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)

Published: May 18th, 2017 at 6:56 am ET


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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Published: May 18th, 2017 at 6:56 am ET


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  • OK here is my suggested reading list, and some of the suggestions that came in from people.

    Please add, ideally as comments at Nukepro or here. Some people complain of not being able to leave comments at Nukepro, its beyond my tech ability or time to delve into that.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Reich was intriguing, and I think really broke from Freud into body-mind holism. His student Alexander Lowen expounded on bio-energetics and has an easy going, earthy style…you might like a page or two. But another student, Pierrakos really got into the psychosomatic types and the energy fields. For me "core energetics" is a foundational book. It will expand your understanding of the sociopath!

      His wife, Eva Pierrakos took it to a spiritual level with the 'path work' or something like that and looks like a solid tool, if one were to utilize it.

      Of course Autobiography of a yogi gives insight into the…passion(?) of the yogic experience. An earlier guy, Vivekananda introduced eastern philosophy to the west. I would toss them all out in favor of surfing…except I live in the desert. Maybe Im a little like Farthington….tell me it isnt so!

      Of course Lao Tzu is worth something;
      "When goodness is lost, it is replaced by morality."

      "Without Darkness, there can be no Light."

      "The usefulness of a pot comes from its emptiness."

      "The best people are like water, which benefits all things and does not compete with them. It stays in lowly places that others reject. This is why it is so similar to the Way."

      "When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad."

      "Try to change it and you will ruin it. Try to hold it and you will lose it."

      "Those who know do…

    • Mack Mack

      Thank you to stock for comprehensive book list

  • Jebus Jebus

    Eagles fly because they can.

    High levels of radioactive material migrating down into soil around Fukushima

    The Japanese government has monitored the state of radioactive contamination in the area near the plant since the 2011 accident by measuring the air dose rate, but scientists can only determine the actual state of contamination in the soil and its chemical and physical forms by direct soil sampling, said Kazuyuki Kita, a professor at Ibaraki University in Japan, who is one of the leaders of the soil sampling effort.

    Understanding the radionuclides’ chemical and physical forms helps scientists understand how long they could stay in the soil and the risk they pose to humans, plants and animals, Kita said. The new information could help in assessing the long-term risk of the radionuclides in the soil, and inform decontamination efforts in heavily contaminated areas, according to Kita, one of several researchers will present the team’s preliminary results at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting next week.

    Preliminary results show high levels radioactive cesium are still present in the soil near the plant. The levels of radiation are more than 90 percent, on average, of what was found immediately following the accident, according to Kita.

    Poor humans…

  • Silverlok Silverlok

    hmm..this sinkhole dust up Hanford thing; we KNOW how the incest between gov(s), and the nuker corps creates a first response love child which is always: no immediate harm to health and human ( not to mention environmental) safety,
    so I am wondering:
    do the recent wind patterns (5-19-17,,13.32,329 )
    look like they would have carried radioactive materials into chinese airspace:

    just a thought.

  • Jebus Jebus

    If humans could fly, they would see what an eagle see's…

    Mysterious die-off threatens Seward Park

    "I was shocked when I first saw this die-off in 2015, and I contacted Paul Shannon of the Friends of Seward Park. He told me the forest stewards were aware of it and that they were alarmed. Since then, I have watched a section of once-lush understory turn into a dead zone, and it is spreading fast. The Magnificent Forest is at risk."

    • Is int a comment in, mentioning Fukushima and asking if they have tested for radiation. Comment is awaiting moderation. It will be interesting to see if they put it up there. If not, you know who got to them first.

      • Many ask, when encountering the barren ground at Seward Park, if Seattle’s recent dry weather, perhaps the drought of 2013, played a role. Some shocked visitors ask “did someone spill toxic chemicals up there?”

      • they posted, they seem receptive to other comments also.

        Have you tested for radiation? Fukushima has dumped three reactors worth of fuel into the air, sea and ground. The Pacific Ocean is dying. No humpback whale calf has survived more than a year post 3/11. The BC coastline is almost bare. The starfish population there is gone. There are multiple die-offs in the area – birds, fish and mammals.

        Please don’t ignore the Elephant in the room.
        May 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

        Thanks for the suggestion, Kelly Ann. The geographic specificity and radial spread of the die-off argues, I think, for a more local cause than the Fukushima radiation release. However, we will keep that possibility in mind.

        • Jebus Jebus

          They can not see their world is more than a park…

          • I know, I spent 1.5 hours trying to solve their issue, haven't found it yet. But there are 2 main factors I see….the sword fern in a stable enviroment lives hundreds of years, really cool for a fern, but does not reproduce, spore out, or adapt.

            Their reproduction is spore like/spore, complex, even 2 stages year to year. Likely to be effed up by chitin absorbing radiation and heavy metals. I will write to the guy when I have more. And they are in an old growth forest used to be 1,000,000 acres, now 100….so a solid burn down probably good for their ecosystem, but less likely to happen.

        • Jebus Jebus

          The Earth was not a lawn mowed. It was not a paved road, a car zipping to work. The Earth was not a housing development, a city, or a skyscraper. It was not a coal plant, a ship on the sea, or a nuclear plant exploding. The Earth was not an atmospheric nuclear test. The Earth was not google on an I Phone.

          The Earth was a park…

    • jebus, i am sure it must be the global warming <sarc>

      Think of the ramifications of a hindered "decay chain" via bio-magnification of radiation and heavy metals in the Chitin of fungi….

      I ain't lichen it.

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        Don't you deal in heavy metals though?

        Last time I read, you *also* sold lithium tainted garbage without considering what that entails, which btw happens to be HEAVILY promoted by AGW AND nuke proponents, for good measure.

        What sort of stuff do you trade, btw?

        • Ah, pot shots from the Man-anus, I haven't even stretched out yet today, and need to joust so early, LOL

          Please clear up the vagueness of your comment so you can receive a proper response.

          • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

            Yeah, but you're deflecting again. Still haven't refuted any of those other points?


            In summary, stopping thermal runaway requires:
            a) A fossil carbon tax sufficient to keep fossil carbon in the ground;
            b) Immediate construction of much more nuclear electricity generation and related electricity transmission capacity;
            c) Widespread adoption of liquid sodium cooled fast neutron reactors (FNRs) and nuclear fuel recycling;
            d) Interim use of renewable energy when and where readily available for displacement of fossil fuels;
            e) Adoption of electricity rates primarily based on each consumer's monthly peak kW or kVA measured at times when the electricity grid is heavily loaded;
            f) Widespread adoption of consumer owned behind-the-meter energy storage;
            g) Large scale production of synthetic liquid hydrocarbon fuels for fueling aircraft;
            h) Large scale production of ammonia, sodium and chlorine for fueling ships;
            i) Wide spread adoption of lithium batteries and compressed hydrogen for automotive propulsion;
            j) Widespread adoption of electricity and liquid / compressed hydrogen for railway propulsion;
            k) Adoption of nuclear district heating and/or cooling in urban areas;
            l) Widespread adoption of ground source heat pumps for comfort heating and cooling."

            You're a trader and you support lithium crap, right?

            • So you got the dossier on "stock" but in your feeble mind you haven't read it even carefully.

              Nor have you read my positions on energy storage that have been posted at Nukepro and here.

              Most of the crap in your list, is, well, crap

              e) time of use billing is fucking horrific. People have dozens of hoops to just through everyday, forcing them to adjust their life to use the dryer at a certain time is utter bunk. Then with kW peaks, forcing them to make sure, GOD FORBID they ever had the clothes dryer AND the hair dryer on at the same time, PENALIZE THE shit out of them…for up to a year!!! Diversity man! The grid is far more stable and diverse than any of us, even this cynical and cautious engineer would have ever expected. These lies you are propagating play exactly into the hands of the utilities new playbook….war on solar, and more.
              f) Adoption of energy storage on a residence by residence scale. Totally effing stupid. Utilties want to promote this idea, because IT KILLS SOLAR. Just the cost of replacing batteries costs $.40 per kWH over the life of the batteries….no one even pays that much now. So it kills solar. just what they want.

              • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                You don't seem to get it, they promote "their" solar stuff, along with the nuke crap, their smartgrid and whatever bullshit it is they sell.

                Why? Because, like for instance the land you live on, you'll still support it.

                • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                  With "it", I mean, government delegation. In the way you're trying to support Trump. In the way that you pay taxes, in the way you were "granted" a "right" to that land you falsely consider yours.

                  • FM I won't play any further into your attempt to disrupt and degrade this site. Instead I encourage others to report all your comments.

                    you bring nothing of value

                    stock out

                  • GOM GOM

                    You can’t write the truth anymore. It’s unpopular, it’s unsupported and not appreciated. Fiction really does sell better. Take a look at American politics for that reality check. The fiction sold to the American people has once again, proven to
                    be very strange indeed. 

                • Typical sociopathic vague and obtuse sentence formation, you have already been called out on this, its your calling card.

                  Please point to any single contribution you have made to this site. just one to start.

          • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

            And don't talk about pot shots when you often also try that, hypocrite.

            • Shithead, of course Nuke wants to promote small scale battery storage at the residential level….because the economics absolutely kills solar out of the gate.

              They fail to recognize the great diversity of the grid, and with modern microinverters that can be programmed remotely while they REMAIN ON YOUR ROOF, much more can be done to facilitate a widely diverse grid in which probably 40% total kWH penetration by PV solar can be had WITHOUT any other changes…

              • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                Well it's a good thing you managed to not turn to child-like insults, considering how "mature" you are.

                Okay let me get this straight. What sort of batteries do you use or recommend?

                Isn't PV a typical petrochem product? Like say, from DuPont, Dow chemicals or so?

                How's the Huron doing?

              • Tesla Powerwall Lithium Energy Storage Battery Combined With Cheapest Solar And Wind Power, Nuclear And Carbon Fuel Monopolies Now Obsolete/Most Expensive Energy, Batteries Now Cost Effective For Home And Utility Scale Grid Energy Storage

                • does their analysis based on the 10kWH Powerwall, which no longer exists, it was $3500. The 7kWH Powerwall is $3000….so the pay backs are even less good, in fact there is no "pay back".

                  from the article
                  If a person spent $3500 on the Powerwall and another $1500 on the inverter, it would take ten years (simple payback) for the unit to pay for itself. Since it has a 10 year warranty (and so do most inverters), it’s a break even situation at best.

                  *In reality, completely draining the battery every day shortens its life. A battery under those conditions would lose about 30% of its initial capacity after 500 charge-discharge cycles – not even two years of daily use. (Good thing there’s a ten-year warranty!) At a friendlier 80% depth of discharge, a Li-ion battery will survive about 1900 cycles (about five years) before losing a significant amount of its capacity.
                  This back of the envelope simplified analysis is using only material costs. It ignores the project development, cost of sales and sales fees, permitting, local utility compliance devices testing and programming and probably a whole new meter socket or meter as well as disconnect. It ignores "quick disconnect" combiner boxes at the rooftop to disconnect the DC flowing down to ground level and mitigate fire risk/fire fighter risk. It ignores the rewiring necessary in the structure, the PV installers labor, overhead and profit and sometimes…

                  • An additional electrician with their labor, overhead, and profit, and of course the "balance of system" miscellaneous materials.

                    So they are pretending that a system can be done for $5000 and has a 10 year payback, but the batteries will only last 5 years at reasonable depth of discharge.

                    But the reality is that the simplest of battery backup systems will add $15,000 to the cost of a PV system. So at $5000 cost, there is no payback because you are replacing your batteries at 5 years.

                    So at $15,000 the "no pay back" is 3 times worse.

                    My estimates are that battery backup costs around $.40 per kWH just in battery replacement costs. The average residential rate in USA is around $.13 per kWH.

                    Wishful thinking does not get it done.

                    I only sell these systems to people who want it for emergency backup power. That requires smart inverters that are capable of making their own sine wave, and you best make sure it is a true sine wave, not a modified sine wave. Because a modified sine wave may blow up some of your devices, or not allow them to function or decrease their service life.

                  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                    Have you checked out lead crystal batteries, btw?

                    I hear lead is kinda common and it's relatively safe (compared to lithium) in crystal form. Quite robust too.

                    Could be better with some other sorts of supercapacitors, but that's apparently not quite ready for the show yet. Some really stupid people, corporations government and even worse "laws" are uhm, shall we say, proving to be a minor impediment?

                    • We are done. stock out

                    • Oh now, that is hilarious GOM, I do like the avatar though.

                    • That is for FM, regardless of an occasional contribution, the sociopathic argumentative techniques, the disruption, distracting and redirection and the appearance of drunken tirades….its not a net benefit

                    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                      Excuse me, my sycophantic pandering, deflective hypocritical "friend".

                      But when I mention or link to information and you suggest in the first sentence of your reply that my argument is sociopathic, typing elaborate evasive crap for the rest of it, without addressing or refuting any of those points, perhaps you are entirely full of shit.

                      Btw, for instance that crap you preferred to paste earlier, without mentioning from what specific "alt-right" (breitbart or something?) site you choose to paste it from, and it happens to contain less than facts, totally pointless numbers without a frame or point of reference.

                      Yeah, I guess I'm the sociopath.

                    • FM i did an article on your comments, while it was all fresh, hope you don't mind….


                    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                      I feel honoured. Unfortunately I am unable to access your site.

                • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                  Sorry, gonna have to tell you that lithium mining isn't nearly as clean as someone like Skum would suggest.

                  And they're ripoffs and soon to be obsoleted, just saying. Well, I guess industry monopolizing tendencies will try and suppress, but, GL with that.

          • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

            Deflecting away from Nuclear cancer death — global warming fearmongering. Pathetic

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      those ferns are a hundred years old, or more, the article says. The health of a rain forest just might be affected by the contents of the rain. Never know. Baffled and confused scientists might disagree.

      article about a plant that reacts to gamma radiation by strengthening its' cell walls.

      "Scotty, more power to the shields!"

      "Dammit Jim, I'm diverting power from life support! You're ruining my reputation as a miracle worker! Shit be dying down here, man!"

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Ionizing radiation damages plants

      But then the article says it aids in evolution.

      Those ferns are evolving into not existing.

  • Mack Mack


    "Worker’s Clothing Exposed to Radioactive Contamination at Hanford Nuclear Site

    Latest incident follows collapse of underground tunnel containing radioactive materials"

    Wall Street Journal, need to pay for article

    HatTip to

  • Jebus Jebus

    So, lets truck it to Yucca, it will be fine.

    What could possibly go wrong…

    A radioactive “hot spot” discovered in a nuclear waste shipment in South Carolina is being cited by Nevada’s top nuclear safety official as fresh evidence of the folly of plans to transport thousands of tons of even-more-dangerous material to Yucca Mountain if a repository is built there.

    The incident in April, first publicized this week by anti-nuclear groups, involved highly enriched uranium liquid waste trucked from Canada to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina. The “hot spot” — an area of unexpectedly high radiation levels — was blamed on a defective, lead “pig” container that shields workers when waste is moved from inside transportation casks.

    The Department of Energy said that when the “pig” was positioned for emptying at the Savannah site, radiation rates were slightly higher than expected but did not pose an increased safety concern to the public or workers.

    But Bob Halstead, executive director of Nevada’s Agency for Nuclear Projects and the state’s point man in the battle to block the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, said the incident illustrates the risks of shipping potentially deadly radioactive waste by rail or truck. ‘Great care’ required…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Murphy's law. The hole forms first…

    Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse – May 18, 2017

    BOISE, Idaho – Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig area that sent an excavator into a pit.

    The excavator was digging up transuranic waste – which is waste contaminated with highly radioactive elements.

    No radiation was released during the incident last Thursday, and no one was injured, said Erik Simpson with Fluor Idaho, the contractor hired to clean up the site at the Idaho National Laboratory.

  • Jebus Jebus

    An update, on kitty litter…

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – Workers from the Department of Energy's Environmental Management field office at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico have started treating 60 drums of remediated nitrate salts (RNS).

    They plan to treat about one drum per day and have the job completed this summer.

    The drums, containing nitrate salt waste incorrectly mixed with an organic absorbent, currently are stored at LANL’s Technical Area-54.

    So grounded we don't even look up anymore.

    Too technical…

    • jec jec

      And the contractor who did PAYING FOR THE TREATMENTS? HAH.

      That should be in EVERY Government CONTRACT..corporations/businesses and employees should be LIABLE and face prison time..just like we all do if we were to do the exact same thing..Stupid is not an excuse. Greed isnt either..

  • Jebus Jebus

    Flying Further…

    How much radioactive material there is at Oak Ridge is hard to pinpoint. Documentation Koentop provided states there are 26 million curies of radioactive material in storage at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A curie is approximately the amount of radioactivity emitted by one gram of radium 226. To a layman that means very little, but Koentop called the amount substantial.

    "Y-12 stores the largest cache of weapons-grade uranium in the nation," said Ellen Boatner, spokeswoman for Y-12.

  • DUDe DUDe

    Hanford mishap should be wake-up call

    The near-disaster last week at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, where the U.S. once produced much of the plutonium for its nuclear weapons, should be a wake-up call for Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

    DOE declared a site-wide emergency May 9 when workers discovered a 400-square-foot sinkhole over a 1960s tunnel crammed with railcars of nuclear waste, ordering thousands of workers to shelter in place.

    Fortunately, no radioactive material leaked from the hole before workers plugged it with dirt, according to the DOE. But there is no cause for complacency. The tunnel is only one structure among many at the vast array of deteriorating, Cold War-era nuclear waste dumps that Perry now oversees.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    India is hell-bent to destroy itself and the world with 10 new nuclear power plants, a recipe for economic disaster and more mutant babies using failed 20th century nuclear technology.

    Ending nuclear dependency

  • rogerthat

    Government Reporting on Nuclear Risks: Examining the Recent Forest Fires in Fukushima No-Go Zone
    Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

    The forest fires in the exclusion zone in Fukushima, near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP), were extinguished on May 10 after having burnt 75 hectares in 12 days, spreading from Namie to Futaba.

    The wildfires raised a number of questions about the radiation related health hazards and the ways the information was treated by the Fukushima prefectural government and the mass media.

    Fukushima prefecture maintained the attitude of under-evaluating the possible impact of the fire in regard to the dispersion of radioactive substances. Major media transmitted the Fukushima government’s official comments, and an exceptional local newspaper, Kii Minpo (Wakayama prefecture), had to apologize after having received complaints and criticism for its column alerting the local population to the dispersion of radioactive substances by the fire, and saying that the government as well as the national newspapers are too dismissive of the radioactive dispersal problem.

    However, when it…

  • SadieDog

    "A worker’s clothing was exposed to radioactive contamination at a former nuclear-weapons production site in Washington state late Thursday, in what Gov. Jay Inslee called an “alarming incident” that should prompt federal officials to expedite their cleanup of the decommissioned facility."

  • rogerthat

    here is the latest from this band of nincompoops:

    the headlines tell it all:

    IAEA Fellows Protect the Marine Environment

    Radiation Medicine and Technology Helps Combat Cancer in Jordan

    Protecting the Biodiversity of Forests

    How to Cover Liabilities From Nuclear Accidents: IAEA Workshop Promotes Adherence to International Instruments

    IAEA Director General Visits Jordan

    – ha ha ha they really have their finger on the pulse, dont they

  • rogerthat

    19 MAY 2017
    High levels of radioactive material migrating down into soil around Fukushima
    Posted by nbompey
    By Nanci Bompey

    Credit: Kazuyuki Kita
    High levels of radioactive cesium remain in the soil near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and these radionuclides have migrated at least 5 centimeters down into the ground at several areas since the nuclear accident five years ago, according to preliminary results of a massive sampling project being presented at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting in Chiba, Japan.

    In 2016, a team of more than 170 researchers from the Japanese Geoscience Union and the Japan Society of Nuclear and Radiochemical Sciences conducted a large-scale soil sampling project to determine the contamination status and transition process of radioactive cesium five years after a major earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

    The team collected soil samples at 105 locations up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the “difficult-to-return” zone where entry is prohibited. The project seeks to understand the chemical and physical forms of radionuclides in the soil and their horizontal and vertical distribution.

    The Japanese government has monitored the state of radioactive contamination in the area near the plant since the 2011 accident by measuring …

    • rogerthat

      the air dose rate, but scientists can only determine the actual state of contamination in the soil and its chemical and physical forms by direct soil sampling, said Kazuyuki Kita, a professor at Ibaraki University in Japan, who is one of the leaders of the soil sampling effort.

      Understanding the radionuclides’ chemical and physical forms helps scientists understand how long they could stay in the soil and the risk they pose to humans, plants and animals, Kita said. The new information could help in assessing the long-term risk of the radionuclides in the soil, and inform decontamination efforts in heavily contaminated areas, according to Kita, one of several researchers will present the team’s preliminary results at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting next week.

      Preliminary results show high levels radioactive cesium are still present in the soil near the plant. The levels of radiation are more than 90 percent, on average, of what was found immediately following the accident, according to Kita.

      Most of the radiocesium in the soil was found near the surface, down to about 2 centimeters, immediately following the 2011 accident. Five years later, at several sampling points, one-third to one-half of the radiocesium has migrated deeper into the soil, according to Kita. Preliminary results show the radiocesium moved about 0.3 centimeters per year, on average, deeper into the soil and soil samples show the radiocesium has penetrated at least 5 centimeters into the ground …

      • rogerthat

        at several areas, according to Kita.

        The team plans to analyze samples taken at greater depths to see if the radiocesium has migrated even further, he said.

        “Most of the radioactive cesium remains after five years, but some parts of the radioactive cesium went from the surface to deeper soil,” he said.

        Knowing how much radioactive contamination has stayed on the surface and how deep it has penetrated into the soil helps estimate the risk of the contaminants and determine how much soil should be removed for decontamination. The preliminary results suggest decontamination efforts should remove at least the top 6 to 8 centimeters of soil, Kita said.

        The preliminary data also show there are insoluble particles with very high levels of radioactivity on the surface of the soil. Debris from the explosion fused with radiocesium to form small glass particles a few microns to 100 microns in diameter that remain on the ground, according to Kita. The team is currently trying to determine how many of these radiocesium glass particles exist in areas near the nuclear plant, he said.

        “We are afraid that if such high radioactive balls remain on the surface, that could be a risk for the environment,” Kita said. “If the radioactivity goes deep into the soil, the risk for people in the area decreases but we are afraid the high radioactive balls remain on the surface.”

        — Nanci Bompey is the manager of AGU’s public information office. This research is being presented…

  • rogerthat

    nb majia:

    FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

    The End of the "Free" Internet

    Mike Snyder. May 18, 2017. The FCC votes to overturn net neutrality. USA Today,
    The Federal Communications Commission has officially begun undoing net neutrality rules the agency passed two years ago. The FCC voted 2-1, along political party lines Thursday, to begin a rule-making process to replace the Open Internet order, or net neutrality rules, adopted in 2015 by the agency, then headed by Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat.
    Those original rules included provisions preventing Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling legal content users sought to access, as well as preventing ISPs from accepting payment to prioritize some data.
    The 2015 rules derive the FCC enforcement power from regulations formulated for telephone companies within The Communications Act of 1934. Republicans have called such regulation as heavy-handed and burdensome for ISPs.
    George Orwell on the control of information (from 1984):
    And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'
    The free Internet must be dismantled because it empowers the people to produce their…

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      That should go well with something like that counter-propaganda bill. Could I also propose secretive executive orders exceeding any other administration? The information of such executive orders will of course be a national security issue so questioning or mentioning the narrative will be illegal.

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        "What do I know about it? All I know is what's on the internet."

        Maybe I should quote Donald Trump on talking to people like Bill Gates about shutting down parts of the internet. But there are those who would say something like freedom of speech or something. Those are foolish, stupid people, stupid is the best word and I love stupid people. Stupid people voted for me.

  • jec jec

    NEW (not new..but just being released to the public) LEAK AT HANFORD..
    a tank of carbon steel..with highly highly radioactive(boiling) leaking. Only in use for 41 years (tank was to be used for only 20….!). This is one of many issues. Thank goodness..the
    are getting heard!!! Its a sign of a change in the

    New energy source..methane Hydates under the sea floor..China announces new process that works and is feasible. Wonder if that is why they want all of the China Sea..So what could go wrong with that plan? Like a big BOOM with the MH explosions..?

  • MaryW MaryW

    Bob Nichols, Veterans Today Columnist May 20 2017

    …Good Day! This is “Your Radiation This Week ” for the Radiation High readings for the year 2006. These are the recorded Total Gamma Radiation and Beta Radiation Highs that affected people around the States…

    (I know this is off-subject, but felt it is important to share:)

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Very interesting, they used signed 32 bit integer counters, the top reading there is the maximum for a signed 32 bit integer, meaning it was either higher or total bullshit.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Don't use your phone while driving.

    You might not see hazards in time to avoid them. Radioactive waste barrels flying across the road are becoming more common. "We thought we were going to die."

    Keep your eyes open for airborne plutonium, people.

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    uni-do the flying barrels of plutonium waste appear to be getting larger…to an unbiased observer (someone NOT in the line of fire)?
    Oh wait, everyone on earth is in the line of fire…

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      At least if the stuff is in barrels you can see em.

      That story I read the other day from a link here… sailors shooting barrels that don't sink. Fish believe in chem-trailing, I'd imagine.

      Stories about the releases everywhere are much increasing since I started reading Enenews. And no, it's not because I have better testing equipment. I actually need new glasses.


    Arctic 'Doomsday' vault stronghold for world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

    The Arctic stronghold known as the "Doomsday Vault", which was designed to protect the world's most precious seeds from global catastrophe, has been flooded by melting ice. 

    *please scroll down

  • Its All True Its All True

    1.3 billion collected from users for expansion. Kinda like having to dig the hole for your own grave. Wonder what they've done with the money…

    • Yep, Utilities Commissions that allow themselves to be influenced or even captured by those they are support to regulated, should be held to a higher level, a more severe crime, and be allowed class action lawsuits against themselves, personally and as a Commission group.

  • Doc I posted this yesterday but maybe you didn't see it because you didn't respond. Please respond

    "Voting out of fear is the ROOT CAUSE of why we ended up with Trump rather than with Bernie or Jill, who would have done just fine. "

    Please explain "voting out of fear"

    ————————————————it was in relation to your comment, in which you also say

    I do not need to 'discredit' Trump. He is discrediting himself, because he is racist, lying, narcissistic, nepotistic, woman hating, xenophobic and ignorant of how government works as well. Anyone who cannot see that, well, that speaks volumes.


    Unlikely not from Hanford, because of recent fission isotopes, but it wouldn't be the first time they pull a Hanford story to possibly cover up a far more troubling nuclear news story "elsewhere…":

    BREAKING: Ruthenium-103, Cobalt-60, Niobium-95 & Cesium-134 Validated Detections in Finland, Cesium-137 Uptick, Artificial BETA upticks in The Netherlands and Italy, as yet another Mystery Radiological Disturbance rolls across Europe… (EURDEP, MAY 2017)

    !-> @

  • SadieDog

    "BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig area that sent an excavator into a pit."

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      WheepingWillow2 on utube said the other day that she thinks that the news coming out of Hanford is a cover (distraction) from Fukushima. I let that go by.

      Now, this news makes me actually curious as to whether she might be right. She was saying reactor 5 at Fuku was blowing up.

      Look at this article and see that it is suspicious: "“Radiological monitoring showed contamination on the unit that was three times the planned limit. Workers immediately stopped working and exited the area according to procedure,” said Rob Roxburgh, deputy manager of WRPS Communications & Public Relations, the government contractor in charge of all 177 underground storage tanks at the nuclear site.

      "“Everybody was freaked, shocked, surprised,” said a veteran worker, who is in direct contact with crew members. “(The contamination) was not expected. They’re not supposed to find contamination in the annulus (safety perimeter) of the double shell tanks.”

      "We are of course concerned it might be a leak," a Washington state Department of Ecology spokesperson said."

      umm, this has happened before. "freaked, shocked, surprised," does not sound like veteran workers at all. They should expect it. I read about other tanks (several+) last year. Old news. Single and double lined tanks leaking. One more double lined tank. HO HUM says I.

  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

    Oh man, there's an article on dailycaller

    “That is, we assumed we could publish outright nonsense provided it looked the part and portrayed a moralizing attitude that comported with the editors’ moral convictions.”

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Who needs this ratty old planet anyway

  • laconic93 laconic93

    This is a MUST READ and a MUST Share.

    Includes how the US Gov poisoned entire cities like San Fransisco to test chemical and biological warfare weapons.

    Test on American Children with Radioactive Oatmeal Sponsored by Quaker Oats and MIT.
    Half the shit in here you will not believe with your own eyes.

    Radioactive iodine experiments

    In a 1949 operation called the "Green Run," the AEC released iodine-131 and xenon-133 to the atmosphere near the Hanford site in Washington, which contaminated a 500,000-acre (2,000 km2) area containing three small towns.[59]

    In 1962, the Hanford site again released I-131, stationing test subjects along its path to record its effect on them. The AEC also recruited Hanford volunteers to ingest milk contaminated with I-131 during this time.[60]

  • laconic93 laconic93

    The Bitches at the CIA used CHILDREN to have sex with Government officials so they could Black mail them. Who use to be head of the CIA George W. Fucking Bush

    Several of the children who Cameron experimented on were sexually abused, in at least one case by several men. One of the children was filmed numerous times performing sexual acts with high-ranking federal government officials, in a scheme set up by Cameron and other MKULTRA researchers, to blackmail the officials to ensure further funding for the experiments.

    Now you know why everybody in GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. They have to have shit on you in order to get into any position of power.

    Another of the MKULTRA subprojects, Operation Midnight Climax, consisted of a web of CIA-run safehouses in San Francisco, Marin, and New York which were established in order to study the effects of LSD on unconsenting individuals. Prostitutes on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients back to the safehouses, where they were surreptitiously plied with a wide range of substances, including LSD, and monitored behind one-way glass. Several significant operational techniques were developed in this theater, including extensive research into sexual blackmail, surveillance technology, and the possible use of mind-altering drugs in field operations.[130]

  • laconic93 laconic93

    The "Green Run" was a secret U.S. Government release of radioactive fission products on December 2–3, 1949, at the Hanford Site plutonium production facility, located in Eastern Washington. Radioisotopes released at that time were supposed to be detected by U.S. Air Force reconnaissance. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the U.S. Government have revealed some of the details of the experiment.[1] Sources cite 5,500 to 12,000 curies (200 to 440 TBq) of iodine-131 released,[1][2][3] and an even greater amount of xenon-133. The radiation was distributed over populated areas, and caused the cessation of intentional radioactive releases at Hanford until 1962 when more experiments commenced.[3]

  • laconic93 laconic93

    HEDR Estimates of Radiation Released
    into the Air by Hanford, 1944-1972
    Radionuclide Amount Released (curies)7 Half-Life
    Iodine-131 740,000 8 days
    Tritium (H-3) 200,000 12 years
    Cobalt-60 1 5 years
    Krypton-85 19,000,000 11 years
    Strontium-89 700 50 days
    Strontium-90 64 29 years
    Zirconium-95 1,200 64 days
    1,200 39 days
    Ruthenium-106 390 370 days
    Iodine-129 46 16 million years
    Tellurium-132 4,000 78 hours
    Xenon-133 420,000 5 days
    Cesium-137 42 30 years
    Cerium-144 3,800 284 days
    Plutonium-239 1.8 24,000 years

  • laconic93 laconic93

    Karl Z. Morgan, Ph.D., expressed great skepticism with the estimate for the amount of plutonium released from Hanford. The current estimate from the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project is 1.78 curies of plutonium released to the air. Based upon his experience at the Oak Ridge (Tennessee) nuclear weapons facility and his knowledge of Hanford processes, Morgan believes that the current estimate is "a gross underestimate." Morgan is regarded by many as the father of health physics and was chief of radiation protection at Oak Ridge. He was chairman of the Internal Dose Committees of both the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the National Committee for Radiation Protection (NCRP) from 1949 to 1971. These committees set the maximum permissible radiation exposure limits on the international and national level, respectively.

  • laconic93 laconic93

    Guess who ordered the Largest Radioactice release in the United States 6000 times worse than Three Mile Island?
    That bitch Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Since they proceeded with a method that contaminated their equipment, the emphasis must have been on contamination of people. Just in time for Christmas.

      Sadistic creeps. In a rush to save ourselves from unknown perils of the "Godless communists", we destroy ourselves

      Matthew 16:25 …

      I'm not a very good Christian, and I'm in good company it seems.

      Shit, what if someone were to wipe out my neighborhood with a toxin poison? I guess I better wipe out my neighborhood with a toxic poison so I will be ready in case it ever happens. I'll share my data with my neighbors after the test. I'm sure they would approve. If something goes wrong, I can just say it was "medical waste" That's how we do things now isn't it?

      I say that in jest, but the gobumint does not. They just do it with no remorse and invented authority

  • rogerthat

    DOE proposes closing first Hanford tanks 14 years from now

    The Department of Energy proposes to close the first group of radioactive waste storage tanks at Hanford in August 2031, a delay from an unrealistic deadline of June 2019.

    The deadline would cover the 16 underground, single-shell tanks in the group called the C Tank Farm.

    Hanford has 149 single-shell tanks, most of them with only pumpable liquids removed so far.

    Fifteen of the C Farm tanks have been emptied of liquids, sludge and salt cake to regulatory standards.

    After the remaining C Farm tank is emptied, the next step is to close them, either by removing the tanks from the ground or, as DOE proposes, filling them with grout and leaving them buried in the center of the nuclear reservation.

    DOE submitted a proposed closure plan last week based on grouting and a schedule to the state Department of Ecology. Ecology is the regulator for the project.

    “We are certainly interested in moving up the final date if that is possible,” said John Price, the Department of Ecology’s Tri-Party Agreement section manager. …

    • rogerthat

      The June 2019 date was set in the Tri-Party Agreement, a legally binding agreement between DOE, the Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At one point DOE had expected to have the C Farm tanks emptied by 2006, but the work to get high-level radioactive waste out of closed, underground tanks proved more difficult than anticipated.

      In 2016, a federal judge refocused priorities in a court-enforced consent decree, which would give DOE until 2024 to have all tanks in the C Tank Farm emptied. The consent decree deadline requiring only that the 16 C Farm Tanks be emptied by 2024 takes precedence over the Tri-Party Agreement 2019 deadline to have the tanks closed.

      DOE and the state Department of Ecology tentatively agreed in 2016 to delay the Tri-Party Agreement deadline for closing the C Farm tanks, with the schedule and proposal submitted this week by DOE the first step.

      “DOE submitted these proposed dates in accordance with the Tri-Party Agreement to the Washington State Department of Ecology and looks forward to discussing and coming to agreement on a set of dates for safely completing this work,” DOE said in a statement. …

      • rogerthat

        Both DOE and the state are required to give the public a chance to comment on the plan and schedule before it is approved. The state has not said whether it agrees that grouting is the best method to close the tanks.

        “We need to do a careful review of their proposal,” Price said. “We need to take public comment on their proposal and we need to do our best to make it finish earlier.”

        The DOE proposal calls for the first significant work to close the tanks — starting to put grout into one of the four smaller waste storage tanks at the C Tank Farm — to begin by a new deadline of April 2021.

        The tank farm has four tanks with a 55,000-gallon capacity and 12 tanks with a 530,000-gallon capacity. They were built from 1944 to 1945.

        Work to grout half of the larger tanks would be required to start by July 2020, and work to grout the final six larger tanks would be required to start by December 2024.

        The proposal requires other work to close the C Tank Farm, including stabilizing a vault and some ancillary equipment.

        DOE said in its submittal to the Department of Ecology that its proposed closure program allows lessons learned from one closure to be applied to the planning of the next closure.

        It also improves the ability of DOE to pay for and perform closure work within budget and workforce constraints, it said …

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Lawyer speak

    …and San Onofre was running on spent gloves, gowns, and masks.

    Did you or did you not have criticality with that reactor?

  • Sol Man

    The world and everything on it is being cooked, ok?


    May 21, 2017

    A few hours ago, N. Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan.

    Then, another one more recent.

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe reacts after the latest North Korean missile test


    North Korea Military Strength

    Current military capabilities and available firepower for 2017 detailed.

    North Korea
    Ranked as 23 of 126
    GFP Power Index rating of 0.4327 (0.0000 being perfect)

    *includes natural resources

  • laconic93 laconic93

    Puget Sound communities, specifically Jefferson, Island, King, San Juan, Kitsap, Skagit, and Snohomish counties, also have significantly higher levels of sun damage than the rest of the state. Between 2010 and 2014, the rates of newly diagnosed cancer cases from these communities combined were higher than those of the state as a whole.

    Longtime 'Shark Tank' star Daymond John diagnosed with thyroid cancer

  • Jebus Jebus

    "an X-ray"

    Fukushima is giving everyone on Earth, the longest "an X-ray", ever received by everything on Earth…

  • laconic93 laconic93

    Colon cancer rates spiking among millennials, but no one knows why.

    A shot across panic’s bow was fired recently via the medical community’s warning of an alarming increase in colon cancer rates among Millennials. But just what’s behind this buzz circulating among clinical practice centers nationwide?

    They wan't you to believe that after doing all the illegal radiation experiments since the 1940's including feeding children with radiation in Quaker Oats that they have no idea. It's a mystery I tell ya!

    • Isthmus

      Every organ or gland has an emotion . The emotion for the Colon, is Hatred , and just how many Millennils have been played by the Clinton Machine to say I hate bush. Yes there"s the direction to look . The Colon is the third organ to be attacked by radiation , this negative emotion is a type of radiation from the subcounscious . I know this is a little deep to see clearly and digest, it"s way over the head of the medical profession, I understand you have to check the links, if that"s true, then we"re already enslaved, because Myself or any one else cannot be said to know something, right .

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