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Note: First, let’s state the obvious. A nuclear power plant should not be built anywhere near seismic fault lines that can produce a crippling earthquake and a tsunami! This is just plain stupidity and recklessness at work here! Have we not learned our lessons from Chernobyl and the ongoing Fukushima crisis? Furthermore, companies that cannot comply with safety regulations should have their business licenses revoked. Especially businesses who are more concerned about cutting costs for profit at the risk of environmental catastrophe and human casualties! John E Loeffler – Fountain City, WI
SAN DIEGO – An inside source gave Team 10 a picture snapped inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe.
San Onofre owner Southern California Edison (SCE), confirms the picture was taken inside Unit Three, but did not say when. The anonymous source said the picture was taken in December 2012.
Unit Three is the same unit that leaked radiation in January 2012. SONGS has been shutdown since then as a precaution.
“[Staff] identified a small leak in the water box and will perform maintenance per our scheduling process,” SCE spokeswoman Maureen Brown wrote in a statement. “In the meantime, plastic is in place to direct the water from the small leak to a drain.”
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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?!
What I’ve known about for decades comes to light in a not-so-light way! Nuclear power must be scrapped for the very reason that much of it is illegally dumped into the oceans for fear of what to do with the highly radioactive waste nuclear power produces that takes thousands of years to become non-hazardous!
Enormous quantities of decommissioned Russian nuclear reactors and radioactive waste were dumped into the Kara Sea in the Arctic Ocean north of Siberia over a course of decades, according to documents given to Norwegian officials by Russian authorities and published in Norwegian media.
Bellona had received in 2011 a draft of a similar report prepared for Russia’s Gossoviet, the State Council, for presentation at a meeting presided over by then-president Dmitry Medvedev on Russian environmental security.
The Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom confirmed the figures in February of this year during a seminar it jointly held with Bellona in Moscow.
Bellona is alarmed by the extent of the dumped Soviet waste, which is far greater than was previously known – not only to Bellona, but also to the Russian authorities themselves.
The catalogue of waste dumped at sea by the Soviets, according to documents seen…
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Some 28,500 containers of radioactive waste were dropped into the English Channel between 1950 and 1963. Experts have assumed that the containers had long since rusted open, spreading the radioactivity throughout the ocean and thus rendering it innocuous. But a new investigative report from the joint French-German public broadcaster ARTE has concluded that the waste is still intact at the bottom of the sea.
As part of an investigative report set to air on April 23, affiliated German public broadcaster SWR sent an unmanned, remote-controlled submarine into the canal’s depths, where they discovered two nuclear waste barrels at a depth of 124 meters (406 feet) just kilometers from the French coast.
Jettisoned by both the British and the Belgians, the containers hold some of the estimated 17,224 metric tons of low-level radioactive waste dumped in the English Channel’s underwater valley known as Hurd’s Deep, just north of the isle of Alderney, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The British barrels are estimated to have contained 58 trillion becquerels (units of radioactivity), while the Belgian barrels held some 2.4 trillion bequerels. By way of comparison, the European Union’s limit for drinking water is 10 becquerels per liter.
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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
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The first pool, No. 2, was found to have leaked 120 tons of highly radioactive water on Friday. The size of the leak at the second pool, No. 3, was confirmed at 3 liters late Sunday. The leaks are likely to force Tepco to review its storage strategy for the toxic water, which has become its biggest enemy.
Since the leak is small, there are no plans to drain pool No. 3 into another storage area as is being done with pool No. 2, Tepco said.
The pools are part of a group of seven vast clay-lined storage pits at the plant measuring 60 meters long, 53 meters wide and 6 meters deep. Since each is covered in three layers of protective waterproof lining, how the water escaped will remain a mystery until the faulty pits are drained and examined.
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.
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Obama‘s losing his base, because of his lies, deception, and inability to get anything done that he said he was going to do back in 2007 when he was running for president! Anything other than doing the opposite of what he said he was going to do like hiring Michael Taylor, former V.P. of Monsanto and over two decade-long Monsanto worker bee who Obama appointed to head the FDA in 2010! Let’s see. He also hired Ernie Moniz as Energy Secretary. Moniz is pro-nuclear and pro-fracking. Do we really need any more than the 65,000+ toxic and lethal Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking wells than what the U.S. already has? What happened to Obama DIVESTING from dirty, finite fossil fuels, and investing in clean, cheap renewable energy sources that would get us off of foreign fuel dependence?! Obama’s a liar, a traitor, and apparently a gunslinger who has no problem using 20,000 drone strikes and counting! When will he start turning those drones on activists and environmentalists who the federal government already labels as “eco-terrorists?” A contradiction of a term if I ever heard one! Americans are patriots, and our government is the terrorist organization! Hell, they’ve only been funding Al-Qaeda for decades! Who’s the terrorists, Obama, Congress?!!