Tornado hits U.S. nuclear facility – Uranium enrichment building damaged — Parts of cooling towers destroyed — Alert declared for ’emergency condition’ (PHOTOS)

Published: November 19th, 2013 at 2:15 am ET
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Portsmouth Daily Times, Nov. 18, 2013: Tornado hit Paducah plant Sunday [in Kentucky]

WPSD, Nov. 17, 2013: One of the plant’s four enrichment production buildings, the adjacent cooling towers and nearby electrical switchyard sustained most of the damage. Several of the transite panels that cover the building were torn off or broken. Electrical power poles, wiring and other electrical circuits were also damaged. The shrouds or collars that surround the fans on this set of cooling towers were destroyed.

Damaged cooling tower (SOURCE: USEC)

NBC Lexington, KY, Nov. 18, 2013: Officials were continuing to monitor the facility Monday, but said there had been no hazardous material releases, according to the statement.

NRC Report, Nov. 17, 2013: [A]n alert was declared at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant due to an apparent tornado strike/severe weather event. […] “This event is reportable under 10 CFR 76.120(a)(4) where an emergency condition has been declared an Alert. […]”

The Courier Journal, Nov. 18, 2013: USEC stopped enriching uranium there in June.

Nearly all news outlets covering the Paducah tornado claim the plant stopped enriching uranium earlier this year. However, according to this report, (Emphasis Added) “On 14 November 2013 Russia has shipped the last batch of low-enriched uranium […] The cargo will be delivered to Baltimore and then to USEC’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky, where the uranium will be used to manufacture fuel for U.S. nuclear power plants.”

Also note the vast majority of reports only say that no “hazardous materials” were released — releases of “radioactive material” are not denied or admitted (see USEC’s twitter feed). The plant’s internal documents clearly distinguish between “hazardous” and “radioactive”. For example, APPENDIX F reads, “Categories of waste evaluated were LLW [low-level radioactive waste], TRU [transuranic waste], hazardous waste […] All low-level mixed (radioactive and hazardous) waste (LLMW) and hazardous waste at these sites are transported off site.”

Interestingly, USEC’s last tweet before the tornado hits is a message promoting a local showing of CNN’s much maligned pro-nuclear film ‘Pandora’s Promise‘, an event they appear to be sponsoring.

See more photos of the damage at the plant on USEC’s twitter feed here

Published: November 19th, 2013 at 2:15 am ET
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88 comments to Tornado hits U.S. nuclear facility – Uranium enrichment building damaged — Parts of cooling towers destroyed — Alert declared for ’emergency condition’ (PHOTOS)

  • Naha Johari

    Thank you for covering this.

  • Mack Mack

    *Keep an eye on which way the wind is blowing.

    http://hint.fm/wind/

    • Gasser Gasser

      BOB DYLAN

      "Blowin' In The Wind"

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

      ~~~~~~~~~~~

      How many roads must a man walk down

      Before you call him a man?

      
How many Radioactive seas must a white dove sail
      
Before she dies in the sand?

      
How many times must the Buckey balls fly
      Before on you they land?


      
The truth, my friend, ain't blowin' in the wind,

      Only Plutonium is blowin' in the wind.

      How many years can mankind exist

      Before he's contaminated by the sea?

      
How many years can aging Nuclear reactors exist

      Before they're no longer allowed to pollute you and me?

      
How many times can a man turn his head,

      Pretending he just doesn't see?

      
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

      The answer is Cesium's blowin' in the wind.

      How many times can dumb TEPCO look up

      Before they can't see the sky?

      
How many commonsense ears must man have
      
Before he can hear people cry?

      
How many radiation deaths will it take till he knows

      Too many people have died?

      
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

      The answer is blowin' in the Fukushmia wind.

      ~Gasser Classic~

  • Mack Mack

    From Enenews article above:

    "Interestingly, USEC’s last tweet before the tornado hits is a message promoting a local showing of CNN’s much maligned pro-nuclear film ‘Pandora’s Promise‘, an event they appear to be sponsoring."

    They should watch this movie instead —>

    "Nuclear Exodus: Pandora's Promise Was A Lie"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrZZNzC3f8g

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      Pandora… if I remember my mythology correctly, wasn't she given a jar containing all the evils in the world by Zeus, promised not to open it… then opened it anyways. I think the title 'Pandora's Promise' is a fitting title. The jar (reactor chamber) has been opened releasing all the evil into the world, and the keepers of the jar are lying through their teeth.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Pandora's box, or jar, yes. (What a lame thing, IMO, naming a movie, "Pandora's Promise." Like naming it, "Promised Peril." What kind of a dunce came up with that one? Just my two cents' worth.)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_box

        "Pandora's box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora's creation in Hesiod's Works and Days.[1] The 'box' was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos)[2] given to Pandora (Πανδώρα) ('all-gifted', 'all-giving'),[3] which contained all the evils of the world.

        Today the phrase 'to open Pandora's box' means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severe and far-reaching consequences.

        "Pandora's Promise" ? Maybe some kind of a Freudian slip.

  • razzz razzz

    I don't think Pandora saw that one coming.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Well the last thing out after the box was opened wound up being hope. All that remains in way too many ways. as corporations are quickly deregulating any sane acts from the past to prevent this madness, into laws that protect only them. Now construction of shoddy facilities for refining enriched nuclear materials is perfectly ok. The mentality of "this will never happen" logic of thinking/planning seems to be leading to domino effect disasters.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Most days,that is upwind from me only a couple hundred miles. Between St. Louis' nasty radioactive landfill with the underground fire approaching, and this, maybe I won't have to worry so much about Fukushima.

    Kicking me in the shin makes me forget about my headache.

  • jec jec

    Words say it all. Why else would the DEFINITIONS separate radiation from hazardous materials. So the media and public does not understand what is happening. So the media and public does not understand the release of radioactive material happened. We assume..hazardous..and radioactive..would be considered the same. Per the 'playbook', its not from what the documentation describes. Guess the next FOIA is to ask for the definitions of RADIATION and HAZARDOUS..of US nuclear industry, EPA, FEMA…and then ask British Petrol (BP).Next step is to contact the local nuclear power company and ASK them THEIR definition.

    Thank you all for those catching these 'little' nuances…which really are not that tiny.

    • bo bo

      Yes, great catch – that loophole of saying 'hazardous material' not released, and not mentioning 'radioactive material'.

      so… is anybody monitoring radiation levels nearby?
      NETC is all green in Kentucky

      • bo bo

        Oh I see that the last article states :neither hazrdous nor radioactive material released.

        Interesting too, just as I learned from the many articles I read on enenews, they mention how much of an energy waste uranium enrichment is.

        '….but the plant's 1950s technology was a massive energy hog, sometimes requiring as much power as a city the size of Nashville, Tenn.'

        Just quoting that just in case those who still naively believe Pandora's Promise was a documentary (and not propaganda) happen to be reading this. When you hear people say nuclear power is the most efficient way to produce energy, or that it is the 'necessary evil' to curb CO2, and that 'when done properly' it is clean – you are being fed lies. Nuclear power is never clean, hugely inefficient, and produces massive amounts of CO 2 as well.

        • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

          Uranium enrichment is only a waste of energy if you don't plan on needing highly enriched radioisotopes available for various uses. Some uses save lives. Others, not so much…all depends on who is deciding where the balance point should be.

      • WWJD WWJD

        I just looked at the graph on the 17th for:

        Station ID 5:415 Louisville, KY, US
        CPM: current 251 Low 218 High 602
        Average 306, Deviation 65.8
        (CPM of Gamma in energy range 600-800keV)
        Last updated: 2013-11-18 23:31:00 GMT-0600

        There is a very clear spike on the 17th and when I looked at all the EPA gamma stations around that one, none of them show the same spike. Wouldn't you expect if the spike was caused by the storm, we would see the same spike on a nearby station too? For example, the storm that came through on Oct 30 – 31st shows highs on stations all around the area. Something happened on November 17th to cause that new database high and it was local to the Louisville, KY EPA station.

        • WWJD WWJD

          Sorry, the spike was near the database high for that station… not a new database high.

        • Au Au

          Time of the emergency activation was 2:17pm, November 17. Spike registered ealier at 6:46am on the 17th. I wonder what time the tornado hit the building? Looking at the historical netc.com it looks like Louisville gets a fair few spikes. Geee, I wonder where those come from? : /

          • WWJD WWJD

            @Au – If a storm passed through and caused a 600+ spike on one station, I would expect something close to that on a nearby station in the same path of the storm. The 550+ spike we seen on the 17th is not seen on other nearby stations is it? Of course we can never prove one way or another, but I wouldn't want to live their knowing this. Look at me… I live in the state with the most nuclear reactors and I do not even want to think about the spent fuel locally. LOL

            • Time Is Short Time Is Short

              Denial is a very strong river.

              That's where good scotch comes in. With a Guiness chaser.

              I picked a damn bad time to quit drinking.

              • Au Au

                TIS "I picked a damn bad time to quit drinking."
                Why quit?!
                @WWJD- if anything goes wrong you will be the first to pick it up and report it. But, nothing will go wrong because all of our fingers and toes are crossed. Fermi 2 (POC) power plant is steaming away 38 miles from here. ugh

        • jec jec

          And anything over sustained 100 CPM is cause for alarm, or at least a case for cancer. St Louis is double that if not more. Parents really have some difficult decisions in all this.

          • We Not They Finally

            In Albuquerque, 100 CPM is THE BASELINE. With spikes upwards. Sometimes WAY up. As high as 680 CPM recently. Can't do instant relocation right now, but it's definitely on the way. Don't like the looks of this at all.

    • andagi andagi

      Dear jec,
      … bamboozle…
      "One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been
      bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle.
      We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has
      captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to
      ourselves — that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend
      to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)" -Dr.Carl Sagan
      Way to go ENENews!!
      Aloha.

  • Yes, it's a misnomer to call any manmade isotope (unstable, reactive = dangerous) low level.
    The Egyptians had 'low level' Uranium ore, there's radon danger from granite, even banana & brazil nuts. BUT they ain't partially refined manmade. .

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      I agree completely.

      We are not suffering from 'low-level' radiation. We are suffering from 'medium-level' radiation, and rising fast.

      We are waay past 'normal' maximum dose rates.

  • concernedkhnt

    Note that transits panels torn or broken off building are asbestos. Transite is asbestos. Not hazardous when not friable, but if torn or broken, then friable edges release fibers. Adding to toxic mix.

    first post. Been lurking for months.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    @concernedkhnt
    Thanks for posting!
    I go between posting and lurking. Often so many here express the same feelings or outrage that I have I don't post on those points. I just try to contribute what I haven't seen here.

    Lately I'm feeling like as Thomas Ackerman "That I have all the information I need" http://youtu.be/FHw91F-NtGw, gets to that point about 3:30 into video. The best thing I did was join forces with a local group to work together on these issues.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      Hello Concernedhknt and enoughalready 45,

      Enoughalready, I was wondering how you found your group. I've been thinking for a while I need to find local like minded individuals.

      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        @Phil
        Yes I did find a great group to work with based in Chicago, http://www.neis.org, Nuclear Energy Information Service, and now I serve on the Board of Directors. Please checkout our website, we have a Facebook page too, that will start to have more frequent updates so please like the page if you are on Facebook.

        We just got through a big push to notify our members, the public and press about the Waste Confidence hearing that was here in Illinois. A lot of our members made comments and attended. We also had a table there to give info. to the public. We have a monthly, "Night with the experts" where we have a conference Q&A with a variety of experts on things Nuclear, we have had a monthly movie series, host special events to support others like the makers of the movie "Crying Earth Rising Up" and co-hosted a multi-day conference with Beyond Nuclear At the University of Chicago on the nation's 70+ years of nuclear waste.

        We also support, and many of us are members of the Sierra Club's National Grassroots campaign, Nuclear Free.
        http://www.sierraclub.org/nuclear/
        It is just getting going so the Sierra Club chapter near you may not be aware of it yet. You can join Sierra Club and join this group, you can also attend your local chapter's meeting and inform/get them more involved in the Sierra Club's Nuclear Free Campaign.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Don't forget the third category, transuranic waste which includes plutonium. They didd't say no transuranic waste was released.

    Transuranic Radioactive Waste

    “The most prominent element in most TRU waste is plutonium. Some TRU waste consists of items such as rags, tools, and laboratory equipment contaminated with radioactive materials. Other forms of TRU waste include organic and inorganic residues or even entire enclosed contaminated cases in which radioactive materials were handled.
    “Some TRU waste emits high levels of penetrating radiation; this type requires protective shielding. However, most TRU waste does not emit high levels of penetrating radiation but poses a danger when small particles of it are inhaled or ingested. The radiation from the particles is damaging to lung tissue and internal organs. As long as this type of TRU waste remains enclosed and contained, it can be handled safely.
    “Another problem with TRU waste is that most of its radioactive elements are long-lived. That is, they stay radioactive for a long time. For example, half of the original amount of plutonium-239 in the waste will remain harmful after 24,000 years. Disposal must be carefully planned so that the waste poses no undue threat to public health or the environment for years to come.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      [cont.]
      “Figure 4
      “DOE Accumulated TRU Waste
      Reference: DOE/RW-0006, Rev.5
      “The total volume of TRU waste and TRU contaminated soil is estimated at around one million cubic meters. Figure 4 provides the historical and projected amounts of TRU wastes to the year 2015.
      “Site Selection for Storage and Disposal
      “In the past, much of the TRU waste was disposed of similarly to low-level radioactive waste, i.e., in pits and trenches covered with soil. In 1970, the Atomic Energy Commission (predecessor to the DOE) decided that TRU waste should be stored for easy retrieval to await disposal at a repository. Federal facilities in Washington, Idaho, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, and Illinois are currently storing TRU waste.
      “The DOE has evaluated several alternatives for managing buried waste and contaminated soil including: (1) leaving it in place and monitoring it; (2) leaving it in place and improving the containment; and (3) removing, processing, and disposing of the waste in a repository.
      “As a first step in developing a permanent disposal site for TRU waste, the DOE is developing an underground, geologic repository called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), near Carlsbad, NM. This site has been excavated in a salt bed about 2,100 feet underground. The WIPP will have to meet environmental standards established by the EPA before it can be used as a permanent disposal site. …”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    How much Russian plutonium was in this shipment?

    Uranium shipment signals end of US-Russian nuclear deal
    By Steve Gutterman
    MOSCOW Thu Nov 14, 2013
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/14/us-russia-usa-nuclear-idUSBRE9AD15620131114

  • ftlt

    I would think, the earthquake did not bother TEPCO's head scrubber, Lady Barbara "The Bitch" Judge.. (Did you see her mug in the Guardian TEPCO propaganda film posted on here yesterday???)

    She's probably way down deep in one of the nuclear industry's private bunker complexes in Southern Patagonia for the removal process's duration – working on positive "how safe things are at FUFU" spun press releases, of course..

    That woman gives me the heebie-jeebies, real bad…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I can hear her now..saying..
    "Talk to them..we have to talk to them".

  • Word magic and manipulation.

    What the heck?

    "…distinguish between “hazardous” and “radioactive”…"

    They realize the average person will not know 'THEIR' definitions.

    Don't get fooled again.

    BEIR VII phase 2
    http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11340&page=R1

  • weeman

    I would like to know why a facility such as this is not built underground for one, I would also like to no why it is imperative that we produce nuclear power, how many nuclear plants does it take to put the street lights on throughout nation, few people walk at night, does it really make you safer with illumination of the nation, why are street lights not LED and or have sensors. Turn the majority off the lights at night, just look at downtown on a Monday night, Xmas in June, what a waste.
    Unfortunately you cannot turn a nuclear reactor on or off on demand, not like gas or coal etc.
    All I know if you put the money you spend on nuclear, we could have one hell of a battery to store energy and most likely use renewable energy to charge batteries, same for geothermal power generation, my pick.

  • pkjn

    Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies
    19th November 2013 The Ecologist
    Confirmed cases of hypothyroidism, defined as those with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone level greater than 29 units increased by 21% in the group of babies that were exposed to excess radioactive Iodine in the womb. The same group of children had a 27% increase in 'borderline cases'.
    Our paper reports 44 confirmed thyroid cancer cases in 0-18 year olds in Fukushima in the last six months (a figure that has since risen to 53). In the hypothyroidism paper we discuss the 44 cases relative to the population and calculate that this represents an 80-fold excess based on national data prior to the Fukushima Iodine releases.
    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2164974/fukushima_fallout_damaged_thyroid_glands_of_california_babies.html

  • Nick

    Fission for peace.

    Yeah, right.

  • antipodes

    Just observe many over head street lights sensors broke,? lights on 24/7 365 days a year, many other such examples.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Just think of the miles of piping at that Plant where MOX has been run through, what will they ever do with it? If it was up to the EPA they make forks & spoons out of it!

    The history of that plant is filled with horrors, the DOE, now the NRC has got out of paying for the early deaths of many workers who cleaned those pipes yet the NRC seems to always find a way to get the courts on their side. If the public really knew the truth, would they do? After over two years of Fukushima I think we know!

    If that had been a F5 we would be running for cover as with the whole east coast!

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      "yet the NRC seems to always find a way to get the courts on their side. If the public really knew the truth, would they do?"

      Ah, and that's why the public must never find out just how much at risk they are; To protect national security. Makes perfect sense, in that alternate universe known as, "politics and profits"

    • flatsville

      >>>NRC seems to always find a way to get the courts on their side. If the public really knew the truth, would they do?<<<

      Anti-nukes have had major wins applying legal bollix tactics (delays) which force the financial hands of Utes.

      There's a kind of playbook involved.

      Payouts per judgement are the weak point where they often "win."

      Socrates is right in that Price Anderson Act has gotta go. I don't see a clear path or the political will…evev from the Trial Lawyers. They are likely making too much $$$ on the other side of the fence and are comfortable whetr they are now.

  • yohananw

    In May 2013, Paducah mayor Gayle Kaler said “Our priority as a community is first and foremost demanding clean-up dollars. We cannot accept a dirty shut down.”[17 in] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Enrichment_Corporation

    What does the 1996 NAS p.148 sentence refer to "USEC is responsible for removing uranium deposits that represent a criticality risk before returning the facilities to DOE"?

    http://energy.gov/em/portsmouth-paducah-project-office
    has community outreach links… http://www.pgdpcab.energy.gov/
    http://www.pgdpcab.energy.gov/Current%20Members%208-2013.pdf

    apropos DOE clean-up sites
    http://energy.gov/em/cleanup-sites/completed-sites the red dot map doesnt have site links… as does green current sites map http://energy.gov/em/cleanup-sites

  • yohananw

    re Paducah CAB Board Meeting Thursday November 21st 6:00 pm. (This Citizen Advisory Board open to the public meeting was announced a month before the tornado.)
    >>>
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Paducah; Meeting
    AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE).
    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Paducah. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
    DATES: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
    ADDRESSES: Barkley Centre, 111 Memorial Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42001.

    Tentative Agenda
    • Call to Order, Introductions, Review of Agenda.
    • Administrative Issues.
    • Public Comments (15 minutes).
    • Adjourn.
    Breaks Taken as Appropriate.

    Public Participation: The EM SSAB, Paducah, welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings…
    <<< source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-23/pdf/2013-24837.pdf p.63172 Issued at Washington, DC, on October 18, 2013. etc…

    also see DOE community outreach http://www.pgdpcab.energy.gov/

  • jec jec

    If they had to PAY for any damages caused by the plant, it would a whole different story. Since its the taxpayers who cover the costs of major damages, and like the BP disaster, or TMI, the victims who have to PROVE any damages — the cost is shoved away from the power companies. They just get the profits…..

  • Mack Mack

    In Yoichi Shimatsu's 11/18/13 interview on Rense.com, Yoichi said they massively vented the Fukushima plants prior to the Unit 4 rod removal, and he believes this hot air blew to North America and caused the tornadoes in Illinois/Kentucky.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Makes perfect sense as we are releasing massive amounts of invisible Nuclear energy via this Nuclear Cabal all around the planet! As Nuclear grew so did the temperatures, global warming and the violent storms, twisters, earthquakes and volcanoes via the neutrinos/energy signatures these babies throw out in volume.. 🙁

      Can't really see it, taste it or smell it, but it's here, and by the time you do feel it your in the hospital under a knife or taking chemo… 🙁 Slice and dice is/must be the new medical practice mantra!

  • pkjn

    8 Signs that Fukushima Radiation is Blasting the Oceans and U.S.
    November 20, 2013 Prison Planet
    1. Tuna caught off the coast of California are contaminated with radiation.
    2. Something is causing herring to bleed from their gills, bellies, and eyeballs.
    3. Sockeye salmon populations at historic lows.
    4. Radiation off West coast is expected to double in coming years.
    5. Fish imported from Japan is already contaminated.
    6. Radioactive plume expected to reach U.S. coastal waters soon.
    7. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline.
    8. We could see very high levels of cancer along the West coast due to contaminated fish consumption.
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/8-signs-that-fukushima-radiation-is-blasting-the-oceans-and-u-s.html

  • Gradius

    380g of Plutonium was there. 500g is enough to kill every living being on Earth.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    I did not to get to reaf the comments, I sure they were good. Kevin Branch is doing a 1 plus hour interview about the KY palnt & what the twister damage is, I have not listen to it yet, but I am just about to. He he asking for people to report radiation levels in all directions, all I can do is follow the Rad Levels the public puts out. I live a hour or so south & had no knowledge there was a plant there, but have pics of Blue Ships on the Tennessee River with Helo pads & well armed. As a UN Navy Vet, this is a ship made for the Oceans. What ever is going on, we are clueless.
    I hope the KY Plant gets more heat than the fires at ST Louis Land fill. We know the truth at that landfill, but KY is hiding more than meets the eyes of the public.

    Do not get in the rain, if you do hit a shower ASAP!
    Peace & we have to end this maddness!

    • yohananw

      “Fuk_USEC_shima”: more dirty power-down, slow cookers. Paducah, KY.

      Yesterday's 11/21/2013 Citizen Advisory Board Meeting must have been interesting. Here is a link to summary of a previous meeting.
      http://www.pgdpcab.energy.gov/Meetings/2013/April/Ex%20Committee%204-8-13%20summary.pdf

      As Geoffrey Sea reported: >"The unpredictability is magnified by the fact that USEC, which has operated the facility since the 1990s, followed its proprietary interest and did little maintenance required to keep equipment operable past the date when USEC knew it would depart the premises with no continuing legal liabilities. According to Paducah workers who prefer to not be identified, seals on the thousands of miles of piping are leaking, transuranic contamination is widespread and imported radioactive waste has been packed into the process buildings that are about to be shuttered."
      http://ecowatch.com/2013/05/28/slow-cooker-at-paducah-comes-to-boil/ (Comments in that ecowatch link, which were viewed last week, are not retrieved today. Refs to GS's USEC expose in ENE comments above)

  • yohananw

    "gigantic wake-up call", Kevin Blanch, interview. 18 Nov. early comment on possible tornado damage at USEC plant in Paducah, KY. Doesn't credit the USEC's spokesmen. His strong local view as world's worst site…
    http://www.frequency.com/video/ucytv-interview-with-kevin-blanch/132692646/-/5-4207

  • yohananw

    Link to Paducah CAB recommendations to the DOE. They look informed, readable and recent, if not current to the last month.
    http://www.pgdpcab.energy.gov/Rec&Responses.html

    Climateviewer brings more photos and links
    http://climateviewer.com/2013/11/23/tornado-hits-kentucky-nuclear-fuel-processing-plant/

    NYT on last shipment of Russian uranium en route to Paducah
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/business/international/last-shipment-of-nuclear-fuel-from-russian-bombs-heads-to-us.html?_r=0

    Fortunately the Nov 17 tornado was F2. As wetpwcas1 noted above, "If it would have been an F5…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujita_scale

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