Report: Photographs “doctored” at multiple US nuclear power plants (VIDEO)

Published: December 17th, 2012 at 8:48 pm ET


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Title: Marion Pack on the many safety risks at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and how a Fukushima-type meltdown would contaminate Southern California
Source: IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET :: A Weekly Radio Program with Dr. Helen Caldicott
Date: December 7, 2012

At 4:00 in

Marion Pack: I also had a friend that worked out there at the Perry power plant and he was a welder. And he was telling me what I considered real horror stories in that he said all the welds had to be photographed and documented. But when they found flaws in the weld they were doctoring the photographs. […]

Host Helen Caldicott, MD: That’s what happened with Karen Silkwood you know, she was a whistleblower […] they were making fuel rods with plutonium in them and photographing them and the abnormalities in the fuel rods they were doctoring the photographs, not the rods. And she was driving with the documentation in the backseat of the car to meet a NY Times reporter when she was killed on the way. When they got to the car the documents were missing.

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Published: December 17th, 2012 at 8:48 pm ET


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20 comments to Report: Photographs “doctored” at multiple US nuclear power plants (VIDEO)

  • razzz razzz

    Movie about Karen Silkwood, a real horror story: Silkwood (1983)

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    There are a few Silkwood pieces in this playlist,

  • richard richard

    the murderous nuke industry is nothing short of criminal.

    from vaporising 100,000 japanese to the murder of a woman trying to do the right thing by her community.

    line every nuker up against the wall. their time is way past done. they've got to go!

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Lists of nuclear disasters and radioactive incidents; via A Green Road


      curious richard, as to the rational in your suggesting violence as some solution to this problem. If you haven't gathered by now, humanity's trying to development the tools that preclude violence as a solution.

      I should be honest here. If I had the means, I would 'eliminate' those who perpetrate such wanton destruction upon their fellow species and the world. So I'm not opposed to the death penalty and I'm not a pacifist when it comes to protecting life and liberty. But I think the suggestion that we "line every nuker up against the wall." plays into their game of death with death.

      Reckless prodding deepens the rut we find ourselves in.

      Your fiery nature will not only blaze a path but burn the house down. Discipline richard…

      • richard richard

        Far call aftershock, I have let my rhetoric get feisty again. I was recognizing that myself earlier.

        As I couldn't actually take the action I've metaphorically abused I've over reached again.

        Thanks again as always for the reminder to cool it down. I'm as yoyo as ever.


          IMHO richard, I find you to be one of the more genuine intellects out here. (Take such for what it's worth.) As you've done much good out here (exposing the micro and macro fraudulence within our respective overseers), I think it's imperative that you (and the rest of us) maintain an even keel and discipline. I don't relish being nanny-PC-monitor. I simply want us to excel over those we'd demand more of. If we're to desire a respect for life on the part of others, we need to apply such standard to ourselves…

          BTW. If I had the means, I'd jump on a jumbo and fly-on 'down' and do my best to drink you under the table. We might end up breaking a few bottles over each others head…but then…that's what buds are for!

          • Radio VicFromOregon

            Well done, both of you πŸ˜‰

          • richard richard

            well AFTERSHOCK, if you or Vic or B&B or arclight or or-well or Maggie or stock or AGreenRoad or Jebus or anne or Heart or MARKWW or Anthony or Johnny Blade or …

            … wow, i can't list everyone, it's huge the amount of good people here who'd I'd like to have drop into Oz and have few drinks and a long chat with. It'd go till dawn πŸ™‚

            Even eatliesndie and vital1 who are in Oz should drop a note if you're in Sydney.

            It'd make a great Xmas party to have you all around πŸ™‚ Madness I'm sure πŸ™‚

            (only suitable for some audiences)
            Foo Fighters – Low (sorry about the bloody ads).


            .. and yes, I don't want you to have to be a monitor. I do know when I've gone too far, I need to stop before I do.

            but you've probably read my explanations of frustration and disillusionment, so I'll save it for now.. it's Xmas πŸ™‚ Sorta.

  • jackassrig

    Wells should be welds. They shot x-rays through the welds to find imperfections-slag and cracks-inside the weld. This is recorded on film. What the welder is saying IMO is when the technicians found slag cracks, they substituted another film that was clean. This kept them from making repairs to the weld. Section V of the ASME code will define the size of exceptable inclusions. Most good shops will remove the cracks by back gouging and re-welding. By allowing the flaws to pass is a QA failure.

    • ENENews

      Strange, must have been auto-corrected to wells. Sorry for the confusion and delay in correcting everyone.

  • jec jec

    QA failure? Is it a safety issue? Cosmetic? Can it be proven? New rules sound necessary and should state the xray film MUST have markers as to DTG/operator/weld or item number. An ID for item and the xray. Anyone doing this kind of effort to clean up the nuke acts?

    • jec jec

      And, there should be a QA test somewhere. IF the assumed percentage of failure is high, the investigator/legal should do a QA on the work. Pick out say 10 of 50..randomly..and re-xray. Or do one batch of say 30. Test to see how accurate the prior testing has been. It should not be too hard to detect a criminal coverup. Attempted manslaughter as a charge seems appropriate…unless the fuel cells went to Fukushima. Then its murder….

    • patb2009

      fairly trivial to take a good x ray and duplicate it, just change the tags.

      what the fabricators want to do is avoid rework.

      i would be more outraged except it doesn't matter.

      When all hell breaks loose th CV is just going to blow anyways

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Make the penalty for falsifying nuke plant records a life sentence.

  • jackassrig This is a link to a site with examples of exposed film. The pictures on the right show what you would see when reading a radiograph-slag, cracks, and air pockets. I believe the lighter areas indicate thicker material. Maybe it's the other way around. The only thing missing would be the penetrameter or "penny." A penny shows how well the technician made the shot.