ALERT: Officials warn of more collapses at US nuclear site — “High spikes” in radiation levels recorded — Expert: Plutonium could go airborne — Major concern over radioactive releases — Gov’t delays revealing data to public (VIDEOS)

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KING 5 transcript, May 14, 2017 (emphasis added): Hanford official: Tunnel could collapse again — Less than a week after a tunnel collapse at Hanford’s PUREX site, Senator Cantwell visited the nuclear site Saturday, concerned about the recent collapse and the possibility of more. “There is still a potential that we could have an additional collapse of that tunnel,” said Doug Shoop, manager at the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office… “What we will be doing, weather permitting, will be putting a very large cover over the top of that tunnel number one,” said Shoop. That cover meant to keep radioactive particles in the dirt from flying into the air in the event of another collapse.

KOMO, May 13, 2017: DOE spokesman Doug Shoop said they’re still at risk of another failure as the 360-foot long concrete and wood structure has not been shored up. To mitigate the risk of a radioactive release in the event of a second collapse, workers will place a heavy, industrial tarp over the entire length of the tunnel…

KEPR, May 13, 2017: IMMEDIATE CONCERNS… “Now there is still the potential that we could have an additional collapse,” said Doug Shoop, site manager for the Department of Energy Richland Operations… Nuclear Waste Program Manager Alex Smith said the Department of Ecology[ said the] most immediate concern, of course, is the potential the wooden tunnel could collapse again… If a larger part of the tunnel were to collapse, she said they worry about a radiological releaseWith high winds in the area, Smith said radioactive dust can travel easily, that’s why they used extra precaution when dealing with the emergency on Tuesday. Shoop [said] they want to avoid airborne release of radioactive dust because the materials are difficult to contain and can be harmful to humans… “But what we do know for sure is that the material is very radioactive,” he said… Shoop said all the monitoring data that the DOE, contractors and the Department of Health conducted on the site, following the collapse, will be available to the public within the next week

Alex Smith, Washington Dept. of Ecology: “The integrity of the structure is compromisedRadioactive dirt and dust could be released… it is a high concern.”

KNDO transcript, May 14, 2017: “There are still major concerns circling the tunnel collapse.”

KING 5 transcript, May 10, 2017: “A danger still exists after that tunnel collapsed yesterday. It was really a statewide emergency… If the wind were to pick-up and the hole is still not filled in, that’s when the wind could come down, stir things up, and spread radioactive particles into the air… The bad news is the wind is about to pick up. We’ve got this low pressure system out in the Pacific… Once it traverses east of the Cascades we’re going to see that wind… You’re going to see wind speeds surpassing the 30 mph mark.”

Nuclear Hotseat, May 10, 2017: (at 11:15 in) Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser at US Dept. of Energy: “It’s possible that radiation might have escaped into the open environment because of this collapse… This stuff could re-suspend — it probably has plutonium in it.” — (at 16:30 in) Julie Wert, Radiation Watch: “I pulled the [EPA RadNet data] for Hanford and it’s showing high spikes… That indicates that there’s some releases going on.”

Tri-City Herald, May 13, 2017: Hanford radiological control technicians who questioned some unusual radiation readings are being credited with discovering the breach… When some readings were much higher than expected, they began checking for the cause…

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  • With high winds in the area, Smith said radioactive dust can travel easily, that’s why they used extra precaution when dealing with the emergency on Tuesday.

    "To mitigate the risk of a radioactive release in the event of a second collapse, workers will place a heavy, industrial tarp over the entire length of the tunnel."

    A tarp. A tarp over an above ground tube filled with highly radioactive byproducts and waste, covered with 8 feet of dirt.

    I guess it shouldn't come as surprise given Fukushima. Idiocracy isn't a movie – it is a documentary of the nuclear industry.


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  • Dazy Dazy

    In addition to a tarp over the hold they should probably put a chain link around the area to prevent the plutonium from leaving…


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Gov’t delays revealing data to public"

    Our government "of the people, by the people and for the people."

    If they can delay for a week, they can sell some more uranium stocks. Hey, a nickel is a nickel.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The public should not have to wait for a government announcement to understand there has been some sort of release of radiation.
    It's 'a given', in the circumstance.
    They don't cover the damned stuff for nothing!
    The challenge is to get them to admit the true levels of exposure.


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  • deaddolphins deaddolphins

    Homo Stupidous hard at work destroying stuff….the smartest dills to have ever occupied the planet


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  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Data, Beta.. alpha, schmalpha…just picking cherries. 99.99% of the people I speak to don't even know about this. I can only hope the folks of the counties around that hell hole keep the heat on their representatives.
    Ahh heck just throw some more technology at it. It has worked out sooo wonderfully so far…not.
    Mother Nature the most amazing technology ever created…stupid humans!
    Debt notes the most vile thing ever created…stupid humans!


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  • :|

    " unusual radiation readings "
    " much higher than expected "
    - Tri-City Herald

    We get fed the feed.
    Creating so called news about political gossip is the headline of the day. (like a reality show except more boring) What people should be hearing is about Fukushima's ongoing TRIPLE MELTDOWNS and the crap the government allows to be put in our food that's making us sick and killing us. People should be aware that the Nuclear industry has no plan for what to do when radioactive contamination escapes. The only plan is to not tell the public anything. So far, their plan is working.

    (Banned even in Nigeria, but not the USA)
    i.e. Bread – http://naturallysavvy.com/eat/scary-ingredients-used-in-bread-manufacturing


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  • This is fake news. Everyone knows that the more plutonium, strontium, and cesium you inhale, the healthier one gets. (sarc)


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  • GOM GOM

    How can particles be spread if nothing is leaking?


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  • GOM GOM

    **They are changing the tunnel dates..

    The tunnel that collapsed is timber, the 'concrete' is nothing more than cinder-block size SUPPORT under the ENTRANCE timber.

    These early ORIGINAL tunnels were filled in with dirt. They were ALSO disposing of large pieces of radioactive waste, including old equipment.

    Now, I am seeing date changes to the tunnels in question..'1960's'. THIS IS A LIE.

    "The material is very radioactive,” he said.

    Yes, moron, spent fuel storage in rail buckets is tricky..


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  • freebywill

    HANFORD SITE‐WIDE RISK REVIEW PROJECT INTERIM PROGRESS REPORT
    AUGUST 31, 2015
    http://www.cresp.org/Hanford/Hanford_Risk_Review_Interim%20Report_W_Append_Rev_0.pdf

    used searcch function – keyword tunnel

    PDF page 11
    iii. For PUREX (Appendix D.4):
    1. A design basis seismic event could lead to a total structural failure of the
    202‐A building and both tunnels, causing an estimated unmitigated
    combined 250 rem dose to the co‐located person.
    2. The wood ceiling and wall structure of Tunnel #1 are vulnerable to collapse
    in about 30 years[20] due to ongoing degradation occurring from continued
    exposure to the gamma radiation from equipment being stored, or due to a
    fire. These events could release a large fraction of the 21,200 Ci radiological
    inventory to the environment.[21]

    Starting on pg 144.
    THREATS TO THE COLUMBIA RIVER
    PDF pg 146
    Figure 3‐31. Estimating pathways and travel times of groundwater from the 200 Areas to the Columbia River based on past tritium plume
    movement.

    PDF pg 159
    GROUNDWATER CONTAMINANT PLUMES ASSOCIATED WITH EACH EVALUATION UNIT
    Several graphics depicting various contaminate plumes

    More on the PUREX facility starting PDF pg 186
    PDF page 188
    Table 3‐19. Summary of major radiological primary contaminant inventories, form, and barriers to
    release.
    Primary Contaminants (Ci)
    ……….| Cs137 | Sr90 | Pu | Am241
    Tunnel #1 | 10,000 | 8,200 | 2,500 | 440

    [ cont ]


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    • freebywill

      [ Cont ] CRESP report continued

      PDF pg 190
      The timber walls and ceiling of Tunnel #1 will also continue to weaken and possibly collapse causing a similar release of
      contaminants.
      A seismic‐caused collapse of the building and tunnels or a fire in Tunnel #1 represent high exposure risks to humans near
      the facilities, but the 8.5 mile distance to the closest Hanford boundary significantly reduces exposure
      risks to the public/MOI.

      [ there's tons more info, it's almost 2000 pgs ]


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      What is a "co-located person" ? Is that a tricky way to say someone unfortunate enough to get a whiff of the stuff?


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      RE: Seismicity and Hanford, there must be enough of a concern about seismicity in the Columbia River Basin for people to have studied it.

      https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2002CD/finalprogram/abstract_34973.htm

      "Some clear alignments of hypocenters cut the entire seismogenic crust (to 20-25km depths); these presumed faults appear to be associated with broad basement-cored folds such as the Wenatchee Mountains."

      Siesmicity and Central Washington state:

      https://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5599081

      "Analysis of central Washington seismicity of the past two decades reveals some interesting features. Shallow seismicity and deep seismicity occur as different geographic distributions. Concentration of seismicity along north- to northwest-oriented trends appears to be related to a buried continental rift and possible associated fault zones. Hypothesized extensions of the Chiwaukum graben and Straight Creek fault systems are plausible structural controls on the seismicity."

      https://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/pacnw/nc/wen7.html


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  • danger kitty danger kitty

    The sword of nuclear poison hangs over the lives of all. Nuke war, meltdowns, waste that must be managed (competently) forever.
    It's as if we can only live Half-Life ourselves…
    Why should any more NPP'S be allowed? The waste-in 70 years the nuke industry has not even learned how to WIPE ITSELF!


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  • Sol Man

    "That cover meant to keep radioactive particles in dirt from flying into the air in the event of another collapse."

    But, when sand, rock is dumped into the gaping hole the dirt in the tunnel is disturbed, as is the air, and both are forcefully expelled.

    Another collapse? Is it not inevitable? Everything has been exposed to high rads since it was built.

    No stopping Wigner Effect.


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  • papacares papacares

    Have 2 personal links to Hanford, 1 a family member who worked as a carpenter building it and the other a friend who was an inspector over operations. Both stated the entire facility is a disaster what will only get worse, there are no known flies available.
    Thus such newsworthy events will only escalate over time. The carpenter gave the best analogy to Hanford as relates to government action. They place their finger over the red warning light just as someone would do in their car, sure you can get a few more miles down the road, but how Far?
    Just another brick on the road. My question is how many of these death machines are dispensing their brew world wide. Think of the norks how careful they must be as they process or the chicoms or brits, ruskies on and on. Of course we know how Japan took care of their storage facility what was in the basement of F3. If you still do not understand youtube pink Floyd another brick in the wall or if that doesn't work 4 u try gary s paxton there got to be more to living than just waiting to die.
    Peace out


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  • papacares papacares

    Do not like Google spell check it changed fixes to flies and apologize I did not catch it


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  • “Trump is that crazy-ass soldier who stands up, charges the line and flops down on the barbed wire, so the rest of the unit can follow, undeterred by the wire. The only way we get our country back is to follow him and charge the enemy, who is concentrating all their fire on him to keep anyone from following him against them. If we stand back and don’t follow, we sacrifice the brave crazy guy and lose the battle, which by the way, means we lose the war, because we won’t find another crazy-ass natural leader to lay down on that barbed wire if we let this sacrifice himself for nothing.

    Remember: The war is US versus the POLITICAL CLASS. We have to get our kind elected, and open the supply roads to bring in more like us. It’s the only way we win.” https://nukeprofessional.blogspot.sg/2017/05/summary-of-status-quo-correctly.html


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  • I started a new habit during my Hawaii trip and continuing it….reading actual books, God forbid!

    Also had a completely insane idea last year I have been implementing….going back to my college days, strength, flexibility, and weight.

    Only an insane individual would even consider coming up with that idea, much less trying it.


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    • Speaking of books. Kelly recommended "The Afterlife of Billy Fingers" which I read, and also recommend as a great book that talks about spirituality without any of the organized religion dogma.

      QUESTION!

      Around 2 years ago…someone online recommended specifically to me that I read "The Sociopath Next Door" which I bought used on Amazon and read on the plane going to Hawaii. amazingly, as I read, I began to suspect, and then I became convinced that I was in a business contract, with….a sociopath, and suddenly everything made sense, all the weirdness.

      But it made all the difference in the world, as my approach to closing out the business deal, and protecting myself, was completely different than how I would have proceeded without this knowledge.

      Was that someone here?


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      • eyesoftheworld eyesoftheworld

        I think that was me, Stock. I am glad you read it… knowledge is power when dealing with psychopaths. May I suggest another book that expands on your knowledge – how the psychopaths influence normal people and actually turn normal thinking into pathological thinking (i.e., as Casteneda said: They give us their MINDS). "Political Ponerology" ( http://ponerology.com ) subtitle: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes. This is available now as a free pdf http://www.serendipity.li/bush/ponerology_preview.pdf .
        The other (small) book that will help is "Without Conscience" by Dr Robert Hare, who did the PCL-R the Psychopathy Checklist, revised. This is my choice for non-clinical readers.
        The definitive tome on the subject is "The Mask of Sanity", which is also available for free https://cassiopaea.org/cass/sanity_1.PdF .
        The information is so important that they are making it available FREE. The word has to get out before the planet is destroyed. Talk about it! Tell people about these predators…. we all know some of them. Sometimes it just needs to be pointed out to people – what this is.
        Peace.


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        • eyes, awesome, you opened my eyes and it made a difference, perhaps, into 6 figures. The timing was serendipitous. After I landed I discussed with my brother saying…."I bet you know something about this." He is a high functioning aspy, and very well read, especially on diverse subjects. He helped refine my vision of the sociopath "defect" and then I started implementing a plan, outplaying the sociopath.

          Anyhow, thanks much. If you ping me stock@hawaii.rr.com I'll send you something as a gift, I make the best green tomatillo salsa in the world, for instance. Did I mention that I am a Leo and not so humble, lol, but its true.


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        • Sociopathy is definitely relevant to the nuclear village. Deep down they know what damage is possible, but they lie to themselves. Or they get the ultimate power trip, of figuratively looking someone straight in the eye and stating "You can't prove that I am killing your children"


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        • Dazy Dazy

          Nice to read your mention of Casteneda, EyesoftheWorld, I have most of his books and they really touch on interesting aspects of life, as we don't know it. I've tried cloudbreaking with some small effect, perhaps only my imagination; I've tried it on chemtrails but once they fall apart the stuff falls anyway, so I stopped doing that because it's horrifying to see gunk falling down from overhead. I just duck and cover now and implore Brother Wind to blow it away from me. Selfish…i know.

          If I may suggest another, "Man & His Symbols" by Carl Jung, really informative regarding our current paradigm of advertising symbolism directing society at a very profound level. I believe strongly that this is a base of information that is being used to control people in a myriad of ways (e.g. advertising, 'news', public education, etc.) and used in other, even more nefarious ways. Collective symbolism.


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          • Dazy, bought the Jung book you mention and one more from him. Did several psychology courses in HS, and Jung resonated with me out of the gate. The Jungian archetypes also seem to mesh so well with an animal spirit spirituality that I am tapping into. It will be great to refresh and learn more.

            My other knowledge passion is neuro-linguistics, which I think is crucial to why man became the apex predator of this planet…somehow the words themselves and ability to communication with words, because an essential part of our species, with deep implications, not always good but often good. That came later in my studies, I bet a review of Jung will show that he was already on to that.


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            • Dazy Dazy

              Stock, I need to re-read him as well, it's been awhile so I figure I can learn something new reading it again.

              Animal spirits do seem to mesh with Jung's philosophy, my guide and protector introduced herself to me in a dream when I was four years old and has stayed with me since, a beautiful black panther.

              A funny thing I discovered several years ago is that black panthers are a melanistic version of the regularly colored cats, as are red-heads in humans. I'm melanistic like my creature.


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              • Dazy, funny you say all that. Your panther sounds awesome. I didn't "discover" my animal spirit consciously until my birthday 2 summers ago. My animal spirit is the eagle, which is nice. Really, all raptors are in the group. Hawks and Eagles come when I call them, I'll set up a video and get some proof some day.

                Since then, I have both stepped outside my comfort zone and had most everything work in my favor (again, which is nice). I also realized that I have always had this eagle spirit. One time a decade ago I was at my dad's place and in the living room. He has a woods on one side with tall trees. I had this clear feeling and stated "there is a hawk out there" and walked to the window and found the hawk 30 feet up looking at us. It stuck around about 30 minutes.

                My dad remarked "you have always been a good game spotter". The high location of the hawk meant that unless you were standing right at the window, you couldn't see it.

                When fishing, I have always been the bird spotter, birds mark the fish. And on land, always able to spot critters. So the eagle eye from my eagle guide/spirit makes sense.

                Since we are on the subject, somehow my whole life has been taken over by some weird Irish meme, I don't know what it means, but there are like 30 "coincidences" including important people coming in to my life. Enough so that I am thinking about doing a genetic test, since there is no hint of Irish in my known family…


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              • Dazy, got the Jung book today "Modern Man in Search of a Soul"


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            The point of Reich's experiments and findings was to cause the toxic substances to dissipate or to render them harmless.

            I believe that is possible, and we are not consigned to just watching the gunk fall on us.

            But it requires building and using Reich's devices properly, which is an art and a science. They can cause harm, too, in irresponsible hands.

            I've blown away clouds (chem clouds) when living in Humboldt County, CA, where there is a very high amount of cloud cover and rain, fog.

            Stopped doing it because I wasn't sure I was applying the proper technique. A friend who is an expert in this advised caution.

            Are you familiar with Reich's theory or hypothesis on this, Dazy?

            Well, I'm one of those people who sleeps with peat moss under my bed and orgone behind my head, so go figure!


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            • HoTaters HoTaters

              This is going to sound like it's completely from out in left field, and it is. Shortly after I began making orgone, and sleeping with peat moss by my bed (and salt crystals behind my head, too), I began to recover from a horrible onslaught of disease. I'd been infected with Lyme, giardiasis, possibly human parvovirus, and had a bad vaccine reaction, all at the same time. Had systemic reactive arthritis, pericarditis, and huge pleural effusions around both lungs which wouldn't go away for months. And recurring pneumonia.

              Now that I think of it, other than the GAPS diet, nothing changed except for changing the energy signature in the room where I slept.

              My recovery from a state of being near death, for a long time, is pretty miraculous. And it was unexpected.

              So maybe I'm full of drek, but I think it works. I feel things most people don't feel, and for me, grounding, orgone, peat moss, Himalayan salt crystals, feel harmonious.

              The good effects could be, "mind over matter," too. I convinced myself of survival, and visualized health and proper integration of it on the cellular level.


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                Reich warned that nuclear radiation turned orgone to DOR, deadly orgone radiation. But he was a pioneer and all conclusions are provisional. Nevertheless, it might be wise to use his water grounding methods. Maybe an indoor grounded fountain. Copen makes something he believes neutralizes DOR, but he might be gone by now. For further insight, read aetherometry stuff from Correa


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            • Dazy Dazy

              I am somewhat familiar with Reich, I'm glad he's working for you. He's a bit too attached to Freud for my tastes.

              I find this fellow interesting – Walter Russell.
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Russell

              Among his accomplishments: There they established the museum and the Walter Russell Foundation, and in 1957 the Commonwealth of Virginia granted a charter for the University of Science and Philosophy, a correspondence school with a home study course. Walter and Lao Russell collaborated on a number of books. The testing of atomic bombs in the atmosphere prompted them to publish "Atomic Suicide?" in 1957 in which they warned of grave consequences for the planet and for humankind if radioactivity was exploited as a world fuel. The Test-Ban Treaty of 1963 lessened the threat, but they maintained that the danger of the radioactive poisoning of the biosphere would remain a pressing issue. Walter Russell was productive up to his death in 1963. Lao died in 1988. Although the University left Swannanoa in 1998, Walter and Lao's books continue to enjoy brisk sales and worldwide distribution


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        • Troglodyte Troglodyte

          One of the reasons I like visiting this site is the wealth of information that is shared. The Mask of Sanity is very interesting to me, and I'm just about to the point of beginning the case studies.


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          • eyesoftheworld eyesoftheworld

            for Stock, Dazy and Trog — thanks for the feedback. When I posted the links etc two years ago there was some interest… as the reign of our Wetiko president rolls on, the need for this info has become more apparent.
            The reference to Jung is appropriate. The substrate of reality that Jung worked at is the level we are talking about. I love his work… there are some great video's on his ideas – like this one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYUemhYZlAQ&ab_channel=OccultHyve . The lecturer who did this has other great lectures (anyone want to go back to college??) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmJ4L_LwqcE&ab_channel=CarmenMoyers
            Of course, at this point, the psychopathy is widespread… not just in government or high positions… it's inveigled (def: to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements) its way into all professions. This is what "Political Ponerology" is all about.
            Trog ! it's a tough book and you can do it.. don't give up on the clinical-ness of it.. this understanding will empower your life.
            I love all of you folks – the hearth-warmers. Standing in witness to what we've done to our world. The conscious spirit lives beyond this material world… we are eternal.


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      • Mack Mack

        stock, yes, reading a lot of books, too.

        Any recommendations from the brilliant ENENewsers on any good books to read are welcomed.


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    • Cooter

      Stock,

      I read this book in 1972 and began practicing techniques that I learned and modified over the years. It changed my life in so many profound ways. All for the good

      Journeys out of the body; Robert A Monroe
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Monroe

      http://www.near-death.com/experiences/triggers/out-of-body-experiences.html

      From the above link;
      "In 1958, without any apparent cause, I began to float out of my physical body. It was not voluntary; I was not attempting any mental feats. It was not during sleep, so I couldn't dismiss it as simply a dream. I had full, conscious awareness of what was happening, which of course only made it worse. I assumed it was some sort of hallucination caused by something dangerous – a brain tumor, or impending mental illness. Or imminent death.

      "It occurred usually when I would lie down or relax for rest or preparatory to sleep – not every time but several times weekly. I would float up a few feet above my body before I became aware of what was happening. Terrified, I would struggle through the air and back into my physical body. Try as I might, I could not prevent it from recurring." (Monroe, 2-3)

      A word of caution should be in order before you try anything.
      Monroe used the word "terrified", which is putting it mildly.

      In any state of sub-consciousness you will need to have a word or words, of your choosing, that will allow you to immediately return to your body. DO THIS BEFORE you start practicing your…


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      • Got it, I am going to publish an article on Good Reads and will put that on.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          but the monroe institute is about selling hemi-sync. Its hard to believe spiritual advancement can hinge on having both ears working, fed with binaural heterodyne beats.


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            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              stock, Im all for any technique that works. Still, there is the sales element, and the limits of the method. Feed each ear a slightly different frequency and the brain will sum them to a beat frequency, and this causes a hypnotic state of sorts.

              But lets go further. A lot of people think spiritual awakening depends on getting your emotional state in harmony. Controlling anger, lust, jealousy and so forth. How can that make sense? Our poor nervous system can be twanged till the banjo breaks.

              All of the methods that lift will also let down, its inevitable. Thus the idea of transcendence of duality, which pretty much sums up the whole experiential enchilada. For this reason, philosophical belief and debate is all but useless, the subject being beyond ape-man comprehension…but not his belief that he does understand it!


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  • They immediately went on record as saying this was not terrorism, because that would go against a narrative or two….

    Two car incidents at almost the same time, shortly after 11:40 a.m. ✔️Staten Island ✔️Times Square Coincidence?


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  • razzz razzz

    'Hanford Site'

    "…During the Cold War, the project expanded to include nine nuclear reactors and five large plutonium processing complexes, which produced plutonium for most of the more than 60,000 weapons built for the U.S. nuclear arsenal…

    …In 2007, the Hanford site represented two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume.[8] Hanford is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States[9][10] and is the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup.[2] Besides the cleanup project, Hanford also hosts a commercial nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station, and various centers for scientific research and development, such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the LIGO Hanford Observatory…

    …On November 10, 2015, it was designated as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park alongside other sites in Oak Ridge and Los Alamos…

    …The Hanford Site occupies 586 square miles (1,518 km2)—roughly equivalent to half of the total area of Rhode Island—within Benton County, Washington.[2] This land is closed to the general public…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Why do they worry that more of the tunnel could collapse?
    Why because more sections are losing the integrity, because it was shoddily built?
    Or something more?

    You know, I support Dutch in his hypotheses when I feel he is reasonably close to the truth.
    Now he seems to understand ..radioactive contamination is the danger at Hanford.
    Yet.. even in just considering the material x-containment at the time of the explosions at Fukushima ..he goes brain dead.
    What's the deal?

    5/09/2017 — ☢ Hanford Nuclear Storage Facilty tunnel collapses after earthquake swarm ☢
    May 9 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mtIbpL5RsM


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    • Something odd about that boy. he even stole a saying I created with no thanks, no question to me, no attribution.

      "Be prepared, not scared" on Nukepro so I know he reads my stuff. Its odd


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      • razzz razzz

        Cognitive dissonance?

        Just because he traveled the US trying to monitor Daiichi fallout with handhelds and found nothing of value, that does not mean it was a scientific venture except in his mind. Increased thyroid problems here and in Japan after 3/11 must give some people a clue no matter how much the governments try to suppress doctor's diagnoses.


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        • razzz,

          I rarely got any spikes of radiation from my Geiger, Pu and Uranium, low activity and alpha stopped by 3 CM of air….will not register much on a Geiger unless present in massive quantities, right there.

          The damage is done, the coverup in place, the pain mostly in front of us.


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          • Mack Mack

            stock, were you able to bring your geiger and take any readings in Japan or Hawaii?


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            • In Japan, I had the Inspector, readings ranged 30 to 35 CPM in Tokyo area, which is kind of to be expected for a highly industrial area. No spikes.

              In Hawaii, I was lugging my Canon 6D new camera and all the accessories, so had to forgo the Geiger.

              stock out


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              • I had my Inspector out for 2 3/4 hours in Nicaragua yesterday and averaged 44 CPM. It sat in my bedroom on the bed for 1 hour and then in the living room under ceiling fan for 1 3/4 hours. Normally the readings are between 18-35. We have onshore winds on the Pacific Coast at the moment, though it looked as if the wind was from the Southwest.

                I find it hard to believe that Tokyo could only be 35 CPM. I don't doubt your readings, but it's enough to make me not want to use my monitor anymore, as the low counts in Japan appear like propaganda for the nuke industry.


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                • Kelly Ann, rough average in Hawaii was 25, in Wisconsin I would say its 30 from observation, I don't log my results at this time.

                  I wonder if you are getting some off gassing of something from your volcanoes?

                  Aloha, stock out


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                  • Aloha, stock.

                    This month the wind comes from West and Southwest (Pacific Ocean) and no major eruptions.

                    There is no reason why the radiation reading should be higher in Nicaragua than in contaminated Japan. I am testing again right now and it is moving between 32 and 54 CPM, 42-44 seems to be the average. (I have the Inspector EXP.)

                    If I walk around outside with the wand, it moves between 18-50.

                    I tested at Harmonia, 50 km away, and readings were the same as in my home in San Juan del Sur. Not sure what caused the CPM to double in the last month, but the radiation here has to be far less than Japan, Hawaii or the Pacific Northwest.

                    I don't two anyone else testing here or Costa Rica, so it's hard to say. When I tested my imported food (berries, turkey and cheese), there was always a slight increase in the CPMs when the monitor was placed by the food.

                    Again. I don't debt your readings, but I don't believe that the average CPM for Tokyo is 30-35. Seems way too low for being just few miles from Fukushima.


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                    • I was in mostly Kanagawa, so guessing 150 KM from Fuku

                      Did you know that Fukushima means "Island of Dreams"?


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                    • I know about radon, but I am not downwind of anything, even if the wind shifts to offshore. Wind is coming from the Pacific Ocean. All of the windows in my house are always open. Doors are usually open and ceiling fans run constantly. Same readings in my car, same readings at the beach. It's not a pocket of radon gas. I am not downwind from a volcano or vent and the distance from the volcanoes is such that it wouldn't be a cause for the readings to double.

                      I have had the radiation monitor for 3 1/2 years. Every once in a while there is a spike in the 40s, but generally it was 14-22. Now it is in the 40s al of the time. Since you showed less in Japan, I am worried that there is something going on here or the Inspector shows a false negative in Japan.


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                    • KAT, it could be the Fuku fires

                      could be your GC calibration — got anyone else down there with same /similar Geiger, I assume

                      hard to imagine its Hanford, and I suspect that would be mainly Pu so alpha, so minimal "counts"

                      Please continue to monitor and advise, I could send you a loaner inspector to confirm/calibrate if readings remain high. I love having 2 Inspectors, its a luxury for sure, but makes it possible to have more knowledge.

                      In the mean time, make sure you are getting adequate Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium as well as an alkalizing diet. My new thing is the Costco bag of limes and the 2 sisters juicer and 2 glasses of diluted lime juice in water every morning, one used as chaser for 1:1 dilute ACV.

                      stock out


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      • SadieDog

        You created? C'mon man.


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    • DUDe DUDe

      bottomline.. ..radioactive contamination is the danger at Hanford.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Nuclear Waste Brewing to Contaminate Washing State at Hanford Site PART 1
    Jun 18 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Fg_ZkUldg&t=212s


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    1988..
    Year after year of lies..

    THE PREVALENCE AT BIRTH OF CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS IN COMMUNITIES NEAR THE HANFORD SITE
    Feb 1 1988

    https://academic.oup.com/aje/article-abstract/127/2/243/95114/THE-PREVALENCE-AT-BIRTH-OF-CONGENITAL?related-urls=yesl127/2/243


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  • Sol Man

    HotR- A very difficult, no, horrible consequence of the sequence of events that we have witnessed.

    Is the world being sterilized by the constant bombardment of becquerels?


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  • NoFixedID

    The word ‘tunnel’ is a hoax. These things aren’t even underground; they are just glorified gazebos with a bit of dirt thrown over them. Further collapses are inevitable. Even if they didn’t collapse, the dirt and the supporting structures would eventually erode away. The waste inside needs to be extracted and (in the absence of any real solution to nuclear waste disposal) stored somewhere a whole lot safer. But the authority’s response to the collapse was to shovel dirt into the hole. Surely this will make it more difficult to extract the waste safely in future?


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    • SadieDog

      The earthquake is gonna take care off everything. Easy peasy.


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    • SadieDog

      But in reality, that radiated equipment and really old waste and chemicals will never be removed. IMO. Never.


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    • Nofixedid, indeed. They probably dont even have a PVC liner under the whole mess. Hella curies "available" there to go into ground water. or in a collapse, into the air.

      And there fill with dirt idea, will indeed increase the cost of better storage by 10x…..imagine that, contractors acting quick to create 10x work in the future.


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      • DUDe DUDe

        "..And there fill with dirt idea, will indeed increase the cost of better storage by 10x.."

        Yes , always short time thinking/acting first..it screws up the long term possibilities so nicely..then psycho's can thrive coming up with "solutions"..

        —-

        Test to recycle some screened soil from Fukushima

        "..Japan's Environment Ministry is studying the possibility of using some screened soil cleared from Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear power plant accident in public works projects.

        The Japanese government says, within the next 30 years, it plans to dispose of some 22 million cubic meters of soil and other waste that will be removed from the prefecture as part of the decontamination effort.

        The ministry says it aims to use soil with up to 6,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive substances in roads and embankments, and up to 4,000 becquerels in parks.."

        https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170517_23/


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  • Checkmate

    "Nuclear Waste" from now on will be referred to as "Nuclear Garbage" to be politically correct. It has a softer ring and insinuates that it is recyclable for everybody's benefit or quickly decomposes like cardboard or paper.
    [sic.]


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  • Ever notice how they call the TV schedule "TV Programming". Indeed some sociopaths can maintain a sense of humor, and receive the power trip of openly telling you how they are manipulating things


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  • DUDe DUDe

    Swiss to vote on law to help renewables, ban new nuclear power plants

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL8N1II3I8


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  • Kellyanne Conway Cancels Fox Appearance – Even She Can’t Defend Trump Anymore
    The Ring of Fire
    https://youtu.be/fW84M5fZSEM


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  • Trump's Lawyers: DUDE, STOP CALLING MIKE FLYNN!!!
    The Young Turks
    https://youtu.be/DWR5X5Dj6CE


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201705150018.html

    The Asahi Shimbun
    EDITORIAL: Fulfilling duties to Fukushima must top list in TEPCO reform
    May 15, 2017
    A new plan has recently been worked out for rehabilitating Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (TEPCO), the embattled operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    The plan is centered on a bold management reform for enhancing the utility’s earning capacity so it can cover the ballooning expenses related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, including the payment of damages and the cost of scrapping the hobbled nuclear reactors.

    TEPCO obviously has the duty to fulfill its responsibility to the people and communities affected by the disaster. But the plan has set profit targets that are anything but easy to achieve, and some of the components of the plan appear unlikely to be realizable any time soon.

    There is a need to continue reviewing the plan so it will not end up as simply pie in the sky.

    TEPCO came under de facto government ownership after it could no longer keep operating on its own as a result of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns. The utility has since been paying damages and otherwise dealing with the aftermath of the disaster while receiving aid in various forms under government supervision….


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    • rogerthat

      t was learned late last year that post-disaster processing would cost twice as much as the previous estimate. The government worked out a framework, wherein about 16 trillion yen ($141 billion), out of the total expense of some 22 trillion yen, would be covered either by TEPCO or with profits from the sale of the government’s share in TEPCO.

      The rehabilitation plan, which was revised in response thereto, envisages that TEPCO can come up with 500 billion yen in necessary expenses annually over the coming three decades. It also sets the goal of substantially increasing TEPCO’s profits.

      Many questions linger, however.

      A restart of the idled Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture, which is expected to be the key instrument for TEPCO’s turnaround, is unlikely to be feasible any time soon. The governor of Niigata Prefecture and others are growing increasingly distrustful of TEPCO, as it recently came to light that the company had failed to inform the government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority that one key building on the nuclear plant site is not sufficiently anti-seismic.

      The first order of business is to take thorough safety measures. TEPCO should come up with ways for generating the necessary financial resources without relying on a restart of the nuclear plant. …


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      • rogerthat

        The centerpiece of new measures for enhancing TEPCO’s earning capacity is a prospective reorganization of its operations along segment lines, such as in the field of power transmission and distribution and in nuclear power operations, which would also involve other utilities. That apparently came against the backdrop of the industry ministry’s hopes that TEPCO’s realignment will trigger a reform of the entire energy industry.

        Other major electric utilities, however, are wary of the risk of having to play a part in TEPCO’s response to the nuclear disaster. It therefore remains uncertain whether the reorganization will actually take place as envisaged.

        The framework for sharing the burdens of post-disaster processing, which the government has worked out as a precondition for the new plan, is in the first place ridden with problems.

        The framework envisages that new entrants to the power supply market, who operate no nuclear reactors, will also have to pay part of the disaster response costs. Critics continue to argue such a plan is about passing the bill on to irrelevant parties.

        The 4 trillion yen in radioactive cleanup fees are designated for being covered by profits on the sale of TEPCO shares. But that plan could fail unless TEPCO’s earnings were to expand and its share price were to grow significantly. …


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        • rogerthat

          Using taxpayers’ money to fill the hole would then emerge as a realistic option.

          TEPCO was allowed to stay afloat at the expense of taxpayers on the sole grounds that it bears heavy responsibility to the people and communities affected by the Fukushima disaster.

          The government would have to take another step forward if TEPCO were unable to fulfill that responsibility. That would also fuel the argument for dismantling the embattled utility.

          TEPCO is expected to soon make a fresh start under a reshuffled management. The utility and the government should not forget about the exacting eyes of the public.

          –The Asahi Shimbun, May 14


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    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/16/national/resident-demands-city-fukushima-take-action-alleged-decontamination-fraud/

    Resident demands city of Fukushima take action after alleged decontamination fraud
    KYODO
    MAY 16, 2017

    FUKUSHIMA – A resident of the city of Fukushima filed a complaint Monday demanding the municipality seek the return of ¥12 million from a company that is alleged to have padded its bills for radiation decontamination work by submitting fake photos of bamboo forests, for which cleanup costs are higher.

    The city admitted last week that the defunct company — part of a consortium — falsely reported that it worked on a project to clean up radioactive materials from a 2,500-sq.-meter bamboo forest in the city, located about 60 km northwest of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    According to the city, the fee for decontamination work in a normal forest is some ¥500 per sq. meter, but it can rise tenfold for work in bamboo forest where trees are much more difficult to fell.

    The company, which closed its doors in March, is alleged to have placed already cut bamboo pieces into the ground on a slope of a hill to make it look like work in a bamboo forest had been completed. It then submitted photos of the site to the consortium …


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  • rogerthat

    “The legitimacy of disbursement of taxpayers’ money to radiation decontamination work and the city’s ability to check it have come into question,” the attorney for the male complainant said.

    A whistleblower notified the city of the alleged wrongdoing in November, according to a city official.

    The man who filed the complaint criticized the city for having failed to take action even after it learned of the allegation. The city is considering filing a criminal charge against the company.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/16/national/agency-cut-ship-fukushima-trees-trial-basis-fall/#.WR7fyiN95aU

    Forestry Agency to log and ship Fukushima trees in trial starting this fall
    JIJI, KYODO
    MAY 16, 2017

    The Forestry Agency said Monday that it will resume felling and shipping trees in Fukushima Prefecture this fall on a trial basis.

    Following the triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, logging was suspended in 12 municipalities in the prefecture.

    But radiation levels appear to have declined enough to resume logging in some areas, the agency said.

    For fiscal 2017, the agency plans to cut and ship trees in national forests in the town of Hirono and the village of Kawauchi.

    The agency, which will pick contractors for the work later, said a local company has already expressed an interest.

    Logged trees will be shipped after radiation checks. In the current fiscal year ending next March, the agency will also thin forests in the village of Katsurao and remove surplus trees in the town of Naraha, although they will not be shipped. …


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    • rogerthat

      Forests in areas for which evacuation orders were issued following the nuclear meltdowns have become excessively overgrown as they have not been touched for six years. Work to thin forests is necessary as underbrush needed to maintain soil does not grow due to sunlight being blocked.

      In order to prevent wood with contamination levels higher than national standards from going on sale, the agency intends to ship only trees logged in forests with radiation levels below 0.5 microsievert per hour.

      Tepco plans to build a new incinerator to dispose of radioactive logs that have piled up in the premises, company officials said.

      The logs amassed to about 78,000 cubic meters after the company felled trees to clear land in order to build containment tanks for contaminated water. Construction materials such as mortar was used to cover the soil to isolate radioactive materials.

      The new incinerator is slated to begin burning logs in fiscal 2020 through March 2021 and the ashes will be moved to storage warehouses by fiscal 2026, according to the company. …


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  • rogerthat

    The nuclear plant has an incinerator to burn protective gear worn by workers but the fast-growing pile of logs prompted the company to seek a new facility, which would be able to burn 95 tons of waste per day, they said.

    Tepco plans to build four new warehouses to store debris and waste from the decommissioning of the nuclear plant in addition to the eight already in place, officials said.


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  • rogerthat

    Fukushima: The never-ending story that the world ignores. Which is a pity.


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    • Farthington MacMananus Farthington MacMananus

      Yeah it's depressing, so depressing that I don't even feel like talking to people anymore. I mention fukushima or some other stuff and people get angry at me, think I'm full of shit etc. While they talk about their emotional investment in the very latest uninspired corporate or hollywood filth, sitting and staring at their smartphones while supposedly having a conversation with you.

      I really do want to punch stuff sometimes.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I don't care how the message arrives.
    I don't care if I am part and party of that, which is whispered about.

    See fire?
    See radiation contaminated forest?
    DO YOUR OWN MATH then go home and whisper/mumble about ..the so called 'rumor'.

    Fire crews finally extinguish Fukushima blaze in no-go zone as officials battle “radiation rumors”

    May 18 2017

    https://antinuclear.net/2017/05/18/fire-crews-finally-extinguish-fukushima-blaze-in-no-go-zone-as-officials-battle-radiation-rumors/


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    • GOM GOM

      Heart

      Significant environmental contamination from accidents at reactors and military facilities dates back to the 1950s.

      **Sergiy Zibtsev, Timothy Mousseau

      "Trees, grasses, other plants, and fungi trap radionuclides through their basic life cycle: When leaves and needles transpire (release water), the plant draws more water up from the roots. Water-soluble salts of cesium and strontium are chemical analogs of potassium and calcium, respectively, and are taken up in place of these crucial nutrients".

      "Some places are too heavily contaminated to support natural conifer regeneration; pines rarely seed themselves in areas where human dose rates exceed 30 µSv/hr".

      Cesium-137 content in the majority of edible mushrooms in forest litter decreased by 20–30% between 2005 and 2010. But among species whose feeding networks (mycelia) reach deeper into the soil, the amount of cesium-137 increased during the same period as radionuclides migrated into deeper soil layers.15 In 2006 radioactivity in milk still exceeded permissible levels in 40 communities where cows grazed on grass contaminated by cesium-137.

      A Tale of Two Forests:
      Addressing Postnuclear Radiation at Chernobyl and Fukushima

      https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a78/

      **article referenced for data from above 2 Professors only


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/04/national/social-issues/meti-chief-seko-visits-site-chernobyl-nuclear-disaster/#.WR7kqiN95aU

    METI chief Seko visits site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster
    KYODO
    MAY 4, 2017

    CHERNOBYL, UKRAINE – Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko visited the site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine on Thursday to learn lessons Japan could find useful in scrapping the nuclear reactors wrecked by the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture in 2011.

    The gutted No. 4 reactor at the defunct power plant in the former Soviet republic was originally entombed in a concrete “sarcophagus” to contain the radioactive fallout. But the aging of that shell spurred a project to build a fresh steel structure over it with financial aid from Japan, the United States and countries in Europe. It was completed in November.

    While the construction of the new shelter cost about €1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) and represented a milestone in addressing safety concerns at the destroyed reactor, Ukraine has yet to see substantial progress in decommissioning the site.

    Cranes and monitoring equipment is planned to be installed in the new shelter by this November as part of preparations for dismantling the sarcophagus and reactor No. 4, which exploded.

    What remains unclear is how to remove the fuel. The site remains so dangerous that an area with a 30-km radius around the plant remains a restricted area …


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    • rogerthat

      requiring permission to enter.

      Seko if the first Japanese minister to visit Chernobyl since August 2013. The METI chief also serves as minister in charge of nuclear damage compensation and decommissioning issues.

      The severity level for the Fukushima disaster has been rated on par with the Chernobyl disaster at 7, the maximum on the international scale. Three reactors were tipped into meltdowns after the poorly protected Fukushima No. 1 power plant was engulfed by huge tsunami triggered by a mega-quake in the Pacific Ocean in March 2011.

      Its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., plans to finish removing the melted fuel from the three reactors and scrap them by around 2051, but it is still struggling to find out the exact location of the fuel.


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    http://thebulletin.org/predictable-nuclear-accident-hanford10774

    COLUMNISTS
    17 MAY 2017
    A predictable nuclear accident at Hanford

    HUGH GUSTERSON
    (Hugh Gusterson is a professor of anthropology and international affairs at George Washington University. His expertise is in nuclear culture, international security, and the anthropology of…g

    Last week’s accident at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation should have come as no surprise.

    On May 9, workers discovered a 20-foot-diameter hole where the roof had collapsed on a makeshift nuclear waste site: a tunnel, sealed in 1965, encasing old railroad cars and equipment contaminated with radiation through years of plutonium processing. Potential radiation levels were high enough that some workers were told to shelter in place while others donned respirators and protective suits as they repaired the hole.

    The Hanford complex, which dates back to 1943, produced the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Half the size of Rhode Island, it is often described as the most contaminated place in the United States. Until its last reactor closed in 1987, it churned out plutonium for the roughly 70,000 nuclear weapons the United States built during the Cold War. As the historian Kate Brown documents in her book Plutopia, which explores the uncanny similarities between Hanford and its Soviet counterpart Ozersk, Hanford has been a slow-motion environmental disaster since its opening, …


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    • rogerthat

      constantly excreting radioactive contaminants into the air and water. More dangerous than the tunnels are the giant tanks of liquid nuclear waste: 177 of them containing 56 million gallons of radioactive soup whose composition is only approximately known.

      The contents of some have to be stirred periodically to prevent the formation of hydrogen bubbles that would cause the tanks to explode. One million gallons of this witches’ brew have already leaked into the groundwater from tanks that were built to last only 20 years. The US government projects that it will cost more than $107 billion to clean up the site, with remediation finished by 2060. Few knowledgeable people put much credence in either number.

      It would be nice to say that Hanford is a unique canker on the US nuclear landscape, but it is not. It may be the most contaminated, but it is far from alone. At the Rocky Flats facility outside Denver, where workers fashioned Hanford’s plutonium into cores (or “pits”) for nuclear weapons, there were major fires in 1957 and 1969; each sent plutonium-laced plumes of smoke over nearby communities.

      Enough plutonium dust gathered in the facility’s ductwork that some worried about a spontaneous criticality event—that is, an accidental and uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction. Eventually President George H.W. Bush closed Rocky Flats in 1992 after an FBI investigation found that the facility was secretly (and illegally) burning nuclear waste in the middle of the night. …


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      • rogerthat

        At Ohio’s Fernald plant, which processed uranium for the weapons complex, operators dumped radioactive waste into makeshift pits where it contaminated local groundwater, and blew uranium dust particles out of the smokestacks when the filters failed, as they did with some regularity. Similar stories could be told for the nuclear weapons facilities at Savannah River in North Carolina and Oak Ridge in Tennessee, which hushed up criticality accidents while contaminating nearby air and water.

        There are three reasons these Cold War nuclear facilities turned into such environmental catastrophes. First, the Cold War American state, fixated on winning the arms race, put a premium on beating the Soviets at all costs. Producing uranium, plutonium, and weapons components was a higher priority than protecting the health of nearby residents or the workers at the plants, a disproportionate number of whom died of cancer. Ironically, since 1945, American nuclear weapons, intended to keep the country safe, have mainly killed Americans.

        A second factor was state secrecy. As leading Cold War public intellectuals such as Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Edward Shils argued, abuse thrives in the dark, and Cold War secrecy provided much cover of darkness to places like Hanford. For decades, government officials and the contractors that ran the plants were able to deflect civilian regulators, nosy journalists, local citizens, even congressmen, by hiding behind the skirts of national security. …


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        • rogerthat

          Officials defined vital nuclear secrets expansively, to include not just the design and deployment details of weapons, but also the secret harms inflicted on Americans through their production. Anyone who revealed the extent of contamination risked losing his clearance or being incarcerated. The harms concealed at production facilities were mostly caused by accidents and bureaucratically ingrained negligence, but they were sometimes deliberate—as in the now infamous 1949 “Green Run,” when Hanford deliberately released a substantial invisible cloud of radioactive iodine and xenon to see how it would disperse.

          Finally, we should not underestimate how novel and complex nuclear technology was in the early decades of the Cold War. Physicists, engineers, and technicians were still learning how the technology worked, how esoteric radioactive materials behaved in a range of conditions, and how toxic waste products were absorbed into the environment. As in any endeavor, you learn by making mistakes. Unfortunately, those mistakes left a legacy of contaminated Cold War production sites around the country that are beginning to look like a permanent archipelago of national sacrifice zones. “Will Hanford ever be cleaned up?” was the title of a 2013 Seattle Times article noting how little progress had been made after spending $36 billion on cleaning the site.

          If the pathology of the Cold War was secrecy and an atmosphere of emergency, we have the opposite pathology now. …


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          • rogerthat

            Department of Energy websites catalogue the contamination in great detail—after all, the more contaminated the site, the more money Congress should provide to clean it—and official timelines for cleanup stretch interminably beyond the lifetimes of many living Americans.

            In a perverse way, radioactive contamination has gone from a shameful secret to be concealed to an asset to be milked. The cleanup campaign is becoming like the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, America’s longest war.

            It takes place on the periphery of American public vision; it greatly enriches contractors; and there is always light at the end of the tunnel, but the only way we get near the light is when the tunnel collapses.


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  • rogerthat

    this should be compulsory reading for everyone


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  • Sol Man

    Unfortunately it has come to this conclusion: there is no hope for a society, for any people, that accepts, invests in, a technology that introduces poisons beyond description to our common home. The same goes for the crimes of pedophiles against the nations' children.

    Honor and safety are gone as integrity has vanished.


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  • GOM GOM

    {Story idea credit:
    Farthington MacMananus}

    Culling The Natives At Church Rock

    2013

    For Church Rock residents there was NO state of emergency, NO
    evacuation, and LIMITED
    alternative water supplies.

    The Navajo Nation was littered with abandoned, open, and radon-emitting former mine sites—at least 1,032 of them.

    To Date:

    38 water wells, streams, and other water sources were found to exceed health limits for radionuclides. Written warnings in both Diné (Navajo) and English are posted on wells whose water is unsafe to drink.

    https://www.chemheritage.org/distillations/magazine/on-poisoned-ground

    Complicit to MURDER:

    Nevada Test Site

    Hanford Nuclear Reservation

    US 'Government" and ALL IT ENCOMPASSES

    The U.S. Geological Survey considers the Church Rock incident the largest accidental radioactive release in the United States.
    SO WHY NOT SHOUT IT TO THE WORLD?


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  • Sol Man

    Nuclear;
    now clear
    of life.


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  • Mack Mack

    Did you know they give tours of Hanford? Apparently they're quite popular:

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article143859629.html


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