Video: Company that runs WIPP reveals plume of radiation spread to population center — Compares it to “licking your iPhone charger” — Mother: “They don’t want the people to perhaps know the extent of what went wrong”

Published: March 16th, 2014 at 11:32 pm ET


WIPP Recovery Town Hall Meeting, U.S. Department of Energy, Published Mar. 11, 2014:

  • 49:30 in – Fran Williams, technical adviser for URS, the company that runs WIPP: There are 7 monitoring stations off of the WIPP site […] I only spoke to the one that was the highest. There’s one in Carlsbad and that one was even lower, just above background. […] well below any limits […] and will result in no health potential to a child or a fetus.
  • 57:00 in: They’re down at the levels of licking your iPhone charger. I’m not trying to be funny; I’m trying to equate radiation exposure to something that you can understand. […] I hope that helps.

Some experts may disagree with that analysis:

  • Wall St. Journal: Plutonium and americium particles can lodge into bones or muscle tissue, affecting cellular structures and DNA, experts say. “When it gets into your body it can do a lot of damage,” said [Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists] “Even very small amounts are a potential concern.”
  • Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: “The radioactivity [from WIPP] in the air is in a particular form that can deposit in your lung. Radioactive material is attracted to your lung tissue. What you breathe in does not come out.”
  • New York Times: Workers inhaled plutonium and americium, which if lodged in the body bombards internal organs with subatomic particles for the rest of the person’s lifetime.

Though the URS adviser confirms radioactive material from WIPP reached Carlsbad, Carlsbad’s newspaper maintains it did not (emphasis added): “[CEMRC] director Russell Hardy has remained adamant that the radioactive particles could not have spread far since the release. “It’s impossible because they are heavier isotopes,” Hardy said. “Probably the furthest they could travel is about 15 to 20 miles.” Data has shown that the radiation didn’t even make it to the nearest population center. […] “The problem is that trust of the government and trust of the mainstream media is so low that it has become easy to compete with either in terms of trust,” said Kyle Marksteiner, a resident of Carlsbad. “Someone starts a web page and claims independence, and their information is being perceived as just as credible.”‘

See also: [intlink id=”tv-officials-now-confirm-plutonium-andor-americium-reached-carlsbad-10th-most-populated-city-in-new-mexico-container-of-radioactive-waste-may-have-blew-up-video” type=”post”]TV: Contamination from WIPP drifted 26 miles west, all the way to Carlsbad (VIDEO)[/intlink]

An excerpt from today’s Albuquerque Journal may help explain these disparities: “One mother who raised concerns about future incidents and her children’s health – echoing the worries voiced by another mother at the same meeting – said the facility’s importance to the region made her skeptical of the information provided. “I feel that WIPP is just such an enormous part of this community […] They don’t want the people to perhaps know the extent of what went wrong.”

Watch the town hall meeting here

Published: March 16th, 2014 at 11:32 pm ET


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151 comments to Video: Company that runs WIPP reveals plume of radiation spread to population center — Compares it to “licking your iPhone charger” — Mother: “They don’t want the people to perhaps know the extent of what went wrong”

  • That plutonium needs to go on a diet, since it can't even make it out of WIPP very far.. it got soooooo heavy.. probably from licking too many chargers.

  • HEPA Filter System Failed At WIPP Facility; What Is The REAL Story About Radiation Release? via @AGreenRoad

  • irhologram

    From POTR: Evacuation. (Folks should be) "preparing to evacuate in the advent of a 2nd explosion at WIPP. We believe it is likely that ventilation instabilities related to the 2/5/14 fire resulted in the build up and explosion (of) combustible gases on 2/14/14. Given that the ventilation system is in even much less stable (condition) after the explosion, another gas build up and explosion is to be expected."

    "To be expected." And more to come after that, this would seem to imply. Each blow up exposes more and more explosive material. Each time, more systems are knocked out, until the whole 1000 Hiroshima equivalent blows a 100 mile radius sky high?

    • What is more likely is a slow, non stop stream of noxious, poisonous chemicals like dioxin, radioactive gases that cannot be 'filtered' or even measured, and a plume of 'hot' particles that go through or around the HEPA filters (if they are even working at all) from now until the end of time.. just like from the Fukushima out of control coriums..

  • m a x l i

    If you are reading this and you are an entrepreneur in the food industry – throw an iPhone-charger shaped lollypop on the market. It will go viral. (The apple logo better is to be avoided in order to not too obviously step into someone else's territory, but a banana logo is appropriate enough.) And don't forget to stop by at ENENEWS daily in order to stay ahead of your competitors. There's no better place to find out what the latest global trends are.