Experts: 100% death rate for baby killer whales along West Coast — ‘Alarm bells ring’ as no newborns have survived in past 3 years — “This is absolutely the worst thing possible”, pregnant orca dies with decomposing stillborn full-term fetus inside — “We’re going to lose them… they’ll be extinct for sure” (VIDEO)

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The Province, Dec 5, 2014 (emphasis added): For an endangered orca population living off the B.C. coast, Thursday’s death of a young adult female “couldn’t be much worse,” according to a marine scientist… “It couldn’t be much worse than losing an 18-year-old female,” [Dr. Peter Ross, a senior scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium] said. “This was a female who was at the sunrise of her reproductive life.”… “There’s virtually no survival of the babies anymore, which of course means there’s no future… We have to turn this around somehow,” said [Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research].

Dr Andrew Trites, U. of British Columbia: “To lose a female of reproductive age, that’s absolutely the worst thing possible that could happen… without them, the population is doomed.”

Times Colonist, Dec 5, 2014: The death of J32 [and] her baby, paints a grim future for the southern resident whales… Balcomb said. “We haven’t had any survivals in babies for a couple of years. We have had stillborns and newborns die… It’s like zero survival in birth rate here.” Howard Garrett of Orca Network said… “There was a calf born in early September that lived less than a month and that was the first calf in two years… There should be two or three births at least per year… Instead, there have been seven mortalities and no births.”

Fox News, Dec 9, 2014: [It's] thought to be one of only 18 able to reproduce… a calf birthed by an orca in the J, K, or L pod hasn’t survived longer than a year in the last three years.

KUOW, Dec 7, 2014: Scientists determined this weekend that the dead orca… was pregnant when she died… The fetus was already decomposing, suggesting to scientists that the mother was attempting to expel her stillborn calf when she died.

Earth Fix, Dec 7, 2014: Experts believe the young female may have been trying to expel her dead fetus when she herself died. The fetus… was already decomposing. — Balcomb: “Over the last two and a half years we have not had any calves survive and of course 100 percent mortality in offspring is not good for the future.”… Balcomb and others believe that lack of food and high levels of pollution in the orcas bodies are to blame for the low survival rates of the young. There are just 77 southern resident killer whales left.

CHEK, Dec 2014: Biologist [say] a sustainable population needs at least 500 individuals.

CBC, Dec. 8, 2014: They can live to be 90 or even 100 years of age. — Peter Ross, Vancouver Aquarium: “The alarm bells are starting to ring because we have not had a successful calf bornin almost 3 years.”

Michelle Rachel, CETUS: Nov. 29… she was healthy [&] happy… We don’t know how she got up here, why she got up here. It’s so far away from her regular range.

Balcomb: We’re going to lose this population… they’ll be extinct for sure in 100 yrs, maybe 20

Watch CTV’s extensive coverage of the orcas here

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  • rogerthat

    http://www.infowars.com/california-fukushima-west-coast-plant-a-ticking-time-bomb/

    Greater scrutiny of Diablo Canyon’s twin nuclear reactors is needed, says Sam Blakeslee, a former California state senator. Blakeslee testifies to a Senate panel this week that makes determinations on public safety issues. He feels that the nuclear power plant poses a hazard should an earthquake happen in California, since the reactors are on fault lines…

    Blakeslee is particularly qualified to testify about the Diablo Canyon site, since he is also a geophysicist. He left the legislature in 2012. Included in his prepared remarks he states:

    “The potential earthquakes affecting the plant have increased with each major study. But what’s equally striking is that the shaking predicted by PG&E for these increasing threats has systematically decreased.” …


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  • rogerthat

    http://nworeport.me

    Missing Plane Update: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Reveals New Indian Ocean Floor Photos
    December 13

    - i posted this for the cool view of the ocean floor … but feel free to be distracted, ha ha, there's plenty of interesting stuff going on here.

    Like this:

    On occasion a reader will ask if I can give readers some good news. The answer is: not unless I lie to you…


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14203

    SimplyInfo » The Latest » Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

    December 13th, 2014 |


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    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/12/11/3308221_hastings-pushes-doe-for-tank-answers.html?sp=/99/900/1643/&rh=1

    … Hanford workers are transferring waste from 149 leak-prone single-shell tanks to 28 newer double-shell tanks to be stored until the waste can be treated at the vitrification plant. But the oldest double-shell tank is scheduled to be emptied because it has an interior leak, and double-shell tanks are nearing capacity with work on the vitrification plant behind schedule.

    DOE already has said in federal court documents that new tanks to hold 12 million gallons of waste would cost $1 billion.

    Hastings is asking DOE how much the initial 4 million gallons of tank capacity requested by the state would cost and how long it would take to construct, license and begin using the tanks. He also wants to know…


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    • Angela_R

      If I recall correctly these drums have been leaking for some time. Their contents need to be kept mixed in solution and prevented from collecting on the bottom of these containers; this requires ongoing maintenance.
      How polluted is the Columbian River, how much sampling has been done?
      How much plutonium and other nuclear waste has been dumped offshore into the northern Pacific?


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  • rogerthat

    http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/state-aims-to-lift-ban-on-radioactive-oil-waste/article_507d22ba-8193-11e4-b894-c3f14ea8f021.html

    The State Health Department is proposing to remove a ban on placing radioactive waste into landfills in North Dakota by raising the acceptable level by a factor of 10 times.

    The proposed new rules will raise the allowable level in North Dakota from 5 to 50 picocuries. …

    … only special oil field waste landfills, of which there are currently 10 in operation, could apply for a special permit to take the waste. Those landfills already must have thick clay liners covered by heavy plastic, leachate systems and would be required to cover radioactive materials with one foot of dirt or other non-radioactive fill daily and with 10 feet of fill when they’re closed permanently. …

    Argonne’s researchers concluded that 50 picocuries is a safe level for disposal in North Dakota on condition that no more than 25,000 tons are disposed of in any single landfill per year and that the concentration of thorium, a potent radionuclide, does not exceed 24 pCi.

    The Argonne research team said, in some instances, oil field workers who clean pipes and sludge should wear protective equipment, including respirators, and the workers’ exposure should be time limited. …


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    • rogerthat

      http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2014/12/12/1-fracking-waste-will-yield-toxic-future.html

      The Columbus Dispatch
      Letters Dec 12

      Fracking waste will yield toxic future

      Our state legislators and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have welcomed with open arms highly toxic “produced fluids” from gas and oil fracking.

      In 2011, more than 2.8 million barrels of fracking waste were put into Ohio’s injection wells. Half of that waste came from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. These wastes contain myriad industrial chemicals used to frack gas and oil wells. Because of nondisclosure agreements, many of the chemicals remain unknown; some are carcinogenic, while others are endocrine disruptors.

      Additionally, because these chemicals come into contact with radioactive particles deep in the ground, they also harbor water-soluble radionuclides. Samples of fracking waste have contained levels of radiation over 3,600 times what experts say is safe for drinking water, according to Environment Ohio.

      According to Ohio Revised Code 1509.226, these radioactive wastes can be applied to land surfaces as a dust control or road de-icer or dumped into landfills. Drill cuttings, wastes created during the fracking process, are finding their way into Ohio landfills. These materials are referred to as TENORM, or technically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials.

      Ohio’s landfills are not equipped to handle radioactive materials. …


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    • Angela_R

      "Argonne’s researchers concluded that 50 picocuries is a safe level for disposal in North Dakota on condition that no more than 25,000 tons are disposed of in any single landfill per year and that the concentration of thorium, a potent radionuclide, does not exceed 24 pCi."

      As an element: "Thorium is weakly radioactive : all its known isotopes are unstable, with the six naturally occurring ones (thorium-227, -228, -230, -231, -232, and -234) having half-lives between 25.52 hours and 14.05 billion years. Thorium-232, which has 142 neutrons, is the most stable isotope of thorium and accounts for nearly all natural thorium, with the other five natural isotopes occurring only in traces:"
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium

      Thorium-232 is NOT an element, it is an isotope. In the nuclear process this isotope will have had it's 'core' broken, how many of its 142 neutrons will have remained intact, I have no idea.

      The nuclear process is not a chemical one, it attacks the nucleus, the core of the atom. That did not happen in the chemical processes that elements engaged in for millennia.
      Mankind, IMO, is producing more and more mutant ISOTOPES.


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      • rogerthat

        ''The nuclear process is not a chemical one, it attacks the nucleus, the core of the atom. That did not happen in the chemical processes that elements engaged in for millennia.
        Mankind, IMO, is producing more and more mutant ISOTOPES.''


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.newswest9.com/story/27611128/high-level-radioactive-waste-could-be-coming-to-andrews-county

    High Level Radioactive Waste Could be Coming to Andrews County.

    Posted: Dec 12 (70sec video)

    By Zora Asberry
    NewsWest 9
    A big concern for people living nearby in Lea and Eddy County.

    Right now, a waste control specialist Andrews County is storing low-level radioactive waste.

    But some people who live in Eunice, New Mexico aren't so happy about it.

    They believe bringing in a higher level of waste could be potentially dangerous.

    "These spent fuels are very highly radioactive even though W-C-S tries to play down the radioactivity. It is very high compared to the low-level that is already at the site.

    ''I'm very concerned to have high level radioactivity just five minutes out of town. And even if they consider it Andrews county, it's not, it's just five minutes outside of my town”, Rose Gardner a Resident of Eunice, said.

    However W-C-S officials say people shouldn't worry.

    "It's an extremely safe process, currently spent fuel is currently being stored probably close to a hundred countries.

    ''We're talking about waste that will be in sealed containers and remain at the Andrew county location for sixty, eighty years into the future while the federal government continues to seek a long term solution for spent nuclear fuel", Chuck McDonald a Waste Control Specialist, said. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.indeonline.com/article/20141211/NEWS/141219821/1994/NEWS

    Officials hopeful for Ohio uranium cleanup funding
    RELATED CONTENT
    • Layoffs on hold at cleanup of Ohio uranium plant
    By KANTELE FRANKO
    The Associated Press
    Dec. 12, 20i4


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  • rogerthat

    http://knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/2014/12/12/eight-workers-got-internal-rad-doses-secret-project-ornl-lab-work-y-12/

    At least eight workers received internal radiation doses while carrying out a classified project earlier this year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    ORNL Deputy Director Jeff Smith confirmed the Aug. 25 incident, which involved an unexpected airborne release of radioactive material. But he said he couldn’t discuss details because of the classified nature of the work. The laboratory was performing the work for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, he said…

    Smith confirmed that the radioactive material associated with the exposures was uranium, but he would not discuss what isotopes of uranium were involved or what other materials were involved in the operations.

    “I’ll just tell you it had uranium in it,” he said.

    One unconfirmed report indicated that the workers may have been sawing material or otherwise reducing the size of pieces, but Smith would not comment on that report…


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  • rogerthat

    http://cdn.knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/Governance.pdf?_ga=1.119574088.1787948223.1418545825

    A New Foundation for the Nuclear Enterprise
    Report of the Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise
    November 2014


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  • rogerthat

    http://knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/2014/12/11/activist-group-says-upf-still-runaway-train/

    http://cdn.knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/upfupdate.pdf?_ga=1.177842789.1787948223.1418545825
    UPF UPDATE December 2014

    The Uranium Processing Facility bomb plant appears to be headed—once again—for a budget train wreck in the near future.

    The biggest question left on the table is whether Congress will keep shoveling cash into the engine until the collision or adopt a con- servative approach—draw back on funding now and sort out the future before plunging ahead.

    While no analogy is perfect, the often used train wreck analogy seems fitting. Plans for the UPF bomb plant have been sidetracked twice in the last three years.

    With NNSA refusing to provide much solid information about the current plant, the UPF train has entered a long dark tunnel, riding on rails of taxpayer dollars. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

    Ultimately, the UPF’s two core problems may prove its undoing.

    One problem is it just costs too darn much to build a new nuclear bomb plant. At this point, it appears the cost estimates go higher than NNSA can count. …


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  • rogerthat

    … The second problem is bigger, and related to the first: Is the UPF necessary at all?

    This question has been posed by OREPA, the Project on Government Oversight, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and others. Now it’s being asked by Congress…

    UPF UPDate is a publication of the UPF Accountability Project Contact: Ralph Hutchison Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance


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  • rogerthat

    http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-11/plant-vogtle-gets-permit-draw-savannah-river-water-new-cooling-towers

    Plant Vogtle gets permit to draw Savannah River water for new cooling towers
    By Meg Mirshak Staff Writer
    Dec. 11, 2014

    A permit to siphon water from the Savannah River to operate cooling towers for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle has been issued despite strong opposition from environmental and water protection groups.

    Southern Nuclear Operating Co. has permission to draw up to 74 million gallons of water daily from an intake site on the Savannah near Waynesboro, Ga. for units 3 and 4 now under construction, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

    More than 250 comments were submitted to the EPD during a public comment period and hearing on the permit proposal. Stakeholders at odds with the proposal largely outnumbered those in favor of it.

    Sara Barczak, of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said the EPD ignored the public’s concern and rushed to issue the permit even though the first reactor isn’t scheduled to begin producing power for several more years.

    “Safeguarding the long-term health of the Savannah River, upon which communities, businesses and two states’ economies rely should take precedence over meeting the desires of a big power company,” Barczak said in a news release…


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    • Angela_R

      "Southern Nuclear Operating Co. has permission to draw up to 74 million gallons of water daily from an intake site on the Savannah near Waynesboro, Ga. for units 3 and 4 now under construction, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division."

      I would very much doubt that that quantity of water could be held onsite for even one day. Where is it to be discharged?


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20141212/appellate-court-rules-indian-point-exempt-from-state-coastal-review-program

    Appellate court rules Indian Point exempt from State Coastal Review Program

    By Mid-Hudson News Network
    12/12/14

    BUCHANAN, N.Y. – The state Supreme Court Appellate Division has ruled that Indian Point units 2 and 3 are exempt from coastal consistency review under the state’s Coastal Management Program.

    The decision Thursday by the five-judge panel reversed an earlier decision by a lower court that had considered the units subject to such state review.

    The Indian Point nuclear power plant is about 45 miles south of Kingston City Hall, on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, and 24 miles north of the New York City boundary.


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  • rogerthat

    http://allthingsnuclear.org/the-nrc-and-the-value-of-life-revisited/

    All Things Nuclear
    Insights on Science and Security

    The NRC and the Value of Life—Revisited

    David Wright, co-director and senior scientist
    December 11, 2014

    In February 2011, my colleague Ed Lyman wrote a blog post and a letter to the New York Times pointing out that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) assigns a MUCH lower value to human life when assessing the costs of accidents than other government agencies. This issue has been raised again in a recent Bloomberg article.

    In his New York Times letter, Ed explained it this way:

    The N.R.C. has been using the same value—$3 million—since 1995. If the agency were to increase that value to the $5 million to $9 million per life that other agencies use, it would have a major effect on nuclear plant license renewals and new reactor approvals.

    Plant owners would have to add safety features that the N.R.C. now considers too expensive because it lowballs the value of the lives that could be saved.

    N.R.C. calculations need to be brought in line with those of other agencies.

    Why Does This Matter?
    As Ed points out, this matters because the nuclear industry uses this figure to put a monetary value on loss of life from a possible nuclear accident.

    It then compares that cost to the cost of safety measures intended to prevent such an accident or reduce its consequences, to see if the safety measures are worth installing…


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    • rogerthat

      It then compares that cost to the cost of safety measures intended to prevent such an accident or reduce its consequences, to see if the safety measures are worth installing.

      Since the NRC allows the nuclear industry to use a value of life that is 2 to 3 times lower than other federal agencies, that lowers the calculated costs of accidents, which means fewer safety measures appear to be justified, and which means the industry doesn’t need to spend money on them.

      The Fukushima disaster, which occurred a few weeks after Ed’s letter was published and is projected to result in several thousand eventual cancer deaths, made it apparent that resolving this discrepancy is not merely an abstract exercise.

      Yet the NRC has been studying this issue for at least the past three years without making any changes. The NRC staff is supposed to provide a recommendation for the NRC commissioners to consider by the end of this year.

      The NRC is also debating whether it should give greater consideration to “qualitative factors” in cost-benefit analysis, such as the societal impacts of land contamination and evacuations.

      Currently when the NRC evaluates new reactor safety requirements, it considers only the
      direct monetary costs of such disasters—like the value of lives lost and condemned land, and the cost of decontamination—and ignores the social costs of a large population of permanently displaced people…


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      • rogerthat

        Those factors are hard to quantify, but the NRC needs to find a way to take them into account.

        Stay tuned.

        About the author: Dr. Wright received his PhD in physics from Cornell University in 1983, and worked for five years as a research physicist.

        He was an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellow in International Peace and Security in the Center for Science and International Affairs in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Senior Analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.

        He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society (APS) and a recipient of APS Joseph A. Burton Forum Award in 2001.

        He has been at UCS since 1992. Areas of expertise: Space weapons and security, ballistic missile proliferation, ballistic missile defense, U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons policy

        Support from UCS members make work like this possible. Will you join us? Help UCS advance independent science for a healthy environment and a safer world.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_27119179/lawrence-livermore-lab-test-plutonium-using-nif-laser

    Lawrence Livermore National Lab to test plutonium using NIF laser
    By Jeremy Thomas
    Dec 12
    LIVERMORE — Lawrence Livermore Lab will start testing plutonium using the world's largest laser at the National Ignition Facility, beginning in early 2015.

    The experiments, according to the lab's Primary Nuclear Design Program director, Mike Dunning, will attempt to re-create the behavior of plutonium under conditions present in nuclear weapons without resorting to underground nuclear testing.

    Funded by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, the $3.5 billion facility — a giant laser comprised of 192 beams that can be focused and fired onto a target about the size of a poppy seed — has a dual mission of achieving fusion ignition and supporting management of the nation's nuclear stockpile…

    Scott Yundt, staff attorney for nuclear watchdog Tri-Valley CAREs, said the experiments herald a sea change in NIF's focus and will hamstring research because the laser chamber will need costly and time-consuming decontamination, leaving little time for any other type of science…

    "It's too secret for the public to understand the risks associated," Yundt said. "They're claiming that they're very minute risks, but that is difficult to verify." …


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  • rogerthat

    https://www.lagunabeachindy.com/unexplored-solution-exists-nuclear-waste-disposal/

    Unexplored Solution Exists for Nuclear Waste Disposal
    11 Dec 2014
    Editor,

    The problem with nuclear reactors is not just the possibility of melt-down and explosion, but most of all is the disposal of spent fuel rods. There have been a multitude of disposal schemes proposed: dumping them into the ocean, storing them in a mountain, even launching them into the Sun, just to regurgitate a few.

    But the downside of accident, failed launch, “blow back” etc. and the thousands of years of half-life are so much more of a gamble than just shutting these monsters down.

    In the early to mid 1990s, Metropolitan Water District and So. Cal. Edison were attempting to circumvent a ban on the development and installation of any new nuclear power electricity generating stations by disguising them as, nuclear powered sea water desalination stations, that just coincidentally give off as waste material huge amounts of heat energy, enough to heat an acre foot of sea water from mean temp of about 55 dgrees to the point of boiling in the matter of a little over a minute or so.

    The redeeming value of this installation is that instead of being directly, “thermal pollution,” it could be first used to generate an acre foot of desalinated sea water in about as much time before releasing the thermal pollution.

    There is one method that I conceived that was only briefly addressed, one that I proposed to the…


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  • rogerthat

    This was also published in The Bellingham Herald a few days ago. It's worth noting.

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/12/12/3308116_our-voice-allowing-some-hanford.html?rh=1

    Our Voice: Allowing some Hanford waste to dissipate is reasonable for now
    December 12, 2014
    Opinion
    >
    Editorials
    Our Voice: Allowing some Hanford waste to dissipate is reasonable for now
    December 12, 2014

    The thought of leaving relatively immobile radioactive waste at Hanford to dissipate over time is disconcerting. Yet considering the hefty price tag and the questionable results of the alternative, it appears to be the most sensible solution for now.

    Officials with both the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have studied the contaminated area around the former F Reactor and have agreed the most reasonable approach is to allow the waste, which is buried deeper than 15 feet underground, to decay naturally over 264 years.

    That is a scary and uncomfortably long time, but considering the waste is so far below the surface and not very mobile, this decision makes sense. The cost to treat it would be exorbitant and there is no guarantee treatment would be completely successful.

    In addition, DOE and EPA officials considered actively treating the contaminated groundwater in the same area, but instead decided to allow the contamination to dissipate on its own…


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  • rogerthat

    They estimate it will take 150 years for the water to reach drinkable standards if left alone.

    Again, that’s a long time to wait for clean water, but it is contaminated with radioactive strontium, which manages to still linger even after treatment.

    If the groundwater were treated with the technology we have today, it would be pumped up and cleaned before being injected back into the ground. This method was tried near Hanford’s N Reactor where even higher levels of strontium were found, and it did little to reduce the contamination there.

    Also, the cost of actively treating the groundwater would be $177 million to $194 million, while letting it dissipate naturally and monitor it with wells and restricting its use would cost $36 million, according to DOE’s proposed plan. That’s a huge price difference, especially when the chances are good the strontium would still be found in the groundwater after treatment.

    The Hanford Advisory Board said it would prefer a proactive approach to cleaning up the area and appears unconvinced DOE will be able to continue to restrict people from the land decades into the future.

    The concerns are valid, and we appreciate the high standards they place on cleanup. We also understand the board does not want this wait-and-watch attitude setting a precedent for other projects at Hanford.

    But in this case, two federal agencies have agreed to a cost-effective approach at this particular area of Hanford. The waste is not going anywhere…


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    • rogerthat

      - It seems the DOE, the EPA and others are unaware of this:

      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14203

      SimplyInfo » The Latest » Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work
      Dec 13

      The US company that supplied a mobile strontium 90 filtration system is saying it met target goals of performance at Fukushima Daiichi. The company also mentions that TEPCO has now ordered a second unit.

      The mobile system is installed in a shipping crate and is able to be moved from place to place.

      The system then filters the contents of a storage tank to remove strontium 90.

      The high levels of strontium 90 had been an ongoing problem. Even after water had been treated through the Sarry filtration system, only the cesiums had been removed. An early series of tank leaks at the facility had released large amounts of strontium 90 into the groundwater causing concerns about the potential for more large leaks…

      Kurion, the company that made the unit claimed it filtered 11,000 metric tons of water since October with a 99.95% removal rate for strontium 90.

      Read more in Kurion’s press release:

      http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/12/12/kurion-mobile-processing-system-exceeds-fukushima-decontamination-targets/


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=4351

    Dec. 12, 2014

    Groups to Tell D.C. Regulators: Exelon-Pepco Merger Not in Public Interest, Would Shift Risk From Exelon to Consumers

    … Tyson Slocum and Allison Fisher of Public Citizen’s Energy Program will explain why a merger would harm consumers.

    One serious threat of the proposed transaction is that it would shift financial risk away from Exelon’s shareholders and onto Pepco customers.

    Exelon owns power plants and sells power to the wholesale market. Pepco, in contrast, owns no power plants. Instead, it buys power on the wholesale market and sells electricity to its customers.

    The merger would fundamentally change Pepco’s business model from a neutral supplier of energy to a more captive conduit of Exelon’s power sales.

    As a result, an Exelon-controlled Pepco likely would discourage consumer-owned energy, like rooftop solar, because it would compete with its power plant-generated electricity.

    Further, if approved, not only would the merger give Exelon a near-monopoly over D.C.’s utility market – increasing the company’s political and economic control – but also it would severely restrict the District’s ability to transition to a clean, affordable and reliable electricity grid.

    Exelon has been a vocal opponent of tax credits for wind farm developers and has voiced opposition for solar power generation…


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.hanford.gov/c.cfm/sgrp/GWRep13/start.htm

    13 hours ago – Hanford Site Groundwater Monitoring Report for 2013 …

    - i doubt this is bedside reading lol


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2014/12/14/great-lakes-nuclear-waste/20360987/

    Safety chief: No reason to fear nuke dump by Lake Huron

    Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press
    Dec 14

    The rising concerns and complaints expressed on both sides of the Detroit River about a proposed underground nuclear waste repository in Ontario — less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron — appear to be falling on deaf ears.

    The public's perceptions of risk from nuclear facilities can be discounted because they are "not in line with facts" and are fueled by "pop culture and myths," according to the head of Canada's nuclear safety regulatory agency.

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission "cannot be expected to reject a safe project due to lack of social acceptability," agency president and CEO Michael Binder said …

    Binder, in his University of Calgary presentation, discussed how perception of risk affects the social acceptability of a nuclear project. "Pop culture and myths" can influence those perceptions, Binder said. His accompanying PowerPoint slide included images of comic book characters the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man, and the sci-fi movie creature Godzilla. …


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    • rogerthat

      - read in full, reaction heated


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      "The public's perceptions of risk from nuclear facilities can be discounted because they are "not in line with facts" and are fueled by "pop culture and myths," according to the head of Canada's nuclear safety regulatory agency."

      —Yet politicians create "pop culture and myths" to get into office. Their performance after election is "not in line with facts" of the promises they make leading up to their election, oftentimes. The candidate is a "myth," and the elected official is the fact.

      And since people elected these myths, their opinion can be discounted. That, I suppose is their reasoning. Circle jerk logic.

      When "pop culture and myths" benefit them, they accept it; however it doesn't have the benefits of cold hard cash that they prefer.

      Pop culture, well…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TwSXvucsJ4

      Who needs pop culture?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUcgH1lbNxI

      Who needs popular politicians when they can say, "This would be a lot easier if I were a dictator."


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    http://www.nuclearmarket.com/##

    Latest business opportunities:

    Probabilistic risk assessment techniques training
    Purchaser: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, posted on 09 December 14

    Replacement of area monitoring equipment, 1 set
    Purchaser: Japan Atomic Energy Agency, posted on 08 December 14

    Looking for business opportunities ? click here
    Number of notices currently on NuclearMarket: 387


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    http://greeneatingandliving.com/homesteading/californias-fukushima-in-farmers-backyard/

    4:35 video

    San Luis Obispo farmer speaks with Lee Ann McAdoo about being born and raised next to a nuclear reactor. The money by the nuclear facility may eventually cost him his life and property.


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    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2655394/fracking_frenzy_how_the_shale_gas_industry_is_threatening_the_planet.html

    'Fracking frenzy' – how the shale gas industry is threatening the planet
    Friends of the Earth Europe

    11th December 2014


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    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2655134/move_over_big_power_the_micropower_revolution_is_here.html

    Move over big power – the micropower revolution is here!
    Morgan Saletta

    29th November 2014

    Small scale renewables are – almost un-noticed by policy makers – providing a quarter of the world's electricity, up from 10% in 2000, writes Morgan Saletta.

    Forget fracking and nuclear – this is the real energy revolution that's under way, and it's cutting big fossil fuel and centralised power grids out of the picture, while reducing emissions and delivering energy security and resilience…


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    http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/how-the-u-s-narrowly-avoided-a-nuclear-holocaust-34-years-ago-and-still-risks-catastrophe-today

    Dec 14

    How the U.S. Narrowly Avoided a Nuclear Holocaust 34 Years Ago, and Still Risks Catastrophe Today

    - includes 16:25 video


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    I've got a question: is there anyone – any group, any organisation – out there collating and adding up all the manmade radionuclides being added to the environment globally every day? is there anyone adding up all the naturally occurring radiation being brought to the surface and added to the environment through uranium mining, fracking, oil and gas drilling?

    The reason I ask is that it seems like an awful lot, and it seems to be that no-one has the remotest idea of exactly how much is added every day, every year, every decade. It feels totally out of control, and gathering pace.

    It's logical to assume that governments don't want to know, corporations don't want to tell, and regulators don't want to investigate or even discuss the subject.

    Luckily we have scientists trained and employed by these people. When the consequences of a century of radioactive pollution become apparent to all, they will investigate and tell us it's a mystery, so we can die happy, knowing that all that could be done to avert calamity has been done.


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    http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

    Evacuee financial indemnification now tops $45 billion. Cash compensation pay-outs are nearing $20 billion for the roughly 75,000 Tokyo-mandated evacuees. This averages to about $600,000 for every man, woman, and child ordered to evacuate by the government. Property and proprietor compensation totals more than $20 billion. Indemnification for voluntary evacuees still stands at about #3.5 billion. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/comp/images/jisseki-e.pdf


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    http://coalitionagainstnukes.org

    Electricity storage’s time has come
    Posted on December 15, 2014 by C.A.N.
    By Michael Mariotte


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    https://medium.com/homeland-security/cant-talk-now-8da54375299b

    Can’t talk now…
    I’m scanning for radiation!

    Add another item to your must have list for your disaster preparedness kit — your smartphone! Nevermind making calls to loved ones while the phone systems are overloaded, you’ll be able to use yours to check for radiation.

    Shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown in 2011, a couple of grad students in Poland noticed strange colored dots on pictures of the plant after the accident. They hypothesized the dots were evidence of radiation caught on camera, and were able to prove it through testing. They created an app called Radiation Alarm that they now make available via Googleplay for free. Radiation Alarm software uses the existing camera hardware in your smartphone to detect radiation. It is able to show three levels: no radiation, low radiation, and radiation hazard.

    Radiation Alarm is one of a number of easy to use, inexpensive smartphone radiation detectors available that provide members of the general public a moderately priced, user-friendly capability to detect radiation in their environment and on food and personal objects. The advent of smartphone radiation detectors is a game changer — it empowers average people to monitor their surroundings for radiation rather than solely rely on official information sources….


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    http://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/element.aspx?id=1785698

    "Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"

    Source:Society of environmental Journalists

    Published:12/15/2014

    "Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists The New Press, $27.95Reviewed by TOM HENRYFirst, let’s address the elephant in the room. No, not nuclear power. The Union of Concerned Scientists.Disasters, Energy & Fuel, Environmental Health, Health, Nuclear Power & Radiation, People & Population, National (U.S.), Asia READ MORE

    "Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster"By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists The New Press, $27.95Reviewed by TOM &source=Society of environmental Journalists"> |

    Read more: http://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/element.aspx?id=1785698#ixzz3M2tgdMe2
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    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/15/national/politics-diplomacy/kaieda-loses-diet-seat-set-quit-dpj-helm-kan-squeaks/#.VI_n9EJB-S0

    … Kaieda is not the only DPJ candidate who fared poorly in Tokyo, which is well-known for its capricious swing voters. Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan also lost his seat in the No. 18 district against an LDP candidate, although he later squeaked through to win a DPJ proportional representation slot.

    Kan, a vocal advocate of the abolition of nuclear power plants, won the very last seat in the 475-seat chamber.

    Kan was prime minister during the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdown disaster struck, an experience turned him into a strong anti-nuclear activist…


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