1st March 2014 06:12
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WIPP - ongoing plutonium contamination "incident" in New Mexico
I'm surprised that this hasn't been mentioned anywhere on the forum until now. Anyone here from around New Mexico? Are people there aware of what is going on? If so, do they believe the official story?
The headline: in February 2014, there was a release of plutonium into the environment from an underground nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. The authorities say that it is all contained and nothing to worry about, but there are plenty of indications that there is a lot to worry about. The authorities have admitted that 13 above-ground workers have tested positive for radiation exposure - and bear in mind that the whole purpose of the design of the WIPP was never to allow radiation to escape the facility. One of the main issues now is the air filtration system, how badly damaged it is. And the big questions - are releases of plutonium ongoing, if so how much and where is it heading?
WIPP also cancelled all radiation collection efforts and will not allow anyone from outside of WIPP onto the site. That is not a good sign. Hiding, secrecy and cover ups are what major nuclear disasters are made up of.
In more detail. WIPP is the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, an underground waste disposal facility for plutonium and other "transuranic" waste, which means materials above uranium in the periodic table. The non-technical meaning is, nasty, nasty stuff. Not only is it radioactive, it is highly toxic. If you breathe in one tiny speck of plutonium, and it gets stuck in your lungs, death is the likely result.
A part of the problem here is the use of confusing/technical words like "transuranic". It means plutonium, and other nasty stuff (like americium, which is also nasty, but doesn't sound so bad!)
Here's the wiki entry on WIPP for background.
We all know that wiki only provides the "official truth" not the actual truth, but we can start with that and then try and figure out what is really going on. From wiki:
"On February 5, 2014 at around 11am a salt haul truck caught fire, which caused an evacuation of the underground facility of the site. Six workers were taken to a local hospital with smoke inhalation, and all were released by the next day. Lab tests after the fire showed that there was no release of radiological material.
"On February 15, 2014, authorities ordered workers to shelter in place at the facility after air monitors detected unusually high radiation levels at 11:30pm the previous day. None of the facility's 139 workers were underground at the time of the incident, and none were exposed to radioactive contaminants. Later, trace amounts of airborne radiation consisting of americum and plutonium particles were discovered above ground, a half mile from the facility. According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, "the radiation leak occurred on the evening of February 14, according to new information made public at a news conference [on February 20]. … Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office, said an underground air monitor detected high levels of alpha and beta radiation activity consistent with the waste buried at WIPP." Ceiling collapse is one theory of the cause of the leak.Regarding the elevated levels of plutonium and americium detected outside the nuclear waste repository, Ryan Flynn, New Mexico Environment Secretary stated during a news conference, "Events like this simply should never occur. From the state's perspective, one event is far too many."
"February 26, 2014, it was announced by the Department of Energy 13 WIPP above ground workers had tested positive for radiation exposure. Other employees are in process of being tested. Thursday, February 27th, DOE announced sending out "a letter Wednesday to tell people in two counties what they do know so far. DOE said 13 WIPP staff who were working above ground the day of the leak have tested positive for radiation.Officials said it is too early to know what that means for the workers’ health.." . Additional testing will be done on employees who were working at the site the day after the leak. Currently 182 employees continue to work above ground at WIPP. February 27, 2014 update included comments on plans to discover what has occurred below ground first using unmanned probes and then people. "
So what is really going on?
Effect of the initial fire is unclear, but it may have lead to a collapse of the ceiling of the storage rooms (probably room 7) which cracked the containers of the high-level nuclear waste inside. To say this is bad news is a huge understatement:
First of all, contamination is likely widespread:
and a lot of plutonium has been released:
the scope of the problem is unknown and increasing:
new releases of plutonium may occur:
In short, the situation is highly unstable and dangerous, and the authorities are releasing miminal information, and only when they have to.
This is getting no exposure in the media, even less than Fukushima. And even on Project Avalon, this is the first post about WIPP.
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1st March 2014 15:57
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Re: WIPP - ongoing plutonium contamination "incident" in New Mexico
I am aware that it is poor form to reply to my own thread, but the situation is developing, and not in a good way. This blogger has received inside information from someone working at WIPP that the 14 February plutonium/americium release lasted much longer than publically admitted, meaning much more nasty stuff was released than admitted. That would explain why 13 employees have been contaminated outside the WIPP (which, to repeat, was NEVER supposed to happen - and the facility was supposed to store the waste for 10,000 years! It can't even manage 15 years...) - probably there is much more contamination which has not been noticed (plutonium is invisible and only emits small amounts of alpha radiation (which is relatively weak)... for millions of years... so it is much harder to detect than the cesium and strontium being pumped out from Fukushima)...
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1st March 2014 23:30
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