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Agenda 21: Destroying Farm Land in Western Washington State

John Koster , a longtime conservative, who currently serves as county councilman in Snohomish County, WA ( located on the I-5 corridor just north of Seattle), announced he’s running for U.S. Congress in 2012 against liberal incumbent, Rick Larsen.   Following is his excellent article explaining the threat to farmland planned by the local  ICLEI “Sustainable Development” nutjobs.  (FYI, I met John in the early 1990s.  As I recall, he was a dairy farmer before he entered the political arena.)
In my opinion, with concern for the rising price of food and the “eat locally” mantra of Michelle and her food nazis, this Agenda 21 totalitarianism should even make liberals hopping mad!  ~LTG

Significant concerns with the Sustainable Lands Strategy

By John Koster, Snohomish County Councilman
My purpose in writing this short article is to bring attention to some critically important land use changes under consideration for Snohomish County. These plans, should they succeed, will permanently alter the character of the County. At stake are thousands of acres of designated farmland coveted by environmental interests seeking ways to “enhance” salmon and wildlife habitat.
While the authors and proponents of the Sustainable Lands Strategy
(SLS) have presented these major policy changes as a “win-win” situation, others are not so sure — and remain deeply concerned with a strategy that seeks to create “fish habitat” by destroying thousands of acres of farmland, much of it by means of salt and/or fresh water inundation.
Normally, such a change would require a de-designation process that involves a justification for such de-designation, public hearings, and thoughtful decisions made by the County’s elected officials. Instead, the SLS is a short-cut that avoids such procedures and, more importantly, takes the decision-making process away from the County Council to vest the authority within a newly created bureaucracy.
The farmlands targeted for conversion to habitat would become designated as “critical areas,” and such designation is not without impact. Significant setbacks and other restrictions are likely to result. What is being sold as a worthy conservation program could morph into a much larger land control mechanism, involving restrictions on land use with accompanying penalties for property owners guilty of insufficiently “sustainable” activities. Continue reading

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Nebraska Nuclear Plant Emergency

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station surrounded by flood waters from the Missouri River, June 14, 2011.

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station is located on the west bank of the Missouri River, 20 miles north of Omaha, in Nebraska. The power plant is owned and operated by the Omaha Public Power District.

A flood assessment performed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2010 indicated that the Station “did not have adequate procedures to protect the intake structure and auxiliary building against external flooding events.”The assessment also indicated that the facility was not adequately prepared for a “worst-case” flooding scenario.

Reportedly, 9 days ago, on June 6, 2011, a Level-1 Emergency was declared at the Station because of the imminence of flooding from the Missouri River. The Missouri River is above flood stage and is expected to rise further and remain above flood stage for several weeks to a month.

A day later, on June 7, an electrical component in a switcher room in the nuclear power station caused a small fire with poisonous gases and Halon extinguisher activation, which forced a partial evacuation. The fire was no longer active when the fire brigade arrived and according to officials, the public was never in any danger, however in response, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared an alert, which is a level 2 incident.

On June 8,  it was reported that the fire resulted in the loss of cooling for the reactor’s spent fuel pool. Any of loss of coolant in a nuclear plant risks a meltdown — a serious event because of the potential for release of radioactive material into the environment.

That day, at the Fort Calhoun plant, a pump used to recirculate coolant water through the spent fuel pool was offline for an hour. But we are told that backup equipment wasn’t needed because the pump was restored long before the estimated time to boiling temperature of 88,3 hours. [Source: Wikipedia]

Despite that, the plant’s been shut down.

Here’s Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer talking about what happened at Ft. Calhoun. Gundersen is chief engineer of energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates and a former nuclear power industry executive who had served as an expert witness in the investigation of the Three Mile Island accident.




H/t beloved fellow Joseph.

For an Update of this, go here.


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ALERT! Nuclear Meltdown in Nebraska?

For an Update of this, go here.

Airspace Over Flooded Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Still Closed

Ricky Kreitner | Jun. 15, 2011, 4:02 PM

On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.

“No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM,” referring to the “notice to airmen,” effective immediately.

The plant is reportedly at a stage 4 level of emergency, though the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), which owns and operates the plant, denies this.

“This terminology is not accurate, and is not how emergencies at nuclear power plants are classified,” the OPPD says on a website created to counter rumors about the security of the Fort Calhoun plant.

For more details, GO HERE.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/faa-closes-airspace-over-flooded-nebraska-nuclear-power-plant-2011-6#ixzz1PNmVgdUo

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/faa-closes-airspace-over-flooded-nebraska-nuclear-power-plant-2011-6#ixzz1PNm4ZrrV

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