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Media reports on radiation release from Michigan nuke plant: “Low-level radioactive steam vented from Palisades” outside Grand Rapids — “It gets diluted” says NRC
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Feds inspecting Palisades nuke plant after shutdown caused by breaker fault during maintenance, AP, September 28, 2011 at 9:37 am EDT:
Federal regulators are looking into the circumstances behind a reactor shutdown at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan. [...]

NRC Regional Administrator Mark Satorius said the plant was in a safe condition but the agency has more questions about what happened and the plant staff’s response. [...] The NRC says steam containing very low levels of the radioactive isotope tritium was released but posed no safety threat.
Low-level radioactive steam vented from Palisades plant, Holland Sentinel by JIM HAYDEN, September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm EDT:
[...] Steam containing “very low levels” of the radioactive isotope tritium was released after the shutdown, but pose no safety risks to the public, said a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman earlier today. [...]

The concentrations of tritium in the steam were “far below regulatory releases,” [Prema Chandrathil, public affairs officer for the NRC in Region III] said. The tritium dissipates in the atmosphere. “As soon as it goes out, it gets diluted further,” Chandrathil said.
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vr 07 okt 2011, 05:20

Strontium-90 in Miami-area teeth samples up to 34 times above normal — Nearby reactors released an “enormous amount of radioactivity” (VIDEOS)
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SOURCE: Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass is Emeritus Professor of Radiological Physics in the Department of Radiology, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Part 3 (Part 2 at end of post):

8:15 in

Turkey Point reactors in Miami, FL released an enormous amount of radioactivity
In some parts of Dade County we have seen teeth that are 10-20 times than minimum level we can detect
Strontium-90 should be less than 0.5 picocuries per gram of calcium — it should be less than 0.5 — and we find levels as high as 15, 16, or 17

“Strontium-90 is considered a cancer-causing substance because it damages the genetic material (DNA) in cells.” -Delaware Health and Social Services



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vr 11 nov 2011, 03:41

Breach in cladding caused plutonium release in Idaho — Workers exposed to ‘high levels’ allowed to go home and return for more tests
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INL Holds Press Conference About Plutonium Accident, KPVI, Nov. 9 at 8:03 pm ET:


[...] “Tuesday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. a container was opened inside the Zero Power Physics Reactor building, and employees were exposed to a high level of plutonium” [...]

INL Materials and Fuels Complex Nuclear Operations Director Philip Breidenbach: “We believe there was a breach in that cladding which allowed the radioactive material to be released. I want to assure you that we take this event very seriously.”

INL Environment, Safety and Health Director Sharon Dossett: “We offered precautionary treatment to all of them and then after the lung scans were completed yesterday they were all allowed to go home. Now three of them have come back today for further lung scans based on results of what we say yesterday on the initial lung scan.”

“After a second round of testing only one tested positive for internal plutonium.”
More from KPVI:

“They are taking fluids with calcium or zinc through an IV. Those chemicals will bind with the plutonium to help it pass [... also] antacids to elevate the pH in the body.”
“Total determination of how much plutonium might be in workers’ bodies will not be available for weeks once the body scans are complete.”
“Of the 16 employees potentially exposed, six of those have tested positive for low-levels of contamination based on external surveying.”
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High-level whistleblower: Plutonium may cause explosion at Washington nuclear facility — Design manager warns of ‘dire’ consequences
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Hanford Nuclear Waste’s Safety May Not Be Assured by U.S., Markey Says, Bloomberg, Nov. 21, 2011:

The U.S. Energy Department may not have adequately responded to safety questions and allegations of retaliation against whistle-blowers at a nuclear-waste treatment plant in Washington state, Representative Edward Markey said. [...]

Hydrogen Bubbles

Walt Tamosaitis, a research manager at the treatment plant, was demoted after alerting Energy Department contractors in 2010 about his concerns that improper treatment of high-level waste might cause plutonium to settle and hydrogen-gas bubbles might form, leading to an explosion, according to Markey’s letter.

The agency “seems to be more interested in paying contractor fees than in paying attention to safety concerns or to those who are disciplined for raising them,” Markey said today in a statement. [...]

Listen to a report featuring Tamosaitis’ ordeal here: http://www.kuow.org/mp3high/mp3/News/20 ... K_Tamo.mp3

Now he shares an office in the basement with a production printer
Used to direct $500 million budget
53 million gallons of radioactive waste stored in aging underground tanks
Security badge striped, escorted out of building
Feds and contractors safety culture is broken
If things go wrong in mixing vessels, consequences could be dire
Allegations strongly backed up by federal safety board
A very high-level manager
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Is er een Media Blackout op grote stralingsvergiftiging in de VS?
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Is er een Media Blackout op grote stralingsvergiftiging in de VS?
De mainstream media en de federale overheid werken nauw samen om de escalerende nucleaire rampen in Japan te verduisteren en hoe straling Amerika en andere landen treft…

Stralingsniveaus nemen toe in Noord-Amerika, maar ook in Europa
Kans is groot dat je radioactief voedsel hebt gegeten en het niet eens weet. De meeste mensen zijn zich niet bewust dat de straling op dit moment de Amerikaanse voedselvoorziening vervuilt.
De bron van dit radioactief besmette voedsel?
De TEPCO kernreactoren in Fukushima, Japan.

Mainstream media negeert de gevolgen grotendeels
De voedselvoorziening wordt nog steeds besmet door de Japanse straling en de Amerikaanse overheid en een groot deel van de mainstream media negeert angstvallig het enorme gezondheidsprobleem, waarvan een nucleaire expert claimt dat het 70 maal! erger is dan de nucleaire ramp destijds in Tsjernobyl.

Zuivel, aardbeien, champignons... bij testen positief gebleken voor Cesium-137
De Universiteit California Berkeley (UCB) heeft stijgende straling ontdekt in de geselecteerde producten, geteeld in Californië. Zes items werden getest: spinazie, aardbeien, koriander, teelaarde, gras en champignons. Gemeten werd in Becquerel per kilogram.

Vijf van de zes items in de Amerikaanse voedselketen monster-test bevatten radioactieve deeltjes. Bron

Radioactief Strontium gevonden in MELK - Hilo, Hawaï
Sinds april 2011 hebben de EPA en anderen radioactieve deeltjes in de melk gevonden. Het laatste rapport kwam begin mei, vervolgens is alle informatie verduisterd.
De straling die vrijkomt door de beschadigde TEPCO reactoren in de provincie Fukushima, heeft zich sterk uitgebreid! Radioactiviteit is nu verspreid over het grootste deel van het Noorden van Japan en zo ver als het Zuiden van Tokio.
Er worden plannen gemaakt voor een nieuwe Japanse hoofdstad en het gesprek in Japan is, dat Tokio – een van de grootste steden ter wereld – zal moeten worden geëvacueerd en zelfs verlaten.

Ondertussen verspreidt de straling zich via de oceaan en de dodelijke deeltjes worden door de wind verder meegevoerd naar Noord-Amerika en andere delen van de wereld.
Een radioactieve isotoop van strontium is aangetroffen in de Amerikaanse melk, voor het eerst sinds de nucleaire ramp in Japan – in een monster van Hilo, Hawaï - onthulde de Environmental Protection Agency recent.
Proeven op strontium zijn getriggerd door de aanwezigheid van cesium isotopen, die in de melk zijn gevonden van Hilo, Montpelier VT, Oakland en in de neerslag uit Boise, Richmond CA, Salt Lake City en een paar andere steden.
Strontium-89 werd gevonden op 4 april in Hilo monsters, die eerder het gevonden cesium-134 en cesium-137 bevatten. Forbes

Berkely controleert stijgende stralingsniveaus in het Amerikaanse voedsel
UCB heeft de stijgende stralingsniveaus gecontroleerd sinds de vernietigende aardbeving en tsunami in Japan.
Het nucleaire wetenschap lab heeft tientallen rapporten uitgebracht, rapporten die in feite werden genegeerd door de Amerikaanse pers!
Hier zijn een aantal voorbeelden van wetenschappelijke rapporten van UCB over de escalerende straling:

Report 1
Report 2

Gebieden waar voedsel reeds radioactieve straling kan bevatten
Gedurende de maanden na de doorlopende kernreactor smelting, stijgt de stralingsbesmetting van de Amerikaanse voedselvoorziening. Het grootste deel van de ernstige gevolgen worden gebagatelliseerd of ronduit genegeerd. Sommige gezondheidsexperts verwachten een stijgend aantal kankergevallen in de VS binnen tien jaar, vooral langs de Westkust.

Volgens een speciaal rapport, geplaatst op de website Rense.com, zijn de meest vervuilde regio’s landbouwgrond: de hele Pacific kust (merk op dat veel van de producten in Noord-Amerika uit deze regio komen, met name Californië), Noordelijke staten van de VS dichtbij Canada, en de Canadese gebieden dichtbij de VS (met inbegrip van Toronto), de Oostelijke staten, de Centrale staten van de VS en de verre Noordelijke gebieden van Canada. Rense

Meer Amerikaanse staten vinden sporen van straling uit Japan
CNN meldt dat straling in de Amerikaanse voedselketen nog steeds toeneemt. Sporadische verslagen van wat er eigenlijk gebeurt, breken slechts periodiek door via de mainstream media. Zij zetten eerder een ‘lachend gezicht’ boven de stralingsberichten.

Na het afsluiten van controlerende stralingsstations in de VS als "onnodig", blijven de regering en de EPA-ambtenaren het Amerikaanse publiek in een staat van rustgevende blindheid sussen:
Toch, op dit moment, hebben Amerikaanse ambtenaren van de gezondheidsdienst benadrukt dat, op ongeveer 5000 mijl van de kernreactor, de Westkust waarschijnlijk geen gevaarlijke niveaus van straling ziet, ongeacht wat er gebeurt in Japan. Radioactieve deeltjes verspreiden zich in de lucht, waardoor er - hoe verder je verwijderd bent - minder gevaar bestaat.
"Onze bevinding is consistent met de bevindingen in Washington en Californië. We hadden verwacht sporen van de isotopen te vinden, die vrijkomen uit de Japanse reactor. Er is geen gevaar voor de gezondheid ", zei Gail Shibley, beheerder van Office Oregon van Environmental Public Health, Oregon Public Health Division, in een verklaring. CNN

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Wetenschappers hebben ontdekt dat spirulina kan bijdragen tot het verminderen van de dodelijke effecten van stralingsvergiftiging. Dit is vooral belangrijk in het licht van de doorlopende nucleaire ramp in Fukushima, en het groeiende bewijs vergaard door nucleaire experts, dat de straling blijft doorgaan om delen van Korea, de Filipijnen, Hawaii, Noord-Amerika en zelfs West-Europa te besmetten. Zie: Scientists: Spirulina can reverse radiation poisoning

RADIOACTIVE Los Angeles AIR 11-16-11

Update 19 november 2011: stralingsniveau lucht LA is 300% boven normaal!

Bron: http://eindtijdnieuws.blogspot.com/2011 ... grote.html
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za 09 jun 2012, 21:37

Details sketchy on radioactive leak at Ohio nuclear plant: Officials unsure how much leaked or for how long — “I can tell you that it had not been an overly long time” (AUDIO)
Published: June 8th, 2012 at 5:54 pm ET
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Davis-Besse fixing leak
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June 8, 2012
Nuclear regulators and plant operators say the leak was in a line to a pump that pushes water through the reactor. The plant had been shut down for re-fueling when it was discovered Wednesday.

FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young says the water never got outside the building and posed no threat to the public.

“We were in the process of beginning to restart the plant when the issue was uncovered. I can tell you that it had not been an overly long time that it had been leaking, because we had just started pressurizing the plant within the previous 24 hours. It was definitely not leaking before the plant was pressurized, and it wasn’t leaking in the early stages of pressurization.”

Young estimates the water leaked at a rate of about six gallons per hour, but is unsure of the total.

[...]
Reddit has been tracking reports of elevated radiation levels in Indiana:

The AP followed-up on the matter: “MineraLab owner Tim Flanegin said the readings appeared to be caused by an equipment malfunction.”

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vr 21 sep 2012, 12:18

Reactor shutdown at Three Mile Island: Release “sounded like a jet engine” — Official admits steam may be radioactive — NRC inspector inside control room
Published: September 20th, 2012 at 7:21 pm ET
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CNN: The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant shut down unexpectedly Thursday when a reactor coolant pump failed, federal regulators said. ... An NRC spokesman said one of the four reactor coolant pumps appears to have stopped working. Though three others remain, the system shuts down when an anomaly is detected, he said.

WCAU: An NRC inspector is on site and in the plant’s control room, according to officials.

Daily Record: Immediately after the shut down, an inspector with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission responded to the plant’s control room to ensure safety systems were functioning as designed, said Neil Sheehan, an NRC spokesman. “(The inspector) did not identify any immediate concerns with operator or equipment performance,” he said.

York Daily Record: “The steam discharge is a normal part of the shut down process,” David Tillman, a spokesman for the plant said. “If there is any trace of radiation in the steam discharge, it is below detectable levels.”

NBC: Plant spokesman Ralph DeSantis told WGAL-TV that there is no health risk and the public is not in danger. DeSantis said radiation levels in the steam were “below detectable levels,” according to WHTM-TV. A spokewoman from the NRC echoed that there is no impact on public health and safety, and said there was no evacuation at the plant. ... People in the area, which is just outside of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pa., reported hearing a loud noise just after 2 p.m. Officials say that was caused from steam being released during the shutdown.

Patriot News: A Middletown woman living about four miles from Three Mile Island said the plant’s steam release Thursday afternoon sounded like a jet engine. She didn’t want to give her name. Her neighbor, Brenda Klockow didn’t hear a thing. ... Middletown resident Scott Fagan looked out his window facing the plant. “I don’t see any flaming skies or birds dropping or rivers rising up to the heavens. I don’t see any of that.”

h/t Anonymous tips

UPDATE: Watch video of steam release here
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British Columbia Exposure from the Fukushima Fallout: KrisStarosta
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Gundersen: Cracks found in reactor at NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant (AUDIO)
Published: November 12th, 2012 at 12:55 am ET
By ENENews

airewinds Podcast, Nov. 11, 2012:

Starts at 11:30 in
Host Kevin Hurley: The NRC is reporting that the NRC has a cracked reactor head. ...

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: We probably won’t hear for months about how deep the crack was. ...

A company announced on the web ... “help make it one of the best outages of the season.” Well I think this is not exactly the best outage of the season and it’s likely the worst outage of season with the problems that Sandy provoked and now they’ve got cracks in the reactor.
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di 27 nov 2012, 18:04

Preventing Armageddon Would Cost Only $100 Million … But Congress Is Too Thick to Approve the Fix

The government has thrown tens of trillions of dollars at the big banks, even though bailing out the big banks hurts – rather than helps – the American economy. See this, this and this. (And it doesn’t take a PhD economist to guess that using bailout funds to buy gold toilet seats and prostitutes is probably not the best way to stimulate the economy as a whole)..

Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz says that the $3-5 trillion spent on the Iraq war alone has been very bad for the American economy. See this, this and this. Security experts – including both hawks and doves – agree that waging war against Iraq and in other Middle Eastern countries weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

The government has thrown money at all sorts of other useless projects.

And yet Congress refuses to spend a mere $100 million to prevent Armageddon.

Specifically, well-known physicist Michio Kaku and other members of the American Physical Society asked Congress to appropriate $100 million to harden the country’s electrical grid against solar flares.

Congress refused.

Kaku explains that a solar flare like the one that hit the U.S. in 1859 would – in the current era of nuclear power and electric refrigeration – cause Armageddon.

Not only could such a flare bring on multiple Fukushima type accidents, but it could well cause food riots nationwide.

Kaku explains that relief came in for people hit by disasters like Katrina or Sandy from the “outside”. But a large solar flare could knock out a lot of the power nationwide. So – as people’s food spoils due to lack of refrigeration – emergency workers from other areas would be too preoccupied with their own local crisis to help. There would, in short, be no “cavalry” to the rescue in much of the country.

Such an event would be the most likely Armageddon-type event to hit us (from a secular source, anyway … remember, the Mayans aren’t predicting the end of the world this year.)

In addition, we’ve spent tens of trillions on the “war on terror”, but have failed to take steps to protect against the largest terrorist threat of all: an attack on the power supplies to nuclear power plants. As discussed in more detail below, an electromagnetic pulse (emp) which took out the power supply to a nuclear power plant would cause a Fukushima-style meltdown, and spent fuel pools are extremely vulnerable to terrorism.

We’ve sounded the alarm for years about the failure to harden our electrical system against electromagnetic storms from our sun.

For example, we noted last year that the extreme vulnerability of nuclear power plants to solar flares is a very real threat which we must address:

Nasa scientists are predicting that a solar storm will knock out most of the electrical power grid in many countries worldwide, perhaps for months. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this.



Indeed, the Earth’s magnetic field protects us from the sun’s most violent radiation, and yet the magnetic field fluctuates over time. As the Telegraph reported in 2008:

Large hole in magnetic field that protects Earth from sun’s rays … Recent satellite observations have revealed the largest breach yet seen in the magnetic field that protects Earth from most of the sun’s violent blasts.

I’m not predicting some 2012 Mayan catastrophe. [Indeed, I think the whole Mayan 2012 thing is fake.] I am simply warning that a large solar storm – as Nasa is predicting – could knock out power throughout much of the world, especially if the earth’s magnetic field happens to be weak at the time.



What would happen to nuclear power plants world wide if their power – and most of the surrounding modern infrastructure – is knocked out?



Nuclear power companies are notoriously cheap in trying to cut costs. If they are failing to harden their electrical components to protect against the predicted solar storm, they are asking for trouble … perhaps on a scale that dwarfs Fukushima. Because while Fukushima is the first nuclear accident to involve multiple reactors within the same complex, a large solar storm could cause accidents at multiple complexes in numerous countries.



If the nuclear power companies and governments continue to cut costs and take large gambles, the next nuclear accident could make Fukushima look tame.



I’m not saying this will happen in 2012, or 2013 (although Nasa appears to be hinting at this). But a large solar storm which knocks out electrical grids over wide portions of the planet will happen at some point in the future.



Don’t pretend it is unforeseeable. The nuclear power industry is on notice that it must spend the relatively small amounts of money necessary to prevent a widespread meltdown from the loss of power due to a solar storm.



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Most current reactors are of a similarly outdated design as the Fukushima reactors, where the cooling systems require electricity to operate, and huge amounts of spent radioactive fuel are housed on-site, requiring continuous cooling to prevent radioactive release. [Designs which would automatically shut down - and cool down - in the event of an accident are ignored for political reasons.]

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Alert declared at U.S. nuclear plant after malfunction — “Employees are staffing emergency response facilities” — “Conditions require emergency response agencies to be in heightened state of readiness” #ShearonHarris
Published: August 8th, 2013 at 6:24 am ET
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WTVD, 5:49a ET (h/t Anonymous tip): Wake County [North Carolina]– Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant declared an alert early Thursday when an equipment malfunction caused the plant to lose power around 3 a.m. to “non-safety related electrical distribution equipment.” Officials with at the nuclear plant in Wake County said there were no radioactive materials being released because of the incident. According to Duke Energy, who jointly owns the plant with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, plant employees are staffing emergency response facilities [...]

WRAL, 5:31a ET: [...] Duke Energy said the staff at the plant is ready to activate sirens located throughout the plant’s 10-mile emergency planning zone if needed. A company spokesperson told WRAL News the malfunction happened in the part of the plant that distributes produced power and that officials do not expect the situation to worsen. An alert is the second in increasing significance of four emergency classifications. It is used to describe conditions that require emergency response agencies to be in a heightened state of readiness, but pose not threat to public safety. [...]

NewsObserver, 5:30a ET: [...] The alert is is the second in increasing significance of four nuclear emergency classifications, the company said. Plant employees are staffing emergency response facilities, and the company is coordinating with federal, state and local officials to resolve the problem, the company said.

WNCN, 5:21a ET: The Harris Nuclear Plant in Wake County is operating under an alert due to an equipment malfunction. [...] This isn’t the first time the nuclear plant has been in the news this summer. In May, officials had to shut down the plant for weeks because of a flaw inside the nuclear reactor. A final report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission showed that the operators of the plant violated a reporting requirement, causing them to miss a quarter-inch crack last year. If left unchecked, the crack could have led to radioactive exposure.

***UPDATE*** WTVD, 7:28a ET: [...] After an inspection of equipment revealed no threat to safety, officials terminated the alert. Around 6 a.m., plant personnel said they were operating at a reduced power level of 91 percent as recovery actions continued. [...] “(There was) a little bit of smoke, so we had to declare this alert. The plant is stable and online, no injuries, no danger ever to the public from this event.” [Kim Crawford spokesperson with Duke Energy said.]
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Series of chemical explosions rock hazardous waste plant by Florida border — Radioactive waste mentioned on company’s acceptance form — FBI responds to blast — Plumes of smoke and flames over 100 feet high (VIDEO)
Published: August 15th, 2013 at 11:57 am ET
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Moultrie Observer, Aug. 15, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tips): A series of explosions and a fire severely injured three people Wednesday afternoon in the incident in [...] facility that processes and disposes hazardous and non-hazardous waste. At 2:22 p.m. Wednesday, the Valdosta Fire Department was called to Perma-Fix of South Georgia [...] regarding reports of a chemical explosion, according to the City of Valdosta. [...] Due to the chemicals in the plant, more explosions followed in a series of repeated bursts for the next 30-40 minutes, with less occasional explosive sounds well past an hour after the initial call. [...] Some firefighters made respiratory complaints from fighting the fire.

Valdosta Daily Times, Aug. 15, 2013: Due to the nature of the chemicals at the facility, the area was evacuated within a one-mile radius. [...] A cause of the explosion and the resulting series of explosions and fire has yet to be made public, or possibly determined. [...] Moody Air Force Base personnel has been called to the scene.

WALB, Aug. 15, 2013: Valdosta firefighters remained on the scene all night in case any hot spots flared up after explosions at the Per-Fix plant in Valdosta Wednesday. [...] Plumes of smoke and flames could be seen more than one hundred feet in the air. [...] According to their website, Perma-Fix Environmental Services is a global provider of nuclear services and radioactive waste management solutions. The Valdosta facility, Perma-Fix of South Georgia is a waste treatment facility that processes and disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste liquid, solids and sludges.

Press Release: Valdosta Fire Department: Also responding with aid were the Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s office, the Georgia State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Whistleblower fired from US nuke site
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:39:19 GMT
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A whistleblower who raised safety concerns at the US most polluted nuclear weapons production site has been fired.

Donna Busche, 50, was dismissed from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on Tuesday morning after she filed a complaint about design and safety of an unfinished waste treatment plant at the factory, the Associated Press reports.

Busche worked for URS Corp., which is helping build a $12 billion plant to turn Hanford’s most dangerous wastes into glass. She has filed complaints with the federal government, alleging she has suffered retaliation since filing her original safety complaint in 2011.

The Hanford Site was created before World War II as part of the United States’ top-secret atomic bomb project. Now, it is the most US contaminated nuclear site located on the Columbia River in the state of Washington, with cleanup costs running around $2 billion annually.

The plant is trying to clean up 53 million gallons of highly radioactive waste left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons arsenal. According to AP, the waste is stored in 177 aging underground tanks, many of which have leaked.

The Department of Energy, which owns Hanford, said it is investigating Busche’s safety concerns, according to the report. The department said in a news release that it was not informed of the firing and that it “was not asked to and did not approve this action.”

The Department of Labor also is reviewing Busche’s complaints about retaliation and harassment.

Busche is the second Hanford whistleblower to be fired in recent months. Walter Tamosaitis, who also raised safety concerns about the plant, was fired in October after 44 years of employment.
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