TV: US nuclear workers’ brains eaten away, hallucinating, mental capacity of preschooler — Wife films frightened, trembling husband on deathbed — It’s indescribable what they’ve done and they don’t care — They want you to die — Gov’t Experts: It’s allergies from cats or feathers… or B-12 deficiency — Doctor: Quit helping workers get help (VIDEO)

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KING 5 News, Nov. 20, 2014: Steve Ellingson, a radiation specialist [at Hanford] sought treatment… after he inhaled toxic vapors… Penser North America [administers the DOE insurance system]… The physician paid by Penser… determined “there’s no evidence of work related impairment [and he] most likely encountered an irritating odor”… That physician is Larry Smick… He never met Ellingson in person… His conclusions were based on the review of his medical file… Smick has a longstanding history of dismissing Hanford workers.

KING 5 News transcript, Nov. 20, 2014 (emphasis added): In 2002, Steve Lewis, a Hanford electrician developed burning lungs, chronic nosebleeds… [Dr. Smick] concluded it was allergies from cats or feathersnot vapors vented from the most deadly substance on earth. Did you have allergies before? “I’ve never had an allergy in my life.”… Dr. Smick left a trail of emails showing he was under pressure to keep contractors happy. In an email to his staff… he directed them to quit helping workers get help. “Please do not encourage workers to file compensation claims. We could be invited off the site if that behavior continues.”… A former medical provider that worked under Dr. Smick accused her boss of not putting patient health first, Smick responded… “Occupational medicine is not the same as other types of medicine. You have the business needs of the employer to consider.”

KING 5 News, Oct 14, 2014: Gary Sall… [worked at Hanford] for 28 years… 10 years ago… his brain function got worse and worse. Within 5 years he… could barely speak, hallucinated, and operated on the level of a 4-year-old… Doctors diagnosed him with work-related toxic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disorder… [His wife] Barb documented the suffering in a difficult to watch video taken in 2011… in a hospital bed, trembling and frightened and on a feeding tube… The DOE’s insurer wrote that not Hanford, but alcohol consumption or a B-12 deficiency could be making him sick… He died 3 years ago at the age of 57.

Barbara Sall, Hanford worker: “You totally lose everything… your memories, your mind… Everything’s gone, it’s just a shell… No one should ever see their loved one go through what he went through. It got very, very bad… Once you get sick they get rid of you, you’re no good anymore… [It’s] undescribable what they’ve done to my family. They don’t care. They don’t even know we exist… Washington DC is turning its back on the fact that Hanford… is killing people.”

KING 5 News, Oct. 28, 2014 — Barbara Sall: “It is so scary, and they do nothing about it, and I don’t understand why this is still going on… They don’t think that we’re people.”

Tri City Herald, June 8, 2011: “It’s an awful way to go,” [Sall] said. “It eats your brain away. It turns you into nothing.”… “How many people… have to die before [DOE] is held accountable for what it is doing to workers?” asked Lawrence Rouse, who has the [same] disease.

Al Jazeera, Oct 14, 2014: Terry Wattenburger [age 50]… a few years back, he looked like a football player… cancer and lung disease have taken a toll… [he dropped] to 106 pounds… doctors removed his entire stomach… He struggles with… neuromuscular disorder… stomach cancer… nerve damage… “My immune system is totally compromised”… Jerry Ferson [worked] at Hanford… for nearly 30 years… medical records show… brain dysfunction… toxic encephalopathy… neurotoxicity syndrome… “his limbs are jerking all over, that’s hard for me,” said Linda Ferson, his wife. “But the mental aspect of it is the worst… He can’t remember how to turn the oven on.”… “They don’t want to take care of you,” he said. “They want you to die.”

See the difficult to watch KING 5 broadcast here

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  • rogerthat

    VD and rabies and a smaller brain … shows what 40 years in the industry can do for you

  • DumbWaterBoilers

    Please sign the petition:

    “U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must cancel the "prescribed burn" planned for the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in the Spring of 2015. Doing the burn will endanger public health by releasing plutonium particles.”

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/cancel-the-prescribed?source=c.em.mt&r_by=364519

    Read more about it here:
    http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_26988064/leroy-moore-rocky-flats-burn-bad-idea

  • DumbWaterBoilers

    Monsters…

    Look at some of the human radiation studies done by U.S Atomic Energy Commission:

    • In 1953, ”researchers from Harper Hospital in Detroit orally administered iodine-131 to 65 premature and full-term infants”

    • “In another AEC study, researchers at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine fed iodine-131 to 28 healthy infants through a gastric tube to test the concentration of iodine in the infants' thyroid glands."

    • In 1949, they “released iodine-131 and xenon-133 to the atmosphere which contaminated a 500,000-acre (2,000 km2) area containing three small towns near the Hanford site in Washington

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Atomic_Energy_Commission

  • Horse Horse

    If you research to find out how dangerous radiation is to life, you will find that science has assisted the nuke industry in covering up and minimizing the damaging effects of ionizing radiation. Atoms for Peace (nuclear power generation) is the cover used to continue the psychopaths pursuit of plutonium atoms for war. Life thrived on this earth because a thick atmosphere has shielded us from harmful ionizing radiation coming from space. Releasing ionizing radiation into the troposphere where we live is damaging our health and our genomes. How much damage needs to be done before we notice? Less expensive and less damaging sources of energy are available.

  • Anti Chicken Little Anti Chicken Little

    Hello,

    I would like to introduce myself.

    The sky is NOT falling.

    More later.

  • Anti Chicken Little Anti Chicken Little

    Nice article…

    Still doesn't mean the sky is falling. Have a beer or something.

  • Anti Chicken Little Anti Chicken Little

    Too much gloom and doom on this site. I am only here to brighten it up! 🙂

  • VoxDei VoxDei

    I dont recall GP. I was out of town last weekend. Catch me up. Haven't had a beer yet. Just had some cherry pie.

  • razzz razzz

    To brighten things up here, Anti Chicken Little is going to piss on a spent fuel rod while VoxDei holds it while both of them recite the IAEA mission statement. Should be worth the price of admission.

  • We have ways of penetrating packet trickery; good afternoon ENEers and witnesses to atomic crimes against humanity.

    ∞ Powered by the universal energy ∞

    Kevin Blanch is reporting about a NEW atomic situation in Japan on YouTube/Fukushima/today….. Something about an earthquake and fuel pool leak. Has anyone else heard of this?

  • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

    Greetings fellow Enenewsers!
    Thought I better quit lurking and get to posting on here at long last.
    I hope Stock has not actually quit posting here. He helped me learn quite a bit about the science of nuclear technology and the health impacts. Seems the trolls spend quite a bit of energy trying to distract us from the ultimate goal; Banning Nuclear Reactors Forever. I have a few different ideas about how to further this important goal. Apathy and ignorance surround us but if we are patient and strategic we can educate enough of our fellow citizens to succeed. Never give up!

    • VoxDei VoxDei

      You will never succeed. Nuclear tech is clean green and becoming lean. SMR is a new paradigm. Gaytheist had a sham technology site was not trained in nuclear science and engineering. A poser. A Gaytheist.

      • Jebus Jebus

        stock is all around you.

        stock is your neighbor.

        stock is your grocer.

        stock is in your church.

        stock is in your schools.

        stock is in your community.

        stock is in your government.

        and most of all, stock is inside your head… 🙂

      • Jebus Jebus

        SMR's will fail like you.

        NIMBY will defeat SMR's…

          • Jebus Jebus

            LOL, that should give you a good g00gle anal-ytics cookie to present you with your own personal ads…

            🙂

            • Ever notice how the V dialogue degenerates down to the lowest possible level late at night?

              Enenews is turning into something worse than a porn channel

              • yadereh yadereh

                Agreed, I think the Admin is falling on his face on this issue. Very sad to see 1 or 2 paid shills taking down a site that educates millions.

                I guess that is the way of CA "Corporate Amerika"

                • SadieDog

                  Nobody promised you anything. Leave, if you don't
                  Ike it!

                • SadieDog

                  Maybe if you guys quit arguing with the child, it might help. Duh?!

                  • Sickputer

                    I give up on OT…but Sadie…you are correct…never argue with a nuclear vagabond as he will beat you to death with his vast experience.

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      Let me know how that goes people.

                      I'll stand back and watch…

                    • Sickputer

                      And I was being satirical…I would put a ten-year-old with a keen mind up against an adult nuclear vagabond. Just didn't want to call the flamer a fool. He is no fool, he know exactly how to disrupt a list with multiple identities and insults.

                    • Sickputer

                      Speaking of the flamer situation (you may call them trolls…I prefer flamers as they do prefer to burn the whole online community to the ground)…the 2014 dynamics of an online community like Enenews lends itself exceptionally well to constant onslaughts of flamer wars.

                      Blend in controversial themes of limited main topics (nuclear energy, fallout, nuclear disasters), an Admin who is the sole moderator and wishes to remain anonymous like the free guests.

                      Add in the vast proliferation of free anonymous throwaway email systems allowing for multiple flamer identities and the stage is set for a Missouri boat ride (Josey Wales style).

                      Leads to a massive number of nonparticipating guests who regularly read the aggregated news releases, but rarely post themselves. The typical ratio of 1 regular poster for every 100 or more readers. Posters that use the Facebook avenue are far less likely to experience a massive flamer campaign on FB comments. Too risky for the flamers.

                    • Sickputer

                      But be patient…while at times determined flamers with multiple identities wreaked havoc for weeks or months on a user list, it is rare they can keep it up for months. Things intervene…list owners ban some of the most egregious flamer multiple identities, things go wrong at home or work for the spammer/flamer (kids at college flunk out, get arrested, or get pregnant).

                      Time is the healer for a flame war. That's not saying discussion groups don't die over time…most fall out in the 3 to 5 year range in my long Usenet experience. Web groups can last longer just because there are separate components.

                      It's also very common on many comment pages to have tremendous turmoil, insults and stronger counter-insults. Could be just a sign of the times of a stressed out fast-paced world.

                    • Jebus Jebus

                      So what could be a solution?

                      I'm not one to cower in fear or be put off by a slander, especially as I recognize the intent.

                      If this community of very intelligent humans wishes to stand by and allow the comments of a pro nuclear shill put a period of unsupported lies and hubris upon each good post, then I will sit by and watch…

              • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                agreed, Goodheart. And SadieDog's got it right! People need to cease responding to every post that's being put-up by these 'kids'.

                Back on the side…

      • Jebus Jebus

        Rethink Nuclear – NIMBY SMR

      • Yup, they sound safe.. just like all the rest.. Not

        Small Modulur Nuclear Reactor Meltdown And Explosion SL-1 – Idaho, United States via @AGreenRoad
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/06/1961-nuclear-reactor-meltdown-sl-1.html

      • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

        Actually VoxDie I am already succeeding in furthering my goal of shutting down nuclear reactors forever. You will live in shame when your grandchildren learn you were a nuker.

        One thing we can all do to help the goal is to create an email list of people we know and periodically email enenews articles to them. (and other news showing the true impacts of this criminally insane technology). Calling and emailing reporters is also a great move. Believe me, if approached correctly using facts and an organized presentation, true investigative reporters will listen to us. It only takes one reporter to latch onto a nuclear impacts story. Kind of like how King 5 in Seattle has started their ongoing, "Hanford's Dirty Secrets" series of reports. VoxDie is scared of this trend, which is only going to spread as more people realize what nuclear is; death.

      • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

        SMR Sodium Moderated Reactors are just the latest iteration of cancer bombs aka nuclear reactors. SMRs have ALWAYS failed and spewed radiation out causing intense radioactive sodium fires that are extremely difficult to extinguish since you cannot use water… It only takes one accident to permanently render a huge area uninhabitable, for thousands of years. Sodium oxidizes explosively when it contacts water, or air when it is heated, which it most certainly will be when it is molten hot right out of the reactor core! Sodium is very highly corrosive. It rapidly ruins metal pipes and reactor vessels meant to keep the radioactive contaminants inside the core and out of our environment. SMR cancer machines are just the latest Pandora's Promise scam to try deceiving us into letting the criminal nukers play God and transform Uranium into their precious precious Plutonium for weapons

      • Bill Duff

        VD is not EDUCATED in engineering and/or science. You can train a monkey. And in the case of VD, someone poorly trained an intellectually challenged monkey.

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Hey VoxMox—–> The man's name is Stock, not Gaytheist. The ONLY person that called him that is you, as VoxMox AND as your shadow self Good Plutonium. Your arguments too lame to carry the field, you resorted to graphic, crude sexual and religious slurs. You do that when you drink too much. Ringing a bell yet, dimwit?
    Furthermore, whether Stock is or isn't in ANY demographic does not detract in the slightest from the value he brings to this site. Its irrelevant, off topic, leave it alone.
    GO TO SLEEP. Your family is going to notice your deterioration if you don't let it go.

  • Anti Chicken Little Anti Chicken Little

    Why is there so much hate on this site? I have said nothing to anybody other than to introduce myself.

    I plan on being around a long long time.

    Have a blessed day to all!

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    @ACL. I hope you've been drinking a lot of barbecue sauce with your beer. Cesium free. Feathers I can handle but cesium makes me a little snarly.

  • Anti Chicken Little Anti Chicken Little

    I don't understand your hatred towards someone you don't even know. It's alright though, God will find it in his heart to forgive you. I have.

  • Anti Chicken Little Anti Chicken Little

    God punishes all those that deserve to be punished.

    • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

      Exactly my point. Thanks Chicken

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        God punishes no one
        Through the psychology of emotions HUMANS punish themselves
        This God(creator) could only love all and everything….just look at the universe
        Just look at yourself
        This God is free will
        This God is non judgmental
        Punishment, control, fear, these things have nothing to do with God but only HUMANS

        P.S. hello stock, thanks for all you have done and still do. Glad to hear you are inking deals that support the planet and free humans. That's what we call some real stock dividends.

        • @earth, thanks, good to have a few moments this weekend to be back. It was a real tough time putting together all those solar contracts whilst the troll virus was totally infecting my main workstation.

          Now I am accessing ENE through a separate computer, just in case.

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    You're right about that @BanReactorsForever, the radiation is locked up in the trees and brush systemically. If or when it burns there would be a tremendous atmospheric release of plutonium. Again. Sigh.
    A Chernobyl in Denver?

  • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

    Hanford is causing severe birth defects in the surrounding 3 counties. When you can see that Geiger counter buzzing away (as shown in the King 5 news video linked above) outside next to the tank farm then it absolutely means that radioactive isotopes are being blown all around far and wide. It is very windy at Hanford. Since workers are being exposed to radioactive fumes there then we can say for certain that pregnant women are also being exposed if they happen to be downwind. There is no disputing this

  • danger kitty danger kitty

    Vox —-> YOU ARE DRUNK. When you're drunk you revert to talking about coprophagy – eating feces. You've dung it in every one of your aliases. GO TO SLEEP.

  • Crickets Crickets

    Someone suggested that this voxdoo bunghole has been throwing back a few too many drinks today, but I read a few of his posts from yesterday and the day before that, and the day before that, and I think he just seems drunk. Some people don't need alcohol to act like fools. It's just the way they are all the time. His 5th grade humor does have a tendency to wear on the nerves, but, like most grade-schoolers, he'll probably go away if we don't pay attention to him.

  • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

    We need to post relevant links so people looking at the comments don't just see a bunch of VD crude jokes and our rebuttals. Easier said than done… Part of what these trolls want is to pollute our comments with offensive and unproductive material so that new readers are turned off. It is hard not to take the bait and fire back at the trolls but we just need to stick to our guns and stay focused on using our comments to explain to new readers how these nuke news reports impact their lives and the health of their families.

    • Jebus Jebus

      The problem with that is that all posts will be attacked with his lies and bull, either way.

      So, there are basically two choices here.

      Let him trash the threads, while everyone looks on.

      Or

      Let him trash the threads while engaging him, so his stupid ass posts something that will possibly get him banned.

      Has he ever posted anything to support his pro nuclear opinion?

      He falls for anything, no wonder he fell for the nuclear lie.

      I am not sorry that I prefer to show the world the true face of the nuclear propaganda machine.

      • yadereh yadereh

        Well said Jebus, well said

      • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

        Jebus, I cannot fault you for fighting the good fight and defending the moral high ground against the lies and propaganda from the nuker trolls. Keep on keepin on! I have found it a simple task to distill the pro nuke vs anti nuke argument into the following points:
        Nuclear reactors PRO: electricity, (weapons if you are a sadist)
        Nuclear reactors ANTI: cancer, birth defects, heart issues, autism and other genetic diseases of all manner, nuclear weapons proliferation.
        When you account for the astronomical costs of "storing" the spent nuclear reactor fuels, which the pro nukers never accurately do, then the "cheap" nuclear electricity becomes incalculably expensive. How many WIPPs and Yuccas need to be mined out to (not so safely…) store all of the thousands of tons of existing nuclear spent fuel waste?
        Wind, Solar and natural gas as a on-call generator can replace nuclear. We MUST begin constructing more of these relatively green electrical generating options immediately so we can simultaneously commence shutting down and decommissioning all of the cancer bombs, er I mean nuclear reactors.

  • Horse Horse

    Opening a reactor for refueling releases a spike of radiation for a couple days. These operational releases are not made public and, in fact, are covered up in the yearly totals that are made public. Most of the yearly total comes in that one bad day. Every NPP does a refueling about once a year. Requiring the operators to inform the public of that bad day would help us to limit the cumulative lifetime radiation dose we each acquire. Industry doesn’t want us to know how dangerous ionizing radiation of any dose can be.

    Ian Fairlie's website discusses the linear no-threshold theory of radiation risks.
    "Regardless of dissenting views on LNT, the reality is that most if not all concepts used in radiation protection today are strongly based on the LNT theory. For example, LNT allows radiation doses (i) to be averaged within an organ or tissue, (ii) to be added from different organs, and (iii) to be added over time. The LNT also underpins the concepts of absorbed dose, effective dose, committed dose, and the use of dose coefficients (eg Sv per Bq of a radionuclide)."
    http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/the-linear-no-threshold-theory-of-radiation-risks/

  • rogerthat

    http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/atomicage/

    Japan’s 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster still fracturing families via Los Angeles Times

    When the massive magnitude 9 earthquake rumbled through Fukushima prefecture in March 2011, it swelled the seas and shook the earth. But long after the ground stopped trembling, the disaster has continued to fracture families like that of Yoshinobu Segawa.

    With radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant still a concern, Segawa, 52, a middle school art teacher, and his wife, Yuki, 39, decided that keeping their children in Fukushima was too risky. So they found a new home 140 miles away, in Saitama prefecture.

    But Segawa had been employed here for 25 years and switching jobs wouldn’t be easy. To get a position elsewhere, he said, he’d have to take an employment test. “I’m getting old and I’m not sure I would fit in as a teacher in Saitama or Tokyo,” he said, “although I’m good enough for Fukushima.”

    So for the last 2½ years, Segawa’s wife and their children — ages 6, 4 and 3 — have been in Saitama. Every other week, Segawa makes the trip to see them. In October, the couple had a fourth child, who was born prematurely. The boy has heart problems that doctors say will require two surgeries.

    The couple can’t help but wonder whether being in Fukushima may have some connection. “It doesn’t feel good,” said Segawa, who is on paternity leave until March.

    Three and a half years after the Fukushima…

    • rogerthat

      disaster, many families like the Segawas remain stressed and divided. Other couples have divorced, and suicides related to the nuclear disaster also appear to be on the rise, said Tokyo-based lawyer Kenichiro Kawasaki of the Save Fukushima Children Lawyers’ Network.

      […]

      Naomi Nagasawa, 29, divorced her husband five months after the disaster. “Our divorce isn’t directly connected to the disaster, but our values differed on radiation and we argued a lot,” she said, adding that she had deeper concerns than her spouse did. “I have several acquaintances who have also divorced.”

      Now Nagasawa is raising her 4-year-old son, Sora, in an area where radioactivity remains a worry, but she hopes to be able to move away next year. She keeps Sora inside most of the time and has enrolled him in a nursery school that drives youngsters more than 30 miles away to Yamagata prefecture daily to play outdoors.

      “I wanted my child to play in nature,” Nagasawa said.

      Sora’s teacher, Taeko Henmi, said the transportation costs were covered by private donations and government subsidies.

      Just how cautious one should be about outdoor exposure, food, water and other issues is a source of friction among residents of Fukushima these days.

      […]

      There is good reason for mothers to be worried about the local water supply, he said, because it is not screened for such radioactive particles as strontium.

      One parent taking advantage of Tsuboi’s efforts is Akie Arakawa, 37, mother …

      • rogerthat

        mother of 7- and 10 year-olds.

        “I don’t want my kids to drink tap water,” she said.

        Many residents feel such parents are being overly anxious. Hiroyuki Kobori, manager at a local supermarket, said most locals were worried about radioactive particles in their food immediately after the disaster and didn’t buy local produce. But nowadays, most have returned to buying Fukushima-grown produce, reassured by government testing that has found it to be safe.

        […]

        A 2013 World Health Organization report predicted there would be an uptick of thyroid cancer, breast cancer and leukemia in Fukushima prefecture in coming years.

        Masamichi Nishio, honorary director of the Hokkaido Cancer Center, agreed, saying the government has not sufficiently warned the public of possible health effects from exposure to radioactivity.

        Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of epidemiology at Okayama University, said cancers could be prevented by limiting exposure time in areas with high radiation rates.

        And he strongly agrees with Nishio.

        “I find it problematic the Japanese public hasn’t been properly informed by the government to this date because [low levels of radioactive particles] can trigger cancer,” he said.

        Read more at Japan’s 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster still fracturing families

  • rogerthat

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/23/us-germany-energy-climate-idUSKCN0J70LB20141123

    Germany may shut down eight more coal power plants: document
    BERLIN Nov 23, 2014

    (Reuters) – Germany is working on a new law to force energy companies to shut down several more coal-fired power plants as it tries to reach ambitious climate goals, a document seen by Reuters showed on Sunday.

    According to a draft legislation prepared by the economy ministry, energy companies will be asked to reduce carbon emissions by at least 22 million tonnes by 2020….

    The latest measure is part of a raft of new climate rules which Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is expected to decide on Dec. 3. The program will also include steps to boost energy efficiency.

    Merkel's government wants renewables to make up between 40-45 percent of power generation by 2025 and 55-60 percent by 2035 – targets that experts say are ambitious for an industrialized country.

    The European Union agreed last month a pledge to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent in 2030

  • rogerthat

    http://www.theage.com.au/environment/anticsg-groups-says-use-of-radioactive-materials-should-be-disclosed-20141123-11s5vp.html

    Anti-CSG groups says use of radioactive materials should be disclosed

    November 24, 2014

    Peter Hannam
    Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

    EXCLUSIVE
    Radioactive material is being used at some coal seam gas drilling sites in NSW and Queensland, raising concerns about potential health and environmental impacts.

    A radiation management licence issued to US-based drilling company Halliburton shows it is permitted to use caesium-137, a radioactive isotope, for drilling by AGL at Gloucester, in the northern Hunter Valley and for Santos in the Pilliga forests near Narrabri.

    Drillers deploy devices containing CS-137 to measure the composition of gas and water deep underground, with the isotope emitting gamma rays to operate like a miniature X-ray.

    Produced in nuclear reactors, the material is potentially deadly and among the main radiation concerns at failed power stations at Chernobyl and Fukushima…

    Environmental groups say the use of the radioactive material is not disclosed in the CSG projects' Review of Environment Factors (REF) and Environmental Impact Statements, nor does it appear by name in Materials Safety Data Sheets.

    An anti-coal seam gas campaigner at Gloucester, Jennifer Schoelpple, said AGL had played up the use of much more benign chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing – fracking – but had downplayed…

    • rogerthat

      the role of caesium.

      "No matter how thoroughly you search 'under your kitchen sink' or how scrupulously you check the ingredients of your condiments and 'household products', you are highly unlikely to lay your hands on any CS-137 in your family home," Ms Schoelpple said.

      "If they are so transparent, why don't they document the most dangerous thing they use?"
      Vicki Perrin, from Lock the Gate in Queensland, said farmers allowing CSG drilling on their land and the neighbouring communities should be made aware of the risks: "Farmers need to know there is a radioactive source on their site."
      Ms Perrin, who worked for three years as an occupational health technician at Olympic Dam in South Australia, said communities should be told where the radioactive material is being stored, what the arrangements are to ensure devices aren't lost and for long-term monitoring.

      "It particularly worries me that there are exposure standards for workers but no exposure standards for the community," she said.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/texas-arrival-of-former-nuke-power-barge-delayed/29878858

    The Associated Press
    Nov 22

    GALVESTON, Texas –
    Safety and storage issues mean a World War II-era ship converted to a barge-mounted nuclear reactor will not arrive in Texas this year.

    The Galveston County Daily News reported Saturday that the Army Corps of Engineers will work with Galveston leaders on a new timetable.

    City council members this month asked for more information from the Corps about the former USS Sturgis, which will be scrapped. Critics raised safety and project input concerns.

    The decommissioned floating nuclear power plant is expected to be towed from Virginia to Galveston. The nuclear reactor and fuel have been removed. The Corps intends to remove the remaining materials for storage.

  • nuknomore nuknomore

    I haven't been here for awhile. I was wondering when the trouble makers would show up. Same thing happened on CNN, and they finally shut the comment section down.
    High school children get on these sites and pretend to be Ivy league genius's..
    Kind of comical. Because people that are really that well educated, wouldn't be playing such games.
    Everyone knows that a nuclear melt down is NOT good..
    To argue with people over their concern ..Is comical.
    Anyone that is really smart, would have some concern..Be it minimal or large. To make light of it, is absurd.
    Smart people would never say there was NOTHING, to be concerned with.

    • Sickputer

      nnm typed these pixels of light: "Because people that are really that well educated, wouldn't be playing such games.
      Everyone knows that a nuclear melt down is NOT good.."

      SP: Not everyone.

      ""It is given to men, sometimes, to attack the rights of others, to seize their goods, to threaten the life of those who defend their nationality, and to make that the highest virtues seem crimes, and to give their own vices the luster of true virtue" —Benito Juarez

      A more modern Quote of the Moment:

      "I intend to live forever. So far, so good."

  • jec jec

    Chilling report on cancer prevalence..using 2010 as base. Now I dont know about government work..but that is PRE-Fukushima, and four years out of date. Projection is for the USA population to have a 31% cancer rate in 2020, based on 2020 data.No break down by age group. Well grab me my slide-rule y'all…will wait with bated breath for the update..in a few years.

    Cause if California figure of the high increase in children with thyroid cancers are true..may need to give the US government a few slide rule lessons. Their computers sure look to be having trouble with just a few years increased data….slide rules are fast!

  • rogerthat

    http://nuclearactive.org

    … For decades, Sandia and the New Mexico Environment Department claimed that only low-level radioactive and chemical wastes were buried in (The Mixed Waste Landfill).

    New records uncovered by Citizen Action New Mexico clearly demonstrate that high-level radioactive waste from nuclear fuel experiments was buried in the dump.

    Following the 1979 Three Mile Island commercial nuclear reactor accident in Pennsylvania, Sandia was tasked with finding out what happens to high-level nuclear fuel during meltdowns.

    Sandia conducted dozens of experiments on nuclear fuel from around the world in its Annular Core Research Reactor and the waste was disposed in the Mixed Waste Landfill.

    The Mixed Waste Landfill is a 2.6-acre dumpsite, located in southeast Albuquerque within Kirtland Air Force Base, where Sandia is located.

    It contains an estimated 1,500,000 cubic feet of radioactive and mixed hazardous wastes from the reactor meltdown experiments and the research and development of nuclear weapons.

    Plutonium, cesium, strontium, depleted uranium, beryllium, PCBs and chlorinated solvents were disposed in plastic bags, cardboard boxes and steel drums. In 2009, a dirt cover was installed.

    Recently Sandia applied to the Environment Department for a certificate saying that they have completed cleanup of the dump. The Environment Department made a preliminary determination to approve the request. The public meeting and

    • rogerthat

      associated public comment period is part of the administrative process to obtain the certificate.

      Citizen Action encourages the public to make comments that request a public hearing; ask the Environment Department to deny the cleanup certificate; and ask the Environment Department to order Sandia to clean up and safely store the wastes in the dump.

      Dave McCoy, of Citizen Action New Mexico, said, “High-level waste disposal requires a deep geologic repository that won’t leak for 10,000 years. Leaving high-level waste in the shallow Mixed Waste Landfill for future generations is nothing short of an environmental crime.”

      For more information, please visit Citizen Action’s website at radfreenm.org, and Sandia’s information in the Lobo Vault at repository.unm.edu and search for the Mixed Waste Landfill.

      This has been the CCNS News Update. To learn more, please visit our website at nuclearactive.org.

  • curenado

    That "vox dei" is a very disgusting person. I have noticed Monsanto and nuke industry employees trolling to keep all that pay they are willing to destroy everything for. That is the closest thing to "demon" I have ever seen. They are also all very childish and dirty. "Teeheehee! Nothing you can do! Teehee" that is vile. A vile soul and life.

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      + 311

    • VoxDei VoxDei

      I am actually quite likeable and engaging in real life. Been busy with work and kids flying in for the holidays. Anyway I just got done reading a 2009 EPRI report that pretty much behind LNT for the purpose of establishing population radiation effects. Fascinating read.

      • Jebus Jebus

        Think this through, Pup

        In an indirect way a finger points in a direction of educated evil.

        And I can see that you are the only evil creature here.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLZ_Zy1VhMI

      • or-well

        Ladies and Gents –
        I give you
        The Protector of Propaganda
        The Defender of Pseudo Science
        Mr EightyK AKA The Gunnysacker…
        VoooooooxxxxxxxxxDeiiiiiiiii!

        Real is this…
        Pathetic little man.
        Vox – typical – and longtime – enenews troll.
        Completely discredits itself with each identity.
        Likes ineffectually shilling for nuclear power.
        THINKS FREE SPEECH MEANS ONE CAN LIE, INSULT AND HARASS WITH IMPUNITY.
        Exhibits psychopathy, cult mentality and stalkerish infantility.
        Denies factual reality and all science that is not pro-nuke to an absurdly psychotic degree.
        Possibly a sockpuppet (Chatbot), more likely one needing psychotherapy.
        The only interesting aspest of it is the great frequency the opposite of what it states is true.

  • Marushka Marushka

    “WHOLE BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS COLLAPSE; at the cell level, at the tissue level and at the population level. Burlakova and Nazarov describe these subtle effects at lower doses of internal irradiation in laboratory cell systems and also people, Grodzhinsky shows the effects in plants, – higher for internal exposures than external, Krysanov shows the effects in wild animals and Yablokov and the Nesterenkos in the children and adults living and continuing to live in the contaminated territories. The effects clearly operate at what are presently thought to be vanishingly low doses."

    pg 2, "ECRR Chernobyl: 20 Years On"
    ECRR = European Committee on Radiation Risk
    Dr. Chris Busby, Scientific Secretary wrote Introduction.
    book, 2006, was co-edited with Dr. Alexey Yablokov
    “ECRR Chernobyl: 20 Years On”
    the book!! http://life-upgrade.com/DATA/chernobylebook.pdf
    Spanish http://ciaramc.org/ciar/boletines/cr_bol226.htm

    • VoxDei VoxDei

      ECRR and Yablokov has not been accepted by the mainstream scientific community and should not be viewed as authority on this subject.

      • or-well

        Mainstream is not the confines of what's acceptable to the pro-nuclear cabal.

        Boring propagandist, typical – and longtime – enenews troll.
        Completely discredits itself with each identity.
        Likes ineffectually shilling for nuclear power.
        THINKS FREE SPEECH MEANS ONE CAN LIE, INSULT AND HARASS WITH IMPUNITY.
        Exhibits psychopathy, cult mentality and stalkerish infantility.
        Denies factual reality and all science that is not pro-nuke to an absurdly psychotic degree.
        Possibly a sockpuppet (Chatbot), more likely one needing psychotherapy.
        The only interesting aspest of it is the great frequency the opposite of what it states is true.

      • When you label truth tellers as liars, that says more about you than about them.

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        quote Vomit of the Devil :

        ECRR and Yablokov has not been accepted by the mainstream scientific community and should not be viewed as authority on this subject.

        ——–

        Your opinion is the last one on this site to reckon with in every sense possible . You repeated coming all innocent out the corner does not fool anybody here , except first time readers for a few second's..maybe..
        And it is also just another symptom of your personality being psychopatic deseased.
        And yes , you should be banned , and be locked up in a moral bootcamp. You fall outside the part of humanity that has evolved mutual respect enough to invent the concept of freespeech. Pushing deadly uncontrolable technology and its inevitable ending aka global suicide..
        You are just a vulture living inside a human container, trying to use ENEnews for securing nuclear armageddon upon this world.
        Your industrial murder machinery is collapsing…renewable's are rising..and we are amongst those responsible for that…you getting paid to be tossed from horn to fork and back.. will not change that..you've become nothing but entertainment to us..

        http://www.vice.com/read/how-corporate-lobbyists-use-the-internet-to-destroy-democracy

  • Marushka Marushka

    "… there is no amount of radiation so small that it has no ill effects at all on anybody. There is actually no such thing as a minimum permissible dose. …

    "Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically – is poison. Nuclear explosions in the atmosphere are slowly but progressively poisoning our air, our earth, our water and our food. And it falls, let us remember, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, on all peoples of all lands, regardless of their political ideology, their way of life, their religion or the color of their skin. Beneath this bombardment of radiation which man has created, all men are indeed equal."

    ~~~~~~~ John F. Kennedy, 1960

    http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/Milwaukee-WI_19600402-Wisconsin-Assoc-of-Student-Councils.aspx

  • USS Liberty Incident; 3 Minute Close Call Away From All Out Nuclear WWIII, LBJ Ordered Cairo To Be Nuked; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/11/uss-liberty-incident-3-minutes-away.html

  • demise demise

    Officials don't seem to understand that even though an x-ray maybe considered a safe radiation level, getting an x-ray dose every time I go into the water is not a healthy activity. Those 'officials' are just toting the party line so they can keep their jobs and remain brain dead to the real story.

    Our goose is cooked. We will devolve and mutate into the dark ages and then parish. What ever can evolve that can live with a poisoned environment will likely be hostile just like everything else that is currently on this planet.

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