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Friday, April 17, 2015

ANOTHER Airborne Plutonium Accident in USA, COVERED up for 6 Months

The recently revealed cover up occurred at the New Waste Calcining Facility, in Idaho,  run by CH2M-WG

They first said it was just one worker and the dose was like a chest xray.     They said it was so minor that they didn't report it.
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The guy who was promoted to running WIPP, change of guard, this week.    Well he was the buy in charge of the Plutonium Release cover up in Idaho.



Then they admitted that it was airborne Plutonium contamination which had become internal in at least 1 employee.    They are still sticking with the "one employee" for now.

They have a Citizens Advisory Board that was also kept in the dark.     Bohrer said

“The question I asked (DOE), and one I continue to push on, is did we learn all the lessons we needed to learn from the lab problem with plutonium contamination at the (Materials and Fuels Complex)?” Bohrer said.
He was referring to the 2011 INL plutonium accident that resulted in 16 workers being exposed, and a series of lawsuits.
 stock here---I guess they didn't want those pesky lawsuits happening again, so COVER IT UP

 One of their excuses for not reporting promptly is

We’ve been working to get those out, but we’ve had some reductions in personnel,” Miller said. “So we’re working to get them out as quickly as we can, but it’s been a challenge to get them compiled.”
They also fessed up that the plant was shutdown for 7 weeks!!!!

Note that the story was released on April 15, the day when many people are distracted by the government taking 40% of the sweat of their brow.

Good thing that a 2005 study  Approved by DOE indicated the chance of a fuel plate failure at being 2e-5, that is .00002 odds, or .002% chance.

This is taken from page 11 of the DOE report which can be found here

I see, so they said that in 2005, and then had a big accident in 2011, and then had what they claim is an "accident similar to a chest X-ray" in 2015.

This is criminally misinformation.    In no way is Plutonium in the lungs similar to a "chest Xray".   And Xray is a one time event.    Plutonium sticks around and continually sucker punches the cells it is nearby.   PU has a danger weighting factor of 112,000 more deadly than normal run of the mill radiation.

When you read the actual Government Report, the reality is much more damning that anything reported by any newspapers.

Here is the synopsis, in my words, but don't trust me, read the report:

1) Crappy old wrapping job with plastic and electrical tape.   Sheesh electrical tape barely wants to stick to itself, much less anything else.    At least they could have followed modern conventions like TEPCO does and used Duct Tape <sarc>
2) Hey, there is black powder falling from the wrapping
3) I wonder what that black powder is from this fuel assembly, hey lets cut through the plastic wrap!
4) Gosh golly guys, hey y'all come over and take a look  at this.   From the report, literally "Workers crowded around the Hood in the vicinity of OP-1 and the open clamshell."
5) What the heck is that there stuff?
6) Heh lets put some of that there stuff into a terry towel and test it the the Alpha meter
7) Alpha meter pegged!    Oh shite boys, lets get the eff outta here!

It took them a month to re-enter to test the "sample"

They reported it in a very unusual dimension DPM/ 100 CM2, the value was 5,500,000

It is typical to report in DPM /M3, so the reading would be 550,000,000 DPM /M3 of Deadly Alpha from Plutonium

There were lawsuits on that one and rightly so.

But don't worry.....we put in "controls" so this will never happen again.

until 2014


  1. Relevant comment, Typical government screw up, & get promoted.....????
    Irreverent comment, I'm ashamed to say I worked for the government, of course I did quit...! totally unethical...! like our forefathers said we don't need governments. Insightful comment, Greed Drives The Nuclear Lies

    1. @george, i would say that we need a government, one as small as defined by the constitution, which is still "officially" the law that governs us.

      I agree 90% that Greed Drives the Nuclear Lies. Some of the driving is done by sociopaths who just enjoy inflicting damage and the power to do so.

  2. It should be obvious by now, we have idiots in charge all the way to the top of Federal Government. These problems could be handled far better at the State and County level. Just arrest the Feds, the locals can research the problems and determine their own fate.

    1. Agreed that we need to downside the Federal Government, and eliminate all their spending from any GDP calculation.

  3. Just for you!

    1. I see, I made a post out off this. You can also navigate to the home page. I can't figure out the organization though.


  4. and if you play with the last 2 numbers of the url you get more n' more
    22...23...20 etc.

  5. You are a day late and a dollar short there. Its a no never mind.

    1. @Loose, what are you talking about? It seems a ploy of the trolls to double post everything, it that like Conca saying low low gives it more credibility>?

  6. You are a day late and a dollar short there. Its a no never mind.


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