US Dept. of (nuke) Energy ADMITS to Burning Nuke Waste!

22 12 2013

They BURNED over 3 MILLION pounds of nuke cr*p at Oak Ridge Reservation. How much nuke cr*p are they BURNING daily in the US? NO BETTER THAN CRIMINAL JAPAN!!!

The smoking gun - DoE Congressional testimony bragging about it.

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22 12 2013
miningawareness

Hi again! If I recall correctly, they reduced Hanford chance of explosion or were supposed to by putting better ventilation for the tanks along with new tanks. We did a post on it that you might want to read. The venting systems are filtered with hepa filters, (if I recall correctly). It probably doesn’t trap everything. They allow themselves to let out a certain amount, without thinking of its accumulation in the environment. The burning should also be filtered too. Once again, this won’t be perfect. I suspect they have better potential for better filters on what is being burned, than vented. Also, they boil down the waste in some places (Sellafield, and maybe Hanford and others), if you want something else to be concerned about. They are venting the nuclear power plants themselves all of the time but they are supposed to have more improved filters than initially. But, we are dependent on their acting in good faith. I always recall how 30 years ago I was told that someone testing the Mississippi River water for chemical plant emissions waited until the chemicals went down stream a few minutes, thus giving lower values. The person was told to do that by the company. He didn’t care because he was making $30,000 a year which was a lot of money in those days. Shortly thereafter Toluene was spilled in the Mississippi and people downriver had to bathe in it and drink it and it spelled strongly and they said it was ok. Jim Bob Moffet of Freeport-McMoran is known for having wanted to dump radioactive gypsum in the Mississippi about 20 years ago. UNO gave him an honorary doctorate for all of his contributions to the U. I read someplace that the Japanese gov was apparently letting a huge amount be legally dumped pre-Fukushima. I think it was 20 terrabecquerels, if that sounds right — a huge amount. I haven’t come back up to speed on the becquerels, sieverts, etc. If I double check I will lose the post. They keep saying that the US doesn’t do reprocessing but what then is it they are doing? Vitrification also can let contaminants in the air. I read that under moist conditions it breaks down into powder and no one knows what is in those barrels. Their new “genius” idea is to cover the area (Hanford, Fukushima) so that rainwater won’t fall down and drag the wastes further into the groundwater. There is a study about the high levels of tritium in mussels near Hanford PRE Fukushima. Thanks for posting this. It’s important and hard to get a grip on what they are up to. I am so worried about Fukushima dumping into the Pacific and that if all of the phytoplankton die we will die of oxygen shortage that I can’t think of much else. Sorry this is long.

22 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

OK to be long here.
My understanding of Hanford is they have a 40 mile long UNlined trench they store stuff in and it is just seeping out the edges.
I got that from Dana -
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeautifulGirlByDana/videos

22 12 2013
miningawareness

I imagine they have that too from the old days. In the old days they just dumped it. That’s the trouble they are having in Missouri. Also, elsewhere. But, they have big leaking tanks that have been warned about since the late 1980s, early 1990s. The state of Washington had to sue them to get the US gov to start working on it. Trouble is that the US gov contracted it out to some private half ass people.

23 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

When they had thatfire near Los Alomos last year it came out they were just driving barrels of it out a ways and tossing ir into canyons.
They use the mob a lot of places just to hide it somewhere.

23 12 2013
miningawareness

A lot of interesting videos but I can’t find the Hanford one. I can’t seem to get his channel looking directly on youtube.

24 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

Look for it on Radioactive Chat
http://radioactivechat.blogspot.com/
scroll down to a big art banner that says “VIDEO UPLOADS” and next to that is ‘BeautifulGirlbyDana’ … with his vids.

22 12 2013
miningawareness

My typo: The toluene smelled…also Freeport was giving tons of money to the University of New Orleans in all sorts of depts.

23 12 2013
miningawareness

I read that too. They are just stacking it up and they were afraid that if the Hanford stuff is sent then it will get left out permanently. I meant that before they were officially-legally dumping it in unlined trenches. The explosions they were speaking of are the tanks. But, THE major problem with burying (besides corrosion leaks) is also explosion. They have to put it underground properly and vent and monitor. The mob-mafia is probably going to be the death to the world. Also, just plain cost-cutting. The state of Washington had to sue the US gov to get them to even do the smallest thing. If you read the old book Laying Waste you will look at all of your food and water suspiciously. A lot of night time dumping, especially into swamps (probably sinkholes too). That is why I opted out of this topic 20 plus years ago to focus on social justice. By the time social justice comes we will all be dead though. Someone needs to be suing over Fukushima. They managed to cap the Gulf spill after 3 months but leave Fukushima for 3 years! Sorry my spacing on comments is wacky. I think we were writing at the same time.

24 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

someone said (Moret?) that at Berkley where the nuke freaks are no one is interested in ‘end product’. It’s not the sexy science and gets no attention.
They don’t care.
People willing to blow up this Earth 20,000 times over do not care. They are souless freaks. They need to be put in a trench until THEY leak!

22 12 2013
miningawareness

Link to our Hanford article: http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/is-hanford-nuclear-waste-site-still-at-risk-of-fire-explosion/
Oh…while I’m on the Mississippi R., a New Zealand biochemist told me that they didn’t test for the heavy metals in the New Orleans drinking water. This was 25 to 30 years ago but you can be pretty certain they haven’t improved. Uranium is technically a heavy metal.

22 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

in DoE doc on nuke waste dumping in the Gulf all they cared about was if the bombs etc. would pose a hindrance to the fishing gear. No concern over the radiation affects on the fish caught!

22 12 2013
miningawareness

That’s interesting. I think we are speaking of two cases. Freeport wanted to dump waste from their fertilizer plant in the river but weren’t allowed. So much dumped in the ocean. There are maps online. That’s scary too. All those things rusting and oozing.

23 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

the article says they shot the floating barrels to sink them…

23 12 2013
peacelily4585

President Ronald Reagan said that all of the waste from a nuclear power plant would fit under a desk. That certainly added to the delusional messages the public was given about nuclear power being safe, clean and cheap.

23 12 2013
peacelily4585

My family has connections with two nuclear power plants in SW Michigan. Palisades located in Covert and DC Cook located in Bridgman. Palisades is one of the oldest nuclear power plants in the US, and has a long history of spewing radiation into the air and Lake Michigan. It was closed this Fall to make repairs.

My husband was employed at the D C Cook Nuclear Power Plant and we had a privilege of using the Lake Michigan beach area in front of the plant. One early Spring day in the early 1980′s we went for a walk on the beach. We came upon a portion of the dune that had worn away over the winter and uncovered many bright blue barrels; probably containing nuclear waste water. The next time we walked the beach, they had vanished.

23 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

the nuke plants near Chicago are always getting caught sending polluted water (tritium etc) by leaking into rivers. They do it again and again. It isn’t a mistake … it’s how they get rid of their waste.
My big problem with nuke energy is they make nuke weapons ingredients and they don’t know what to do with the waste. If there were an evaporation machine for the waste I wouldn’t be so against it. But there isn’t.

23 12 2013
miningawareness

They are doing it upriver from you in Port-Gibson too. The more you look the more the whole thing is bad — waste from the mining, waste from the plants, leaks, and the risk of explosion and waste, waste. Especially in the US they have put the mines and plants in poor areas where few go. You can’t see or smell the radiation. Well, actually I read that uranium and heavy metals make a sweet taste which could be why New Orleans water tastes good. I think you mean if the waste would disappear. They have something now called an evaporator which evaporates water and concentrates waste — a somewhat misleading name. I need to remember to come back and take notes. You have important info about Chicago and Michigan.

On the lighter side, your cuttlefish pic would be cute with a Santa hat!
Can you get some Cajun Eggnog? I think it’s eggnog with Southern Comfort?

24 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

:)

24 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

The flying cuttlefish had one too many cups of egg nog (rum loaded)!

24 12 2013
miningawareness

Good for you! Just don’t have too many at once, you are needed! US Academia has been mostly privatized for at least 20 years due to budget cuts. If you don’t bring in grant monies you don’t keep your job, pretty much. The grants pay your salary and then the universities scoop up 40 to 60 percent overhead. They are basically consulting firms with third world pay (student assistants). At least they usually give students credit in the US. In France the profs take student research papers, stuff it in their books, don’t credit the student and the student even has to buy the book to see their own stuff! A lot of scientific funding ties to the military industrial complex. Stanford would be one of the worst on this, actually, in Cal, but surely others. Most engineering jobs also military related. On your other comment– I really don’t know what’s wrong with some of these people. Some sure make one believe that evil and the devil are real. Some people are not evil but trying to keep up their house notes and feed their kids. I understand a starving thief but not a rich one.

24 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

I heard some grad students are organizing a union to bust up that scheme!
My dad was a prof.
USAID picks all the foreign students as a favor to dictators worldwide.

26 12 2013
miningawareness

Interesting that he knew that. I only heard about that from African students. They had their choice of US or Russian scholarships or even Canadian (surely France too). They also got their own countries scholarships reserved for the elites. One Berber girl got around it by writing directly to the Canadian gov. Surprised it worked though. Now it probably wouldn’t.

26 12 2013
miningawareness

Forgot to say, I wish the grad students success. I think it will be hard to get it to work, especially with foreign students on student only visas that can’t work elsewhere. One US prof told me straight up, a few years ago, that he hires only foreigners because they will work 80 hours while paid for 20 because they know it helps them get a toehold in the US. The US kids want to work only 20 so they can prep their schoolwork and exams. He said if he has a project with a deadline he wants them working the 80 hrs. The foreign students even tell the profs that they have to give them assistantships because they can’t work outside of the universities because of visa issues. I think for public universities in whatever the country the priority should go to its own citizens who pay taxes.

26 12 2013
flyingcuttlefish

speaking of grad students … this movie has a lot of jokes about that — I just uploaded it for Jumping Jack Flash fams –

27 12 2013
miningawareness

Thanks. Will take a look.

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