Magazine Editor’s Final Words: Fukushima exponentially more dire than Chernobyl — Deteriorating plant threatens mass extinction around world — It’s made a deep impression on me recently — You have an obligation to be aware of conditions there (AUDIO)

Published: December 12th, 2014 at 10:17 am ET


Guy Crittenden, editor of HazMat Management magazine and Solid Waste & Recycling magazine (Part of the EcoLog Environmental Resources Group, “Canada’s leading publisher of print and electronic environmental, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation news, legislation and compliance solutions – Subscribers include environmental health and safety managers, engineers, executives and lawyers in all industry sectors and government”), Dec 11, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • [After a quarter-century, this is] my last article written as Editor of HazMat Management magazine [and] Solid Waste & Recycling magazine
  • Instead of a long article about what transpired in 2014 and what may be ahead, I’m going to offer readers three items… that have made a deep impression on me recently; these are “must watch” items for anyone interested in helping our species avoid peril from environmental degradation
  • The deteriorating status of things at the destroyed nuclear plant at Fukushima, Japan… you have an obligation, really, to be aware of conditions there
  • [There is a] very real and present threat from the… highly radioactive… destroyed cores of the reactors, as well as things like the storage of contaminated water in hastily-built, rusting containers
  • This is serious stuff… an actual meltdown of the reactors — real China Syndrome stuff — as had been assumed would never likely happen in a modern reactor
  • The situation is exponentially more dire than Chernobyl
  • [Workers must] remove the rods for safe containment without having them contact one another and trigger a fire, the consequences of which would be unimaginable — We’re talking mass extinction around the world, especially in the northern hemisphere
  • Most people have forgotten the situation and think of it only as a local Japanese problem
  • It’s only a matter of time before another earthquake or tidal wave triggers such an event

Kevin Kamps, nuclear waste watchdog for Beyond Nuclear, Nuclear Hotseat, Dec 9, 2014 (at 37:00 in):  “If the meltdown is bad enough, that’s going to burn its way right through the foundations of the containmentlike we’ve seen at Fukushima Daiichi.”

Stream the full interview here

Published: December 12th, 2014 at 10:17 am ET


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780 comments to Magazine Editor’s Final Words: Fukushima exponentially more dire than Chernobyl — Deteriorating plant threatens mass extinction around world — It’s made a deep impression on me recently — You have an obligation to be aware of conditions there (AUDIO)

  • Folks, solar is the biggest threat to nuclear. Nuke is attacking solar full on.

    Get your solar now before they succeed in making solar "illegal" or non economical. Seriously, work on it this week.

    Anyone on Oahu need solar, let me know

    • Dick Shenary

      stock – " Nuke is attacking solar full on." Yes, here in the USA. The Germans are not having these problems. A very intelligent ethnic group as they figured this whole nuclear ideology out a while back and announced to the world that they are finished with this technology. Finished in the sense that they have vowed to stop producing more of this stuff. Like every other nuclear nation they still have the nuclear waste legacy to deal with.

      • Not true.. Germany only changed because all votes count there. After 3/11, people voted in a huge increase for the Green Party, and THAT is what changed the country. More Greens came in and voted nuclear out.

        In the US, there is a Dualopoly, and present Democratic Prez and party is all nuclear, all the time, all in, 1 trillion approved to start the nuclear arms race all over again, just like the Repubs.

        Under his watch, the pro nukes got a HUGE restart, multiple new nuke reactors, and 2 new MOX fuel manufacturing plants.

        He is pushing carbon laws, to shove a niagara falls of money at them, claiming they are carbon free.

        He is labeling nuclear as 'clean' energy.

        Democrats and Republicans for the most part are in lockstep.

    • When the new congress people take their official seats. The legislation pro nuke crap they're going to fling at us would put to shame 5000 baboons I'm sure.

    • Homolumina Homolumina

      Got solar this year Stock, we are the first in the neighborhood and people come asking, being interested… but the way it is set up, we are still depending on the grid…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    OT. Humans have embarked in full scale depravity.
    Another marker of the decline of a civilization..

    Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
    Dec 9 2014

    Many of the most shocking scenes recounted in the Senate’s torture report all take place at a location known as ‘Cobalt,’ the ‘Dark Prison,’ the ‘Salt Pit,’ and a ‘dungeon.’

    At the CIA’s detention site Cobalt, the lights were never turned on.

    Why does it have to be so dark?
    Why do we have to get the complete freak on..?
    To what end..?

    Eventually all that is left talking hate in the mirror ..when the world is done with them.
    The military.. a couple of medals.. a retirement package and a warm bed at the VA.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Heart, sadistic barely begins to describe the horrors of the CIA prison. It boggles the mind such practices were allowed without oversight. How barbaric.

      And people wonder why some in the Middle East, Moselms, detest the U.S.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Heart, sadistic barely begins to describe the horrors of the CIA prison. It boggles the mind such practices were allowed without oversight. How barbaric.

      And people wonder why some in the Middle East, Moslems, detest the U.S.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    I was going to post a reply to rogerthat's link to a report on the risk of chemical accidents and a link to risks to minority communities located near U.S. chemical plants. What I found was this great Rolling Stone article on the Koch brothers' operations.

    Good read, and if you're wondering how the dirty deeds get done, this is pretty much the standard playbook.

  • Bill Duff

    I mentioned above, that due to meltdown conditions, corium was dropping. Let us elaborate, to some extent. The falling corium caused multiple breaches of reactor, torus water piping and steam-handling piping. Hydrogen gas collected at the top of the breached reactor, top of metal shell and containment concrete. Any containment breach, would also allow H2 accumulation in Unit-3 outside the containment area.

    Several Ventilation system failures occurred throughout the FDNPS. These ventilation failures included low battery charge conditions and some excess-pressure related valve failures. Back pressure prevented some of these valves from opening. Some valves and chokes have a pressure assisted closing feature. Pressure from inside the vessel is internally used to push the valve (plug or gate) into the closed position. So, this helps you close the valve quickly and easily. This pressure-assisted closing feature, also resists valve opening. This phenomenon is a mechanical plumbing design feature. During over-pressure conditions this feature can be a failure mode.

    Also, one crew reported manually opening some valves which automatically RECLOSED THEMSELVES. This automatic and inappropriate valve reclosure, in the retrofitted emergency retrofitted ventilation system, is likely an electronic control flaw. THIS electronic control flaw, DURING AN EMERGENCY CONDITION, is consistent with a Siemens STUXNET failure-alarm operating mode condition or other electronic control…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Deadly Fukushima radiation up 50,000% as elevated radiation levels seen across North America
    Dec 15 1014

    I assume all the data correct..

  • SadieDog

    Just putting this out there for those who might be interested… One of my favorite websites,

  • Nick

    "New nuclear weapons needed, many experts say, pointing to aged arsenal"

    Bombs R US.

    THIS is why the world's media ignores Fukushima. Thou shalt not denigrate the nuclear cabal!

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      How much more do they think our biosphere can handle? Lunatics! We need more nuclear weapons like we need a hole in our heads. What better way to steal from the commons and the future. Nuketards! Arghhh. They drive me crazy. Their greed and disregard for life in general, knows no bounds. Truly horrifying.

    • And the hype for needing more nuclear arsenal is a ridiculous ploy anyway when our ever experimenting military complex already has a variety of efficient frequency weapons tested and in use.

      Nuke weaponry is so outdated as a practical defense system. But shhhh, don't tell the public, eh? 🙂

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We live in the Land of OZ where all things point to/towards a world filled with death.. 🙁

  • curly

    Ferguson I'm here to say
    Smells like Sanford Fla.
    Oh it's just another day.
    Welcome to US of A

    Illegal smokes in NYC
    A greater crime can ther be?
    Does strange fruit still swing from a tree?
    Jurors say acquittal their decree.

    An old tune rings in my ear,
    "Oxford Town" loud and clear.
    Rule of law held so dear
    Taken way to far I fear.

    Nothing to bring them back can we,
    Now all we have is R. I. P.
    But here's a little secret Jack-
    With a ten thousand cars must Furg. be packed.

    Fill those streets with S. U. V.'s
    Mini vans and X K E's
    Drive around and shut it down
    Till Furgeson we do drown.

  • curly

    enenewsers—Where in the US is uranium enriched?

  • Bill Duff

    National Enrichment Facility (NEF) located near Eunice, New Mexico, in Lea County near the southeastern corner of the state. Uranium enrichment is a process by which natural uranium is separated into its component isotopes. Uranium-235, or enriched uranium, is used in fuel for nuclear reactors. The remaining uranium-238 is waste, and is also known as depleted uranium (DU).

    The URENCO USA facility began operations on June 11, 2010. Construction of the project will continue until the plant reaches the planned 5,700 tSW/a capacity. URENCO USA is the first enrichment facility to be built in the US in 30 years and the first ever using centrifuge enrichment technology. Robust project, operational, and corporate teams have been established to monitor construction activities, and to ensure training and procedural development run to schedule.

    At the end of December 2013, capacity at URENCO USA stood at 3,200 tSW/a. It is anticipated that at full capacity the facility can produce sufficient enriched uranium for nuclear fuel to provide approximately 10% of America’s electricity needs.

    • Dick Shenary

      Urenco was established in 1970 by the governments of Britain, West Germany, and the Netherlands to manufacture top-quality centrifuges that can be used to produce highly-enriched uranium for use in power plants and nuclear weapons. These same governments have been trying to sell Urenco since mid 2013. Indian investors were considering the purchase. Urenco is the second largest uranium processor in the world so the price tag won't be cheap. Perhaps the Chinese will buy Uranco and continue to process uranium in New Mexico. What a crazy world (GMI).

  • curly

    Thanks or-well and bill

  • Remember this about solar panels folks… Barium, Cesium of any atomic weight, and Strontium crystals scatter light. There will soon be tons more of ALL the above in the air from many sources. Scattered light will NOT energize solar panels as well as uninterrupted continuum sunlight in CLEAN air. Nuclear has deliberately destroyed solar panel technology's chances permanently.

    Yet one more lie about a 'safe' NPP…

  • irhologram

    A horse that cannot be ridden. A rider who cannot be thrown. To think the earth can be saddled and not throw us with nuclear because we bury it in granite is hubris. The earth is not a horse. It's a dynamic in the process of escalating plate movement. Granite is igneous rock which formed when hot magma or liquid rock was pushed up from deep within the Earth and forced into the overlying rock in a process known as intrusion. That means it's located in volcanic areas.

    Many here are aware of the amazing uptick in EQs and volcanic activity. When pressure “transfers” across the solid mass of the solid portions of the earth's plates, it finds weak points to release , such as fracking operation injection wells, oil drilling locations, hot springs, and deep mining locations…in addition to known (and unknown) fault lines, and yes, dormant volcanoes.

    Today, in a complete discussion of this process, Dutchsinse has published an overview…

    Burying nuclear in granite at this stage (or any stage in earth's history)…to me…makes as much sense as trying to anchor a containment barrel on your saddle horn. It would be insane to ride this monster, would it not?

    • Bill Duff

      A lot of Nuclear Waste has been generated. Where shall we dump the trash from these failed economic engineering projects (fission experiments) of the Atoms for Peace Project?

  • Dick Shenary

    BD – please replace the word dump and use the word sequester or segregate when referring to nuclear waste. We have had far too many decades where dumping the nuclear trash was common practice.

  • irhologram

    My vote would be for whole hog remediation efforts to skin this cat…since I'm using animal metaphors… I don't pretend to have the expertise to choose from the many hopeful patents, but a simple search yields many options. Patent US20020169351 – Remediation of radioactive waste …
    Disclosed is a radioactive waste treatment process for transmuting long-lived radioisotopes into short-lived radioisotopes through applied nuclear physics. Nuclear …
    Patent EP1090395A1 – Remediation of radioactive waste by …
    An apparatus and method for treating long-lived radioisotopes and transmuting them into short-lived radioisotopes through applied nuclear physics. Nuclear reactions …
    Mitsubishi Cold Fusion LENR Patent Granted Transmutes ……patent-granted-transmutes-nuclear-waste
    Amazingly enough LENR patents are now being … Mitsubishi Cold Fusion LENR Patent Granted Transmutes … Mitsubishi Patented LENR Nuclear Waste Remediation …
    Japanese Scientists Corroborate Nuclear Waste Remediation …
    Dec 13, 2014 · Japanese Scientists Corroborate Nuclear Waste Remediation Technology Owned by Nuclear Solutions, Inc.
    Fukushima, Mon Amour — Methods to Remediate Nuclear …
    Japan Patent 9197077 Electrode for Cold … impose on local populations like Fukushima…
    (That's just page 1)

  • irhologram

    However! To be clear, Mr. Duff, I find your arguments circular. We should "dump" nuclear waste in granite because wastes are already present…ERGO…pro-nuke development and maintenance can do the same!?? No!

    I do not believe remediation can ever be at an acceptable level of clean up…BUT it must be attempted. Now! All further plans for nuclear energy are what must be "dumped" and all existing plants must shut down, while we attempt to remediate the horrific mess they already made.

  • Wow this thread is quite long in the tooth…..

    Back to slamming solar, just closed a 10920 watt system

  • Dick Shenary


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Denial so great ..the desperation to hide the truth ..the complicity so great..
    Only sheer madness ..will do..

    Fukushima wants to host Olympic events in 2020
    Dec 16 2014

  • rogerthat

    DECEMBER 10, 2014
    The Naked Emperor Can’t See his Own Bare Ass
    US Attends then Defies Conference on Nuclear Weapons Effects
    VIENNA, Austria

  • rogerthat

    Socio-economic and environmental impacts of Match 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan

    Bachev, Hrabrin (2014): Socio-economic and environmental impacts of Match 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

    Download (14MB) | Preview

    On March 11, 2011 the strongest recorded in Japan earthquake occurred which triggered a powerful tsunami and caused a nuclear accident in the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant Station.

    The triple 2011 disaster has had immense impacts on people life, health and property, social infrastructure and economy, agri-food chains, natural and institutional environment, etc. in North-eastern Japan and beyond

    Due to the scale of the disasters and the number of affected agents, the effects’ multiplicities, spillovers, and long time horizon, the constant evolution of the nuclear crisis, the lack of “full” information and models of analysis, etc. the overall impacts of the 2011 disasters is far from being completely evaluated. Besides, most information and publications are in Japanese.

    The goal of this paper is to assess the socio-economic and environmental impact of Match 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

    Firstly, a short description of the three events is presented. Next, the overall impacts on population, health and displacement assessed. Third, the effects of economy are evaluated…

    • rogerthat

      After that, diverse impacts on agri-food chains are presented.

      Finally, the impact on natural environment is assessed.

      A wide range of official governmental, farmers, industry and international organisations, and Tokyo Electric Power Company data as well as information from publications in media, research and experts reports, etc. have been extensively used. …

  • rogerthat

    Dec 16
    Will the Connecticut River freeze in Northampton this winter?

    The Northampton Gazette recently published my letter:
    To the editor,
    I’ve met several old men in the valley who remember when the Connecticut River used to freeze over. That has not happened in a long time. Nevertheless, The Oxbow has remained frozen during winters, and there has been ice fishing there. Many people believe that the Connecticut River is open because it is a flowing river. They do not believe me when I say that the river is open, when looking from the Coolidge Bridge, in January, because of the nuclear power plant at Vernon, Vermont.

    Last year I wrote a piece for the Gazette about this thermal pollution from the reactor. Since a reactor produces 650 MW electricity, and the steam turbines are one third efficient, I calculated that the terminal output of the reactor is 1300 MW per hour. With this much heat, one could take the contents of an Olympic size swimming pool from room temperature, to boiling, to complete evaporation every 1.4 hours. I have enclosed a photo of the reactor showing melting of the river at Vernon.

    This winter at the reactor will be shutting down, and for me it will be an experiment. Unless there is particularly warm winter and there is no ice fishing on the Oxbow at all, I believe there will be ice fishing and snowmobiling on the Connecticut River. We shall see.

    Andrew Larkin.

  • rogerthat

    Strong in the Rain
    By Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill
    Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

  • rogerthat

    Dec 16
    Now that it’s been determined that ratepayers will probably pick up most of the cost of shutting down the prematurely degenerated San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, plant operator Southern California Edison has settled on a questionable plan for storing spent nuclear fuel onsite for the foreseeable future.

    Edison announced last week that it plans to move spent fuel rods from above-ground pools to steel fuel canisters, wrapped in concrete, topped with steel and more concrete, and buried beneath the bluffs between Los Angeles and San Diego. The plan is to bury the dangerously radioactive material for at least 20 years, until some place can be found to permanently move it…

    While all the spent fuel piling up at U.S. nuclear plants that is dry casked uses thin-steel canister technology (up to ⅝”), Europeans favor a thick-walled (20”) container.

    Donna Gilmore, founder of, thinks Edison is making a mistake. She says the canisters sought by Edison for storing spent fuel cannot be repaired or inspected. There is no early-warning monitoring to detect things like stress corrosion cracks. Edison wants to spend $400 million on 100 canisters. Thick ones would cost more…

    • rogerthat

      … Once they figure out how to bury the stuff they can start working on a plan to unbury the stuff and move it someplace that doesn’t have 8.4 million people living within 50 miles of unmonitored, unfixable, thin, decaying steel canisters holding nuclear fuel in earthquake-tsunami country.

      Sounds like a plan.

      –Ken Broder

  • rogerthat

    Critics attack Army plan to leave toxic mess

    By Charlie White, The Courier-Journal December 15, 2014

    Critics say it would be a bad precedent to let the U.S. Army retreat from the task of cleaning up or even monitoring the site in Southern Indiana where live-fire tests left behind more than 160,000 pounds of depleted uranium shell fragments plus millions of unexploded conventional shells.

    The story about the Army's request to end environmental testing at the Jefferson Proving Ground's former firing range — brought to light in The Courier-Journal ahead of a local public hearing last week — yielded responses from thousands of miles away about the potential health hazards of the toxic, radioactive metal as it oxidizes into dust then spreads.

    "It's a travesty that the Army might walk away without doing a detailed analysis of how they could clean it up," said Lenny Siegel, executive director of the California-based Center for Public Environmental Oversight.

    The Army has submitted a decommissioning plan for the site north of Madison, Ind., to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The firing range was used as early as 1941 and continued up until 1995. But it was used to test the radioactive, armor-piercing shells from 1984 to 1994…

    Siegel and others remain concerned about the potential health hazards if the dust is carried as it was in Colonie, N.Y., where the state Supreme…

    • rogerthat

      Court in 1980 ordered a manufacturing plant that mainly used depleted uranium to shut down because of airborne releases of uranium compounds…

      Army studies have focused mainly on the costs of comprehensive cleanup, finding it could cost federal taxpayers billions of dollars. …

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      As if they could clean up the wind. It comes naturally to them to just absolve themselves of all responsibility. And they think they're manly. Well man up and fix your fucking mess for once. Destroying things is easy, it's childs play. Grown ups, and I know there not that many in this day in age, are people who tcb and take responsibility for there own actions. Leaving it for others to deal with is irresponsible, childlike and selfish. Does the US military need a mommy to tell it right from wrong?

  • rogerthat

    Times Reporter Risen Due in Court Over U.S. Leak Queries
    By Andrew Zajac Dec 17, 2014

    New York Times reporter James Risen will have to appear in court on Jan. 5 to disclose whether he will answer questions on a limited number of topics from prosecutors in the trial of a former CIA agent accused of leaking information to the journalist.

    Risen revealed classified information about a bungled Central Intelligence Agency program to give Iran false data on how to build a nuclear weapon in his 2006 book, “State of War.” The U.S. says Jeffrey Sterling was the source of the leak and wanted Risen’s testimony to confirm it…

  • rogerthat

    S.Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator


    SEOUL Tue Dec 16, 2014

    Dec 16 (Reuters) – A group of South Korean thyroid cancer patients living near nuclear plants have filed the country's first class action suit against the operator, after an October court ruling in favour of a plaintiff claiming a link between radiation and the cancer…

    A total of 1,336 plaintiffs, including 301 cancer patients living near four nuclear plants, and their families, filed the suit in a court in the southeastern city of Busan against Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP), part of state-run Korea Electric Power Corp…

    In October a district court ordered KHNP to pay 15 million won to Park Geum-sun in compensation for her thyroid cancer after she lived about 7.7 kilometres from a nuclear complex for more than 20 years…

    Ye Bu-hae, a 69-year old rice farmer living less than five kilometres from the Kori nuclear plaint, joined Tuesday's class action with 66 other thyroid cancer patients in his village, which is home to 3,000 people.

    "After seeing too many thyroid cancer cases and Japan's tsunami, we have become more and more scared," Ye, whose wife had surgery for thyroid cancer, told Reuters by phone. "Our action is for our next generation." …

  • rogerthat

    – the story does not say so, but these people inhaled some uranium isotopes:

    … Smith confirmed that the radioactive material associated with the exposures was uranium, but he would not discuss what isotopes of uranium were involved or what other materials were involved in the operations.

    “I’ll just tell you it had uranium in it,” he said…

  • rogerthat

    Heroes at Y-12?

    At a press briefing today on the chemical spill at Y-12, a contractor official said workers at the Purification Facility managed to turn off the process lines “as they ran out of the building” when the alarms sounded…

  • rogerthat

    Radioactive pollution remains one of worst problems in Russia’s Arctic – nature minister

    December 16

    MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. Radioactive pollution of the Arctic seas remains one of the worst problems of Russia’s Arctic, Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy told a session of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.

    “Apart from radioactive fallouts following nuclear weapons tests and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster there are other major factors for this problem, such as the flow of Atlantic waters along the western coast of Norway with the Gulfstream current, which brings radioactive waste from the Western-European industries recycling spent nuclear fuel,” Donskoy said.

    Also, he recalled the Soviet-era dumps of radioactive waste.

    “The USSR was dumping radioactive waste in the Kara Sea,” he recalled.

    “On the bottom of the Arctic seas there lie three nuclear-powered submarines and also other items containing spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, such as one nuclear reactor, five nuclear reactor compartments from submarines, 19 ships with waste on board and 17 containers with radioactive waste.” …

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Russia is toast! Thanks Nuclear! 🙁

  • rogerthat

    GAO faults nuke regulator’s cost-benefit analysis

    By Timothy Cama
    Dec 15

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) procedures for regulatory cost-benefit analysis do not sufficiently follow the best practices for government agencies, a watchdog report found.

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the NRC, which oversees the nation’s nuclear power sector, followed some practices recommended by the GAO, but not enough to make reliable cost analyses for its rules.

    The GAO said cost-analysis procedures must be comprehensive, well-documented, accurate and credible.
    “While NRC’s overall procedures incorporate some best practices for each of the four characteristics, we found that NRC’s cost estimating procedures satisfied only one characteristic,” GAO said, adding that the procedures are well-documented.

    The GAO’s report was spurred by congressional Republicans’ concerns that NRC’s proposed rule to require filtered venting systems to prevent nuclear meltdowns was not properly analyzed.

    The watchdog agency concluded that the venting system rule’s cost prediction “is not reliable because it did not fully or substantially meet any of the four characteristics of a reliable cost estimate.” …

    • rogerthat

      The report was released Monday by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee. The lawmakers requested the report and released it themselves because GAO has not published it.

      “GAO’s report confirms my suspicion that NRC’s cost estimates are egregiously off target from the actual costs of implementing their regulations,” Vitter said in a statement. “Nuclear safety is absolutely a priority, and at the same time, we must ensure that the consumers and businesses who bear the brunt of the regulatory burden are protected from unnecessary costs.”

      In response to the report, the NRC admitted it could improve its cost estimating standards.

      But it did not agree that the GAO’s recommendations are the best guidelines for writing and analyzing regulations.

  • rogerthat

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    The Aboriginal peoples of Quebec stand together against uranium at the final hearings of the BAPE in Montreal

    MONTREAL, Dec. 15, 2014 – At the final public hearings of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) on the uranium industry in Quebec, to be held today in Montreal, the James Bay Cree Nation will deliver a resounding and united message of opposition to uranium development in their territory, Eeyou Istchee.

    The Cree Nation, which has led the charge against uranium development, has been joined in this position by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and the Inuit of northern Quebec, who will also make presentations to the BAPE today.

    "A powerful message has been sent by all of the Aboriginal peoples of Quebec. Together, we have said NO to uranium," said Matthew Coon Come, the Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree Nation. "Today, we show that the Cree Nation speaks in one voice – united with the other Aboriginal peoples of Quebec – when we insist that our lands remain free of uranium mining and uranium waste."

    The Cree Nation Youth Council's StandAgainstUranium march, which began in Mistissini on November 23, arrived in Montreal today to attend the BAPE hearings…

  • rogerthat

    The marchers have travelled on foot over 850 km in 23 days, to share the Cree Nation's message and to encourage other Quebeckers to stand with them against uranium development.

    Overwhelmingly, those they met along the way have agreed that uranium mining should be banned in Quebec.

    Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff has led the StandAgainstUranium march and will be making submissions to the BAPE on behalf of the Youth Council.

    "One of our community's favourite fishing spots, Gobanji, is on Mistissini Lake, downstream from Strateco's Matoush project. My grandma's goose camp is there too," reflected Youth Chief Iserhoff.

    "I've had lots of time on this walk to think about how important this land is to me, my family and our entire community. I will be telling the Commissioners, on behalf of Cree Youth, that uranium mining, and the radioactive and hazardous waste it will leave behind, are not welcome in Eeyou Istchee."

    "The courage and resolution shown by the StandAgainstUranium marchers over the last few weeks speaks in a powerful way to the determination of our people to protect Eeyou Istchee from the risks of uranium mining and uranium waste, today and for future generations.

    ''We give our thanks to the First Nations who offered support and encouragement along the way," noted Grand Chief Coon Come. "We have been gratified to see that as they learn the facts about uranium, Quebeckers are joining with us in our stand." …

  • rogerthat

    Laguna Beach city leaders will consider a resolution today urging the federal government to quickly find a more secure and more remote location for the San Onofre’s nuclear waste.

    The proposed resolution specifically opposes the current proposal to store spent nuclear fuel in sealed storage containers indefinitely at the now defunct nuclear power plant.

    The resolution expresses the city’s support for a senate bill that would require federal regulators to include and consult with neighboring communities such as Laguna Beach when developing deactivation plans for nuclear power plants.

    The council meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue.

  • rogerthat

    Did the NRC and PG&E collude to hide danger?
    December 16, 2014

    Statement by Friends of the Earth

    Internal emails show that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. may have worked together to counteract widespread news coverage. Numerous outlets reported that the former chief inspector of the Diablo Canyon power plant had warned superiors of new seismic data suggesting that the aging nuclear plant on the California coast is operating with an invalid license and may not be safe from previously unknown earthquake faults.

    Friends of the Earth obtained more than 100 pages of NRC emails through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Many emails were heavily redacted, but nonetheless show that the NRC knew the exact date and time PG&E would release a long-awaited report on the plant’s Diablo Canyon’s seismic safety, and the NRC responded by simultaneously releasing its verdict rejecting the former inspector’s dissent.

    The documents also show that while the NRC denied collaborating on release of the reports, they had worked for weeks on a media strategy based on prior knowledge of the PG&E report.

    Friends of the Earth and its FOIA request partners, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Mothers for Peace and the Santa Lucia chapter of the Sierra Club, have filed an appeal with the NRC demanding release of the redacted emails and their attachments…

  • rogerthat

    “These emails leave little doubt that the NRC and PG&E colluded to spin the story against mounting evidence that Diablo Canyon may not be able to withstand the powerful shaking possible on these previously unknown faults,” said Damon Moglen of Friends of the Earth.

    “We know from the San Bruno pipeline scandal that PG&E is not above backdoor tactics to try to influence a government regulator, but this is a new and shocking example of such collusion on an issue that could affect the safety of hundreds of thousands of lives.”

    On Aug. 25, a news report revealed the existence of a report by former Diablo chief inspector Michael Peck (known as a Differing Professional Opinion or DPO) and that the NRC had kept it secret for more than a year.

    The dissent called for shutdown of the plant unless it could be proven that the plant had a valid license and could withstand shaking on several faults that were unknown at the time it was designed and built.

    On Sept. 10, the NRC announced it had ruled against Peck. Within hours, PG&E released a lengthy and long-overdue seismic safety study to the State of California. It contained the startling admission that faults near the plant are much longer than previously known and interconnected, making possible a quake that could produce much more shaking than Diablo was built to withstand.

    But those admissions, buried in the avalanche of material released that day, went mostly unmentioned in news coverage…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    This is what happens when you have collusion within government and quasi public entities..truth is always the last thing the public will see or hear. This is common practice and to be expected…

    Just pay your by force taxes and pay your by force energy rate payments and keep moving along…

  • rogerthat

    The emails show that as early as Aug. 21 — with the news story imminent — NRC public affairs staffers were working on a “Communications Strategy on State Report.”

    Attached to a message with that subject was a document entitled “State Report Messaging,” which likewise related to PG&E’s as yet unreleased seismic report.

    In the emails released to Friends of the Earth, the messaging memo was redacted except for the heading “Draft Talking Points: State Report.”

    Subsequent emails show that PG&E told the NRC exactly when the state report would be released, and that in response, the NRC’s public affairs staff scrambled to make sure that the rejection of Peck’s dissent would be made public the same day.

    The original FOIA request was filed Sept. 18. Asked that day by journalists about the allegations, NRC spokesperson Lara Uselding repeatedly denied any collusion, stating: “We know of no collaboration between the NRC and PG&E regarding the individual timing of releases.”

    “Rather than acting to address the fact that PG&E is operating Diablo Canyon without a valid license and in a place where no reactors belong, the NRC has sought to protect PG&E’s financial interests rather than public safety,” said Moglen.

    “This is a replay of what happened with the San Onofre reactors where the NRC also downplayed safety problems. Yet that plant eventually closed despite repeated assurances that things were okay.” …

  • rogerthat

    Condition of Tanks May Further Limit DOE's Ability to Respond to Leaks and Intrusions
    GAO-15-40: Published: Nov 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2014.


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