Video: “Purple cloud” seen by engineer after Fukushima explosion… “I took a photo” — Former Prime Minister: Smoke from reactor blast had different color than officials claim; Steel appears to have melted on top of Unit 3; Suggests possible nuclear explosion

Published: October 30th, 2014 at 11:33 pm ET
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Nouvelles écritures France 24 (French public television), published Oct. 28, 2014: The family once lived in Odaka, 15 kilometers from the nuclear power plant… Yoshiharu Sue, former Hitachi engineer: “Whenever I come back to collect our belongings, there are no voices, no cars, nothing, that’s why I never stay here for long”… The 14th of March 2011, 3 days after the earthquake and tsunami… Sue: “I heard a loud noise and then saw a purple cloud in front of a house in the mountains. I took a photo of it, it was an explosion at the nuclear plant, I knew a little about the subject and realized things were getting dangerous. So we left here on the night of the 14th of March.”

Recall the article by former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Diet member Tomoyuki Taira in Nature Magazine (emphasis added):

  • A question that must be answered is what caused the explosions at the site. They were initially reported as being caused by the ignition of hydrogen… this has not been settled… Knowing whether a nuclear explosion took place is essential for predicting how much radioactivity might have been released… and how far it would have spread, as well as the state of the spent-fuel rods… Two observations suggest that this is plausible.
  • First… [the government] reported finding heavy metals such as curium-242 up to 3 kilometres from the reactor site and plutonium-238 up to 45 kilometres away. These isotopes are deadly poisons… concentrations of 238Pu around the plant were much higher than usual… [Officials say it] must have come from the Fukushima reactor. If so, they suggest that broken spent-fuel rods might be scattered around the site…
  • Second, the steel frame on top of the unit-3 reactor building is twisted, apparently as a result of melting… a hydrogen explosion should not have generated enough heat to melt steel. Initially, TEPCO claimed that the explosion in unit 3 generated white smoke; on re-examination, the smoke was black, and therefore unlikely to have been caused by a pure hydrogen explosion.

Others in Japan also question the claim hydrogen caused Unit 3’s explosion. Teruyuki Nakajima, of the Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo and Science Council of Japan:

  • Slide 3: Hydrogen explosion of 1st reactor
  • Slide 3: Hydrogen?? explosion of 3rd reactor
  • Nakajima (at 5:30 in): “We see an explosion on 12th and 14th. This one [Reactor 1] would be a hydrogen explosion, but we don’t know about the cause of this explosion [at Reactor 3]. The government said it’s hydrogen — but there are a lot of discussions.”

Nakajima’s presentation is similar to one given by Mitsuo Uematsu, who is also with the University of Tokyo’s Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute — Slide 4: Hydrogen explosion of reactor #3?

Watch the video about the ‘purple cloud’ here

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  3. Nuclear Engineer: New cover on Unit 4 can trap hydrogen gas during criticality in fuel pool — Blast would be close to a nuclear explosion, from a practical standpoint (AUDIO) November 22, 2013
  4. NBC: US officials “hid concerns… as Fukushima melted’ — CIA told nuclear regulator that blast was hydrogen, experts then noted “no evidence to support” this theory March 11, 2014
  5. Gundersen: New data shows Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl… Plumes seen emanating from both the Unit 3 fuel pool & reactor — Nuke Engineer: Broken fuel rods are above all 3 melted down reactors — Gov’t Experts: Unit 3 explosion may have damaged spent fuel & released even more radioactive material (VIDEO) February 9, 2015

216 comments to Video: “Purple cloud” seen by engineer after Fukushima explosion… “I took a photo” — Former Prime Minister: Smoke from reactor blast had different color than officials claim; Steel appears to have melted on top of Unit 3; Suggests possible nuclear explosion

  • rogerthat

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/10/31/72965.htm

    Courthouse News Service
    Friday, October 31

    California's Last Nuclear Plant Threatened With Shutdown

    By PAT PEMBERTON

    … The group asked the court to review the NRC's approval of the Diablo safety report; to declare that the NRC violated the law by not holding a public hearing when changes were made to the report; to compel the NRC to hold public hearings; and to shut down the plant until those hearings are complete..

  • Fukushima has three 1000 percent meltdowns and catastrophic fuel pool fires that are significant players in the releases . Unit 3 aka Reactor 3 at Fukushima was using a mixture known as MOX FUEL .MOX FUEL is considered by media and experts to be 2 Million times worst than any other Reactor's Nuclear Cores Fuel on the planet only because it used MOX FUEL . MOX FUEL is not for power we don,t need those kind of isotopes to make energy , EVER. Power is a by product of the chain reaction.

    Chernobyl by comparison was 1/3 the size of Unit 3 at Fukushima . Chernobyl's single Reactor was a 30 percent melt down and never had spent nuclear cores aka fuel rods or fuel pools above it that were Atomized & Aerosolized like Fukushima .

    Reactor 3 at Fukushima had many spent insidiously dangerous nuclear cores sitting in the pools for many years cooling . THOSE FUEL POOLS ARE MISSING ALONG WITH THE NUCLEAR CORES THAT WERE STORED THERE !! Just because they were not going through the chain reaction at the time doesn,t mitigate their part in these equations of releases they have to always be factored into the models but have never been factored in .

    We are heading up north tomorrow on a 16 hr ferry ride and then catch another 50 miles or so over to the Charlotte islands . So i,ll thank everyone in advance and past for reply's and wish I could participate more. From deep in the fray I send my Hugs and Respect for all you wonderful souls who run this site and come here .

    • Dana, you are really something to be out there as the season turns more harsh. Thank you for your devotion and stay safe! Much luck and warm wishes.

    • Bill Duff

      Dana,

      I watch your Tidal Pool videos with interest. You are providing a useful documentation of the degradation and death of the biota in your region.

      We commonly use phrase such as: '101% effort', 'giving 110%' and 'Main Rocket Thrust at 108%'; so I don't personally object to it. However some members of The Nuclear Village' have previously used this routine use of language as a point of attack. So be careful using that terminology.

      MOX reactor fuel IS more dangerous than standard UOX fuel. The plutonium content of new MOX and used UOX is about the same. However, the other fission products, which impede fission, have been removed from the MOX fuel, in the reprocessing methods. New MOX fuel can produce more heat energy that New UOX, due to the plutonium. The plutonium also poses some additional reaction-control measures; relative to UOX.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.republican-eagle.com/content/tribe-appeals-nrcs-waste-storage-rule30

    Tribe appeals NRC’s waste storage rule30
    By Danielle Killey Today at 5:07 p.m.

    The Prairie Island Indian Community filed an appeal Monday challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s final rule on the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel…

    “The NRC has sidestepped its obligation to our tribe to do a full and complete analysis of the risks of permanent onsite storage of nuclear waste 600 yards from our nearest residences,” Tribal Council President Ronald Johnson said … “It leaves communities like Prairie Island at considerable risk, exposing us to the vulnerabilities of aging facilities, human error and natural disasters for generations to come.”

    The appeal was filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont filed a separate appeal …

    “For more than two decades the Prairie Island Indian Community has been waiting for the federal government to uphold its promise and remove on-site nuclear waste…'' Johnson said…

    There are currently 38 dry cask storage containers on site at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant and it will need a total of 98 if it continues to operate until its license expires in 2034.

    Prairie Island also encouraged the state of Minnesota to “follow the lead of its sister states and re-engage in the fight to. re-engage in the fight to ensure that the NRC…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/99639

    Reports Differ on Injuries at Metropolis Nuclear Plant Following Leakage of Uranium Hexafluoride

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 20:34 Updated 1 hour ago
    BY TONY E. RUTHERFORD, NEWS EDITOR

    Conflicting reports have circulated among Metropolis, Illinois, residents concerning the Sunday, Oct. 26, uranium hexafluoride leak at the Honeywell plant at about 7:35 p.m. Although a plant news release quickly stated that no injuries have been reported and the leak was contained to plant property, a resident told HNN Thursday night, Oct. 30, of leaving the union hall "flabbergasted."

    Union representatives are reporting that seven people north of the plume suffered burns and that another seven to ten at or near the EEI plant who had sheltered in place also suffered injuries. Union employees walking a picket line Sunday night distributed a video of the release; however, Honeywell claims it was spray used to contain leaks.

    On the union's Facebook page, a posting provides media links for anyone injured to speak out. Local media have been accused of taking the plant's word for it.

    Whistleblowers and retired workers at other former nuclear materials plants (i.e. Portsmouth, Ohio, and Hanford, Washington) have alleged and /or produced copies of contracts that provide significant financial incentives to Department of Energy contractors who have injury free records and have no emissions that drift beyond the plant property…

  • rogerthat

    Blue Water communities oppose nuclear waste site

    Beth LeBlanc, Times Herald October 31

    As Canadian officials inch closer to a decision on an underground nuclear waste facility near Lake Huron, opposition in the Mitten is gaining strength.

    At least 76 communities in Michigan have formally opposed the proposed facility for low- and intermediate-level waste. The Ontario Power Generation facility would house about 7 million cubic feet of waste and be located about 2,200 feet below ground — about 0.6 miles from the shore of Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario.

    More than 30 of the communities opposed to the waste facility are in St. Clair and Sanilac counties.

    In September, the Canadian Joint Review Panel — a group established by the federal Ministry of Environment and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission — had a nine-day public hearing to discuss OPG's plans for the deep geologic repository…

    The deadline for closing remarks from participants in the hearing was Oct. 9, and the deadline for the proponent, Ontario Power Generation, was Oct. 19…

    "Local communities are overwhelmingly opposed to this proposed facility, and for good reason," (state senator Steve Pavlov) said. "Ontario Power Generation's plan to permanently bury radioactive waste less than a mile from Lake Huron presents a critical threat to the health of the entire Great Lakes region."…

  • rogerthat

    http://knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/2014/10/30/ornls-3019-water-victim/

    Last month’s water hammer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, apparently caused by abnormal conditions in the city of Oak Ridge distribution, burst a number of pipes at the lab, and one of the impacted facilities was Building 3019 — an aged and sensitive nuclear facility that houses the government’s stockpile of uranium-233….

    • Bill Duff

      U-233 can be produced from Thorium. U-233 is fissile; while the Thorium is referred to as fertile. U-233, like all fissile materials, can be used to produce nuclear bombs. U-233 emits significant levels of Gamma; which makes it somewhat unsuitable for deployed nuclear weapons. They are too easy to detect; and excessive radiation shielding is required for personnel safety purposes.

      A few years ago, Barack Obama proposed to BURY the USA stockpile of U-233 in landfills. This was an ill-considered proposal.

      Thorium poses a significant nuclear proliferation risk. The relative ease of U-233 isotope extraction is the key risk.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/10/31/3234725_hanford-evaporator-creates-more.html?sp=/99/900/&rh=1

    The Hanford 242-A Evaporator has freed up space for almost 800,000 gallons of radioactive waste in Hanford’s double-shell tanks this fall in its first operating campaign since 2010.

    The 28 double-shell tanks are near capacity, and the oldest one has developed an interior leak and will be emptied. Each tank can hold about 1.1 million gallons of waste left from the past production of weapons plutonium at Hanford.

    The evaporator reduces the liquid content of the waste, allowing more efficient use of the space in Hanford’s double-shell tanks as waste from leak-prone single-shell tanks is transferred to them.

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/10/31/3234725_hanford-evaporator-creates-more.html?sp=/99/900/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

  • Bill Duff

    The Nuclear Reactor in FDU-3 exploded in a hyperthermal, supersonic detonation, characterized by: vaporized nuclear fuel, Orange Flame, Dark Black (purple-tinged?) Smoke, and Transmutation of previously INERT structural materials (such as nuclear-grade steel), into GAMMA Ray emitting radioactive substances; as well as the telltale Mushroom Cloud. These signs and symptoms are scientifically irrefutable proof, that nuclear fission took place 'outside the box' at the FDU-3 Nuclear Power Plant; (an atomic explosion).

  • Bill Duff

    Transmutation of previously inert objects to Gamma Radiation Emitters is PROOF POSITIVE, that fission occurred outside the SL-1 nuclear reactor.

    A nuclear explosion occurred at the SL-1 experimental reactor AND at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit-3 (FDU-3).

    No additional evidence was required, to establish the nature of the (1961) SL-1 nuclear reactor explosion in Idaho.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/

    SimplyInfo
    Fukushima Daiichi Unit 5 Begins Fuel Removal
    October 31st…

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141031_04-j.pdf

    This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team
    Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org

  • rogerthat

    http://www.gcint.org/news/green-cross-study-trip-fukushima-confirms-nuclear-plant-still-leaks-radioactivity

    …Members of parliament and government representatives from Brazil, Great Britain, Canada and Switzerland, as well as media representatives from these countries got a first-hand look at the impact of the nuclear disaster on the country, the people and the energy policies. The group also visited the evacuated city of Tomioka, which is divided into three different restricted zones, and met with the local population who has initiated and established family clubs to improve social conditions in the Fukushima Prefecture thanks to the assistance of Green Cross.

    The reconstruction time after natural catastrophes is normally much shorter than after nuclear accidents. It took some five years after the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean to rebuild the most of the infrastructure. When nuclear accidents or other manmade disasters occur where vast areas are contaminated, it is difficult to reestablish normal living conditions. In Chernobyl, nearly 30 years after the catastrophe, 10 million people still suffer from various physical and psychological health effects. Since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, eight percent of the land in Japan has been radioactively contaminated. Some 160,000 people had to be evacuated from the contaminated area of around 30,000 square kilometers…

  • rogerthat

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/japan.html

    Japan Oct 31
    Former Nagasaki City Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima — a leading peace activist — died on Friday evening.
    He was 92 years old…

    Nobuto Hirano, the former head of an atomic bomb survivors' group, says Motoshima was remarkable for his commitment to peace, and his courage to stand up for what he believed in.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016105756

    Download the National Academy of Sciences report on lessons learned from Fukushima

    • Well, here's a Greenpeace article on lessons learned:

      Learning the tragic lesson of Fukushima: No nuclear restart at Sendai
      Blogpost by Jan Vande Putte – 31 October, 2014 at 14:00
      http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/No-nuclear-restart-at-Sendai/blog/51158/

      Curious because Greenpeace has been largely non-vocal or not very prominent in its criticism of the whole Fukey scandal (am I right? Hope I'm not being unfair).

      • It's a strange article – maintains that the Sendai plant will not be reopened, but ….RT (Russia Today) says otherwise:

        http://rt.com/news/200175-sendai-fukushima-nuclear-volcano/

        Japan to reopen 1st nuclear plant after Fukushima disaster – despite volcano risks
        Published time: October 28, 2014 19:07 Get short URL

        "A local council has voted to re-open the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant on the outermost western coast of Japan, despite local opposition and meteorologists’ warnings, following tremors in a nearby volcano.

        Nineteen out of 26 members of the city council of Satsumasendai approved the reopening that is scheduled to take place from early 2015. Like all of Japan’s 48 functional reactors, Sendai’s 890 MW generators were mothballed in the months following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

        Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 people, relies heavily on state subsidies and jobs, which are dependent on the continuing operation of the plant."

      • Bill Duff

        Actually Greenpeace IMMEDIATELY responded to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disasters. GP launched a research vessel and forwarded samples to SEVERAL independent laboratories for confirmation.

        Japan BLOCKED the Greenpeace ship and impeded ALL NGOs from documenting the Fukushima disaster(s).

        The Japanese government obstruction PROVED the worst of our suspicions about the incident. The collusion with the Nuclear Village wasdamning.

      • None of the environmental groups have been vocal about it. They are all missing in action. There is a REASON for this..

        How Pro Nuclear And Anti 99% Corporations Control Eco Environmental Organizations Like Greenpeace, Sierra Club, 350.org via @AGreenRoad
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-pro-nuclear-and-anti-99.html

        • Bill Duff

          Quite the contrary:

          Some months ago, several prominent Nuclear Village types attempted to 'RALLY' the various Environmentalist groups to support the civilian nuclear power industry. A significant number STRONGLY declined.

          The WATERMELONS (Greens on the Outside – Reds on the Inside), still support the Nuclear Village. Few of the actual Greens continue to support the Nuclear Village.

  • Bill Duff

    I posted SEVERAL links to sources and papers on the SL-1 Reactor explosion. Those posts are 'awaiting moderation'. Perhaps those posts will appear later.

    The SL-1 reactor disaster subject was thoroughly documented at the time. Subsequent FOIA disclosures, filled in most of, the remaining information gaps. The video is thorough enough; but perhaps contains a little too much public relations jargon.

    If memory serves, the three SL-1 victims were buried in Lead-Lined Coffins; to protect funeral workers and the public. Similar precautions were taken following the Chernobyl reactor explosion, particularly with the bodies of the Firemen.

  • You're all over-reacting. They have pills for radiation you know (not):

    Anti-radiation pills useless after the fact
    Posted by Common Ground in Current Edition, Ecology, Health, November 2014 | 0 comments
    http://commonground.ca/2014/11/anti-radiation-pills-useless-fact/

    "by Dr. Gordon Edwards
    • An article posted on CBC news on October 11 (cbc.ca) stated that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has published a new regulation requiring nuclear operators to pre-distribute potassium iodide pills to people and businesses in close proximity to nuclear power plants, such as the one in Chalk River, Ontario. In the article below, Dr. Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, refutes the efficacy of these pills when administered after a nuclear event.

    Despite the headline in a CBCnews post on October 11 – “Nuclear plants must give anti-radiation pills to nearby residents” – there is no such thing as an “anti-radiation” pill. Radiation damage cannot be undone by taking a pill. In fact, there is no way of undoing radiation damage except by removing the damaged cells.

    [more]

  • Checkmate

    Just a thought- If 30,000 sq. km. is radioactive, then how deep do they have to dig to remove all of the radioactive soil. And then how big of a pit and deep is needed to bury all this material and other debris.
    I thought the Japanese were crazy for building nuke plants, but I never thought they were crazy enough to think that they could move back into this clean-up? contaminated area. And to see the construction crews in the video working without hazmat suits to totally insane. What in H are these people thinking…
    All they are doing is just screwing up the rest of the World with unnecessary more radiation… Stop these idiots now!

    • They just approved a 15 square mile area for storing nuclear waste 'temporarily', near Fukushima. Now they can move all of the bags that are scattered all over the place, into one place, but only temporarily.

      Scraping soil and cutting down trees to reduce radiation levels only works temporarily.

      More radiation comes in and recontaminates those same areas due to burning radioactive waste, demolishing buildings, and other natural processes, such as blowing wind, water, pollen, leaves, etc.

  • Checkmate

    The only very valuable thing from Japan are all antiques, coins, and stamps that are prefuku. Even their stamp collections there are radioactive… Collectors beware!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    WIND, WATER, SOLAR POWER . . .

    Is a solution for not getting radiated to death.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-New-operator-for-AECL-laboratories-3110144.html

    New operator for AECL laboratories
    31 October

    As part of the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (ACEL), a new organization – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) – is set assume full responsibility for all day-to-day operations at its nuclear laboratories.

    CNL – a wholly-owned subsidiary of AECL – will officially be launched on 3 November. It will employ some 3400 people at 12 locations across Canada. The corporate headquarters and core research and development operations will remain situated at Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario.

    AECL's nuclear laboratories are spread across seven sites in Canada and comprise several nuclear science and technology facilities, including the 135 MWt NRU (National Research Universal) research reactor. The facilities are used for isotope production; reactor component and fuel examination; nuclear instrumentation and dosimetry services; materials and reactor-chemistry research; and training of nuclear professionals.

    The new organization will focus on three key mandates: managing the radioactive waste and decommissioning activities arising from over 60 years of nuclear research and development; providing nuclear science and technology capabilities to support federal responsibilities; and providing access to in-depth nuclear science and technology facilities and expertise for Canada's nuclear industry on a commercial basis..

    • rogerthat

      … The government wants to implement a government-owned, contractor-operated (GoCo) model to manage AECL's laboratories in a similar way to such activities in the UK and USA. The aim is to create value and reduce risks and costs for taxpayers while continuing to fulfil AECL's core mandate.
      The implementation of the GoCo model entails two steps. The first is the creation of CNL as a subsidiary of AECL, to be operated largely with the governance, management systems and workforce that have been in place under AECL.
      The second step will take place at the end of the government's procurement process to select the GoCo contractor, when the GoCo contract is awarded and ownership of CNL is transferred from AECL to the contractor. This is expected to happen in late 2015, when CNL will become a private-sector entity, and AECL will then be a small Crown corporation focused on the management and oversight of this contract. AECL will also retain ownership of CNL's physical and intellectual property assets and its liabilities….

  • rogerthat

    http://www.pogo.org/blog/2014/10/20141028-no-news-on-the-uranium-processing-facility-may-be-good-news.html

    By Lydia Dennett
    Oct 31

    Government officials remain tight lipped about future plans for the proposed Uranium Processing Facility (UPF), aka the Uranium Capabilities Replacement Project, a building that has spent nine years languishing in design purgatory. But as cost-saving alternatives are explored, no news may be good news.

    The UPF is a facility planned to replace several buildings performing work involving uranium at theY-12 National Security Complex. Expected to cost between $600 million and $1 billion in 2005, estimates for the project now range between $6.5 billion and $19 billion. Part of the reason for this cost increase was a design flaw found in late 2012 that would have resulted in a building that could not have fit the equipment needed to perform its mission; …

    (Lydia Dennett is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight. Lydia handles whistleblower intake and works on nuclear safety and security at the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.)

  • rogerthat

    http://www.pogo.org/blog/2014/10/new-report-of-ig-concealment.html

    By Michael Smallberg
    (Michael Smallberg is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight. Michael's investigations center on oversight of the financial sector.)

    … More recently, the Department of Energy (DOE) IG’s office said it was unable to reach a conclusion in a case of alleged whistleblower retaliation against a nuclear safety engineer because a DOE contractor, Bechtel, and its subcontractor, URS, refused to turn over more than 4,000 documents, asserting attorney-client privilege.

    These and other episodes suggest that Congress may need to take action to bolster IG independence while ensuring that IG’s are doing their jobs properly.

    A bipartisan bill recently approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee—the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2014 (HR 5492)—is a big step in the right direction.

    Among other things, the bill would clarify an IG’s authority to access agency records “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” and require notification to Congress when an investigation into IG misconduct takes more than six months to complete.

    The Committee added an amendment introduced by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) that would require IGs to publicly release confirmed reports of misconduct by senior officials…

  • rogerthat

    This has to be read in full to get the picture: this is from the end:

    http://www.pogo.org/blog/2014/10/new-report-of-ig-concealment.html

    New Report of IG Concealment: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

    Oct 27
    By Michael Smallberg

    … More recently, the Department of Energy (DOE) IG’s office said it was unable to reach a conclusion in a case of alleged whistleblower retaliation against a nuclear safety engineer because a DOE contractor, Bechtel, and its subcontractor, URS, refused to turn over more than 4,000 documents, asserting attorney-client privilege.

    These and other episodes suggest that Congress may need to take action to bolster IG independence while ensuring that IG’s are doing their jobs properly.

    A bipartisan bill recently approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee—the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2014 (HR 5492)—is a big step in the right direction.

    Among other things, the bill would clarify an IG’s authority to access agency records “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” and require notification to Congress when an investigation into IG misconduct takes more than six months to complete.

    The Committee added an amendment introduced by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) that would require IGs to publicly release confirmed reports of misconduct by senior officials…

    • rogerthat

      … POGO is reviewing this legislation and other possible IG reforms, including measures that would:

      give the Department of Justice (DOJ) IG more authority to investigate alleged misconduct by DOJ attorneys, as proposed in a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jon Tester (D-MT);

      put more pressure on the President and Congress to fill IG vacancies, as proposed in a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); and

      clarify that IGs can be removed from office only for certain causes such as neglect of duty or abuse of authority.

      We hope to work with Congress to ensure that IGs have the independence they need, while also gettingthe oversight they require, to carry out their important missions.

  • rogerthat

    Meanwhile, in sunny Italy…
    Folks, this makes Fukushima's plastic bag landscape look hi-tech. It's a hair-raising story: This is from the end:

    http://www.corriere.it/english/14_ottobre_31/toxic-waste-invades-lombardy-10591c1a-610f-11e4-938d-44e9b2056a93.shtml

    Toxic Waste Invades Lombardy
    Huge dumps transform landscape. Po valley flatlands now have hills
    di Amalia De Simone

    … Like the Land of Fire, the Lombardy waste area presents a high incidence of tumours, although specific epidemiological surveys have not been carried out either region.

    Mr Ruzzenenti notes: “We did ask the public health authorities for precisely that, an epidemiological survey, and also a survey by ARPA, the environmental agency, to find out the state of the aquifer.

    ''We’re in an area where the water table is very high and, most important, very fragile. We made this request partly because the local health authority and ARPA in Mantua surveyed the territory just downstream from Montichiari”.

    Prosecutor Dell’Osso focuses on the health hazard: “Without wishing to scaremonger, if a territory is polluted, it follows that there’s a health risk to the public.

    ''We need only mention the city of Brescia, where as many as seven sites have been identified as critical for radioactive waste. Hexavalent chromium, which we know is a threat to health, has also been detected”.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/99819

    Worker Exposures and Health Effects Resulting from Toxic Vapor Exposures Causally Linked; Hanford’s Program Not Protective of Workers
    November 1

    … Hanford Challenge has called upon the Washington State Attorney General’s office to enforce existing provisions in hazardous waste laws already in effect at Hanford to require Hanford to protect its workforce.

    “The Savannah River report is just the latest in a long string of such reports since 1992,” said Carpenter. “They all say the same thing, with various levels of detail. The fact is that management has failed to heed recommendations for improvement. We see no reason why this won’t happen again. External oversight is urgently needed to break the cycle.”

    There are some 1,800 toxic chemicals detected in the headspace of Hanford’s tanks, though the report stated that methods used to arrive at this number were flawed. Over the years, there have been serious injuries and illnesses among workers that have resulted from toxic vapor exposures, including brain damage, lung disease, nervous disorders, and more.

    Hanford Challenge was pleased with the Savannah River report, yet also cited several areas that were missed, and should be included in the final report:

    · There were no recommendations to WRPS on immediate steps to take to protect workers…

    • rogerthat

      · Hanford is using individual worker’s sense of smell as the first line of defense to tell when there has been a vapor exposure, despite the presence of odorless toxic chemicals. Unless a worker reports smelling an odor and/or reports symptoms of exposure, then Hanford says there is no exposure. Hanford also claims there is no exposure when odors are reported and symptoms are observed. DOE fights every claim for compensation from workers, leaving many injured workers without a remedy.

      · Adverse health effects may be long-term in nature, or if felt immediately, are likely to be dismissed as symptoms of a cold, a stomachache, or some other cause. Hanford employees report that supervisors have been quick to dismiss symptoms following a vapor exposure as due to the employee’s lifestyle or a cause other than chemical vapors.

      · The report does not identify or discuss the system drivers that result in the site’s refusal to deal with vapor exposures leading to health effects, including –

      o A broken safety culture that punishes disclosures of issues, even reporting symptoms of illness;

      § This includes ongoing denial of the scope and severity of the problem, as related to the public in media statements, to stakeholders like Hanford Challenge, and to the workforce.

      o Failure of the Department of Energy to prioritize solutions to the vapor issue, despite numerous reports documenting the severity of the issue since 1987…

      (there's lots more, so read the report)

  • rogerthat

    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/99683

    Honeywell, NRC Dispute Report of College Students Operating Nuclear Plant; HNN Sources Allege Book Trained Replacement Workers Operated Plant

    Friday, October 31, 2014
    BY TONY E. RUTHERFORD, NEWS EDITOR

    Variations on the consequences of the Sunday evening UH6 leak at the Honeywell, Metropolitan, Illinois nuclear release continue.

    John McCarthy , Honeywell PMT Communications in Morristown, N.J. has submitted a written article denying that there were injuries and that full containment did occur. That response will be printed in full below. They have further denied that college students were operating the facility as replacement workers…

    • rogerthat

      … A Paducah resident, reiterated, that at least one union member before the lock out "trained two young ladies that were in engineering school. I have been told they all are young and were book trained, however never ran units until lockout. They [were] winging it."

      These students carried their books and studied feverishly in the lunchroom. They had no prior experience operating a nuclear plant.

      Some neighbors have expressed their fears when young workers were operating the plant.

      As for injuries, Ledford confirmed that Honeywell employees underwent urinalysis as a precaution,

      In addition, Robin McDaniels, a representative of Massac Memorial Hospital, has confirmed that ten or eleven people arrived at the hospital Sunday evening for uranium exposure testing. They came from a nearby plant and tested "negative." Under law, the spokesperson could not release whether any of the individuals sustained an injury. The hospital called in additional employees to cope with potential emergency conditions. She declined to discuss additional individuals brought to the hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

      A union source indicated that workers at Cook County Coal in Metropolis "got exposed to the release" A guard passed out and hit his head at the Coal company. Other workers complained of hurting and burning throats. As late as Tuesday, some Cook Coal workers still complained of "burning throats."..

      • Solution to strike by union members?

        Send in some young kids!

        Maybe they can hire kindergartners next time around, after these youngsters quit. Just put the school in the lunch room.

        Young kids have sore throats and infections all the time, so they will never notice a spill or poison gas plume.

        (sarc)

  • rogerthat

    http://io9.com/a-drug-that-turns-radioactive-elements-into-harmless-ch-1653490778

    … In any kind of disaster where radioactive elements have gotten into the environment, these pills could save many lives.

    Find out more at Berkeley Lab.

    – one pill to save us all… now that would do more than save many lives, it would also make squillions, berkeley would be laughing all the way to the bank lol

  • rogerthat

    http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/143-states-support-call-du-vote-at-un-1comm

    143 states support call for depleted uranium clean-up assistance at United Nations
    31 October 2014 – ICBUW

    143 states have voted in favour of a fifth United Nations General Assembly First Committee resolution on DU weapons, which calls for states to provide assistance to countries affected by the weapons.

    The resolution, which built on previous texts with the addition of a call for ‘Member States in a position to do so to provide assistance to States affected by the use of arms and ammunition containing depleted uranium, in particular in identifying and managing contaminated sites and material’ was submitted by Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. The resolution also recognised the need for more research on DU in conflict situations…

    .. the UK, US, France and Israel voted against the text. This week it emerged that the US will use DU again in Iraq in operations against ISIS ‘if it needs to.’ In spite of Iraq’s recent call for a global ban on the weapons and assistance clearing up the contamination left from conflicts in 1991 and 2003..

    (yes 143. abstain 4. no 26)

  • This is where the removed Fukushima spent fuel assemblies went? Sounds like Rokkasho is already too full to use, even if they got permission to put the nearly completed reprocessing plant into action. Delayed for the 21st time. Place looks like a modern version of the Hanford dilemma….waste, future glass encasement, blah, blah, blah. (apologies if someone already covered this)

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201410310140
    –Complications in safety screening have led to the 21st postponement of work to complete a key nuclear processing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.

    The latest delay, announced Oct. 30 by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., the operator of the Rokkasho reprocessing plant, could affect future operations at nuclear plants across the country.

    “This is the only facility (to process spent nuclear fuel in Japan),” Japan Nuclear Fuel President Kenji Kudo said at a news conference here. The company expected the safety screening to end around June and planned to complete work on the processing facility by the end of October.

    But discussions for the inspections only started in September because of the risk factors unique to the Rokkasho plant, such as complex piping between buildings and the huge amount of high-level liquid radioactive materials stored there.

    • >“It is not clear at all how things will work out for the processing plant,” an NRA official said.

      Currently, all nuclear reactors in Japan are offline, and electric power companies have applied for NRA screenings to restart their reactors.

      With the continued delays at the Rokkasho facility, its storage pools have filled to near capacity with spent fuel brought from nuclear power plants throughout Japan.

      Even if the electric power companies can restart their nuclear reactors, they could be forced to shut them down if the Rokkasho plant cannot accept additional nuclear fuel and their own storage pools become filled.

      Under the planned fuel recycling program, plutonium and uranium in spent fuel will be removed through chemical processing at the Rokkasho plant. Processed high-level radioactive substances will be stored on the site after being encased in glass.<
      ***************
      Hmmm, no wonder the the Japanese *experts* came over to check out how Hanford planned to handle their final storage operation. Kind of like the blind leading the blind, I'd say. Harumph. This sh*t makes me grumpy. Grumpier.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2606836/yucca_mountain_radioactive_waste_dump_is_all_too_undead.html

    Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump is all too 'undead'
    John LaForge

    … the Government Accounting Office concluded in 2001 that 293 unresolved scientific and engineering problems hinder the plan. ('GAO Challenges Plans for Storage of Nuclear Waste', Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2001)

    Responding to the new report, Nevada state officials made the same point. As Bob Halstead, Executive Director of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects, set out in a prepared statement:

    "The NRC licensing board has admitted more than 200 Nevada contentions challenging the safety and environmental impacts of the proposed repository, and Nevada is prepared to aggressively prosecute these challenges. It is not apparent that the [NRC report] specifically addressed these and other safety contentions.

    "For the NRC staff to publically release just this one volume of the 5-volume Safety Evaluation Report outside the proper context of an ongoing licensing proceeding, and in the absence of a complete SER, is unprecedented.

    "It creates a false impression that the safety review has been completed. It is difficult to see what reason there could be for such a release except to provide political support and encouragement for Yucca Mountain supporters in Congress and elsewhere."

    This false impression was spectacularly exaggerated by Rep. John Shimkus, R-Mich. …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20141031/AIK0101/141039880/1004/nevada-officials-express-support-for-yucca

    … “Many people in our state live in poverty and the state is one of the worst in terms of education, healthcare and in other areas,” Kulkin said. “Also, it’s just ridiculous that they put a multi-billion dollar hole in the ground and then leave it. “It would bring a lot of jobs and revitalize our economy.” …

  • "Keep nuclear waste in the states that created it. Nevada is not a dumping ground."

    This seems to be the unanimous agreed position all non money grubbing Nevadans' take. For the most part, there are not too many of them unfortunately. No nukes here in S NV is a moot term, that falls on deaf ear stuffed with the dollas they DANCE for…DANCE for that dolla…DANCE.

    • The planet Earth is not a dumping ground.

      The problem is, there is no place to 'dump' it, store it, throw it away or bury it. One cannot run from it, hide from it or deny that one way or another, sooner or later, radioactive contamination will spread and leave it's insidious footprint. Globally, over time.

      IMO – Perhaps, it should not NOT be called radioactive WASTE. I think it IS more accurately described as a radioactive ongoing DEADLY BYPRODUCT of boiling water in the most insane way ever devised!

      • AS a S Nevadan I know of one safe place these money grubbers can shove this SHIT…

        OFF THE FRIGGING PLANET!

        Now THAT would make LOADS of good JOBS you G MAN IDIOTS!

        I do NOT care what the cost of some rag credit paper is, I DO NOT care how bad they wanna make MORE frigging rag paper profits on this SHIT!

        Once more, MORONS in the governments of the WORLD, a safe place is:
        GET IT OFF THE FRIGGING PLANET!!! Capiche??

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    These people were all lying, weren't they? (credit to Majia's ppt)
    "The presence of plutonium outside the plant means there’s been degradation of the fuel in at least one of the six reactors, Denis Flory, deputy director general of safety at the International Atomic Energy Agency, said yesterday at a press briefing in Vienna. Tokyo Electric can’t determine which reactor emitted plutonium, Vice President Sakae Muto said in a briefing shown on a webcast.

    The contamination “shouldn’t have any effect on human health,” Muto said."
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-28/tokyo-electric-discovers-plutonium-in-soil-near-damaged-fukushima-reactor.html

    • Bill Duff

      Yes, they were LYING.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Plowboy, somewhere I read a paper with measurements of plutonium found in black powder spread for kilometers from the plant. It had the same ratio of plutonium to other elements in the nuclear fuel, proving that fuel rods were turned to powder and spread in the environment. Consequently about half the birds and insects studied have deformities. The high percentage of politicians, doctors and scientists who lie about this catastrophe is a shocking testament to the astounding numbers of psychopaths, sociopaths, criminals and scared idiots/enablers there are in the world

  • bo bo

    S&M minister Miyazawa visits fuku & declares spent fuel removal from SFP4 is DONE.

    Poof! Voila! Magic show?

    http://t.co/MxYkTMiBFe

    Prone to think this was just smoke & mirrors..but then a part of me is half convinced by the realism of TEPCO's stupidity in its plan to store some of the fuel rods ( albeit not spent ones ) back up in SFP 6…how could that be a lie.. sounds so real..so TEPCO..

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      So does he get a spanking before or after or both?
      Don't have to worry about his conscience ..he's busy playing with it.

      Hi..bo..can anyone tell me how they (spent fuel rods) are MOVED.. Forget removed…lolol.
      By lorry ..in open air?

    • Bill Duff

      I think that MOST of the Spent Fuel and New Fuel; which WAS stored in the structurally compromised Fukushima Daiichi Unit-4 Spent Fuel Pool has been removed. This resulted in the Common Spent Fuel Pool, at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station; being filled up.

      The Spent Fuel Pool at Unit-6 is the newest; and least full. So that is where I would store the remaining (INTACT) fuel from the structurally compromised Unit-4 Spent Fuel Pool.

      One bundle of Spent Fuel at the Unit-4 Spent Fuel Pool was bent at a 90 degree angle; about 25 years ago. I STRONGLY suspect that this bundle, and several other severely damaged bundles are STILL located in the Unit-4 Spent Fuel Pool. Japan & their bankrupt alter-ego TEPCO; will presumably LIE — FOREVER about all facets of their civilian nuclear power industry. So also, the IAEA, NRC and the WHO will keep lying. LYING defines who they are, and LYING is what they will presumably continue to do.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Bill Duff, did you ever figure out how they made more room in the CSFP? It was already at capacity with no room listed for hundreds of SFP4 assemblies.

        And still perplexing to me is how any of the assemblies could be in good enough shape after hours of zirconium fires, a huge explosion, 50 tons of salt, tons of debris…. one of those happy miracles I guess…. that place was demolished in a most extraordinary fashion

        http://cryptome.org/eyeball/daiichi-111211/pict21.jpg

  • rogerthat

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3268458/

    i've just watched this. raise hell. raise a glass to aaron schwartz

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Cash-strapped nuclear power company secretly donates 1.54 billion yen to city

    Nov 1 2014

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201411020032

    SSDD ..the idea is to 'buy' the people.
    Like peons, servants.. fodder.

  • Tepco to cancel nuclear promotion abroad

    Early June 2012 Tepco announced that it would cancel all export of nuclear expertise abroad, because it needed to focus on the stabilisation of the damaged reactors in Fukushima. All participation in a program to supply and run two nuclear reactors at a plant in Vietnam would be cancelled. This project undertaken by International Nuclear Energy Development, a public company set up in 2010 by heavy machinery producers and power companies, including Tepco, aims to promote Japanese nuclear expertise and exports. According to Naomi Hirose, director of TEPCO, “Our atomic power engineers still need to do a lot more to stabilise and decommission the reactors” at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant,"and: “It is impossible” to abandon the domestic task and promote exports."[44][45]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Electric_Power_Company

    Guess that nuclear promotion started up again, since they are done with decommissioning and cleanup of Fuku, eh?

  • Bill Duff

    Loading up on Stable Minerals: (tissue saturation)

    When the 311 nuclear disasters began at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station …

    I immediately began taking TRIPLE DOSES of the Over-the-Counter Daily vitamin and mineral supplement. After a a few days, when the urine turns BRIGHT YELLOW, the body is saturated with STABLE (non-radioactive) minerals. This (good) mineral saturation REDUCES the body metabolic uptake of virtually ALL radioactive contamination from environmental nuclear fallout.

    Once bodily saturation with good minerals was accomplished, I reduced to DOUBLE DOSE of my usual multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. I continued daily DOUBLE dosing for about three (months). Then I gradually reduced to the more usual single tablet per day.

    I live thousands of miles from Fukushima, in Texas. So I kept track of the Jet Stream and the extreme (2011) Texas Drought Conditions. Therefore, I decided to NOT take the higher levels (anti-radiation) doses of KI.

    The radioactive fallout levels from Fukushima were under-stated and downplayed in the media and by politicians. I assumed that would be the case; at the time. Still, 7,500 miles is a LONG distance. Had I lived in California; with the Spring-2011 deluge rains, I WOULD HAVE TAKEN the KI; which still sits in the medicine cabinet. Should an accident occur at one of the two Texas Nuclear Power Stations; I will repeat the multivitamin triple dosing; for a longer period of time and Take KI.

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