No-fly zone remains over troubled nuclear plant near Omaha — “In effect for flood relief efforts”

Published: June 14th, 2011 at 12:50 pm ET




Published: June 14th, 2011 at 12:50 pm ET


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48 comments to No-fly zone remains over troubled nuclear plant near Omaha — “In effect for flood relief efforts”

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    How does flying overhead impede sandbagging efforts?

  • Nothing to see here folks. Move along. We are taking great care to protect our own interests. Yessiree!!

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    They might need to fly out the sand baggers when they abandon the melt down.

  • Burncycle

    Establishment heretics!!!!!
    SEIZE THEM!!!!
    Oh lord there goes the breadbasket….

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Flying overhead would allow a startling view and video/photography of the already-sandbagged FORT CALHOUN NE nuclear reactor site, which faces an additional 4 to 6 foot rise in the Missouri flood level by next Saturday.

    Local reports from the link below may give information later suppressed at regional or national networks:

  • Darth

    9/11 Type Threat

    All it would take is a piper cub to push an opening through the sand bag “dike”. For that matter a fast moving boat might work just as well.

    Potential disaster hangs by a thin thread. You just have to think like a terrorist.

  • Darth

    Fukushima Weather Animation

    This is for all the over-reacting “fogger” – please check the following link to see which way the wind is blowing at ground level before jumping to “explosion” conclusions. I like to read ENENEWS but “fogging” up the threads with this stuff makes the experience too cumbersome.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Thanks Darth. I’m here to learn – and tired of being WRONG about WHAT I think I’m seeing in the Web Cams. tY

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Is this site OFFLINE however? Why just the color bars?

        • Darth

          Click on the Select Film Down Arrow along the top of the image.

          I like to watch the fourth one down.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        There was an explosion….in reactor 4.
        Those that disagree seem a little too adament in denying it.

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        I think what we are seeing is the equivalent of a steam volcano powered by some decay heat and because of it’s radioactive contents the corium or rather coriums will continue to generate heat regardless of boron water injections. Thus I think instead of seeing a Boom we are witnessing a slow motion china syndrome ( excuse the term} as ground water has reached the core due to the massive injections of water, instead of the core hitting ground water. If and when the corium melts through the remaining concrete, I don’t know and don’t think anyone knows for sure perhaps that is when we see a big Boom and of course if some unforeseen event happens at SPR 4. Also it seems that criticality continues thus keeping decay heat at day one, so to speak. Hmmm, just thinking thoughts. Take care and no worries.

      • this doesn’t sound like the Whoopie i’m used to reading. There is no doubt that the event recorded here is NOT A FOG EVENT

    • Cindy

      I’ve been saying all along, that it is / was just fog..

      It is Time Lapsed, so it appears to just instantly move in.. LOOK in the sky above and behind the reactors in the first video. You can CLEARLY see the fog bank, and it does just move in… time lapse , makes it happen very fast …

    • We may be a bit overboard on the so-called “explosions”.

      We know about the fog Cindy.

      We also know about the large vapour release. I was watching it all happen in realtime. I also watched the time lapse videos.

      I gather you do at least admit there were plumes coming out of #3 and #4 simultaneously – clearly visible on the videos. And that the plumes did spread out into a large vapour cloud, which then mixed with the fog.

      The same fog that did not appear in any weather forecasts.

      Check over at physicsforum – there are some physicists there that actually agree with me now – having re-examined the videos – but not so far as admitting explosions.

  • SteveMT

    How convenient for hiding what is happening or if anything does happen.

    Remember these super high-res pictures of Fukushima taken by a drone on April 9? Why no further fly-over of Fukushima? Is Fukushima now a no drone fly-over zone?

  • Cindy

    I’m a Pilot, and unless you are in contact with ATC for flight following, you are not allowed to fly less than 2,000 feet over , or within 3 Nautical miles of a Nuclear power plant…

    I agree, they don’t want any 911 type troubles…

    • Cindy

      Normal ‘people’ don’t own ‘drones’ to fly them. Atc must be contacted and pilot notices are released when drones are about. Flight level altitudes and location are in the notices…… pilots must be extra watchful, and are generally told to avoid areas where drones fly, or they are marked on aironautical charts as to the location, and altitude….

    • arclight arclight

      on the slightly relevant matter of nuclear safety….recently the nuclear nutters were updating safety issues around nuclear plants…it was not deemed important to look at terrorist actions…i have a question…
      if i had a small jet aircraft 5 nautical miles and flying at 3000 feet how long would it take an angry terrorist to get to the nuclear plant and how in hell could they stop him flying into the cooling section of the plant for instance? ok that was two questions…

      • Darth

        The FORT CALHOUN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT is hanging on the edge of a natural disaster because if it floods it mucks out the cooling generators just like in Fukushima.

        So in the present case all you have to do is damage the sand bag dike.

        • Darth

          …and these days there is always any number of idiots looking for 15 minutes of fame.

        • Darth is right, methinks.

          Wondering if they also might need choppers to transport sandbags? In case of a surge or anything similar?

          So, will need the airspace clear for that.

          • jump-ball jump-ball

            I’m wondering if they need the airspace clear so as to prevent TV helicopter videos being broadcast showing the already-sandbagged FORT CALHOUN NE nuclear reactor, as the Missouri River flood level, rising 8-10 inches/day, rises 4-6 more feet by next Saturday, giving viewers a startling view of Fuku-like endangered nuclear reactor cooling systems right here in the U.S.

            Omaha’s KMTV TV3 videoed a close-up boatride of the sandbagged FORT CALHOUN reactor last Friday after being advised by the nuclear operator NOT to broadcast the video, which they did anyway based on the Missouri River being a public waterway over which the nuclear operator was attempting to exert illegal jurisdiction.


            The operator will also be needing choppers to transport workers into the site as the Missouri floods close the adjacent roads.

            If an upstream dam breaks or anything else leaks or goes wrong the restricted airspace will probably be enlarged, giving new, possibly radioactive meaning, to the term “flyover country”.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Terrorism threats to be excluded from EU nuclear stress tests, May 26, 2011

        I think the answer is that nuclear stress tests that include possible terrorist attacks could never pass. This is just one Achilles’ heel of the nuclear industry.

        • arclight arclight

          so to follow up then by the time they add the costs of the official improvements to take into account the natural disasters and possibly the cost of unofficial security improvements how much more is the Real cost of these plants??
          heres a link to into eternity trailer
          for those might have missed it

          worth adding to your dvd collection…very thought provoking

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I would like to see some infrared photos. The last ones that I can find were taken on 4/20/11

    • arclight arclight

      how can they possibly add this into their equation of nuclear stress tests?? i dont think it is possible to have solutions to these and other disasters…natue has ways of throwing spanners in the works..not a theory anymore, its a proven fact.. my thoughts to all those citizens involved.. god bless them all

    • arclight arclight

      the bbc isnt reporting this anywhere on thier site not even on the american disgusting!! i am so looking forward to cancelling my tv license…

      • tony wilson

        i contacted them to months ago and asked them,why they have not got john simpson or a big name out in japan.
        i was told the news cycle had shifted and the situation was coming under control?
        i asked them why they have roland buerk an entertainment bbc gossip journalist since the start.i was told all are journalists are fine pros.
        the figure of 5% of chernobyl was mentioned.
        i asked them is not part of a reporters job to check the facts rather than assume tepco”s figures,we do check.
        if you want to leave a complaint,we can get it logged for you.

        it is all a club bilderburg,rothchilds etc.
        journalists,editors now are office clerks errand boys.
        they regig government and corporate press releases and vomit forth this is the bbc news.
        you see the news only exists if it sanctioned and frame fit for sheep consumption.
        bbc-libya -gadaffi-buying millions of viagra for his soldiers to rape the innocents.
        a few days later apachi helicopters go in.

  • arclight arclight

    wonder if the nuclear plant will get government assistance? suspect the citizens wont

    time for bed methinks…good night you wonderful people


    From March 12 on physicsforum:
    At the moment, I don’t see a ‘real’ chance of a meltdown. It is a worst case scenario, which is what licensing space is all about.

    Some of the worst case scenarios involve extraordinary, and not necessarily physical real situations. It’s a bit like crash testing a car by dropping it out of an airplane at several thousand feet, knowing full well that such a car would never be able to achieve such a velocity on level ground since the engine could not achieve the speed or the tires would blow out well before the speed could be achieved.

    Some in the media will sensationalize the situation in order to grab the audience in order to sell commercials for useless stuff. But I digress.

    I’d like to keep the discussion here on the technical aspects – as soon as we learn from reliable sources.

    We have the earthquake thread in P&WA.

    • icone

      Thats great!

      I remember after the reactors blew I read a comment somewhere (maybe on PF) from an “expert” that essentially said a) meltdown wasn’t possible in any circumstance, b) the reactor buildings are designed to blow apart like that, c) nothing to worry about.

      Thats about when I checked out of that forum and began ignoring advice from shill experts. … designed to blow apart like that… amazing, ridiculous. I’d love to see that comment again now.

      • sorry charlie

        You wonder how these experts get these jobs….Where do your talents lie….in lying…I can make up a lie about…anything…Your hired…get to work on the fukushima lies, we may want you to look into something going on in Omaha too!

  • when i type in enews in my address page i’m being re-directed to barnes and noble again. it is 2:32 June 14 Pacific time

  • sorry charlie

    Maybe there is steam coming out of the reactor that they don’t want anyone to see or take pictures of.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    @DARTH: Like your call on the potential FORT CALHOUN NE nuclear reactor potential cooling system failure.

    In the present CALHOUN, Fukushima and other cases all you have to do is have one more thing go wrong: the world’s braniac nuclear engineers and promoter/financiers have put their nuke plants, and the public safety, in the untenable position where everything has to go right. Including Mother Nature, which in Nebraska, is acting up.

  • aldo aldo

    Just a typo majia, it’s “enenews” not “enews”. I just tried “enews” and wound up at B&N too. Which in itself is kinda interesting.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    There was also an incident in Canada just after Fukushima where the Darlington plant discharged radioactive water into Lake Ontario. They cutely made one small announcement that it ‘was not damaging to human health’ and allowed the Fukushima story to subsume it. I hate nuclear power and the people who run these plants.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    incidentally, there is a no-fly zone over all nuclear plants, it’s not unique to Fort Calhoun.