‘Special Alert’ issued for major dam upstream of US nuclear plants — Muddy seepage coming up near foundation — Cause of sinkhole and ‘mysterious’ discharges unknown after weeks of analysis — Newspaper: “Hopefully, it isn’t catastrophic” — Officials working around clock, submarines and ground-penetrating radar in use (VIDEO)

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Follow up to: Sinkhole develops under dam in US with nuclear plants downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts

Tennessee Valley Authority, Nov 17, 2014 (emphasis added): Special Alert – TVA will continue to lower Boone Lake… to help engineers determine the cause of water and sediment seeping from the riverbank below the dam. The safety of our employees and the public is TVA’s top priority… we are continuously monitoring the dam.

TVA, Nov 12, 2014: “Public safety is our overriding priority and we believe that continuing the drawdown is a prudent action we should take” [said John McCormick, TVA River Operations]. Over the past couple of weeks TVA engineers and independent engineering firms have [used] side-scan sonar, remotely controlled submarines and ground-penetrating radar.

WCYB, Nov. 13, 2014: Engineers have still not found the source of water and sediment [in the] investigation into a sinkhole and seepage of clay particulates… at Boone Dam… They are working around the clock to find the cause.

WJHL, Nov 20, 2014: TVA: still no cause known for Boone Lake seepage — The cause of a mysterious problem on the banks of Boone Lake still has not been found.

Hydroworld, Nov 5, 2014: Seepage at TVA facility prompts dam safety inspection… During dam inspection Oct. 20, engineers… became aware of a sinkhole… Oct. 26, inspectors discovered seepage near the location of the original sinkhole, underwater in the… foundation.

Times-News, Nov 7, 2014: Muddy seepage [at] Boone… Hopefully, it isn’t catastrophic.

WJHL, Nov. 12, 2014: After weeks of investigation, [TVA] still doesn’t know what’s causing water and sediment to seep from the Riverbank below Boone Dam [or] whether the seepage is related to a nearby sinkhole… TVA is warning dock and marina owners that the water is going down yet again… officials seemed confident it would find a solution to the problem… But now, two weeks later, TVA still doesn’t know… Typically, TVA keeps a regimented schedule… But Wednesday’s announcement is open-ended. TVA only said the duration of the extended drawdown depends on the results of its investigation.

WJHL transcript, Nov 12, 2014: Warning for people who live and work around Boone Lake… levels will drop faster and lower than normal… to solve a lingering mystery [and it] will keep dropping until crews find out what’s going on. — John McCormick, TVA official: “The sinkhole by itself is not uncommon, but the seepage into the waterway is not a common occurrence.”

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, 2.4 Hydrologic Engineering (1 of 2), Aug 14, 2013: Dam Failure Permutations – There are 12 major dams above Watts Bar Nuclear Plant whose failure could influence plant site flood levels [including] Boone… failure of low margin dams is postulated during the [probable maximum flood] for the Boone, Fort Patrick Henry, Melton Hill and Apalachia Dams… The failures are complete and instantaneous down to original ground elevation… Watts Bar West Saddle Dike… is postulated to fail when its peak headwater elevation occurs [and is] assumed to be complete and instantaneous down to original ground.

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  • rogerthat

    http://lakerlutznews.com/lln/?p=23446

    Democrat first to try eliminating nuclear cost recovery this session

    November 25, 2014 By Michael Hinman

    A Tallahassee lawmaker is taking on one major campaign issue from the state’s mid-term elections right away, proposing a bill that would eliminate the ability of utility companies like Duke Energy Corp. to collect money for its failed nuclear plant projects.

    State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, filed H.B. 4001 last Friday. If passed, it would repeal the nuclear cost recovery statute that has put Duke in line to collect more than $3.2 billion from customers through a $3.45 monthly surcharge. It’s supposed to pay for the now-closed Crystal River nuclear facility, as well as a cancelled nuclear power plant in Levy County.

    The nuclear cost recovery statute was one of the big issues that affected the governor’s race, as well as some local races, including the one state Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, eventually won.

    Burgess was forced to defend a $1,000 direct donation from Duke during an October candidate forum, as well as $2,000 of indirect support from Duke through the Republican Party of Florida.

    Burgess at the time said that while he accepted money from Duke, he’s not beholden to them.

    “The answer is very simple: nobody can buy my vote,” Burgess said at the time. “I have been very fortunate to receive a lot of local support, and I have to be able to lay down my head at night…

    • rogerthat

      ''When I make a decision, it’s for every single person in this room.”

      The very brief H.B. 4001 would simply repeal the state statute that would allow utility companies to recover money from customers for the “siting, design, licensing and construction of nuclear and integrated gasification combined cycle power plants.”

      If passed and approved by the governor, such a bill could force Duke to stop collecting the monthly recovery fee from its customers beginning next July…

  • rogerthat

    By Megan Favignano
    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Reform — Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center is expecting to wrap up construction on its dry cask storage space by summer 2015. The dry cask storage, a structure that will be located on Ameren’s Callaway Energy Center campus, will give Ameren the space it needs to store spent fuel assemblies through 2044.

    Once construction is finished, the nuclear facility will transport some of its oldest spent nuclear fuel from its current pool storage to the dry storage…

    Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) Safe Energy Director Ed Smith said the organization thinks the dry storage is a good idea.

    “We do believe that it’s a good idea to move spent fuel from pools to casks, especially since Ameren has a rather crowded spent fuel pool,” Smith said.

    Ameren is waiting to hear from the NRC on its application for a 20-year license renewal. The plant’s current license expires in 2024.

    If the NRC approves the nuclear facility’s license renewal application, the Callaway plant’s license would be extended to 2044. The dry cask storage will help the plant have long-term storage through that potential license renewal.

    The NRC could approve Ameren Missouri’s license renewal for the plant in mid-December. However, Smith said a recent lawsuit could be a factor in that process and he could see the suit potentially delay a decision on the nuclear facility’s application for a license renewal.

    MCE recently joined a lawsuit…

    • rogerthat

      MCE recently joined a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals that challenges the NRC’s newly revised Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule. The rule’s revision was the NRC’s response to a previous court ruling.

      After the end of the repository program at Yucca Mountain in 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, struck down provisions of the NRC’s Waste Confidence Rule, which dealt with issues regarding long-term storage of radioactive waste.

      The NRC then suspended all actions related to issuing license renewals and new operating licenses. In late October of this year, with the NRC’s revised and renamed Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule, it resumed issuing license renewals of nuclear facilities. Smith said he thinks it would be wise for the NRC to hold off on issuing the Callaway plant’s license renewal.

      “Practically speaking, it would be in, I think, the best interest of everyone to delay that decision until after this court challenge is finalized and (they) see what’s happening with the waste confidence or storage rules because those are fundamentally important to the issuance of a license extension,” Smith said.

      An NRC spokesperson told the Fulton Sun that the NRC is on schedule to complete its review of the Callaway’s plant’s license renewal application next month.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/618089/ODNR-Sued-Over-Radioactive-Fracking-Waste-at-Dump-Sites.html?nav=515

    ODNR Sued for Radioactivity at Dump Sites

    November 25, 2014
    By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

    ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Seeking to prevent what they believe is harmful radioactive natural gas fracking waste from being dumped at 23 sites across Ohio, including at least three in Belmont County, environmental advocacy groups are suing Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources… (sign up to read more)

  • rogerthat

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-25/agl-confirms-the-use-of-radioactive-material-at-its-gloucester-/5915174

    AGL confirms the use of radioactive material at its Gloucester CSG project
    Posted Tue 25 Nov 2014

    Gas company AGL has confirmed it is using radioactive material at its coal seam gas operation (CSG), near Gloucester.

    Caesium-137 (CS-137) is used as a density meter to measure the density of fracturing fluid.

    AGL is hydraulically fracturing four pilot wells at its Waukivory site near Gloucester.

    The company says it disclosed the information to relevant authorities, and the material never contacts fracturing fluid or the ground near the natural gas wells.

    It says expert contractors using the sealed source of CS-137 are licensed in NSW to do so, and disclosures about its use of the material are in publicly available documents.

    But Julie Lyford from the anti CSG group Groundswell Gloucester said any information about CS-137 at the Waukivory project is difficult to find.

    "Not in any instance – unless it's in very, very fine print – did we see anything about these caesium rods," she said.

    "And our questions are, well why was this not part of the approval process."

    AGL says CS-137 is widely used in the medical industry in various treatment therapies, and in trace quantities throughout the construction and petroleum industries.

    Ms Lyford said there are grave concerns about the use of radioactive material, and the wider CSG operation in…

    • rogerthat

      the Gloucester Basin.

      "We're quite sick to death of being used as an experiment, and having a water-catchment that reaches 75 thousand people put at risk," she said.

      "This is outrageous and unacceptable."

  • Jebus Jebus

    Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

    LONDON—Plans to build two giant nuclear reactors in south-west England are being reviewed as French energy companies now seek financial backing from China and Saudi Arabia—while the British government considers whether it has offered vast subsidies for a white elephant.

    A long-delayed final decision on whether the French electricity utily company EDF will build two 1.6 gigawatt European Pressurised water Reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset ? in what would be the biggest construction project in Europe—was due in the new year, but is likely to drift again.

    Construction estimates have already escalated to £25 billion, which is £9 billion more than a year ago, and four times the cost of putting on the London Olympics last year.

    Since the decision was made to build nuclear power stations, renewable energy has expanded dramatically across Europe and costs have dropped. Nuclear is now more costly than wind and solar power. In Britain alone, small-scale solar output has increased by 26% in the last year.

    With a general election in the UK looming in May next year, no decisions will be reached on any of these projects any time soon. And a new government might think renewables are a better bet.

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/europes_nuclear_giants_are_close_to_collapse_20141124

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the 'newsers in the U.S.A.

    And for those of you everywhere else, may you have and cherish those things for which you can be thankful.

    Shalom, peace, best wishes, may you have a blessed day.

    HT

  • rogerthat

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/11/25/3279063_ch2m-hill-awarded-5-million-for.html?sp=/99/900/1643/&rh=1

    CH2M Hill awarded $5 million for 2013 Hanford work

    BY ANNETTE CARY
    Tri-City HeraldNovember 25, 2014

    The Department of Energy has awarded CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. $4.9 million for its work at Hanford during fiscal 2013.

    That was 95 percent of the incentive pay available, excluding multiyear incentive pay, which would have brought the total fee available to about $14 million. The $14 million includes multiyear pay for the Plutonium Finishing Plant, where work is continuing.

    A short summary of the incentive payment earned by the contractor was released Friday, and DOE had no comment on why it had taken so long to award the pay for work in the year that ended Sept. 30, 2013.

    DOE gave CH2M Hill a rating of “excellent” …

    No enforceable Tri-Party Agreement milestones were missed during the year, DOE said. It also said CH2M Hill was “very responsive” to DOE needs…

    The summary included two sentences covering “significant deficiencies.” …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.rdm.co.za/lifestyle/2014/11/25/they-wouldn-t-let-koeberg-explode-right

    They wouldn't let Koeberg explode, right?
    Why trust the authorities to keep us from disaster when they can’t keep the lights on?

    TOM EATON
    25 NOVEMBER 2014

    … Most South Africans seem to agree that Eskom couldn’t plan its way out of a paper bag, even if that paper bag had got soggy in unseasonable rain or had been ripped up by a collapsing coal silo.

    Our government, too, comes in for ferocious and often deserved abuse. And yet we trust both Eskom and the government to keep Koeberg safe; entrusting to alleged nitwits and nincompoops the running of a giant concrete death-machine capable of turning Cape Town into a ghost city.

    Underlying this surrender is the assumption that the state reserves its best responses for the most important problems. Sure, we tell ourselves, it might not be able to keep the lights on or deliver textbooks or arrest any of the Marikana shooters or fight poverty or crime or corruption but surely it wouldn’t let Koeberg explode?

    Perhaps it wouldn’t, but all we have are assumptions. Which is why I found myself looking for details of Cape Town’s nuclear evacuation plan. The good news is that the city has a plan. The bad news is that it involves public transport and citizens leaving by car on unspecified routes. Buses, taxis and Cape Town drivers? Just nuke us now. It’ll be less traumatic and there’ll be a lot less hooting…

    • rogerthat

      Even more bizarre, however, was the instruction for citizens to listen to Cape Town’s two largest commercial radio stations, presumably for updates on the radioactive plume.

      I could hear them already: “How whack is this radiation vibe, hey? What’s your worst nuclear disaster story? Tell us! SMSes cost R1. Meanwhile here’s Taylor Swift with Shake It Off!”

      I was aghast at the apparent flimsiness of the plan. I wanted maps with suburb-by-suburb emergency meeting points, and details of the convoys that would evacuate us along highways lined with armoured infantry. I wanted some indication of how the prevailing wind would affect the situation: if it’s a southeaster, carrying the plume out to sea, are we still cooked?

      What I didn’t want was commercial DJs. I don’t want the end of my world narrated by people who know only two adjectives — “awesome” and “amazeballs” — and use them mainly to describe cronuts and Miley Cyrus’s tongue. I want gravitas. I want intelligence. I want a sombre timbre. And before it all ends, I want someone to find it awesome and amazeballs that I just used two consecutive words ending in “bre”.

      Perhaps the reliance on radio worried me because, by making the whole thing sound like a media event, it reminded me that my own grasp of the potential disaster extends no further than the films I’ve seen.

      All that stands between me and panic is the vague assumption that someone will wake Denzel Washington in the small hours of the morning …

      • rogerthat

        and that once he gets to Koeberg there will be various protocols he can follow, like phoning Judy Dench so she can provide some instructions in terse British.

        If that doesn’t work I must have faith that there’s a character actor who is ambivalent enough about his leading man status — perhaps Colin Farrell? — to sacrifice himself by crawling through the ventilation system and sealing the reactor manually from the inside.

        Unfortunately that plume of smoke wasn’t a special effect. It was a brush with an appalling possibility and a reminder that if Koeberg burns an entire city ceases to exist.

        But it was also a reminder of just how deeply ingrained and how powerful our denial is. It is the silver lining to Cape Town’s mushroom cloud and it tells us that we’re going to be okay.

        After all, we’ve got the southeaster, right? And amazeballs people working at Koeberg, right? And, plus, anyway, I mean, they wouldn’t let it happen, right? Right? Guys? Right?

        • rogerthat

          – over the years i've seen nothing to suggest Koeberg is not well run by competent people. it is well away from the coast in an elevated position. however, it is on the outskirts of south africa's second biggest city.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=4337

    Nov. 20, 2014

    Emails Show the HHS Immediate Office of the Secretary Gave NIH Lead Role in Rewriting Proposal for Overhauling Rules for Human Subjects Research Despite NIH’s Direct Conflict of Interest

    HHS Action Corrupts the Rulemaking Process and Undermines Authority of the Office for Human Research Protections

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Public Citizen today called on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell to immediately reverse the recent decision by one or more senior officials in her immediate office to abruptly transfer from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the responsibility for rewriting key sections of a draft proposal to extensively revise the federal rules for the protection of human subjects.

    In its letter to the Burwell, Public Citizen highlighted the fact that NIH has an obvious, direct conflict of interest in this matter because, as the largest federal funder and conductor of human subjects research, it is subject to the very rules being considered for revision…

    “Allowing NIH to play such a lead role in drafting the NPRM for revising the Common Rule corrupts the rulemaking process and is akin to asking the pharmaceutical and medical device industry to write the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations regarding the approval process for drugs and medical devices or asking the pesticide industry to write…

    • rogerthat

      the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations regarding pesticide exposure limits for workers and consumers,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “The public no doubt would find such circumstances to be grossly unacceptable.” …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2014-11-24/we-dont-want-nuclear-waste-arriving-at-sellafield/

    'Nuclear Madness' protest held at Carlisle station

    Anti nuclear campaigners are holding a demonstration at Carlisle train station to highlight what they say are the dangers of atomic energy.

    4 November 2014

    'We don't want nuclear waste arriving at Sellafield'
    Anti-nuclear campaigners have been holding a demonstration at Carlisle railway station to highlight what they say are the dangers of atomic energy.

    'Radiation Free Lakeland' group is protesting against the transportation and use of nuclear material in the North West. Nobody from the industry wanted to comment. The protestors claim there are risks to the environment and public health.

    – 27 sec video

  • rogerthat

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/11/strontium-90-density-rose-3-x-groundwater-490000000-bqm3-reactor-2-seaside/

    Strontium-90 density rose up 3 × in groundwater / 490,000,000 Bq/m3 from Reactor 2 seaside

    November 26, 2014
    Strontium-90 density increased to be approx. 3 times much as previous month, according to Tepco.

    The sample was groundwater taken from seaside of Reactor 2.

    They measured 490,000,000 Bq/m3 of Sr-90 on 9/1/2014. It was 170,000,000 Bq/m3 on 8/4/2014.

    Tepco announces Sr-90 density in groundwater only monthly, so it is impossible to find the continuous trend. However, it can be read that Sr-90 density is not in the decreasing trend at least.

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2014/images/2tb-east_14112101-j.pdf

    Iori Mochizuki
    _____

  • rogerthat

    Fukushima I NPP: Plan C Also Failed in Plugging Reactor 2 Trench… Now What?
    November 24, 2014

    Plan D of Course! …

    This is how the story ends:

    … The NRA meeting on November 21, 2014 was funny without participants intending to be funny, from what I read in the tweets by people watching the meeting.

    At one point, Commissioner Fuketa exasperatedly asked TEPCO representatives, “So what was the point of trying to freeze the water? Was freezing even necessary at all?“

    The answer was no. TEPCO’s Shirai admitted (according to the tweet by @jaikoman on 11/21/2014) that there was a talk inside TEPCO that the ice plug was not necessary.

    So why did they do it, and why did NRA approve it?

    No one knows and no one is held accountable, while workers had to set up freezing pipes, then to pour ice, dry ice, grout, concrete, and to pump this highly contaminated water over the past 8 months in high radiation exposure. TEPCO hasn’t disclosed the radiation exposure for the workers.

    Source: EXSKF

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.nl/2014/11/fukushima-i-npp-plan-c-also-failed-in.html

  • rogerthat

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a0GM7ZPHGU

    Wigner6: Fukushima Dust of Death

    Kiefer Loyd

    Published on Nov 25, 2014

    Wigner6: Fukushima Dust of Death Michio Kaku: Still Ticking Time Bomb There is Nothing We Can Do FUKUSHIMA,And The End of Humanity.Michio Kaku F.

    – good updated pull-together?

  • rogerthat

    http://esciencenews.com/dictionary/Fukushima.Nuclear.Disaster

    has this, from June 2011:

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/jun/20/nuclearpower-nuclear-waste

    Damian Carrington's Blog

    Fukushima report shows nuclear power can never be safe and cheap

    The first "independent" review of the safety failures during Japan's nuclear disaster reveals some chillingly obvious "lessons" to be learned

    • Unsure about nuclear power? Here's the five questions you must answer to decide

    By Damian Carrington
    June 21, 2011

    The first "independent" review of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was published today and it does not make reassuring reading.

    Japan is perhaps the most technologically advanced nation on Earth and yet, time after time, the report finds missing measures that I would have expected to already be in place. It highlights the fundamental inability for anyone to anticipate all future events and so deeply undermines the claims of the nuclear industry and its supporters that this time, with the new generation of reactors, things will be different.

    I used quote marks on the word "independent" because the report comes from the International Atomic Energy Association (pdf) (IAEA) which, while independent of Japan, is far from independent from the nuclear industry it was founded to promote. But this conflict of interest only makes the findings of the IEAE's experts more startling…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.reddit.com/r/cringe/comments/2ndgbt/crazy_angry_old_man_incoherently_ranting_about/

    – more evidence of the secret war to discredit? (it's been deleted, so i dont know what it was but the tactic appears familiar)

  • rogerthat

    http://bergheimfollies.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/one-more-thing-to-worry-about.html

    Nov 25

    One More Thing To Worry About

    For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
    For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
    For want of a horse the rider was lost.
    For want of a rider the battle was lost.
    For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
    And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

    Most of us are familiar with this nursery rhyme, which illustrates the logical progression from small actions or inactions to larger consequences…

    – wipp, yucca, hanford. it ends:

    … There are no "ray cats" at Hanford. But there are the usual critters and plants. If exposed to the leaking radioactive material, they become "biological radiological vectors."
    Rabbits, badgers, and gophers that somehow ingest leaked radioactive material can spread their radioactive poop across thousands of acres. The radioactive creatures have to be hunted down, and their poop safely cleaned up by people in suits. Even tiny termites and ants can unearth radioactive material.

    And then there are tumbleweeds, whose taproots can reach 20 feet down to suck up buried radioactive waste. In the winter, those taproots wither, and it's off the tumbleweeds go, tumbling miles away with the wind. In 2010, Hanford had to chase down 30 radioactive weeds.
    Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I'd have to be concerned about radioactive poop and tumbleweeds that glow in the dark.

    Just one more thing to worry…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.nucnet.org/all-the-news/2014/11/25/uk-will-be-left-behind-as-china-storms-ahead-with-gen-iv-r-d

    25.11.2014
    UK Will Be Left Behind As China ‘Storms Ahead’ With Gen-IV R&D

    25 Nov (NucNet): Without further government investment the UK will be left behind when it comes to Generation IV nuclear technology research and other nations will partner China to develop new systems and reactors, a charity advocating next generation nuclear energy has said…

    The London-based Alvin Weinberg Foundation said …

    – Hmm, a charity. Charities are good. It's good to donate to charity, everyone should do it. Donations to charity are tax-deductible, i think.

  • rogerthat

    http://itheo.org/articles/launching-weinberg-foundation

    Launching The Weinberg Foundation
    31 August, 2011

    The Weinberg Foundation is a newly created, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to driving awareness, research and the commercialisation of cleaner and safer nuclear technologies, fuelled by thorium.

    Being formally launched at the House of Lords on 8th September 2011, the Weinberg Foundation will collaborate with like-minded global organisations to act as an enabler in the UK.

    Named in honour of Alvin Martin Weinberg (1915 – 2006), the nuclear physicist who pioneered peaceful nuclear technology and thorium energy, the Weinberg Foundation was co-founded by John Durham, JoAnne Fishburn and Laurence O’Hagan.

    “The world desperately needs sustainable, low carbon energy to address climate change while lifting people out of poverty. Thorium based reactors, such as those designed by the late Alvin Weinberg, could radically change perceptions of nuclear power leading to widespread deployment.”

    -Baroness Worthington, Patron , The Weinberg Foundation

    Baroness Worthington, Labour Life Peer, is an experienced climate campaigner and a key member of the team that drafted the UK's Climate Change Bill is the Patron of the foundation and hosts the launch…

    • rogerthat

      http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/about/

      About Us

      We are the world’s only charity dedicated to advocating for next generation nuclear energy to combat climate change, alleviate energy poverty and reduce air pollution.

      Our mission is driven by Dr Alvin Weinberg’s humane vision of a clean, safe and sustainable energy supply for all. Our core objective is to place the development of next-generation nuclear power on the agenda of the public, businesses and governments around the world, for the benefit of the world.

      We are a non-partisan, diverse group of people with one thing in common: we care deeply about the pivotal role of energy technology in stopping climate change and creating a better world.

      As environmentalists, we support the development of all effective clean energy sources, but focus on advanced nuclear power because of its potential to be a game-changer in the battle against climate change.

      We believe that the achievement of Alvin Weinberg’s vision of safer, cleaner and cheaper nuclear power depends on active collaboration, partnership and debate between scientists, governments, industry and the general public around the world.

      We strive to facilitate this dialogue, which will be one of the defining energy conversations of the 21st century.

  • rogerthat

    So why don't we form a charity dedicated to advocating for the abolition of nuclear energy to combat climate change, alleviate energy poverty and reduce air pollution?

    Our mission is driven by humankind's wish for a clean, safe and sustainable energy supply for all. Our core objective is to place the development of next-generation solar, wind, geothermal and wave energy on the agenda of the public, businesses and governments around the world, for the benefit of the world.

    We are a non-partisan, diverse group of people with one thing in common: we care deeply about the pivotal role of energy technology in stopping climate change and creating a better world.

    As environmentalists, we support the development of all effective clean energy sources, but focus on advanced solar, wind, geothermal and wave technology because of their potential to be a game-changer in the battle of climate change.

    We believe that the achievement of the entire human race's earnest desire for safe, clean and cheap solar, wind, geothermal and wave power depends on active collaboration, partnership and debate between scientists, governments, industry and the general public around the world.

    We strive to facilitate this dialogue, which will be one of the defining energy conversations of the 21st century.

    So what about it? We'll get lots of donations from corporations, which will make us happy, and they will be tax deductible for the donors, which will make them happy.

  • rogerthat

    https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141127002303-130315301-rethinking-fukushima-from-the-outside-in

    By Jonathan Wilson
    Executive Director at CRASH, Missionary, Author, Speaker: New Book "How Christian Volunteers Can Respond to Disaster''

    Rethinking Fukushima from the Outside-In
    November 27, 2014

    Last week I was asked to sit in on a meeting of nuclear scientists in Tokyo and provide a unique perspective…

    My contribution to the discussion was from the standpoint of the humanitarian work we have been doing in Fukushima and the rest of Tohoku for the last three and a half years and the connections we have made with those living and working under the threat of radiation.

    I shared three key words that I heard from Rev. Keiji Kida of Koriyama City in the central valley of the prefecture located about 50 kilometers from the plant.

    This was an area to which many of the residents around the nuclear plant were evacuated to and where we worked with local churches to provide care and comfort to survivors.

    The first word he uses to describe the atmosphere he finds among the people is "Anxiety"; the typical housewife checks the wind outside each morning to see if she should hang up clothes to dry inside instead of outside to avoid radiation.

    The second word is "Separation"; families are being divided as husbands stay to work while wives move away for the sake of the children.

    Generations also react to the disaster differently, with…

    • rogerthat

      younger people feeling greater risk than older people.
      The third word is "Paralysis"; many people feel numb, caught in a state of limbo not knowing what to do or who to trust.

      Each of these three words catch something of the effects that the disaster has had on society, and yet it is important to notice that none of these are the actual result of escaped radiation.

      Even more powerful than the unseen radioactive particles are the social ramifications of intangible elements like fear, loss of trust and a pervasive sense of hopelessness.

      My message to this meeting of nuclear scientists was that even as "defense in depth" turned out to be insufficient because the real threat came from the opposite direction, we must reconsider the impact of nuclear disasters and put effort into protecting the public not only from radiation but also from the social ramifications of living under the nuclear threat.

      Hundreds of millions of dollars of research is invested in furthering understanding of nuclear physics with a primary stated goal of public safety, however the public is being harmed none-the-less.

      Up until now the approach has been inside-out, starting with the securing the reactor, decreasing any possibility of radiation leakage and then understanding the effects of such radiation upon public health…

      I would advise that this method be turned around and the effects of nuclear energy be studied from the outside-in. Well-funded research needs to be…

      • rogerthat

        conducted on how personal lives of people living in Fukushima have changed post-disaster and then strategies must be put in place to mitigate such effects in the future.

        It is vital that outside threats such as tsunamis, volcanos and earthquakes be sufficiently prepared for, but outside effects such as the break-down of society, casualties from mass evacuation, and impact on the development of children must also be considered before we allow other communities to be exposed to such risk in the future.

        • bf9 bf9

          And what happens when Diablo Canyon goes, or SONGS, or Palo Verde…

          Instead of the pacific absorbing the brunt of the shock, it now has thousands of miles of land to permanently contaminate. Everyone needs to take an active role in mitigation, solutions, and the shut-down of all nuclear activity. If we continue, it WILL kill off our genome.

  • Dano

    Major Alert For Dam Upstream Of US Nuke Plants -Vid

    bullcrap, Boone Lake is drawn down same as Cherokee and Cherokee Lake will hold 10 times the volume of Boone Lake. Google is your friend.

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      I hope your right. All my people live downriver. Are there any updates on the sinkhole at Boone dam? I haven't seen any lately. Nuclear facilities anywhere scare me. Below a dam, on a river, lake or coast. In the desert. I mean. Shit happens. The only constant is change. Things are subject to entropy naturally, but when you throw in a little Wigner effect…radioactive waste that has to be safely stored forever and like I said, Shit happens. Some examples, Fukushima, Chernobyle,TMI, WIPP, the war against terror and when your dealing with nuclear, even when shit doesn't happen it's already really, really bad. Like the Mark 1, the daily, tiny under the radar leaks that add up, bioaccumulate, and biomagnify. Little experiments that go wrong that you and I aren't privy to, but will nevertheless be forced to deal with the consequences, will lay that burden on our children, our grandchildren. It is an act of such utter disregard for the welfare of all things. Nuclear is reprehensible. It should never have been made available for private profit, much less for wiping entire cities off the planet. Stick around. Learn a thing or two. Rethink nuclear. We don't need it and it might be death of us all.

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