CBS: Now 2 US sailors dead after Fukushima radiation exposure — Doctor: Officials have to re-look at this entire situation — Reporter who served on USS Reagan: “We were done so wrong… Critical health risk to all of us onboard… People are not realizing how serious the issue is” (VIDEO)

Published: November 25th, 2014 at 12:11 pm ET


California State University, Northridge, Nov 12, 2014: Little did [U.S. Navy veteran Kelli Serio, 25] know her service would change the way she viewed the system she vowed her loyalty to… Serio may have been affected by radiation during what she calls her “final and most personally sacrificing deployment” in Japan… at 18, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy [and] was deployed off Japan’s coast… to assist with the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear plant. While there, her carrier acted as a floating fuel station… Serio said she’ll never forget the day her captain said their water filtration system had been compromised… “I feel like we were done so wrong,” Serio said. “We were drinking the water.” Serio said she and the other 70,000 first responders have been dismissed by the government as if nothing happened out there. She wants justice… Serio’s team-like mentality has also led to her modeling with organizations like Pin-Ups for Vets… to help bring up the morale of veterans and current soldiers [and] bring awareness to the men and women who’ve served their country through speaking engagements and visiting patients at veteran hospitals… [E]arlier this year… she met her friend and mentor, Fox News reporter Hollie McKay [who recommended] Serio for a reporter position at []… Her first piece for the website was a first-hand account of and a look back at Operation Tomodachi.

Tahlequah Daily Press, Aug 7, 2014: USS Ronald Reagan… passed through radiation plumes and clouds… the ship and most of those onboard, tested positive for radiation exposure… Serio, now a broadcast journalism major at [CSUN], has recently written a column… on “I feel as if people are not realizing how serious the issue is, and I would like to shed as much light on it as possible,” said Serio.

Breitbart, by Kelli Serio, Jul 23, 2014: I was onboard the USS Ronald Reagan [and went] directly through a radiation cloud. The commanding officer warned us that our water and ventilation systems had been contaminated, posing a critical health risk to all of us onboard. We were advised to refrain from showering or drinking water… Sailors worked tirelessly… while being left vulnerable to dangerous levels of radiation… most of us onboard the ship were tested for radiation exposure and many came back positive, resulting in full-body scrubdowns… [W]e were issued gas masks… myself and other junior sailors were asked to don protective garments in an effort to decontaminate the ship… Proper medical care for the victims of radiation exposure [is needed, it’s a] dire situation for many… Many of us are enduring the unfortunate consequences [and] hoping for care from the VA that appears to never arrive… we are reassured of our good health, despite the presence of mysterious and unexplained symptoms… A lack of coverage by the mainstream media has left victims without a voice… We do not want to be forgotten.

CBS San Francisco, Nov 21, 2014: Rare cancers, blindness, birth defects and now, two deaths. Hundreds of U.S. sailors… say they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation… [Steve] Simmons… began feeling weak and sick with uncontrolled fevers… Soon he was in a wheelchair, unable to walk. He says military doctors would never tell him what was wrong. “Every one of them wanted to discredit radiation as a possible cause,” Simmons said… “[There’s] evidence that the doses that were assumed to be on board the USS Reagan may have been under-reported,” said Dr. Robert Gould, a former Kaiser pathologist… “Given that there is more information that has come out, I think you would have to re-look at the entire situation,” said Dr. Gould. >> Watch the CBS broadcast here

Published: November 25th, 2014 at 12:11 pm ET


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  • rogerthat

    “My DNA and my life were rewritten the day my (pregnant) mother was exposed to those radioactive isotopes,” Thomas said.

    Thomas said many of her friends have died or are dying of cancer and other diseases at seemingly young ages. Thomas is in her early 60s.

    “I don’t want to lose any more of my friends,” she said. “I am dying inside, and it is breaking my heart. This is the saddest life that anyone should live.”

    Thomas said she is angry, too, and has taken up her mother’s call. Despite her own ongoing health battles, she has worked tirelessly for decades to fight against new nuclear testing and storage and to give other downwinders a voice in history.

    To that end, she accepted the invitation to address the Vienna conference and tell her story on a global stage, where, she said, she hopes to spread her message and the messages of countless others like her. Because of her own deteriorating health, a constant care companion must make the trip with her.

    “For every one of my stories, there are a thousand more,” Thomas said. “I am just an another ‘X’ on my mother’s chart, but people need to know this story. No country has the right to take the lives of their people and others so indiscriminately with nuclear weapons.”

  • rogerthat

    METI group looking for ways for utilities to offset reactor-decommissioning costs
    NOV 26, 2014

    A nuclear reactor that has been in operation for around 40 years will cost its operating utility ¥21 billion to decommission, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday.

    The ministry asked a working group the same day to start rethinking accounting rules related to decommissioning work in order to help offset such huge losses for utilities. Specifically, the ministry hopes nuclear power plant operators will be allowed to write off decommissioning-related losses in installments over a certain time span.

    To push these firms to decide early to scrap their aging reactors, the group is expected to report to the ministry measures to lessen their financial burden by the end of the year at the earliest, METI officials said, adding there are seven reactors that are around 40 years old in Japan.

    Under the current accounting rules on reactors set to be decommissioned, power turbines, nuclear fuel and other components that are not covered by decommissioning work are regarded not as assets but as losses.

    If such losses are booked in a lump sum, the nuclear plant operators could see their finances rapidly deteriorate, the officials said…

  • rogerthat

    A Savannah River Site watchdog group obtained early documents on German fuel potentially landing at the Site and made claims that a decision has already been made to ship the fuel to the Site. The Department of Energy responded that no decision has been made, stating the documents only point to early discussions…

    … SRS Watch has been one of several groups against the site receiving the German material.

    “The last thing SRS needs is for German spent fuel to be reprocessed and dumped into the aging SRS tanks, as it will only increase environmental and public health risks and extend and complicate the urgent cleanup of the site,” said Clements.

    Others are advocating for receiving the material, including Clint Wolfe, the director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.

    Wolfe said the nature of the HEU fuel might be different from typical research reactor fuel that has been processed at SRS, but the practice of receiving and processing reactor fuel is not new.

    “We should be thankful that SRS has the Savannah River National Laboratory and the other essential facilities to deal successfully with these materials,” Wolfe said. “I am confident that if the DOE decides to receive the material, it will be safely processed by the men and women at the SRS just as they have done with nuclear fuel from multiple countries from around the world over the past many…

  • rogerthat

    Should Nuclear Energy be Expanded to Help Create a More Sustainable Future? This was the question that Hofstra University posed to debaters in its second annual Pride and Purpose Debate last Thursday, November 20, 2014.

    The debate panelists brought together to discuss the environmental, fiscal, and policy issues pertaining to the expansion of nuclear energy were: Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education, Heidi Hutner director of sustainability studies and associate professor of sustainability and English at Stony Brook University, J Bret Bennington professor of geology at Hofstra University, and Paul Wilson spokesperson for the American Nuclear Society and professor of nuclear engineering at University of Wisconsin- Madison.

    Watch Hofstra Nuclear Debate on Livestream

  • rogerthat

    Suit against Fukui reactor restarts fails
    NOV 27, 2014
    OTSU, SHIGA PREF. – The Otsu District Court on Thursday rejected a demand by Shiga residents to halt the restart of nuclear reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama and Oi plants.

    The decision clashes with a ruling made by another district court in May that disallowed the restart of two reactors at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture. Kansai Electric is appealing that ruling.

    In Thursday’s ruling, residents of Shiga argued that the many geological faults in the vicinity could cause stronger earthquakes and tsunami than currently anticipated.

    Both nuclear plants have four reactors each. Two at each plant are being screened by the Nuclear Regulation Authority…

    In Thursday’s decision, presiding Judge Yoshihiko Yamamoto said it is unlikely the NRA will be overly hasty in allowing the reactors to resume operation, dismissing the residents’ claim that resumption is looming and a severe accident could occur…

    Since the Fukushima disaster, judicial rulings on nuclear power plants have been divided. When the Fukui District Court ordered Kansai Electric to suspend the restart of the Oi reactors in May, the ruling affirmed their importance to society but pointed out they are “merely a tool for generating electricity and thus inferior to people’s fundamental rights.” …

    • rogerthat

      A similar case lodged in Osaka to halt the two Oi units was rejected by the district court in April 2013. A high court upheld the decision in May this year, saying it is not appropriate for a court to decide on the matter before the government does.

      Before the Fukushima disaster, a few court judgments had sided against nuclear power plants, but all were later overturned by higher courts, including a Kanazawa District Court decision in 2006 that ordered the closure of a reactor run by Hokuriku Electric Power Co.

      • rogerthat

        … Presiding Judge Yoshihiko Yamamoto said even though the residents claimed that the restart is imminent, the Nuclear Regulation Authority is conducting screenings based on the premise of resumption.

        Yamamoto said the reactors will never be brought back online, unless officials forge a coordinated accident preparedness plan among local municipalities and other parties, as well as evacuation plans for residents.

        He said it is inconceivable that the NRA would allow the restart in a hasty manner…

        A leader of the residents who petitioned, Yoshinori Tsuji, told reporters that the court said the restart is impossible without a coordination agreement or evacuation plans.

        Tsuji said that despite that, the court has left the final judgment to the NRA. He said the court made an unjust decision.

  • rogerthat

    After liberalization, consumers still to pay for N-plant decommissioning

    November 27, 2014
    The Yomiuri Shimbun

    The government has begun to consider continued inclusion of costs for the decommissioning of aging nuclear reactors in electricity charges, even after the full liberalization of the electricity retail market scheduled in April 2016.

    By establishing a system to collect the cost from electricity users, the government aims to ensure some means to secure the necessary funds, which are said to vary between about ¥35 billion and ¥60 billion for each small or medium-sized reactor…

    All major power utilities, except for Okinawa Electric Power Co. which operates no nuclear power plants, currently reserve money to cover the estimated future expense for decommissioning the nuclear power plants they run, by adding extra to electricity prices …

  • rogerthat

    … The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the EPW Hearing Room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building…

  • rogerthat

    Fukushima Alert Still Active

    Emissions from unit 1 are above normal and Netc shows elevated radiation levels still in Tokyo area and north:

  • rogerthat

    Nov 26

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels via The New York Times

    For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

    That day appears to be dawning.

    The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.

    Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase agreements, for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas, especially in the Great Plains and Southwest, where wind and sunlight are abundant.

    Those prices were made possible by generous subsidies that could soon diminish or expire, but recent analyses show that even without those subsidies, alternative energies can often compete with traditional sources.

    In Texas, Austin Energy signed a deal this spring for 20 years of output from a solar farm at less than 5 cents a kilowatt-hour. In September, the Grand River Dam Authority in Oklahoma announced its approval of a new agreement to buy power from a new wind farm expected to be completed next year. Grand River estimated the deal would save its customers roughly $50 million from the project…

    • rogerthat

      And, also in Oklahoma, American Electric Power ended up tripling the amount of wind power it had originally sought after seeing how low the bids came in last year.

      “Wind was on sale — it was a Blue Light Special,” said Jay Godfrey, managing director of renewable energy for the company. He noted that Oklahoma, unlike many states, did not require utilities to buy power from renewable sources.

      “We were doing it because it made sense for our ratepayers,” he said.

      According to a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, the cost of utility-scale solar energy is as low as 5.6 cents a kilowatt-hour, and wind is as low as 1.4 cents. In comparison, natural gas comes at 6.1 cents a kilowatt-hour on the low end and coal at 6.6 cents. Without subsidies, the firm’s analysis shows, solar costs about 7.2 cents a kilowatt-hour at the low end, with wind at 3.7 cents.

      Read more.

  • rogerthat

    Renewables Help Push Nuclear Giants to Brink of Collapse via Climate News Network (Reader Supported News)

    Plans to build two giant nuclear reactors in south-west England are being reviewed as French energy companies now seek financial backing from China and Saudi Arabia—while the British government considers whether it has offered vast subsidies for a white elephant.

    A long-delayed final decision on whether the French electricity utility company EDF will build two 1.6 gigawatt European Pressurised water Reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset—in what would be the biggest construction project in Europe—was due in the new year, but is likely to drift again.

    Construction estimates have already escalated to £25 billion, which is £9 billion more than a year ago, and four times the cost of putting on the London Olympics last year.
    On the surface, all is well. Preparation of the site is already under way on the south-west coast of England, with millions being spent on earthworks and new roads. The new reactors would be built next to two existing much smaller nuclear stations—one already closed and the second nearing the end of its life. The new ones would produce 7 percent of Britain’s electricity.

    But leaks from civil servants in Whitehall suggest that the government may be getting cold feet about its open-ended guarantees. The industry has a long history of cost overruns …

  • rogerthat

    and cancellations of projects when millions have already been spent—including an ill-fated plan to build a new nuclear station on the same site 20 years ago.

    The Treasury is having a review because of fears that, once this project begins, so much money will have been invested that the government will have to bail it out with billions more of taxpayers’ money to finish it—or write off huge sums.

    The whole project is based on British concern about its aging nuclear reactors, which produce close on 20 percent of the country’s electricity. The government wanted a new generation of plants to replace them and eventually produce most of the country’s power.

    In order to induce EDF to build them, it offered subsidies of £37 billion in guaranteed electricity prices over the 60-year life of the reactors. This would double the existing cost of electricity in the UK.

    The European Commission gave permission for this to happen, despite the distortion to the competitive electricity market. But this decision is set to be challenged in the European Court by the Austrian government and renewable energy companies, which will further delay the project.

    Since the decision was made to build nuclear power stations, renewable energy has expanded dramatically across Europe and costs have dropped. Nuclear is now more costly than wind and solar power. In Britain alone, small-scale solar output has increased by 26 percent in the last year…

    • rogerthat

      In theory, there are a number of other nuclear companies—from the U.S., China, Japan and Russia—keen to build stations of their own design in Britain, but they would want the same price guarantees as EDF for Hinkley Point.

      With a general election in the UK looming in May next year, no decisions will be reached on any of these projects any time soon. And a new government might think renewables are a better bet.

      Read more.

  • rogerthat

    Solar shambles

    Japan has failed to learn from Germany’s renewable-energy mess
    Nov 29th 2014 | TOKYO

    EIGHTY miles north-west of Fukushima’s hulking nuclear corpse, Yauemon Sato, a small businessman, has charged into the solar-power business. Mr Sato has rented land, hired a workforce and lined up ¥80m ($6.8m) in capital from local investors and banks. His company says it can produce electricity for about 700 households. But the local power utility is refusing to buy more than a quarter of it…

    … Japan may have to spend $60 billion over the next two decades subsidising the preferential tariffs for renewables producers, predicts Yasuyo Yamazaki, a former investment banker who heads the country’s largest solar-energy project.

    But he thinks this will be money well spent: since Japan switched off its nuclear plants, the cost of importing fossil fuels has soared, to $250 billion a year.

    Instead of tapping taxpayers for yet more money to upgrade the grid, Mr Yamazaki thinks the government has scope to mobilise Japan’s vast pool of private savings, now tied up in pension funds and low-yielding accounts, by putting the right incentives in place…

  • rogerthat

    Kodiak cleanup could extend into 2015
    By CASEY GROVE – Associated Press – Thursday, November 27, 2014
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The cleanup of hazardous materials and metal shards continues at the state-owned Kodiak Launch Facility three months after military testers detonated a rocket carrying an experimental weapon, and the work might not be completed this year.

    The team conducting the test Aug. 25 for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command noticed an anomaly within four seconds of the rocket lifting off in the early morning hours. The technician initiated the 48-foot rocket’s self-destruct mechanism to guarantee public safety, the Space and Missile Defense Command said.

    The blast lit up the sky around Kodiak, damaged buildings at the launch facility and destroyed the rocket’s payload: a glider designed to travel five times the speed of sound and strike anywhere on Earth within an hour of launch.

  • rogerthat

    November 26, 2014 – Wheeling Intelligencer – ODNR Sued for Radioactivity at Dump Sites

    Seeking to prevent what they believe is harmful radioactive natural gas fracking waste from being dumped at 23 sites across Ohio, including at least three in Belmont County, environmental advocacy groups are suing Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

    “For loosely regulated frack waste processing and dumping to be allowed on such a huge scale spells disaster for Ohio,” said Alison Auciello of Food & Water Watch, which is one of the plaintiffs.

    “The ODNR has unlawfully moved forward to approve these facilities without the input of the public, which these rules are intended to protect in the first place.”

  • rogerthat

    November 26, 2014 – The Morning Call

    Center Valley homes found with high concentration of deadly radon gas

    Hundreds of homeowners in the Center Valley area are being urged to test their homes for the cancer-causing gas radon after one of the highest concentrations recorded in Pennsylvania was found there.

    The state Department of Environmental Protection recently found in several homes extremely high levels of the gas, which DEP says is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the state. Radon causes about 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States annually.

    The highest reading discovered so far — 2,750 picocuries per liters of air [pCi/L] — stunned one long-time radon mitigation system installer, who said he was aware of only a few readings that were higher during his three decades of working in the field.

    The radon concentrations found in Center Valley are hundreds of times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “action level” of 4 pCi/L; a level at which a home should be remediated to lower the radon concentration.

  • rogerthat

    November 26, 2014

    Cold war nuclear crash may have caused Dalton man’s cancer

    Petter Lilleby, 67, of Hall Street, Dalton, died from bronchopneumonia related to lung cancer at Furness General Hospital of July 28.

    A pre-inquest report, held yesterday at Barrow Town Hall, revealed that Mr Lilleby was involved in the clean up following the Thule Air Base crash in Greenland in 1968.

    On January 21 of that year, a US Air Force B-52 bomber armed with four hydrogen bombs crashed into sea ice in North Star Bay while attempting an emergency landing at the air base.

    The aircraft’s nuclear weapons ruptured resulting in radioactive contamination and prompting a major containment operation.

    A planned inquest will look to determine whether Mr Lilleby’s cancer was caused by his exposure to radiation.

  • rogerthat

    November 26, 2014
    Atlanta Business Chronicle

    Construction delays grow at Plant Vogtle – A construction monitor hired by the Georgia Public Service Commission says construction of two nuclear reactors being built at Plant Vogtle will be delayed beyond targeted completion dates of late 2017 and 2018.

    The monitor, William Jacobs, said in a report released Monday that based on current activities, “it is impossible to determine” when the units will be begin producing commercial power, reports The Augusta Chronicle.

    Georgia Power is expanding the plant about 30 miles south of Augusta. The reactors are the first licensed in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

  • rogerthat

    November 26, 2014
    World Nuclear News

    Changing face of Magnox decommissioning

    Decommissioning of Bradwell’s two 125 MWe Magnox reactors has been under way since the plant shut down in 2002 after 40 years of service.

    All fuel was removed from the site by 2005, and the turbine hall demolished in 2011.

    The remaining reactor buildings and boiler houses are to be placed in long-term passive storage to allow time for residual radioactive materials to decay before final site clearance under a strategy known as Safestor.

    The buildings are being sealed in aluminium cladding to provide protection from the weather during the care-and-maintenance phase, which could last until as late as the 2070s.

    To date, 7377 square metres of cladding, out of a total of 28,000 square metres, has been installed.

    • 40 years of service and close to 200% that long to take it apart, with taxpayers funding the whole thing?

      What will it cost?

      More often than not, it costs double to four times the original purchase price to take apart the old rotting hulk.

      That cost does not include the waste disposal and guarding it for 1 million years.

      Imagine buying a car that costs 400% the original purchase price to junk it..

      How many people would buy a car like that?

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Every step along the way the poisons released in the start to end process are causing cancers and diseases and destroying the surrounding ecosystems and environment we all live in. 🙁

        Only fools would use such technology anywhere on this planet..

  • Dick Shenary

    rogerthat – excellent posts all – It is no wonder this site gets thousands of daily hits thanks to people who share critical information like rogerthat.

  • rogerthat

    … in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, the aftereffects of which are still being felt around the globe, and a public that is increasingly less concerned with energy reform, support for nuclear has decreased substantially.

    Nuclear’s share of American power is on the downswing: older reactors are shutting down, costs are rising and plans for new reactors are being delayed.

    Meanwhile, renewables have gotten cheaper and more abundant, and the conversation on national energy security has turned to fracking and deep-sea drilling.

    Nuclear energy has been shoved aside, neither completely supported nor rejected. This lack of focus hides a gaping hole in our energy policy — long-term storage of radioactive waste.

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes six levels of radioactive waste based on its production origins — the most dangerous of which is spent nuclear fuel.

    Fuel for nuclear power plants takes the form of metal rods containing uranium dioxide. Once the uranium is used up, the rods must be disposed of through safe storage to prevent radiation leakage into the surrounding air, soil and water.

    Currently, most storage is done on-site at nuclear reactors across the country, but the procedures and facilities are meant to be temporary. They are not built to hold nuclear waste for the thousands of years that would ensure safety as the nuclear isotopes degrade…

    … the…

  • West Aussie West Aussie

    It's sickening to read and that's just a list of one aspect of the nuclear clusterf#$k, Rogerthat!
    We have; the depleted uranium list,
    the Fukushima Daiichi triple catastrophe list,
    not forgetting the WIPP list,
    or the Chernobyl list.
    What about the TMI list, or the atmospheric testing list, and the secret accident list? There's many more but my heart's not in it to carry on. You get the picture, I'm sure.
    I remember, (in the 80's) holding hands with strangers as we encircled the city in a worldwide 'action' for nuclear disarmament. How fucking naive of us to think that holding hands in the street was going to change the course of the nuclear juggernaut! It is not the young who can change this course on their own. It's the old men with all the wealth and power and they seem pretty unresponsive to our current plight.
    Worse still is the thought that it is not they who are unresponsive but rather all the people who have come to rely on their money to live a certain lifestyle. I can imagine the lengths people like that will go to preserve the present system, and control the old men, no matter how dysfunctional it becomes for the rest of us.
    It's like they all won tickets to ride the Titanic on that fateful voyage.
    I wrack my brains for a way out of our polluting lifestyle but we are denied access to the relevant science. Told it doesn't exist as the UFO's fly around getting videoed.
    Mushrooms we are………!

  • West Aussie West Aussie

    I also see that you have indeed covered some of those other aspects of the nuclear disease in earlier posts, Rogerthat. Those lists will encompass everything and everybody on the planet soon. If they haven't done so already.
    It still shocks me to know these things have happened.

  • rogerthat

    imho, nuclear waste is the achilles heel of governments, regulators and the industry. Because it cannot be contained, nobody wants it in their backyard, and day by day the piles get bigger.

  • rogerthat


    Independent review of WIPP leak is warranted

    By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

    November 27, 2014

    The blame game over this year’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is heating up, so it is important at this time to have someone who is not part of the federal government monitor the situation.

    The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking an independent review of the incident near Carlsbad that contaminated 22 workers and shut down operations indefinitely at the nation’s only underground nuclear materials repository. It’s estimated it could cost more than $500 million to resume full operations, which could take years.

    The U.S. Department of Energy, which has been doing its own investigation, has agreed to fund a “peer review”led by physicist Van Romero, New Mexico Tech’s vice president for research and economic development. The DOE will share its findings with Romero. The Environment Department also is investigating regulatory and communications issues.

    Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said an independent review is “critical to giving the public confidence that we have in fact established exactly what has occurred.” He is right.

    DOE and lab officials have recently been trading accusations about who’s at fault. A DOE inspector general’s report blamed the leak on lab failures…

    • rogerthat

      The Environment Department also is investigating regulatory and communications issues.

      Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said an independent review is “critical to giving the public confidence that we have in fact established exactly what has occurred.” He is right.

      DOE and lab officials have recently been trading accusations about who’s at fault. A DOE inspector general’s report blamed the leak on lab failures. The department’s Office of Enterprise Assessment also is investigating the lab’s role.

      Amid the finger pointing, and in light of potentially hefty state fines, Flynn said a DOE official has suggested money to pay for state fines would come out of what the federal government provides for the ongoing cleanup at Los Alamos, essentially punishing New Mexicans who deservedly benefit from restoring that environment.

      The state is right to seek an independent review of DOE’s internal investigation, and any results that can be revealed should be quickly made available to the public. If state fines are warranted due to bad acting, they should be paid with new money.

      New Mexico acted in the best interests of the entire nation in its acceptance of some of the detritus of federal nuclear programs. Its people deserve to know that decision poses no unnecessary hazards.

      This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

  • rogerthat

    Frank Munger's Atomic City Underground

    10 more days for bidders on rad-waste contract

    The Department of Energy has given would-be bidders another 10 days to prepare their proposals on the contract to manage the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge.

    According to the amendment posted on DOE’s Environmental Management website, the due date has been changed from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11. The value of the contract could be up to $300 million.

    The Oak Ridge facility processes radioactive waste and packages the high-hazard waste for transportation to and disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

    The WIPP facility is current shut down while DOE and its contractor deal with problems there — including an underground fire and release of radioactive materials.

  • skizexq skizexq

    songs for the doomed (somewhat off topic)
    Chernobyl drone and a haunted song for a haunted place:

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Primary Evidence to be presented as proof at trial condemning Nuclear Power Technology and for shutting down all Nuclear Power Reactors worldwide and representative of man's true unfolding future on this planet.. 🙂

    Secondary evidence presented found in these links.. 🙁

    This is obviously an open and shut case provable beyond a reasonable doubt.. 🙂

    Shut them all down..Now! 🙂

  • skizexq skizexq

    from the same youtube cluster:
    The wolves of Chernobyl (56 min docu):

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