LA Times: ‘Horrific Comedy’ at US Nuclear Site — “Mounds of radioactive white foam laced with plutonium” spewed out — Gov’t failed to do any radiation tests when releases peaked after ‘major’ leak — Experts: “Risk of additional eruptions is real” (VIDEO)

Published: August 24th, 2014 at 10:52 pm ET


KRQE, Aug 14, 2014 (emphasis added): [In February the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant] experienced a major radiation leak, shutting down the plant.

Los Angeles Times, Aug 23, 2014:

  • Nuclear waste accident in New Mexico was a ‘horrific comedy of errors’
  • A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste… violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam
  • The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream but laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct to the surface
  • Filters [were] to prevent any radioactivity from reaching the surface, but the dampers leaked and thousands of cubic feet of air bypassed filters
  • 150 or so workers on the surface of the site [weren’t told] to move to a safe location [until] about 10 hours after the first alarm sounded
  • Elite ranks of nuclear chemists [have] a mystery they still cannot unravel… six months after
  • Nine days before the radiation release, a giant salt-hauling truck caught fire underground and burned for hours before anybody discovered it
  • Drums of the same material are still at the WIPP… Los Alamos and… in Texas
  • Nuclear experts say another leakage accident cannot be ruled out

Los Angeles Times Q&A, Aug 23, 2014: Some experts say that means the risk of additional eruptions is real… other drums… may also have the same kind of reaction…

James Conca, writer and former WIPP worker: “The accident was a horrific comedy of errors… The ramifications of this are going to be huge.”

More of this ‘horrific comedy’ was revealed in the last few days…

  • Reuters, Aug 22, 2014: Surface-air monitoring conducted beyond the site by facility managers and university researchers in the days after the accident showed detectable trace amounts of radiation apparently had drifted from the plant… [Officials] said they believed those levels were too small to pose a threat to humans… However, additional independent air sampling required of the state… was never conducted during the first week… A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review of air testing… found discrepancies in recorded times and dates of sample collections, flawed calculation methods, conflicting data and missing documents. It also found the facility sometimes said air samples contained no detectable levels of radiation when measurable levels were present.
  • KOAT, Aug 14, 2014: WIPP officials say no one was badly hurt, but one worker disputes that… Strained speech … Repeated, agonizing coughing… William Utter says it’s all because of [the underground truck] fire… “My brain is just pounding.” Utter has handled nuclear waste for 8 years… Utter tells a doctor how his life, and his family’s lives, have changed… he can barely sleep… his wife and son are constantly on edge. “They’re worried all the time, every time something happens or I cough and have to pull over and throw up

Watch Utter describe his condition here

Published: August 24th, 2014 at 10:52 pm ET


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166 comments to LA Times: ‘Horrific Comedy’ at US Nuclear Site — “Mounds of radioactive white foam laced with plutonium” spewed out — Gov’t failed to do any radiation tests when releases peaked after ‘major’ leak — Experts: “Risk of additional eruptions is real” (VIDEO)

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    WIPP CREAM, how did we miss that one? Think of all the jokes we could have made. Jerks! Nuketerds ruin everything!

  • papacares papacares

    anyone see a pattern here – half a year latter and guess what still not a disaster, just a little ole comedy or was that a horrific comedy as in bad acting, only in LA would a WIPP center be laced with PU foam

  • pepperland pepperland

    ‘Horrific Comedy’, “Very, very unstable facility”. I'm not in the elite nuke cabal, but calling anyone of these nuclear facilities (anywhere) stable is a fallacy.

  • sistahawk

    a question : how many nuclear dumps are in the us – does anyone know ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? anyone cares ?? seems to be the time to ask what was used when , the amount of materials…what stuff was it …where are protocols…are there any…who was / is responsible….and so on …! hear them talking about your homeland security….????haha sarc!!!!!

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      DU is being burned all over the U.S. Veterans Today (I think) had a feature article on it sometime back.

      VanneV and I have also posted some links to this info.

      • mt1000

        Leuren Moret said they did a test at Livermore labs on how the drums stand up to holding rad waste. None of them lasted 5 years as the waste reacted to the metal and quickly decayed it, eating through it.
        So response was to destroy the study.

    • Angela_R

      sisterhawk, jec raised a query re the limited liability structure of the company running WIPP, his comment is near the end of the Off Topic forum. Here is a generalized view, though not specific of LLC's:

    • GOM GOM

      @sister..the u.s. is more contaminated than china. the corporation has done well in hiding it. only when an 'oops' moment occurs do the scavengers come out and act 'horrified' or some other emotion. superfund sites are commonly made into parks, playgrounds, golf courses etc..pollutants, toxicants, radiation…are very well hidden. cancer is now accepted by the younger generation as normal. common as a cold. the patients have run the asylum for a very, very long time….

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The Savannah River nuclear site in South Carolina is becoming the world's depository for their toxic shit:

      'Savannah River Site Becoming World’s Nuclear Dumping Ground, despite Safety Risks'

      "The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is close to finalizing plans to accept highly radioactive commercial spent nuclear fuel from Germany to be deposited at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, according to news reports that were buried deeper than the plutonium itself.

      However, it is not only Germany that is sending, or has sent, nuclear waste to SRS, but also Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, and perhaps other countries not yet known, Atlanta Progressive News has learned."

      No environmental testing, no Congressional oversight, no State oversight, just start bringing in massive amounts of the world's most lethal waste. I haven't heard any news about there being massive salt mines that can be used to safely store this mountain of waste, so it's either going into warehouses or just left out in the open like the waste site in Texas, for the next massive hurricane to blow through and distribute it all over the Southern US.

      Absolute pathological madness. What was it VanneV said about sacrificing 30,000,000 Japanese in order to have the Olympics and continue selling nuclear reactors? How about sacrificing the entire Southern US? Or can the EPA stop hurricanes???

  • mairs mairs

    It's all unraveling for them, the nuclear industry. Unfortunately for us it's in slow motion. But it is happening. As Arnie said, Fukushima will be the bookend for the end of nuclear power. I hope it is true in our lifetimes. I doubt that though.

  • sistahawk

    ….is there any law ???????? order ????????????? justice ??????????or you just build a kindergarten on top and just raise the savety ?levels………………

    • We Not They Finally

      Have you check with the EPA AGAIN raising radiation to post-lethal limits again? Question marks not needed.

  • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

    What's today's date? What is it…SIX months after the beginning of this permanent, global-tragedy and there's details up the Wah-zoo?

    Come on guys…LA Times…haha! That's a lot of new adjectives is see in regards to WIPP!

    You're telling me, that all of a sudden, 'shmoes all over the place, simultaneously have all these new details and tid-bits about what supposedly happened…which just happen to be the kinds of details that anyone, anywhere, could have rattled off in less tha 45 seconds…?

    …Simple details that would be pertinent for all involved parties and persons to be aware of….which, in this case, is global.

    Okay, I get it:

    Last February (2014), a horrible, terrible crime was committed. Life-saving information was, and continues to be, witheld from those who need it most. In this case, the victims/plaintiffs are global, and across the entirety of Earth's species…it's just that, those plaintiffs who are in certain geological locations on this planet…have heavier and heavier pits in their stomachs.


    End your OWN abuses of this planet–our home–now. Every environmental abuse–no matter how small–leads to the same place as the most ludicrous. Do not be complicit. Only you…can stop you.

    Enough of us do that, and Earth becomes a paradise.
    Fail, and there will be nothing but shredded newspapers…blowing around in the ashes.

    Abolish Nuclear. Ban Fission.

    Learn your wild plants.

    Be good to each other.

  • Sickputer

    The pristine barrels next to the worker in the LA Times link is Row 22. He is using a jury-rigged device to access barrels that are ruptured many rows away.

    The bad WIPP "foamy" barrels are in Rows 1-14 which they can't reach by hand safely.

    24 rows in all in Panel 7 Room 7.

    You can see the ruptured barrels here:

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Thanks, SP, good link.

      • Angela_R

        HoTaters, Your government has been making preparations, I think I have already posted the following link but here it is again:

        • mt1000

          That "ready" pages misses all of the important protection information… about only moving outdoors upwind from the mess and getting inside immediately and closing all doors & windows and sealing off the fireplace etc. and getting in a shower to wash (with open eyes) the gunk if you were exposed.
          They don't even tell police or ambulance drivers this.
          If you ask any of them they have no clue how to avoid contaminated air or that air can even be contaminated.

          • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

            Exactly. The vast majority of the people who are thought of as "professionals" in their fields–including those involving safety–don't have the smallest clue about the reality of contamination and pollution. In fact, they are some of the worst offenders. How many gallons of gas do you think a cop burns through, every day…on top of everything else he/she consumes that is polluting…and the person never even realizes it.

            And many citizens think they will be helped and protected in the event of something happening. Truth is…you won't even know it's happening, and neither will they.

            If anyone actually wants to protect themselves, they have to get informed…and to a degree that is staggeringly above the rest of current society. Then you have to police yourself. In my opinion, if you/I/we create ANY pollution or contaminant, then we deserve to eat/drink/and breathe it.

            No excuses. I hope everyone chokes on it, sooner than later. And I mean that pro-actively. How dare we create such filth?

            Those in the know, understand that there is no satisfactory solution other than to cease production of any and all toxins/pollutants, starting with all man-made, fission-produced radionuclides and moving down the list from there.

            • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

              Second? If I could, I'd throw you all in chains for operating lawn mowers. I'd take away every decision-making power in society that you may have, then I'd fight to take away your kids.

              If you mow lawns, you are un-fit as a decision-maker. You are so off-base on what is real and just and good, that you must have your further ability to effect society, removed.

              And if you don't get this, or if you think it's too extreme, it's only because you/I/we have gone so far in the wrong direction that the truth/reality seems so extreme/far away.

              People will fight harder than anything else I've seen so far…just to run steel blades over millions of living things…each weekend. Their minds don't see the fault in it. Their minds don't see that these machines didn't even exist 100 years ago (in fact, less). They can't comprehend what people would have done without them. They have no idea what their land would be/look like without the existence of the mower.

              It is a trap for your mind. It keeps you from thinking. The blades of death shed your intellect just as fast as shred the flesh of countless Beings, mercilessly, indiscriminately, randomly…the cold, terrifying, gruesome death of a living thing at the steel fingers of an un-feeling machine…

              Yep, sounds exactly like the nuclear industry to me. Cold, indiscriminate, random, shredding-death. Brought to you, by YOU, and your neighbors, who think they are being "normal".

              Strip them of all they have.

            • Angela_R

              Sorry, that link was only provided to show that there was awareness of the necessity for preparation, i.e. that while they did not openly acknowledge the problems, behind the scenes, I believe there was acknowledgement. However, try this:
              There are probably other details online.

              Here is NASA'S 2011 advice to employees to be prepared for emergencies

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                Nuclear detonation means if a foreign agency hits us with a nuclear bomb. Or a terrorist hits us with a dirty bomb.

                • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                  After all the many nuclear accidents worldwide, how could anyone not know that the next huge, nuclear catastrophe is just around the corner? All nuclear technology are ticking time bombs. All nuclear waste storage are ticking time bombs. There is no way to get rid of radioactive decay or the resulting radionuclides and actinides.

                  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                    Then there are EMP bombs that will cause every nuclear reactor to meltdown when the grid is ruined for just a few hours. Of course, that will bring about nuclear winter even faster and everyone will die. Unfortunately, there are people who think that if they can't rule the world, no one else can have the world either.

                  • Angela_R

                    Vannev I also query "After all the many nuclear accidents worldwide, how could anyone not know that the next huge, nuclear catastrophe is just around the corner? All nuclear technology are ticking time bombs. All nuclear waste storage are ticking time bombs. There is no way to get rid of radioactive decay or the resulting radionuclides and actinides."

                    Around forty eight years ago, when I realized that they had no solution for the waste, I was utterly confounded that man could be so crazy; I still shake my head in disbelief.
                    Though, I wonder, how many out there see it, but do not anticipate that they will have to face it, believing it's effects will not be felt in their lifetime.

                • Angela_R

                  "Nuclear detonation means if a foreign agency hits us with a nuclear bomb. Or a terrorist hits us with a dirty bomb."

                  I think you will find that under the technical definition of detonation it is included, however the report is 135 pages long and does refer to explosions.

                  • Ana Ana

                    How about all the nuclear bombs our American military has dropped on America? I think WW3 started long ago and it began with us bombing ourselves (just tests folks, don't worry). And we carry on and on about terrorists and dangerous other countries, axis of evil blah blah blah. As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
                    Ana in Sacramento

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Or..I think the extermination process started long ago and it began. 😉

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      I think it was private contractors in charge of the bomb testing. And they weren't dropped.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      And the US hasn't done any bomb testing in the atmosphere since about 1962.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      “A number of underground tests were also carried out from September 1957, with all testing going underground after 1962….”

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      “…The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. It also directs research in genomics; the Human Genome Project originated in a DOE initiative.[2] DOE sponsors more research in the physical sciences than any other U.S. federal agency, the majority of which is conducted through its system of National Laboratories.[3]…”

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      Here is a really stupid, sad film:

                      Declassified U.S. Nuclear Test Film #55

                      ?????”no one injured”?
                      ????”men of good will”?

                      They did get one thing right: “Threat to our survival”

                    • itsanuclearwar

                      @ Ana, exactly, it couldn't be any more obvious. TPTB have created a nuclear war against all of us. Depopulation that causes much suffering. Fuku is just one of the tools used. How could anyone not see this?

                      TPTB have much at stake here, in concealing their dirty deeds. This includes that Fuku is/was no accident. TPTB have many here 24/7 who try and hide facts such as HAARP and or Stuxnet involvement. More people are seeing through this scheme everyday and posts here at enenews show this.

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      Only VanneV would argue an upside to the USA exploding nukes for testing. "And the US hasn't done any bomb testing in the atmosphere since about 1962." And this jewel "I think it was private contractors in charge of the bomb testing. And they weren't dropped." Really…you are going to argue that point VanneV. WOW

                      "2053" – This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.* Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. Regardless who exploded them, we are all suffering the consequences.
                      "2053" – This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.* Regardless who exploded them, we are all suffering the consequences.

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      Ana- There were bombs exploded on US soil as recent as 1993…in total the USA exploded 1032 Nuclear bombs. Most of the "tests" were conducted in Nevada, California, and New Mexico, and second only in amount to 715 for the former USSR.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      I never argued that there was anything good about nuclear bomb testing. In the US, all testing was done underground, not in the atmosphere, after 1962. In your case a double negative doesn't equal a positive. You are simply wrong twice.

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      VanneV- Somehow you still don't get it….when you say "contractors did it…" "It wasn't open air" you are excusing bad behavior…and if you think none of the underground testing materials escaped into the atmosphere, I have some beachfront property for sale on Fukushima Beach which is home of the disastrous Mark 1 GE reactors that were sold to Japan by the American corporation General Electric. Here are their new models.


                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Yes, they did escape.. 🙁

                      Many countries have done above ground tests since 1962 and all of it is circling the globe right is everyone feeling these days..a little tired..a little cancer..a little disease?

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      obe- The USA exploded around 1000 bombs on US soil…with poisons escaping each into the atmosphere each time…and you made a good point….according to the stock market cancer is big business. 🙂

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Well all of this has been done with specific government approvals and that is the bottom line and any contractor hired was hired with government approval through any corporate entity they allowed to exist/operate in this worldwide Nuclear Industry.

                      It is the governments of the world that are killing everyone via manmade radioactive contamination..not hired contractors. 🙁

                      Wake up! Always follow the money…10 trillion and mounting.

                    • bo bo

                      +1 @NBO 10:41PM –


                      & don't tell me Toshiba owns GE
                      Don't let GE get away with this they're bigger than anything and gets away with everything.
                      Toshiba does owns 70% of Westinghouse

                    • bo bo

                      I really don't think GE needs anybody hand holding and deflecting culpability for them.

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      bo- you are correct…as a matter of fact..Toshiba recently TRIED to purchase power grids in Alstrom from GE, but GE refused to sell. So anyone who says Toshiba is GE and therefore Japan is responsible for the failed Mark 1 design and acts like a "know it all" is in actuality an idiot.


                    • itsanuclearwar

                      @ newsblackoutUSA, vannev gets it, she is at her best when she is protecting TPTB, by spreading all the disinformation. She knows exactly what she is doing.

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      Not all Nuclear Bombs tests are big…they all add up over time. 🙁

                    • bo bo

                      Thanks NBO .. I thought I was going crazy with this..
                      Nice to know I have a cell mate

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      itsnuclearwar…I have never seen anyone so consistently, for three years, hold the party line in the face of so many facts to dispute the rhetoric…TPTB must be proud. The hypnosis of the subject was complete.

                    • bo bo

                      Sayonara Kitty, Socrates – make sure to place GE on list of potential groups to sue.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      Please stop making up stories about me. I have always been against nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. This is against TPTB. I have always been against nuclear bomb testing. However, to be accurate, there is a difference between underground testing and atmospheric testing. I am against both kinds of testing.

                      Please stop creating straw arguments. There was no atmospheric nuclear bomb testing by the US after 1962.

                      I do not condone either kind of testing.

                      Why are you so against someone who is totally and always and always has been against nuclear weapons and nuclear testing? I don't consistently defend TPTB. I have always been against the Iraq War starting in 2003. That is against TPTB. I am in favor of single payer health insurance. This is against TPTB.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      It is Hitachi-GE the actually name of the nuclear company. And Toshiba bought out Westinghouse.
                      But, years earlier, before Japanese take over of the US nuclear industry, Unit #3 reactor was Reactor Supplier: Toshiba, Architecture: Toshiba, Construction: Kajima., construction started 1970.
                      Unit #4 was Hitachi, Hitachi, Kajima. Construction started 1973. There is no GE or Westinghouse at all.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      It is becoming rather obvious that some of the anti US rhetoric is actually coming from pro TEPCO shills who don't want to have to be responsible for any lawsuits starting with the sailors on the USS Reagan. TEPCO has put aside $38,000,000,000. for claims of those injured by Fukushima Daiichi. The truth will come out and attacks on those who search the news about Fukushima and who are nti-Nuke are counterproductive.

                      The attacks are also from those who support the nuclear industry and want to build more nuclear reactors.

                      Since the whole earth has been destroyed, TEPCO shouldn't even be a company anymore. And they are going to have to pay out even more than $38,000,000,000. A nuclear accident actually runs into the trillions of dollars.

                      All nuclear reactors need to be shut down forever and no more built. There should never be anymore uranium mining and never any nuclear weapons.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      I am totally against all nuclear reactors and nuclear technology. I am totally against all uranium mining. I am totally against all nuclear weapons including use of DU for nuclear weapons and nuclear armaments.

                      I am tired of the arguments. I will be adding this statement to every post I make in the future.

                    • bo bo

                      @VanneV 12:27 am – from your own wiki link

                      'The reactors for Units 1, 2, and 6 were supplied by General Electric, those for Units 3 and 5 by Toshiba, and Unit 4 by Hitachi. ALL SIX REACTORS WERE DESIGNED BY GENERAL ELECTRIC. Architectural design for General Electric's units was done by Ebasco. All construction was done by Kajima.'

                      You are confusing 'design' & 'construction'

                      And reposting this link here so this is consolidated

                      F**K YEAH let's sue TEPCO!!! But why all the hand holding and being a protective mom for GE? Isn't it true they don't even pay taxes sometimes ( correct me if I'm wrong, this is off the top of my head ) Doesn't GE own everything under the sun ?

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      Why didn't TEPCO decommission these reactors after 30 years? Instead they put in MOX fuel including 1/3 MOX fuel in reactor #3. The constructions of the #4 reactor was flawed to begin with as it was cracked even before put into the building.

                      If TEPCO had been honest after the earthquake, the USS Reagan wouldn't even have been there.

                      How can you support TEPCO?

                      I am against all nuclear technology, weapons, energy, mining, etc.

                      I want compensation from TEPCO for my family's suffering from Fukushima. I live in a "hot spot" from Fukushima radiation, only second to Portland, Oregon.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      Head Researcher: Boulder, Colorado a “hot spot” for Fukushima fallout — None of their other US or Canadian samples came close to Boulder’s contamination, except Portland which was even higher

                    • bo bo

                      Why do you say that I am supporting TEPCO?
                      'F**k yeah let's sue TEPCO!!!' – is what I said.
                      Which part of that sentence do you not understand?

                      Why are you supporting and protecting GE? – is my question to you. You have been repeating all these years on enenews this disinformation that GE had nothing to do with those reactors at Daiichi – in fact,
                      I think it was one of the first things I ever learned on enenews, from one of your posts. Back then, I was only impressed: 'gee golly, you learn the craziest things on enenews…you get  the inside scoop here..! This anne lady, she's got lotsa links..'

                      The above post where you muddy-up the culpability between Kajima Hitachi etc. is typical –  'this company constructed this, that company constructed that' – then link, link .. muddy-up muddy-up.. then you  conclude: 'there is no GE Westinghouse at all' – shazam !

                      General Electric DESIGNED all six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi.

                      GE KNEW Mark 1 reactors were defective and dangerous.

                      I don't deny any of the rest of what you say about TEPCO at all – but why are you assisting GE to be let off the hook ? Don't let ANY of these evil bastards get away with this. Make them ALL pay and shutdown ALL reactors IMMEDIATELY.

                      Also – an important asterisk – MAKE SURE AS HELL all profits that get reaped from this new booming 'shutdown / decommissioning business' gets RETURNED TO VICTIMS.

                    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

                      VanneV- Do not ever question what I feel about my country. The only way a republic survives is to hold the people in charge responsible instead of excusing everything and anything they do….The problem I have is that you slant everything a certain way….your way….and any alternative is attacked…why you do this? Maybe it is too much for you to to absorb that the people in charge don't care if they kill everyone on the planet.

                      Either way, a corporation like General Electric, or Tepco, or Westinghouse, or Toshiba, or Hitachi, or Walmart, or Chase bank, or JP Morgan, or Citibank, or Apple, or Microsoft etal…do not need to be protected. That is what makes me suspicious of your argument.

                      Why not sue GE along with Tepco? They should have insurance for manufacturer design flaws involving the dangerous Mark 1 reactors.

                      On topic…who should we sue for WIPP? The government….the private contractors hired by the government….the government who authorized Sandia Labs to perform experiments heating with nukes…oh wait Sandia Labs is a government entity… Who should we sue for TMI?

                      Your righteous indignation for GE, and for government officials in the USA who have lied to us for 50 years has grown old and tired.

                      It is time for the nuclear wizard behind the curtain to be held accountable. I can't imagine that you could argue that point since you are a self proclaimed anti-nuclear activist.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

                      Newsblackout, I didn't address you personally although you continually attack me personally attributing conditions to me that I have never stated and which are anathema to me.

                      I am against all the total nuclear industry worldwide.

                      I totally want TEPCO to sue Hitachi-GE and Westinghouse (Toshiba). I want all three to be shut down permanently.

                      I will continue to correct statements which are untrue and which try to substitute propaganda for actual history.

            • Jebus Jebus

              There was also this within a month or so of 311…



              Obvious is an understatement…

              • Angela_R

                yes Jebus, when I first heard it I took it as relating to 311..
                btw that was the one I thought I had included in my comment @ 1.58pm, instead I posted two links of the same report 🙂

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I don't think anyone that posted in these posts would argue there is an upside to the USA or anyone exploding nukes anywhere.

      As far as fault, I blame everyone including myself. We are the consumers.

      They wouldn't build these nuclear power plants or test if there wasn't a profit to be made.

      Wonder what would happen if we cut off the profit. These people have goals/plans, one of their goal is profit. To run a successful business it must show a profit no matter what.

      Military/weapons get a lot of $$$$ and it's money that's hard to account for. I believe some $$$$ find it's way into pockets. I don't know how to stop the people in power around the world, to stop the nuke weapons.

      As consumers we are electric power/oil hunger. Not many of us are off the grid.

      Everything costs even if you are an ordinary person getting off the grid to big business changing it's business over to solar, wind, and so on.
      It does cost to change, but it costs more in human life and our world, if it's not done.

      There is no upside to power plants, nuclear waste, fracking, drilling for oil, nuclear testing, weapons, and so on.

      The wind blows to all of us, no one is safe from these monsters.

      • itsanuclearwar

        Blaming yourself is a case of too much TV and COOL-AID. Its not healthy for any of us. Hold TPTB to account!

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          So we are not all consumers by/though a clever Zeitgeist Matrix design?

          Doesn't everyone want more shopping? More of everything?

          Bring Bobby and me and all my friends.. more of everything!

          Do this Now! 🙂

          We are all guilty if you ever shopped… 🙁

        • WindorSolarPlease

          itsanuclearwar, I'm not into cool-aid, guess I'm too old. Maybe a little brain cell dead from radiation though, aren't we all.

          I never said I don't blame TPTB. I said I blame everyone, my blame list would have been too long of a post.

          Maybe you are not a consumer and off the grid.

          • WindorSolarPlease

            One weapon we have to hit these Corporations is in their pockets. No profit, No business.

  • Sol Man

    No comedy, it is the worst of events for all of life.
    Follow the money.

  • Sickputer

    If it is that difficult just to take samples imagine how much time it will take to seal off Room 7. And they can't do that until they feel fairly certain no more eruptions are likely that might be much greater in volume.

    In my opinion they should spray a foam that will form around all the barrels with some chemical that will harden around the barrels. Then seal up the Room 7 with thick blast doors. Fill in the contaminated shafts with salt from their new excavation shafts (which they plan on doing to reopen the mine).

    It will take longer than they are estimating to get back into the waste business. Depending on how much money they throw at it I think their 2 year estimate is highly optimistic. More likely 3-5 years. At a certain point more money won't affect the speed of new excavation based on where they are planning to dig.

    They might get it done before the 2020 Tokyo games (assuming there is a functioning Tokyo 6 years from now.

    • We Not They Finally

      Did you say GETTING BACK INTO BUSINESS? When they say that they have not even determined what caused this? And at last report, they cannot go into panel 7 due to high radiation? And what does it matter what they spray around the barrels? Why wouldn't it corrode? And they are digging MORE shafts? Without having a clue what areas are contaminated ongoing and by how much? And all that matters about future eruptions, is that they not be "much greater in volume"? And when WAY pro-nuclear Ernest Moniz recently visited and wanted monitors installed to measure not what was in the mine, but what was contaminating the outside population ongoing?

      I thought you were one of our common-sense people. Maybe this is just "getting to you." Maybe you didn't get to eat a good breakfast. Maybe you're getting over the flu. None of this makes sense! IMHO.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      sickputer, leaving the waste down there, regardless of the foam idea, would almost certainly result in the ongoing pollution of the aquifer and releases to the atmosphere….dont you think?

      Soon the whole place will be compacted to 3000 psi. Between uber pressure, easy salt erosion and vents and cracks to the surface, things can only get worse. (reverberating in the mind) things can only get worse, things can only get worse…. But if they (you?) are deadset to use this disaster waiting to happen, why not geopolymer instead foam?

      40% bentonite, 30% flyash and 30% lime
      attained the maximum strength of 24.74 MPa

      you can use fly ash to make something stronger than cement via an alkali catalyzed geopolymer process
      They get some 150 MPa (or about 21,000 psi) strength mixes

  • Actual series of images indicating increased wave intensity activity, and CPM's taken at 35K feet on a flight over WIPP area of NM May of 2014 on page 4 of my image/info site.

    ^Click my name for more info.^

  • lam335 lam335

    "Nine days before the radiation release, a giant salt-hauling truck caught fire underground and burned for hours before anybody discovered it…"

    So the truck just spontaneously combusted? When no one was driving it and it was not even running?

    • HanfordOnHeart HanfordOnHeart

      That certainly wasn't the impression I got from other stories, like this one:

      "The vehicle's operator reported seeing 'an orange glow and then flames between the engine and the dump sections of the truck' shortly after unloading salt. The unidentified operator then tried to extinguish the blaze first with a portable fire extinguisher and then tripped the vehicle's manual fire suppression system, but neither action extinguished the flame."

      Did it take him hours to unload the salt? Or did a small fire burn for hours before turning into an orange glow and flames that the driver finally noticed?

      • lam335 lam335

        Thanks. I thought I remembered stories that indicated someone had been operating it at the time. But could it possibly burn for hours without its operator noticing … especially down inside a mine, where any smoke would be slower to disperse?

        I wonder why this part of the story has suddenly changed … and which account is true …

        Why would a salt truck just spontaneously start burning?

        Or did it just start burning as the driver was getting out and walking away after operating it?

    • We Not They Finally

      The truck was named "Christine." Why didn't Stephen King do something more socially useful with his writing days?

  • razzz razzz

    WIPP could not get there stories straight so the best thing is to not monitor the fallout at its peak and keep any air monitoring or medical test results to themselves that would contradict their statements. Congress's answer is to give WIPP more money so they can rewards themselves for incompetence.

    "DuH! We don't know how bad it was or is???" "And you can't prove anything because there is no pertinent data available." "We made sure of that."

    150 workers were exposed. It is criminal. It is amazing how plutonium wafting in the air is harmless. It is unnatural to have any plutonium in the environment but since nuke bomb testing, leaking reactors, accidental releases and mishandling of nuke waste, it's all good now.

    Those pitiful WIPP meetings are more and more ominous when it comes to a coverup. No one is going to get the last laugh. Not possible to laugh at radiation.

    Next we will hear that workers at WIPP do not have standing to sue. Maybe because they signed waivers or no doctors will step forward to contest initial findings because data is absent.

    • Mohammad Farok Shariff, the then president of the Limited Liability Company running WIPP at the time of explosion, stated that the releases were less than a "dental xray"

      Mohammad is from Malaysia

      A guy name Mohammad from Malaysia was running the USA's plutonium disposal and it blew up. What is wrong with this picture?

      • What did Mohammad's job entail? As Pres. of a Limited Liability Co, what were his activities on site? Did he have regular and unfettered access to the site?

        Very much reminds of this "what's wrong with this picture" activity;

        Israeli Security Company installs a missile-like "camera", gets questioned by Japanese staff, does not reply with sufficient disclosure (berates the guy in fact), the Security company leaves one week before 311, and BAMx3 !!! … Where is Magna BSP today?

      • We Not They Finally

        Cr-p, stock, you think they needed a Malaysian with a Moslem name to screw this up?? That's like saying that it had to be Arabs behind 9-1-1 because no one in America would do that. (Sorry. That just slipped out…)

        • Its pretty odd to think that a foreign resident, of Islam faith which is directed to kill the non believers (Christians and Jews) could get a security clearance to handle plutonium waste, much less be in charge of the whole operation.

          It is very odd, but then again, many things are very odd in this world now.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Very strange.. 🙁

          • we haven't seen the guy's job description yet, we don't even know what access he may or may not have had…

            • He was president. He had unfettered access to everything including who they were receiving shipments from. The other side of his company, URS also ran many things at Hanford. Just saying, it would have been simplistic to load up a few hundred dirty bombs and have them delivered at tax payer expense.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

            I think we should know who the President is by now.

          • GQR2

            Erm excuse me Stock but that is a sweeping and inaccurate generalization about the Muslim Faith. It cannot go uninterrupted. Please if you are casting dispersions remember the Zionists,the Nazis and all other religions. That statement is an insult to too many people and a surprisingly simple way of looking at things for an otherwise very smart person. Don't want to argue it but want to say please don't insult and generalize about the Islamic Faith. There has been way to much propaganda out there. Each person including the WIPP dip is an individual.


          exactly, WNTF…

  • I would hope we could move these types of unstable energy plants off U.S. soil. Most people don't want the type of serious risks that come with it. Have they learned nothing from Chernobyl and Fukushima? Or is it part of some population control theme?

    I am sure that they do not have our best interests in mind here, mostly profits at any cost. Our planet is becoming decimated with sick oceans, sea creatures, plants, animals and even humans. Enough with this comedy of chaos and instability. Time for the common sense era to reign supreme.

    I hope you live as far away from these reactors that seem to be everywhere even in California now. Learn how to protect yourself the best you can. Measure your levels locally and test your drinking water as well. You can never be too safe!

    • itsanuclearwar

      Exactly, no one wants a nuclear dump in their backyard. Why in the hell would the US government agree to taking the nuclear waste of another country? The end of the Amerikan Empire is in high gear.

      • name999 name999

        itsanuclearwar, we have not been realistic with nukes, but geez, we have dumped all kinds of waste for decades. The nuclear waste is likely the most deadly.

  • Angela_R

    AND FROM THE SAME ARTICLE: "There is no dump that accepts spent fuel rods."

    so where are the rods? In the Ocean? yet the major concentration has been on Fukushima…

    • The great majority of rods are in large swimming pools near major metropolitan areas. These are a huge danger, a massive terrorist threat. In the event of power loss, they can go on fire and release all their radiation.

      Some are dry casked which is much safer.

      stock out

      • Angela_R

        and elsewhere in New Mexico….
        "Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the atomic bomb, could ramp up production of triggers for nuclear weapons to levels not seen since the Cold War, if federal defense and energy officials get their way.
        The federal government sees the site atop a rugged canyon cliff overlooking the vast expanse of plateaus and distant hills in Northern New Mexico as the perfect place — really, the only one — for an ambitious mission to massively increase production of plutonium pits"

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          OT.. Still …Los Alamos National Laboratory is a hell of a place.

          So interested in disease transmission they have been collecting 'tweets'.

          Los Alamos using NIH grant to study how social behaviors affect spread of disease

          Connecting social media and epidemiological research will attempt to predict the future, i.e. people's social behavior during an epidemic, using Twitter.

          April 11 2011

          "Their tool of choice? The Library of Congress' archive of all previous Twitter postings, called "tweets." The researchers are going back in time to see how Twitter messages correlated with people's behavior during the H1N1 influenza outbreak. The Twitter-mined knowledge about human behavior will be incorporated into large-scale agent-based epidemic models."

 interested in helping human health.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            So many studies..
            Yet the sailors on the USS Reagan get 'mystery'…get lies.

            "What is the Dose Reconstruction Process?

            Gather information about area of radiation exposure and assess data
            Identify pathways of internal and external exposure
            Determine methods of calculation to estimate screening doses and exposures
            Develop methods to assess and estimate environmental doses
            Determine risk of environmental exposures through selected calculation method
            Document reconstruction procedures and results

            Goal of Project

            LANL began operations in 1943 to develop and test the world's first nuclear weapons. The goal of this project was to locate and review all historical records that could contribute information about past off-site radionuclide and chemical releases from LANL. CDC contractors have reviewed millions of documents at LANL to assess releases.


            What's this? ..fond memories?

      • Angela_R

        The following is an extract from a report in March, 2011, I doubt if things have gotten any better

        "since the Yucca Mountain waste repository has been scrapped due to its proximity to active faults (see last image), the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed reactor operators to store four times more waste in the spent fuel pools than they’re designed to handle.

        Each Fukushima spent fuel pool holds about 100 metric tons, he says, while each US pool holds from 500-700 metric tons. A single pool fire would release catastrophic amounts of radioactivity, rendering 17-22,000 square miles of area uninhabitable. That’s about the size of New Hampshire and Vermont – from one pool fire."

        So each US Pool holds from five to seven times more than the one Fukushima Pool.

        The fuel was already way past storage capacity and it appears the fuel is changed on a yearly basis, so three years later, one can only wonder what is happening to the radioactive waste..

      • We Not They Finally

        "Terrorist threat"? Is that like a home-grown all-American corporate special? All set and ready to go — no outside interference needed.

      • name999 name999

        stock, irradiated rods in,… "swimming pools near major metropolitan areas.' That is not good.

  • FXofTruth

    It looks as if the people that are running these nuclear facilities hire only the mentally handicapped and in the Nuclear Industry they all happen to get hired at the same time and all work in the same place together. Instead of just one or two screwballs being allowed to fill waste baskets or wash bathrooms for a career job, they actually have these mental defectives making life and death decisions and run the facilities! How so? Because nobody with a clearly functional brain would be making ALL WRONG DECISIONS!

    So, we have "special needs reasoning and logic" managing the most toxic, lethal, and destructive materials ever formulated…..and the BEST OUTCOME these morons can come up with is to continue to allow these, clearly retarded individuals, to "make decisions on things" that they can't mentally comprehend!

    The ONE industry that NEEDS the most talented, logical, knowledgeable, reasonable people guiding it along the twists and dangerous turns that can happen when handling these volatile materials, has instead the management style of the THREE STOOGES at all levels. "Hey Moe, I wonder what this button does? Loook! It's a big washing machine! Look at all the soap bubbles coming out of the ground! Now you did it porcupine (smack)! How we going to clean this up? I know, Larry go get our dirty clothes and we can do our laundry now for free!"

    • We Not They Finally

      COME O—-N!! This all happened because of retarded people? Oh, you mean the ones with PhD's who lie to us with a straight face on a daily basis? THAT kind of retarded?

      Say something that makes sense.

      • FXofTruth

        Ok, if there are procedures that are suppose to be followed TO THE LETTER when Public safety is concerned….ignoring it or rewording the warnings, is that not the work of let's say, people with strange ways of doing things?

        People die because these screw ups, screw up either accidentally, stupidly, or deliberately. Nuclear anything has to be handled like people's lives are on the line….because they are and that would be in the millions of lives!

        So when what they do "the right thing", I'll be more than happy to praise them for a job well done. But, if they screw up…well, let's just say I'm not happy to see it in print.

        • FXofTruth

          I will add one more thing, I've been watching 50 years of human tragedy all caused by people with agendas; people that have low I.Q.s; people that like to cause wars to make countless trillions; and all at the expense of the innocent people who are just trying to live their lives peacefully. So 50 years is a long time to see the Human RACE, racing to the bottom of the evolutionary chain and heading toward extinction.

          Making sense of senseless acts is nonsense.

          • name999 name999

            fxoftruth, not sure about the IQ info either. Sometimes it is the dumbest follow, the
            most willing in need of authoritarian approval to get power with imbeciles, or the smartest.

      • name999 name999

        wntf, exactly.

    • name999 name999

      fx, or they may flutter you.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Certainly special needs…but then the thought of using a poison that lingers for hundreds of thousands of years in the environment/biosphere to heat water… was also very special. 🙁

  • rogerthat

    From the reuters yarn:
    ''State regulators failed to collect air samples in the week following a radiation release at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump because of a vacancy in the office responsible for monitoring the site at the time, a state official said on Friday. …''
    – Had the job been advertised, how long had the job been unfilled, what are the qualifications required to collect air samples, what does the job pay, why did the previous incumbent leave, when was the post filled, by whom, are they satisfied with his work, what has any of the interested parties have to say.
    Off the cuff, this all sounds odd. There's a disaster. Earthquake, radiation release, whatever. The response of people is always simple: do what has to be done. This particular disaster was about the escape of radiation. The first thing that must be done is to measure the emissions, because the first duty of all officials, of workers, employees, everybody in the society is to ensure the well-being of all citizens.
    So who else can ''collect air samples''? If you're in charge, surely your first question is what are the radiation levels?
    From reuters: …''independent air sampling required of the state Environment Department was never conducted during the first week after the accident due to a staff vacancy at the agency's Carlsbad office, spokesman Jim Winchester said.
    State sampling resumed a week after the radiation leak, said Susan Kamat, director of that office.''

  • At least lame street media is finally catching on, albeit look what we knew on Febrauary 24, exactly 6 months ago….

  • rogerthat

    … So would somebody please ask Jim Winchester and Susan Kamat to elaborate?
    From the reuters story:
    … ''A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review of air testing in February and March found discrepancies in recorded times and dates of sample collections, flawed calculation methods, conflicting data and missing documents. It also found the facility sometimes said air samples contained no detectable levels of radiationwhen measurable levels were present. …''
    – This does not say who was responsible for the ''discrepancies in recorded times and dates of sample collections, flawed calculation methods, conflicting data and missing documents.''
    So who was? How did this happen? Was This All Done By The Black Hand … i think we should be told, ha ha

  • It would be intersting to put together a complete post on hundreds on "unexplainable" mutations like this boy who has decveoped monstrous hands that weigh 40 pounds.

  • Born Mohammad Farok Sharif in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on March 7, 1962

    He was the president of the JV LLC running WIPP when it blew up.

    • Sickputer

      Oh he is still hanging in there… No good deed for the nucleoapes goes unrewarded:

      "Farok Sharif
      TRU Waste Program Manager

      Farok Sharif serves as TRU Waste Program Manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, Farok having previously served as the president and general manager of both Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC and Washington TRU Solutions, the predecessor management and operating contractor at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Sharif has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear waste management field with key accomplishments at WIPP that include leading the development of the highly successful National TRU Program Central Characterization Project, helping WIPP ramp up from one to two waste shipments processed a week to more than 30 per week, and helping to establish and sustain a world-class safety record at WIPP."

      • Cisco Cisco

        Farok "Sharif has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear waste management field with key accomplishments at WIPP that include leading the development of the highly successful National TRU Program Central Characterization Project, helping WIPP ramp up from one to two waste shipments processed a week to more than **30 per week, and helping to establish and sustain a world-class safety record at WIPP."

        SDD **Pushing the envelop until the systems fail. That's SOP for this Industry and the criminals who support, sort of like the banking industry. We know what that wrought.

        • Cisco Cisco

          Sickputer…Farok "Sharif has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear waste management field with key accomplishments at WIPP that include leading the development of the highly successful National TRU Program Central Characterization Project, helping WIPP ramp up from one to two waste shipments processed a week to more than **30 per week, and helping to establish and sustain a world-class safety record at WIPP."

          SDD **Pushing the envelop until the systems fail. That's SOP for this Industry and the criminals who support it, sort of like the banking industry. We know what that wrought.

          • Cisco Cisco

            Oops…no edit function

            Sickputer…Farok "Sharif has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear waste management field with key accomplishments at WIPP that include leading the development of the highly successful National TRU Program Central Characterization Project, helping WIPP ramp up from one to two waste shipments processed a week to more than **30 per week, and helping to establish and sustain a world-class safety record at WIPP."

            SSDD **Pushing the envelop until the systems fail. That's SOP for this Industry and the criminals who support it, sort of like the banking industry. We know what that wrought.

            • clamshellernh clamshellernh

              More about this boob they hired to do the job
              Are you serious ?
              Interview with him speaks volumes

              A: If you look at WIPP, it's the only one in the world actually, and we are the pioneer. So working at the only one in the world that's operating and licensed and, by the way, us solving a major problem — to me that just fascinated me. We are actually leading the way for everybody else in the world. They all want one; they don't have one. So ours is a model. We are the trendsetter.
              Q: That's got to be a lot of pressure.
              A: If I sit and think about it, it overwhelms you. I take it one step at a time. … Because this job here, a small mistake can cost and cause a lot of problems. … You have to think strategically, you have to see the future and you just have to pull it all together. It's kind of hard to comprehend that I've gone from a simple life in Malaysia now to I'm doing this.
              Q: You are obviously passionate about your job. Is there anything outside of that you are equally passionate about?
              A: I love cars. My baby's sitting right out there (pointing to a BMW M3).
              Q: You were chosen to be part of the international performing group Up With People in college. Is performing something you've always done?
              A: I liked to sing even when I was a little kid. … I can do either first or second tenor, and I actually traveled with the chorale group out of the college. When I moved to Carlsbad, they have a Community Chorale, so I joined them.

              Thanks for…

            • … "and helping to establish and sustain a world-class safety record at WIPP."

              but, they were found later to have been making mistakes for a long time. Gave them a "world class safety record" nod… when there should have been mandated changes per best practices (a moving target in the nuc industry)…

    • We Not They Finally

      stock, please understand: Nobody cares about this man's name. James Conca is perfectly "American" and he could kill us all with one hand behind his back.

  • rogerthat
    … the Energy Department has been unable to precisely identify the chemical composition of the waste in the drum, a serious error in a handling process that requires careful documentation and approval of every substance packaged for a nuclear dump.
    The job of identifying the waste that is treated and prepared for burial will grow even more difficult in the years ahead when the Energy Department hopes to treat even more highly radioactive wastes now stored at nuclear processing sites across the country and transform them into glass that will be buried at future high-level dumps. …
    … The 15-year-old plant, operated by a partnership led by San Francisco-based URS Corp., “does not have an effective nuclear safety program,” the investigation found.
    The accident raises tough questions about the Energy Department’s ability to safely manage the nation’s stockpiles of deadly nuclear waste, a job that is already decades behind schedule and facing serious technical challenges……
    … “They haven’t been able to duplicate the reaction in a laboratory,” said Ed Lyman, a physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “There is no guarantee that they won’t have another event in the future. The larger question here is how well they characterize nuclear waste so it will be safe…

  • rogerthat
    … Wallace reported that 300 LANL scientists with a range of expertise have performed roughly 3,000 experiments to determine the cause of the breach.
    That work has revealed some answers, but not definitive ones. Experts have determined that the breach in the drum was caused by a series of step-wise exothermic reactions.
    “What we know now is this heterogeneous waste has the potential for numerous reactions,” Wallace said. “When a reaction occurs, you produce heat. And that heat allows other reactions to occur if you produce enough heat. Any one of them would not have caused this, but in aggregate, we can reach a condition in which you have some breach.
    “And that’s the focus of where we are today. We believe we understand that, and I believe we understand to a high degree, but there’s still a little uncertainty in how you begin to initiate this.”
    The set of conditions were nearly unique to 68660, the drum that was breached, and was initiated by nitric acid. Metals that can interact with the nitric acid may also be partially at fault.
    “With a nitrate waste stream, we always … ''
    – fascinating stuff. worth a read.

    • We Not They Finally

      So why isn't he just alarmed at the nitric acid, and make sure that there is no nitric acid there, or ANYWHERE ELSE that might cause this. Or does that actually require DOING something?

  • rogerthat
    More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer
    August 25th, 2014 | Add a Comment
    Another periodic report from the Fukushima Health Survey has found more thyroid cancers in children. …
    … The Health Survey has been less than transparent in what data they release. Many times the date given makes it impossible to perform any sort of outside analysis or obtain a clear picture of what is going on. The survey has refused to release any sort of raw data or additional information in a way that allows for any sort of review or confirmation that their reports accurately present the real situation. It is also impossible to connect one’s actual exposure to the health outcome due to the lack of transparency. It would be possible to release more data without compromising patient privacy.

  • rogerthat
    Michigan newspaper looks at embrittlement in Palisades reactor
    LA Times Q & A on WIPP accident contains a spooky picture and a frightening answer
    At last, an update (of sorts) from WIPP: Video, samples being collected underground
    Japan to establish interim nuclear storage facility in Fukushima
    British nuclear reactor goes offline, and nobody asks why
    Thunderstorm triggers false alarm at New York nuclear power plant. Which one? You can’t tell from the news coverage….
    Looks like on-again off-again Utah nuclear power plant plan is on-again. But can it be built before rooftop solar becomes cheaper than other forms of generation? Not according to a new Union of Concerned Scientists study.
    Event Report: Another day, another open door
    Boston TV station finds unmanned security gate at Seabrook nuclear power plant
    – five days on the frontline …

  • rogerthat

    22 hrs ago | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Carlsbad Current-Argus
    James Taylor, general manager of URS Corporation's Global Management and Operations Services division and parent company of Nuclear Waste Partnership, the WIPP management and operating contractor, hands a 25,000 check to Russell Hardy, treasurer for the Carlsbad Department of Development.
    By Najmedin Meshkati, a professor of engineering and international relations at the University of Southern California, served as a member (2012-2013) and technical adviser (2013-2014) on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on “Lessons Learned From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants.” This commentary, however, should not necessarily be construed as the Committee’s representative position.

  • Nick

    "Since that time, "deep geological disposal" has replaced shallow trenches as our preferred nuclear-waste-storage technique. But another, more abstract problem—raised by the Hanford message in a bottle—remains unsolved: not how to store waste but how to label it. Not what container to use or where to bury it but how to explain the long-term dangers of what's inside to a trespasser. This seemingly simple conundrum (just use a radiation hazard symbol!) is complicated by the fact that such a trespass would prove lethal if it took place not only in 60 years but in 10,000 or 100,000. "

    I think worrying about future morons digging up nuclear waste takes a back seat to the present production of the wastes in the first place. We need to warn ourselves TODAY, not 100,000 years in the future.

    Nobody on the planet now, nor into the distant future can safely store radioactive toxins. That fact alone should send shudders throughout society.

    I do not buy the "we just haven't developed the technology yet, so hold on to your hankie" bullshit.

    Tell me again what "normal" levels of plutonium is. Are we supposed to accept background readings as normal?

  • Nick

    Elite nuclear chemists do not exist, humans are not capable of solving how to handle this waste. Not then. Not now. Not ever.

    Elite means overpaid and under-souled.

    But. but…Nick, don't you know that our nuclear era has made billions of lives better? And besides, global climate change is FAR more of a threat to humanity than your selfish focus on the effects of decaying atoms. I suggest you go to a shrink to deal with your anger over the nuclear industrial complex.

  • rogerthat
    Is This Nuclear Power System Set for Disaster?
    Published Mon, Aug 25, 2014 | Marty Biancuzzo, Chief Technology Analyst
    Major budget cut planned for radiation forecasting tool for nuclear accidents
    – SPEEDI moves into the slow lane

  • Nick

    "The Department of Energy and the operating contractor have been extremely open with all information, including offsite dose consequences, which were posted publicly on the website very shortly after they were attained."


  • Nick

    Everyone just needs to grow a pair and deal with the toxic legacy of the nuclear era!

    In other news…..

    ….a new study by Monsanto has proved that glyphosphate, although toxic a parts per trillion, is actually an aphrodisiac. The only folks with legitimate complaints are the makers of ED drugs…

    …then there is this tid-bit: Global Climate Change will lower human IQ by 50pts, since it has been documented that those who get their panties all tied in a knot over it actually demonstrate deficits in intelligence.

  • Sol Man

    Success at the "have become death thing." Well, at least the corporations are immune to the radiation. RADIATION!
    It's the Radiation!
    VOC's, GMO's, pesti/herbicide poisoning rates way up there, too, though.
    We're number 1!

  • rogerthat
    … Between January and the end of June, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity, double the additions over the same period last year, and equivalent to the entire solar capacity of Australia – one of the sunniest places on earth. That brings China’s total solar power supply up to 23 gigawatts, second only to Germany’s 36 GW, and just 13 GW shy of the country’s goal of having 35 GW of solar installed by 2015. …

  • rogerthat
    – the deer story is lovely. on fukushima:
    … “The Fukushima radiation incident is still something everyone in Japan is worried about but radiation is invisible to our eyes and Masamichi used a technique to make it visible,” Yumi said.
    In the black and white images, outlines of common objects such as gloves or plants and fishes were outlined in grey and black spots; the darker the spots means the higher the radiation.
    “His images are scary in the sense that it shows us how much radiation can affect objects and ultimately us,” she said.
    – See more at:

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    Apparently the only thing under control is the information releases.
    What has been going on?… what are the responsibles going to do…. what es happening since the problem started…..
    What amout of radiation as released and what amount es released every day, what are the implications fue human life un the surroundings of the WIPP and farer…. etc etc
    The rest of news is just the activity of the Department of Information Release Control of WIPP/Government of USA

  • Angela_R

    The UK Search for Storage Facilities for Nuclear Waste
    "Local communities could be paid over £40m by government for simply considering the building of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility in their area, ministers announced on Thursday.

    The renewed effort to find a permanent solution for the UK’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste comes after Cumbria council vetoed a proposed waste dump site in January 2013. But the new approach will not allow any one level of local government to veto future site decisions."

  • Angela_R

    "Will there be a resounding silence in September at the World Nuclear Association symposium and exhibition in Central Hall, Westminster? The world’s nuclear industries will be strutting their stuff: 700 business and leaders from 30 countries discussing such issues as the fuel cycle front-end (no, me neither), the security of nuclear fuel supplies, financing new builds, and uranium resources.

    There will be a reception at Westminster Abbey and a gala dinner at the Natural History Museum. And, to crown it all, a discussion panel. That is due to feature Alexander Lokshin, deputy director general of Rosatom, the organisation that controls Russia’s nuclear weapons companies, research institutes and safety agencies; and Lyudmila Zalimskaya of Tenex, which exports the country’s nuclear materials, such as enriched uranium, and is big in the Emirates and China."

    But wait a minute what about those sanctions against Russia?

    • We Not They Finally

      "Sanctions" may just be part of a bad diversionary game. It's international cabals controlling all this. And (if you check this, Angela,) do look up Braco. You'll be surprised, hopefully encouraged, and it's all true.

      • Angela_R

        WNTF, you say "may just be part of a bad diversionary game". I see the chess game, the pawns, the king, the bishop, etc., they're all on the board part of the game. But the players are apart, they don't partake they just move the pieces. By this stage it is probably all surreal to them.
        I did look up Braco, thank you and left a comment at 2.59pm on 24th. 🙂 But mankind must change, weeding will occur, otherwise the repeat of circles continues.

    • truthpandemic truthpandemic

      Sure would be a shame if they all happened to get Ebola or something even more fatal from the conference;)

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Jenkins makes a call to his neighbor; "Hey Flanders, we hada comedy of errors here, see what happened is ah accidently discharged mah shotgun when it was pointed atcher bowoy, but we figure no harm was done cause nobody took a look atim."

  • Jebus Jebus

    The word heard earlier was crowdsource.

    Overwhelming evidence can not be shot down…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    WIPP – Waste Isolation Pilot Plant – Documentary – The WIPP Trail
    Sept. 28 2012

    Pre-accident ..sigh.

  • demise demise

    The government and the lap dog media conglomerates depend on you to go along with your daily droning activities so they can continue to rake in your tax dollars. As soon as that is curtailed, it throws a monkey wrench in their plans. They will keep from telling you that there is an unsolvable problem for as long as possible, telling you everything is OK and raise taxes to pay for studies that tell us what we already know. We are out of luck with no were to hide.

    • name999 name999

      demise, you can hide or you can stand up and talk about what you see.

      It is corporations more than government that hold the bag. I support our president.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi name999

      I agree corporations/the elites hold the bag. They know long ahead of time who is running for office. They back both party's up, they can't lose. Too many perks/contributions are given. The officials running, gladly take these perks and contributions.
      The ones running the show is the ones behind the scene, not the ones you see smiling and waving.

      Everyday I pray for Our World and All the Leaders. Sometimes I agree with them, sometimes I don't.

      I don't think they care what I think or care if I support them.
      It's about, what it is and will be.

      I support the idea of everyone having a healthy, good, safe, happy, loving life.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        I don't think they care if I support them or what I think.
        It's about, what is already happening, they can do all the planning all they want, but in the end what will be, will be.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Anyone working at a Nuclear Waste Site /Nuclear Plants should already know this is a high risk job with a possibility of a horrible long term health care. No one is safe there, they have leaks. I wouldn't work there.

    Radiation and humans/world cannot coexist.

    Quote:Gov’t failed to do any radiation tests when releases peaked after ‘major’ leak

    Sounds right..Protect the Industry and not the people.(sarc)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Quote: Experts: “Risk of additional eruptions is real”

    How many more disasters have to happen before everyone gets the memo, this needs to end now.

    No more Plants..No more Waste.
    We can't control what we already have!!