‘Amazing’: Plutonium leak at U.S. nuclear site hidden from public — Official: “A very deliberate cover up… I will use the word that we were lied to” (VIDEO)

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Title: Hanford officials hid leak evidence from advisory panel
Source: KING 5
Author: SUSANNAH FRAME
Date: May 21, 2013

A government-chartered advisory panel was told last September that materials spotted outside the inner wall of a tank holding radioactive waste at the Hanford Site were possibly the result of a “carbonate buildup,” “cross-contamination” or “rainwater leakage.” [...]

On Aug. 13, the results were sent to multiple [Washington River Protection Solutions] officials showing measurable amounts of Cesium-137 and Strontium-90, two highly radioactive elements that are a byproduct of nuclear fission. Trace amounts of Plutonium 239/240 and Americium-241 were also detected.

A reference to the results in a Leak Assessment Report made public on Nov. 7 says the materials were registering 800,000 dpm (disintegrations per minute), a high level of radioactivity that had never been found in that portion of the tank before. [...]

“This was a very deliberate cover up and I will use the word that we were lied to. There’s no two ways about it, we were lied to,” said state Rep. [Gerry] Pollet. [...]

Anchor: “Susannah, amazing stuff, thank you.”

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63 comments to ‘Amazing’: Plutonium leak at U.S. nuclear site hidden from public — Official: “A very deliberate cover up… I will use the word that we were lied to” (VIDEO)

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "…showing measurable amounts of Cesium-137 and Strontium-90, two highly radioactive elements that are a byproduct of nuclear fission."

    So nuclear fission is occurring on-site, no telling how much or for how long, and when proof is found, they all lie to cover it up.

    It's like having a nuclear reactor with no lid, no shell, nothing, just sending lethal amounts of radioactive elements into the atmosphere.

    Sadly, that's how it's been run up there for decades. You're really missing the boat if you don't read 'Plutopia'.


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    • Lion76 Lion76

      "It's like having a nuclear reactor with no lid, no shell, nothing, just sending lethal amounts of radioactive elements into the atmosphere."

      Exactly, just like Fukushima has now become (with added saltwater bonus)


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    • Jay

      … so who is manipulating all this considering there are always engineers that sign the schematics ?

      Why are there 'no money' when the Federal Reserve and Earth did not run yet out of paper and ink ?? This fact ( and the on-going diregard for 'Debt' ) points to other motives that are consequential to the insane acts we see regarding the nuclear industry .

      I say that 'Clean Ups' are solid gold strategies that may be the long-planned business we see now Emerging , Fukushima included ( after all the Media DID reveal last week the Yakuza connection ) …


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        I don't know about the 'solid gold' cleanups, Jay. I'm leaning in the direction that they just walk away from all of them at some point and just let nature take its' course, while anyone with money leaves the Northern Hemisphere.

        There's a reason so many wealthy families have bought large ranches in Patagonia.


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        • Jay

          TIS : ' … There's a reason so many wealthy families have bought large ranches in Patagonia. '

          The Time is Short only for persons , while the Mafia/Yakuza/banksters aim at something that can't get away : the Japanese Government .
          It has something that all Organized Crime wants : both the 1.2 Ttttrillion US dollars in Japan's pigybank cash , And it's Credit Line with the generous IMF … hence the Solid Gold Cleanup has solid bakers/porkers .

          So , theoretically , all the Japanese people can say Sayonara to their home land But their government is chained , unless they … sell Japan for penies-a-dollar ( yens-a-dollar ) .

          What the Japanese 'scientists / 'engineers' did to their home land is soooo insane/treasonous/self-bukake that deserves a Nobel Prize for … Piss ?! Why be surprise , Obama got one !


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Individual Radioactive Elements/Isotopes
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/individual-radioactive-elementsisotopes.html

      How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via @AGreenRoad
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html


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    • HoTaters

      TIS, what is "Plutopia" ??


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        It's a new book out, HT, on the beginnings and operations of both Hanford and its' sister plant in Russia.

        It's a real eye-opener, and answers many more nuclear questions than just the history of those two plutonium production facilities.

        I can't recommend it enough. It will become the bible for the anti-nuke movement.


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Speaking of Hanford, with all the tornadoes running wild through Oklahoma, does anyone know if any one of them touched down on some of the other plutonium processing sites there?

    Kerr-McGee did uranium and thorium processing in Cushing, OK, and nuclear fuel fabrication at Cimarron City, OK (home of Karen Silkwood).

    In the Cimarron City-area historical tornado activity is above Oklahoma state average. It is 386% greater than the overall U.S. average.

    http://www.city-data.com/city/Cimarron-City-Oklahoma.html

    If you thought building multiple NPP's on fault lines was insane, what idiot thought it would be a great idea to build a plant like Hanford, with poorly built nuclear reactors and plutonium processing buildings, in an area that's one of the highest in the world for tornado activity?

    How much nuclear radioactive contamination is sucked up into the atmosphere every time a tornado comes through? It must be staggering, and it gets blown all over the crops and cattle feed throughout the mid-west.

    Our food supply hasn't been safe for decades.


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Not sure if any have been hit but here are two maps for comparison. The first is all killer tornadoes in the US since 1950:

      http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/map_of_the_week/2013/05/map_charts_killer_tornadoes_in_u_s_since_1950.html?wpisrc=most_viral

      Second map is listed nuclear reactors in the US (I know of at least one local to me that isn't on here):

      http://api.ning.com/files/lzLKesTbHYpbxx250w8vvQIjtAqesX6L5I7iSNWUFkV1Xr4NJo3EPs2X9MxJYTkRH2ys4YfZTPeHevl*FN3x8M6gvobnnxSk/US.jpg

      As pointed out, that doesn't even take into account all of the processing facilities, military facilities and research facilities. Russian roulette has got zilch on U.S. Pun intended.


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    • HalfKin HalfKin

      'If you thought building multiple NPP's on fault lines was insane, what idiot thought it would be a great idea to build a plant like Hanford, with poorly built nuclear reactors and plutonium processing buildings, in an area that's one of the highest in the world for tornado activity?'

      Hanford, in E. Washington state is not in a tornado area!
      In all my years around here I have only heard of two small funnel clouds on a particularly hot day that did no measurable damage. And they were hundreds of miles away from Hanford.

      Or did you mean plants like Hanford, are in Tornado alley?
      Although I doubt that there is very much else on the planet that is like Hanford.

      Woe and sad to the great Columbia River down stream.
      And the Columbia Gorge is considered the wind surfing capital of the world.
      Unbelievable!


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        I meant plants like Hanford are in Tornado Alley, HK.

        They may not be of the size of the disaster at Hanford, but they're still very dangerous, and extremely vulnerable.

        If you live around Hanford, you really should read 'Plutopia'. There is no other resource that truly explains the horror of went on there.


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        • HalfKin HalfKin

          Nay, I do not live anywhere near that toxic garbage dump called Hanford. In fact because of wind patterns, in the event of a release into the atmosphere, I would probably be last to get any sort of fall out from it. I feel for anyone that lives east of the Mississippi River.
          Between the flooding of Port Calhoun Nuclear Plant a couple of years ago, and Oak Ridge, the experiments on the populace around St. Louis Misery, and the many leaking plants scattered about that area, I feel that area is not a safe place to reside. And isn’t there still a nuclear bomb in the ground some where in Georgia that they determined was safer to leave in place? After it accidentally fell out of a plane!

          And also, there are not many places like Hanford. It made the plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb. Oak Ridge made the stuff for the Hiroshima bomb. These places are much more than just a Nuclear polluting plant.
          Here is the link to a man that directly was poisoned by Hanford. Sterile by the age of 18.

          http://www.antiatom.org/GSKY/en/hbksh/us.htm

          Tom Bailie
          Hanford Downwinder
          I am not a peacemaker, just a simple farmer that has become your storyteller. It is my duty not to invent but simply transmit a simple story that you have in your hands. Please read it.
          The life work of this simple farmer has always been to grant and nurture new life every year. Simply put, a lifemaker.
          My Hanford Hibakusha story shows the making of nukes destroys life.
          The Hiroshima Hibakusha story shows…


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    • mandog

      The tornado was and most of the storms wrecking the US are completely man made weather modification acts or storms greatly enhanced by the same techniques. The PTB make it rain where ever and whenever they want, to rain out the radiation and or corexit down on the chosen area and people. The first link(30 minute video) does a good job of demonstrating this fact.

      Beyond Chemtrails Conference 2012 Bruce Douglas .
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITOvDGxx8Zk

      With the next link, if you follow the first one, it is pretty obvious. Check out the satellite view of north America and the tropical view, available in the pull down feature in the map itself. Notice that the tropic satellite loop is on a different time frame as the North America loop, providing a longer period of time. The two views overlap with part of Oklahoma in both views. A lot of the chembombs are created in the tropics and the gulf of Mexico, along with areas around Hawaii. Lately though, Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma have been the origin.
      http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMapLegacy.aspx

      The next link is good as it provides temperatures in one loop which correlate to the reflectiveity in the other loop which backs up what Bruce Douglas says in the first link. Pretty hard to dispute this. I'm refering to the two screens at the upper left hand side of the web page
      http://weather.hawaii.edu/


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Wow screaming hot with Plutonium, Cesium and Strontium. The truth always leaks out just like this devils brew in their fail safe double shelled tanks.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Hanford is out of control, as is Fukushima. Man can't control nuclear, as proven time and time again.


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  • jec jec

    If a TERRORIST had dumped this poison, the US government would be HOWLING and screaming. But because it is a US government program/employees–not even a whisper. Wonder how the criminals who did the coverup are going to be treated?As felons..or with a job bonus for job well done.


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    • KDM KDM

      They'll probably get promoted, "hey you're a proven lier, up the ranks you go".


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    • We Not They Finally

      Many of those "criminals" for the deeds and cover-ups alike, are decorated military men who are long since dead! Hanford is sort of like the institutional precedent for poisoning America and getting away with it. But since the Columbia River long since IS contaminated, those readings can and should be publicly released.


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  • KDM KDM

    Well you all already know what I think, but I won't repeat it. It's amazing to me (but not surprising) that our leaders actually are our failures.


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  • jec jec

    The governor.."no immediate health risk"–http://enenews.com/governor-we-received-very-disturbing-news-today-radioactive-leak-at-u-s-nuclear-site-much-larger-than-first-reported-no-immediate-health-risks

    So now what to do? No wonder the study on decontaminating Hanford came up with big fat zeros. Nuclear fisson ongoing? Maybe?


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    How many times do people have to say:
    Nuclear Plants are Unsafe, Dangerous, Uncontrollable, Spews, and so on. They need to be closed down.

    There has been those who have warned about this plant and other plants long ago.

    All this should not be a surprise. Lied too, you bet the public has been lied too, by many.


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    • andagi andagi

      Dear Wind Solar Please,
      I'll help. 'Nuclear Plants are Unsafe, Dangerous, Uncontrollable, Spews, and so on. They need to be closed down.'
      Folks, keep reading, posting and sharing ENENews! Generating change worldwide 24/7!
      Aloha All.


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  • KDM KDM

    Maybe Tepco can advise them. Run some water over it and pump it in the river.


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  • jec jec

    “This was a very deliberate cover up and I will use the word that we were lied to. There’s no two ways about it, we were lied to,” said state Rep. [Gerry] Pollet. [...]

    And who did the presentation to the Hanford Advisory Board? The contractor watching the 'hen house'..and DOE. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. Assume the DOE recommended the coverup, and suggested the wording..Or do you ENENEWShave a different view point? Fukushima..no immediate danger..my foot!


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  • The 'safety' of Nuclear Power has been a lie since day one,
    …and will continue to be a lie until day none.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Yoichi Shimatsu set a new numbering system, after A.D.: B.E. We are now in 3 B.E. = Beginning of the End. Husband (we post together or separately) had a flash just three days before Fukushima: "Something terrible is about to happen. It's the beginning of the end." So as soon as it hit, we knew. Like an eerie certainty as soon as the earthquake hit — before even the tsunami or the nuke meltdowns. Some events are really THAT HUGE. So we relate. We have related every day since.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Quote:
      Plutonium leak..hidden from public..deliberate cover up..we were lied to

      Now what? Will Nuclear Power end, or go on the way it is?
      Is there going to be any repercussions to those who allowed this, or will the repercussions be on the publics health and on the environment?


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  • Salemone Salemone

    Back in the 50's, my Uncle 'escorted' 'nuclear waste' from Los Alamos testing grounds to Hanford. Many, many train car loads. Many trips were made. He told his brother (my Dad) about it. I don't think he was supposed to.

    I believe they have a 'witches brew' of nuclear waste up there. God only knows what happens next.


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    • VanneV anne

      “…By April 1945, shipments of plutonium were headed to Los Alamos every five days, and Hanford soon provided enough material for the bombs tested at Trinity and dropped over Nagasaki.[31]…”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site

      There are between 4,000 and 6,000 train derailments in the US every year. I wonder how many of the plutonium and nuclear waste shipments derailed?


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    • VanneV anne

      Nuclear establishment's backlash begins against recent radioactive waste victories
      August 23, 2012
      “…However, the expected backlash has begun. This month, another three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, breathing new life into the Yucca dump zombie that will not die, ruled that a panel of three administrative law judges at NRC (the Atomic Safety and Licening Board panel running the Yucca dump licensing proceeding) can tell the President of the United States what to do — not the other way around. The appeals court ordered the Obama administration and NRC to resume the Yucca Mountain dump licensing proceeding, even if there is no funding to do so. The court's ruling effectively holds that the States of Washington and South Carolina's desire to be rid of high-level radioactive wastes from the Hanford and Savannah River Site (SRS) nuclear weapons complexes, trumps the State of Nevada's right to decline to become the nation's radioactive waste dump. The results of the presidential and U.S. Senate elections on November 6th will make a big difference on the Yucca dump issue, of course, as on so many others….”
      http://www.beyondnuclear.org/radioactive-waste-whatsnew/2012/8/23/nuclear-establishments-backlash-begins-against-recent-radioa.html


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        After Fukushima, now they can just dump it all in the ocean and no one can say 'stop'. If not one single country on this planet has voiced a complaint against Japan, no one will say anything about the US doing it.

        In legal terms, it's called 'setting a precedent'.

        There's no stopping them now.


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        • We Not They Finally

          Equally scary, they actually have NO good solution. They can keep it all in Japan but they actually probably CANNOT. There is no finite amount of nuclear waste from Fukushima. Like if other nuclear plants shut down voluntarily, at least the clock would stop on nuclear waste at those plants. Fukushima is a sieve and forever fissioning, so (horrifyingly) it might continually wind up in the ocean anyway. HOWEVER, that said, it does set a horrendous precedent for other plants and other nations where there is actually a CHOICE. Plus international law has a horrifying "loophole" that dumping into the sea is only prohibited from sea vessels, not land-to-sea. So (for example) the Areva reprocessing plant in France dumps directly into the English Channel;and Sellafield in the U.K. dumps directly into the Irish Sea. Fukushima will just be the worst ongoing, as Michio Kaku says it was an historically unprecedented three MELT-THROUGHS.


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  • Dejael Dejael

    So what can we do as concerned citizens of planet Earth to get our elected leaders to be accountable to us so we know what real threats we are up against due to the disasters of corporate and political disasters like these, which are destroying our world?
    We need electronic monitoring of all areas, all imports, and all food substances, without any deliberate falsification of the facts or coverups of important issues which everyone needs to know about. We have seen how corporate giants like TEPCO and BP Oil have wreaked havoc with the natural environment through technological blunders which even an average person would have brought into question, yet their engineers overlooked for the easy money. We can't restore a destroyed planet. It's our only home.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      'Elected' leaders?

      The farce is strong, it is.


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      • We Not They Finally

        TIS, my mother once took me to the polls as a small child and said, you see these choices? That's Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee. I never forgot it. But there are still public servants who care, and when we can choose wisely, we should.


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    • We Not They Finally

      You are totally correct of course, Dejael. But the precedent is NO monitoring, so we don't leap right to "ALL." If we had ANY, it would at least be a start! But the institutional decisions to do NO monitoring of radioactivity, and NO screening of imports came early on. Now we just await major health crises with no one tackling the cause at all. It's maddening, but still education is SO much worth it. The radioactive assault will kill off PEOPLE, but blindness, ignorance, denial, will kill off a whole culture, as well as any capacity to effectively respond even at crisis point.


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  • ML

    After reading Joseph Mangano's e-book, Mad Science, there is nothing amazing about coverups of nuclear accident and waste problems. That is why Mangano had enough material to write a book. I hope the good elected officials from Washington and Oregon State read this book.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Hanford has always been one of the worst-case scenarios, as it is one of the OLDEST, and always dedicated to MILITARY use with no pretense even of civilian use. In policies long set from the start of the Cold War just after WWII, the military could do whatever it wanted with no responsibility to the civilian population at all. But we never did get to drop any bombs on Russia, did we? The only ones who got nuked were US!


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  • ML

    There is a nuclear power plant at Hanford in addition to all the toxic leaking holding tanks. It used to be called WPPSS #2, and was redubbed the Columbia Generating Station (CGS)due to the bad name WPPSS #2 was getting. Its a GE Mark II design reactor, very similar to the three reactors that melted down in Fukushima.


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  • razzz razzz

    Make your vacation plans now, take the entire family…

    Hanford Site Tours

    The Hanford Site is a very unique place offering a number of tours for members of the public, elected officials and their staffs, tribal officials, stakeholders, and others. A list of the kinds of Hanford tours we provide is shown below, along with links to register for the tour or a contact person to call for more information on how to sign up.

    http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/HanfordSiteTours


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    So? They are killing us! Is this a surprise to anyone here at enenews?

    And: They are lying to us about the fact that they are killing us!

    Is that news to anyone here?

    Hopefully, the next evolutionary adventure will evolve consciosuness of wisdom and ethics before it is too late, as it is here now for us!

    Blessings to my fellow aware beings.


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  • weeman

    What do you expect when you are playing with elements that you do not fully understand or comprehend, never mined the casual way they store and second rate containment, no backup, no redundancy.
    They have been storeing high level radioactive waste for decades at hanford, with the intention of making it inert, they have not found a solution yet, but they sure can spend your money on fairy tales.
    Do you not think that until we find a way to make inert, we should not produce more waste and if it is not possible to make safe stop making more waste, stop this nonsense, it make no sense.
    We need a referendum on this matter, let the people make the decision, give them the facts, the costs, the waste, if they only knew how much of there tax,s goes to this never ending cash cow?


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  • HoTaters

    Oh, another wonderful revelation from about the nuke "industry" and nuclear weapons.

    Sometimes there are no words.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wDHvmCVRxU


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  • Arizonan Arizonan

    800,000 dpm? Wow, how could they miss that? Dpm is disintegrations per minute at the source, sim but diff from cpm, which is disintegrations your instrument picks up. Divide 800,000 dpm by 60 to get becquerels….wow…..per sq meter? It doesnt say. Btw, even if sr90 and cs137 are fission products, both are long-lived, so may be due to fissioning that occurred in 1940s.


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  • Arizonan Arizonan

    Btw, 800000 dpm equals 13,333 bq. A little less than the 56,000 bq coming from the drain at Fuku
    shima #2.


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  • Sol Man

    What has been proven time and again is the overlooking of the train barreling toward the gates of hades, no matter that the health and safety of the present and future peoples is in jeopardy; for money.


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