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posted on Dec, 4 2011 @ 07:06 PM
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Your Jet stream forcast and some graphs.








posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 04:42 PM
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LA readings.



posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 09:23 PM
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Dec 5th Colorado snow.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 11:22 PM
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This could be something. I found this video tonight of a rain check for rads in southern Illinois. It's from Nov 26th.

Now on the previous page you'll see my video of a 10 X background spike, I had here in eastern Ontario on Nov 27th. My rad spike was 26 hours after his and I'm about 900 miles north east. I wonder if we caught the same plume? He doesn't say how high his spike was but I have sent him a note asking, and will relay his answer the next time I drop by.



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:17 PM
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Readings from Kashiwa Japan.

I got in touch with the man in Illinois. {Above Video} His spike was 50 CPM, so a little over double background. Nothing insanely high like this poor guy is getting in his yard.



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 12:21 PM
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RADIATION WATCH 2011



The total number of days between Friday, March 11, 2011 and Saturday, December 9, 2011 is 274 days.

[color=Cyan]The radiation poisoning of we, the people, our children, pets, food, water and our land
has continued unabated - 24/7/365
[color=Chartreuse]
- for 8 months, 29 days ... which is:

• 23,673,600 seconds
• 394,560 minutes
• 6,576 hours
• 39 weeks (rounded down)


One again, are we any closer to a solution to the Fukushima multiple melt-throughs disaster/fiasco spewing life-altering clouds of radiation 24/7/365?


Check this out.

Just Back from Chernobyl: Mutations not seen anywhere else in world —Much greater frequency of mutations in contaminated areas - "Directly proportional" to radiation



This video certainly pounds another nail in the nuclear energy coffin.

Mutant "life" is not quality living.



And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse:

Meiji ignored info on cesium-tainted baby food for 2 weeks

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Food maker Meiji Co. received information on three occasions in mid-November about radioactive cesium in its baby food but paid no heed to the leads for about two weeks until it finally looked into the matter when approached by Kyodo News and a citizens' group earlier this month, Kyodo learned Friday...

Here we have another blatant disregard for human life. Radioactive cesium in baby food!
They are killing our children and yet no one is willing to take a stand and say enough!

From the company website:


We will continue to address challenges, including electricity saving measures, and will make concerted efforts to provide “Tastiness,” “Enjoyment,” “Health,” and “Safety and Reassurance”
to our customers...

It looks like this company exemplifies the slogan: ”From the cradle to the grave.”

It’s troubling that they are attempting to shorten the time between the two.
Perhaps this company needs to be made an example of.

Human, what do you and your friends think about Meiji?


As "Food" professionals, we will always be there to brighten the daily lives of customers of all ages.



Here is the president of that farce of a company. Perhaps a few people could drop him a line or two at the company headquarters and remind him of the Five Fundamentals of his company's management attitude:


1. Commit ourselves to customer-based ideas and behaviors
2. Provide safe and reassuring high-quality products
3. Strive to always produce new value
4. Foster the development of the synergies and capabilities of the organization and each individual
5. Be a transparent, wholesome company trusted by society

It would seem to us that they have breached this trust.


Meiji President Shigetaro Asano
2-10 Shinsuna 1-chome
Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-8908, Japan


The truth is everywhere. Will it really take another Chernobyl or Fukushima to motivate enough people to turn the tide?

We sincerely hope not and will continue onward through the fog, bat signal lighting the way, hoping others will see it and respond. The obstacles that stand in the way, other than outright stupidity and MSM duplicity, seem to be apathy and ignorance.

What is there not to understand?

Just he uneconomic nature of nuclear power is a huge reason for society to quit flirting with more nuclear power, never mind the catastrophic record and certainty of more to come.

Somehow the evidence and true track record of dozens of accidents and perhaps 300,000
to nearly 1,000,000 deaths from just Chernobyl, are brushed aside by corporate media
and most governments.



As the world awaits the inevitable hydrovolcanic explosion, one wonders if there are any plans in place by our EPA/USGOV for protecting we, the people, our children, water, the food in the fields, our pets, life in general after the unthinkable happens.

To be perfectly clear, we are sick and tired of the blatant attempts of the MSM (and others) to misrepresent reality in order to deliberately distort viewer and listener perceptions.

Even if our information sounds repetitious, people are forgetful. They need to be informed.

Such information, hopefully, will help raise people's awareness about the issue of radiation and its negative impact on life on our fragile Planet Earth.

What say you?



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posted on Dec, 13 2011 @ 07:38 PM
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Some rad readings from our bud in Colorado.


I did my own rain test today in eastern Ontario. Nothing this high, but a bit above double background. I'll be watching as his weather moves my way.




posted on Dec, 14 2011 @ 04:01 AM
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Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”



posted on Dec, 14 2011 @ 05:37 AM
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posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 02:04 PM
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I'm not totally surprised. I was wondering if these Colorado rads would move north-east, up my way?
Dec 15 11 am, eastern Ontario, Canada.



posted on Dec, 16 2011 @ 07:59 PM
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RADIATION WATCH 2011



[color=Chartreuse]The total number of days between Friday, March 11, 2011 and Friday, December 16, 2011 is 280 days.

The radiation poisoning of we, the people, our children, pets, food, water and our land
has continued unabated -
24/7/365
[color=Cyan]
- for 9 months, 5 days ... which is:

• 24,192,000 seconds
• 403,200 minutes
• 6,720 hours
• 40 weeks


One again, are we any closer to a solution to the Fukushima multiple melt-throughs disaster/fiasco spewing life-altering clouds of radiation 24/7/365?


From the home front:


NRC rejects quick restart at North Anna nuclear plant

...Dominion officials said it now appears the reactors shut when the earthquake caused a problem inside the cores at both units rather than from the loss of outside power to the plant as initially reported.

‘[color=Chartreuse]It looks like the (fuel) rods were going into the core prior to the transformer opening,’ possibly from a relay problem, a Dominion executive said.

Despite Protests and Scandal Fission Resumes at North Anna Nuclear Power Plant

MINERAL — The North Anna nuclear plant is expected to begin producing electricity again today for the first time since a magnitude-5.8 earthquake shut down its two reactors almost three months ago.  

North Anna is likely to begin generating electricity tomorrow for the first time since both reactors at the Louisa County power station were shut down by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23...


Sand-colored cement showed through the paint on one of four small blocks supporting the legs of a 20-foot-tall water tank in the plant’s turbine hall on the top floor. This was the most serious damage at the plant discovered so far, engineers said.

NRC set to validate Dominion’s use of ‘unaccepted’ EPRI report to allow North Anna restart

The review found cracks caused by the 5.8-magnitude quake, which was greater than what the reactors were built to withstand. But the NRC said that it found no functional damage that would prevent the plant from safely restarting.

Some residents disagreed with the findings and said they were “concerned the NRC and Dominion will put profits over safety.”


After weathering the East Coast’s recent quake, the North Anna nuclear plant finds itself in a situation that no American reactor has ever faced before. [color=Chartreuse]The shock was bigger than anything its designers thought it would ever experience. Dominion employees inspected an area that they had scraped off to explore the depth of a small crack.

DOJ memo from 1977 indicates that Dominion Withheld North Anna Fault Information

The memo, from May 1977, was the conclusion of an investigation into whether criminal charges should be brought against VEPCO for concealing this info. It notes that the plant’s original owner, Virginia Electric Power Company, along with engineering contractors the company hired, tried to cover up the fact that a fault had been found under the site in 1970.

The company had already invested $730 million in the plant, and didn’t want the plant’s ability to get a license to operate compromised.

From the memo:
Abandonment of the site would have been intolerable from both a financial and public relations standpoint for all persons involved. In addition, the contemporaneous notes of the VEPCO team are replete with suggestions to “overwhelm the NRC with talent” and prepare “a convincing story.”

[color=Chartreuse]It is deeply disturbing to think that the people entrusted with design and construction of nuclear power plants for the purpose of producing energy for the public actually view the public as adversaries.

To be continued...


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posted on Dec, 16 2011 @ 07:59 PM
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When are we, the people, going to say, “Enough!” ???

North Anna Asks for Exemption from CoC For 12 Fuel Assemblies Loaded In Dry Fuel Storage Over Decay Heat Limits


The NRC staff is currently reviewing the exemption requests concerning NUHOMS HD-Dry Shielded Canisters being loaded to the incorrect heat load limits at the Surry and North Anna Power Station ISFSIs...

... At the time of loading, [color=Chartreuse]the decay heat limit was exceeded for twelve fuel assemblies.
The twelve fuel assemblies are distributed over the seven identified DSCs...

Geologic Faulting Under the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant: History of Dominion-Virginia Power’s Seismic Cover-up

An Investigative Report
October 8, 2005. The photo on the cover of this report shows the fault under North Anna, indicated by arrow number 3. Note also arrows 1 and 2 indicating people for size reference.


...In February 1970 the construction excavation wall for Reactor Unit 1 collapsed. A month later, three independent geologists visited the site, [color=3BB9FF]identified a major fault zone, took pictures and reported their finding to Vepco’s resident engineer.

Disregarding this evidence, Vepco representatives who testified before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board later that year omitted any mention of these problems.

Vepco’s comprehensive Safety Analysis report for North Anna stated: 'Faulting at the site is neither known nor suspected.'

Three years later, on May 17, 1973, the Atomic Energy Commission received notification from Vepco about faulting under North Anna. On that same day the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board closed the license hearing record on public comment.

On June 21, 1973 an [color=3BB9FF]Atomic Energy Commission memo confirmed faults beneath all four reactor sites. Inexplicably, in 1974 the Atomic Energy Commission deemed the site acceptable.
On April 1, 1978 the agency granted an operating license to Vepco for North Anna Units 1 and 2, [color=Chartreuse]the only nuclear plants in the nation located on top of a geologic fault...


"It's disappointing, but not unexpected," said Jerry Rosenthal, a Louisa County resident and longtime volunteer at the People's Alliance for Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville.
[color=FDD017]'The bottom line is it's money. They are putting profits in front of safety.'

And from the WTF Department:



8 September 2011
Report: Manure with 255 CPM bought in Southern California

Another recent report of radioactive manure in California:
UC Berkeley Food Chain Sampling – Dried manure sample, Collected at a farm in Sacramento, collection date 8/16:
Cs134 @ 5.18 Bq/kg (140.4 pCi/kg)
Cs137 @ 7.93 Bq/kg (214.9 pCi/kg)


Gov’t officials investigating Fukushima question whether “nuclear” explosions destroyed reactors — Tepco “not in a position to comment”

... Many questions remain unanswered about the disaster nine months ago when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling and power at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Tomoyuki Taira, a Japanese parliamentarian, wrote in a commentary in the journal Nature today...

The legislators, both members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said [color=3BB9FF]it’s particularly important to establish whether self-sustaining reactions are continuing in the damaged cores and [color=FDD017]whether explosions that rocked the station in the days after March 11 were nuclear [color=FDD017]in origin...


Former JNES inspector: Nuclear explosion at Fukushima No. 3 had “black smoke” and “mushroom cloud” — “Hydrogen explosion does not produce such a black smoke

To be continued ...


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posted on Dec, 16 2011 @ 07:59 PM
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[color=Chartreuse]It is deeply disturbing to think that the people entrusted with design and construction of nuclear power plants for the purpose of producing energy for the public actually view the public as adversaries.

In sniffing out quake damage, the company relies on a surprisingly simple technique. If components have bent or moved too far, the first sign of damage will be the paint. Casks containing spent nuclear fuel are stored at the North Anna nuclear power station.


Earthquake caused crack in containment building for North Anna Nuclear Power Plant

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — Dominion Resources Inc. found a small crack on a wall with “no safety significance” in a room of a containment building at the North Anna nuclear plant after an Aug. 23 earthquake in Virginia, a company official said.

The fissure was a '[color=3BB9FF]superficial crack in a wall that serves no safety significance,' said Dominion spokesman Richard Zuercher.

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake may have caused ground motion that [color=Chartreuse]surpassed the power plant’s design, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Aug. 29.

Dry casks storing radioactive spent fuel also [color=FDD017]shifted from one to four-and-a-half inches in their storage area at the complex, the company said yesterday.

The [color=Salmon]casks may not be returned to their original positions, Daniel Stoddard, the Richmond-based company’s senior vice president for nuclear operations, told reporters today.

The company will complete a damage analysis next week, Stoddard said...


...The casks may not be returned to their original positions




The quake was strong enough to make 17-ton canisters of spent fuel skitter a few inches on their storage pad.

Skitter?


Perhaps there is more to this statement that portends onerous implications.



More NukeSpeak!

13 July 2011
U.S. Nuclear Plants Not Fully Equipped to Handle Extreme Events

Scientific American...'[color=3BB9FF]Continued operation and continued licensing activities do not pose an imminent risk to public health and safety,' the task force of NRC experts said.

'However, the Task Force also concludes that [color=Salmon]a more balanced application of the Commission's defense-in-depth philosophy using risk insights would provide an enhanced regulatory framework that is logical, systematic, coherent and better understood,' according to a summary released by the NRC last night.

The dozen recommendations include:

• Requiring that equipment and procedures are in place to keep reactor cores and spent fuel pools cool for [color=FDD017]at least 72 hours after an emergency, and that backup power is available to run cooling systems for at least eight hours if power from the outside grid or emergency generators is lost in a "station blackout" emergency. [color=3BB9FF]Some U.S. plants have a four-hour backup power capability.
The 72-hour requirement would be new.

• Requiring that emergency plans address accidents involving multiple reactors on the same site. [color=Chartreuse]Current regulations generally center on single-reactor emergencies.

• Adding seismically protected systems and instrumentation to assure continued cooling of spent fuel pools, [color=Salmon]including at least one source of electric power that can operate cooling pumps and instruments at all times.

• Requiring hardened vent designs for Mark I and Mark II reactors, the models at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex where three units suffered explosions tentatively blamed on hydrogen that leaked from vent systems.

• Strengthening regulatory oversight of plant safety "by focusing more attention on defense-in-depth requirements."


When are we, the people, going to say, “Enough!” ???

To be continued...


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posted on Dec, 16 2011 @ 08:05 PM
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Former JNES inspector: Nuclear explosion at Fukushima No. 3 had “black smoke” and “mushroom cloud” — “Hydrogen explosion does not produce such a black smoke


• “The explosion in Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuke Plant on March 14 was nuclear!”

• “There was a flicker of fire”

• “Then a vertical, black smoke up the reactor building”

• “A hydrogen explosion does not produce such a black smoke”

• "[color=Chartreuse]The mushroom cloud — It resembles a nuclear explosion”






Steam, hydrogen, or nuclear?

What say you?



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posted on Dec, 18 2011 @ 10:37 PM
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Some readings from LA.

Just so nobody gets too upset, I think he means this triple background would be very bad if it was steady. It's not. This is a rain check. Twenty minutes later he will be back to normal background. That doesn't mean it's harmless. His readings are high but temporary. {So far} Radiation numbers are a very confusing subject to learn, discribe, and convey to others in everyday language. {I'm trying} There is a very big gap in between moderately high, and get a lead umbrella.



posted on Dec, 20 2011 @ 12:20 AM
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Surprised to here from me again so soon? Me too. Well, I had an interesting day, here in Eastern Ontario. Hot rain for a full hour, straight. It started at 2 PM and at 3 PM the rain stopped. This was sustained and constant. So we are not talking about a quick 15 minute spike anymore. I sure feel like it was kicked up a notch today. Rain check #1 {2 PM} got fouled up loading, but hey, with my computer skills it's a miracle I got two up! It was in the 0.58 microsieverts per hour range.
This is 2:30 pm.


And 3 PM.


What this thread needs is a good translater. A guy who thinks like Einstien, but talks like Carlin.



posted on Dec, 22 2011 @ 06:47 AM
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I created a new Channel and i am new to Youtube. so please excuse my non-existing Design,
i will change this soon!

Shibuya, Yoyogi Koen, Downtown Tokyo, last Sunday 18 of December, Groundlevel, Radex1706



posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 06:50 PM
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RADIATION WATCH 2011



[color=Cyan]The total number of days between Friday, March 11, 2011 and Friday, December 23, 2011 is 287 days.

[color=Chartreuse]The radiation poisoning of we, the people, our children, pets, food, water and our land
has continued unabated - 24/7/365

- for 9 months, 12 days ... which is:

• 24,796,800 seconds
• 413,280 minutes
• 6,888 hours
• 41 weeks


One again, are we any closer to a solution to the Fukushima multiple melt-throughs disaster/fiasco spewing life-altering clouds of radiation 24/7/365


And now for something completely different:

19 December 2011
Hosono Says Fukushima Plant Is in ‘Equivalent of Cold Shutdown'

Goshi Hosono


Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled reactors in Fukushima are in a state “equivalent to cold shutdown” even though the definition would be different in the case of an undamaged plant, Goshi Hosono, the minister in charge of responding to the disaster, said today.

‘[color=Cyan]We understand that there is a difference between the cold shutdown state for a normal nuclear reactor and the state of cold shutdown that we have achieved at Fukushima Dai-Ichi,’ Hosono told reporters in Tokyo.

'The goal is to have nuclear fuel where it is kept in a cold state and to ensure that radioactive materials are not emitted. That is the whole point of the cooling system that we have in place.'

Speechless.

Cold shutdown doesn't apply to melted reactors.

In-your-face NUKESPEAK!

There is no way to peaceably win this war when the opponents keep moving the goalposts and changing the rules of the game in mid-play.

Feeling somewhat frustrated and helpless, we wonder what do we do now?

How to channel all this pent-up frustration and intense energy?

Perhaps we go to the “end,” the radioactive waste?

Beginning premise:

[color=Salmon]Creating additional radioactive waste on a daily basis with no solution in sight is foolhardy at best.

Such myopia should be called what it REALLY is: Criminal Negligence.

In 1987 Congress designated Yucca Mountain as the future repository for all nuclear waste in this country. Yucca Mountain is inside a government nuclear test site in the Nevada desert. 

So far, over $9 billion has been spent constructing an intricate maze of underground tunnels and chambers designed to house nuclear waste safely for at least a million years. 

Yucca Mountain has been designed as a specialized storage center to keep nuclear waste safely contained in an underground facility deep inside a mountain, long after the material is believed safe and no longer radioactive.

The storage center is on a military base almost one hundred miles from civilization (and that's Las Vegas, for what it's worth), in the middle of the Nevada desert.



Due in part to its complexity, the site wasn’t expected to receive any nuclear waste until 2020. Currently, all such waste is being stored in temporary facilities. 

One more thing…Yucca Mountain is the only long term nuclear waste site this country has.

How temporary is temporary?

But Yucca Mountain is not going to be the long term nuclear waste site!

[color=Chartreuse]FULL STOP!

The radioactive waste musical chairs game has ended - the music has stopped - and the waste is where it is for the foreseeable future.

What part of this fiasco is difficult to understand?

One might wonder where all that nuclear waste is today, and is it stable enough to reside where it is for perhaps decades - or eternity?


Closing Yucca Mountain will leave 130,000 metric tons of nuclear waste stranded at 131 different sites spread across 39 states. The federal government will be at risk of breach-of-contract lawsuits for breaking agreements with utility companies.

Some estimates indicate the potential for the Obama DOE could incur more than 50 billion dollars of legal liability in the case.




"You can do all the recycling in the world, but you are still going to be left with a residue that has to be stored somewhere, preferably underground. You’ve got this residue. Where are you going to put it?"

Mitch Singer, a spokesperson for the nuclear energy industry.


To be continued ...


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posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 06:50 PM
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According to an article on CNN.com, "Currently, 70,000 tons of radioactive waste are stored at more than 100 nuclear sites around the country, and 2,000 tons are added every year."

How is all this stuff being stored today? 

Expended nuclear waste is typically kept in special canisters stored above ground and constructed of concrete, steel, and lead at the reactor's plants, which generate them as a temporary solution.



[color=FDD017]The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has certified the expected lifespan of these containers to be ninety years, though how that number was determined is unclear.

Nuclear energy didn't exist ninety years ago, and therefore nuclear waste hasn't been kept in one of these containers for ninety years to test the theory.

Question:

[color=Cyan]Why would Obama close the only viable answer to long-term storage of nuclear waste while he simultaneously calls for additional nuclear power plants?

Nuclear waste piling up faster than solutions can be dreamed

In 1987, Washington unilaterally decided the waste was going to Yucca without seriously considering other potential sites. Not surprisingly, Nevada citizens have railed against the top-down plan ever since. 

If the government doesn’t bow to pressure and reverse its decision, US nuclear waste planners will be going back to the drawing board for what promises to be another very prolonged and expensive exercise.

So, what’s the real deal?


The root reason the waste problem isn't solved is technical. Since radioactive emissions are strong enough to destroy ANY container, the "technical" problem will NEVER be solved.

New alloys, new crystal structures, microbes that eat radioactive waste, vitrification -- all worthless. Rocketing the waste into space, subduction zones in the sea, deep holes -- won't work either.

And, it seems that nobody wants the stuff in their back yard.


On December 20, 2011, The First Nations of the North Shore Tribal Council strongly rejected the prospect of the North Shore of Lake Huron becoming a site for the long-term storage of nuclear waste for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).
 
Elliot Lake has a long history of uranium mining that resulted in the boom and bust of the city, as well as significant and lasting environmental damage to the local watershed and nearby ceremonial grounds.


“We cannot idly stand by and watch as they inject Mother Earth with this cancer,” says Chief Lyle Sayers, chairman of the North Shore Tribal Council. “We must ensure that the future natural resources of this area are there for our children, generations to come, and businesses alike.”

The half-life of this material is hundreds of thousands of years old and could impact generation after generation.

No site can ever be totally safe for nuclear waste storage.

Let’s follow the money.

In 1982, the Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which required the Department of Energy to safely and permanently dispose of spent nuclear fuel no later than January 1998.

The Act also created the Nuclear Waste Trust Fund, which required ratepayers, through their electricity bills, to pay for the safe transportation and disposal of spent nuclear fuel.


Almost 30 years ago, Uncle Sam entered into a contract with utilities to dispose of their nuclear waste beginning in 1998.  That disposal was supposed to happen at Yucca Mountain.  Under the law, all nuclear facilities were required to pay an annual fee to the nuclear waste trust fund to cover the cost of Yucca Mountain.

When the federal government missed the 1998 deadline, utilities sued the government to recover their costs incurred in storing the waste.  So far, according to federal officials, it will cost the government some $16.2 billion to pay the legal judgments entered against the government…[color=FDD017]assuming  there will be a completed federal disposal site by 2020.


There is a small problem, though…the $25 billion fund does not exist. 


To be continued ...


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posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 06:51 PM
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There is a small problem, though…the $25 billion fund does not exist. 



All of the fees collected in excess of the costs of building the Yucca Mountain facility,
instead of being placed in a trust fund, were simply spent by the government as quickly as
they were received.
 

As a result, a group of state regulators and the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade organization, are suing the Department of Energy, seeking to suspend collection of the annual fees utilities pay into the waste fund. 

"There’s no sense paying a fee if you are not getting a program for it," said NEI’s Steven Kraft...

One might extrapolate that idea and think,"There's no sense paying a fee if you are not getting what was promised from it..."

One might ask if we ever get our money back - or a credit on our power bill - when these nukes are not built.

Check this out:

1 June 2011
Berkley Testifies Against Republican Efforts to Revive Failed Yucca Mountain Project

(...) When it comes to plans for Yucca Mountain, the fact remains that you can never eliminate the risk that will accompany shipping nuclear waste across more than 40 states, through communities utterly unprepared to deal with radioactive contamination.

We are talking about shipments passing by homes, hospitals and schools every single day for four decades.

[color=Chartreuse]And even more incredible -- at the end of those forty years -- there will be even more waste in cooling ponds then was there when the shipments began.

That’s because as long as a plant is operating, some amount of nuclear waste will always remain at the nuclear facility. That is why the threat posed by Yucca Mountain must be weighed against the availability of dry-cask storage as an affordable solution to this problem that’s available today.

Using this method, we can secure waste at existing sites in hardened containers where it can remain for the next 100 years.

[color=Salmon]And at the end of the day, the cost to build and operate Yucca Mountain will exceed the amount it would cost to settle lawsuits by plant operators seeking payment for the cost of moving waste into dry casks.

It’s also extremely important to remember that moving ahead on Yucca Mountain won’t mean savings for families in nuclear states.

Instead, they will continue paying a "Yucca Mountain Tax" that is slapped on power bills each month.

Does your power bill have this "Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery" fee and is it the same 5.8619% of base bill calculations?




The nuke folks have a sweet deal: the customers pay the construction costs up-front and the USGOV/DOE (theoretically) is responsible for long-term storage of this hideous radioactive waste.

April Fool's - the utilities are now stuck with what they already have on site and what they generate on a daily basis.

Do you have one of these de facto long term storage facilities in your back yard?

Locations of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste Destined for Geologic Disposal


And this:

U.S. Nuclear Manufacturing and/or Waste Sites

These are sites where nuclear materials have been manufactured and/or where waste has been stored, and where massive leaks, toxic emissions, or unexplained losses have occurred in the processing of nuclear and other toxic materials. Listed with the site is the type of toxic or radioactive leak or "loss."

Oak Ridge, TN - mercury, other heavy metals, nuclear (uranium, waste), dioxin
Barnwell, SC - nuclear (waste)
Hanford, Richland, WA - nuclear (plutonium, waste)
Rocky Flats, Colorado - nuclear (plutonium)
Idaho Falls, ID - nuclear (plutonium)
Pantex, TX - nuclear (tritium)
Maxey Flats, KY - nuclear (waste)
West Valley, NY - nuclear (waste)
Nuclear Metals, Concord, MA - nuclear (uranium)
Kerr-McGee, Cimarron, OK - nuclear (plutonium)


The Oak Ridge and Hanford facilities stand out among them as being among the largest leaks of toxic and/or radioactive waste in the world. At Oak Ridge, literally millions of pounds of mercury have leaked into the ground, the aquifer, and a streambed that then winds many miles through the Tennesee countryside and through several towns...

To be continued ...


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