Official: 4.4 mil disintegration of alpha radiation detected at leaking U.S. nuclear site, includes Plutonium; Highest recorded level — Santa Fe Briefing: “Serious incident involving radiation at the WIPP site” — Gov’t “reaching out to employees who are worried” about exposure

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Jessica Onsurez, Carlsbad Current-Argus reporter, Feb. 20, 2014 (emphasis added): “[US Dept. of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe] Franco: 4.4 mil disintegration of alpha radiation highest recorded level, declining levels indicate one time event #WIPP”

Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, Feb. 20, 2014: Scientists […] have detected trace amounts of the radioactive isotopes Americium (241Am) and Plutonium (239+240Pu) on an air filter from an ambient air sampling station located approximately 0.6 of a mile northwest of the WIPP […] Analyses of this filter show that 0.64 Becquerels (Bq) of 241Am and 0.046 Bq of 239+240Pu were found to be deposited on the filter media. The Becquerel is an international unit of measure of radioactivity and is defined as one disintegration per second.

City of Santa Fe, NM Emergency Management, week ending Feb. 23, 2014: Late last week a radiation leak was detected in an underground chamber of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) just outside of Carlsbad. This marked the first serious incident involving radiation at the WIPP site and comes just weeks after a truck fire […] it is important to understand the effects different types of radiation can have on the human body and how to protect yourself in the extremely rare event that you are exposed to radiation either accidentally or through a deliberate attack.

Carlsbad Current-Argus, Feb. 22, 2014: Meanwhile, an organization affiliated with the Department of Labor began reaching out to employees who are worried they may have been exposed to health risks from the radiation.

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  • Discordian

    Just found this. Not sure if it includes the same details, and no time to investigate now. http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2014/02/deadly-warning-initial-plutonium-cloud.html

    In any case, it is no wonder that it was difficult to find information on this situation recently.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Wonder what the extremely cocky Nuclear Fuel Cycle Professor Chuck Forsberg of MIT has to say about his favorite "permanent employment program for the locals" …. his favorite Waste Isolation Plant in the desert … who appeared exasperated on the TV in interviews after the full core melts at Fuku Daichi … in March 2011, "All we need is a repository for the waste, gosh darn it, you silly anti-nukers …"

    Haven't heard much about Chuck, lately, 'cept he's still at MIT preaching the Nuclear Gospel ….

    Could we at enenews not start an anti-nuclear Gospel Choir?

    before we're dead from the stuff … Chuck???

    peace …

    • Socrates

      Ned,

      Nuclear Gospel… preached by the Nuclear Priesthood in the Nuclear Renaissance. Man is not the center of the universe, the fissioning atom is. Bow down! Humble thyself before the awesome power!

      Featuring fulltime jobs with half lives…. you must believe!

      Why doesn't the Professor work in the pit? His faith is not that strong? He must read the Manual.

      Iran is planning on 20 new NPPs. Russian technology and reactors to be used… the proselytizing is working! But there is still time to nuke then pre-emptively. Who are they to steal our thunder? The Nuclear Gods will be angry. Quick! More human sacrifice! Get to the Nuclear Temple of Doom before they do!

  • Latest updates added…

    Radioactive Plutonium Plume Coming Out of New Mexico's WIPP – Geological Nuclear Radioactive Waste Isolation Pilot Plant; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/02/radioactive-plutonium-plume-coming-out.html

    One time event, radiation levels dropping…

    Ok, and they also say that they are not allowing air filters to be monitored or measured.

    So how do they KNOW that it is a 'one time' event, and what does that MEAN? Are they guaranteeing this cannot get any worse?

    And how do they KNOW that radiation levels are 'dropping' if they cannot collect air filter samples and actually measure anything?

    Do they have live radiation monitors on site? Are they getting radiation readings from those? Where are they located? How much of a drop, from what high to what lower?

    • Socrates

      The sky is the same as the sea… you cannot detect what you don't measure. No body, no crime… the Aruba Rule.

    • Questionit

      The people who live in the area should have woken up long ago. You cannot trust the industry, the feds and sadly the state agencies to tell the truth or disclose the true data. And that includes universities and "experts".

      At the county level proper radiation detectors should have been installed and monitored (by the county) for an event such as this.

      But then those who live there are just following the same path as people have since the 40's in other locations. Trusting their govt has an interest in their well being.

      • Bones Bones

        With one glaring ommission. Most state's didn't have nuclear bomb explosions all around it and Los Alamos, and Sandia National Lab, as well as just the overall huge presence of our nuclear complex in the entire area. I think the thousandth nuclear bomb WE were bombed with by our government, should have woken people up. I wasn't alive yet, but even TMI changed what people think here, but not what they do. Impossible to get support from locals besides the committed and generally higher educated people. EPA RADNET monitors down? lol Then we know bunker down. lol

        • We Not They Finally

          In NM (we're here too,) all the EPA radnet seems to give is beta and gamma (no alpha) and for Albuquerque only. And there is NEVER any beta printed for Carlsbad. (I don't know how to read the gamma charts.) But they never print ANY alpha readings for ANY city, apparently. And I believe that plutonium is alpha(??)

          That said, even the ongoing beta readings for Albuquerque are "run for your lives." Late this past December, it even spiked to over 1,000 CPM.

      • Someone sent me a link to a technical paper describing the geology of this site. I have placed a copy on Dropbox: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/24578505/9-4-13.JPEG
        There were known flaws in the ground long before the site was constructed.

        • GQR2

          That was a screen shot of TBS 🙂 chargedbarticle,
          The doc you speak of does sound interesting. gaah i have to go out i'm bringing a mask. Its another swirling windy day in NM.

            • jec jec

              Boy eye opening Chargedarticle! Note that the requirements for casks–NOTHING! Idea is saltdome will make a cocoon.See this:
              "..WIPP project, because there is no commitment to use robust engineered barriers for disposal of the TRU waste. Ninety-seven percent (by volume) of the waste to be disposed at WIPP will be contained in ordinary mild carbon steel 55 gallon drums with an expected life ofonly 20 years, or in Standard Waste Boxes made of plywood or metal. The containers are expected to get crushed and corroded in a few years in the corrosive briny environment of a repository in salt beds and saltcreep is expected to close the openings and form a cocoon around the waste"
              Can someone say STUPID???
              NO ROBUST ENGINEERED BARRIERS!!?
              Plywood or mild carbon steel drums!!? Bet plastic covered cardboard was also used! Guess the great idea..didn't work well did it? Was it even TESTED before they started dumping? Like for a few years to see if the 'cocoon' would form? Brainacs they are NOT!! Did anyone consider an explosion? And a truck fire..with Plywood containers..that would keep them warm in the winter time..if there was a fire.

  • Tiza Tiza

    Is anyone around here from that area of NM? I'm asking if this is for real or a false flag.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Wasting Away
      Aug 30 1992

      "In 1981, crew members drilling a test well at a site known as WIPP 12, about a mile north of the center of the repository, narrowly escaped serious injuries when they punctured a reservoir and the pressurized brine blew out their rig. The incident, which was not widely publicized, illustrates a major weakness in the repository's location. If knowledge of WIPP's existence should fade — a certainty, given the shortness of human memory and given the repository's design life of more than 240,000 years — future generations drilling the area for oil or gas or for other uses could penetrate the pressurized brine reservoir beneath the repository.

      Evidence of water seeping into a repository designed to be bone dry became apparent as early as 1984, but construction work continued. Government scientists also found that the salt walls were closing in at a rate three times faster than expected. Cracks in the ceilings and walls began to appear in 1989, but were not noted in an environmental- impact statement published that year meant for Congress and the public. A year later, a roof in an experimental room collapsed; five other collapses have occurred since."

      http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/30/magazine/wasting-away.html?src=pm&pagewanted=1

      Great article..I'm not doing it justice..pressed for time.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        A bit more from article..
        "Udall's case boiled down to proving that the repository was unstable. And the proof was in the Government's own documents. Pressed by the geological weight of the rock layers above it, WIPP's salt walls are closing in at a rate three times faster than the Government had anticipated. The result is that the first rooms mined in WIPP in the early 1980's began collapsing in 1990.

        On June 19, 1990, a team of technicians were stunned to see a pile of rubble lying in the room they had been taking measurements only days before. "We could have been in there when it happened, and thinking about it even now scares the hell out of me," says Tia Mills, a 25-year-old member of the team, who left WIPP last October. "Every time we went into that room, we discussed it among ourselves that we shouldn't be in there, because when that stuff comes down it doesn't give you any warning."

      • American Phoenix57

        Excellent post HOTR, Thank you.

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        OMG! They are STUPID beyond belief!

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          Stupid, or psychopathic? Everyone except the guard at the gate has a college degree, most in nuclear engineering or geology, most with advanced degrees.

          A steady paycheck will buy a lot of evil.

    • Of course its for real, and it is always worse than they fess up to. Why would just someone in NM know better than us who are studying the matter.

      Why would gov create a "false flag" to make their precious nukes look bad. US IS the promoter of nukes. Education and nuclear were the 2 biggest contributors to the presidential campaign, and what, pray tell are the things that are blowing up.

      Suggesting you read the information already known.

      • Tiza Tiza

        stock,

        I'm only asking because I do not trust them, plus the upcoming stuff from Mike Zullo and those criminal investigations, which that's supposed to come out in March, sometime or another.

        • OK apologize if I was too harsh.

          But yeah, the new calculations…enough Pu underground and detected to kill 6.2M people.

          http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/02/wipp-panel-7-initial-test-results.html

          • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

            @stock;Well I guess the latest "underground" stats puts the Pu calculation findings you'd so graciously provided even more likely to have been too conservative for local & regional downwinder's while this event seems poised to continue escalating in both release volume & duration(?)!! 🙁 p.s.,My computer illiteracy disallowed knowing I could just click on your blue-shaded screen/username to access your informative & excellent website for a long while before discovering it by accident even though I've seen & followed your posts since I discovered ENEnews since March 2011 when I'd learned with disdain that there is very few trustworthy,accurate information resources about 311 & radiation issues in general. THANKS STOCK!! 🙂 I look forward to your contributions as always,but NOT the implications it holds for much of a future to look forward to! Take care my friend! …

            • LOL, at least PROBABLY most of that Plutonium stayed underground. Who knows, maybe the venting fans turned on and they put the override switch down in the caves, LOL ouch.

              For the full truth, the activity of that sample could be 90% Americium (which is also nasty), so maybe it would only kill 3 million or so.

              And these idiots pretend that it is the radioactive level that is important, which is only chump change when talking about Plutonium. Jeez!

              • Time Is Short Time Is Short

                The problem as I see it is what happens when all that crap starts mixing into larger pools? The hydrogen/tritium will start increasing, and the more sealed it is, the more likely there will be a huge explosion, or series of explosions.

                They have to vent – unobstructed – to atmosphere to prevent this, especially since no one knows what's going on down there.

                Not a good time to plan retiring long term down there.

                • yep, underground storage is wishful thinking. Think if that whole zone is like 50 kBq continuous…no one but robots can go work there…sheesh Ill send my bot vacuuum and get paid $30,000 a day….

                • AirSepTech AirSepTech

                  BINGO
                  Now, I am not a chemist.
                  But I know a thing or two about gases.

                  Somewhere I read about nuclear reactions actually separating oxygen and hydrogen from water. Maybe this is what made Fuku go boom? At least some of it.

                  So, O2 and H2 are not friends, at all.

                  H2 will spontaneously ignite on depressurization in air

                  At some point, O2 saturation will enable anything to burn, solid steel included.

                  Add a little H2, and O2, and friction, heat, or compression,take your pick, and boom.

                  They did know this, right? They are smart, right?

                  • they put plutonium into carbon steel barrel into a salt mine, which they planned on having collapse, and THEY thought this was a good manuever.

                    Oh, yeah, lets not forget the fracking permits in the nearby area…..god save us.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I'm confused by the information and the in-house squabbling about links. Is any of this information believable?

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        Purplerain….good question….I wonder if any of the information we receive about the status of any nuclear facility is real or the filtered truth. At this point, I believe whistle-blowers more than government officials (NRC, EPA)

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          When has anyone in .gov anywhere told the truth about anything in the last 50+ years?

          We are nothing but a resource to be plundered, and have been for a long time. What we learned in school civics and history was a lie.

          • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

            Time is short…Yes, we are the worker drones to be used and abused until we fall over dead.. we are just EverReady Batteries for the matrix.

    • We Not They Finally

      Tiza, we live in NM, a little under 300 miles north of Carlsbad. Do we feel safe? Of course not!

      But you don't "need" to do a false flag when something is already so inherently dangerous. Just wait, and then it happens.

      It's been in operation for 15 years now, starting with flimsy storage tanks designed to last no longer than 20 years tops. So are they busy designing better tanks for replacing them, coming right up? No, of course not.

      It's a big out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Can't see the radiation, can't smell it, can't taste it. Go prove you got ill from this or that specific emission.

      They are just a bunch of arrogant morons, running a place like that.

      • We Not They Finally

        Besides, Tiza, the above article say that the DOE themselves reported the astronomically high levels of radiation. And they are not blaming it on anyone but themselves. So don't even think "false flag." Believe me, we DO have that to worry about, but not for this particular catastrophe. And no one believes you even when you cite a REAL "false flag," so we should really be more careful, yes? Don't say "false flag" unless you have some sound reason to think it.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          Every non-natural disaster is a reason to think False Flag.

          The theory of False Flag goes back to Sun Tzu, and he didn't think of it himself, he just put the best theories into a book.

          It's only now, with the increased knowledge of the Internet, that we look at things differently.

          At the end of the day, we will probably never know who's killing who, but we do tend to find out we're being lied to about something.

          • We Not They Finally

            Nice try, but "false flag" means you come right out and blame it on someone else. That's not what's happening here. I don't doubt that the DOE I guilty as sin! — it just doesn't have the earmarks of false flag. That's all. The Gulf of Tonkin was false flag. 9-11 (at least I believe so) was false flag. This is just the DOE screwing up, then trying to downplay the damage.

        • Tiza Tiza

          Go back and reread what I said. I just ASKED if it's a false flag, and to be honest with you, I do not trust any of the government any longer. They will use anything bad to their benefit and to push their agenda. Wait, isn't it called "don't let a serious crises to go to waste"? I'm not making it up here.

          Plus someone on another forum put forth that idea, and it made sense to me to ask the question. I won't say where, though.

          • We Not They Finally

            I no longer trust the government, no way, no how, either. I just don't see how this could be false flag. It was more like an accident just waiting to happen!

            And no one's attacking you, so you don't have to be defensive. Peace.

            • Tiza Tiza

              I was not saying it's a false flag, and believe me, I'm not being defensive! I wanted to know who lives there because I'd rather hear it from their mouth. I'm not there, so I had to ask. I had just come from a place where someone asked the same question. That's what made me think of it, plus another person said that one of the websites that I posted usually can't be trusted to speak the truth. But that doesn't mean that they always don't say the truth.

      • Tiza Tiza

        I am not there in NM, so I ASKED! Asking is NOT SAYING IT IS!

  • Ontological Ontological

    Lots of fracking going on around the WIPP area. Could be the roof collapsed from disturbance.
    http://www.drillingmaps.com/fracking.html#.Uwt9mmeYZNA

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      If you look at google earth you will see a few pumping jacks, for miles and miles and……….thousands of them.

      Destabilization and fracking and…….

      I am no geologist, but something may eventually happen.

      IMHO 2000 ft is way to shallow, and Germany has had bad results in salt caves.

      Common sense, left long ago.

    • Sol Man

      That is a hell of a lot of pins; it almost looks like Weld County, CO.
      Fracking anywhere near a nuke disposal site, is anybody thinking out there?!

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        A fracking well only lasts for about 3-4 years tops, before it goes dry. In that span, one well will use about a million gallons of fresh water, never to be fresh again.

        Where is all that water coming from, in the middle of the New Mexico desert?

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          Maybe they're just using brine water from under the nuke-cave!

          Ok, maybe that's not funny after all.

          Not until we have wasted everything, will we realize we have wasted the most important thing of all.
          Our future.

  • Nick

    "Officials Say Radiation Poses No Threat to Public Health"
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914204579395551708681172?KEYWORDS=WIPP+New+Mexico&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304914204579395551708681172.html%3FKEYWORDS%3DWIPP%2BNew%2BMexico

    If you are an employee at WIPP…well we still say no threat to Pub;lic Health……, quick sign this waiver that says you got your hacking lung disease from asbestos pipe insulation..

  • jackassrig

    Calsbad Caverns is not too far from there. I hope is not leaking into the cavern. I was hoping to move there when the sky turns pink and green.I guess the bats will glow in the night.

    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      The Caverns are 18 miles Southwest of Carlsbad, at White City, the WIPP site is 26 miles East at Loving, NM.

    • Tiza Tiza

      Been there a couple of times and loved it. Too bad it's near there. Last time we went to the caverns was in '85.

    • Tiza Tiza

      Man, I always love going to NM. Much of it is a beautiful place, and there's places that are just as pretty to me as the mountains of CO. Up past Eagle Nest then going into Kit Carson National Forest, that area. There's so many beautiful places that I've been to there. I even loved the Sante Fe area, then going into Carlsbad Caverns.

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    'Meanwhile, an organization affiliated with the Department of Labor began reaching out to employees who are worried they may have been exposed to health risks from the radiation.'

    Of course they are reaching out. With some worthless free crap, and a nice big cup of shut the phuk up. Maybe they will get some jackets that say '0 Accidents, Starts Today!'

    As if working in a cave full of this shit is going to be harmless. Uh, why are we moving this shit to a cave? Because we need more jobs?

    us.gov-a conundrum in perpetual motion

    • "Zero lost time accidents", oh by the way, you were fired the second the accident happened.

      • AirSepTech AirSepTech

        Yes exactly. And that real good medical benefit for your family? And that short/long term disability?
        And that job(just over broke)?

        Get in that cave, it's fine down there.

        Gov gestapo brigade in full lockstep now, expect no truth.

  • W8R W8R

    4,400,000 Disintegrations?
    Over what period?
    Are they saying over 4 million CPM?

  • weeman

    I would like to know what level of radioactive waste is stored a facility, they seem to want you to believe it is low level waste, gloves, tyvac suits, machinery etc, that is highly unlikely to realease plutonium and americium etc and then you read another article and they mention weapons grade disposal, with no elaboration as they did with low level waste.
    If it was a bump ( seismic event ) the monitors in mine would confirm right away, if there was a collapse the 40 gallon drums would not survive impact of cave in and should only contain low level waste? But who opens the barrels to check, probably just a Geiger counter determines radioactive level and if you wanted to shield the actual radioactivity, I could think of several ways to obscure readings.
    A safe geological formation does not exist on earth to store radioactive waste until benign, end of story,
    You can not store radioactive waste on earth safely.
    We must stop the madness, it is suicide, mankind is sick and needs physiological help, not right and what about my right to life and a safe environment, as per all constitutions.

    • jec jec

      There should be a contract audit trail of what went into storage..and stong rules(HAHAHAHAH) on exactly what CAN be stored as "low level" waste at WIPP. Lets just say a 4,400,000 level..of alpha is not healthy. And sadly no EPA monitoring sites or RADNET or NETC dosimeters can do alpha..it takes special equipment. Which is not available for the 'general public,"; DOE/EPA know the radiation is not being monitored for alpha outside their few filters. So tell that to the poor eagles of Utah who may have experienced an Fukushima alpha plume event..they are dying of seizures, paralysis..you name it.So tell it to the seals, which the U. Of Alaska was testing, and just confessed they only took FOUR samples(probably of the 'healthy seals');they didn't have equipment to test for most radiation isotopes(alphas such as PU) and the US Government KNEW it. Plutonium..Polontium..all make a pretty nasty brew..and NO ONE KNOWS its happening. As to spreading in the air..its in the dust..let the winds blow and it will spread like a cancer. Yes, its 'heavy metal' but that refers just to its place in a table, not ways it can spread.

      • jec jec

        Some one should contact AREVA and ask about what was being stored there..the hidden partner in the crime of dumping!

        • We Not They Finally

          Better still: Watch "Secret Nuclear Waste: The Dark Side of Humanity." EXCELLENT documentary available on youtube. Areva, Sellafield, Chelyabinsk, dumping at sea, everything.

          AREVA has had dangerous, wrongful protections for years now. Because they are adjoining to the English Channel, so if they just dump directly into the English Channel, it's not from a ship, so it is not "dumping at sea." But of course IT IS, and AREVA is one of the most dangerous places in the world.

    • jec jec

      They did mention a possible 'seismic' cause. Bet WIPP MADE the seismic monitors react! Wonder it that was a ceiling collapse..before or after a 'low level' waste container blew up? Weapons Grade materials..PU..is nothing to mess around with. WIPP stored robot loaded casks..ROBOTS because the materials were too hot to handle by humans. But, again, there is a full audit trail of all casks and what were in the casks and where they are stored. At least, in the contract papers I am sure. Looking for the contract award and contract which should be posted and available for public viewing. Bet we find all kinds of 'cost' savings and ways to be efficient. Heaven help us if they/AREVA were MORE efficient and saved costs resulting in a PU event!!! Yes, please pray….

      • We Not They Finally

        Well, they're storing it there partly because of the salt domes — I don't know why, but they seem to think that chemically, that makes it more safe and enclosed. But then you look at a place like Bayou Corne, and the salt dome turning into sinkholes and all the tremors, and you have to wonder. They stored nuclear waste in those salt domes too. But apparently that doesn't make it immune to seismic events!

      • Here's one excerpt from that report: A reason for selecting bedded salt deposits for isolating radioactive
        waste was the assumption that salt would be essentially dry. One of
        the surprises encountered by in situ underground studies at the WIPP
        is that the Salado salt yields a fair amount of water. A large percentage
        of boreholes drilled down from the WIPP excavations fill up with brine
        and the walls are covered with efflorescences and encrustations resulting
        from brine inflow from salt into the excavation and drying up by ven-
        tilated air. Several boreholes completed in the Salado Formation indicate
        fluid pressure buildup (Mercer, 1987). In situ Salado salt has low
        (10 21 m 2 ), but measurable, permeability.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Carlsbad and the WIPP site are sitting on and inside a huge salt mine. Remember the saltdome sinkhole in Bayou Corne? When will they figure out that the dumping and storage of nuclear and radioactive oilfield drilling waste in these domes is NOT a longterm solution. Have you seen this video? This situation at the WIPP facility is far far from over…. Between Fukushima, Hanford and now the WIPP site. The west coast is TOAST… Then there are all the old bwrs all up and down the East Coast. Pure insanity. We have failed our children and destroyed their future.

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

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    IN THE WIND – INTO YOUR LUNGS . . .

    Plutonium – invisible and deadly.

  • Current update can be found here: http://www.sric.org/index.php
    They say 10 filters have been removed, but test results are not yet in. They expect to send workers down in a few days. Any volunteers?

    • norbu norbu

      chargedbarticle, Me thinks we could send all the people who claim there is no danger from radiation, they could fix this and then go to FDNPP.
      N

  • jec jec

    Congratulate URS Energy & Construction, Inc., of Boise, Idaho, and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc., of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Major Subcontractor, AREVA Federal Services LLC, of Bethesda, Maryland for the accident. Some are also involved at Hanford, WA. See some of their other contacts:
    http://govwin.com/urscorp/contracts/public
    http://nwp-wipp.com/docs/doe_award_notice.pdf
    And on management, DOE identified key personnel as the Project Manager (Sharif), Chief Financial Officer (Gifford), Operations Manager (Kennedy). Good job people! (sarcasm). Of course, they did inherit the site. But many employees rolled over from one contract to another, continuity at its best. And remember, this is a Limited Liability Company..they don't have to pay for any whoops. Of course, criminal negligence is something else, or contract violations known by the officers of the LLC company.

  • SadieDog

    Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant, Maryland, unexpected shutdown of 2 reactors-
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/md.-nuclear-plants-2-reactors-shut-down/article/feed/2115142

  • jec jec

    Congratulate URS Energy & Construction, Inc., of Boise, Idaho, and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc., of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Major Subcontractor, AREVA Federal Services LLC, of Bethesda, Maryland for the accident. Some are also involved at Hanford, WA. See some of their other contacts:
    http://govwin.com/urscorp/contracts/public
    http://nwp-wipp.com/docs/doe_award_notice.pdf
    And on management, DOE identified key personnel as the Project Manager (Sharif), Chief Financial Officer (Gifford), Operations Manager (Kennedy). Good job people! (sarcasm). Of course, they did inherit the site. But many employees rolled over from one contract to another, continuity at its best. And remember, this is a Limited Liability Company..they don't have to pay for any whoops. Of course, criminal negligence is something else, such as contract violations known and not reported by the officers of the LLC company. Note there are several companies involved in the WIPP project, the waste packagers, the transporters, etc etc. Most are LLCs….just saying..

  • nemo

    Will it be better in a few days ?

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      No

      They figured 10,000 yrs or 3.6 million days, warning to the future

      But even at that, it won't be safe.

      This 'thing' that happened, will be a risk, always.

      Not to mention moving it all there.

  • Nick

    ?News
    February 14 , 2014 – The New Mexico Environment Department is begining a 60 day public comment period for a DRAFT Class 3 Permit Modification."
    http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/wipp/index.html#news

    Does this latest event jeopardize the Class 3 Permit Modification?

    Will the public comment during this 60 day period?

    Guess they had better check those filters real quick.

  • WIPP Panel 7 Initial Test Results, Enough to Kill 6.2 Million People
    4,400,000 Disintergrations per second were recorded by a Geiger in Panel 7 of the WIPP.

    Clearly, that is where the ceiling collapse took place. And where they are storing the latest batches of higher concentration Plutonium.

    Plutonium emits Alpha, which is a "weak" radiation if flying through air. In fact a few inches of air will stop it completely. But if inside your body, it is like an MMA fighter blasting you point blank.

    So if the Geiger is registering 4,400,000 Bq (disintergrations per second), that means that 6.2g of plutonium is within a few inches of the Geiger. See lower picture for proof.

    6.2G doesnt sound like much, right, except even the pro nukers accept the fact that 1 millionth of one gram is likely to cause a human death if inhaled. Uh, so in that few inch volume around the Geiger, there is enough

    Plutonium to kill 6.2 Million People! What about the rest of the huge volume on the 7 different sections to "Panel 7"

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/02/wipp-panel-7-initial-test-results.html

    • hbjon hbjon

      Spontaneous fission ejects neutrons with much more penetrating power than the alpha particle. Plutonium will fission into two unstable isotopes that are also lethal and very unstable. Chemical forces are very strong and disruptive to surrounding tissues. Cesium is like "peaches and cream" compared to plutonium.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Housing market will plummet. 6.2 million vacancies, and more to come…

  • Station 106 Coverup, Plutonium Ejected from WIPP Nuclear Waste Storage Site
    WIPP Station 6 Coverup. At least TEPCO presented the data, even if lying about it.

    I was kind of hoping that the "scientists" <quotations, since when you serve your grant funding masters, you no longer serve science> would release the data Station 106, about 325 feet north of the Station B exhaust port, by Monday 2-24-14.

    That filter at Station 106 was collected on February 18, 2014. It is likely the most telling data that we know exists to show plume strength into the public airspace. It is now 6 days later.

    If they released the information, then we would have more data to assess the dangers.

    What kind of lies might they be trying to conjure up?
    "Since the nature of the test is a destructive test, the data on this filter was actually destroyed in the process."
    "The sample was contaminated with blown dirt and would not be read out."
    "The sample was far below any level of concern"

    Let's see what happens, I will query the WIPP director at this time.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/02/station-106-coverup-plutonium-ejected.html

  • Max Sievert Max Sievert

    It is strange the at the same time, all these EPA RADNET sites are offline due to technical problem with EPA's site.
    http://www.netc.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1B1Q4yNsC8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUFjOi1ZpZVErr8EYxg8t1dQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOfojDzDd9k

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Does anyone think there really was a truck fire? Cover story for lots of black filthy smoke? I think there was a fire-yeah. Gonna look real bad if they have no evidence of a burned up truck. Will outright lies add to the wrist slap fine?
    P.S. My fat thumbs reported somebodie's comment. Don't know what that does but I hope it does not hurt. My apologies. Just working with a phone….

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Are you saying there might have been a fire down there, which might have led to some kind of larger conflagration, and they would lie to us about it? And maybe not tell us it's still burning out of control? Does a nuclear waste fire even need oxygen to burn?

      No, that couldn't be it . . .

  • Jason98TA

    Anyone know where we could send our own air filters for testing?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Shortly after 3/11, several people here called around to see if they could get themselves tested. Apparently, all the labs said they needed a doctor's request for that kind of testing, and one lab tech said it wouldn't matter anyway, the testee would never get the right results.

      Anecdotal, I know, but . . .

      Only someone with a private GC could give you anywhere near a straight answer.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    More natural background radiation…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Wonder where all these charged radioactive isotopes are heading?
    https://www.google.com/#q=what+is+the+charge+of+the+north+pole

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    The government is reaching out. What's in that other hand?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    No immediate public health benefit.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    WIPP – Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

    Looks like someone lit the pilot light.

    Now we can all keep warm.