If there’s one thing we should have learnt from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, it is that governments and nuclear plant owners
don’t tell the truth lie.
In Japan’s case, the authorities waited until nearly 3 months after the post-quake tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, to finally tell the truth. Not one (as previously said), but all three of the plant’s damaged reactors had experienced a meltdown.
Here in the United States, we are being told by the authorities that, despite the flooding of the Missouri River and the raging Las Conchas wildfire, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska and the Los Alamos Nuclear Lab in New Mexico are both okay. But we have good reasons to be concerned.
Let’s look at Los Alamos first.
The Las Conchas wildfire in the Santa Fe National Forest began last Sunday only THREE MILES from Los Alamos, where one of America’s two nuclear-weapons producing lab is located.
As of 10 a.m. today, only 3% of the wildfire has been contained, according to the New Mexico Fire Information website. We are assured that no wildfire has reached the Los Alamos Laboratory property, and that 7 high-volume air monitors placed along the lab’s boundaries all come in “clean.”
But physicist Michio Kaku tells ABC News why he’s concerned about the fire at Los Alamos. That’s because around 20,000 to 30,000 barrels of plutonium contaminated waste (everything from gloves to fuel rods) is stored at the lab. Kaku explains: “Plutonium is one of the most toxic particles known to science. A particle you can’t even see lodged in your lungs could cause lung cancer. What we’re worried about is what happens when the fires go right into these buildings and perhaps pop open some of these 55-gallon drums.”
Although Los Alamos National Lab officials said dangerous materials in the lab are secure and do not pose a threat, Kaku warns that no one has ever fully tested the lab under real fire conditions. “What happens if the fire spreads to the very heart of the laboratory? At that point, we have to cross our fingers hoping that ‘secure sites’ remain secure.” [See the video of Kaku by clicking HERE]
On Monday, most of the 12,000 residents of the city of Los Alamos were evacuated. By this evening, June 29, 2011, the wildfire has grown to at least 61,000 acres and flames are 50 ft. from the nuclear lab. [Source]
Then there is the situation at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant.
Dr. Tom Burnett writes for Rense.com, June 27, 2011:
The REASON there is a problem and why they aren’t telling the truth is because, while Fukishima is equivalent to about twenty Chernobyls, Ft. Calhoun is equivalent to about twenty Fukushimas. Not because it has a lot of reactors – or even a very big one. But because it is holding an immense amount of nuclear fuel in its cooling pool.
This isn’t some elevated bathtub like the cooling pools at Fukushima. Oh, no. This cooling pool is forty feet UNDER GROUND AND forty feet ABOVE GROUND. It’s EIGHTY FEET DEEP IN TOTAL. If they can’t cool it, the corn belt is in trouble.
I’m guessing that it’s the big rectangular building behind-left (actually touching) the round nuclear reactor containment building. Why do I think that? Because it has no windows or ventilation and it’s about the only building on-site large enough to hold the amount of spent nuclear fuel it has to hold – and, by the way, it was filled up to capacity in 2006 – which is why they had to start storing the excess spent fuel rods in those concrete dry casks outside of the pool.
The dry casks are visible near the top of the picture. They are grey concrete blocks set together on the large, grey square area. The casks have white doors facing a little to the left in the photo. The NRC says there is ‘no problem’ should the casks become partially submerged by Missouri flood waters. The back-up generators are probably flooded as well. They were ALSO what the [busted] rubber dam [or berm] was in place to protect. Even if they aren’t, there is water in the electrical system. That’s what the yellow cards from the NRC were about last year – and those cards were never signed off as safe.
There are at least six and probably dozens of NRC and government people there ‘closely monitoring’ the plant. All they can do is watch. The ’emergency’ plans were only thought up when the water started rising and were only implemented beginning on June 6. Before then, the plant owners were still pissing back and forth with the NRC that a flood that bad couldn’t happen.
And the brilliant rubber condom around the plant didn’t just burst by itself. The dumbasses were piddling around and managed to pop it themselves! So, when they tell me there is no danger at all, I know otherwise because the rubber dam was the last resort…and that ANY water higher than that is too much – and the water was clearly VERY high up on it when it burst. I’m thinking that if I call another disaster, and it happens, it will start getting dicey in about sixty-four hours. From now.
As if that isn’t bad enough, now we discover that a 10-mile evacuation around the Fort Calhoun plant has been ordered, but all references of the evacuation have been scrubbed from online news sites.
Alexander Higgins reports on June 28, 2011 that a video, saved by The Daily Paul, was originally aired on ABC8 (KLKN, Lincoln, Nebraska), which clearly states the nuclear power plant is under water and a 10-mile evacuation has been ordered around the plant [0:45 mark]. It is discussed in detail in the video why the evacuation has been issued.
But a Google news search for “10 mile fort calhoun evacuation” shows no results about the evacuation, only articles talking about how hard it would be to evacuate a 10-mile radius around many of the US nuclear plants.
There also has been a Fort Calhoun evacuation map posted on the (NEMA) Nebraska Emergency Management Website. However, Google shows that it has been there since at least the 17th of June and that indicates officials saw this coming.
Fort Calhoun Station EPZ Evacuation Route Map
|Radiological Emergency Preparedness | Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Station|
Salt TV reports that the water is now up to 2 feet high around the sides of the building, but the NRC says there is no danger — the same NRC that once said this:
Japan’s Nuclear Fallout Unlikely to Reach the U.S., NRC Official Says
The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expressed confidence on Monday that there’s little chance of radioactivity from Japan’s badly damaged nuclear power plants reaching the United States. [Source: The National Journal]
Alas, the Mainichi Daily News reports, June 23, 2011, that radioactive materials spewed out from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant reached North America soon after the meltdown and were carried all the way to Europe, according to a simulation by university researchers.
Oh, by the way, radiation has been detected in the urine of residents near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.