BY: ENENews: “Gundersen: ‘Lung cancers to start increasing in Pacific Northwest'” “Authorities knew about hot particles and didn’t warn public; Could have worn air masks, instead it’s stuck in their lungs; Helicopters did secret survey along coast”


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US Nuclear Professor: Fukushima “a really major event here”, Washington had radioactive aerosols 100,000 times normal; “Far more bigger accident than we’re hearing” — Model shows West Coast completely blacked out due to particles covering area — Gundersen: Lung cancers to start increasing in Pacific Northwest

Published: November 16th, 2014 at 12:45 pm ET

By ENENews

Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s “Big Science Blog” by Jake Ellison, Nov. 13, 2014 (emphasis added): Tiny amount of Fukushima radiation reaches West Coast; does it worry you? A water sample taken in August from about 100 miles west of Eureka, California, has been found to contain a small amount of radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster… Basically, scientists say it’s nothing more than a curiosity or confirmation of models… but the rumors and fears surrounding radiation contamination are hard to dampen. This is the second time radiation from Japan has shown up on our shores. In March [2014], we reported: “A bit of cesium-134… has been detected in a soil sample taken from the beach… in British Columbia”

Some may recall that radioactive material from Japan has shown up on the shores of the Pacific Northwest even before March 2014 — actually about 3 years before:
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The University of Texas at Austin — Cockrell School of Engineering: The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels… “I think the conclusion was that this was a really major event here,” said Cockrell School of Engineering Associate Professor Steven Biegalski of the Fukushima disaster… Biegalski was on a faculty research assignment at [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory] in Richland, Wash… “As the measurements came in sooner and at higher concentrations than we initially expected, we quickly came to the conclusion that there were some major core melts at those facilities,” Biegalski said. “I remember being in the lab thinking, ‘Wow, if this is all true we have a far more bigger accident than what we’re hearing right now.”

Washington State Department of Health: Releases from… Fukushima showed that a radiological event can happen anywhere, anytime, and affect conditions thousands of miles from the source.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen interviewed by Alex Smith of RadioEcoshock, Oct. 29, 2014 (at 21:30 in): “We found gardens in Vancouver that had… a clear signature of Fukushima radiation. We’ve seen that as far north as a little bit north of Vancouver, all the way down to Portland, Oregon… So clearly the West Coast was nailed.”

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen interviewed by Libbe HaLevy of Nuclear Hotseat, Nov. 12, 2014 (at 44:30 in): “I would expect that as a result of these hot particles that have blown all over Japan and Seattle and Vancouver and Portland… I would expect and increase in lung cancer.”
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Nuclear Hotseat interview here | Radio Ecoshock interview here

Published: November 16th, 2014 at 12:45 pm ET
By ENENews

New model shows U.S. was hit by Fukushima cloud that dispersed little over Pacific — Gundersen: Authorities knew about hot particles and didn’t warn public; Could have worn air masks, instead it’s stuck in their lungs; Helicopters did secret survey along coast (PHOTO & AUDIO) December 24, 2013
Gov’t model shows airborne radioactive plume covering entire west coast of US & Canada on Mar 22, 2011… 10 times more radioactive than plume coming from Fukushima plant on same day — Radiation levels in some plumes had no discernible decrease after crossing Pacific (VIDEO) April 8, 2014
Kaltofen shows effect of plutonium on lung tissue: See single particle cause fibrotic nodule in lung — Eases fears on West Coast (VIDEO) May 9, 2012
Gundersen: When the radioactive plume hits West Coast in a few months “it’s not like it’s going to end” — Fukushima still pumping contamination into Pacific Ocean 1,000 days after disaster began (AUDIO) December 7, 2013
TV: “Mysterious die off of young salmon” in Pacific Northwest — “Healthy… and then they die” heading out to sea — “Far less plankton than normal… There are too many questions” — Researchers now testing for plankton and Fukushima contamination off West Coast (VIDEO) August 6, 2014
November 16th, 2014 | Category: Audio/Video Clips, Canada, Seattle, US, West Coast
Massive radiation spike at Fukushima: 40,000% increase below ground between Units 1 & 2 this month — Order of magnitude above record high set last year »

Jeff McMahon Contributor for Forbes Article on Honeywell Accidental Release


Jeff McMahon
Jeff McMahon Contributor
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2014/10/29/the-trouble-with-that-noxious-haze-at-the-illinois-nuclear-fuel-plant/

Jeff McMahon:
I cover green technology, energy and the environment from Chicago.

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

TECH 10/29/2014 @ 3:53PM

The Trouble With That Noxious Haze At The Illinois Nuclear-Fuel Plant

The main threat from uranium hexafluoride, the gas that leaked at a Honeywell plant in Metropolis IL on Sunday night, does not derive from its radioactivity, but from its chemical toxicity, according to studies of people who have been exposed accidentally and animals who have been exposed intentionally.

“The carcinogenic hazard from radiation exposure is negligible compared with the chemical toxicity from acute inhalation exposure to UF6,” as uranium hexafluoride is commonly known, according to a 2004 report on the “Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals” prepared by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science.

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When exposed to water vapor, UF6 breaks down into hydrofluoric acid (HF) and uranyl fluoride (UO2F2), both of which are highly toxic. UF6 emits alpha, beta and gamma radiation, but radiation damage has not been observed in people who have been exposed. Instead:

“At high concentrations, death from HF-induced pulmonary edema is observed. Severe ocular injury; skin burns; and ocular, mucous membrane, and respiratory irritation are also attributable to HF. Kidney damage attributable to UO2F2, was also suggested from urinalysis data.”

This means anyone exposed to high concentrations at the Honeywell Plant on Sunday would already know it, and it tends to support the statement by Honeywell officials that the leak was contained to the plant’s “operations area.” At least one eyewitness report casts some doubt on that.

Honeywell officials say the leak and the noxious haze were contained within the operations area in about a half hour. UF6 is contained by spraying water vapor. The uranyl fluoride, a solid, drops out of the air as particulate matter.

“Uranyl fluoride is a heavy, solid material that immediately falls to the floor near the equipment. The plant has confirmed that none of this material was found beyond the immediate area of the leak,” said Plant Manager Jim Pritchett in a letter to employees.

Plant officials say a haze seen drifting outside the plant—and displayed on a video posted to a Facebook page supporting union workers who are locked out of the plant—consisted of water vapor sprayed in the air as a cautionary measure. Had any UF6 or its derivatives escaped the building, Pritchett said, it would have triggered alarms and the area would have been evacuated.

One alarm can be heard in the video, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission incident report suggests a different scenario:

“Members of the public outside the plant reported a cloud emanating from the building for five minutes before the mitigation spray towers were activated by Honeywell staff,” according to the NRC report, which also notes that the incident was initially reported to the NRC by a member of the public.

Nonetheless, no injuries have been reported, and there is no evidence to dispute Honeywell’s claim that the leak was contained to its operations area.

The NRC dispatched an inspector to review the event, assess Honeywell’s response, and monitor the recovery and cleanup. The plant remains closed pending the outcome of the investigation.

A uranium hexafluoride leak killed two workers at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1944 when a weld ruptured on a cylinder containing the gas. The cylinder launched like a rocket, traveling 164 meters, tearing out pipes and equipment in its path, and exposing 20 workers to the gas.

In addition to the two killed, “three people were seriously injured, 12 were hospitalized for observation, and three were without symptoms,” according to the National Research Council report.

“The seriously injured individuals experienced chemical conjunctivitis with edema, chemical erosion of the cornea (resulting in temporary blindness), first-, second-, and third-degree chemical burns, nausea and vomiting, chemical bronchitis, pulmonary edema, and/or shock,” the report states. “The seriously injured workers completely recovered within 3 weeks of the accident.”

A follow-up exam on two of the seriously injured workers found no apparent damage from radiation exposure after 38 years.

Uranium hexafluoride also killed one worker when an overloaded cylinder containing the gas ruptured at a uranium conversion facility in Gore, Oklahoma in 1986. He died within a few hours from pulmonary edema—fluid accumulation in the lungs—after inhaling hydrofluoric acid.

The Metropolis Honeywell plant uses a fluorine chemical process to convert raw uranium into a nuclear fuel precursor.

Georgia Power Company What a Rip-Off!


You know, no matter what we do to get our bill down, they jack it right back up.  Then, I suddenly realize that they tax us, not only on the electricity, but tax us on:  Environmental Compliance Cost – the penalties they are charged for violating the EPA $7.71 added for that cost; Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery – for a nuclear reactor wow, let’s save the world and go green $4.52 add for that; Municipal Franchise Fee (what the hell is that?) $1.64.

So, these assholes add $13.87 to our bill, and AFTER they add that, then they calculate the tax for  a whopping $153.70 for our bill!

Does anyone else have a problem with this?  I thought sales tax was for what is sold to you, hell, I didn’t buy any of those add ons!  Good Ole Georgia Power Service Commission lets them SOBs charge for anything and everything!  I am mad as hell!