NBC: Sea creatures swarming ashore from San Diego to San Fran. — CBS: Millions of dead blanketing miles of coastline, “like a red carpet… 12-16 inches thick… never seen anything like this” — ABC: We wonder if they’re sick, or it’s something in ocean? Scientists don’t have an explanation (PICS & VIDEO)

Published: June 19th, 2015 at 6:24 pm ET
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NBC (Weather Channel) transcript, Jun 16, 2015 (emphasis added): “From San Diego to San Francisco, creatures from the sea are swarming ashore… large slugs are showing up on Bay Area beaches… In the San Diego area, local beaches have taken on a reddish tint… crabs have washed ashore.”

NBC (Weather Channel), Jun 16, 2015: A pair of bizarre invasions have left California beachgoers perplexed… Large purple blobs… known as sea hares [and] hundreds of miles to the south… tuna crabs washed ashore.

ABC News transcript, Jun 16, 2015: Like something from a science fiction movie, the invasion of the purple blob… [Experts] tell us it’s unusual to see these slugs show up [over] an extended period of time. Morgan Dill: “We’ve been seeing them wash up since September, going all through winter, and now even more in spring. Perhaps it’s because of the warmer water?”… The slugs are among the creatures that have been mysteriously showing up on land. A number of whales have been beached in the area recently.

CBS News, Jun 17, 2015: Millions of red tuna crabs invade California… overwhelming beaches in Orange County… Ben Tracy says these crabs are trying to tell us something… crabs are so thick in places… “It looked like a red carpet — a good foot-to-16 inches thick. It kinda took me back, [I've never seen anything like this before].”

CBS LA, Jun 16, 2015: Countless red tuna crabs have washed ashore… covering the Orange County coastline… conditions few [fisherman] have seen in their lifetimes.

Coastline Pilot, Jun 18, 2015: The critters beached before… but Sunday’s activity in Huntington was unusual, said Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein, who had not seen a similar occurrence in 34 years with the city.

NPR, Jun 17, 2015: There’s something strange happening along the coast of So. California. It’s the latest in a string of rare phenomena… [a] red line cutting across the sand for miles… last time there was a major sighting of pelagic crabs was back in the ’80s.

Orange County Register, Jun 15, 2015: [They] showed up in early January and again in February on Balboa Island, fascinating marine scientists… Experts said the crabs… haven’t been seen in the area for decades… crabs are the latest in a year of odd sightings along the coast… Rocky Neidhardt, chef at The Shack on San Clemente Pier, said it looked like “millions” of the crabs were in the water, with more along the beaches.

ABC San Diego, Jun 15, 2015: The big question many people have is why are they washing ashore? “We’re wondering whats wrong, whether they’re sick or whether there’s something in the water? And why are they all washed up?”… Researchers with Scripps Institute of Oceanography don’t have an explanation… not sure yet if it’s connected to the developing El Nino… Researchers are still running tests, they should know more next week.

Watch the CBS broadacast here

Published: June 19th, 2015 at 6:24 pm ET
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241 comments to NBC: Sea creatures swarming ashore from San Diego to San Fran. — CBS: Millions of dead blanketing miles of coastline, “like a red carpet… 12-16 inches thick… never seen anything like this” — ABC: We wonder if they’re sick, or it’s something in ocean? Scientists don’t have an explanation (PICS & VIDEO)

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Another created tax payer/rate payer extracted slush fund…for the industry insiders.

    Scam 101! :(


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  • Sol Man

    We just returned home to the Denver area after having driven up to Oregon. All along the way there were few birds where you would expect to see them, around the water. Also, there were very many dead trees seen particularly cedars from Bend, OR through to ID, in the Oregon high desert/badlands.
    I could not do a close visual inspection of the trees because the driver of the car did not wish to stop. Dead cottonwoods and elms in ID and WY. Dead pines of the many various kinds in northern CO. Trees that had thrived until relatively recently. Yes, some exhibited signs of burned bark similar to those seen in Redding, CA video.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I guess if the best are saying the Earth will be exterminated in about 100 years, I am pretty sure we will all start seeing dead biological things like animals/plants everywhere around us.

    Pretty sure Extermination means death to everything biological.. :(


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  • Wow/ A picture says a thousand (a million?) words.
    There IS something in the water. And Science isn't looking for it. Science has decided to disregard it. Science seems to think, "Mother Nature", vomits up her contents, occasionally. (Seriously??)
    Science is unconcerned, and this blows my mind!


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  • harv33021

    "Scientist don't have an explanation"…..That is because they are whores. Fu*k um.


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  • dunkilo

    Its time to make soylent red! Yummy Dig in!This will soon be our new food:( Hope you like seafood.


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    • Gasser Gasser

      Atomic No Laugh Comics

      Fukushima Diichi 11:59.99 Doomsday Clock

      Last Supper fish recipe.

      1. Add 2 qt of Tritium water into a Recycled radioactive stainless steel pot.

      2. Add 1 tea spoon of concentrated Jet Stream rain Bucky Balls.

      3. Peel the Zirconium cladding from an imported Fukushima Plutonium pellet.

      4. In a China lead laced ceramic bowl, marinate the MOX Plutonium pellet with 2 table spoons of Berkeley Pico fine ground Uranium 235 in 5 oz of Joe's North Dakota Flammable Fracked Well Water.

      5. When you see Cherenkov cobalt blue kitchen shine haze emitting from the bowl, add a pinch of Americium and Flerovium to enhance taste.

      6. When the Tritium water comes to a hard boil, add 1 cup full of Bayou Corn brackish pink/green oil slick water, continue to boil it to a high Radon fume level for it to become a thick zesty Actinide hot sauce…if you want it hotter add some Zirconium cladding.

      7. When the Inspector Teflon Geiger counting frying pan handle reads 5.3 sievert's, then add 1/4 cup of Louisiana fresh off the slick BP Cortex.

      8. When the BP Cortex begins to snap, crackle and pop, and before it explodes, lay your imported filleted none organic Antarctica Cod in the radiation hot pan and fry to a golden Isotopes brown.

      9. Pour the zesty Red West Coast Tritum Alga sauce over the high CPM Cod and serve it with Boron coated tongs in a clean white Hell's Nuclear Kitchen lead lined Hazzmatt suit.

      Bon Becquele Appetite!


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  • Sickputer

    NBC follows up their June 19th news blurbs on the red crabs with this jingly sound bit video (no audio…just overlay text with an appropriate Japanese-sounding tune)

    http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/red-tuna-crabs-are-taking-over-california-beaches-468379715976

    Once again the invasion is described as "thousands" (instead of what is undoubtedly millions or billions of dying crabs).

    NBC; "warm water is the cause (probably) and there is no danger… But just in case… Don't eat them! They MAY be Toxic!"

    SP: So if they are toxic then something killed them…right? Something in the water.

    And you don't do a damn thing to warn parents to keep their kids out of the water or trying to "save" these toxic dying crabs? You people ("experts") who probably keep your own kids at home are as bad as the government officials who struck that secret devil deal with Kodak 60 years ago. You warned them about dangerous test bomb fallout days because Kodak blackmailed you over their knowledge of the dangers (mostly to their film shipments ruined by fallout, but the association with human poisoning was implicit).

    The whole lot of the lying nucleoapes should be sent to prison for crimes of world genocide. Instead they get a free pass.

    I hope some citizens on the Dead Coast decide to make their own informed decisions and stay away from the water. Flee if you can, take precautions if you can't. Never play in nuclear contaminated water! And don't eat…


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  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    It will be a double whammy for California with the drought. Their economy is larger than many nations and when it collapses it will take our whole country down too. Many millions of refugees will be a new expierience for the U.S.

    I'm glad to be here on the shores of Lake Superior. …
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    • We Not They Finally

      Why do I feel like maybe Monsanto will then swoop in and suddenly there will be an abundance of rain? It can be a "coincidence,' yes?


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Monsteranto has some seriously large operations near Davis and Woodland, California. That's where they do a lot of their field experiments. To give perspective, the state capitol, Sacramento, lies about 15 miles eastward from both cities. Monsteranto more or less "owns" UC Davis agriculture programs. It is the largest donor.

        Perhaps there is something to the notion of Monsanto suddenly swooping in and decreeing rain ….


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      • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

        While I'm no fan of corporate gangsters, I think the geologic record speaks volumes about California and what is normal there in terms of rainfall. The long view is that drought is normal. If that is the case then the state is in for real trouble.

        If I owned property there on the coast I would be anxious to sell right now and relocate before property values cratered.


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  • SadieDog

    Sup people, I've got 6 extra bottles of Terry Naturally Tr-Iodine, 25 mg, 60 caps, that expire this year, they are potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodide(from kelp), 16,667% DV. If anybody wants a bottle for free, email me at Gadog2112@yahoo.com and I'll mail you a bottle. Free. I've hade em for a year, vacuum sealed. You can google it. Lemme know. Peace.


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  • Aloha Folks just coming here to find out about the Pacific Ocean dying.
    Please Get the Rad Word Out anyway you can. Day 1562 of Fukushima already
    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page-13#comment-478924


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  • Gasser Gasser

    Top Ten Nuclear FUBAR'S
    ~~~~
    10. Nuclear a forever Reality.
    9. Slowly poisoning humanity.
    8. Erasing life's living quality.
    7. Shortens happy longevity.
    6. Produces mental disability.
    5. Destroys Genome quality.
    4. Produces much mortality.
    3. Erodes workforce stability.
    2. Beyond moral practicality.
    1. Prone to an ELE eventuality.

    ~Gasser Classic~


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  • Daisy207

    I'm glad to be up here in Maine. We still have birds and our trees look pretty good. My garden is growing nicely but I did test the snow with my geiger counter this winter and I do get a little bit of activity above background so we are not entirely immune. I hope we don't see a mass migration from the West Coast but they wouldn't be welcome in Maine. We have little infrastructure to support a population increase of any magnitude. And quite frankly, those of us who live here like it the way it is. We still have bear baiting laws – so ……. try the mid west.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Well, Daisy, remind me to give you a big, "Howdy" should I ever run into you. Wherever you are.

      You sound like the people from Oregon who bitch about the "L.A. hippy trash" who "invaded" there in the 1970's.

      Xenophobism is such a sad thing. I guess you're not part of the human race, then, and Maine people are a race set apart, by themselves?

      Guess it's the rarified atmosphere people like the Bushes bring to your neck of the world.

      Sorry, but that comment is just downright rude. I guess you hate the Japanese then, too, because they are radioactively impacted?


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      You can take your bear baiting and shove it.


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    • Marcie

      Daisy….what a crusty New England attitude. People may be running for their lives, literally, and all you can say is…don't impact me, go away? You are worried about what…waiting longer in line at the bank? I thought the people on here were better than that. A little birdie tells me that things are going to get pretty rough, and a lot of people have no idea it's coming or any capacity to cope with it, much less help people in need. It appears that death is going to march across the US, the media is going to pretend not to understand it, the government is going to be useless as usual. And only the people that prepare are going to have any chance of surviving.


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    • Sol Man

      The buses in California are loading up to come to beautiful Maine right now! Meet your new neighbors!


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    • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

      I lived in San Diego from 2008 – 2010. Got no issues with the folks there. Particularly enjoyed the Mexicans with their easy smiles and layed back attitudes. But I'm an old deadhead so what do I know….

      As an aside, I'm currently reading The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Keirnan. A great look at the birth of nuclear insanity and it's shroud of secrecy.


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      With any luck the most 'conservative' Californians will move to Idaho and Montana. They have already been moving there for years. The 'liberal' folks can move to Texas, Arizona and Michigan. Turn Texas and Arizona blue, forever. Detroit could use an big influx of people. So many have moved out over the last 50 years…..


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    • PrairieBoy

      Daisy: It is nice to see that some common sense has survived in this propagandized world. When this radiation catastrophe peaks, there will be thousands, if not millions of sick irradiated refugees taking flight who more than willing to invade, plunder, and destroy your state and it's resources.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Need the name of your town, for a full page California relocation ad, since it appears your location is the only safe location in the entire nation..local building boom should be expected.

    Just think of the tax revenues..bigger bonuses and retirements and payouts/salaries for all your government workers!

    Bears may not last very long though..


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  • califnative califnative

    Your not THAT naïve are you? Your not going to have a choice whether someone is welcome in your town or not.

    http://www.psr.org/resources/evacuation-zone-nuclear-reactors.html

    In the case of a nuclear reactor accident, what can be done?
    Do you live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor? One third of Americans do.

    Read it and weep.


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  • SadieDog

    Pink Floyd – " On The Turning Away " (w/ lyrics). https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0-ra6HXAMNU


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  • AlohaKido

    This is part of Geo Engineering.

    It's also killing our forests.


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    • We Not They Finally

      That's actually so, and not really OT, because it is all synergistic. Geoengineering PLUS radiation has blown the ionosphere, letting in terrifying amounts of UV-B radiation, which does destroy trees. (Really bad for human skin, too!) Dane Wigington is great on that research.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Seeing lots and lots of dead young trees where I live. Not too far from where Dane Wiggington lives. Very sad.

        Yes, the synergistic effect is difficult to comprehend, but it's probably making the totality of the problem orders of magnitude worse.


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  • ISPC

    Yes.

    "Researchers with Scripps Institute of Oceanography don’t have an explanation… not sure yet if it’s connected to the developing El Nino… Researchers are still running tests, they should know more next week."(above)

    OK. No problem. I'll wait. I always enjoy a good laugh.

    Peace


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  • Marcie

    The last time I was up to my knees in DEAD CREATURES at the beach was….never. Let's see, what else has never happened before? How about the 3 core meltdown of a nuclear power plant? The whales, the walruses, the sea lions….fleeing the ocean that has been ruined. And the scientific community doesn't even have the decency or respect for life to address the situation in a serious manner. The level of arrogance and denial is stunning. It makes me ashamed to be a human.


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  • Sickputer

    "Subterranean Seasick Blues"

    With apologies to Bob Dylan

    Johny's in the surf
    Putting back the crabs
    I'm on the sand
    Thinking about the government
    The man in a trench coat
    Badge out, laid off
    Says he's got a cesium cough
    Wants to get it paid off
    Look out kid
    It's somethin' they did
    God knows when
    But they're doin' it again
    You better duck down the shoreline
    Lookin' for a new friend
    A nukie in a skin cap
    Smelling like a pig pen
    Wants eleven dollar bills
    You only got ten.

    Maggie comes fleet foot
    Face full of nuke soot
    Talkin' that the heat put
    Sea stars in the bed but
    The phone's tapped anyway
    Maggie says that many say
    We'll all die in early May
    Orders from the DA
    Look out kid
    Don't matter what you did
    Walk on your tip toes
    Don't eat no fish
    Stay away from that dish
    Wash your boat with a fire hose
    Keep a clean nose
    Wash the plain clothes
    You don't need a tech plan
    To know how the fallout lands

    Get sick, get well
    Hang around a fire bell
    Ring bell, hard to tell
    If anybody's gonna tell
    Try hard, get barred
    Get back, get sick
    Look out kid
    You're gonna get nuked
    Girl by the seashore is
    Lookin' for a miracle
    Don't follow leaders
    Watch the geiger meters.

    Ah get born, get nuked
    Look out kid
    They keep it all hid
    Better head down to Rio
    Light yourself a candle
    You can wear sandals
    Try to avoid the scandals
    Don't wanna be a bum
    You better chew gum
    The pump don't work
    'Cause the nukies took the…


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  • rogerthat

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/06/1000000-bqm3-of-sr-90-detected-in-seawater-of-fukushima-plant-port-highest-in-recorded-history/

    lated to this article.. The highest density of all β nuclide detected outside of Fukushima plant port [URL]

    On 6/19/2015, Tepco announced they measured 1,000,000 Bq/m3 of Strontium-90 at two locations in Fukushima plant port.

    This is the highest reading in recorded history. The sample is the port seawater. Sampling date was 5/4/2015.

    The location was near the water intake of Reactor 3 and 4, and also the screen of Reactor 4.

    The previous highest readings were lower than 700,000 Bq/m3.

    Tepco has not made any announcement on this rapid increase.

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2015/images/2tb-east_15061901-j.pdf


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20150620/THISJUSTIN/706209921

    Vt. seeks regional support to challenge NRC
    By Susan Smallheer
    Staff Writer | June 20,2015

    MONTPELIER — The commissioner of the Department of Public Service is talking to other states about a possible court challenge to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent rulings regarding the use of a nuclear power plant’s decommissioning trust funds for fuel management.

    Christopher Recchia said Friday that Vermont is considering its options in light of the NRC’s ruling this week that gives Entergy access to the trust fund to pay for the handling of spent nuclear fuel.

    “We are evaluating our legal options,” Recchia said. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-pakistan-allows-karachi-nuclear-plant-construction-ignoring-concerns-2097344

    Pakistan allows Karachi nuclear plant construction ignoring concerns

    20 June 2015 Karachi PTI

    Energy-starved Pakistan has approved the construction of two China-assisted nuclear power plants near Karachi, ignoring concerns of civil society groups over the project's proximity to the country's biggest city and a lack of proper evacuation plan in case of emergency.

    Sindh Environmental Protection Agency has accorded the approval to the project's environmental impact assessment (EIA) report and allowed its construction at Paradise Point, Dawn reported on Saturday. The Paradise Point — an earthquake-prone seafront vulnerable to tsunamis — is a popular beach on the outskirts of the Karachi, whose population has doubled in just the past two decades to more than 20 million.

    The project -— K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants of 1,100MW each -— is to be built by a Chinese company while the government agency involved in the project is the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).

    The representatives of civil society organisations have publicly raised a number of reservations …


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    • rogerthat

      over the construction of the twin nuclear power plants. The concerns ranged from the close proximity of the project to the city, failure of the PAEC to conduct a fresh EIA, to the lack of a proper evacuation plan in case of an emergency.

      The EIA report of the PAEC has restricted the evacuation plan to only 5 kilometres, though critics of the project are of the opinion that the entire city is at a risk of nuclear radiation exposure given the fact that the wind blows from the plant's site to Karachi most part of the year.

      The environmental agency, however, has allowed the PAEC to build the project at Paradise Point, without asking the commission to increase the area in the evacuation plan. The EIA report was approved following a public hearing which was held on the orders of the Sindh High Court, which had stayed the construction of the project last year.

      Pakistan has three operative nuclear power plants, including the Canadian-built reactor in Karachi.


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  • rogerthat

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150620p2a00m0na003000c.html

    Radioactive cesium levels in Fukushima river seasonal: study

    Radioactive cesium contamination levels in a river near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant rise in the spring and fall in the autumn, a new study shows.

    The researchers believe the rise is attributable to very large numbers of leaves containing radioactive substances falling into rivers in the spring. In one year, the radioactive cesium level in the river in springtime was up to five times that in autumn.

    Hirokazu Ozaki, research team leader and assistant professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, said, "There is a possibility that radioactive substances are concentrated in the bodies of fish through the food chain, so it's important to grasp what's happening in the rivers. This study is unprecedented, and we'd like to continue."

    A group of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology researchers analyzed sediment samples taken at 35 locations along the middle reaches of the Abukuma River in Fukushima Prefecture, 40-50 kilometers from the atomic power station, in spring and autumn from 2012 to 2014.

    The average density of radioactive cesium-137 per kilogram of sediment was 1,450 becquerels in spring 2012, 1,270 becquerels in autumn 2012, 2,700 becquerels in spring 2013, 451 becquerels in autumn 2013, 1,080 becquerels in spring 2014 and 600 becquerels in autumn 2014. …


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    • rogerthat

      The highest level was 22,800 becquerels at one location in spring 2013, and there is a wide variation from location to location.

      According to researchers, fallen leaves and carcasses of animals containing concentrated radioactive materials fall into the river in spring, increasing the amount of radioactive cesium in the river. Then the rainy season from June to mid-July, along with the typhoons that tend to strike during summer and early autumn, causes the amount of water in the river to surge, sweeping sediment to the river's lower reaches and decreasing cesium levels in the fall, they say.

      June 20, 2015(Mainichi Japan)


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/06/17/3613726_hanford-vapor-protection-slows.html?rh=1

    Hanford vapor protection slows work to empty tanks
    BY ANNETTE CARY
    Tri-City HeraldJune 17, 2015

    The gear that is protecting Hanford tank farm workers from chemical vapors also is significantly slowing work, according to documents filed in federal court.

    A Department of Energy analysis found that the reduction in efficiency ranges from 30 percent to 70 percent, with an average reduction of 50 percent. Tasks that once took a month now take two months.

    Because of the change, DOE has proposed it be given an extra year to retrieve waste from the next set of nine tanks in the A and AX tank farms. Retrieval would be completed in fall 2023 under DOE’s proposed schedule to amend the 2010 consent decree, which set court-enforced deadlines for work related to Hanford tank waste.

    In late 2014 Washington River Protection Solutions began requiring employees conducting much of the work in the Hanford tank farms to wear supplied air respirators after dozens of workers reported suspected exposure to chemical vapors from waste held in the underground tanks.

    The additional safety gear that workers must wear weighs about 40 pounds, including a tank filled with compressed air for breathing that …


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    • rogerthat

      is similar to tanks used for scuba diving, according to court documents filed by DOE. Not only the weight, but also the heat of the extra gear makes workers tire sooner.

      Work is interrupted every 20 to 40 minutes so workers can get a new tank of compressed air, and the change can be complicated in radiological areas. The mask used with the respirators disrupts communication among workers and reduces their vision.

      More help is needed to support tank farm workers — including to maintain, refill and deliver compressed air tanks, to staff stations that issue masks and to change out tanks in the field.

      DOE anticipates that the supplied air respirators will continue to be used for two years through fall 2016 in the A and AX tank farms, where preparations are under way to empty waste in leak-prone single-shell tanks into newer double-shell tanks. The waste, left from the past production of weapons plutonium, is being stored until it can be treated at the vitrification plant to prepare it for disposal.

      Washington River Protection Solutions is implementing 47 recommendations made in an independent review that looked at the vapor issue and how workers could be better protected. The goal is to find better ways to protect workers from the vapors than wearing cumbersome supplied air respirators.

      More time than the extra year proposed for the A and AX tank farms could be needed if a better way to protect workers is not found by fall 2016, DOE said. …


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      • rogerthat

        Washington River Protection Solutions is looking for engineered controls and technologies to protect workers, such as new ventilation systems and new methods to detect and sample chemical vapors.

        Reports of possible vapor exposure have been reduced since workers have been required to wear supplied air respirators for any work in most of the single-shell tank farms and any work that disturbs waste in the double-shell tank farms. The double-shell tank farms have exhausters and most of the single-shell tank farms are passively vented into the atmosphere.

        In just over a year through April 2, the number of workers medically evaluated for possible vapor exposures reached 56.

        Since April 2 there have been just two incidents, with none of the workers involved working in places or under conditions where they were required to wear supplied air respirators. On April 7 and June 10 a few people reported possible exposure and were taken to the on-site medical provider. All were released to return to work.

        The independent review of the tank vapor issue, led by Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, found that short, unpredictable and intense releases of vapors were the possible cause of health effects reported by workers, particularly upper respiratory irritation. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060020522

    NUCLEAR WASTE:
    Draft House bill would direct millions to fund interim storage facilities
    Hannah Northey, E&E reporter
    June 19, 2015

    The Republican chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is crafting legislation that could attract hundreds of millions of dollars to a controversial nuclear waste storage company in his central Texas district, according to a draft obtained by E&E Daily. …

    … The push to secure funding for interim storage sites also appears to be a top priority of a host of companies with shuttered nuclear plants. … the decommissioning group, also dubbed the "Dead Plant's Society," …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-19/nuclear-test-risks-blowing-lid-off-u-k-s-plan-to-keep-lights-on

    Nuclear Test Risks Blowing Lid Off U.K.’s Plan to Keep Lights on
    by Tara Patel
    June 19, 2015

    Builders of the U.K.’s first nuclear plant in two decades are about to take a vital component and break it.

    The 110-ton spherical steel lid was destined to sit atop a reactor at the Hinkley Point site in Somerset. Instead it will be sacrificed to test the strength of a part already welded in place at similar atomic projects in France and China.

    The tests are essential after regulators found potential weaknesses in the steel used to contain radiation. The results may derail countries’ nuclear programs that are relying on the EPR reactors. They also threaten a generation of atomic plants that developer Areva SA has billed as the world’s safest.

    “We are the nuclear police,” Pierre-Franck Chevet, head of the French safety regulator that raised the alarm, said in an interview. “I like the police, but not everyone does.”
    In the U.K., two of Areva’s reactors, costing an estimated 24.5 billion pounds ($39 billion), are key to government plans to meet future gaps in baseload power …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.abqjournal.com/600878/north/protect-grand-canyon-from-uranium-mining.html

    Protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining

    By Anne Mariah Tapp / Writers On The Range
    June 19, 2015

    Driving the road between uranium mines on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim recently, I got a taste of what it’s like to live along a truck route for hauling uranium.

    Unfortunately, it’s a reality that may soon face anyone living between northern Arizona and southern Utah if a uranium mine reopens close to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    The trucks, which lack large and clearly seen markings indicating that their cargo is radioactive, are huge – the size of dump trucks – with 25 tons of ore piled high in the beds. The ore is covered by canvas tarps that seem scant protection from high winds or accidents.

    With only this flimsy covering, the ore travels hundreds of miles on rough Forest Service roads, county roads, highways and interstates, moving from the mines to the White Mesa Uranium Mill in Blanding, Utah.

    During a recent trip on the Arizona Strip, it was hard for me or my companions to tell whether the clouds accompanying the trucks ahead of us were blowing debris escaping from the canvas covers, kicked-up dust or some combination of both. We closed the air vents as more trucks sped past us, all trailing yellow-brown plumes.

    No one wants to breathe dust from uranium ore, …


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    • rogerthat

      and for good reason. Uranium’s slowly progressing decay chain produces radon-222, a radioactive, odorless, invisible, cancer-causing gas. Radon-222 decays in a sequence of radionuclides that attach to airborne materials – such as the dust blowing from haul trucks. The inhaled particles are carried into the lungs where they can remain for years.

      But soon, thousands of us could encounter uranium haul trucks on our daily commutes. Energy Fuels Inc. has decided to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and its trucking route will bring uranium ore through the heart of many Southwestern communities.

      The route for ore from the Canyon Mine starts about four miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim entrance. The haul trucks then pick up Highway 64 to Williams and I-40 to Flagstaff. They will rumble east past the Flagstaff Mall and exit onto Highway 89 North for a long journey across the Navajo Nation, through Tuba City, Kayenta and Bluff before reaching the White Mesa Uranium Mill – now the only operating conventional uranium mill in the United States.

      The Environmental Protection Agency, however, has found that communities in the vicinity of uranium mines, mills and processing sites risk higher levels of exposure to radon-222. …


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      • rogerthat

        That exposure is potentially dangerous. Once we inhale radon-222, soluble uranium compounds dissolve and pass into the bloodstream. Highly insoluble uranium compounds can cause chronic radiotoxicity, which is tied to a high incidence of lung cancer.

        There’s also the added hazards of accidents on the roads. In 1987, two separate accidents involving haul trucks spilled uranium ore across highways on the Navajo Nation. In 1997, a haul truck jackknifed in Colorado Springs, spreading ore across I-25 and closing the highway.

        The uranium industry has left a toxic legacy of contamination across the Colorado Plateau, ranging from the Orphan Mine inside Grand Canyon National Park to ongoing cleanups across the Navajo Nation to the current environmental disaster unfolding at the White Mesa Uranium Mill.

        So it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the uranium industry is the kind of neighbor you’d rather not have. It pays no federal royalties for the uranium mined near the Grand Canyon and it has left taxpayers holding the bag for millions of dollars in reclamation costs.

        Now, it has the audacity to reopen a mine on the doorstep of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and to truck toxic uranium ore past our schools, hospitals, homes and businesses. Taking advantage of a loophole in a 2012 ban on all new uranium mines, the Canyon Mine is reopening under a plan of operations and an environmental review that date back to 1986. …


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        • rogerthat

          A lot has changed in the past 29 years, which is why the Havasupai Tribe, the Grand Canyon Trust and other environmental groups have appealed the mine opening to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

          Enough is enough. It’s time to protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining, make the 2012 ban permanent and ask federal agencies to rethink their approval of existing uranium mines.

          Anne Mariah Tapp is a contributor to Writers on the Range, the column service of High Country News. She directs the Energy Program for the Grand Canyon Trust and lives in Flagstaff, Ariz.


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        • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

          I think Her MAJESTY would actually drive the truck if it came down to it. Behind the wheel grinding gears with Prince Philip riding shotgun, Ha…up yours.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/19/norway-windpower-idUSL5N0YX31Z20150619

    Jun 19, 2015

    Norway says wind power prospects will weather cheap electricity


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/yucca-mountain/new-yucca-mountain-plan-surfaces-congress

    By STEVE TETREAULT
    REVIEW-JOURNAL WASHINGTON BUREAU

    WASHINGTON — A proposal that surfaced in Congress this week aims to spur a revival of the Yucca Mountain project, providing necessary land and water rights to build out the site if federal officials find that nuclear waste can be buried safely inside.

    No member of Congress yet has stepped forward to take authorship of the proposal. A one-page summary of key provisions was reported Tuesday by Environment &Energy Publishing and later confirmed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

    Sources said limited copies of the legislation itself have been shared on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Energy. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://nuclear-news.net/2015/06/19/pentagon-presents-depleted-uranium-weapons-as-legal-and-acceptable/

    Pentagon presents depleted uranium weapons as legal and acceptable!
    DU users conclude that depleted uranium weapons are legal and acceptable

    The latest US DoD Law of War Manual argues that DU weapons are OK because the UK and France say that they are too.

    Earlier this month the Pentagon published a 1204 page document on its interpretation of the Laws of War.

    The project had sought to collate manuals used by different arms of the military into a single document and covers a range of controversial weapons and practices, from drones and herbicides to autonomous weapons, nuclear weapons and landmines.

    Naturally the document presents the US’s interpretation of the law and this means that at times their views seem somewhat removed from the global consensus.

    The legality of DU weapons is dealt with briefly and follows a rather predictable pattern.
    http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/du-users-say-du-is-fine


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    • rogerthat

      http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/du-users-say-du-is-fine

      … Overall the manual finds that the use of DU weapons is lawful, even after consideration of the legal requirement on the need to avoid superfluous injury (to troops) and to avoid weapons that are inherently indiscriminate, which is balanced with the military advantage claimed from their use.

      ICBUW and others argue that DU weapons are potentially indiscriminate because, although they can be targeted, DU particles can spread hundreds of metres beyond the point of impact and remain hazardous long after the end of hostilities.

      Unfortunately the US sets the bar rather high in its consideration of what constitutes an inherently indiscriminate and therefore unacceptable weapon: ‘For example, the United States regards nuclear weapons not to be inherently disproportionate weapons.’ …


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      • melting mermaid melting mermaid

        http://www.swans.com/library/art7/jlind004.html
        They've come a long way. At least they're not still saying it's safe enough to eat. Mmmm yummy. Have a little mutant grandchild pie. No, not made of, but may cause.


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      • rogerthat

        Keep saying how effective they are

        Beyond the question of discrimination, and the fact that there are no specific rules banning them, the manual makes only three modest points in relation to the use and legality of DU weapons.

        On use: ‘Depleted uranium (DU) is used in some munitions because its density and physical properties create a particularly effective penetrating combination to defeat enemy armored vehicles, including tanks.’

        The point is supported by the claim that DU ‘…will penetrate more armor of a given character and type at a given range than tungsten will, no matter how we design the penetrators.’ The reference is a media briefing from 2003, when the US was enthusiastically justifying the imminent re-use of DU in Iraq to a sceptical world.

        The problem with using a radioactive and toxic substance in conventional weapons is that you constantly have to explain why it’s so important to the public and politicians.

        Following the 1991 Gulf War, boffins at the US Los Alamos Laboratory pointed this out and this gave extra impetus to the energetic public relations campaign that has long been associated with the weapons.

        It’s been so successful that even critics and campaigners often talk about what scarily effective weapons they are – not something that featured in the messaging on land mines and cluster munitions.

        Unfortunately for the DU advocates, things have moved on since 2003, both in terms of materials for kinetic energy penetrators …


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        • rogerthat

          both in terms of materials for kinetic energy penetrators (where there are signs of a shift away from DU and towards 'less toxic' materials beginning) and the debate over other modifications you can make to increase the effectiveness of anti-armour weapons.

          The UK says DU’s OK so it must be OK

          The manual then gets down to the nub of the question of acceptability by considering the emerging global consensus on DU: ‘States have regarded the use of depleted uranium weapons as consistent with their law of war obligations.’

          Unfortunately, instead of considering the 150 or so states that recognise that DU is a potential hazard to human health in voting on resolutions at the UN General Assembly, they instead asked the UK what it thinks.

          It should be noted that, as a user of DU weapons, the UK is not an entirely neutral party in this matter. Indeed the UK has run its own enthusiastic public relations campaign over the effectiveness and military necessity of DU weapons since the 1970s.

          To support the argument that the UK views DU use as compatible with the laws of war, they use a parliamentary statement provided as part of a ministerial apology which was itself offered after the MoD was found to have not undertaken a review of its DU weapons to assess whether their use was compatible with the laws of war.

          Needless to say the parliamentary apology-cum-statement assured members of parliament that the hastily arranged review …


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          • rogerthat

            had indeed found that the UK’s DU weapons were perfectly legal.

            Campaigners asked for a copy of the legal review just to be sure they hadn’t missed anything important but the then minister argued that as it amounted to privileged legal advice it couldn’t be released.

            We haven’t found any health risks

            The brief consideration of DU concludes with the argument that: ‘extensive efforts have been made to study whether there are harmful health effects from exposure to depleted uranium from weapons that use it, but no such effects have been found.’

            Support for this claim is provided from the joint US, UK, French explanation of vote provided at 2014’s UN General Assembly, after they were three of only four states to vote against the DU resolution tabled that year.

            It provides a list of official agencies that have looked at the DU issue: ‘none of these inquiries has documented long-term environmental or health effects attributable to use of these munitions.’

            This isn’t particularly surprising as none of the various bodies mentioned were tasked with investigating long-term health effects, particularly on civilian populations.

            Further arguments are provided with another excerpt from the 2003 archives, this time from Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, of the DoD’s Deployment Health Support Directorate.

            He cites the US Veterans Affairs longitudinal study into a handful of veterans who were exposed to DU as definitive proof that DU has not and will not harm anyone…


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            • rogerthat

              exposed to it.

              In 2008 the US Congress’s Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses took a somewhat different view, arguing that, while reports on the cohort are often cited to indicate that there are no likely long-term effects of DU exposure, the limited types of information provided and the small number of veterans evaluated leave important questions unanswered:

              ‘…the small size of the cohort and lack of an unexposed comparison group mean the project cannot determine whether DU exposure is associated with common or uncommon diagnosed conditions of concern such as cancer.’

              The focus on veterans also sidesteps the question of the health risks to civilians from exposure to DU.

              The risks to civilians from the dispersal of DU into the environment and its subsequent lack of effective management should be foremost in any consideration of the legality or acceptability of DU weapons.

              It is therefore ironic that some of the official reports cited by the DoD above highlighted not only these concerns but also the need for effective post-conflict measures to minimise harm – just as the DoD’s own guidance to its personnel does.


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              • rogerthat

                Missed a memo?

                Unsurprisinfly the rather brief overview of the legality of DU presented in the manual does not provide room for discussion of more nuanced aspects of US DU policy, such as the emerging threshold of acceptability governing its use in particular conflicts.

                As we’ve reported previously, it may be that the recent U-turn over DU use by US aircraft in Syria in Iraq is a sign of a shift away from DU, or it may be related to specific conditions associated with the conflict, such as Iraq’s call for a global DU ban last year.

                While it is inevitable that a document like the manual will inevitably stick to simplistic messaging on use and legality, in doing so it misses a more interesting and revealing narrative about the diminishing acceptability of DU weapons.


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  • Angela_R

    I believe much was spelt out in those early days, that many may have missed:

    "After Japan nuclear power plant disaster: How much radioactivity in the oceans?

    May 19, 2011
    "A result of the loss of electricity, overheating at the power plant led to significant releases of iodine, cesium and other radioisotopes to the environment.

    "Japanese officials recently raised the severity of the nuclear power plant incident to level 7, the highest level on the international scale and comparable only to the Chernobyl incident 25 years ago, says Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

    "When it comes to the oceans, however," says Buesseler, "the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl."

    "Radionuclides in seawater have been reported from the Fukushima plant's discharge canals, from coastal waters five to ten kilometers south of the plant, and from 30 kilometers offshore.

    "Levels of some radionuclides are at least an order of magnitude higher than the highest levels in 1986 in the Baltic and Black Seas, the two ocean water bodies closest to Chernobyl," says Buesseler.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-05-japan-nuclear-power-disaster-radioactivity.html#jCp


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  • Angela_R

    Check out the following written on 3rd May, 2011; Note the date.

    “The 100-year battle to make Fukushima safe: Grim prediction as brave workers expect to 'die within weeks'

    Workers warned they're facing a 100-year battle to make fuel rods safe
    Those battling to stop nuclear meltdown are expected to die in weeks

    American recruiter asked to hire technicians to help
    World's largest concrete pump is being flown from U.S. to assist
    Evacuation zone refugees won't be able to go home for months, admits Japanese minister
    Joint Japanese-U.S. mission recovers bodies from sea
    Man arrested after crashing car through gate of stricken N-plant
    TEPCO releases video showing damage inside Fukushima's Unit 4
    A nuclear expert has warned it could be a 100 years before fuel rods at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are safe.
    Dr John Price, a former member of the Safety Policy Unit at the UK's National Nuclear Corporation, said radiation leaks will continue and it could take 50 to 100 years before the nuclear fuel rods have cooled enough to be removed."
    (to be cont)


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  • Angela_R

    'The final thing is that the reactors will have to be closed and the fuel removed, and that is 50 to 100 years away. To deal with the crisis TEPCO has increasingly asked for international help in its uphill battle and, among other measures, Japan has ordered giant pumps from the U.S. to spray water on the reactors. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1371793/Japan-nuclear-crisis-Fukushima-plant-entombed-concrete-radiation-leak.html#ixzz3dhc89LQ8

    Please note that the article states that 'TEPCO has increasingly asked for international help…'


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  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

    I have wondered if pulling rods from a rack would be advisable. There may be a physical change in the current geometry that would actually make it worse. Damaged rods notwithstanding. But it does on the surface make sense to separate the rods and vitrify them separately. Maybe that is done as a rule in a reprocessing plant. The least amount of interaction between fuel rods-racks the better.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    We can not see below the sea.

    We are not sitting above the sea.

    We need to live by the sea.

    We need the sea to be.

    The sea…


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