Nuclear materials expert: Los Alamos lab is potentially vulnerable to this wildfire — “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”

Published: June 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm ET


Q&A: Is New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory Really Safe?,, June 29, 2011:

Interview with Peter Stockton, expert on nuclear materials and a senior
investigator for the independent watchdog Project on Government
Oversight (POGO)

[…] So you do think that lab is vulnerable to this wildfire?

Potentially, yeah. I hope that nothing happens there. […]

Should residents in the surrounding area be worried about the wildfire reacting with LANL’s drums of hazardous waste?

Los Alamos is very concerned, but TA-54 is [also] right next to the town of White Rock. We have a very good friend who lives in White Rock, and he has his RV packed, and we said get out of town because when they do a compulsory evacuation, the roads are going to be a mess. So he’s in a state park 100 miles away now, and he can see the smoke from there. […]

Is there anything else you want to say about this situation in Los Alamos?

Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction.

Published: June 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm ET


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78 comments to Nuclear materials expert: Los Alamos lab is potentially vulnerable to this wildfire — “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    WHEN they do a compulsory evacuation? He doesn’t sound too confident if their ability to fight this thing…

  • irradiated californian

    a repost of a article that was already posted…just a different part of it…kind of redundant, no?

  • larry-andrew-nils

    first they pray to God, then they hope to Hell… at least they’ve got their bases covered.

  • jokes

    Peter Stockton is a fool and has no place doing interviews.

    • tony wilson

      go and drink some tritium tea and suck in some plutonium you nuke lovin stooge : )

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  • Lightning shuts down Oak Ridge reactor
    The High Flux Isotope Reactor shut down automically late Monday afternoon when lightning struck the reactor’s primary electrical feeder, a lab official said today.
    Ron Crone, research reactors chief at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said the lightning strike caused a momentary loss of electrical power. “The reactor automatically shut down as designed,” Crone said via email. “Backup power was restored within seconds and all facility systems performed as expected.”
    The reactor, …

    • Clear and present danger: The U.S. appears to have been prepared for every type of threat to nuclear facilities from assaults inflicted by Mother Nature. Nature is sending a message loud and clear- and we wonder if anybody in the world is listening?

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      Hmmm. Brookhaven next?

  • Lightning Shuts Down Reactor at Va. Nuclear Plant
    LOUISA, Va. (AP)
    One reactor at Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna power plant remains offline after being hit by a series of lightning strikes.
    June 18, 2010
    Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Joey Ledford says there two dozen lightning strikes hit the North Anna 2 reactor site Wednesday. The last strike caused a surge that tripped the electronic reactor protection system.
    Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Rick Zuercher says auxiliary instruments that monitor reactor coolant temperature were damaged…

    • Novamind

      Wow Those guys at HARRP are getting Good!

      • blackmoon

        “Earth’s magnetic pole shift unleashing poisonous space clouds linked to mysterious bird deaths” Thursday, January 13, 2011

        • fuckyoushima

          occams razor.

          the birds died with hemorrhage (bleeding). they probably ate corexit containing worms or seaside food. corexit contains 2-butoxyethanol which causes internal bleeding.

          • Marine mammal deaths linked to parasite infections
            By Associated PressPublished: May 25, 2011
            SEATTLE (AP) — Two kinds of parasites typically found in cats and opossums have been detected in marine mammals that died in the Pacific Northwest, according to a federal study released Tuesday.
            Toxoplasma gondii and sarcocystis neurona were found in most of the animals, even healthy ones, according to scientists with the National Institutes of Health. They studied tissue samples from 161 seals, sea lions, Northern sea otters and other marine mammals collected in Washington, Oregon and southern British Columbia from 2004 to 2009.
            Toxoplasma gondii, which caused a large outbreak of disease in humans in 1995, enters water through infected cat feces. Sarcocystis neurona is believed to have been introduced in the Northwest by opossums, which can shed an infectious form of the parasite in their feces.
            Researchers found that marine mammals infected with both were more likely to have severe brain swelling and die than those infected with just one parasite.

        • lokay5 lokay5

          Sarcocystis Neurona ? Wasn’t that a Seattle grunge band?


    • WindorSolarPlease

      Quote: Lightning Shuts Down Reactor at Va. Nuclear Plant
      LOUISA, Va.

      ANOTHER ONE!!!!!! It’s getting hard to keep track now.

        • WindorSolarPlease

          TWO!!!! Thanks for reporting.
          This site and everyone reporting is great. This is my place to get the news.

          • @ WindorSolarPlease
            One: reactor at Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna power plant when lightning struck
            Two: Lightning shuts down Oak Ridge reactor
            The High Flux Isotope Reactor shut down automically late Monday afternoon when lightning struck

            Both are posted above with links !

          • WindorSolarPlease

            Not Good.

            Anyone in charge think Nuclear Power isn’t a good idea after all???

          • @ WindorSolarPlease
            Seeing how it produces only 20% of our electric, were we have the safe tech now with solar and other means to produce that 20%, end subsidizing nukes out of tax payers pockets for power ! Others are renewable and clean with no risk of millions of deaths !

        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          Thx for the list from BIN. With that many animal fatalities, can we be far behind?

  • tony wilson

    “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”

    maybe with a bit of luck it will head over to japan..
    help balance up the import export plutonium dynamics

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    That’s it. I’m ordering the ‘full face’ biker’s helmet, and the N95 valved masks to go inside behind the breathing filter.

    If you see a road-biker in desert cities CA wearing one of these, please wave (is there an anti-nuke hand signal?):

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet



    let’s see what has transpired to date.

    I have a, “Potentially, yeah. I hope that nothing happens…” on the board.

    That part we know.

    “Los Alamos is very concerned…”

    WAIT a minute here! !
    I was just watching a program from Japan and, you switched the channels! ! What the Hfll is going on here? ?

    Who has the remote?

    Is my TV broken again?

  • Mark I Reactors

    Overwhelming public interest in Beyond Nuclear meeting with NRC on US Mark I Reactors: Call in volume crashes federal agency telephone line

    Beyond Nuclear staffers Paul Gunter and Kevin Kamps met with a federal review board of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission on June 8, 2011 to supplement its April 13th petition calling for the suspension of the operation of the 23 Fukushima-style General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactors in the US.

    Gunter’s presentation focused on evidence that the Fukushima containments have failed along with the experimental vents designed to save them and implications for the US Mark I reactors. Kamps elaborated on the implications of the severe fuel damage in Fukushima’s elevated nuclear waste storage pools and implications for the same vulnerable pools in the US Mark I.

    Access via the NRC telephone bridge line attracted such “unprecedented” public interest that the line crashed, delaying the start of the meeting by 30 minutes to install more lines.

    Become a co-petitioner to NRC and support the Beyond Nuclear call for the suspension of the 23 Fukushima-style reactors operating in the United States.

    If you love this planet, tell your friends, too.

  • Lee Binder

    why would one want to ‘HOPE to hell’ ?? Is that person’s mind confused?

    • risabee risabee

      Merely a colloquial expression with some alliteration, like “great guns!” Ex: J. D. Salinger: “I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something.”

    • Darth

      It means,

      Now is not the time to be making new enemies.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Any place in the Southwest has the potential of fires.
    Southwest area is Dry Hot Heat, three-digit numbers with dry brush.
    It’s not hard for a fire to start up.
    Not a good place to store anything dangerous.

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      Via a clear landscape, foreign troops can easily advance into a geographical arena.

      That is, from Mexico.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Being close to the border, doesn’t sound like a good place to put anything dangerous either.

      • Novamind

        There were pictures of UN white vehicles in Texas years ago all foreign makes and military models. White American made UN buses too.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Correction: Any place “that I have ever seen” in the Southwest area is Dry Hot Heat, three-digit numbers with dry brush.

  • tomb1

    After the USA was the first country to use nuclear bombs on mostly innocent people, after building the largest number of nukes of any country in the world, after countless nuke tests spreading plutonium all around the earth, after using uranium bullets in the different wars
    it started nuking itself.

    It is not the time to pray. It’s the time to start to think.

  • pg

    Wouldn’t “Pray to God” work better than “hope to hell”??

  • Rica E

    Is this gonna separate the conspiracy theorists from the coincidence theorists, I wonder? “Once you’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • We need to figure out a way to leverage local people’s information in Oklahoma and New Mexico to spread relevant data about both potential or erupting nuclear disasters.

    TEPCO and the Japanese government lied. Think our government will be any better?

    As Arnie just reported in his interview with Caldicott, the NRC new about Fukushima’s status and declined to notify US citizens at risk in Hawaii and the US west coast.

    Radnet goes down with the BS phrase “under review” whenever radiation levels are high!

    I still find this level of corruptness hard to fathom.

    We must find a way of gaining insight outside of the circuits of the commercial media or we will not be able to inform people at risk until it is too late.

  • Mark

    Majia, up here in Canada people rioted in the streets because the Vancouver Canucks didn’t win the Stanley Cup Play-offs. Government corruption homlessness etc etc. nuclear disaster nobody knows or cares. People here are the enlightened minority. Look after yourself the best you can. The rest????? God Bless and sleep well

    • Undertow

      It seems Aleister Crowley was right in that the Age of Horus is upon us. Consider what he wrote of this coming era in 1904, which he claims was set in motion beginning that year.

      Consider the outcrop of dictatorships, only possible when moral growth is in its earliest stages, and the prevalence of infantile cults like Communism, Fascism, Pacifism, Health Crazes, Occultism in nearly all its forms, religions sentimentalized to the point of practical extinction.

      Consider the popularity of the cinema, the wireless, the football pools and guessing competitions, all devices for soothing fractious infants, no seed of purpose in them.

      Consider sport, the babyish enthusiasms and rages which it excites, whole nations disturbed by disputes between boys.

      Consider war, the atrocities which occur daily and leave us unmoved and hardly worried.

      We are children.

      I’m honored to be among those of us here – we who are not willing to sit idly and be spoon fed the non events of the day while a catastrophic nightmare slowly builds in the background.

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      Yes, I was disappointed to find that most Canadians are no more concerned about this problem than most Americans are. The Vancouver riots were the last straw…It’s even worse here since all the radiation detectors were shut off by government order on March 12.

  • Mark

    Me tired too I meant people here at enenews

  • odylan

    So what’s in the smoke – maybe they could take the old air-filters out of the fire trucks and send them to Fairewinds for analysis . . .

  • BetaFlare

    NCR meeting minutes – to be censored again? Enenews has now (has it?) transformed into fully censored obummer G.E. licking entity? One MSM-hoodster clicks the report button and the msg vanishes into enenternity abyss…

    Copy -save- as long as it is available for us poor mushrooms…

    5 1 2 th A C R S Meeting May 5-8, 2004; ‘The Big Picture’
    …Mr. Nesbit summarized his presentation with the observation that all nuclear power reactors are already using Plutonium (mox) fuel

    Fucu Meltdown precursor – auto shutdowns from localized meltdowns – have a long history; here questions from 2004:
    Mr. Sieber: “Plutonium produce hot spots in the pellet –> cladding hot spots: “how this was accounted for?”
    Mr. Nesbit: “no local cladding analysis never done, temperatures are averaged = effects are not visible.”
    –> no see, no hear, no smell – happy NRC = it is not there!

    Dr. Powers opened the session with a description of the issue. It relates to the national policy program to dispose of weapons-grade Plutonium in nuclear power plants. There is some significant experience with Plutonium mix/MOX in European reactors, but it uses reactor-grade Plutonium, not the weaponsgrade material that will be used here.

    Mr. Steve Nesbit, Duke Power, presented the program that has been proposed for Plutonium disposition. The first part of the program includes the insertion of 4 Lead test Assemblies (LTAs) at Catawba. This program is the focus of the Plutonium-disposition program. He described the LTA program, which includes preparation of Plutonium at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), fabrication of pellets and rods at Caderache, assembly fabrication at MELOX, irradiation at Catawba, and hot cell PIE at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Apostolakis asked about transport of the material. Mr. Nesbit explained that US transport will be by the Department of Energy (DOE) secure transport, by PNTL ship transport across the Atlantic, and by truck in France.

    See the public part of the meeting here for a fleetin moment. (repost)