ENENews: Nuclear official warns of explosions at Fukushima plant



Nuclear official warns of explosions at Fukushima plant — Gases accumulating in sediment underneath highly contaminated water — Spark caused by static electricity could ignite hydrogen blast
Published: May 23rd, 2015 at 8:42 pm ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/official-warns-explosion-fukushima-plant-gases-accumulated-sediment-highly-contaminated-water-spark-caused-static-electricity-could-ignite-blast

Asahi Shimbun, May 23, 2015 (emphasis added): Risk of hydrogen explosion from leaking containers at Fukushima plant… at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen explosion. [TEPCO] reported its findings at a meeting with a study group from the Nuclear Regulation Authority on May 22… there were about 1,300 such containers at the plant… The first leak was discovered in a lid on April 2… Of the 278 it had examined by May 20, it found 26 had some sort of leak or were bleeding from their lids… likely caused by hydrogen and other types of gases that resulted from the water’s exposure to high levels of radiation. Such gases appear to have accumulated in sediment at the bottom of the containers, expanding the volume of the liquid. An NRA official said the accumulating hydrogen poses a potential danger…
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201505230059

Unnamed Gov’t Official: “If the concentration level is high, a spark caused by static electricity could cause a container to explode.”
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201505230059

Mainichi, May 23, 2015: Container for Fukushima waste found without gas venting holes… [NRA officials] had asked TEPCO to create the holes. In early April, containers were found to be leaking radioactive waste liquids through the venting holes. Later in the month… it discovered the container without the venting holes. Out of the approximately 1,400 containers, 334… have not yet been checked for venting holes. TEPCO has speculated that the work to create the holes was skipped over at a factory in the United States.
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150523p2a00m0na015000c.html

NHK, May 22, 2015: Radioactive wastewater leak linked to hydrogen – The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says recent leaks of highly radioactive wastewater from their containers were likely due to accumulated hydrogen gas in the tanks… TEPCO has found since April that the wastewater, produced during the process of treating radioactive water, had seeped out through the lids of a number of containers. The utility says that 26 of the 278 inspected containers had leaked, and in 15 of them, bubbles formed when workers stirred the liquid inside, and water levels went down. The utility believes the bubbles mainly consist of hydrogen, generated by strong radiation inside the containers. TEPCO officials suspect the gas increased the volume of the wastewater, forcing some to overflow.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150522_27.html

See also: Gundersen: Fukushima tanks releasing x-rays in very high quantities offsite — Exposure to people outside plant is very, very high from ‘Bremsstrahlung’ phenomenon
http://enenews.com/gundersen-fukushima-tanks-are-releasing-x-rays-in-very-high-quantities-off-site-exposure-to-people-outside-plant-boundary-is-very-very-high-from-bremsstrahlung-phenomenon-hundreds-of-tanks

Ever Wonder Why You Did Not Get Justice? Check and see who is invested in What, that might answer your questions.


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The Center for Public Integrity’s Justice Obscured project has sought to penetrate the veil of secrecy surrounding the financial holdings and activities of the nation’s most powerful judges. In “Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars” we looked at the top corporate sponsors and right-wing think tanks that sponsored seminars for some of the nation’s most powerful judges. We evaluated the disclosure rules for judges in state supreme courts and found them sadly lacking. We then looked at U.S. appellate court judges and found more than two-dozen instances of financial conflicts of interest.

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Woman Tears US District Court Judge Willis B Hunt, a New AssHole In Brief Filed Into the Court!!!


Can’t say that I blame her. Hunt is very discriminatory, and an arrogant ass…

‘F— This Court': Woman Files Bleep-Filled Tirade Against Judge
BY M. ALEX JOHNSON
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/f-court-woman-files-bleep-filled-tirade-against-judge-n347381

A woman upset that a federal judge dismissed her $10 billion lawsuit against Georgia officials responded with a nine-page profanity-filled tirade against the judge — calling him “an old … geezer” and saying he’s on a “one-way ticket to hell” — according to remarkable court records made available this week in Atlanta.

In an order filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Judge Willis B. Hunt Jr. — who’d dismissed most of Tamah Jada Clark’s claims on March 31 — recused himself from hearing the rest of her complaint “in light of Plaintiff’s decidedly vitriolic pleading.”

According to court records, the complicated case began almost five years ago when Clark, of Pensacola, Florida, and East Point, Georgia, showed up near the south Georgia jail where Jason Joseph Clark was being held after his conviction for aggravated assault, domestic battery and other crimes. Court records identified Jason Clark as the father of Tamah Clark’s child, while Tamah Clark identified him as her husband.

Tamah Clark was arrested after Pelham police found her 1-year-old son, an AK-47 assault rifle, a .45 caliber pistol and wilderness survival gear in her car. Both Clarks were charged with conspiring to aid in an attempted escape after investigators described phone conversations in which they plotted his jailbreak, according to the court records, but there’s no record that she was ever convicted or served any prison time.

IMAGE: Title of Tamah Jada Clark’s court filing U.S. DISTRICT COURT
The title page from Tamah Jada Clark’s court filing this week.
In July 2014, Tamah Clark filed her suit for $10 billion against a slew of Georgia officials for the wrongful arrest, conviction and incarceration of her husband. (The suit was filed in Atlanta, in the Northern District of Georgia, because Jason Clark was held in a Gwinnett County jail to help relieve crowding in south Georgia facilities, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.)

Hunt dismissed the bulk of the case late last month, on the legal ground that it was filed after the two-year statute of limitations to bring such an action had expired but also because, he said, it was “nonsensical.” As a believer in the so-called sovereign citizen tax-protest movement, Clark claimed not to be a U.S. citizen and couldn’t bring the action on Jason Clark’s behalf, he wrote.

IMAGE: Tamah Jada Clark GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA, SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Tamah Jada Clark in an undated arrest mugshot.
Cue Clark’s response Monday, pungently titled “To F— This Court and Everything that It Stands For.”

“Don’t you ever again in your motherf—–g life attempt to disrespect me, my family, or our status again. Keep our names out of your unworthy mouth,” the papers state.

Clark couldn’t be directly reached for comment, but she referred reporters Thursday to a Facebook posting where she wrote that she would address the matter at a later time.

“There is a lot of ambiguity and confusion as to what exactly has taken place heretofore to provoke what may appear to some to be a ‘rant’ of sorts,” she wrote, adding:

“The court will not allow me to say anything on record. Instead, it has allowed the Defendants free range to attack me without recourse on my part. I was tired of that bull and realized that the court and judge only have power so long as the matter is kept quiet and secret. So … what can I say? I had had enough. I let him have it.”

In a one-page order filed Wednesday in response to a related claim, Hunt — who is 83 — didn’t address any of Clark’s insults, saying only that “in light of Petitioner’s decidedly vitriolic pleading that she directed against the undersigned in another action … the undersigned concludes that he must RECUSE from this action.”

Hunt’s after-hours contact information isn’t public. The court didn’t answer a call for comment late Thursday.

First published April 23rd 2015, 10:05 pm

Irony: Paid Protesters in Ferguson are Now Protesting Not Getting Paid


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BY CASSY FIANO

Liberals have a long history of bussing in hired protesters, because without paying people, their protests would flounder and die almost immediately. That was evidently the case in Ferguson, protesters were brought in and promised payment for protesting — except now the protesters are protesting because they’re not getting paid!

Hired protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement have started a #CutTheCheck hashtag and held a sit-in at the offices for the successor group to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Missouri after the group allegedly stopped paying them.

FrontPage Magazine reports that Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) has been paying protesters $5,000 a month to demonstrate in Ferguson. Last week, hired protesters who haven’t been paid held a sit-in at MORE’s offices and posted a demand letter online.

MORE is the re-branded Missouri branch of ACORN, which filed for…

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AJC Investigation Into Foreclosure Bid Rigging DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett Counties!


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Atlanta investor admits to bid-rigging at foreclosure auctions

There’s money to be made from misery, and an Atlanta man and his cohorts figured a way to line their pockets as the foreclosure crisis hit Georgia. Real estate investor Eric Hulsman and co-conspirators rigged bids at foreclosure auctions in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Then, the group held members-only secret, second auctions to bid for title to the rigged foreclosure properties. Federal prosecutors laid out the scheme in March, when Hulsman was indicted. This week, Hulsman pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme, which went on for at least five years, from early 2007 through at least December 2011. Now, he could face 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced July 30 on four counts.

He could have the company of other Georgians there. This past January, Mohammad Adeel Yoonas and Kevin Shin pleaded guilty to bid-rigging at public foreclosure auctions in Gwinnett County. First to fall in Gwinnett was apparently Mohamed Hanif Omar who pleaded guilty in April 2014 to his role in rigging bids at Gwinnett foreclosure auctions.

A foreclosed home for sale in DeKalb County. BOB ANDRES/ROBERT.ANDRES@AJC.COM

The earliest plea, though, came in 2013, when Seth D. Lynn, owner of Penguin Properties LLC, pleaded guilty to bid rigging and mail fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in Fulton and DeKalb counties. He also faced up to 10 years in prison. The three-month sentence he drew may be the result of the information he has provided prosecutors. In court documents, his attorney notes that “Lynn continues to be available to answer questions the government has had about other individuals. In other words, his prosecution and incarceration has played a significant part in the general deterrence within the real estate foreclosure business.”  Lynn has been on home confinement, which is due to expire in August.

Ellen Cantarow From Truthout: “a situation that essentially puts 20 million residents at risk”


Doing the Unthinkable: Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank a New York Nuclear Power Plant
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00
By Ellen Cantarow, Truthout | News Analysis

Doing the Unthinkable: Gas line built near nuclear power plant

The whole story can be found: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30234-doing-the-unthinkable-giant-gas-pipeline-to-flank-a-new-york-nuclear-power-plant#

A very large gas pipeline will soon skirt the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), an aging nuclear power plant that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. The federal agencies that have permitted the project have bowed to two corporations – the pipeline’s owner, Spectra Energy, and Entergy, which bought the Indian Point complex in 2001 from its former owner.

A hazards assessment by a former employee of one of the plant’s prior owners, replete with errors, was the basis for the go-ahead. A dearth of mainstream press coverage leaves ignorant the population that stands to be most impacted by a nuclear catastrophe, which experts say could be triggered by a potential pipeline rupture. I urge Truthout’s audience to read an earlier article by Alison Rose Levy, which includes details I haven’t space to recap here.

Since 2011, Spectra Corporation, owner of the 1,129-mile Algonquin Pipeline, which runs from Texas to Beverly, Massachusetts, where it connects with another pipeline running into Canada, has sought to expand the pipeline in order to transport fracked gas north from Pennsylvania. Spectra, one of the largest natural gas infrastructure companies in North America, calls the planned enlargements “The Algonquin Incremental Market Project” (AIM).

“I have never seen a situation that essentially puts 20 million residents at risk, plus the entire economics of the US.”

AIM includes a two-mile section of 42-inch pipe carrying gas under very high pressures. It is this pipeline segment that will flank IPEC, which stands in a seismic zone. The nuclear complex has a derelict history. In 2001, The New York Times reported that “the plant has encountered a string of accidents and mishaps since it went into operation on June 26, 1973.” The IPEC has also been on the federal list of the nation’s worst nuclear power plants.