Report: Up to 30,000 drums of plutonium-contaminated waste stored in fabric tents above ground at Los Alamos dumpsite — Lab declines to comment

Published: June 27th, 2011 at 8:21 pm ET
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Wildfire shuts Los Alamos lab, forces evacuations, AP, Jun 27, 2011:

[…] The anti-nuclear watchdog group Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety said the fire appeared to be about 3 1/2 miles from a dumpsite where as many as 30,000 55-gallon drums of plutonium-contaminated waste were stored in fabric tents above ground. The group said the drums were awaiting transport to a low-level radiation dump site in southern New Mexico.

Lab spokesman Steve Sandoval declined to comment on that assertion, but did acknowledge there is low level waste stored in drums on lab property that is regularly taken to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project site in Carlsbad. […]

Published: June 27th, 2011 at 8:21 pm ET
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90 comments to Report: Up to 30,000 drums of plutonium-contaminated waste stored in fabric tents above ground at Los Alamos dumpsite — Lab declines to comment

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    How many times can I say YIKES!!
    YIKES X 1000,00000!

  • Darth

    Insurance companies call these things Acts Of God,/b>.

    Hello! Anybody listening?

  • norbu norbu

    by chance that 30,000 containers of Nuclear s–t is in the path of a raging fire? a set up.68 square miles burns over night? M.L. not far away. who is looking after this stuff if they are evacuating everyone? we the people must demand to know. Dont be the herd. the herd goes to be butchered. hopefully the sun gods will help us.

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    braveface,
    Los Alamos story in a movie: “FatMan and Little Boy”.
    Stars Paul Newman.

    Two hour PBS Oppenheimer biography.
    Edward Teller is the evil one, not Oppy.

    “Trinity and Beyond” documentary showing declassified
    nuke-test footage from US, USSR, France, China.

    ….BraveFace…you are RIGHT, not Crazy, this is NOT
    all by Chance.

    At least you can get these movies, and rock your kids
    to sleep as you become ever more educated.
    Is it stupid to say “Cheers” in moments like this?
    I know an upper-class Brit now living USA.
    They thought they were making a wise choice to
    get His USA Citzenship…now I don’t know.
    He’s being quite Bully-Beef-and-a-stiff-upper-lip,
    with the six and four year olds.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Again, Repeat after me…
    F U K U S H I M A
    I don’t buy this at all…
    Nothing is going to happen to any of these US sites that even remotely compares to what has already happened…
    They have all on the edge of their seats, and in the end all will say, Whew, I am glad everything is okay now…
    Fukushima will be forgotten, like Chernoble, as we turn back to our posioned little lives.
    In 10 to 20 years you will hear:
    Gosh we didn’t know.
    Wow we didn’t see that comin.
    No that cancer can’t be from that.
    Do you have insurance.
    Mr. Smith you are dying of Cancer.
    I’m sorry about your child Mary.
    Look at that Cow with eight leggs.
    (Insert horrendous scenario here)
    Fukushima…

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Jebus – I liked that so much I posted it at HP, crediting an enenews poster.
      Because it’s true. FUKUSALL IS THE BALL. They are trying to distract.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/fukushima-nuclear-plant-ticking-time-bomb-japan-disaster-michio-kaku-_n_882166.html

      • Well, it can actually be said that the Los Alamos fire is distracting us from what might already be the beginning of a catastrophe at Ft Calhoun. That’s another way that I’m looking at this, as they barely MENTIONED the Nebraska nuclear plants in that MSNBC piece from the news tonight. Mainly focused right on the Los Alamos fire, but Ft Calhoun is the MUCH bigger potential catastrophe.

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          Ummmm…your right. Calhoun wasn’t mentioned at all.

          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            And a day ago, even the early eve news tonight, they didn’t mention Calhoun at all. The flood news was all about Minot and the folks whose homes were underwater.

            I felt angrier and angrier and was about to send out E’s to tv news desks when Alamos broke loose.

            Either ignore and deny all…or engage in paralyzing over saturation.

            These guys are good, kiddies. These boys are good.

    • It is entirely possible that Ft Calhoun will in fact become as bad as Fukushima if not worse.

      Given that the spent fuel stored for the entire state of Nebraska and even parts of other states (a couple of articles have stated such) is at that plant right now and given that 15-18 hours without power is all that is required for core meltdown, then I actually DO see that there could WELL be a disaster of an even bigger scale than Fukushima any day now in the USA.

      However, not to detract from your focus on the reality of Fukushima, which is ALREADY a nuclear catastrophe. Sure. I take supplements every day to protect myself from that fallout, so it is always ever-present in my mind, and I have made significant lifestyle changes based on the fallout being up there with the worst in the country near where I live in the Pacific Northwest. So, I am personally NOT forgetting Fukushima at all.

      However, these new potential catastrophes are also real and I do not see the point in down-playing that fact at all.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        so true. Spent fuel in barrels. We’re facing a major disaster right here.

        • Newton

          Whoopie, exactly what are you expecting to happen to the spent fuel in dry cask storage? It can’t burn, like what happens if the water boils off in an SFP, it can’t leak (unless the cask is physically damaged) and it can’t float away.

          So what is the major disaster here?

      • farawayfan farawayfan

        It’s cute how you think your supplements make the slightest difference.

        • And it’s not “cute” that you make a statement like that with such implied negativity, without providing the slighest evidence to support your comment!

          Having done some substantial research on this subject of supplements, I am quite aware of the medical fact that taking such to protect from radiation is one of the best single things that ANY of us can do to prevent long-term health effects.

          Many who lived through the Chernobyl disaster who are still alive are still alive due to supplements.

          What is YOUR purpose with making such a statement? Have YOU “given up” on life? If so, that’s YOUR deal and not mine, so please don’t project such negativity onto me OR on to the discussion.

          PEOPLE: TAKE SUPPLEMENTS IF YOU ARE IN THE FALLOUT.

          Here’s a good place to start:

          http://enenews.com/epa-radiation-monitoring-exists-so-feds-can-say-they-have-a-system-not-to-report-data-that-would-undermine-public-support-for-nuclear-power/comment-page-1#comment-99562

          It is certainly not “cute” as farawayfan suggests, but a real and effective measure to protect your long-term health (based on mountains of medical evidence).

          • PS. As someone with ZERO “excess cash” right now, spending 100s of $$ on these supplements is definitely not at ALL “cute”. It is a necessary practicality if I want to remove a good amount of the poisons that are entering my body, and so I have paid what I need to protect myself and my family.

          • @ Savvy
            Try the Dollar General, very cheap, large selection !

          • Iagree with you. I take supplements too, along with powdered spirulina and kelp. I am a strong believer in CoEnzyme Q-Q10 but also take numerous other supplements. I’d like to share information with you. Please see the “Radiation Health” module I put together at http://radhealth.nodes.org ( no Safari ) Let me know if you have trouble bringing that site up. My email is steve@stevemoyer.us and I am “Metamind” on Facebook. Let’s share info.
            Blessings!

            Steve moyer

          • @metamind: Thanks for the comment and the extra tips on stuff to take. Yes, I would like to share information too – I have intended to put up a blog page for weeks with a list of all the info on supplements, as a resource for people, but it has stayed in “draft” mode a while now! Bit of input is needed to get it happening for me, so I will definitely e-mail and let’s see what we can come up with as a “full spectrum protection” kind of thing.

          • @ Savvy

            No Thanks for me too ! “Sniff” “Sniff” ; ( tears

          • @ xdrfox

            Ha ha! Oops. Didn’t mean to ignore your comment, just jumped straight into replying to the most recent one last night.

            THANK YOU for your suggestion. Yes, I do appreciate all the excellent posts and comments and tips you put on ENENEWS, as many others do too I’m sure.

          • funning lol !
            : D
            thx.

        • lokay5 lokay5

          LOL faraway. My sentiments exactly! Supplements = like pissin’ in the (radioactive) wind.

          • Seems that your comment is more of the “pissin’ in the (radioactive) wind” variety, rather than the supplements, eh?!

      • jonjon

        True, supplements can help so can nutrition. I was told in Japan that people who survived the Nagasaki nuke fallout were eating brown rice instead of white rice. The other thing that helps eliminate radioactive particles from your body is Miso soup with seaweeds. Apparently the Japanese already had the right diet to survive radiations better then say a westerner.
        Unfortunately if the food chain is poisoned it doesn’t help much but at least it’s good to know there are things that can prevent cancers to grow sooner than they should.

    • radegan

      Bang on, Jebus. Except it won’t be twenty years and the numbers will make the cause undeniable. But the scale of disaster will make help impossible for most. I’ve noodled the numbers all I can, adding dollops of hope and dividing by half just because – and I still come up with sickening projections. I have never before hoped I was completely wrong.

  • jwfuki

    Well, if it’s “TEPCO” approved fabric, then everything should be alright!

  • SteveMT

    First declarations of safety, now this…silence/no comment. Why?

    PuO2 synthesis potential?:Plutonium metal spontaneously oxidizes to PuO2 in an atmosphere of oxygen. Plutonium dioxide is mainly produced by calcination of plutonium(IV) oxalate, Pu(C2O4)2·6H2O, at 300 °C.Plutonium oxalate is obtained during the reprocessing of nuclear fuel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium%28IV%29_oxide

  • tony wilson

    that is more like it…
    the word plutonium and the number 30,000.
    i have been saying for a while now that the guys that built dever airport and the underground hotel where getting impatient.
    you animals need to die quicker.
    that this was all taking to long.
    now this is interesting anyone got an idea of wind direction patterns for this area.
    cos this is a biggie.

    • mikey

      Yes tony spot on! We are taking to long they should of had us killed off or rounded up by about 2000*** The end date for all this silly killing is 2012! Think how behind they are…Tsk but master planners that they are they always always have a back up and rad poison is just to slow us down…. Their fail safe is good old fashion thermo nuke war and for that they are right on schedule. The slave/master imprint must be translated during the quickening and just look at the time…

  • Edward Edward

    They will keep the truth from us as long as possible. We are being lied to like the people of Japan to protect the nuclear industry and not cause a mass panic.

  • mff

    Duhhhhh, no comment, Jebus you are right, the new statements that people will be saying in the next few years are going to be just what you put, how sad

  • norbu norbu

    R 4 is steaming like a hot one off the grill. how long before it hits the ground water?

    • SteveMT

      Or collapses from the heat production? Looking more closely, all 4 reactors are steaming.

      The cam should have been placed directly in front between #2 and #3 for a better way to compare what is happening with each reactor, with no angles or distance issues then to consider. That would have been too simple.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      Lol, the core was in the SPENT FUEL pool already. Dont think just cause the reactor is empty that catastrophic meltdown can’t occur….

      • extra knight

        how wrong can you be, yes the sfp overheated and exploded. that is well known. even TEPCO says it was a hydrogen explosion, which we all know is blatantly in error.

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Usually the change-over to “Monsoon” happens now.
    We Really Need It.
    Thanks Be to God,
    He Reviveth the thirsty Land.
    Monsoon in NM means cycling up the Gulf-Mex and
    Gulf-California moisture, giving North NM a predominating
    south-or-southwest-to Northeast cyclonic. Taos area
    receives Los Alamos air.

    • I checked 30 mn ago, on Intellicast, and a few haarp rings do appear above NM.

      • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

        I’ve quit watching for them, but a couple of our TV
        meteorologists used to plainly run the radar-loop a
        few times, never verbally mentioning, but showing, the
        total-blast concentric radiant donut whenever they
        were firing off SOMETHING so high-powered. Of course
        we are the State of Newk Mexico, Kirtland AFB is said to
        hold the largest weapons storage anywhere.
        White Sands is busy with their Top Secret activities,
        Sandia Labs, lotsa Air Power.
        But it’s all a house of Rothschild Cards…
        anytime they decide to, the economy will be gutted.
        Money no good. Who is gonna pay the Security?
        Who gots some WATER? Big life-death question here.
        There are way too many people for the carrying capacity.
        Our AAA baseball team is the Isotopes…
        Our UNM Laser program, last time I checked,
        was all Asian and India people, no locals.

      • BetaFlare

        All glitter isnt gold – likewise the rings mostly come from weather radar beams etc.

        The end product is the same, however. Stationary rain or stationary hole in moving clouds. Prog rammed as they want…

        Here http://wp.me/pwIAV-19 (repost)

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      Are you a shill?

      • I think so based on the very strange comments and the shift in language use.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Right, you’re known here for constantly aggressing others. Remember 2 weeks ago when you said you feel like killing yourself? Lots of people wanted to help.
        Now stop your borderline behaviour or at least say nothing instead of this BS.
        I mean, really.

      • mikey

        30 foot freakin hole in the side of the pool? Massive explosion?? Pool so hot they water it at nite to have it blend in with the fog? Arnie Gundersons (may he RIP) personal nitemare? This is the spent fuel pool ur referring too? Yea nothin to see here…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Well then, for those who can’t see the forrest, but for the trees.
    Grab a chair and a beer, cause you are going to be “mesmerized” for months by the heroic efforts of those brave NPP workers, here in the US, showing you that in the worst of (multiple) disasters, that nuclear power is safe. Your brains will be so overloaded with relief, that the worst did not happen, that all memory of WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED will be minimized…
    Try to remember the title of this scary movie.
    Fukushima

    • Jebus Jebus

      Why didn’t MSM cover Fukushima?
      Why is MSM covering all of this now?
      Cause it is happening on American soil?
      Fukushima is spattered all over American soil…

  • to much ! … what next !

  • blackmoon

    The HUMAN side of disasters. A question rings out from Joplin, Missouri:

    “What did we do to deserve this?”

    http://www.newswithviews.com/Daubenmire/dave239.htm

  • Ariana

    I think God is punishing this country for taking such liberties with our morality. We try to take Him out of every possible thing, then we beg for His mercy when things like this happen.
    Please, no haters. I am simply standing up for what I believe.

    • It’s not him, it’s what man has done to themselves playing God !

    • tony wilson

      it’s not god.
      it is satan look at the people that control.
      obama,rothchilds,rockefellers,ge,haliburton,the carlysle group.
      take a look on you tube of denver airport and tell us what is on the walls is a positive message for the world.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUDCdJvmP_g&feature=relmfu

      • jwfuki

        I have….very disturbing!

      • blackmoon

        Very heavy message tony. I knew about the sinister history of the Denver Airport from Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory, but it is the first time that I’ve seen someone go into detail about the murals.

        Speaking of prophetic Satanic images, have you seen this vid of Prince William and the misses at an Elitist Gala?

        “DEMON eating a sheep Hologram at ELITE Royal GALA on 6/9/2011 : White horse of Apocalypse?”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuHoxul_4Ec

      • “Sinister Sites – The Denver International Airport”

        http://vigilantcitizen.com/sinistersites/sinister-sites-the-denver-international-airport/

        An apocalyptic horse with glowing red eyes welcoming visitors? Check.

        Nightmarish murals? Check.

        Strange words and symbols embedded in the floor? Check.

        Gargoyles sitting in suitcases? Check.

        Runways shaped like a Nazi swastika? Check.

        • blackmoon

          Thanks for that info. Very informative. The elite always want to shove our noses in it.

          This airport takes the Georgia Guidestones to the next level.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        I watched the first part of the video in disbelief! This area is famous for its artists. Why didn’t he simply ask the artist what symbolism was intended? Did he actually think the artist intended you to look at it upside down? A sad video.

    • jwfuki

      I don’t think HE is punishing us, but I do think HE is sending some very strong messages.

      And they will get stronger if we don’t learn anything from all of this!

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    The unsettling phrase in this article goes like this … “regularly taken to the Waste Isolation…”

    Then, how come there are “30,000 drums of plutonium-contaminated waste” sitting there in the first place.

    Oh! we must have missed those the last time we made a “regular” trip to the dump site.

    Sorry, we will check into this soon.

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    I have miss read this article.

    I failed to acknowledge two important points presented:

    1.
    “…as many as 30,000 55-gallon drums of plutonium-contaminated waste…”

    2.
    … “did acknowledge there is low level waste stored in drums” …

    I must apologize, Please…

    I thought it might have been some of the “HIGH” level “plutonium” waste.

    My mistake.

  • Thebes

    If by “low level” they mean it has to be stored in giant caverns a half mile underground, then yeah, its “low level waste”. At least compared to the 60 grams of plutonium they unearthed on a pipe buried in the ground two weeks ago…

    On the plus note, I am directly downwind in the heart of the plume, outside of Taos, and my dosimeter has recorded no elevated count for gamma / xray. We’ll try to hold onto hope, this fire is a monster and my community could be destroyed if today goes badly.

  • jwfuki

    You’ve got to be ‘effing kidding me!!!!!!!

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Thebes…Vaya con Dios…
    So, I imagine you need to be packin’ up a Go Bag?
    Hope the doggies are ok…
    Dosimeter….work-related?
    They still findin’ old coffee cans fulla Low-Level shinola?

    • blackmoon

      Very good articles, especially the last one. I bet if someone did a study they would find that rates of Autism, birth defects, Cancers and Alzheimer’s, are way above normal in the communities surrounding that facility. But jobs are the only thing on their minds.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ummmmm …. The Chemical and Metallurgy Research Facility
    http://wn.com/Chemistry_and_Metallurgy_Research_Facility

  • Rica E

    I seriously think tptw are gonna start up fire season in norcal here real quick. T storms on the way!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The new facility program was cut 37%…darn..
    See… what our clean environment Prez. is up to..
    http://www.lasg.org/ActionAlerts/Bulletin118.html

  • M Curie M Curie

    Blackmoon – so much for your sheep eating hologram. See following .

  • M Curie M Curie

    At 2:36 you can hear a voice in the background, spooky no? Shame you didn’t say 2:42 as we all would have noticed the sound of you pressing the play button and you did it again at 2:47. Your delivery even suffers when you have to press play . Check for yourself people. I was quite happy to analyse this for you but it didn’t take long to smell the BS. SHAME ON YOU CHARLATAN

    • blackmoon

      @M Curie,

      What are you talking about? I came across that video, thought it interesting, and posted it. What planet are you from?

      If you think that it’s fake, then fine. But I don’t have to defend myself to this community. You are the one how seems to be the Troll – Interloper here.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I check enenews several times a day. I run through a range of emotions, and it is getting more so.

    I am disappointed when there is nothing new. Probably because I am sure there are things going on we will never know.

    I get a gut wrenching feeling when there IS news. It means it is worse than we thought, and likely more bad to come.

    I wonder if the aliens flew over us and zapped us with a stupefaction ray or something.

    Anyhow, I am very grateful for enenews and the comments. Keep up the fantastic work!

  • M Curie M Curie

    Comment @ Blackmoon

    Thanks for the compliment! But my ancestery is more Sinn Fein than British.

    If that was your idea of “black” humor, I prefer the Fukushima Keystone Cops vid. Actually I am much more interested in fact than unrelated fiction since I’ve worn the “Chernobyl necklace” for over four decades.

    You are correct, research has proven genetic mutations from radiation are directly related to autism, bipolar, OCD, addiction, etc., besides the more obvious cancer connection.

    If a more intelligent species is planning to take over, more power to them. We have truly screwed up playing with atoms since we split the first one!

    • blackmoon

      Peace my brother. This community is about getting along, and more importantly, getting the truth out. 🙂

      • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

        “This community is about getting along, and more importantly, getting the truth out.”
        Black, that sentence goes right to the heart of what enenews has meant to me right from the beginning.
        Egos don’t mean shit.

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      There might be a species agbout to take over that thrives on radiation, and we are just putting out the Welcome Wagon for them.

  • Alex2245

    not only is their several metric TONS of plutonium on site there is also a wide range of OTHER toxins!

    One is the fact that over 6 decades the Lab has blown up a lot of uranium and depleted uranium in dynamic high explosives experiments in the general area in front of the fire. We don’t know to what extent the shrapnel or debris has been cleaned up and could possibly be aerosolized.

    Another concern, given both the velocity and ferocity of the Las Conchas Fire, is whether any Lab facilities loose their power and back up generators failed to work for whatever reason. In that case containment systems could fail with unknown safety implications.

    http://theintelhub.com/2011/06/28/los-alamos-fire-several-tents-of-radioactive-plutonium-stored-in-fabric-tens-outside-national-laboratory/

  • radegan

    IF they really can make it rain, I guessing now would be a good time to do that.