Video: Gov’t official ‘chokes up’ over WIPP problems — Needs 15-second pause at community meeting — President of nuclear dump replaced — “We definitely got away with not having anyone seriously hurt” — Took 30 minutes to notice fire, truck leaking oil, extinguisher didn’t work

Published: March 14th, 2014 at 12:25 pm ET


Albuquerque Journal, Mar. 13, 2014: WIPP replaces president, project manager — Bob McQuinn has been named to replace Farok Sharif as head of the Nuclear Waste Partnership […] According to Sharif’s online biography, he is credited with helping WIPP ramp up the processing of waste deliveries from one or two per week to more than 30 shipments per week.

KOAT, Mar. 13, 2014: Leadership change at troubled nuclear dump […] president of southeastern New Mexico’s troubled nuclear waste dump has been demoted as investigations into a truck fire and radiation release near completion.

AP, Mar. 14, 2014: Joe Franco, who runs the Department of Energy’s site office at WIPP, choked up as he took the stand at the meeting, telling the community that at first he took the findings personally. “It’s one of those things, being part of the family, one of those things that’s a little tough […] we definitely got away with not … having anyone seriously hurt. So we need to learn […] I wanted the truth. We don’t need any sugar-coating.”

Franco in 2012: Franco addressed issues he considers important […] WIPP’s aging infrastructure and a higher-than-expected throughput over the years has resulted in wear-and-tear on the facility. […] the number of WIPP shipments received isn’t the best performance measure […] risk reduction also needs to be considered. “The reason is that even small numbers of shipments to WIPP can, in some cases, dramatically reduce the risk to people and the environment.”

Albuquerque Journal, Mar. 14, 2014: [Ted Wyka, DOE official who led investigation] said the old truck that was hauling salt had a buildup of oil and other combustible materials as well as active leaks. The fire probably started about 30 minutes before the driver saw the orange glow from the engine compartment […] the automatic fire-suppression system that might have detected the heat earlier was not active […] the fire extinguisher the driver sprayed on the truck apparently didn’t work. […] he said emergency strobe lights were not activated for five minutes, the command-center response was lacking and the investigation showed emergency training drills were inadequate. […] The biggest lesson, he said, is about the mindset at the site.

Watch Franco’s speech here (‘chokes up’ at 51:30 in)

Published: March 14th, 2014 at 12:25 pm ET


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  • We Not They Finally

    We're here in Albuquerque and a meeting will be held on March 27th by local anti-nuke activists including people who fought for many years for WIPP NOT to be built. It will be interesting and we hope widely covered.

    • digitalaardvarks digitalaardvarks

      on a new mexico pbs show last night the ceo of the chamber of commerce of carlsbad assured everyone this was only a local problem effecting carlsbad

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Can't help but wonder if the person who has been replaced is suffering any bad-health effects. Is that why he's been replaced? Has he been contaminated with radiation?

    • razzz razzz

      No longer a team player, to emotionally involved. The reason(s) is not important but when you allow the day crew back onsite the following morning after a nuke release without waiting for the monitor/filter results, you are a liability or where's the safety protocol in that decision making.

      Backstabbing is beginning as claims of a lack of money is the culprit. When does the EPA show to start fining the prime contractor for radioactive releases or OSHA for lack of maintenance in a safety program? It is the good'ol boy club and everybody is immune. Not even Congressional hearings.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Yes. +1 You hit the nail on the head. Fine summary. Like.

      • zogerke zogerke

        are they even under OSHA? MSHA? (mine safety)? Military?
        anyone know?

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          They are under the influence.

        • Shaker1

          zogerke, who knows? Even with the regs, they need to be followed by even the rank and file. By the way, hats off to you and stock for your stands regarding quality and safety. While I can understand, though never sympathize, that management, particularly the 'money people', have a difficult time with such things as long as things are going well, it amazes me that it's such a tough row to hoe with those that the regs are there to protect. It's not pleasant to see another severely injured or to wipe a friend's blood from a piece of equipment in any circumstance. I constantly stressed that the regs were the last fallback regarding culpability in case of an accident and it might make the difference financially for lost time. It's only a 'nusiance' if you make it so and open your mouth if something's wrong. Follow the regs, the quality demands, no matter how stupid one thinks they are, and there are people who would go to the mat to see fair treatment. I do understand somewhat human nature, and honestly, if I hadn't taken chances and they were somewhat successful I wouldn't have gotten to where I was. But it struck me once when giving it some thought that I've fired more competent people than incompetent people. Incompetence can be somewhat fixed while dismissive laziness and comfort from competence can't be so easily.

          • zogerke zogerke

            i'd only been fired once in 40 years and it was for telling the truth about an IDLH.

            I'll take chances with my own safety but i have no right under any circumstances to take chances with any one elses. especially in a dangerous work environment.

            i am under the corny and unpopular opinion that OSHA regulations were written in worker's blood. And i really think they should be updated, especially the PELS (permissible exposure limits.)

            My faith in the gubberment gets lower yearly. the decent people i know in osha, right now, i suspect have their sphere of influence clipped and lessened so that they don't tread where the powerbrokers don't want them to tread. look at katrina and bp. and we all know how much incompetence is there, and nepotism, with solid security rewards for keeping one's mouth shut and following orders.

            • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

              zogerke…I really appreciate your stance, and I wish there were more people of integrity like you in charge of safety. Thank you for standing up for what is right. 🙂

        • califnative califnative (NY)

          zogerke- does this answer your question? DOE Accident Investigation Report (3-13-14) on the WIPP Truck Fire, page 64 DOE programs and oversight:

          "The Board interviewed several of the CBFO management and oversight staff and reviewed numerous documents during the course of this investigation. Periodically, CBFO oversight functions are supplemented by DOE-HQ, DNFSB, DOE-EMCBC, MSHA, and other outside entities to ensure safe and compliant operations at the facility.

          The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal Act, Public Law 102-579, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Labor (dated July 1987) state, in part, that MSHA will shall inspect WIPP not less than four times each year and in the same manner as it evaluates mine sites under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, and shall provide the results of its inspections to DOE so DOE can implement its policy of compliance to MSHA standard (as though WIPP was a commercial mine) by taking the necessary actions with the DOE contractors and to assure the prompt and effective correction of any deficiencies and to otherwise ensure general compliance with MSHA’s mining health and safety requirements.

          I think this report will answer a lot of questions here on enenews.

    • to purple rain:
      No they gave him his old job back so to speak–no doubt at Hanford. Why wasn't that guy fired???

  • Cisco Cisco

    Right after I get one of those plutonium pacemakers, I'm going to get one of these…

    Atomic Car Revisited: Thorium Could Power A Vehicle for 100 Years?

    A car that could run for 100 years on one tank of fuel? It sounds like a far-fetched idea, but it is just what a company is apparently claiming possible with the use of an atomic fuel that was abandoned during the Nixon administration. We’re talking about the sounds-too-good-to-be-true substance called “Thorium.”

    Thorium is a naturally occurring radioactive element. It was discovered in 1828 by a Norwegian mineralogist and identified by a Swedish chemist, who then named it after the Norse god, Thor.

    • paschn

      "…EPA show to start fining the prime contractor for…"

      Like every other time their corporate owners pull out their pocket politicians, their "Bidens", "Liebermans" or McCains. then, in private negotiations, they'll agree to drop the "fine" to a tiny fraction of the money they made for breaking law/protocol in the first place. Like the swine gathered, laughing about the WMD's never found, corporations have a ball "doing business" in the good 'ole U.S. of A.

    • paschn

      Our problem has never been technology, even that available for going on 100 years, (Ford designed/built a Hemp-based car and even made a Hemp-based fuel to run it). It's The Synagogue's not allowing it because of pesky things like not being able to patent a weed. The Rockefellers/Morgans/Rothschilds et al pulling yet another "evil-devil weed" trick over and over again. Same with the blow-flies in D.C. whore-ing themselves out to Monsanto's GMO's. Why waste resources trying to make 'em label it? Just flat out ban it en toto, (fat chance).

      • digitalaardvarks digitalaardvarks

        the synagogue?

        • razzz razzz

          "the synagogue?" The club/culture/agenda/scheme/cabal/insiders/untouchables/mafia/leeches/WIPP officials/dumbasses/etc.

      • zogerke zogerke

        Paschn- In your name I will make a monetary donation to The Shalom Center, a Jewish center for peace, economic justice and environmental safety. As bigots post their comments on this web site I have vowed to counter each one I catch with a money donation IN YOUR NAME to a progressive Jewish or Jewish- Arabic peace source.
        Z O G E R K E

        • zogerke zogerke

          Done. You have just supported a synagogue rabbi who's life work is environmental justice and peace.

  • jackassrig

    The US doesn't need the military any longer. Send in American management they can destroy more in less time and cheaper

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    I am disheartened that I wasted a good half an hour on "lifeboat theory" in my class on morals and ethics.

    The survivors in the lifeboat will just have a contest to see who is smartest, by seeing who can start a fire with a stick first. In a wood boat.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Typical…SSDD. Like 20 monkeys effing football!

  • Nick

    WIPP is a great example of how we have been using the earth as a toilet bowl.

    Most fracking is not about extracting gas but putting stuff INSIDE underground, within the earth.

    Mine your own business, nothing to see here.

    In out, in in in, out.

    Fracking and nuclear technology are earth-lasters.

    Solar and wind and geothermal (sorry frackers, let plumbers do this) are earth -firsters.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Using the Earth..using the people.
    WIPP is relatively tidied up..
    This is the image search for..uranium reservation.
    See it for all it's filth.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      The fight goes on daily..

      Native Sun News: Non-Indians choose sides in uranium fight
      Sept 25 2013

      "Mark Hollenbeck and Susan Henderson are both cattle ranchers in Fall River County, South Dakota. They are both listed under “H” in the Edgemont telephone directory. They get their mail from the same post office in this railroad town 50 miles west of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. That’s where their similarities end."
      Edgemont is at Ground Zero for the nuclear industry in Lakota territory: It is the headquarters for the first in-situ uranium mining proposed in the state, and therefore the metaphoric epicenter of a clash over whether to go ahead with the project.
      Hollenbeck, whose ranch is north of town, not only sides with the industry, but he is its local face and one of its "champions" nationally. Henderson, whose ranch is south of town, sides with Native American constituents: Recognizing herself as the “baby poster-child” for the opposition, she vows that the mining will proceed only over her dead body."

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Side note:
        Enenews headline:

        "Leaders on West Coast: Gov’t is “highly irresponsible… very negligent” for not testing in Pacific as Fukushima radiation arrives — Contamination of seafood is going to happen — “We don’t want to get cancer… We have a right to know if our fish is safe” — Gov’t: Testing ‘not required’
        Feb 8 2014

        Think they give a flying…

        Audio from House hearing on Alaska Native subsistence draft
        Friday, March 14, 2014

        The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing this morning on Alaska Native subsistence but no one from the state or the Obama administration showed up.
        Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the subcommittee, called the hearing to discuss a draft version of the Alaska Native Subsistence Co-Management Demonstration Act of 2014. The bill authorizes state, federal and tribal co-management of wildlife throughout the traditional hunting territory of the Ahtna people.
        However, two important parties — the state of Alaska and the Interior Department — declined to send representatives to the hearing.

      • Shaker1

        Heart, that Mr. Hollenbeck should go visit the Four Corners and Grants, NM area, talk to some of the Navajo there about what that economic development did for them and how the tailing piles, water contamination, etc. are with them yet long after the money interests are gone.

        I wish Ms. Henderson the best in her endeavor and hope neither she or anyone else needs to die for that cause.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          And the pro-nukers dare to call this 'clean' energy.
          The total desecration of the Earth ..the production of.. ultimately uncontainable life damaging/ending materials.
          This is 'clean' energy?

  • Nick

    WIPP was supposed to be self-sealing, just the way Fukushima is self-decommissioning itself (the cores are melted and dusting).

    Isolated for thousands of years.

    To think we store trillions of tons of nuclear waste in pools and canisters, all ticking time bombs.


    Concrete Ponds.




    We wonder why Johnny is sick? Why Jill has a lumpy thyroid?
    Why George has leukemia? Why Florence has breast cancer?
    Why Mabel has diabetes? And on….and on….

    • Sparky Sparky

      Add to that a self-sealing Wanapum dam above the US's most toxic nuclear waste dump/power plant, surrounded by population centers with high rates of horrific birth defects and still births.

      "Why did Chris' baby have to die?"
      "Why can't surgery correct Melissa's baby horrible face and limb deformity?"

      I don't understand way people can't (don't want to) make the connection. I was speaking with a count epidemiologist yesterday. Some know, some say, but feel powerless to do anything about it.

  • Nick

    WIPPette: Um, I can't believe the gravy train is gone. I have a 500,000 dollar mortgage and three kids in college.

    Public: How are we going to clean up this mess?

    WIPPEtte: We are importing special self sealing foam from North Dakota.

    Public: No, I asked about the mess not sealing the leaks.

    WIPPette: But we have to stop the flushing toxins from slipping into the atmosphere.

    Public: Why? You said the levels were too low to worry about. You sound worried. Are you?

    WIPPette: Sob. Pause. Sniffle. Honk (blowing into handkerchief)

    Public: It's okay. We will buy your house at foreclosure.

  • patb2009

    I would say, that Sharif flogged the crews to increase production 10X but tossed
    safety out the window, so, the crews weren't working safe.

    so Sharif has been demoted, that's good.

    it may even help to fire him.

    In the Navy, you ground a ship, it's your career.

  • combomelt combomelt

    from the end of the "town hall meeting"(so quaint sounding)…. 57:16 in
    "and I'm dedicated to making sure that this happens…aright?…as the manager for the project take this on as a as as you know it it was in my watch if thats how you wanna put it? we will move forward and we have a plan that will take us forward. and its not gonna be easy…and when ah we'll need a lot of support… and uh we'll continue having these town hall meetings until we have addressed all the issues. and this is just the a one of the reports, when the uh, the UHm… radiological RELEASE, UH a RADIOLOGICAL EVENT… should say, report comes out we will adddress that also here…"

  • glass door glass door

    Yet another area polluted with nuclear radiation. This one is in Armstrong County in Pennsylvania.

    First paragraph of the article:

    "A nuclear waste dump in Armstrong County where radioactive materials were buried in the 1960s and 1970s contains more dangerous weapons-grade uranium and plutonium than originally thought, calling into question federal oversight of the waste's disposal and greatly complicating its cleanup, according to a report released earlier this month by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission's own investigators."

  • glass door glass door

    "Poor training, badly maintained equipment and unclear procedures were criticized in the report into the subterranean blaze at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico."

    • glass door glass door

      Note: "subterranean blaze"

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Someone was talking forklifts the other day.

      When you drive a forklift, you have to drive slow to prevent tip-over. Especially when you have a heavy load raised high. It looks like the nuke industry was driving too fast (30 deliveries a week) with a heavy metal load raised high, with the fork tilted forward. No seatbelt. No driver training. No owners manual. Open container. DUI.

  • glass door glass door

    Oh my gosh, look at this > 2002 < headline about WIPP:

    **Nuclear waste road accidents don't faze WIPP**

    "…a drunk driver crashed into a truck in southern New Mexico that was hauling 28 55-gallon drums of nuclear waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad, N.M."

    "Less than two weeks later, the driver of another truck carrying waste to WIPP blacked out, hurtling across an interstate median in Idaho. His backup driver was asleep in the cab."

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Did the fire suppression system on the truck fail..?

      WIPP: Underground operations suspended pending federal review

      ""At this time, operations are suspended and there's no estimate how long that process will take," she said. The investigators will be appointed by the Department of Energy and could include participation by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, she said. Gill couldn't say whether the fire suppression system on the truck worked as expected, but she said it would likely be a part of the team's investigation."

  • glass door glass door

    WIPP's annual budget is $215 million dollars a year.

  • glass door glass door

    "What happens next at WIPP could also determine the future of another potential nuclear waste project in the region.

    Eddy County and neighbouring Lea County have proposed making an aboveground storage site for radioactive waste produced by power plants."

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    I just looked at NETC and Tulsa, OK is under a Radcon Alert. I'm wondering whether plutonium or americium is still moving that far away? I thought a radcon alert meant to evacuate???

  • ok, what's with all of the chained doors, out of commission fans, slit up air movement curtains and barriers open when they should be closed, and faulty regulator?

    Evidence shows the HEPA filter was turned on and used for the truck fire. But how does that square with the black smoke POURING out of the facility? Doesn't HEPA filter out that black sooty large particle stuff?

    And if HEPA did work for awhile, and they it got clogged, so they turned it OFF, what happened next?

    Finally, they say the air did not move the way it should have, and it went up the other shafts, instead of out the exhaust shaft? Maybe due to all of the problems of chained up doors, faulty regulators, out of commission fans, etc?

    So if this is the case, and then no one went back down there or did anything to the CLOGGED UP HEPA filters after the truck fire and before the radiation release, what happened when the real SHTF and the barrel(s) burst open?

    Now there is a radiation plume coming out, the HEPA filters are clogged, the shafts are all releasing the radiation due to all of this stuff broken, chained up, slit or open, with no way to close anything or fix it, because NO ONE is going down there, and there is no one down there to do ANYTHING.

    Maybe this is why they covered it all up for six days, while they stuffed the shafts, and made emergency repairs to the HEPA filters?

  • Maybe it is MUCH WORSE than even these stories?

    Over 30 times more radiation got by WIPP filters than gov’t claims? Radiation also released from ‘unfiltered’ vents — Foam used to plug openings is degrading — Filters too radioactive for lab techs to check — No ‘immediate’ danger to public — Rumors of dump getting shut down

    WIPP Confirms Leak In HEPA Filter System

    • Dr G, consider this quote, sourced from the DOE document referenced at the bottom of this post.

      "Normal Ventilation: Two main exhaust fans operating to provide a nominal flow of 425,000 scfm unfiltered…In the filtration mode, the underground exhaust air passes through two identical filter assemblies. Each filter assembly consists of two banks of prefilters and two banks of HEPA filters arranged in series; and,
      each assembly will handle 50 percent of the filtered mode air flow or nominally 30,000 cfm (cubic feet per minute) each."

      So, in filtration mode, the total exhaust [shaft] capacity with clean filters is 60,000 cfm.

      If the 'truck fire' created combustion gasses near 60,000 cfm, or greater than 60,000 cfm, then the exhaust shaft cannot handle all of the 'truck fire' combustion gasses. At this point the negative pressure of the mine is disrupted and smoke/other airborne contaminants are free to waft out of the other three shafts. The online video of the topside smoke from the 'truck fire' shows the naked head frame. (See ) There are two naked headframes at the WIPP site. They are at the tops of shafts that are normally drawing air INTO the mine. It's likely the smoke was wafting out of more than one of the three 'intake' shafts.

      See page 2-92 at:

      • Key point, and critical take away;

        "At this point the negative pressure of the mine is disrupted and smoke/other airborne contaminants are free to waft out of the other three shafts."

        What if this same dynamic existed for the nuclear radiation release at WIPP?

        Why else would they stuff vents with foam?

        • I think they are sending a garbled story about the foam. Foam deteriorates over years, not days. I'm guessing they are speaking of the space between the finished shaft and the naked rock…and due to the mangling of the message between the workers and the talking heads, the workers guessed that the reason smoke was exhaling from an input shaft was because of the deteriorated foam (and not the loss of negative pressure). Manglement (management) hear that and said, stuff in MORE FOAM!

  • Anyone know how long a HEPA filter will keep working before clogging up with a truck/tire fire with lots of sooty black smoke pouring out?

    • zogerke zogerke

      dr G, i was taught that at first, particulates on the filter actually made itmore effective with smaller pore size. not sure if that is real but thats what i was taught. then, the filter effectiveness is measured by TIME and filter use. It could be 20,000 hours, ir could be 10,000 hours…it depends on the size of the filter, the air flow, how often pre filters are cleaned and changed, etc. Itr is LIFE of the filter and it's use pattern that determines its life span- not anything else. Did pre filters catch the soot? were all the filters overwhelmed?

  • And what is this all about?

    "Filters too radioactive for lab techs to check"

    • zogerke zogerke

      so, the pre filters were useless and the filters utterly overwhelmed.

      • Yes, they were overwhelmed and smoke was pouring out of the INTAKE AIR SHAFT(s), for the reasons explained above.

        What does this mean for the radiation fire/explosion/etc days later?

        Did the same dynamic happen?

        Why would it be any different?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      The filters are too radioactive to check for radioactivity. Therefore, there is no cause for concern.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        They know, because they checked them.

        • Too radioactive to check means that they cannot even get CLOSE to them, which means something different than alpha radiation is on them, because that only travels about 2 inches.

          Can we infer that they are saying those filters are very highly contaminated with gamma and beta radiation?

          The question of when HEPA filters need to be changed…

          One of the reasons is when they filters get loaded with 'too much radiation'.

          Now they are going to have to deal with the poison they are putting in there, and it is going to get VERY expensive now..

          No more swapping out HEPA filters on the fly with no protection.. Now it is special gear, special procedures, special trained people, and LOTS more time and money, plus radiation monitoring, because those people are going to get HOSED with radiation from those filters. It may even take many crews, each spending only 2 minutes in there.

          That is, unless they just ignore all of the EPA and DOE rules around doing this safely and just send someone in there 'naked' and with no protection..

        • lol…

          and no one died, because they were too radioactive to check.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Ever see that movie, "Crack in the world?" In the final scene, the earth is split into two fairly equal halves. Drifting apart in space, it is a chilling scene.

    They destroyed the earth with nuclear power.

    I can imagine the IAEA meeting occurring as the earth was already destroyed:

    "There is no immediate threat to public health. We are planning a meeting, to study the formulation of a plan, to evaluate the feasibility and financial merits of nuclear power production vs. concern for the environment."

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    “We definitely got away with not having anyone seriously hurt”

    Who says that? Maybe those guys have just said too many times that they are getting away with murder. The phrase would just naturally work it's way into their habitual mutterings. It was a good save, though.

  • razzz razzz

    If you look at the pics in the WIPP truck fire report, the tires caught fire and melted down. If you don't think that lets off a lot of dirty black smoke you've never seen a tire fire.

    I'm sure the filters let belch out 99.99% clean black smoke.

    If you evacuate the mine and shut down the intake duct, to smother the fire, the entire cavern loads up with soot until it is oxygen starved or you feed the fire with incoming fresh air and vent smoke out while the firefighters enter. Like a fire aboard ship, not a enviable job.

    Using HEPA filters gain what when venting smoke? Have to throw a switch to duct thru the HEPA filters and the more filters clog up, the more back-pressure builds up if you don't control the incoming air pressure. Probably why the ducting was damaged before the radioactive release occurred. I'm sure the fire crews were prepared to take on all challenges in the mine fire, during the radioactive release…not so much.

    Where are the resident active or retired firefighters here to chime in on the subject?

    • califnative califnative (NY)

      Razz-DOE Accident Investigation Report(3-13-14) on the WIPP Truck Fire. Here are some links, interesting facts and minute by minute description of Fire Event on page 15, page 65 is DOE Analysis on 3rd link below.
      (AIB Report Link)

      I wonder if DOE will do a report on the Feb 14 accident leak, what a nightmare it is down the. Old equipment, poor maintenance, outdated safety procedures, poor morale. The last town hall meeting mentioned "Begging for Maintenance Repairs" now you can see why.

      And James Conca says this is Still the Best Choice for Nuclear Waste.

      A few paragraphs from the DOE Analysis:
      "In addition, from interviews with several CBFO staff members, there is a strong perception that contractor and mid-level CBFO management do not welcome negative findings or observations and that CBFO staff have to individually follow up on corrective actions from NWP (rather than getting timely responses in accordance with site corrective action processes) in order to ensure effective actions have been taken. It was not apparent that follow-up is pursued in all cases by CBFO staff. Several CBFO staff members indicated that they can convey issues verbally to the contractor with mixed results for correction; however, there is not an effective mechanism to convey documented issues to the contractor. cont.

      • califnative califnative (NY)

        In addition, from review of the recent Safety Conscious Work Environment employee survey, 59 percent of the CBFO staff members that completed the survey answered “somewhat” to “yes” on the question of the existence of a chilled work environment."

        The Facility Representative program has been reviewed several times over the last few years. Deficiencies have been identified related to staffing not meeting the staffing analysis, procedures that are incomplete and not used, no structured surveillance/oversight program, and no clear mechanism being used to communicate issues to management and the contractor (see Table 3). While CBFO management has brought in supplemental support from HQ and EMCBC to try to correct these issues, the FR program is still not effectively implemented.

        Tip it 😉

  • Quick refresher folks….A chart that make radiation readings easy to understand. I made it the night before sending a geiger to a Japanese family.

    Then I bought another Radiation Alert Inspector, thinking, what the heck was I thinking to live without a good Geiger.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Here is a good picture of the salt truck that burnt up down there. Watch the video soon after the beginning.

  • sentinelle sentinelle

    Level 9 News has uploaded a video with radiation readings from Carlsbad and from outside the plant. Any thoughts about the readings she's getting?