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New WIPP Information, Xrays and Analysis

New WIPP Information, Xrays and Analysis

Report to NMED: A large required report to NMED from WIPP was released earlier this week. The lengthy report explains much about the current situation and contains a good quantity of data in the appendix sections. It is quite heavy on nukespeak and trying to frame the events in the facility in a PR driven light but does provide some useful understanding of the goings on. The report does make some confusing statements. In one instance … Read entire article »

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WIPP Officials Unable To Answer Questions About Incident

Officials from WIPP and DOE were in attendance at a weekly town hall meeting on the series of incidents at the WIPP nuclear site. A rather long list of blunt questions came from the local audience, online audience and the press. The official from the WIPP contractor and DOE were unable to answer many of the questions asked. There was no one from Los Alamos (the source of the exploding barrels) or NMED (New Mexico Environmental Department) in attendance at the meeting. What they were able to tell people was that the entry on May 15th did give them some new information. The barrels in question were in row 16, column 4 towards the top of the stack. The two drums that failed contained “organic material”. They further clarified it to … Read entire article »

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WIPP Storing Weapons Grade Plutonium In Room 7

WIPP Storing Weapons Grade Plutonium In Room 7

While DOE and WIPP officials have been telling the public that the waste inside WIPP is mostly things like old gloves and radiation suits, they are failing to inform the public and the media of the much different reality going on below ground. WIPP has had the rules that dictate what can be sent there changed repeatedly. At the same time wastes from various national labs have been tweaked to fit into WIPP’s rules. The … Read entire article »

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WIPP Update: New Radiation Readings

WIPP Update: New Radiation Readings

CEMRC has released some new radiation readings from the WIPP incident on February 14th. Previous readings reported by DOE can be found here. CEMRC readings below. Some notes to keep in mind. CEMRC cites a “per sample” on their becquerel readings. DOE does not, so it is not 100% clear if the bq readings from the two sources are comparable. CEMRC’s readings appear to confirm the DOE readings showing the release blew to the north west. The sample … Read entire article »

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New Information On WIPP From Public Meeting

New Information On WIPP From Public Meeting

A joint public meeting was held in Carlsbad NM today for the public to ask questions about the incident at WIPP. The meeting video is archived here. DOE cited a release level at the meeting but did not specify if it was for just the underground area, both areas or just the above ground area. DOE says 84 microcuries were released during the event. This converts to 3.108 MBq (megabecquerels) by a direct conversion using Wolfram Alpha. There were … Read entire article »

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WIPP Plutonium Leak May Have Been From Ceiling Collapse

WIPP Plutonium Leak May Have Been From Ceiling Collapse

Officials are considering a ceiling collapse that crushed radioactive waste barrels containing plutonium as a possible cause for the radiation leak detected almost a week ago at the WIPP facility. The head of the facility admitted they think a container has been breached. “Franco said indications suggest a drum or drums containing radioactive waste may have breached for reasons that are not yet known.” One possible cause officials gave to the press was that the ceiling in the … Read entire article »

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WIPP Underground Investigation Being Planned, Failure Area Identifed

WIPP Underground Investigation Being Planned, Failure Area Identifed

Federal representatives reported that a joint investigation is underway to establish a plan to enter WIPP’s underground facilities. They gave no timeline for entry. The location of the leak is “downwind” of panel 7, room 7. This hints the incident could have happened in panel 7 where current work to store waste is underway. DOE claims the earlier truck fire was in the north tunnels. The panel rooms that are the size of a football field … Read entire article »

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WIPP Plutonium Leak Amount Confirmed

WIPP Plutonium Leak Amount Confirmed

CEMRC, the New Mexico authority that monitors outside the WIPP plutonium facility has provided some usable readings for the leaks. CEMRC found at the filter 1/2 mile offsite from WIPP: 0.64 Bq of Americium 241 0.092 Bq of Plutonium 239+240 These are assumed to be in meters squared (m3) since that is the unit CEMRC has used for previous readings. CEMRC readings from dates before the series of problems at WIPP The total combined activity found 1/2 mile away is  .732 … Read entire article »

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WIPP Nuclear Site Leaks To The Environment, FOIA Filed By Local Press

WIPP Nuclear Site Leaks To The Environment, FOIA Filed By Local Press

The environmental center charged with monitoring around the WIPP plutonium storage facility in New Mexico has detected plutonium and americium at a monitoring post 1/2 mile from the WIPP site. They characterized the finding as being “extremely low” but declined to give any actual numbers for the finding. The center is speculating that the finding could be due to a small escape before the filtration system kicked in. They tested the filter on Tuesday that had … Read entire article »

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Radiation Leak At US WIPP Nuclear Storage Facility

Radiation Leak At US WIPP Nuclear Storage Facility

The Associated Press is reporting that an underground radiation monitor has gone off inside the WIPP nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. Officials report that they have not detected radiation above ground at the facility. They also mention that no workers have been underground to investigate. There was a fire in the underground areas of the facility 10 days ago. The AP report was ambiguous if they meant no one has been underground the … Read entire article »

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Unit 3 Leaking Alpha Radiation

TEPCO put out a report on alpha emitters found in the gas removal systems for units 1-3. This appears to be the first reporting of this. Units 1 and 2 were tested and said to be below detection. Unit 3 is leaking a certain amount of alpha emitters out the gas removal system and is likely leaking the same out the damaged reactor well on the top. Some of the isotopes listed are expected. What appears unusual is that only unit 3 is cited as detecting them. Since unit 3 was running a partial load of MOX plutonium fuel is this a roundabout admission by TEPCO that 3 is leaking detectable amounts of plutonium due to the fuel mix? Since TEPCO plays coy, or possibly lazy and only lists “all alpha” radiation … Read entire article »

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An In Depth Look At Japan’s Rokkasho Nuclear Facility

We were tipped off by a reader about the deep problems at the Rokkasho nuclear facility in Japan. The facility frequently comes up in the news and we have mentioned individual facilities in our work in the past. This time we looked deeper into the facility, the ongoing problems there and the world wide damage this plant is already causing even before it begins full operation. What we found was shocking.  Read the full report here: http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=9399 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may … Read entire article »

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Plutonium & A Fukushima Mothers Fears

fukuleaks.org/web member Peter Melzer details the findings of plutonium around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and their relation to the accident. Read the entire article here on Peter’s Blog.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Stronium & Plutonium Found In Government Survey

Stronium 90 and Plutonium 238 & 239 have been found around the region of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Some of the stronium 90  findings were over 80km from the plant and  5,700 becquerels per square meter were found in Futuba. Officials claimed the plutonium found was likely from previous nuclear bomb tests but the stronium 90 levels were much higher than before the accident. The red marks are Stronium 90, the black marks Plutonium, on the map to the left. Read more here http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110010257.html http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0930/TKY201109300553.html   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than … Read entire article »

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Government Admits Plutonium Found 45km From Fukushima Daiichi In June

The Ministry of Education and Science has admitted they found plutonium up to 45km away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in June. No reason was given for why they waited until the end of September to make the admission. The ministry claimed the numbers were small, but plutonium is highly toxic and has a long half life. Citizen testing has already found neptunium, the predecessor product to plutonium up to 60 km away from the plant, so this news isn’t new. So far plutonium and neptunium have been found in the following cities: Futaba-machi Namie-machi Iitate-mura Date City Professor Shinya Nagasaki University Graduate School of Tokyo said it is not impossible for plutonium to travel that far if it is taken up into the weather. Find out more, join us at the live blog https://client.scribblelive.com/Event/Japan_Earthquake5 This article would not … Read entire article »

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Scottish Nuclear Plant Sea Contamination Impossible To Completely Decontaminate

The Dounreay nuclear plant on the coast of northern Scotland leaked radiation into the sea and coastline for twenty years. Fuel fragments were disbursed up to 2 km from the plant over those years. “The most radioactive of the particles are regarded by experts as potentially lethal if ingested. Similar in size to grains of sand, they contain caesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, but they can also incorporate traces of plutonium-239, which has a half-life of over 24,000 years – meaning that is the time period for half of the material to break down”. The Scottish EPA has been working for years to try to bring the area back to pristine condition but has now announced that it would be impossible to do.  This revelation that decontamination can’t fully … Read entire article »

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Cold War Plutonium Human Experiments

As WWII was nearing an end and the cold war began US government officials and cooperative medical doctors colluded to do dangerous tests on citizens without their knowledge or consent. This sounds like something out of the X-files. Journalist Eileen Welsome stumbled upon this story as she was looking through old records and found files on radioactive animal dumps at Kirkland Air Force Base. A footnote in one of the documents gave a hint that it wasn’t just animals the US government was doing tests on. Years of sleuth work uncovered a widespread campaign to do dangerous human testing without patient knowledge. After her expose in the Albuquerque Tribune and her more detailed book ”The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War.” came out the Clinton administration opened an investigation. The … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Intended To Increase MOX Use In Unit 3

Editors note: Documentation TEPCO #1 Documentation TEPCO #2 Preliminary Analysis of Tepco Documentation 3-2 “Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 3 According to the results confirm the soundness of the new MOX fuel in the long-term storage” July 31, 2010 Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Introduction: Analysis of this document began under the premise that MOX fuel could in no possible terms be viable and intact after spending a period of 10-11 years in the spent fuel pool.  Documents show that 32 Mixed Oxide Fuel Assemblies were manufactured and sent to Fukushima-I in 1999.  These fuel assemblies were then stored in the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 3 pending local government approval.  This approval did not come until late summer of 2010, at which point arrangements were made and the fuel … Read entire article »

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Hanford to Fukushima: Part 4

This is part 4 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 4: Hanford Downwiders and exposure People were exposed to radiation a variety of ways around Hanford. During WWII soldiers slept in tents a few miles from the plutonium plants. Beyond the well known air and water exposures, vegetation in the region was contaminated. Fruits and vegetables were contaminated, cows grazing converted the contamination into their milk. Sheep and cows absorbed certain radioactive isotopes into their meat and bones.  This article would not be possible … Read entire article »

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Hanford to Fukushima: Part 3

This is part 3 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 3: Hanford cover ups and secrecy At the start of Hanford it was part of the top secret WWII Manhattan Project. The military at Hanford adopted a security system known as compartmentalization. Workers were told only what they needed to know to do their job and purposely did not know anything about other parts of the plant or the work going on. When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima workers … Read entire article »

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Hanford to Fukushima: Part 2

This is part 2 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 2: Hanford exposures People in the area including many of the workers at Hanford were never informed of the releases. They were not informed of the potential risks to their health by living in the region.  This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of … Read entire article »

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Hanford To Fukushima: Part 1

This is part 1 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 1: Hanford’s History The Hanford nuclear site was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project tasked with quickly creating a viable nuclear bomb during WWII. Hanford is located in south central Washington state in the Pacific Northwest. The site was selected for the unique terrain and sparse population that suited it for the top secret project.  This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Risks To Health

Googleによる日本語訳は、記事の一番下に翻訳。 Plutonium is a radioactive isotope that is produced inside a nuclear reactor. Plutonium that was released into the environment during the nuclear accidents at Fukushima Daiichi can be extremely dangerous. Plutonium-239 is produced from the decay of Uranium-239 and has at least 15 different isotopes (most common Pu-238, 240, 241, 242) all of which are radioactive and have varying half lifes (Pu-239 is highest at over 24000 years). All of these plutonium isotopes can be dangerous if they enter the body. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Management in Japan (2007)

The Current Situation of Plutonium Management in Japan (PDF) This is a report to the Atomic Energy Commission on the current situation of plutonium management in Japan. Actually, the report is current as of the 2006 numbers, but this was the official stance as of  September 2007.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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CNIC on MOX in Japan 2002-2009

CNIC Statements and Articles MOX Fuel Ships Arrive in Japan Amidst Citizen Protest (NIT 130 May/June 2009) Citizens Protest Japanese MOX Shipment: Joint Statement by CNIC, Green Action and Greenpeace Japan (Genkai: 23 May 2009) Citizens Protest Japanese MOX Shipment: Joint Statement by CNIC, Green Action and Greenpeace Japan (Hamaoka:18 May 2009) Japan’s MOX Program and Nuclear Proliferation (Background Paper Prepared for Press Conference at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, 15 May 2009) MOX Shipment and Japan’s Failed Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Slide Presentations Prepared for Press Conference at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan 15 May 2009) Stop MOX Shipments! (NIT 129 March/April 2009) Stop MOX Shipment Appeal (5 March 2009) Press Release —– Text of appeal. MOX and nuclear weapons: Open Letter to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency 2 March 2009 (Green Action, Greenpeace, CNIC joint letter) MOX … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Found in Soil at Okuma

From a The Japan Times report: “Plutonium that is believed to have come from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has been detected in the town of Okuma about 1.7 km away from the plant’s front gate… By analyzing the ratio of three types of isotopes in the plutonium, Yamamoto was able to determine that it was emitted by Fukushima No. 1 and not past bomb tests.” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to … Read entire article »

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