THAT SHOULD SOUND AN ALARM, RIGHT?
WHY THAT PARTICULAR DATE AND WIND?
DID WE HAVE ANOTHER "GREEN RUN" IN NOVEMBER UP THERE?
21 FEB. 2016,
"The Environmental Protection Agency has called the uncontrolled spread of small
["SMALL", NO SUCH THING] amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford “alarming” after a Nov. 17 windstorm.
Surveys six miles north of Richland after the winds subsided found specks of contamination had spread beyond Route 4, the public highway from Richland out to the Wye Barricade secure entrance to Hanford.
The contamination had blown from the 618-10 Burial Ground, which is being cleaned up on the west side of the highway.
The search also turned up previously undiscovered specks of radioactive waste believed to have been spread by plants or animals outside known contaminated areas."
WHAT KIND OF "SPECKS", BLACK PLUTONIUM SPECKS LIKE THEY'RE FINDING ALL OVER JAPAN TODAY?
"BY PLANTS", SPREAD BY PLANTS?
ARE THE WASHINGTON STATE PLANTS ON THE MOVE?
ARE THE PLANTS RUNNING AMOK THERE?
MAYBE THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO FLEE THE AREA?
LET 'EM GO!
GOOD LUCK, LITTLE PLANTS!
NO, THIS REALLY IS SERIOUS, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE NO REAL DISCLOSURE ABOUT THOSE "SPECKS"....AND DID THE WIND ONLY BLOW THESE "SPECKS" A MERE 4 TO 6 MILES AWAY?
THEN THAT WASN'T MUCH OF A WIND "STORM" WAS IT?
WHAT ABOUT THE WINDS THE DAY, WEEK, MONTH BEFORE THIS WIND, THE HIGH WINDS THAT HAVE BLOWN THROUGH THERE SINCE NOVEMBER?
HANFORD, LIKE ALL OLD RICKETY, FALLING-DOWN NUKE FACILITIES, LEAKS LIKE A SIEVE 24/7 AND 365 DAYS A YEAR, 366 THIS YEAR.
FOR THE EPA TO GET THEIR PANTIES IN A WAD, IT MUST BE MORE THAN WE'RE GOING TO BE TOLD, BECAUSE, HISTORICALLY, THAT HAS ALMOST ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE.
BY THE TIME THE EPA OR FDA OR NRC, ETC, GO PUBLIC, IT'S A DISASTER ON A MODERATE TO GRAND SCALE, ONE WE'LL GET TO READ ALL ABOUT IN 25, 50, MAYBE 100 YEARS WHEN ALL DOCUMENTS ARE "DECLASSIFIED"...
YOU KNOW, LIKE THE GREEN RUN, OR THE AIRPLANE THAT WENT DOWN OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST AND CAUSED A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION, LIKE THE RADIATION EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED ALL OVER AMERICA ON UNSUSPECTING, UNINFORMED AMERICANS.
YEAH, LIKE THOSE, AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS...
SO WHAT DID THE HANFORD GENIUSES DO?
Hanford officials brought in a street sweeper to collect the sand and dirt from a stretch of highway near the burial ground.
A STREET SWEEPER....EVER BEEN BEHIND ONE OF THOSE?
HOW MUCH DUST DO THEY KICK UP AND SEND FLYING?
BRILLIANT, EH? JUST BRILLIANT OF THE HANFORD BOYZ.
“The workers and public were not at risk of exposure because of the spread of contamination,” said Bryan Foley, DOE deputy project director for Hanford work near the Columbia River, at a recent Hanford Advisory Board committee meeting.
SOMEBODY SURELY CONSIDERED SLAPPING HIS LYING, SILLY FACE WHEN HE SAID THAT!
THE EPA, in a letter to DOE, said the spread of contamination “is a matter that is alarming to EPA and requires further investigation and discussion.”
It has given DOE until the third week of April to prepare a report on its loss of control of radioactive material.
DOE is required to describe for EPA, a Hanford regulator, what actions and technology it plans to prevent a recurrence.
DOE and its contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, have had problems with contamination spread at the 618-10 Burial Ground as early as summer 2014, according to the weekly staff reports of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
In one of the incidents described by defense board staff, a windstorm spread small pieces of plastic outside the burial ground’s boundary fence.
The plastic, used to wrap contaminated equipment, can become brittle and break.
In recent months, drums have been excavated that are lined with concrete and have a pipe nested in the center to hold waste with higher levels of radioactivity than typically found in unlined drums used for waste disposal. The waste came from research and uranium fuel fabrication work at Hanford before 1964.
FOR OVER 52 YEARS THAT CRAP HAS BEEN SENDING OUT ...WHAT?
WE MAY NEVER KNOW.
“Washington Closure Hanford went out and started surveying to understand how far the contamination had spread,” said Stacy Charboneau, manager of the DOE Richland Operations Office, at the Hanford Advisory Board meeting.
They found sandy grains of contamination that had spread toward the road and two grains on the east side of the road. Contamination was cleaned up as it was discovered.
Washington Closure told the EPA on Nov. 24 that all radiological material had been collected.
But on Dec. 11 the state Department of Health conducted a follow-up survey on behalf of EPA and found four specks of contamination that had spread outside of areas of radiological control. Three were on the west side of the highway and one was on the east side.
GRAINS, THEY KEEP SAYING GRAINS AND SPECKS...BUT WHAT'S RADIOACTIVELY "HOT" ENOUGH THAT A "GRAIN", A "SPECK" OF IT CAN BE DETECTED AND COUNTED?
IS IT OR IS IT NOT PLUTONIUM, FELLOWS?
JUST CALL IT WHAT IT IS!
The waste had high levels of radioactive isotopes that grout does not bind well, said Dennis Faulk, EPA Hanford program manager.
July 2000, Wildfires in the vicinity of the Hanford facility hit the highly radioactive "B/C" waste disposal trenches, raising airborne plutonium radiation levels in the nearby cities of Pasco and Richland to 1,000 above normal.
Will this "NEW" plan cause a greater safety risk?
“DOE said in December 2014 that it has studied the issue of uranium-contaminated groundwater for more than two decades, and no better method is on the horizon.
About 330 pounds of uranium per year is released to Columbia River from the Hanford 300 Area, according to DOE.
But three irrigation outlets on the Franklin County side of the river release 3,500 pounds of uranium a year into the river from fertilizer and uranium that is naturally in the ground. In addition, the Yakima River adds about 8,800 pounds a year.
The approved plan is to let groundwater contaminants gradually dissipate over time, with some extra help for uranium contamination.
The Yakima Nation said there is no evidence that natural dissipation is a viable remedy for the contamination. The decision also does not consider that contaminants in central Hanford groundwater could migrate toward the 300 Area and compound contamination there.
The tribe also questions the plan to add a binding solution to the soil to reduce the movement of uranium contamination to the groundwater while contamination in the groundwater dissipates over time. Phosphate would be added, which combines with uranium to create a uranium phosphate mineral that does not readily dissolve.”
Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/.../article32204394.html...
SO WHAT DOES THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION SUGGEST?
CUT THE BUDGET FOR HANFORD CLEANUP BY OVER 190 MILLION BUCKS!
SURE, THAT SHOULD MAKE SURE IT NEVER, EVER GETS CLEANED UP...IT CAN KILL MAYBE MILLIONS MORE...WAY TO GO, POTUS AND CONGRESS!
WHEN WERE THE BOYZ OF HANFORD AWARE OF THEIR "UNIQUE" PROBLEMS FOR GROUND WASTE DISPOSAL?
WHEN WERE THEY FIRST WARNED THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN?
IN THE 1950s!
BOTH HANFORD AND OAK RIDGE WERE VIEWED WITH GREAT DOUBT AS TO THEIR LONG-TERM ABILITY TO HANDLE TRULY SAFE DISPOSAL OF SUCH ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1957.
Stringent rules must be set up and a system of inspection and monitoring instituted.
Safe disposal means that the waste shall not come in contact with any living thing. Considering half-lives of the isotopes in waste this means for 600 years if Cs137 and Sr90 are present or for about one-tenth as many years if these two isotopes are removed.
The Committee has heard a number of descriptions of the waste disposal operations at Hanford and Oak Ridge and several committee members have visited the Oak Ridge Installation.
Some questions exist at this time in the minds of most members concerning the long-term safety of waste disposal as practiced on these sites if continued for the indefinite future. A great deal of work has been done at each of them by competent men, but it is not possible to say exactly what may happen to the waste and how its component elements may disperse.
It will not be possible to dispose safely of large quantities of high-level waste in many large sections of the country.
This circumstance may dictate that it will not be economically feasible to place those types of power reactors or other nuclear facilities which produce liquid wastes in large quantity in such unfavorable sections of the country.
We have on several occasions been asked such questions as “Where can waste be disposed of within 25 miles of Tarrytown, New York?”
The answer almost certainly is that waste CANNOT be disposed of safely ANYWHERE near this site.
With the example of Tarrytown mentioned above it might be remarked that the probability of finding a safe ultimate disposal means at the Savannah River plant appears equally gloomy.
This only serves to emphasize the need for consideration of disposal before a site is chosen.
DID THEY SEE ANY LONG-TERM SAFETY IN DISPOSING OF NUCLEAR WASTE IN SOME "SALT CAVITY" INSTALLATION?
NO, NO, NO!
The major element of potential risk in disposal in salt is that the cavity will collapse, structurally, in time.
Salt is a weak material and will flow.
Hence research is needed on size and shape of openings which can be relied upon to be structurally stable.
The question should not be phrased: “How can we dispose of waste at X site?” but should be: “Can or cannot waste be disposed of at X site?”
The possibility of the negative answer should always be considered.
Continuing disposal of certain [large volume] low level waste in the vadose water zone, above the water table, is of limited application and probably involves unacceptable long term risks."
THERE IS A FOOTNOTE TO THAT "REPORT"...PLEASE PAY ATTENTION:
Edwin Roedder (USGS) (1956) Disposal of high aluminum radioactive waste solutions by injection into aquifers.
IS THAT WHY "FRACKING" IS SO COMMONPLACE TODAY?
THEY'RE PUMPING RADIOACTIVE WASTE INTO OUR AQUIFERS?
WE HAVE TO WONDER!
THE BOTTOM LINE, THAT'S WHAT THEY KNEW OVER 60 YEARS AGO.
THAT'S WHAT HANFORD HAS KNOWN ALL ALONG, WHAT THOSE WHO ALLOWED THE WIPP FACILITY TO BE BUILT KNEW, WHAT THE NUKE INDUSTRY AND CONGRESS AND EVERY PRESIDENT HAS KNOWN....
THEY CREATED A MONSTER AND THEY CANNOT CONTAIN IT.
AND THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN.
WE WERE ALL DEEMED EXPENDABLE JUST SO AMERICA COULD BE A NUCLEAR SUPERPOWER.
MAY THERE PLEASE BE A HELL, AND MAY THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THIS BURN IN IT, WITH ALL THEIR NUCLEAR WASTE, FOR A THOUSAND ETERNITIES.