Radiation spikes at WIPP nuclear facility near Carlsbad, NM.
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Expert: No one in the world has ever dealt with something like WIPP disaster — Continuous release of radioactive material ’24/7′ to
environment — Nobody knows when leaking will end — It’s a ‘major
failure’ for so many people to be exposed — Government yet to say if dump
will open again
Officials now admit over 500 barrels of nuclear waste at risk of bursting open — AP: 368 already at WIPP dump — “New Mexico sees
‘imminent’ danger” — State orders WIPP to prevent “health or
environmental threat”; Must ‘permanently seal’ underground storage areas
Don Hancock, director of the Nuclear Waste Safety program and administrator at Southwest Research and Information Center :Why it happened, why it was released, how much was really released, how
much contamination there is in the underground, how long the releases
continue, whether there could be further releases given that we don’t
know what the situation is [...] All of those of things are unknowns.
Minute 7:31 of audio: It’s not credible to think that 21 workers breathed in contamination and the only place that there is contamination is on the workers. There clearly has to have been soil contamination. DOE’s own modeling is that there’s extensive soil contamination around the site. So there is a lot more soil sampling that needs to be done.
<<HANCOCK: There is no instance in the world where you have an underground salt
mine significantly contaminated with radiation [...] there is no
experience in dealing with this situation. So we’re starting from square
one. It will be difficult, if not impossible, and also very costly to
cleanup the underground. Based on my 38 years in working with the
Department of Energy, I find it virtually inconceivable — I hope they
will decide if they can’t do total cleanup of the underground, I hope
they will decide not to reopen it. […] We need independent analysis,
independent medical people, and independent technical folks to look at
what happened and why it happened and what kind of decontamination could
be done, if any.>>
[download full interview here: http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/1853/ ]
Radiation hits highest levels since initial hours of radioactive release in
February — Document link has been removed from official website — Government analyzing
samples for “potential impact on human health”.
AP: Ticking time bombs of nuclear waste at multiple U.S. sites? Lab checking for smoking drums — CNN: “Imminent threat from radiation” — Gundersen: Serious public health effects if one blows; “Very, very volatile… like nitroglycerin”
A PDF file shows the report of June 10, 2014, photos of some of the unknown numbers of damaged waste containers, of the fire prior to the February "explosion", the several sampling sites around the facility to which all concerned SHOULD have access, tells us that data won't be available until "around June 25-June 30, but nothing yet, shows soil, water and vegetation sampling locations, and we already know plutonium has showed up, as well as americum...Air samples collected way back on March 11 from the ventilation exhaust already showed increased levels of americium .
WIPP was required to set up a website for public information WITH results of the monitoring stations, but that isn't going so well.
Their "LATEST" update is a repeat of the report of June 10!
Well, WIPP has no idea how many containers are leaking, or if there are other problems because they "just can't locate sources of the leaks".
They have admitted that the air filtration system in that panel or panels is 'FUBAR', shot all to hell, will take YEARS to clean and restore, IF it can be done!
They have admitted that the SAME types of barrels of nuclear waste WERE (still ARE?) stored ABOVE ground at the facility, but NO weekly/bi-weekly "status report" since May 18-19!
Some have complained that the "investigative sampling reports" they post (then quickly remove?) are INTENTIONALLY blurry, are INCOMPLETE, and do NOT seem to agree with independent testing by locals.
WIPP doesn't address these concerns.
Radiation level doubles at location far from leak; Carlsbad monitor
jumps around 40% — Residents plead for more info, concerns over safety
Plutonium / Americium found in “every single worker” on site when leak began — New Mexico officials ‘totally unsatisfied’ with lack of
info from Feds — “We don’t know how far away it’s gone” — Continuing
threat for long time to come
<<HANCOCK: The government has not been accurate in what it has said [….] The information flow has been bad. I know of nobody that thinks the information flow has been good. I was just on the phone in the last half hour with the New Mexico secretary of the environment department, the state official who is most responsible for the State’s activities at the WIPP site, and he was saying he is still totally unsatisfied with the lack of information the DoE is giving him and his regulatory agency — not to mention the further lack of information that the public is getting.>>
AND JUST LAST YEAR, THE SAME THING, NO, WORSE, HAPPENED IN WASHINGTON STATE, AT THE NOTORIOUS HANFORD NUCLEAR FACILITY, OFFSPRING OF THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, DUMPING SITE FOR NUCLEAR SUBMARINES/SHIPS.
“It appears the worst case scenario has happened” at U.S. nuclear site — Most dangerous material on earth “out of control”? — A whopping
800,000 dpm measured outside tank (VIDEO) #Hanford
It appears the most dangerous material on earth is out of its tank
and out of their control, and there’s no immediate plan on how to solve
the problem. […]
the worst case scenario has happened, the waste has eaten through the outer tank wall. […]