ABC: Louisiana Gov. declares emergency, allows Homeland Security to assist — Spokeswoman: “This is extremely serious” — Report: Multiple caverns have radioactive materials

Published: August 10th, 2012 at 6:35 pm ET
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Title: Officials upset by lack of salt dome info
Source: The Advocate
Author: By DAVID J. MITCHELL
Date: August 10, 2012

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Waguespack and Boudreaux said then-DNR Secretary Scott Angelle told them in a meeting Saturday, a day after the sinkhole appeared, that the salt cavern may well have had “problems” in 2010, but Angelle did not disclose the failed integrity test.

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Angelle resigned Wednesday without giving a reason. A DNR spokeswoman said Thursday there is no connection between his departure and the Bayou Corne emergency.

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parish officials said they further learned through news accounts Thursday that DNR’s Office of Conservation had authorized Texas Brine in 1995 to dispose of naturally occurring radioactive material in the now-possibly failed cavern.

Title: Dome issues kept quiet
Source: The Advocate
Author: By DAVID J. MITCHELL
Date: August 10, 2012

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An examination of DNR records, interviews, public statements and public meetings established the following:

  • The possibly failed salt cavern may be closer to the outer wall of the Napoleonville Dome than Texas Brine officials believed.
  • [...]
  • DNR officials allowed Texas Brine to deposit naturally-occurring radioactive material arising from drilling into two company salt caverns, including the one that may have breached in the Bayou Corne area. As of Wednesday, state environmental officials had not tested the sinkhole for radioactivity.

Title: Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation
Source: ABC News
Date: Aug 10, 2012

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Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a declaration of emergency allowing the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to assist in the efforts if necessary.

“This is extremely serious and it’s been going on for too long to still be at this point,” Kim Torres, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Preparedness, told ABCNews.com today. “The people are very aware of how serious this is.”

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23 comments to ABC: Louisiana Gov. declares emergency, allows Homeland Security to assist — Spokeswoman: “This is extremely serious” — Report: Multiple caverns have radioactive materials

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Homeland Security ..specialists in repairing..collapsing salt domes?
    Or is their purpose to secure the area…and protect government/ corporate interests?

    DHS… must now guard a sinkhole…fitting.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) focuses on identifying, developing, and transitioning technologies and capabilities to counter chemical, biological, explosive, and cyber terrorist threats, as well as protecting our nation's borders and infrastructure. HSARPA manages six technical divisions to carry out this mission:

      Borders and Maritime Security Division
      Chemical and Biological Defense Division
      Cyber Security Division
      Explosives Division
      Human Factors and Behavioral Sciences Division
      Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division

      CLICK>>http://www.dhs.gov/directorate-science-and-technology


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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Yes Heart of the Rose, Homeland Security has to respond to this (see above).

        On your question if it protects the government/corporate interests.
        Since we already know the government and corporations are tied closely. I would have to ask, who gives the real orders corporate or the government?


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  • What a splendid example of regulatory capture. Governor Jindal should be downright pleased.


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  • Stephengn

    Bayou corne is 75 miles to my west. There is all kinds of liquid butane (lighter fluid) stored nearby this mess.

    Radioactive materials next to lighter fluid. Brilliance.


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  • norbu norbu

    This is all apart of there plan. what a mess they have created on earth. What's next?


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  • arclight arclight

    go to appendix 2 for louisiana

    "..Commercial waste management and transfer facilities are allowed to use one or more of the
    following management options for E&P waste:
    • Class II injection well (produced water)
    • Class II injection well (slurry injection of solid wastes)
    • Land treatment
    • Phase separation
    • Thermal desorption
    • Salt cavern disposal
    • Incineration
    • Solidification (chemical fixation) Appendix 2: Louisiana 2-10
    • Stabilization (chemical fixation)
    • Other new technologies approved by the DNR on a case-by-case basis.
    The DNR rules contain detailed criteria for siting, design, construction, operation, monitoring,
    and closure for commercial land treatment facilities and salt caverns used for disposal of E&P
    wastes. These are summarized below……"

    "..No surface structures at a disposal cavern may be located within 500 feet of a residential,
    commercial, or public building unless the building owner waives the requirement. The
    outermost edge of the cavern may not be located less than 100 feet from the property boundary
    or less than 300 feet from the edge of the salt stock. There must be a separation of at least
    200 feet between adjacent caverns or between a cavern and some other man-made structure
    within the salt stock. The DNR may waive the between-cavern separation distance when the
    applicant can demonstrate that it can safely operate adjacent caverns in a manner that allows
    them to coalesce and become a…


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    • arclight arclight

      "Caverns may not be used for E&P waste disposal, if the cavern roof extends upward of the top of the salt stock. To minimize upward growth of cavern roofs, disposal caverns must place a layer of nonaqueous, low-density blanket material (typically oil) in the cavern before wastes can be added."

      "..if the maximum radiation exposure level does not exceed 50 microroentgens per hour at any accessible point.
      Land is exempt from the requirements of the regulations, if it contains material at concentrations less than the limits specified below, in samples averaged over any 100 square meters, with no single noncomposited sample to exceed 60 picocuries per gram of soil:
      • 5 picocuries per gram or less of radium-226 or radium-228, above background, averaged over the first 15 centimeters, and 15 picocuries per gram above background averaged
      over each subsequent 15-centimeter-thick layer of soil; or
      • 30 picocuries per gram or less of radium-226 or radium-228, averaged over 15-centimeter-depth increments, provided the total effective dose equivalent (from the contaminated land) to individual members of the public (continually present) does not exceed 0.1 rem (1 mSv) in a year. .."

      http://www.netl.doe.gov/kmd/cds/disk23/D-Water%20Management%20Projects/Produced%20Water%5CFEW%2049177%5CFEW%2049177%20Final%20Rpt.pdf


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  • norbu norbu

    For them, Homeland security, to say " extremely serious" admitting that it is a big problem, wow that is serious.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    I guess I'd like to state that, if you stand back and review, this pales in comparison to 100+ ageing nuclear power plants with hundreds of tons of spent nuclear fuel, at each site, waiting for the next human error, minor leak, major event, earthquake, tsunami, blowout shattering primary containment, scram, pump failure, stuck moderator rods, low bid, budget cut disaster…


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  • Ron

    Unfortunately I've learned to be cynical about people and their machinations. So I'm wondering if, in lieu of Yucca Mtn, this or other deposits have been secretly as repositories for nuclear waste…


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  • Ron

    should be, have been used secretly as repositories for nuclear waste…


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  • Now do people see why Yucca Mtn was a terrible idea? Instead of natural low level waste, imagine man made high level waste capable of criticality in the event of a shift or collapse…. Try a volcano of a million fuel rods spewing into the jetstream. Still sound "safe"?


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  • jec jec

    January 2011 – Texas Brine company reported "BREACHED" cavern, then went ahead and did a 'Plug and Abandon' OKAY on June 2011. So the statement, "possibly failed" should be FAILED!

    breached = failed in most dictionaries.


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  • CBuck CBuck

    They are all playing with their nuclear Lego's. WE will be walking on them in the dark and it is going to be painful.
    This makes me so angry.


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    • CBuck CBuck

      Simplistic yes, but these government fools act like they are playing around with no consequences. The only things that ever make them think twice are money, getting re-elected, or not having another choice but to come clean because the facts are stacked too high against them. It's just starting to make me sick. LITERALLY. How many in the world are already sick in reality because the "upper levels of idiocy" are playing a game of who build the highest Lego tower?


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    This was not the first time lots of people were exposed to dangerous radiation and it will not be the last.

    Radium Girls & Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/radium-girls-radium-dials-ottowa.html

    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/index.html


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