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Yet, Obama hires Ernest Moniz who is pro-nuclear and pro-fracking! It’s all about the money!
The La Salle Nuclear plant had to perform a Fukushima style direct-to-atmosphere venting of the primary nuclear containment due to a lightning strike. As we indicated at the time, the amount of radioactivity released is unknown because the radiation monitors were not on a backup power supply.
Today in a follow on NRC event report, we find out that failures in the emergency cooling system resulted in the last ditch cooling attempt of directly venting the radioactive drywell to the atmosphere. The severity of those failures are under-reported in the NRC event report, because it reads no different from if the failures had been discovered during testing instead of being found out in the midst of a real-life emergency resulting in the last-ditch cooling effort of venting which is what happened!
We explain the situation in more detail in the video, but the gist of the analysis is as follows.
Lightning took out power to both reactors.
Backup generators kicked on, but powering everything would overload them
The systems which measure how much radiation was vented from the plant did not have power.
The reactors lost cooling capability.
Automatic emergency cooling kicked in.
The automated emergency cooling on Unit 2 was failing.
As a last-ditch effort, Unit 2 primary containment was vented to the atmosphere.
The venting cooled and dropped the pressure in Unit 2 enough to compensate for the failed cooling.
The camel was down to its last failing straw and only fractured its back; had it broken, Chicago would be aglow.
Radioactive contamination did occur, but who knows how much?!
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The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs. The final version, slated for Federal Register publication, is a win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a “new normal” for radiation exposure among the U.S population, according Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the radiation guides (called Protective Action Guides or PAGs) allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These guides govern evacuations, shelter-in-place orders, food restrictions and other actions following a wide range of “radiological emergencies.” The Obama administration blocked a version of these PAGs from going into effect during its first days in office. The version given approval late last Friday is substantially similar to those proposed under Bush but duck some of the most controversial aspects:
- In soil, the PAGs allow long-term public exposure to radiation in amounts as high as 2,000 millirems. This would, in effect, increase a longstanding one in 10,000 person cancer rate to a rate of 1 in 23 persons exposed over a 30-year period;
- In water, the PAGs punt on an exact new standard and EPA “continues to seek input on this.” But the thrust of the PAGs is to give on-site authorities much greater “flexibility” in setting aside established limits; and
- Resolves an internal fight inside EPA between nuclear versus public health specialists in favor of the former. The PAGs are the product of Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator for air and radiation whose nomination to serve as EPA Administrator is taken up this week by the Senate.
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Marvin S. Fertel, president and chief executive of the Nuclear Energy Institute, is absolutely full of shit! Nuclear power is NOT, was NOT and NEVER will be safe! How many accidents do we have to have? As in the case with Fukushima, which is still a major global threat, it only takes ONE nuclear reactor to cause world-wide disaster and species extinction to include humans! – John E Loeffler
Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are very rare, we’re incessantly told, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal. But when they do occur, they get costly. So costly that the French government, when it came up with cost estimates, kept them secret.
But now the report was leaked to the French magazine, Le Journal de Dimanche. Turns out, the upper end of the cost spectrum of an accident at a single reactor at the plant chosen for the study, the plant at Dampierre in the Department of Loiret in north-central France, would amount to over three times the country’s GDP. Financially, France would cease to exist as we know it.
Hence, the need to keep it secret. The study was done in 2007 by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), a government agency under joint authority of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Environment, Industry, Research, and Health. With over 1,700 employees, it’s France’s “public service expert in nuclear and radiation risks.” This isn’t some overambitious, publicity-hungry think tank.