesday they found a fish containing
radioactive material in the Connecticut River near Entergy's (ETR.N) Vermont Yankee nuclear power
plant which could be another setback for Entergy to keep it running.
The state said it needs to do more testing to determine the source of the Strontium-90, which can cause
bone cancer and leukemia.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants the 620 megawatts reactor shut in March 2012 when its original
operating license was to expire.
"Today's troubling news from the Vermont Department of Health is another example of Entergy Louisiana
putting their shareholders' profits above the welfare of Vermonters," Shumlin
said in a statement.
"I am asking my Health Department to keep a close eye on test results moving forward to determine the
extent of any contamination that has reached the environment."
New Orleans-based Entergy, the second biggest nuclear power operator in the United States, however
wants to keep the reactor running for another 20 years under a new license.
Entergy filed a complaint in federal court to block the state from shutting the reactor next year.
Officials at Entergy were not immediately available for comment.
"One finding of (Strontium-90) just above the lower limit of detection in one fish sample is notable
because it is the first time Strontium-90 has been detected in the edible portion of any of our fish
samples," the Vermont Department of Health said on its website.
The Health Department said it did not know how the Strontium-90, which is both naturally occurring in the
environment and a byproduct of nuclear power production and nuclear weapons testing, got into the fish.
"We cannot associate low levels of Strontium-90 in fish in the Connecticut River with Vermont
Yankee-related radioactive materials without other supporting evidence," the report said.
MORE ANALYSIS NEEDED
The Health Department asked for additional analysis on the fish obtained on June 9, 2010 that contained
the strontium-90 and also on other fish samples.
These analyses will take weeks to complete, the Health Department said, noting it is working to obtain
additional fish for testing much farther upstream in the Connecticut River.
The Connecticut River divides Vermont and New Hampshire before running through Massachusetts and
Connecticut. Vermont Yankee is located in Vernon, Vermont, near the border between Vermont, New
Hampshire and Massachusetts about 110 miles northwest of Boston.
Strontium-90 and other human made radioactive materials come from the fairly constant release of very
low quantities from medical and industrial users of radioactive materials, and from infrequent releases
such as above-ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s, and the nuclear reactor accidents at
Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011.
Radioactive materials are nothing new for Vermont Yankee.
In January 2010, Entergy said it discovered a radioactive tritium leak at the plant. The company stopped
that leak in March 2010 but not before the state Senate, which was then led by now Governor Shumlin,
voted to block the state from allowing the plant to run beyond March 2012.
Vermont is the only state in the nation with a say on whether a nuclear plant within its borders can
operate. The state gained that right, which Entergy is now challenging in federal court, when it agreed to
allow Entergy to buy the plant in 2002. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid).
|Updated: March 4, 2012: First scientific study results reveal much higher levels than we were told - twice as high in
Europe and spread throughout North America. As shameful and scary as it comes.
All of Western US and most of East Coast, Midwest, Canada covered with airborne particles at
various altitudes on March 20, Fukushima plume model shows — Based solely on Reactor No.
Large collected air volumes allowed us to determine for the first time in Europe the activity
ratio and concentration of Fukushima derived 238Pu and 239,240Pu isotopes. Approximately
twice higher Pu activity concentration as expected, and 238Pu/239,240Pu ratio not typical
either for global fallout or the Chernobyl accident was found in the integrated aerosol sample.
Read the full report and study the graphs. Note also that the advise within this study was not to discuss the findings with
From the presented data on variations of activity concentrations of studied radionuclides, from the
analyses of meteorological situation, and on the basis of the modelling exercises we can conclude that
the complicated air mass transport, different arrival time, arrival height and downward air mass transport
resulted in two maxima of 131I and 137Cs activity concentrations in the nearsurface atmosphere. An
increase in the 131I and 137Cs activity concentrations up to 3800 mBq/m3 and up to 1070 mBq/m3 was
observed on 28 March e 1 April and up to 500 mBq/m3 and up to 1000 mBq/m3 was found on 3e4 April,
respectively. In addition to 131I and 137Cs, traces of other radionuclides were detected, and 132I,
132Te, 129Te, 129mTe and 136Cs among them. The comparison of the Chernobyl and Fukushima
accidents indicated the higher activity concentration of radionuclides by 4 orders of magnitude and
a broader spectrum of radionuclides in the Chernobyl plume as compared to the Fukushima one. Large
collected air volumes allowed us to determine for the first time in Europe the activity ratio and
concentration of Fukushima derived 238Pu and 239,240Pu isotopes. Approximately twice higher Pu
activity concentration as expected, and 238Pu/239,240Pu ratio not typical either for global fallout or the
Chernobyl accident was found in the integrated.............................
|Fig. 1. Particles spacing on 20 March, 2011 at 12:00 UTC (top) and on 27 March, 2011 at 18:00 UTC
(bottom); shades of red indicate particles in the bottom layer, up to 3 km; black to
dark blue indicate the middle layer, up to 6 km height; and light blue indicates the upper layer; the
trajectories were simulated using the Lagrangian dispersion model (time of the
particles release was on 12 March 2011). (For interpretation of the references to colour in this figure
legend, the reader is referred to the web version of this article.)
|Thanks to Dr. Mel
Fukushima Fall Out – Full Scientific Study show: Shocking Results
Extract from downloaded file:
Furthermore, the Chernobyl accident resulted in contamination of large areas of the Earth’s surface in
Europe including six million ha of forested land of the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (De Cort et al.,
1998). The 137Cs surface deposition (Fig. 8) exceeded 1480 kBq/m2 (0.03% of the European
territory). The prediction of 137Cs surface deposition after the Fukushima accident was made using
a numerical atmospheric chemistry/transport model Polyphemus/ Polair3D, and compared with
contamination of Europe after the Chernobyl accident (Winiarek et al., 2011). The results indicated
obvious differences in the consequences of the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents, especially at the
level of highly contaminated territories. However, a contamination of the marine environment
and a deposition to the bottom sediments were not taken into account in this model. It is
expected that the main radiological problems will arise from contaminated seafood, while the
atmospheric deposition will again trigger discussions on the impact of low-level radiation doses on the
public. Areas with high Chernobyl 137Cs ground depositions located close to Lithuania have been a
source of the secondary contamination due to the forest fires and soil resuspension for a long time
(Lujanien _e et al., 2009). The transport of aerosol particles, which derived from resuspension and/or
forest fires in 1997e2001 and 2005e2006 was modelled using the HYSPLIT...............snip.
Warm seawater forces Connecticut. nuclear plant
August 13, 2012
Associated PressBy STEPHEN SINGER | Associated Press – 59 mins ago
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)
— Connecticut's nuclear power plant shut one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool
down the plant is too warm.
Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year
history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday.
|dangerous operations ever undertaken will begin in November to try and
avert a global catastrophe.
Posted October 15, 2013
The most dangerous situation humanity has ever faced is upon us and no one is watching. Only a few have
reported on what is about to happen starting in November. The operation, to remove 400 tons of highly
irradiated spent fuel beneath the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4, could set off a catastrophe greater than
any we have ever seen, independent experts warn. An operation of this scale, says plant operator Tokyo
Electric Power Company, has never been attempted before, and is wrought with danger.
The New York Times reports, “Thousands of workers and a small fleet of cranes are preparing for one of the
latest efforts to avoid a deepening environmental disaster that has China and other neighbors increasingly
worried: removing spent fuel rods from the damaged No. 4 reactor building and storing them in a safer
The Japan Times writes, “In November, Tepco plans to begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel
from Reactor No. 4 [with] radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic
bomb. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task. The consequences could
be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen.
If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst-case scenarios
include a big explosion, a meltdown in the pool, or a large nuclear fire. Any of these situations could lead to
massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting much of Japan — including Tokyo
and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries at serious risk.”
The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly
irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building. Containing more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies
packed tightly together they need to be removed from a the third floor of a building that is vulnerable to
collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.