Russia Stops U.S. Diplomats en Route to Nuclear Accident Site
The diplomats were intending to travel to a remote town in the Russian Arctic, where a nuclear accident shrouded in mystery killed seven people in August earlier this year, releasing levels of radiation polluting the White Sea.
Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train when it arrived in Severodvinsk, a city in the north of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia Monday. The same city under a evacuation order August 9 because of a nuclear explosion the day before that was quickly cancelled with monitor data following the 90% rule.
Inside IAEA sources confirm a nuclear event on the 8th of August took place from a newly developed SRM NuScale is currently lobbying the IAEA & NRC for approval to mass market the modular reactor units. Over Northern Europe, elevated levels of radioactive iodine was reported from the Norway – Russia boarder on the 16th of August at the same time Alaska monitoring stations were being alerted to spikes in radiation readings across the region. The mere presence of these alerts & reports contradict the conflicting official 2 mSv/hr spike with earlier news reporting much higher readings after the accident.
Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, revealed Tuesday that radiation levels had spiked by four to 16 times after the accident in the port city of Severodvinsk, located about 12 miles from the military testing range. Local authorities in Severodvinsk, a city of 183,000, initially reported a brief spike in radiation levels after the explosion but claimed it didn’t pose any health hazards.
But by Tuesday, Russia’s military told residents in Nyonoksa, a village of about 500, to leave as part of an evacuation already planned due to unspecified activities at the test range. Hours later, however, the military said the planned activities were canceled and residents were allowed to stay home, Severodvinsk regional administration told the Associated Press.
Rocketdyne’s Oh Susana Moment – A Nuclear SRM Meltdown
The infamous accident at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island power facility is typically the first meltdown that comes to mind when people think about nuclear disasters in America. While journalists and editors at CNN have reported it was the worst nuclear meltdown ever in the United States, they are wrong.
The under-reported meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the late 1950s was far worse, and in fact, it is the worst nuclear disaster in United States history.
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory is located a scant couple of miles from the city of Simi Valley and only about 30 miles from greater Los Angeles. The site was used by Rocketdyne for jet fuel testing and by the Atomic Energy Commission for nuclear power experiments.
The Sodium Reactor Experiment was designed to prove that nuclear power could be used to generate commercial power. Sodium, which explodes on contact with water, was used to cool the reactor. On July 12, 1959 that experiment went horribly wrong, and there was no one around to report on it.
For 14 days, radioactive material was vented into the open air. There is no record as to exactly how much or what kind, though there are sources that say it was immeasurable because the measuring equipment available at the time did not have the ability to read emissions that high. What is known, is that deadly plutonium and strontium were indeed released during the episode.
This experiment took place before the widespread adoption of containment domes for nuclear power plants, and thus the radioactive material fell out unrestrained, to wherever the winds and air currents carried it. Some experts claim, based on a five-year study, that the amount of radiation released over the San Fernando Valley was 459 times that which was released at Three Mile Island.
The U.S. Department of Energy and Boeing, the current owner of the land, both play down the incident, with DOE claiming not to know how much, if any, radiation was released, while Boeing claims a lack of elevated incidents of cancer in the employees that work in the area.
A study released by the UCLA School of Public Health in 2006 refutes those claims, and demonstrates those who were exposed to radiation had more occurrences of key cancers than did those workers who experienced less exposure to the radiation.
Boeing has done its best to hamper the study by not providing its data about the prevailing wind currents at the time of the radioactive venting.
To this day, the site has yet to be cleaned up of the various contaminants, and the State of California has resisted allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to designate it as a Superfund site.
Today, the land is also contaminated with at least 500,000 gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE), in addition to a massive cocktail of radionuclides that includes plutonium and strontium according to the EPA.
California did pass Senate Bill 990 that requires the site be cleaned up to meet agriculture and residential requirements, and this cleanup is supposed to be completed by 2017. However, with various parties dragging their feet and complaining about the bill being too strict, it may take many years longer for the site to meet those requirements.
One of the biggest questions that remains is: ‘Who would actually want to live on a place, or eat food grown in a place carrying the chemical and radiation history of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory?’
Fast forward to 2019 and NuScale is pitching the SMR for market share as a viable “alternative” to the flailing nuclear power energy industry.
The NRC a federal agency responsible for safety at the nation’s 61 nuclear power plants routinely downplays warnings from plant workers and its own experts about problems, including some with potential for disaster.
Employees from U.S. nuclear power plants filed nearly 700 complaints with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission in recent years, claiming retaliation for raising safety concerns, records show.
Is it any surprise the agency found no wrongdoing? The fox is guarding the hen house.
NRC officials also overruled recommendations from their own technical experts on how to protect plants from potential catastrophe spurred by floods, equipment failures, power outages and other problems.
Truth be told; All nuclear power plants leak radiation; the nukes leak on purpose. The Rad cannot be contained; so, they are built that way. No, the nuke power plants cannot be sued.
The rich owners think the trade-off for your health and life is worth the money. We do not.
No Agency will tell you this. All physicists know this is true. Their jobs depend on their not telling you. What a world!
With corruption sweeping though government agencies, some like the NRC threaten national security & public safety. The 160,876,377 people by the official 2010 US Census live in targeted areas. Dr. John Gofman, Medical Director of the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab famously called that kind of thing “premeditated murder.”
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