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Dresden Generating Station

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Nuclear Event USA State of Illinois, [Dresden Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

 

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Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 14 April, 2014 at 04:45 (04:45 AM) UTC.

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Damage to an electrical transformer caused one reactor to shut down automatically at a northern Illinois nuclear power plant over the weekend. Unit 2 at the Dresden Nuclear Station shut down Saturday morning, and it remained offline on Sunday as crews worked to fix the damage. Dresden spokesman Robert Osgood says the problem is on the non-nuclear side of the plant. He says the plant responded as expected, and there was no safety threat. He says a second reactor is operating normally, and electrical customers will not be affected. The plant is in Morris, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago,

 

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 Dresden 25 Mile Radius Fallout Map

Radiation Plume RatingThe center of this Toxic Plume is located approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois. This plume is produced by 2 reactors located at the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant site. The reactors that produce this plume have 1,734 Mega Watts of radiation generating power. There is a total of 1,050 tons of Highly Toxic Radioactive spent fuel stored at this Nuclear Power Plant. The Dresden Nuclear 1 reactor has been forced into permanent shut down, leaving the plant in a virtually unattended state. During one winter, this unit experienced containment flooding to the service water system, due to freeze damage. It was determined that a similar threat to Spent Fuel Pool integrity. Tritium leaks at the other units in this plant are treated with the same lack of concern that Nuclear Power corporations give all leaking radiation.

Dresden 25 Mile Radius Fallout Plume Map

 

 

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TEPCO accidentally floods wrong building with 200 tons of radioactive water at Fukushima plant


TEPCO accidentally floods wrong building with 200 tons of radioactive water at Fukushima plant

Approximately 200 tons of highly radioactive water were redirected to the wrong building at the disaster stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant on April 14 when pumps that were not supposed to be used were incorrectly turned on, this according to plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). The plant’s officials assured that there were no other channels the contaminated water could leak out of from the building, but the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) ordered the utility to monitor for leakage just the same.

TEPCO said that the highly contaminated water – used for cooling the molten down reactors – has been wrongly directed to a group of buildings that house the central waste processing facilities. The embattled operator said that the basements of these buildings were supposed to function as emergency storage for contaminated water anyway, but the water was not supposed to be directed to the buildings at this point. Fukushima workers noticed something was wrong on April 10, as the water levels in buildings that should have been pumping out water were noticed to be going up instead of down.

 

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Published on Apr 14, 2014

Published on Feb 19, 2014
Nuclear Hotseat~Host Libbe HaLevy

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INTERVIEWS:
Don Hancock of the Southwest Research and Information Center on the fire and radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM — two separate incidents within 10 days that point to a company culture that fails to take proper precautions.
CONTACT: sricdon@earthlink.net

Indian filmmaker Pradeep Indulkar, director of “High Power,” winner of the 2013 Uranium Film Festival Yellow Oscar for Best Short Documentary. To book the film or purchase a DVD,
CONTACT: highpower@docwebs.com

NUMNUTZ OF THE WEEK:
Close this week, but we revisit the Fukushima Kids’ Cancer Seminar to learn how their slogan, “Especially because this is Fukushima, we need the best cancer education in Japan!” Learn what happens when the event’s organizer gets asked how that creepy slogan got picked and why children of Fukushima need “cancer education.”

PLUS:
*”Experts” miss possible Hanford implications in Washington state rare birth defect cluster;
*Massive cracks found at Fukushima near radioactive water storage tanks;
*Fukushima dental assn. to study radiation in baby teeth (shades of Operation Tooth Fairy);
*UK nuclear sites at risk of flooding;
*The Irish will soon be able to sue the UK for Sellafield radiation damages;
*The NRC DUCK! and Cover Report;
*Radcast w/Mimi German;
…and more!

LINKS:
Interview w/Tokyo-based physician Shigeru Mita on the need to evacuate from Tokyo, an interview by Nelson Groom for Vice.com: http://nsgroom.wordpress.com/2014/02/

Petition to support journalist Mari Takenouchi and support her effotts to protect children living in areas contaminated with radioactivity: http://www.credomobilize.com/petition

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Published on Apr 11, 2014

The Japanese government has decided on a new medium- and long-term basic energy plan that calls nuclear power a key energy source.
The Cabinet on Friday approved the plan, after modifying an initial version to take into account calls from within the governing coalition for more use of renewable energy sources.
The plan defines nuclear power as an important base-load power source that enables a stable supply of energy.
The government will allow nuclear plants to resume operations if they meet safety standards set by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.
But the plan calls for minimizing dependence on nuclear power by promoting renewable energy and making thermal power plants more efficient.
The plan cites a goal set 4 years ago to have renewable energy sources account for 20 percent of total demand in 2030. The figure is mentioned only as a reference in the plan. The government says it hopes to further increase the ratio.
On nuclear fuel recycling, the government says its basic policy is to promote it. Junior coalition partner New Komeito says the prototype Monju fast-breeder reactor should be scrapped.
But the government is sticking with its initial plan to use the facility as an international research base. Scientists will study ways to reduce radioactive waste through recycling.
Monju has been mostly idle since a sodium leak accident in 1995. A fast-breeder reactor can produce more nuclear fuel than it consumes.

More missed inspections found at Monju reactor
Japanese nuclear regulators are investigating more cases of missed inspections at the Monju fast-breeder prototype reactor. It’s located in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan Coast.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, found the lapses during regular safety checks in March.
Officials say at least 9 out of 80 targeted items had not been inspected. These include a temperature gauge and a switch for equipment that powers the secondary cooling pump.
NRA officials also say workers had revised inspection records without taking the required step of informing an in-house panel on more than 240 occasions.
The NRA last year found around 14,000 missed inspections at Monju, including those for critical safety equipment.

Govt. to set ratio for nuclear power
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will set the ratio of nuclear power in Japan’s energy mix after considering the situation once the reactors are restarted.
Abe spoke to a plenary session of the Lower House on Friday about the basic energy plan approved by the Cabinet earlier in the day.
He said the government’s policy is to develop an energy-saving society and introduce renewable energy sources, while reducing dependence on nuclear power as much as possible.
But Abe said that given Japan’s increased dependence on natural gas and other fossil fuels, he can’t say that Japan will completely abandon nuclear power.
He added the government does not currently have any plans to build any more nuclear reactors or plants. Abe said the focus will be on diversifying energy resources and on how experts will view the resumption of existing reactors.
Abe said the government will set a target for the optimum mix of energy sources. He said the government will do that after looking into the situation regarding renewable energy and its potential, as well as the status of resumed operations at idled nuclear plants

Fukushima worker on verge of breakdown speaking about 3/11: “The earth around me distorting like Jell-O” — Massive upheavals taking entire Reactor 1 turbine building with it — “Sounds like it wants to come apart, going to explode” — “Concrete floor and walls around us began to crack” (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/fukushima-supervis…

Nuclear Engineer: Radiation levels “much higher” in areas of Fukushima plume headed to west coast than models show — Radio: Concern “other isotopes” besides cesium to cross Pacific (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-i…

[Video column] Fukushima Diary talks “Tepco washing off Plutonium to the Pacific, huge risk for the least effect”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/04/vi…

Tepco started pumping up the bypass water to discharge / Tritium density jumped up to 87% of desired safety level
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/04/te…

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KING 5.com

Sick Hanford workers speak out for first time

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    by SUSANNAH FRAME / KING 5 News

    Bio | Email | Follow: @SFrameK5

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

     

    Exposure to potentially harmful chemical vapors sent 26 workers at the Hanford Site to a Richland hospital or an on-site medical clinic in the two-week period starting March 19.

    For the first time, two of those workers talk on camera with KING 5 about their experience — and the symptoms and problems they continue to exhibit nearly two weeks after breathing in vapors that vented from underground tanks and pipes that hold vast amounts of toxic chemicals and radioactive isotopes.

    On March 19 health physics technician Steve Ellingson and a partner were near the AY and AZ tank farms at Hanford when they noticed a chemical smell.

    “It got really bad. We could smell it, we could taste it. It has a coppery taste,” Ellingson said. “We both started to have problems with our chest and our throats.”

    They exited the area after the smell seemed to get worse. Afterward, he said he couldn’t get the taste of out his mouth, and he began to experience nausea.

    Over the next few days, Ellingson said he was evaluated at the on-site medical clinic, at a local emergency room and by his own doctor. None could find the cause for his symptoms, which he said worsened after the first day, with lung irritation, violent coughing and fatigue continuing to this day.

    “It’s like I can’t get a good deep breath. It’s like a shallow breath all of the time,” he told KING 5 two weeks after the exposure.

    Becky Holland, also a health physics technician at Hanford, breathed chemical vapors a week later while working with a team at the T tank farm. The group was preparing to shoot video of the inside of one of the waste storage tanks.

    After a riser cover was removed, Holland said the group began to smell fumes. The group moved upwind to escape the smell, but the fumes only seemed to get worse — even workers wearing respirators reported they could smell it. An emergency evacuation order was issued.

    Holland said he began to feel bad immediately. “I started feeling kind of numb, my face, and instant headache,” Holland said. “And then I started shaking really bad and sweating. It scared me.”

    A 28-year veteran of the Hanford Site, Holland said, “I’ve smelled things before. I’ve been exposed to things before, but never been exposed to something or been affected the way that I was [on March 26].”

    Holland was rushed to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. “I was scared. I was shaking. I was profusely sweating and [had] a horrible headache,” she said.

    She was evaluated and released the same day. The headache continued, she said, and the next day she began to experience nosebleeds so severe and persistent that she later had the inside of her nose cauterized.

    “I’ve never experienced anything this bad,” Holland said.

    “I’ve walked through this stuff a hundred times,” said Ellingson, a 22-year Hanford veteran. “I’ve tasted it. I’ve smelled it and it’s never bothered me. But now for two weeks I’ve had trouble and I don’t like it.”

    Cleared for work

    The 586-square-mile Hanford Site is home to 177 tanks holding the waste generated by more than four decades of plutonium production — a messy process that involves using caustic chemicals to dissolve nuclear reactor fuel rods to extract small amounts of plutonium. Twenty-five years after plutonium production ceased at the site, 56 million gallons of highly radioactive chemical waste remains to be treated for long-term storage. The tanks hold chemicals such as ammonia, butanol, formaldehyde and mercury. Much of the waste actively emits gas, which is vented through filters designed to remove radioactive particles. Chemicals, however, often pass through.

    All 26 workers who reported being exposed to chemical vapors starting on March 19 were quickly cleared to return to work by the on-site clinic.

     

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    Hanford worker exposed again to airborne irritant

    Hanford worker exposed again to airborne irritant

    Credit: KING 5 News

    The HPMC Hanford Occupational Health Service clinic in Hanford’s 200-West Area.

    by SUSANNAH FRAME / KING 5 News

    Bio | Email | Follow: @SFrameK5

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

     

    A Hanford worker who was sickened by exposure to chemical vapors on March 19 was exposed to  another unknown substance Wednesday, prompting a trip to Hanford’s on-site medical clinic.

    Sources told KING 5 that the worker, who missed approximately 10 days of work after March 19 and is under a physician’s order to avoid lung irritants on the job, had trouble breathing after working in an area that was not free of aggravating substances.

    The sources said the worker was taken to HPMC, the on-site medical clinic at Hanford, where he was evaluated, released and declared fit to return to work on Thursday, despite his continued breathing problems. The medical professionals told the worker that he is to stay indoors Thursday and work at a desk, the sources said.

    Twenty-six workers have been transported to the hospital or HPMC after detecting chemical vapors in different Hanford waste tank farms. The Department of Energy and its contractors at the site have insisted that worker safety is a top priority and that the affected workers were evaluated by independent health experts before being returned to duty.

     

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    Japan Allows Residents To Return To Fukushima Disaster ‘Hot Zone’


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    A child is tested for radiation exposure.

     

    For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. 

    The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant.

    Tuesday’s reopening of Miyakoji will mark a tiny step for Japan as it seeks to recover from the Fukushima disaster and a major milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district – most of whom the city hopes will go back.

    But homesick evacuees have mixed feelings about returning to Miyakoji, set amid rolling hills and rice paddies, a sign of how difficult the path back to normality will be for those forced from their homes by the accident.

    Many families with young children are torn over what to do, one city official acknowledged.

    “Young people won’t return,” said Kitaro Saito, a man in his early 60s, who opposed lifting the ban and had no intention of going home yet.

    “Relatives are arguing over what to do” and friends disagree, he said, warming his hands outside his temporary home among rows of other one-room trailers in a Tamura parking lot. “The town will be broken up.”

    Saito said he wanted to go back to his large hillside house in Miyakoji, but thinks the government is using residents as “guinea pigs” to test whether larger returns are possible.

     

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    ZeroHedge

    Japan Gives Residents All Clear To Return To Fukushima Disaster “Hot Zone”



    As we reported last night, Japan’s economy may once again be relapsing into a slowing phase, perversely well in advance of the dreaded sales-tax hike which many expect will catalyze Japan’s collapse into another recession as happened the last time Japan had a tax hike, but that doesn’t mean its population should be prevented from enjoying the heavily energized local atmosphere buzzing with the hope and promise of imminent paper-based “wealth effects” for those long the daily penNikkeistock rollercoaster…. and just as buzzing with copious gamma rays of course. Which is why for the first time in over three years, since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, residents of a small district 20 km from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. Because if the honest Japanese government says it is safe, then so it must be.

    But how is this possible?

    Just recall, as we reported in December citing SCMP, that the incidence of Thyroid cancers had surged among Fukushima youths. It took the government a few days of contemplation before spinning this deplorable revelation as one which blamed not the coverup surrounding the Fukushima fallout, but – get this – the fact that children were getting sick because they were not going out enough!

    Mindboggling as it may be, this is precisely the kind of ridiculous propaganda one would expect from a flailing authoritarian regime, with a crashing economy, and a demographic collapse with no credible options left except to goose the manipulated market higher… The kind of propaganda that is now being used to give the “all clear” to move back to Fukushima!

    From Reuters:

    The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant. Tuesday’s reopening of Miyakoji will mark a tiny step for Japan as it seeks to recover from the Fukushima disaster and a major milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district – most of whom the city hopes will go back.

    Because children need to be outdoors, mingling with the high energy radiation, to avoid the dreaded consequences of being locked indoors of course. Still, not everyone is a complete idiot:

     

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    Published on Mar 27, 2014

    Error suspected in spent fuel removal trouble
    TEPCO officials say a worker mistakenly tried to operate the crane with an auxiliary brake on. Noticing the error, he released the brake and retried, but the crane failed to operate once the warning lamp had gone on.

    Govt.’s new plan for Fukushima waste storage sites
    Japan’s government has shown Fukushima officials a new plan to build interim storage facilities for contaminated soil and other radioactive waste.
    The plan calls for reducing the number of towns to host the facilities in Fukushima Prefecture from 3 to 2, following demands by local governments.

    Water treatment system halted again
    The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has halted one of the 3 lines of the key water treatment system at the complex.
    Tokyo Electric Power Company says the line of the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, was suspended on Thursday morning after workers found possible signs of abnormality in the water to be fed into the facility.

    TV: More workers rushed to hospital at U.S. nuclear site — 17 sickened in past week — Former Employee: “It’s pretty scary… to have this many in 8 days is really abnormal” — Company: We’re trying to understand what’s happening (VIDEO)
    http://enenews.com/tv-more-workers-ru…

    Mexicans concerned, anxious about WIPP radiation release — City of 2.5 million nearly 200 miles away “within transnational evacuation zone in event of a nuclear disaster” — Local officials meeting with U.S. gov’t — Whistleblower: If plutonium released “surrounding population should take precautions”
    http://enenews.com/mexicans-concerned…

    Reports: “Experts agree many species of wildlife and fisheries are endangered globally due to large release of radioactivity into ocean” at Fukushima — “Has Fukushima radiation entered New Zealand ecosystem?”
    http://enenews.com/reports-has-fukush…

    [100m3 overflow] No information obtained about a potential suspect / Tepco practically give up investigation
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/03/10…

    Tanks are decontaminated by human workers getting inside
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/03/ta…

    Tepco “There may be multiple sources of groundwater contamination”
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/03/te…

    Japan Defends Retaining Large Stockpile of Plutonium
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/global…

    The Fukushima Fallout
    Hunting for Hope Amid the Ocean’s Biggest Nuclear Disaster Ever
    http://www.independent.com/news/2014/…

    [ALPS] Entire system shut down → Reboot → New leakage → Shut down again
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/03/al…

    [100m3 overflow] Tritium density in groundwater spiking up 60m east from the overflowed tank
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/03/10…

    M5.4 hit South part of Japan on 3/26/2014 / Possible aftershock not recorded by Meteorological Agency for some reason
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/03/m5…

    Texas nuclear disposal site steps in to store WIPP-bound waste
    http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-…

    TV: US Senators want federal agents near WIPP to check if safe; “A lot more people could have been hurt a lot worse” — Public “skeptical whole truth about environmental risks shared” — Report: “It will shut WIPP down for a year or more, and now everyone is talking about maybe WIPP is no good” (VIDEO)
    http://enenews.com/tv-us-senators-wan…

    Fissile Materials
    http://fissilematerials.org/library/g…

     

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    Oregon Public Broadcasting

    Hanford Fumes Lead Some Workers To Seek Medical Attention

    Northwest News Network | March 25, 2014 6:31 p.m.

     

    Anna King, Northwest News Network

     

    Some workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms were transported to a Richland hospital Tuesday morning.

     

    Many employees have been complaining of feeling ill after smelling chemical vapors this week.

    Hanford is home to large underground tanks grouped into herds called “farms.” They contain a toxic brew of 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge and industrial chemicals — the leftovers from plutonium production during WWII and the Cold War.

    This past week, several batches of workers have complained of smelling vapors during their normal operations. Some of them were examined at Hanford’s own medical center. But two sickened workers were sent to Richland’s hospital and released later.

    Washington River Protection Solutions, the company that employs these tank farm workers, acknowledges that Hanford tanks do generate vapors that are vented into the air. The company says it has safety procedures in place and is monitoring the vapors in the farms.

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    Full Washington River Protection Solutions statement:

     

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    Published on Mar 26, 2014

    Trouble stops fuel removal at nuclear plant
    Work has been suspended to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool at a reactor building in the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
    Tokyo Electric Power Company said an accident occurred at around 9:30 AM on Wednesday when workers started removing fuel units at the No. 4 reactor building.
    The utility explained a large crane used to hoist a cask containing 22 spent fuel units from the storage pool suddenly halted before lifting the cask. Workers were attaching a hook to the crane’s wire at that time.
    The company says no rise in radiation levels have been observed around the pool.
    Workers are now trying to find out what caused the problem.
    TEPCO began removing fuel units from the storage pool of the No.4 reactor in November of last year. The pool held 1,533 units of fuel, of which 1,331 are highly radioactive spent fuel.
    As of Tuesday, 550 fuel units had been removed and transferred to another storage pool.

    Japan faces challenges on nuclear material
    Japan faces a number of challenges in reducing its stockpiles of nuclear material to prevent its exploitation by terrorists.
    Japan agreed in a joint statement with the United States on Monday at the Nuclear Security Summit to return stocks of plutonium provided by other countries for research purposes in the 1960s.
    The supply includes 331 kilograms of plutonium from the US used for fast critical assembly experiments.
    The United States is collecting nuclear material to prevent terrorists from acquiring it.
    Japan also maintains a stockpile of about 44 tons of plutonium recycled from spent nuclear fuel.
    The amount would be enough to make about 5,500 bombs according to calculations by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    The plutonium is meant to be used as fuel for nuclear power generation, but the accident in March 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has put all reactors in Japan offline.
    Japan also lacks a law requiring background checks for workers at nuclear facilities.

    Leaders aim to minimize nuclear material stocks
    World leaders have agreed to try to minimize stocks of weapons-grade uranium and other sensitive materials as a way to counter nuclear terrorism.
    Leaders from more than 50 countries adopted a communique at the end of the 2-day Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday.
    The Hague communique also calls on nations to keep their stockpile of plutonium to the minimum level. It urges political and financial support for the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    Japan announced at the summit that it will remove all highly enriched uranium and plutonium from a research facility and hand them over to the United States for disposal.
    Japan has used the materials for research on a fast reactor with cooperation from the US.

    Inside Source: Gov’t officials are withholding Fukushima radiation data — Levels much higher than expected — Releasing numbers would “have a huge impact” — Over 2,000 millisieverts per year where residents are being encouraged to return
    http://enenews.com/inside-source-govt…

    Nearly a dozen Hanford employees sick from unknown fumes
    http://www.king5.com/news/investigato…

    N.Korea fires ballistic missiles
    South Korea’s defense ministry says North Korea fired 2 ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan early on Wednesday morning.
    Ministry officials say the North launched the missiles from an area north of Pyongyang.

    Blockage cleared for Fukushima water bypass
    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-…

    NRC Events
    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-col…

    How safe is the DOE’s WIPP nuclear dump when sinkholes open in New Mexico?
    http://www.examiner.com/article/how-s…

    Mexicans concerned, anxious about WIPP radiation release — City of 2.5 million nearly 200 miles away “within transnational evacuation zone in event of a nuclear disaster” — Local officials meeting with U.S. gov’t — Whistleblower: If plutonium released “surrounding population should take precautions”
    http://enenews.com/mexicans-concerned…

    Federal oversight chair questions safety at Carlsbad’s WIPP nuke dump
    http://www.examiner.com/article/how-s…

    Nuclear reactor threatened by cuts
    http://www.timesunion.com/local/artic…

    The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry
    http://nuclear-news.net/

     

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    Japan prepares to ship nuclear materials to the US

    Published time: March 24, 2014 17:37
    Edited time: March 26, 2014 12:07

    Reuters/Gleb Garanich

    Reuters/Gleb Garanich

    Japan agreed to transfer a share of its highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium stockpiles to the US as part of the global effort to secure nuclear materials. Other nations are also urged to deposit excess nuclear materials in the US.

    On the eve of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, US and Japanese leaders arranged a deal on “final disposition” in the US of well over 300 kilograms of weapons grade plutonium and an unspecified quantity of highly enriched uranium (HEU) that will be “sent to a secure facility and fully converted into less sensitive forms.”

    This quantity of plutonium is enough to produce 40-50 warheads. The total quantity of HEU currently stocked in Japan is estimated at approximately 1.2 tons. According to The New York Times, some 200 kilograms of HEU is currently designated for the US.

    After Barack Obama announced in Prague in 2009 an ambitious agenda to seek “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” the American president has been pressing his foreign counterparts, both in Asia and Europe, demanding they either get rid of their excess nuclear materials via the US, or tighten security of stockpiles at home.

    Two more countries, Belgium and Italy, have also agreed to hand over excess nuclear materials to the US and issued separate joint statements with the White House, Reuters reported.

    “This effort involves the elimination of hundreds of kilograms of nuclear material, furthering our mutual goal of minimizing stocks of HEU and separated plutonium worldwide, which will help prevent unauthorized actors, criminals, or terrorists from acquiring such materials,” US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a joint statement released by the White House on Monday.

    There is no information whether the deal between Japan and the US has a financial side; nuclear materials, of course, have a solid market value.

     

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    Mexicans concerned, anxious about WIPP radiation release — City of 2.5 million nearly 200 miles away “within transnational evacuation zone in event of a nuclear disaster” — Local officials meeting with U.S. gov’t — Whistleblower: If plutonium released “surrounding population should take precautions”

    Published: March 26th, 2014 at 1:27 pm ET
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    U.S. Radiation Leak Concerns Mexicans, by Kent Paterson,  Editor of Frontera NorteSur and Curriculum Developer with the project of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Mar. 24, 2014: Serious problems at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have caught the eyes of the press and government officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico [Population: 2.5 million]. [...] Since February 14, additional radiation releases [from WIPP] connected to the original one have been reported, even as more workers are still awaiting test results for possible radiation exposure during the first event. Although Ciudad Juarez is located nearly 200 miles from WIPP, city officials expect to meet with U.S. government representatives on March 26 or 27 to discuss ongoing issues from the February 14 incident. A story in El Diario newspaper said that Ciudad Juarez (and neighboring El Paso and Las Cruces) were well within a transnational evacuation zone in the event of a nuclear disaster. While WIPP spokespersons say that the radiation releases have been minimal and pose no danger to public health, Mexican officials are anxious to hear the message in person. [...] Despite U.S. and Mexican government reports of little or no radioactive contamination from the WIPP leak, public doubts about the gravity of the February 14 incident persist due to incomplete contaminant data reporting, the slowness in getting all the potentially exposed workers tested and informed, spotty or contradictory statements by regulatory officials, and uncertainties over the origin of the radiation leak and how far an area it has impacted. [...] Back in the 1990s, Ciudad Juarez and U.S. environmentalists from the Rio Bravo Ecological Alliance took a stand against WIPP based partly on concerns that the underground storage facility would eventually contaminate the Pecos River Basin and the Rio Grande.

     

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