Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts — Official: An ‘uncommon’ occurrence, we’re monitoring it continuously and working around clock — Structure same height as Niagra Falls (PHOTOS)

Published: October 31st, 2014 at 8:29 pm ET


Johnson City Press, Oct. 30, 2014 (emphasis added): Oct. 20 inspection of [Tennessee’s Boone] dam revealed a sink hole… Six days later, an uncommon occurrence happened when seepage was found near the location of the sink hole at the base of the dam

NRC, Oct. 30, 2014: … BOONE DAM STABILITY ISSUES… “TVA conducted a briefing for government officials… after discovery of a sink hole near the base… water and sediment [has been] found seeping from the river below the dam. TVA is continuously monitoring the dam… The dam is located upstream of all three TVA nuclear sites… The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified. The licensee is evaluating this event for potential impact on the design basis flooding level.”

Times Free Press, Oct. 30, 2014: Tennessee Valley Authority engineers [will] search for the source of water seepage… Water and sediment were found Sunday seeping from the river bank below the dam.

TVA, Oct. 30, 2014: A sink hole was discovered near the base… water and sediment was found seeping from the river bank below the dam…

John McCormick, VP at TVA: [We’re] exercising an abundance of caution… Unless it’s a huge storm, we can do what we need… we are continuously monitoring the dam… engineers want to be sure we understand what caused the sink hole and where the water and sediment is coming from.

WCYB, Oct. 30, 2014: [A] sinkhole and seepage of clay particulates into the water at Boone dam… [is near] the bottom of structure on the river side of the dam… TVA employees are working around the clock to find the cause of the sinkhole and the source of the seepage. “The seepage into the waterway is not a common occurrence,” said McCormick… they do not have a definite timetable for finding the source of the seepage…

Boone Dam is just over the border from Virginia, where a powerful M5.9 quake struck in 2011Times Free Press: TVA inspects dams, nuclear plants after earthquake [and] is in the process of performing visual walk downs and inspections at… Boone

USGS: [Quakes] in the eastern U.S. can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought [and] damaging effects can extend over a much larger area… the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude… [This quake] occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected [and] landslide distances… are remarkable… [it’s] the largest distance limit ever recorded…

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Published: October 31st, 2014 at 8:29 pm ET


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267 comments to Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts — Official: An ‘uncommon’ occurrence, we’re monitoring it continuously and working around clock — Structure same height as Niagra Falls (PHOTOS)

  • rogerthat

    … ''the earth trembled'' …

    … ''they used the people there as guinea pigs'' …

    • rogerthat

      (from the video) … 69 years after trinity a federal research team with the national cancer institute is interviewing New Mexicans … to see if the home-grown food, milk and water they consumed after the nuclear blast …

      • rogerthat

        By Dennis J. Carroll
        For The New Mexican | 2 comments
        The National Cancer Institute later this month will begin interviewing Native and Hispanic New Mexicans in a survey designed to fill in a major historical gap of the nuclear age — possible health effects of the first detonation of a nuclear device on July 16, 1945.

        Communications manager and project investigator Jennifer Loukissas noted that the Trinity Site blast in Southern New Mexico marked the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, just three weeks before the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Since then, she said, atomic scientists around the world have asked: “How come you Americans haven’t investigated Trinity?”

        Residents in communities near the Trinity Site, on what is now the White Sands Missile Range about 80 miles north of Alamogordo, have charged in recent years that entire families have been wiped out by cancers and other illnesses caused by the Trinity detonation — specifically from eating contaminated crops and livestock and drinking radiation-tainted water.

        They also fear that because of radiation-altered DNA, the illnesses and deaths have now jumped to the second and third generations…

    • Dano

      I live near this dam. Below this dam is a small lake and then Ft. Patric Henry Dam. Approximately 50 miles down the river valley is Cherokee Dam which is in winter draw down at the moment. Cherokee lake drawn down would hold at least 2 full pools of water from Boone Lake Dam. If Boone Dam broke, Cherokee Dam would hold all the water and then some. Is there really a threat past that point? The answer is no. I have to question the logic of a cascading effect when the 2nd Dam downstream will hold anything Boone lake can throw at it! Think about it, please.

  • rogerthat

    Tennessee anglers may have to find another place to get their PCB- and chlordane-laced catfish if the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) can’t figure out where the dam on Lake Boone is leaking…

  • rogerthat

    November 2, 2014
    30 years after the Bhopal gas tragedy
    By Vidya Venkat

    Lessons from India’s greatest industrial disaster with serious consequences for the environment remain unlearnt

    Come December, it will be 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy occurred. The leakage of the deadly methyl isocyanate gas from the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) factory in Bhopal went down in history as one of the worst industrial disasters in the world. But after all these years, has anything changed in India with regard to adoption of environmental safeguards before promoting industries and related projects? More important, what is the fate of the victims of polluting industries?

    According to a January 2013 report of the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, the soil and groundwater within 3.5 kilometres from the UCC factory site is contaminated with cancer- and birth defect-causing chemicals. “The contamination of soil and groundwater actually predates the disaster,” says activist Satinath Sarangi, who has fought for the cause of gas leak survivors.

    “From 1969 to 1977, Union Carbide used to dump its toxic wastes at 21 spots, most of them unlined pits, inside the 68-acre factory premises. Despite 17 agencies, including government and non-governmental organisations, carrying out studies over the past two decades, a comprehensive plan for remediation …

    • rogerthat

      … of the soil and groundwater has not been prepared,” he says.

      On Friday, October 31, when the news of Warren Anderson’s death spread across Bhopal, survivors of the tragedy got together to spit on a photograph of the former UCC CEO, the first accused in the case and a fugitive from justice. Survivors are unhappy with the court proceedings and compensation. “While over 25,000 people have died in the disaster, the government has paid compensation for only 5,295 deaths. The government acknowledged in June 2010 that the compensation it accepted from Union Carbide was indeed inadequate. Following this, both the Central and State governments have filed curative petitions in the Supreme Court seeking additional compensation of $1.2 billion,” Mr. Sarangi says.

      Rashida Bee, president, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, says three generations of gas leak victims have suffered, with their children being born with disabilities but little was done by the government to help victims and to give medical assistance to their families. Through the Chingari Punarvaas Kendra, run by Ms. Bee and her survivor friends, nearly 750 children are now being treated with the money that came with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2004.

      Lessons from the tragedy have not been taken seriously. Environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman says key lessons such as choosing appropriate sites for projects are violated to this day…

      • rogerthat

        … “Take the proposed Cheyyur thermal power project in Tamil Nadu, for instance. If the power plant pollutes the land and waterbodies, who will compensate affected local communities?” he asks. “Another example is the Gorakhpur nuclear power project planned in Fatehabad. Located close to dense human habitations, the project has already raised several concerns,” he says.

        Disaster response is another important lesson. “In Japan, even small children know how to respond to a disaster such as earthquake, but go to Kudankulam and the local villagers know very little about how to respond to any radiation leak,” he says….

        Environmental lawyer and activist T. Mohan says there are hardly any cases of prosecution of environmental crime by corporate firms in India. ..

        Mr. Mohan cites the example of the Loss of Ecology Authority (LEA), a tribunal set up to award compensation for farmers affected by polluting industries, to demonstrate how settlement of legal compensation for victims of industrial pollution has not worked out. “The chairman of the LEA resigned a few months ago. The tribunal is rudderless and dysfunctional. Even when compensation was offered to victims of industrial pollution, the sum was paltry. Farmers from Karur in Tamil Nadu were offered as low as Rs. 5-7 a hectare of damaged land,” he says…

        • rogerthat

          … With Anderson dead and having escaped imprisonment, Bhopal gas leak victims continue to suffer, Ms. Bee strikes a note of caution. “The new government should think about the consequences of going head over heels to woo industry without paying sufficient attention to the poor institutional response mechanisms in the event of an environmental disaster.”

          • Yes, the seriousness of the contradiction between action and democratic constitutional provisions regarding gross violation of right to life and living cannot be overemphasised. This is brought out glaringly in the classic: A Dirge for the Dammed(2014) by Keerti Ramachandra,hachetteindia, which is an English translation of the Marathi classic Jhadajhadati(1992) by Vishwas Patil on the travails of commoners displaced by modern civilization and dams in particular. This brings out how the Trojan Horse of the wicked profiteers and those bad in thought, word and deed infiltrates the framework of democracy to rob and loot the country. And modern civilization itself as time and again pointed out here is built on false foundations of a society of specialists and is destroying itself through man-made designs glaringly inadequate and suicidal in trying to meet human needs. What is truly galling is the persistence of those bad in thought, word and deed over the good.The trolls here are an excellent example of the persistence of evil in governance in the face truth.Note that without dams nukes cannot supply electricity stably, which in any case, they do to themselves only, always, with none available to the society outside the nuclear industry ever. Negative efficiency, infinite costs: The 400000 MW nukes require 200000 MW hydros for stability in meeting demands,thus appropriating 100000 sqkm land between themselves with power flow of 100 million MW to give 0.2 million MW.Insanity!

  • rogerthat

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    • rogerthat

      … They are not the only ones with designs on the fort. Placoplatre, a subsidiary of the French conglomerate, Saint-Gobain, wants to demolish it to make way for a quarry for gypsum, a key ingredient in plaster. The company would extend a quarry it already operates next door, which would make it the largest gypsum producer in Europe, worth hundreds of millions of dollars and creating roughly 3,500 jobs.

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  • rogerthat

    This is from January…
    india’s nuclear regulator – nor independent, not effective

    Radiation regulatory regime needs independent powers Deccan Herald, Devender Singh, Jan 3, 2014:“

    …….In India, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) was set up in 1983 to carry out the regulatory and safety functions as envisaged in the Atomic Energy Act, 1962. Surprisingly, the AERB remains a subordinate authority under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) though India has ratified the Convention on Nuclear Safety. A regulatory body must be equipped to exercise its key regulatory functions — namely, standard-setting, authorisation, inspection and enforcement without any constraint — and must possess the core values of competence, independence, stringency and transparency.

    A review of the performance of the AERA recently by parliamentary watchdog Public Accounts Committee (PAC) unfolded glaring deficiencies …

  • rogerthat

    George Carlin:

    The American Dream: “You Have To Be Asleep To Believe It”
    Posted on November 3, 2014 / by Tyler Durden / on 11/02/2014 12:00

    “It’s never gonna get any better, be happy with what you got… because the ‘owners’ of this country don’t want that. The ‘real’ owners of America – the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions – got you by the balls… What they don’t want is a population of well-educated people capable of critical thinking.”

    Three minutes of uncomfortable truth…

  • rogerthat

    … “The impact is huge — you don’t want to cavalierly go around making statements,” he said…

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