Radiation Alert: Hanford and Fukushima

Radiation Alert: Hanford and Fukushima

Postby jpf1030 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:22 pm

Howdy All,

Maybe it is time for us to start doing our radiation monitoring again with our CDV-700 and CDV-715 radiation detectors again with all the latest news developments. To date all the update reports on Fukushima radiation threats to the US have only come via internet sites with it being ignored if not debunked by main stream media. Surprisingly, now Fox News' Shephard Smith has reported the Fukushima radiation now in the waters on the US West Coast with potential threats coming.

Secondly, for us up here in the Pacific NW, we have been keeping an eye on the Hanford, Wa. nuclear power plant because of minor leak rumors over the last couple of years. Now a news story is out about the situation being potentially much worse with numerous containment tanks being compromised. Below I have posted this article. An accompanying story you can look up is mentioned in the article, that being the damn leak downriver nearby Hanford.

There probably is no immediate threat, but awareness is a major step for preparedness in having a personal protection response plan in place. Here in the Bitterroot Valley, we are 175 miles due east of the Hanford nuclear plant, putting us directly in the path of any airborne radiation release. Depending upon the westerly prevailing wind speed at the time, a radiation release could be here in 6 to 18 hours.

This would be sufficient time for folks to take protective measures IF notified immediately upon the release, but fat chance of that. Even if alerts are sent out fairly quick and you happen to be listening to the radio, tv or on an immediate news internet site (hmmm, the odds of that!!!), the precious amount of response time is significantly diminished, if not eliminated.

Therefore, it may be prudent to keep protective gear in your vehicle such as your NBC gas mask which we presume you all have already since we've preached this in BSOSC meetings and postings for years. You should also have protective clothing like chemical suits or at least keep some plastic sheeting to cover yourself if outside before you can get indoors.

We have some chem suits and respirators in our store as well as radiation meters mentioned above, but don't depend on getting from us at the last minute. You don't need to get any of this from us, just go get it wherever you can to protect your family. When Fukushima hit, we sold out all the potassium iodide in a matter of hours. If something happens, we would be sold out of everything in hours, including our activated bio-char which we feel is better than potassium iode for taking internally or in extreme exposure applying topically.

Also, to repeat ourselves from many past postings, keep rolls of visqueen and duct tape on hand for sealing off safe rooms in your homes if you can't get to a radiation proof structure. All of these recommendations are only for the potential of a major radiation release event, which may well never happen, that is up to your spirit to prompt you one way or the other. Chances are life will go on normally with no radiation concerns...you decide...Get Prepared!!!

Happy Preparedness Trials,
jpf
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http://rt.com/usa/hanford-nuclear-tanks-flaw-401/
Construction flaws’ in six Hanford nuclear waste tanks, 13 more may be compromised – report
Published time: March 01, 2014 23:46
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“Significant construction flaws” have been found in at least 6 of the 28 double shelled radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear waste complex in Washington State, which may lead to additional leaks, documents obtained by the AP say.

After one of the 28 huge underground double shelled tanks was found to be leaking in 2012, subsequent surveys performed for the US Department of Energy by one of its Hanford contractors found that at least six of the other tanks shared the same defects, according to the documents. A further 13 tanks may also be compromised, the inspectors found.

“It is time for the Department (of Energy) to stop hiding the ball and pretending that the situation at Hanford is being effectively managed," Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore, who until recently was chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote Friday in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

According to him, the six double-walled tanks which have construction flaws similar to those at the leaking tank contain about 5 million gallons of radioactive wastes.

Wyden also criticized the Department of Energy for not mentioning the flaw in the double walled tanks in a September framework plan for a cleanup in Hanford.

“The citizens living along the banks of the Columbia River deserve to know the full story of what is happening with the Hanford tanks,” Wyden wrote. He also asked the Department of Energy to give him a response in 45 days.

Hanford is located on the Columbia River in Washington State near the border with Oregon and contains 53 million gallons of high-level nuclear waste from the production of plutonium for the US nuclear weapons program. It was built during World War Two as part of the Manhattan Project to build the nuclear bomb. There are some 177 underground storage tanks on the site, many of which date back to World War Two. These are single skinned and many have already leaked. The 28 double walled tanks were built as replacement between the 1960’s and 1980’s.

After the AP published its report, Senator Doc Hastings, R-Wash, released a statement saying there is “no new threat to our communities or our environment” and that “new storage tanks will never be a panacea” for the Hanford nuclear waste problem.

Energy Department officials in Richland near Hanford insisted that they are continuing to make thorough inspections of the tanks and that the frequency of inspections has been increased from five-seven years to every three years.

Tom Fletcher, the Department of Energy’s assistant manager to the tank farms, said his teams are now in the process of looking at the final eight double walled tanks that haven’t been inspected since the 2012 leak was discovered.

“If there are changes or improvements we need to make in the program, based on what we learn, to make sure we capture the risks that exist on the tank farms, we will make them,” Fletcher said.

Tom Carpenter from a citizen’s watchdog group called Hanford Challenge said he wasn’t surprised at the news of the leaking tanks.

“These tanks have an engineering design life, and we’re reaching the end. Its bad planning that they don’t have new tanks up and running,” he said.

“The price for cleaning up the environment once this stuff gets out is incalculable,” he added.
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