WIPP officials admit new release of Plutonium and Americium — More expected in future — Nearly double levels seen after February leak — 61 DPM on March 11 vs. 36 DPM in February

Published: March 19th, 2014 at 2:33 pm ET


AP, Mar. 19, 2014: New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico’s troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release. […] they believe the contamination is from previous deposits on the inner surface of exhaust ductwork. […] Officials say occasional low-level releases are anticipated, but they should be well within safe limits.

Las Cruces Sun, Mar. 18, 2014 (emphasis added): DOE: Another radiation release reported at WIPP […] Samples collected from the ventilation exhaust recorded 61 disintegrations per minute of americium. DPM measures the amount of radioactive contamination from alpha and beta rays in an area. […] The DOE believes the most recent contamination was residual radioactive particles that were trapped in the ventilation system from the initial radiation leak. […] The DOE said it anticipates additional low-level releases on occasion, but officials expect radiation in the environment will remain at safe levels. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn said the state was briefed of the news Tuesday morning and thinks there is nothing to worry about at this time. “The level they detected is low and we don’t believe there was any risk to public health or the environment but we need to investigate more,” he said. […] Department of Energy officials were not available for comment.

Albuquerque Journal, Mar. 19, 2014: One air sample collected March 11 from the ventilation exhaust showed increased levels of americium […] In a statement, WIPP called the release “expected, given the amount of contamination captured by the WIPP ventilation system during the February 14 radiation release event.” Engineers say the contamination comes from previous deposits inside the exhaust ducts, WIPP reported. […] WIPP said it doesn’t expect the release to impact the health of workers, the public or the environment.

KVIA News, Mar. 18, 2014: “This is expected given the amount of contamination captured by the WIPP ventilation system during the February 14 radiation release event,” WIPP’s March 18 statement reads.

Las Cruces Sun, Mar. 18, 2014: Increased radiation in Carlsbad not related to WIPP incidents — Radiation levels appear to be on the rise in Carlsbad and around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Air monitoring results since last month’s radiation leak appear to show the amount of radiation trending upward near Carlsbad, but Department of Energy officials say there is no proof it is related to the leak.  A DOE air monitor stationed on Carlsbad’s eastern border, near the Bureau of Land Management office on Greene Street, has shown an uptick of radiation from 1.6 disintegrations per minute (DPM) on Feb. 18, to 7.1 DPM as recently as March 4. […] The initial radiation leak registered at 36 DPM at the WIPP site […]

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Published: March 19th, 2014 at 2:33 pm ET


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160 comments to WIPP officials admit new release of Plutonium and Americium — More expected in future — Nearly double levels seen after February leak — 61 DPM on March 11 vs. 36 DPM in February

  • Proton

    Does the x10 rule apply to those numbers too?

  • Pete

    Has there EVER been a radiological incident where they DID believe there was any risk to public health or the environment?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Here's the resignation letter from the head of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at the US Public Health Service. While his job was policing the integrity of health researchers – public health? – he made it very clear what some major problems are:

      "The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the “remarkably dysfunctional” federal bureaucracy. David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), writes in a scathing resignation letter obtained by ScienceInsider that the huge amount of time he spent trying to get things done made much of his time at ORI “the very worst job I have ever had.”"


      Add in the politics of covering up any radiation health effects, and the picture gets worse and worse.

      In the meantime, there is no one in charge of the 'integrity' of any public health research in this country (US), and who of integrity would want the job now? We'll get a nuclear troll, just watch.

      • nedlifromvermont

        Call in Ernest Sternglass … he may be old but at least he's honest … oh, and check out his book of shame on the NRC, "Secret Fallout: Low Level Radiation from Hiroshima to Three Mile Island"

        He nails the bastards for lying and obfuscating …

        what else is new? …

    • kingcubfan1

      This is what gets me….."but officials expect radiation in the environment will remain at safe levels." What officials? What credentials do they have? I am beginning to think that the truck fire was something else completely.

    • good one. like a protest that is declared at the outset not to be peaceful, ….no.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      No immediate risk to public health or the environment.

      Major risk to politicians of all stripes.

    • No, there has NEVER been a radiation accident, where authorities admitted that radiation may cause harm.. NEVER!

      Even Fuku; no one died, no one will die, EVER!

      Insane is as insane does

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        No ..nor will they ever call for evacuation.
        They did minimally in Japan ..and I believe they regret it ..having shown liability.
        Will they call for evacuations in other incidences?
        I think we know the answer.

  • OK at least I am on topic here. Last night someone from New Mexico queried me "what does all this scientific information really mean" to the average person.

    I started writing, and not proud to admit, but it took me 3 hours. I think I explained it in a way that anyone with good English skills can now understand it.

    Please review this, and spread the word. Visit New Mex websites and other places and spread links back to ENENEWS and AGreenRoad and Nukepro. When the locals revolt against WIPP, then we have the first step in shutting down nuclear in the USA. TIP IT!


    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      WIPP, that failing nuclear storage facility in New Mexico that is bleeding plutonium all over the Southwest? With 100's of thousands of gallons of nuclear waste – the worst the world has to store – that makes Hanford look like a children's water park? It sits right over the Ogalalla Aquifer. All that transuranic waste should be hitting the country's agricultural water table in about 3, 2, 1…

      Good thing WIPP is surrounded by hundreds of fracking wells. All the earthquakes and sunken caverns should stabilize everything…

      The US is beginning to see the waves and waves of cancers that are going to spread across the land for tens of thousands of years – well, we'll all be gone by then – and O-care isn't going to cover cancer treatments.

      Wait till the Moms of the US find out there's no cancer care for their kids. Hell, the milk is all saturated with radiation now, and climbing. Milk with your cereal, Johnny? Honey, get the baby another bottle of milk, would you? What's that on her neck? Why won't she stop crying?

      Got radiogenic leukopenia?

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        Time is Short, also wait until radiation dementia starts occurring within exposed populations and those people still cognizant of what officials have done to them, (saying the levels were "safe") lose control of themselves and……oh wait , my post is starting to sound like an episode of "the Walking Dead"

        • The nuclear industry are like zombies in a way..

          Spreading death and disease to everyone and anyone, and they themselves are the 'walking dead', due to both their exposure, and what they are promoting.

          Nuclear is death, on steroids. Death in hundreds if not thousands of ways. .

          alpha, beta, gamma, neutron, skyshine, anti positron, anti proton, deadly orgone, and heavy metals..

          If one of those doesn't get you, another one will.

    • We Not They Finally

      stock, we're here in Albuquerque. Activists are holding a public meeting Thursday of next week, March 27th. We're very interested ourselves to see "when the locals revolt against WIPP." We're not sure that that will happen. We're not even sure that it will happen in Carlsbad, though we'd be glad to be pleasantly surprised.

    • Good article about what is down there and the hazard it poses…

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I like how you said that you would never live within 50 miles of that cave. I would have to agree with you about that!

  • Nick

    "DOE said it anticipates additional low-level releases on occasion, but officials expect radiation in the environment will remain at safe levels"

    Safe levels.

    Say it again.

    Safe levels.

    The omanipadmeum of the nuclear nuts.

    Folks, safe? Says WHO? DOE? Duh!

    This is the crux of the issue: There IS NO SAFE level of certain radioactively decaying atoms. TATAL: Toxic at the Atomic Level.

    Just because some desky decides what a "safe" normal background level is does not equate to a dose that is safe.

    I will go to my grave with this certainty. Problem is, so will a lot of other folks!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The other incident:

    Weather experts baffled by mystery plume on New Mexico radar near 1945 nuclear bomb test site
    There is speculation that the cloud could be the result of a weapons test
    But the U.S. has not done A-bomb tests since the Test Ban Treaty in 1992
    Plume originated from White Sands Missile Range in Socorro county
    March 19 2014


    Again ..baffled ..bewildered.

    As if NOAA ..and the scum bag weather channels ..aren't complicit in cover-up.

    • digitalaardvarks digitalaardvarks

      heard both of these stories on the abq news last night. had to dig to find them online.

      • We Not They Finally

        If you live IN Albuquerque, please do to the Center for Peace and Justice next Thursday night, March 27th at 6 p.m. for a public meeting about the WIPP crisis.

    • Seems odd and coincidental.

      Maybe Bama trying to show Putin that he got big bombs

    • hoodoolover

      Yes, and it really looks to me like there was a ripple effect coming from the south that ended up erupting out this 'plume' could that whole area be ready to go, or what? Too many strange things. I live in the NW corner of NM, and would really like some clear answers, but somehow don't believe they will be forthcoming.

      • We Not They Finally

        Dont worry the current belief from our leaders what we dont know will be for the best cause maybe there will be a bad result for confidence in the system that failed.Dead people dont vote.disillusioned people will vote against them.Its not impt who votes its impt who counts the ballots Leader Stalin.USSR said by the mass murderer of his friends family and close associates Stalin.

      • digitalaardvarks digitalaardvarks

        yes, the not knowing is terrible; i came to nm to escape pesticides in calif. poison follows me. worse poison this time.

      • Sheesh, so they are actively testing atomic bombs in Nevada and pretending that they are not subject to the international ban!

        eff these effen effers!

        • We Not They Finally

          Got to test those weapons and missles and let the other side in this case Russia and china worry.AS we creep forward to the Final confrontation and WW111

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            Of course they are..so much faster towards the total 'biff'.
            The intelligence of the military industrial complex ..is just …sooooo impressive.
            What a neato goal.

            • "The first alcove is planned to accommodate up to 12 Oboe experiments conducted in steel confinement vessels and one Piano experiment that is possibly too large for a vessel. The second alcove is planned to accommodate 20 additional Oboe experiments and another Piano-like experiment."

              No worries mate, they are just playing music down there.. nothing radioactive or dangerous.

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        OMG, still testing???? Just when I thought the level of idiocy among the nukers had been reached, they surpassed all theoretical levels of quantum buffoonery and prove me wrong. >:- /

  • Sparky Sparky

    Get used to reading/hearing the phrase, "southeastern New Mexico’s troubled nuclear waste dump," similarly to the "crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant". I wonder what the respective rad levels are for a "troubled" facility vs. a "crippled" facility–not that TPTB or the MSM would tell us (truthfully).

    • 'troubled' means like a teenager who has two girlfriends. He is in trouble and will probably end up losing both.

      Whatever happened to that plan to send people down?

      Feb.. lots of promises, nothing happened.

      March.. lots of promises, nothing happening..

      Same ol, same ol lies and deceptions after every nuclear disaster.

      At least in Chernobyl, a couple brave scientists went and found the melted corium.

      They are not even trying with Fukushima and 3 melted out coriums, plus covering up spent fuel pool melt outs.

      This should a LAW. All those involved in a nuclear disaster like this; in case something goes wrong; they all get sent down IMMEDIATELY, to find the corium or figure out what happened, or die trying.

      They get sent down one after another, with a radio, so the next guy can maybe do it better than the guy before him and make it closer to what happened. If they survive, they keep getting a paycheck.

  • jec jec

    All radiation is not equal. Note the comment on "rays" –what about PU and AM particles..not RAYS. DOE has 6 stations around WIPPm supposedly for alpha and beta radation. Now someone needs to ask..what is the contaminiation AMOUNT of PU and AM? Not just AM. Normally AM can be used to determine the factor (I think it a factor of 5) for PU contamination. So if AM is at 61 dpm, then 61X5 is the PU. 305 DPM of PU..is that safe? Remember also, alpha radation must be multipled by 20 to even start to compare with beta. A 5 cpm of beta..is 100 of alpha…for example. While exposure is exposure, not all radation is the same. 100 CPM of PU..would be a killer!

  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    Low level, naturally occurring, and will be greatly diluted by the immense amount of air and earth available for that process. So forget all your worries and go down town in Carlsbad.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    I sit back, chewing the end of my pen, and think back over the WIPP Disaster. (For we must now term this event the "WIPP DISASTER".) Let's have a review, shall we?
    1. The salt truck fire cannot be put out with the available fire extinguisher, and the truck burns UP. Fire extinguishers don't work, and firefighting proceedures aren't followed. (Means that equipment isn't well maintained, procedures aren't followed, and drills haven't been run.). Thick black smoke (unfiltered) is seen to exit the vent system..
    2. On 2/14/2014, Bulkhead 707 is closed, methane is trapped, and an explosion occurs. Plutonium waste is released, so some of the casks or drums mustnhave broken open. The press is uncertain what has happened. Some term the event a "ceiling collapse", while others use the term "explosion".
    3. The filtration system isn't automatic, when the underground radiation alert is sounded. (You would think that if a rad detector can sound an alarm, it could also provide a signal to actuators that would automatically engage the filtration system, wouldn't you?). Instead, a worker has to suit up, and go turn the valves by hand to engage the HEPA filter. More time is lost, as the unfiltered radiation release continues.
    3. Spikes in radiation occur on 2/23/2014 and 3/11/2014. Officials claim this is residue from the original event of 2/14/2014. What is actually happening may be that a Plutonium Fire has kindled far below, and is flaring up from time…

    • jec jec

      Looking at NETC (absolute shows up greater than 100 CPM), NM and TX plus OK show significant spikes in radiation. What is scary..the gamma levels only capture a small portion of the alphas..and almost none of the PU. One can use gamma/AM to factor in the percentage of PU, increase AM by a factor for PU to see the actual. This is NOT rocket science nor is is perfect exact science with these monitoring systems. Just gives a rough order of magnitude..of radiation as "background." Frankly a 'background' of 528 CPM is a deadly number for humans in the air there..

      • jec jec

        Just look at the graphs for the stations and see the high spikes on each day in question (and a few other spikes). Now WIPP and DOE would NOT cover up a release..would they? Why does the government say 'not from WIPP' for the increase in radiation? Is there somewhere else contaminating? Like a blast from a WWII test site on March 17th? Or from the "non-contaminatng" emissions from Fukushima which are suddenly showing up in the Western USA and Canada? Can not have it both ways, DOE. Either its from WIPP..or YOU name where its from. Either way..its not healthy.. For the WIPP officials who say its safe..have them breathe in some of the safe DUST from the area..the stuff with 61 DPM AM since its soooo safe. Bet they will quickly mention danger of PU and AM particles..in the lungs.

        • Some day, they'll have to exit 'filtration mode' and resume normal ventilation, at roughly 8x the CFM of filtration mode.

          That is going to stir up a lot of Plutonium dust which will exit the exhaust shaft and further pollute our environment.

          So, WIPP, how are you going to handle that?? What's your plan?

          Are you going to stay in filtration mode forever?

      • A small portion of the emissions from Am are gamma, 90% are Alpha.

        For Pu, all are Alpha

        Since AM and PU travel together, seeing a gamma spike is indeed very properly frighteneing. And time to get the hell out.

    • Ontological Ontological

      These entries spell out the worst of all fears. A fire…GULP. I think the crock choked on the zebra.

      Happy days, smiles everyone smiles!

    • Sparky Sparky

      PhilUpNorth, jec, stock–Great commentary, great resources with really useful information! Thank you! 🙂

      • De nada,
        Did you see my write up on how a lay person can understand the WIPP?


        • Sparky Sparky

          Stock, Yes, it's excellent! I had to look through it quickly as I'm at work. 😉 Once I get to review it in greater detail, I hope to use this as my "cheat sheet" to inform others, as well as pass this on as a resource.

          Stock, I hope you somehow wrestle control of your blog back. (It really sucks that your Admin access is blocked!) In the meantime, I'm glad you've found a way to still add your typically EXCELLENT content on NukePro and here. Thanks, much. 🙂

          • It is something that Google is doing, something nefarious I am sure. They are giving me intermittent reinforcement in allowing me to occasionally have access.

            Something to do with having everythign about me all connected through one Google account…sheesh, that could put people on unemployment at the NSA

            Bastards, I may learn WordPress which looks nicer anyway, but definitely a BIG learning curve.

            • Shaker1

              Stock, I've used WordPress, with just a basic HTML knowledge and editor and am no genius. You could get there slowly but surely without too much trouble. Maybe try just setting up the basics and post your blogs there. One good thing about WP is that there are people who just seem to cruise the new postings without purpose and your exposure there would be greater. If you're again allowed access to the the other, you could then just do as done here at Enenews, a couple of paragraphs with a hyperlink to the full article posted to WP, just to get it started. At least then the whole blogs would be available and get people used to visiting there. It'd be a shame to lose your things and your current thoughts to some Google manipulations, intentional or not. Just a suggestion…

        • We Not They Finally

          stock, thank you for that excellent though highly depressing information. We're in Albuquerque, allegedly not in the winds' path, but honestly, WE DON'T KNOW. The beta readings here (and I realize that plutonium is alpha) are characteristically crazy-high and that alone got us to looking where to move. I feel like we are in (as someone else once coined the phrase) "a Satan sandwich" — Sandia Labs here, Los Alamos to the north and Carlsbad to the south.

    • patb2009

      the WIPP problem is the same as coal mining, they jacked up production until something

      WIPP was a pilot plant they turned into a big operation, and it never had the capacity.

  • weeman

    Cock a doodle do, wakie, wakie.
    Alright I agree it may not be safe to send humans down into the mine for safety reasons and I know that you have had remote vehicles inspect the area around air shaft and that was a week ago, do try to tell me you have not expanded that area and brought more equipment to assist.
    The large chambers have mostly low level waste or should, but there is other parts of the mine that have smaller chambers with much higher level waste that have been sealed with a barrier that is supposed to be permanent.

    • jec jec

      @weeman, all they are licensed for "low level waste " so of course they cant have any HIGH LEVEL waste there..right? While I am being sarcastic..someone at a press conference should ask about the licensing and what is allowed to be stored in WIPP.and THEN ask if HIGH LEVEL waste has been stored. ASK for a copy of the exact wording of the licencing..who approved it and any additions and dates of those additions. Were federal laws followed? Bet not….

      PS. ENENEWS has the links to much of the bogus licensing in previous reports, I know for sure because I posted them

  • JP JP

    And so it begins…

    The drip by drip acknowledgment that more has been released along with the "nothing to worry about" and "within safe levels" that accompanies it.

    …bananas, normal background, and naturally occurring… all likely to be repeatedly mentioned.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    What is actually happening may be that a Plutonium Fire has kindled far below, and is flaring up from time to time. (Blasted word count cut off my last sentence. Sorry.)

    WIPP: How's that 10,000 years workin' out fer yous, eh hosers? 😉

    Here's a little song about a "Rusty Chevrolet", by Da Yoopers. And yes, people in da UP o' Michigan relly do talk dat way!

  • Trust noone

    As others have noted, what IS the "safe" limit of Pu and Am? Alpha is deadly at any dose (Biers VII indicates this is the case for any ionizing radiation, but clearly worse for alpha emitters). Prayers go out to those living downwind of WIPP .. if they haven't left already, damage is done, and by the time they are provided the real stats on releases, well, game over.

  • hoodoolover

    I am wondering about another aspect of this that seems to have disappeared from the source where I first read it, which was RSOE EDIS. This was early on, and has since been taken down. But, the video I am linking addresses it word for word, and it involves Russia, and their nuclear waste that has come to NM. Also, makes me wonder about what they may have been testing there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsUfmDrP_MI

  • rogerthat

    well within safe limits.
    will remain at safe levels
    nothing to worry about
    we don’t believe there was any risk to public health or the environment
    WIPP said it doesn’t expect the release to impact the health of workers, the public or the environment

    A little plutonium is safe? Whoopee, breathe deep, suck up those little hammers of Thor, give your lung tissues a workout, they love the exercise?

    I keep on thinking of Alfred E Neuman: Wot, me worry?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Technetium-99 .. half-life 220,000 years.

    Iodine-129 .. half-life 15.7 million years.

  • Sol Man

    We are definitely not on a life enhancing trajectory. It is beyond troubling.

    No, it is the opposite.

  • Folks, one thing you can do, and it may take a week or two to put together, or longer if you are waiting for sales….

    Make sure you have a Good shelter in place box built. For me it is actually 2 large boxes. I made this list a few years back, and it is a great one.

    and its free, check it out, print it or download it.

    Its the bolded blue link


  • Ness Ness

    When are officials ready to admit that WIPP facility needs to close down permanently? So far, no one has been down there in well over 6 weeks. And yesterday they were still checking if they could use the elevators safely. In 3 months time they will still be checking, if i understand anything about nuclear official language. If they cannot use the only access – and it appears they cannot – how on earth do they plan to get back in? Dig a new hole? Have some more sudden releases of banana's? A rabbit would shake his head and hop to greened pastures.

    • Yep the Conca shill was pretending that the reason they are not going down there, is because the public is slowing them down.

  • Okay, here's a point.

    …WIPP called the release “expected".

    >>>If they EXPECTED further releases why was that NEVER stated in any prior report or town meeting?

    I think I can tell you why. Because if they said MORE RELEASES EXPECTED people would have left. I sure would of.

    Are they EXPECTING even MORE now?
    IMO – A simple YES or NO would be the proper/moral thing to do.

    Another point…
    What about all the livestock on the nearby mega ranches?
    Any testing or has that meat been sold already?

    • I think they are just trying to pretend that they "are in control"

      heck ya, we knew dat der release was coming.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        "More releases expected."
        As the condition deteriorates ..I assume.
        Do they have control of the releases? ..I seriously doubt it.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        The New Mexicans have a sing-song type accent.
        Best remembered on my grandfather.

    • jec jec

      Hey Stock and ChasAha…the criminals RELEASED the radiation..it was on purpose..so 'expected'…guess any cancer cases, new diabetes, infant deaths/abnormal development..will be 'expected as well." After all UPS is working at Hanford WA..and there is also a nasty birth defect and cancer cluster going on there. So 'expected' to happen to Carlsbad, NM, local populations in NM, Texas, OK..and points East, North and South.

      Wonder why Mexico is not getting involved..oh wait..Obama just promised free Obamacare for Mexican nationals in the USA..all of them.

    • Cisco Cisco

      TESTING, we don't need no stinkin' testing. That's for sissies…suck it up. We told you, there's no immediate danger. We're the government and we're here to protect you.

      • Cisco Cisco

        In 1969 when a building at Rocky Flats caught fire, it almost wiped out Denver. Denver did get a good dose though, enough to have its background radiation at about 6X – 10X the national average, forever.

        Many years later in the so-called cleanup, the DOE announced that 61 pounds (28 kg) of plutonium lined the exhaust ductwork in six buildings on the site. See… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Flats_Plant (Note: Chances are good the Wikipedia story of Rocky Flats is the "official" history. Conditions, assessments and the events are likely under reported…reader beware).

        It's the old, "Oh. it's the stuff that's in the air ducts story…not to worry". 61 lbs. at Rocky Flats? Hell, that's enough for about 6 nuclear bombs. Can you imagine how much plutonium escaped from the ducts to create 61 lbs. of Plutonium particulate/dust. Now, apply that to WIPP. This is a huge disaster; and its another, "there's no solution, live with it" clusterfu#k brought to you by the MOU.

        • We Not They Finally

          Apparently, Colorado has about the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the country. Cannot help but think it was the plutonium. Not looking forward to future stats from Carlsbad and other downwinders.

    • Excellent photo of salt mine storage. Yikes!

      Credit combomelt:

      I am not sure where or when this photo was taken, but you'll get the picture.

      This is what awaits future generations.
      There is no solution. 🙁
      It's a real big mess and getting bigger every day.

  • Folks, check out this site also. It is an overall nuke news aggregator. There is pro nuke and anti nuke stuff. ENENEWS often on this site also.

    You can see what propaganda the pronukers are trying to play. Like World Nuclear News is saying "Unconstitutional for US to back out of the MOX plan"


    We are at a tipping point, TIP IT

  • BlondyFu BlondyFu

    This is very very alarming to say the least. Why are there going to be more releases? I thought this was under control and no threat to public. Has anyone seen this report that came out yesterday.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Again I repeat, Accoeding to Arnie Gundersen, the releases have never stopped frpm when they started. He also says that 1/100th is excapingg and that after 100 days the anount released will equal to a whole days releases without filtration whatsoever. If you klive in or near Carlsbad. LEAVE NOW. Sue later for compensation. You cannot replace your life. God Speed.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Sorry for the typo's. just upset at the people in charge of protecting us from this kind of thing.

  • Igmz Igmz

    Holy shite..check this out a large plume of something appears to explode from military base in NM called a "storm".. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2584235/Weather-experts-baffled-mystery-plume-New-Mexico-radar-near-1945-nuclear-bomb-test-site.html.

  • Igmz Igmz

    Wonder what's next..today here in Santa Fe..all smoked out from a "controlled burn"..went to Los alamos for work today too, what a weird freaky town, the once beautifully timbered mountainsides devoured by fire, the feeling of being under surveillance the minute one drives up that crazy hill road..ahh Los alamos the town "where discoveries are made"…should better read "where the God of Death was born shrouded in secrecy"

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Igmz, my brother lived in Taos for many years, and had to leave because the "hum" started driving him crazy…he died of cancer several years ago. Humanity remains naive to the fact corporations are killing us with their technology…and they will not stop until the mass of humanity get up off their knees and say enough.

      People need to get past looking at Scientists as the new demi-gods, they are human beings who are corruptible, and most times will not tell the truth when their livelihood is at stake.

      This poisoning has been, is, and will be going on forever IMO.

      1991 Documentary Deadly deception transcript

      • Igmz Igmz

        Yeah, nboUSA..I lived in the Taos area for a long time..as a child I lived near the red river which flows by a molybdenum mine upstream. From where I lived I used to catch trout there daily and many, many of them had deformities such as shrunken fins, to large/small tails, and often reddish oozing sores..their flesh was grey and mushy also. I remember them saying that the mines trailings we're not that toxic and that no harm was being done to the river. I too heard the Taos hum..you are correct they will not stop unless stopped, and we must be doing the stopping

  • atomicistheword

    Mankind is at that point in the Hopi prophecy rock art. With nature equals life, pride of Corporation equals death. Consume and die, or make peace with nature and live.

    Corporations steal the wealth of nature and civilisation, thus destroying both.

    Puppeteers… Bow Bama, wave at the slaves, smile and lie, kiss a half faced baby.

  • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

    "they believe the contamination is from previous deposits on the inner surface of exhaust ductwork."

    Would those be the ductwork they previously said they sealed off with expanding foam?

    • We Not They Finally

      "Previous" deposits? WIPP has been in operation for just fifteen years and was supposed to safely last for 250,000 years. So "previously" is, at best, "yesterday." It's almost like saying that Fukushima happened "previously" — you know, all of three years ago, and past-tense?

  • thatsmeyousee

    Ok… Heres a valid question I have not heard addressed since this has happened where in the hell are they DUMPING all the radioactive material they were contracted to be taking in….? by no means am I as remotely educated on this matter as some of you great minds here.. but I cant help thinking bout this one.. what are they doing with it where is it, wheres it going if not there…?

    • It is being stored in a 'temporary' holding facility until further notice. That's all they can do. There is no place else.

      One of the things they are 'worried' about is meeting contract deadlines. I remember them saying that in one of the town hall meetings.

    • They were storing it all in the open parking lot at WIPP. I brought up the point of possible terrorist attack and then they either did something else or stopped talking about it at least. either way, good deal, for the moment.

      They need an accessible storage site. NOT to take steel drums, store them in salt and HOPE that you can forget about them!

      stock out

  • thatsmeyousee

    Thanks for the insight, wish I could say I was a little relieved instead just a bit more concerned… what happens once designated temp spot is overwhelmed or an incident happens there as well..? I suppose they are gonna pepper this stuff all over the country in dozens of "temp" spots until its no longer there problem but ours to deal and live with….!!?

    • It already is "our" problem to deal with. Our problem is getting them to do the right thing.

      Stop production of this shite, and store the rest of it in an accesible location where problems can be dealt with.

  • lam335 lam335

    POTR blog:

    "New Mexico Emergency Officials Admit WIPP Radioactive Exhaust Bypassed HEPA Filter System"


  • Ontological Ontological

    Each of the dragon's many heads exhale, breath after breath of horrible black death.

  • FXofTruth

    It's a real joke when you read statements like this:
    "Officials say occasional low-level releases are anticipated, but they should be well within safe limits."

    Should be?
    Occasional low-levels of plutonium?
    Someone seems to not know what plutonium is.

    As far as the "release" of true information:
    Should be but, probably not.
    Occasionally very low-levels of facts.
    Someone seems to not know what truth is.

    One thing to ALWAYS be sure of…believe NOTHING that is said or written from those people who are directly involved in a nuclear disaster! Truth and real facts are always ignored because lies and mis-information always sounds better!

    The managers are trained to "manage" the Public Relations by lies, innuendos, mis-information, mis-direction, and minimization of scientific data. Marginalize the whistle blowers as disgruntle employees. Creating "confusing the citizens" with conflicting information will disable any actions they might take to save themselves….just look to Japan to see a whole society of confused victims.

  • razzz razzz

    So much for WIPP ducting scrubbers. They could install a new outflow duct and seal and abandoned the radioactive one. Of course, they haven't dealt with the radioactive source yet and parts of the mine and salt walls are probably forever radioactive now.

    I wonder if WIPP maintenance and janitorial people have finish and passed their radiological training yet.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    New radiological training procedures:

    Here, breathe this.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Rod Ewing, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, made clear at the outset of a previously scheduled meeting that the Valentine’s Day WIPP leak was not the reason for the long-scheduled session. But as Ewing and the other panel members discussed broad nuclear waste policy questions and technical issues, WIPP’s recent problems kept intruding on the discussion."

    WIPP still considered for high-level waste
    March 20 2014


    Rod Ewing, Ph.D.
    "Dr. Rodney C. Ewing was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on July 28, 2011, and was designated by the President to serve as Chairman of the Board on September 25, 2012."


    “Given the very long and distinguished history of the Stanton Foundation’s involvement in issues of nuclear security, this appointment provides me with a unique opportunity to blend science with security policy,” Ewing said."
    June 28 2013


    "WIPP’s recent problems kept intruding on the discussion."

    My question is ..
    HOW SO ..DIP?!
    No one can even enter at the moment ..DIP!
    There has been no assessment of the integrity or of the geological disturbance that may have occurred ..DIP!
    How so?!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS. I'll bet..Lindsey Graham.. is whining somewhere in the background.

  • Nick

    WIPP Official: Um, we had a bit of a problem at the facility.

    Public: Yes?

    WO: Seems an eensy teensy bitsy amount of plutonium escaped.

    P: How much?

    WO: Well, when you look at the data, what we are seeing is actually to be expected since releases of sorts have been going on since day one.

    P: What!? You said clean and green forever!

    WO: Oh, the facility is clean and the offices are painted a nice green.

    P: Should I relocate my family?

    WO: (Sob) (sniffle) Oh please don't even think about that. All of us have invested billions into this plant we can't give up yet.

    P: How much was released?

    WO: I have to check with my minions. I think one of them said WTF when looking at the latest batch of data. I will get back to you….

    And so it goes….the GREAT LIE of nuclear anything continues.

  • Sol Man

    Some worship death and a future without life, only.
    I am not religious, as some may describe the it.

    However, the lord gave: I am the lord thy god thou shall not have strange gods before me.

    Please read that again. When you read it, "I" becomes "you," first person singular.

    Worship not corporations or blood-money fractional reserve banking systems, or otc derivative ponzis designed to steal the Peoples' dreams and energy.

    This thought came to me a few hours ago, as I was in ascending stage IV, dream state. I hope that you don't mind my somewhat OT sharing. This works for me.

    Make the best of your time.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Los Alamos..is going to shove their waste over to Andrews, Texas.

    Udall Statement on Move to Temporarily Stage Los Alamos TRU Waste at WCS in Texas


    • GQR2

      You know that cannot be good for the people of the little town of Andrews Texas. nope nope, can't see how they suddenly spring up able to manage TRU waste on a dime like this. ..
      wonder what company is getting into the Nuclear Waste business ? Sometimes it feels like the enviroment around is a huge toxic envelope a soup. That haze yesterday was exceptional in its thickness,dampness,vastness and probably toxicity.
      Poor Andrews Texas 🙁

  • plantman008

    WIPP & Illegal High Level Waste documentation with evidence – this is a must read to fully understand what is really going on…..


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    State to DOE : WIPP Permit won’t be modified, at least for now
    March 21 2014


    I hear the sniveling and sucking of federal thumbs..
    …make that iphone chargers…