Reports: Plutonium can escape from unfiltered shafts at WIPP — ‘Freakish’ accident “could have long-term effects” — “Anxiety coursing among the people” — ‘Nuke industry profiteers’ tell us “don’t worry, it’s safe… one of deadliest substances known to man” — Future of dump in jeopardy

Published: March 3rd, 2014 at 1:02 pm ET
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Las Cruses Sun-News, March 3, 2014: The people living in and around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant east of Carlsbad deserve honest answers to their legitimate questions about a recent leak […] there is still much to be learned. To that end, we commend U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, who wrote to [the EPA] requesting mobile environmental monitoring units to conduct independent tests around the WIPP site. […] More tests will be needed to determine if other workers have been exposed […] we don’t know yet what health impacts will result […] they will likely be dealing with the repercussions of this accident for years to come […] the chances of anybody other than a worker being contaminated are remote. Still, we think the independent monitoring called for by Udall and Heinrich will go a long way toward easing those doubts. […] we just don’t know enough about the cause of the leak to ascertain whether it was a freakish, isolated incident or a symptom of a larger, systematic problem. […]

Scott Kovac, Nuclear Watch New Mexico: “There are 4 ways for air to get to the surface – the Exhaust Shaft, the Salt Shaft, the Air Intake Shaft, and the Waste Handling Shaft. When radioactive contamination is detected, airflow is directed to the Exhaust Shaft as its filter is put into place. This shaft has the only filter and monitors on any of the shafts. WIPP officials claim that it was a monitor in Panel 7 that detected radiation and set into action the sending of all the air to the Exhaust Shaft. The Panel 7 monitor is around 2000 feet from the shafts.”

AP, Mar. 1, 2014: Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway concedes, however, the accident could have long-term effects. “I am worried about the impact,” he said. “I’m not worried about the levels.”

Greenville News, March 3, 2014: A radioactive leak that has indefinitely shut down a New Mexico nuclear waste dump has left South Carolina holding a stockpile of weapons waste […] The plans to ship waste stored at the Savannah River Site are in limbo – and the government isn’t prepared yet to talk about what will happen next if the New Mexico underground dump no longer is an option. The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday it is “evaluating its options” after a mysterious leak two weeks ago at New Mexico’s federal Waste Isolation Pilot Plant exposed workers to radiation and shut down operations. The department said more information will be presented next week. […] A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that “we’re monitoring and seeing what impact” the New Mexico radiation leak will have on SRS.

Las Vegas Sun News, Mar. 2, 2014: Don’t worry. It’s safe. Where have we heard that before? […] governments say whatever they need in order to get people to feel OK living near one of the deadliest substances known to man. […] anxiety [is] coursing among the people who live near [WIPP] […] just a few years into a multi- thousand-year program […] They told us the fallout was safe.[…] We are told that burying high-level nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain is one of the safest exercises known to man, or some other such nonsense. […] same spiel [given] to the folks in New Mexico. […] nuke industry profiteers promise us the world just to WIPP us into shape.

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  • jec jec

    http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/radioactive-waste-in-leaking-collapsing-salt-domes-sinkholes/

    Good overview of storage in saltdomes..the bad and ugly truth!
    "it is not clear that the New Mexico salt beds can withstand the hottest waste"

  • jec jec

    "DOE may, when feasible, characterize some waste at these generator sites under the provisions of the modified WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit that allow characterization based solely on process knowledge and ship that waste directly to WIPP"

    XML document, but shows DOE ignoring state regulation..by 'executive' decision…http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2008-03-07/E8-4541/mods.xml
    this is a mod to an existing document..but read the abstract..WIPP is the storage location for all this.

    And the HILL mentioned about–near LLNL..thats the 54 nuclear fuel rods at Vallecitos, the closed nuclear site near SF. Is there any chance..they were packaged by DOE..then certified 'safe' due to the "process knowledge?"…just a thought..DOE is getting a lot of heat from the state. Just saying…

    • jec jec

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3bo36aKc8EY

      Video ad for WIPP..RAH RAH…note what is said is NOT to be stored..
      see at one minute in..

      Congress says no high level or waste from nuclear plants…just clothing, tools..etc etc. So HOW did those containers which collapsed cause that much in the way of plumes of PU and AM contamination…4.4 m Bq? 33 minutes? Did DOE modify the regulations…??

    • jec jec

      Once again–WIPP has more stored inside than State of NM knows–or ELECTED officals. "DOE may, when feasible, characterize some waste at these generator sites under the provisions of the modified WIPP Hazardous Waste Facility Permit that allow characterization based solely on process knowledge and ship that waste directly to WIPP"

      XML document, but shows DOE ignoring state regulation..by 'executive' decision…http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2008-03-07/E8-4541/mods.xml
      this is a mod to an existing document..but read the abstract..WIPP is the storage location for all this.

  • irhologram

    WIPP's experiments were "unreportable." They were making water bearing dissolved salts of plutonium or U-235. for rocket fuel as first reported by Anne.

    A “highly significant” portion of the nuclear waste being stored at the WIPP, this report continues, was the result of the recently completed 1993 HEU Purchase Agreement between the United States and Russia that saw 500 metric tons of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from nuclear weapons downblended into low-enriched uranium and then sent to America where it was made into fuel for nuclear power plants, and of which US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated, “For two decades, one in 10 light bulbs in America has been powered by nuclear material from Russian nuclear warheads.”

    Critical to note, however, this report says, is that the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), the private American corporation serving as executive agent for the HEU Purchase Agreement, was “deliberately targeted” for elimination by the Obama regime in early 2009 leading to its 16 December 2013 announcement that it had reached an agreement with a majority of its debt holders to file a prearranged and voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring in the first quarter of 2014.

    As to why the Obama regime wanted to eliminate USEC, Federal Security Service (FSB) intelligence experts contributing to this report say, was for the diverting HEU Purchase Agreement uranium for the purpose of…cont.

  • irhologram

    for the purpose of reconstituting it to its highly dangerous U-235 level to conduct experiments at the WIPP on what is called nuclear salt-water rockets (NSWR), which is a proposed type of nuclear thermal rocket designed by Robert Zubrin that would be fueled by water bearing dissolved salts of plutonium or U-235.

    Under tight strictures put upon it by US law, this report says, the Obama regime needed Russia’s HEU Purchase Agreement uranium for these NSWR experiments and which is not reportable.

    On 5 February, however, this report continues, these NSWR experiments at the WIPP went “horrifically wrong” leading to an explosion and fire at the underground facility, followed by the 14 February “radiological event” that prompted its full evacuation.

    Of the greatest concern to Russian nuclear experts, this report says, is the Obama regime conducting these NSWR experiments at the WIPP facility in the first place as nearly the entire Carlsbad, New Mexico region is in danger of collapsing due to the massive sink holes appearing over these areas vast underground salt domes. [See CNN video news report below]
    http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1740.ht

  • irhologram

    What does this mean about light bulbs? From the above link: For two decades, one in 10 light bulbs in America has been powered by nuclear material from Russian nuclear warhead.

    One in 10 light bulbs are powered by nuclear material? What does that mean?

  • combomelt combomelt

    re salt domes & oil drilling…….fascinating

    http://www.wimp.com/drilllake/

    another example of an engineering "mistake/error"

    • Oh, that one… Yes, a classic ! Like so many other examples, one could easily laugh about it if it wasn't as tragic and severe as it finally is (or was).
      Like the script/screenplay of a pretty crazy comedy movie or TV production, only that it is for real. One would probably have to spend a noticable amount of the budget on the special effects in order to get a realistic mockup of this kind of events 🙁 !

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