“Patented explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at US nuclear facility — TV: So volatile, experts comparing it to ‘bomb’ — Official: I’m appalled we weren’t told about real and present danger — Over 5,000 drums a threat — Invisible reactions may have already occurred (VIDEO)

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Sante Fe New Mexican, Nov. 15, 2014 (emphasis added): The combination [of neutralizer and wheat-based organic litter] turned the waste into a potential bomb that one lab chemist later characterized as akin to plastic explosives, according to a six-month investigation by The New Mexican. [Los Alamos National Lab] then shipped [the waste] to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant… Feb. 14… the drum’s lid cracked open… Temperatures in the underground chamber soared to 1,600 degrees, threatening dozens of nearby drums… Documents and internal emails show… officials downplayed the dangers… and withheld critical information.

Patented Explosives

  • LANL chemist Steve Clemmons [found] the drum’s contents match the makeup of patented plastic, water-gel and slurry explosives… “All of the required components included in the patent claims would be present,” Clemmons wrote… “I am appalled that LANL didn’t provide us this information!” [wrote DOE official Dana Bryson]… On May 27, when they learned of the memo about patented explosives… WIPP abandoned plans for the next day to sample the area where the breach occurred, fearing it was too dangerous. “In a phone call with LANL, they indicated that there is a possibility that any sampling of the kitty litter/drum contents could cause another event,” [wrote] David Freeman, Nuclear Waste Partnership’s chief nuclear engineer… “We have a formal letter on LANL letterhead implying there is a real and present danger in the WIPP underground,” Bryson wrote.

Up to 55 more drums of waste ‘destabilized ‘

  • The intense underground flare may have destabilized up to 55 more drums of waste [near the one that ruptured], calling into question whether they, too, had become poised to burst. “[The high heat event] may have dried out some of the unreacted oxidizer-organic mixtures increasing their potential for spontaneous reaction,” the report said. “The dehydration of the fuel-oxidizer mixtures… is recognized as a condition known to increase the potential for reaction.”

Over 5,000 more waste drums a threat

  • LANL began treating waste with assorted varieties of organic kitty litter as early as Sept. 2012, spawning thousands of drums of waste that hold the same organic threat… [It] may have been mixed in up to 5,565 containers of waste at LANL.

LANL (pg. 21 of pdf): [The team] evaluated the effect of a heat generating event on the adjacent waste containers [that] could have chemically or physically changed the waste and introduced a reaction hazard. Unreacted drums of nitrate salt waste stream… continue to pose a potential reaction hazardReactions may have occurred within some of these drums at levels insufficient to lead to detectable visible evidence.

KOB, Nov. 16, 2014: Nuclear waste so volatile, it’s been called a potential bomb by experts… Greg Mello, former nuclear waste inspector for LANL: “The drum in question was basically kind of a time bomb.”… [A WIPP] assessment… estimates over 5,000 drums of waste may contain the volatile organic kitty litter that caused the one drum to split open.

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  • here comes the boom, DoE, DoD NRC policy gaffes science trashed, bound to fall one day…

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    They are alarmed that the drums containing deadly cargo are poised to burst …"the waste in a large portion of the room reached temperatures up to 170°C to 230°C [446°F]"

    Yet it seems that all drums are expected to be crushed at 3000 pounds per square inch and be red hot at 700 deg F as the salt closes in. Out of sight out of their minds.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      They appear determined to keep the waste down there, despite the early failure. They have no other place to put it, since the scientists and engineers failed to find solutions. But the longer they leave it, the more impossible remediation will be. Expect fissures and aquifer contamination. The pressure cooker from hell.

      • Gasser Gasser

        WIPP is totally out of control with zero solutions only a last ditch go or blow boondoggle try, creating long term dire backfire consequences just like Fuk & Han

      • ISPC

        Yes. CodeShutdown n' Gasser. You know correctly. WIPP won't be closed by the DOE; neither for you, nor for me. We can only expect more lies, from them, to see. Radiation from fans will fly, onto the Land, and into the Sky. Death and Deformaties of Life will be, DOE's WIPP Legacy. That is the way it is. That is the way it will be. That is the Nature of the Industry. Shut WIPP Down. Shut the Nukes Down. No More Warheads. It's the only hope we've got. Peace

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    5000 plutonium filled plastic explosives, basically all time bombs. All packed in tight with kitty litter and topped with WIPP cream. Stored with the rest of our nations trans uranic waste. Nothing to worry about, just move along, nothing to see here…could it all just explode and make Fukushima look like Disney Land?

  • dunkilo

    SSDD ….Netc lit up today with an alert ….
    St. Charles,Il. Current:711cpm High:4698.

    • dunkilo

      BTW,how come the monitoring station in Newport news,Va. is off far more than on ?Few miles from Surry NPP and North Anna NPP and my loved ones.
      SSDD….
      and its raining ….I used to love rain/snow till the nuke plague.

      • Pete

        That site is a GMT-0800 so its someones personal detector. Its kind of amusing the .gov doesn't have a real detector in Newport News, the only naval shipyard certified to repair vessels with Nuclear rectors. Its no accident though, if there's no detector, there's no problem…ever.

        So that detector is offline so often because the person turns it off or gets disconnected from the internet and it doesn't reconnect. That's one of the problems with the personal detector networks, there are no standards for uptime or device location. A GC in the center of your house is going to get a lot less exposure than one on the periphery, and I imagine some types of windows would vary in their reading too based on glass composition, air gap gas, etc.
        I've been thinking the truest measure of all would be a GC mounted outside in a ziploc bag, like under the eaves of the porch, or somewhere it would get a lot of outside air flow passing by. And when there's cesium, there's likely other nuclides present the GC wont detect, but it gives us a better idea than not having one.

        Today is a high day across the entire nation, at least on Netc, and you can see the detections are following the US wind fronts from west to east.

    • Daisy207

      Its 5:00 PM EST. NETC STATIONS IN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA ARE ALL OFF LINE.

      • Pete

        Oh yeah, I forgot that part, the bad side of the .gov detectors, while they are much more accurate than personal detectors, is that they can and do take them offline at whim.

        Or more likely when they are expecting an unfavorable detection result, as they often turn off along entire states or geographic areas at a time.
        Its kind of funny though if you go to radnet and look up the time frames when their detectors are turned off, the radnet graph just continues the line but its horizontally flat, because its turned off.
        I got into a big argument with this current big university sheeple about that, he tried to tell me they weren't turned off and I just couldn't read a graph… he's a smart enough guy but he thinks he can find the real answer to anything just by googling xxx and debunk. Yeah, good luck with that.

      • We Not They Finally

        Is that related to the Honeywell NPP plant? I think (not sure) is in Illinois.

    • Wright South West Wright South West

      I have the same GMC-300 and it is on Netc as well. When I first got it I was getting some high spikes. I ordered a second unit to see if I would get similar readings with it and I didn't. I sent my first one in and they replaced the geiger tube and I haven't had any high spikes for several months now. I'm wondering if that geiger counter needs a new tube….anyway lets hope so. A month ago my 2nd unit quit working so need to send it in as well. So far not very impressed with GMC units.

  • Nick

    "Any violation that meets either the reckless failure or the repeated failure screening criteria below must be evaluated for possible classification as a flagrant violation.
    From the Mine Safety and Health Administration:

    "Reckless failure criteria:

    Citation/order is evaluated as significant and substantial (S&S)
    Expected injury/illness is evaluated as at least permanently disabling
    Citation/order is evaluated as unwarrantable failure
    Negligence is evaluated as reckless disregard"
    http://www.msha.gov/REGS/COMPLIAN/PPM/PMVOL1C.HTM#.Uw51u-NdX_H

    I would say WIPP succeeded at achieving Reckless Failure Criteria.
    http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/accident_desc.html

    But don't tell the nuclearorats that.

  • Nick

    "Nuclear wastes are neither particularly hazardous nor hard to manage relative to other toxic industrial wastes."
    http://world-nuclear.org/info/Nuclear-Fuel-Cycle/Nuclear-Wastes/Radioactive-Waste-Management/

    (I know that WIPP had defense nuclear wastes, but I couldn't resist this bit from WNA)

    Calm down folks, everything is UNDER CONTROL…..(not!)

    I think it is way past time for humans to have a discussion about the ENTIRE nuclear insaneusdry!

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Fron the World Nuclear Association website:

      o Nuclear power is the only large-scale energy-producing technology which takes full responsibility for all its wastes and fully costs this into the product. (Oh please, make me laugh some more.)
      o The amount of radioactive wastes is very small relative to wastes produced by fossil fuel electricity generation. (Just hundreds of thousands of tons of extremely toxic, life-ending, world ending, DNA destroying drek.)
      o Used nuclear fuel may be treated as a resource or simply as a waste. (Resource, surely you jest? Oh, I forgot, it's a big source of income for some people.)
      o Nuclear wastes are neither particularly hazardous nor hard to manage relative to other toxic industrial wastes. (Says Lady Barbara Judge, and that other Bozo, Lake Barrett or something or other, and cronies of their ilk).
      o Safe methods for the final disposal of high-level radioactive waste are technically proven; the international consensus is that this should be geological disposal. (WIPP has proven this statement beyond the shadow of any doubt, so shut up and quit arguing.)

    • Here is the only Human solution to have in mind:

      Gone fission, back in a few million years…

      A nice cozy Electron Wind Disk perhaps?

      http://www.zamandayolculuk.com/cetinbal/HTMLdosya1/TeslaFlyMachine.htm

      • JimLynch JimLynch

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      • m a x l i

        "[…]in 1938 they sent 2 men to Mars in an EWD, landed them and returned them in 8 days![…]"

        Well, well, well… Where did I read this before? And I thought it was 5 days and one hour? Ah, right that was the current president, many years later. There has to be some progress in travel speed over the decades.

        Could you tell why you are posting a link to that science fiction story here? What is the connection to "“Patented explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at US nuclear facility…"?

  • Nick

    WIPP assembled a "panel" to warn us all for the next 10,000 yrs.

    http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/ten-thousand-years/

    Someone needs to place those markers across New Mexico today!

    Kinda makes ya feel all warm and cozy downwind of WIPP don't it?

    Tick. Tick. Tick.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Nick, they need those warning sculptures all over the place…1500 bomb sites, Chernobyl, Fukushima. The nuclear industry created dead zones, surrounded by sick zones and then the artists had to come up with a way to warn people for the nest 10,000 years. The public paid for it, with a little extra to pay for stooges to hound them calling them stupid fear mongers. Alligator pits with trap doors…you peaceful folks just arent working with nature!

    • What a thing to have to design. Danger markers that can last as long as radioactivity does. And as the article points out, future symbols, languages, type of civilizations finding them are unknowable.

      I guess I'd go for longest lasting rock or ceramic tiles that have a chance of still existing far, far into the future. Incise a series of 3 concentric circles with the current radiation symbol in the center. Outermost circle would have human *stickmen* approaching holding hammers, spears, drills, maybe bent towards it.

      The second circle inward would have a broken place or two with figure standing halfway in. Or this could be shown as footprints going across openings. Inside that circle lay stickmen bodies with x's on the eyes, tools nearby. Wavy lines emanate from the circle surrounding the radiation symbol. (Which should be incised on casks, barrels, every waste bldg globally)

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        I would go with the bright yellow penis entering the black rectum with the red warning blood. And a friendly reminder, "The nuclear industry approved of this ad."

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    It may have occurred that scientists within some of these industries have brains at levels insufficient to detect any visible signs of intelligence…

    • JimLynch JimLynch

      TRUTH!! I would at moral turpitude to be the one thing common to all these "scientist" nay sayers

    • We Not They Finally

      No kidding. They are saying that just ONE exploded drum caused so much danger and contamination, that they could not even enter the chamber to investigate? But that there are 5,565 drums just the same, waiting to blow? So it was either "just one," or the 5,565 are a regular holocaust waiting to happen?

      One doesn't even have to be a scientist to know that we are being given info that no one can process. So the people there do what? Just "run for their lives to be on the safe side"? Lest it's 5,565 instead of "just one," but which one alone might kill them?

  • Cisco Cisco

    Can you spell Clusterfu#k! Scientists, formally educated technical people, experts in all things nuclear…pathetic. Whatever happened to common sense…something apparently that goes unspoken or unwritten at Nuke University.

    Look around you as to who's in charge; the patients are running the asylum. SSDD!

  • Nick

    When a human brain encounters a bit of gamma/alpha/or beta radiation, electrons and more can get scrambled.

    Hence our present nuclear insanity!

    Nuclear is fission for dreams!

  • rogerthat

    http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=108231357

    Chemical leak at DuPont facility in Texas leaves four dead
    JAMES QUEALLY, November 15

    …DuPont said the leak did not pose a danger to the community….

    … Shortly after the leak began, the La Porte Office of Emergency Management said on Twitter that a "rotten fish" smell was emanating from the area around the plant, but that there was no danger to the community. …

    – deja vu all over again.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    This behavior is certainly an industrial crime of the highest order.. 🙁 Shut this industry down now..

  • Bill Duff

    Explosive containment is the new normal in the Nuclear Village.

  • Bill Duff

    The next WIPP Pu containment drums will use nitroglycerine packing.

    • PU Plutonium packing is even better..

      It only takes a couple of pounds to reach criticality

      Better than nitro.

      Oy veh, the whole place is full of it.

      • VoxDei VoxDei

        Optimally moderated reflected and in an unfavorable geometry.highly unlikely given con ops.

        • Just wait until it all melts together under high pressure inside salt, with moisture all around it migrating towards the heat, acting as the reflector. Lots of barrel contents all crushed together and compacted.. what will be the result?

          hmmmmmm,

          PU in the box.. compact it melt it all together and let rr rip.

          • VoxDei VoxDei

            Salt is a neutron poison Dr. G. It won't go critical under those conditions. Plus its LEU used fuel. HEU is a commodity.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

              All the sodium reactors fail because salt is very corrosive and corrodes any drums, any cooling pipes, any electrical systems. Just like the Hail Mary pass at Fukushima Daiichi when they used sea salt to cool the reactors. The sea salt corroded everything there.

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                Monju, the fast breeder reactor sodium cooled that only generated electricity for one hour.
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monju_Nuclear_Power_Plant

              • VoxDei VoxDei

                Molten salt is different.

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                The meltdown at Santa Susanna was 240 times worse than TMI.

                The Sodium Reactor Experiment was a pioneering nuclear power plant built by Atomics International at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley, California
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_Reactor_Experiment

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                Traveling Wave Reactors: Sodium-cooled Gold at the End of a Nuclear Rainbow?
                Bill Gates on the wrong path with traveling wave reactors: despite $100 billion invested globally, sodium-cooled reactors plagued by leaks, accidents, and low reliability
                Report: TWRs Will Likely Be Economically Obsolete Before They Are Commercialized
                “…• The sodium-cooled reactor experience does not bode well for TWRs. “Sodium-cooled fast reactors have a checkered history. Some have operated well, while others have done poorly. The most recent commercial demonstration reactors belong in the latter category. The French demonstration reactor, Superphénix, operated at an average capacity factor of less than 7 percent over 11 years before being shut in 1996….The Japanese Monju reactor, commissioned in 1994, and connected to the grid in 1995, had a sodium leak and fire in 1995. It was closed until May 2010, when it was restarted for testing, but suffered another accident in August 2010. It has not been restarted since….”
                • Power produced by TWRs would not be affordable or competitive….”
                \http://ieer.org/resource/press-releases/traveling-wave-reactors-sodium-cooled-gold-at-the-end-of-a-nuclear-rainbow/

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                Fast Reactors: Unsafe, Uneconomical, and Unable to Resolve the Problems of Nuclear Power
                “In the push for nuclear power, proponents of fast neutron reactors have portrayed this design as a new, promising technology that could resolve the question of managing long-lived radioactive waste. But the idea of fast neutron reactors is not a new one.
                “Ever since the first experimental fast neutron reactor generated electricity in 1951, 1 governments around the world have made huge investments into their development, but the return has been minimal. After decades of research and experimentation, fast neutron reactors remain unsafe, uneconomical , and unable to address the problems of nuclear power.
                “Fast neutron reactors are typically high temperature reactors fueled by a plutonium / uranium blend and cooled using an inert gas or liquid metal. They were first promoted as a way to extend uranium supplies, because as they operate, unusable uranium can be converted to fissile plutonium that can be used as fuel. It has since become clear that uranium is more abundant than originally thought. Now, fast reactors are being advocated as a waste solution that would reduce the radioactivity of spent fuel by converting long-lived plutonium and other radioactive heavy metals in the waste into shorter-lived radionuclides. Fast neutron reactors, however, have a terrible track record in safety and economics, and are not capable of solving the waste problem.
                cont.

            • Is that a promise, much like the promise that only low level waste would go into WIPP, and that it would all be safe for 10,000 years, and just trust us, nothing bad will happen?

          • skizexq skizexq

            But, Doc, those drums are thoroughly painted with Hello Kitty colors in Industrial Enamel! Good for many extra years, yuk yuk…

  • Bill Duff

    Plutonium + High Explosive = Obama containment

  • I personally don't think these WIPP assclowns really know what is going on underground myself. What's even worse, even if they did they would have no idea how to deal with it. None. This is akin to Fukushima and other nuclear "mishaps" in the past: it was never supposed to happen you see.

    I have a niece in Lubbock attending Texas Tech. I have shared my fears/concerns with her mother about the WIPP's potential hazards (several months ago), but my warning was not heeded or taken seriously.

    • Bill Duff

      This FUBAR was ALL LANL

      • We Not They Finally

        Maybe completely true, but also not the point: LANL and many other equally dangerous places are de-centralized, with (obviously) no one minding the whole deadly-dangerous picture. Like Hanford would surely be doing a better job? No one would believe that. No one even knows how many FUBARs from how many different locations have been shipped to WIPP. Or how safely WIPP can store ANY of it.

  • Bill Duff

    LANS, LLC is formed by UCal, Bechtel, Babcock & Wilcox & URS, C F McMillan is President & Director http://www.lansllc.com/

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS, LLC) is a private limited liability company (LLC) formed by the University of California, Bechtel, Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services, and URS Energy and Construction. President of LANS, LLC, Charles F. McMillan, reports directly and solely to the LANS LLC Board of Governors. McMillan also serves as LANL director.
    http://www.lansllc.com/board-of-governors.html

  • Bill Duff

    If suspended in air, wheat chaff in a grain elevator can explode violently. Demonstrating the Ignition of Dust, Video: http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/dust_ignition.mov
    http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/dust.html

    It is generally appreciated that, if suspended in air, coal dust in a mine or wheat chaff in a grain elevator can explode violently. Serious dust explosion incidents occur all too regularly, sometimes causing massive damage and serious injury or loss of life.

    Characteristic of many dust deflagrations, a flame briefly flares up after the initial explosion has occurred. This happens because the concussion of the initial explosion kicks up additional flour from the bottom of the container into the air where it ignites and burns. This scenario is actually typical in coal mine explosions, where a methane explosion occurs first and then coal dust is kicked up off the mine floor, suspended in the air, and then ignited. The secondary deflagration is often far more devastating and wide-spread in its effect within the mine than is the initial methane explosion. Therefore, it is vitally important to prevent the build-up of coal dust on equipment and on the floor of a mine.

  • razzz razzz

    WIPP knows what to do, drill another shaft to replace the radioactive one. Drilling a new shaft is cheaper than attempting to decontaminate the radioactive one. Another hole in the ground for water to get in or fallout to escape. Brilliant.

    In other news:

    "…And yet, by the mid-1980s, those gains seemed fragile. Pharmaceutical companies were facing a barrage of lawsuits from parents who believed the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis shot had disabled their kids. Their profits imperiled, vaccine makers signaled they would leave the U.S. market.

    In response, Congress gave a break both to pharmaceutical companies and to those who received a vaccine to prevent one illness, yet suffered another.

    To protect the nation's supply, lawmakers shielded companies from jury verdicts, shifting liability for injuries to the U.S. government. That part worked: Vaccines are widely available, and profitable.

    To help people harmed by shots, Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Government doctors and lawyers review claims. If they believe it is more likely than not that a vaccine — and not something else — caused the injury, they tap a $3.5 billion fund to pay for future care and lost wages. That fund is replenished by a 75-cent tax on each vaccine…"
    http://news.ino.com/headlines/?newsid=313961384

    Allowing people to die from disease would be more humane. More cost effective too.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      And you have to pay $300 to file an injury complaint with the Federal government for vaccine injury. TDAP vaccine nearly killed me in 2010. The urgent care facility was required by law to report the injury, which they did not do. I was told I had to file the injury complaint. Being already sickened near to death, I didn't want to spend the $300 to make the complaint.

      That's a rigged system, non?

    • We Not They Finally

      razzz, that's just a system that encourages and rewards psychopathic negligence. The vaccine companies get paid whether they help people or they kill them.

      • razzz razzz

        That was the point of the link. Create a special court to handle only vaccination poisoning cases (like the IRS and a specially created tax court where the IRS rarely loses). Then do nothing Congress does take the time to exempt themselves from things like O'bummer Care.

        That's to bad HoTaters, imagine what vaccines can do to little kids that don't have body defenses in place yet but of course those kids are only medical statistics to be ignored. Try to get your hands on any insert that comes in the box with the vaccine bottle, very enlightening. Oral vaccines should be the first choice if you have to take them. Anything involving a needle, run away as fast as you can.

  • Bill Duff

    The Obama – Science Directorate Hah Hah- set the bar LOW at LANL

  • Bill Duff

    Did LANL achieve a supersonic detonation or a mere deflagration?

  • Bill Duff

    Team Obama tried to landfill dump a ton of fissile U-233, in a bogus containment scheme.

    About two tons of uranium-233, a weapon-useable fissile material, was produced by the United States, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, as part of its military and civilian nuclear program, at an estimated cost of $5.5 billion to $11 billion. The Energy Department has indicated it plans to waive safeguards and safety requirements to dispose of nearly 2,000 pounds of these concentrated nuclear explosive materials by simply putting them in a landfill. This would be in disregard for international safeguard and security norms as well as the department’s own nuclear security and radioactive waste disposal standards.

    http://www.ips-dc.org/managing_uranium/
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/us/uranium-233-disposal-proves-a-problem.html?_r=0
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/government/nye-county-official-blasts-sen-reids-hypocrisy-nuclear-waste-disposal
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/13/doe-finalizing-plans-to-dump-man-made-uranium-in-nevada/

  • Bill Duff

    The Obama State Science Institute blazes new trails in applied idiocy daily.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We are all in trouble.. 🙁

    It's like you go to a bar for penny a beer night and there is only one toilet and and it's stopped up.

    Nobody cleans the stooped up toilet and the 200 bar customers use it anyway and flush and flush and soon the stuff/crap/toilet paper/urine is out in the hallway and all the drunk people just don't care.

    They go to the same toilet and just keep relieving themselves all night long, since the band is good.

    Nuclear is simply another form of Human Crap and soon we all will be standing in the same hallway wondering where the band has gone. 🙁

    It all stinks! 🙂

  • jec jec

    CONTRACTOR GREED!! From the Santa Fe article "the federal board is exploring what role LANL contractors’ profit motive and the rush to meet the deadline imposed by the state Environment Department — a key objective necessary to fully extend its lucrative contract — played in the misalsteps that caused the leak." Wonder if any are OBAMA friends..government contract awards usually have aspects of politic collaboration or bribes.

    I hope the new Congress and Senate goes digging into these issues. And I hope the report is provided to the public!

    • jec jec

      Dont forget WIPP Contractor..PM Faruk? was it..got awards as well. A culture of greed and opportunity. OH..and all those contractor companies are LIMITED LIABILITY or LLCs. So no to collect from them..only lock up the workers for doing what they were told to do by the company management. The owners/stockholds..home free kids. Sounds like a scary horror story..it is. Feds should look into the stock holders of the LLCs!! The parent company, the foreign partnerships..like Areva!

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      New will behave better..? Leave the path politics is walking ? Will they brake the duopoly structure and expose the controlling serpent's behind it ? Put a limit on the amount of greed an individual can materialise ? just wondering..if they go in to issue's just to beat the political opponent…how will humans benefit..

    • VoxDei VoxDei

      The old corporate greed argument in a capitalist society. Illogical.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Still want some of what you are smoking friend! 🙂 Share since it keeps you perpetually high!

      • Bill Duff

        When the shoe fits, wear it. Socialist morons meet blind greed.

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        vulgar deception "The old corporate greed argument in a capitalist society. Illogical"

        ———-
        i asked a question dipshit

      • Bill Duff

        Alternate titles: corporate state; corporativism; corporativismo; state corporatism

        corporatism, Italian corporativismo, also called corporativism, the theory and practice of organizing society into “corporations” subordinate to the state. The advent of Italian fascism provided an opportunity to implement the theories of the corporate state.

        http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/138442/corporatism

        Benito Mussolini, 1935, Fascism: Doctrine and Institutions, Rome: 'Ardita' Publishers.

        Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere.

        Benito Mussolini, 1935, The Doctrine of Fascism, Firenze: Vallecchi Editore.

      • Maybe V is really tired?

        He can't write more than sentence.

        Kind of like bots.

        They don't write much either.

        maybe we should raise money to put him out to pasture and retirement.

        Anyone starting to feel sorry for him?

        • VoxDei VoxDei

          We put Gaytheist out to pasture but he will be back no doubt. His ego won't let him stay away. He proved you can dish it out but not take it. In the end a cliche like all of you.

          • This post is real good.. Plutonium is ultra nasty. Sitting around in weapons everything becomes real nasty. Mix later with gloves and booties, Hoping the nasty label is enough cover to move the ball into a more productive ball park like WIPP. High explosive parts from broken up cold war nukes are nasty and explosive! and there is lots and lots of it places it should never be. Suppose these deposits are a seal in by date sort of surprise package project? The needle on the gauge is moving ever higher at every play of this war we all are in today. Not keeping the danger from the edge is going to have costs. Sucks to be sucked through that game show.. But some do tend to really tempt their fate. VD Eh? Lame.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            me an VoxDei seen fit to get dominion over the earth with nuclear power. But since it gone belly up, we just been waitin on the rapture. Aint it so Mr Vox? Were going to paradise on account of being forgiven…that an chosen. Aint it so Mr Vox…you an me are "G" fearing men of faith that can do no wrong.

            Its good we run them gays and non believers out, them hippies and nature lovers. When they come back, an they always do, will beat em down again, 24/7…10-4…666, hell yeah, me an Vox, workin for the Man!

        • Jebus Jebus

          He seems more like a gnat flying up into the streetlight, repeatedly.

          I can't feel sorry for that…

      • razzz razzz

        VoxDei
        November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        "The old corporate greed argument in a capitalist society. Illogical."

        Correct VoxDei, it is a socialist agenda based on redistributing the wealth. Where taxpayer money goes is not important as long as a bureaucracy is in place to dole it out with bonus money for not maintaining underground equipment or rewards for not completing contracts or for ignoring safety violations. Radiation releases are minor details not worthy of reporting to the IAEA.

  • Bill Duff

    These Diversity-based Afro-American Engineering advances are awe inspiring

  • Nick

    WIPP is just the tip of a vast iceberg of deceit, spanning decades, promulgated by a bunch of fools that were able to make a shitload of money at the expense of us all.

    The lies continue.

    ISIS may get a nuke, therefore we HAVE to build more of our own.

    Russia is getting nasty again, so recycle our nukes and begin building the upteenth generation of MAD devices.

    Humans have screwed up the climate with ….CARBON FUELS, so we have to switch to fission piles.

    Never, not once, has the public been informed that most of our nuclear endeavors yield products that are TATAL, basically forever.

    That's toxic at the atomic level.

    WIPP is defense shit.

    Then there is the electrical side, just as toxic, still deadly.

    The tragedy of it all is that there are fools who got their panties all tied up in knots over carbon dioxide and basically gave nuclear a free pass.

    I do not discriminate between warlords OR ecofreaks who support nuclear.

    But..but Nick, surely you are being too harsh. Warlords aim to kill. We can manage our nuclear detritus, we just haven't invented the technology yet. Show a little compassion won't ya?

    Nope.

  • Bill Duff

    Strangely, Obama EBOLA imports have ALSO not been supported by voters.

    Sierra Leone Native Martin Salia was in the 13th day of his EBOLA illness when he reached Omaha on Saturday. He had waited three days to be formally diagnosed after an initial test for Ebola came back negative. He then waited five more days to be flown to the United States.

    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/282917041.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Warlords..sounds about right! Nothing has changed in thousands of years.. 🙁

  • Bill Duff

    Oddly, some Americans have even refused to back the Obama funding of ISIS/ISIL, in the Arab Spring initiative.

    US and Europe in – major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb, By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, 6:51PM GMT 08 Mar 2013, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9918785/US-and-Europe-in-major-airlift-of-arms-to-Syrian-rebels-through-Zagreb.html The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Europe. 3,000 tons of weapons have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, since November. The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria's neighbours.

    Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A. By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT, Published: March 24, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/world/middleeast/arms-airlift-to-syrian-rebels-expands-with-cia-aid.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/01/New-ISIS-Magazine-Takes-Aim-at-McCain-Promotes-Stoning-Mass-Executions

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      We paid for their weapons and they have the nerve to take their own oil. I don't think Rupert Murdoch and Dick Cheney are going to like that. I read yesterday that ISIS had killed 3000 people, including 5 women and 2 children, which kinda makes us look like Barbarian horde. Who knows whats really going on over there. I'm quite sure they're not giving the American people the whole truth, that would be grossly out of character. If you want my opinion, I think it's an Apocalypse now scenario. Some private mercenaries gone rogue. You want me to believe that with 17 intelligence agencies in the US alone, costing taxpayers almost 60 billion a year, and in a country we occupy and another we were going to invade a year ago, they just sprang up out of the clear blue. Whatever. I call bullshit.

  • Bill Duff

    Some Americans fail to endorse open borders and immigration amnesty.

    Isil threatens slaughter in the streets of the West, Jihadi John threatens to bring slaughter to the streets of the West as he announces the death of American aid worker Peter Kassig, By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent, and Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, 7:46PM GMT 16 Nov 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11234525/Isil-threatens-slaughter-in-the-streets-of-the-West.html

    The Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John has threatened to bring slaughter to the streets of Britain and the West in a new video announcing the murder of an American aid worker. The video, featuring the masked militant, marks the group’s most explicit threats yet to attack the UK and America.

  • Bill Duff

    Bad idea ditching The Constitutional Rule of law 4 a socialist Muzzie.

  • rogerthat

    http://triblive.com/business/headlines/7100062-74/storage-nuclear-fuel#axzz3JNhYfTne

    By David Conti
    Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, 9:20 p.m.
    Updated 13 hours ago

    The pool is nearly full at Beaver Valley Power Station's older nuclear reactor.

    After 38 years of operation — and decades of promises from the federal government that it would find a final resting place for spent fuel — Unit 1 at the Shippingport plant has run out of underwater storage space for its reactor waste. Owner FirstEnergy Corp. is installing a dry storage area outside the reactor buildings capable of holding spent fuel rods for decades.

    With at least 22 more years of generation expected from the reactor, Akron-based FirstEnergy is following a step that nearly three quarters of nuclear plants in the country have taken to deal with one of the industry's most nagging problems: what to do with radioactive waste…

    …The dry casks require only stable foundations and natural air circulation around them to remain safe…

    – for how long? depending on the type of cask, for about 30 years. then what?

  • Bill Duff

    The Obama LANL managed to separate the plutonium with the chaff; rather than separate the wheat from the chaff.

  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Anybody got a handle on explosives signatures? Maybe Onto? I was trying to identify the initial blast at Fuku #3? I captured a yellow orange flash or detonation ostensibly at the moment the plant went kaboom from file footage. Hopefully someone can lend some technical assistance. It would be evidence in determining the chemicals involved in the explosion and further help shed light on this unsolved mystery. Initially I considered hydrogen but I gather it burns almost invisibly.

    Thanks

  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    Enlightening video, educational too if you can spare about an hour and forty-two minutes. Open your mind and engage your brain. Whoops the brain is not involved, so say the guests speakers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjDQzCq6FdM

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    5,565 potential nuclear bombs. Fantastic! Lovely! Breathe deep the gathering gloom ….

    "LANL began treating waste with assorted varieties of organic kitty litter as early as Sept. 2012, spawning thousands of drums of waste that hold the same organic threat… [It] may have been mixed in up to 5,565 containers of waste at LANL."

  • Bill Duff

    LANL Organic Kitty Litter SNAFU creates %500M WIPP FUBAR & Lung Cancer.

    The facility, meanwhile, remains shut down as an estimated $500 million recovery effort expected to last several years gets underway, leaving thousands of containers of nuclear waste destined for WIPP stranded at national laboratories across the country.

    Documents and internal emails show that even after the radiation leak, lab officials downplayed the dangers of the waste — even to the Carlsbad managers whose staff members were endangered by its presence — and withheld critical information from regulators and WIPP officials investigating the leak. Internal emails, harshly worded at times, convey a tone of exasperation with LANL from WIPP personnel, primarily employees of the Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership, the contractor that operates the repository.

    http://m.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lanl-officials-downplayed-waste-s-dangers-even-after-leak/article_54d7f3d2-8c99-5793-8c17-c4bdb0b72ef1.html?mode=jqm

  • Bill Duff

    LANL did not warn the WIPPERS and the WIPPERS did not warn the downwind civilians

  • Bill Duff

    An Obama Death Squad chose the silence of the grave for downwinders.

  • Bill Duff

    What Malthusian sunuvabeech made that murderous call?

  • Jebus Jebus

    I think that all this nuclear waste that no one can figure out what to do with, should be shipped back.

    Send the shit back to LANL.

    Right back in their CorpoMil parking lot.

    Return to sender.

    Anything that doesn't have a home goes directly to Washington DC and the Pentagon.

    Return to sender, destination unknown.

    Give it back to the ones who created it.

    I bet they figure out a plan then…

  • Bill Duff

    Was the Zero Population Warning decision by these Fokkers unanimous?

    Chairman – Norman J. Pattiz, Vice Chairman – Craig M. Albert, Peyton S. (Sandy) Baker, Kimberly S. Budil, John P. Howanitz, Robert McQuinn, Robert Powell, Donald J. Kintzer, Steve E. Koonin, Richard W. Mies, Nick L. Salazar, Ellen O. Tauscher , Michael R. Anastasio, Bob DeGrass, Bruce D. Varner, Craig D. Weaver

    The LANS Board of Governors was created to provide oversight to the Laboratory and ensure LANS delivers the best combination of scientific research and development, business management and operations, national security and nuclear safety in support of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s missions. http://www.lansllc.com/board-of-governors.html

  • RaDiaTed JeWeLz RaDiaTed JeWeLz

    I know it's totally off topic but has anyone seen netc.com s reading in Benton, Arkansas???

    It's 1222 right now!! Anyone know why?? Isn't that a little concerning???

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    If you zoom in on Benton AR via the link http://www.netc.com/ that station shows as at the center of the intersection of N Main and E Sevier streets. Something wrong it appears.

  • jackassrig

    Plastic explosives hmmmm. Does anyone remember the name of the wizard that runs that plant. I seem to lost it.

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