Who needs to worry about terrorists from outside the country when the technology exists within our borders to let us destroy ourselves better than our buddies from abroad ever could? The American public, and Canadian, are not being told the truth in the case of a looming nuclear disaster in the Midwest on the Missouri River.
By Deborah Dupre
National Human Rights
Emergency Update: At approximately 1:00am Sunday, June 26, the aqua-berm quickly constructed around Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station broke and electricity had to be cut. The plant is now reportedly running on emergency generators as workers try to restore electricity after water surrounded main electrical transformers. The auxiliary building at Ft. Calhoun was surrounded by water after the berm failure. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission letter said if water enters the auxilary building, there could have been a station blackout with core damage in hours.
"Floodwaters are breaching levees, triggering evacuations, closing highways, swamping thousands of acres of farmland, destroying homes and lapping against hurriedly reinforced floodwalls protecting cities, airports and power plants, including two in Nebraska that produce nuclear power."
"Imagine roughly 55 million acres ~ the entire surface of Nebraska and southwest Iowa ~ covered in a foot of water. Now imagine trying to funnel all that water down a drainage canal surrounded by airports and homes, businesses and farms. You can begin to grasp the unprecedented, slow-developing danger facing folks from Montana to Missouri from the Great Flood of 2011." (World Herald)
“It’s always the same phenomenon that industry and government do everything it can to hide and downplay such incidents,” said nuclear expert in IPPNW Henrik Paulitz. “States and nuclear industries are too much into each other, so that reason alone... does not guarantee a sufficient degree.
"The fact that nuclear power plants worldwide are threatened by high water levels of rivers at any time, occupied the uncontrollability of this technique. How many accidents and near accidents have you actually need to finally draw the necessary consequences?” Paulitz asked this week.
After OPPD's inadequate or no response to its reports issued as far back as 2003, in October, 2010, NRC began to pressure OPPD to resolve flooding issues to avoid meltdown. Friday, The New York Times reported that Fort Calhoun nuclear plant was supposed to have been raised three feet to avoid serious problems from flooding, but OPPD did not act on the warning:
"A still-unresolved issue in the dispute is the NRC's contention that OPPD received, but did not properly act on, a warning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2003. It said high-water threats to the plant should be raised by 3 feet based on a new assessment following severe Missouri River floods in the mid-1990s."
"The performance deficiency existed for many years," the NRC said in an Oct. 6, 2010, letter to the Omaha utility. (NYT)
Although officials continue reporting safety, other surfacing reports clarify why the public is not so sure about official reports and even why alarm bells should be sounded about atomic energy. Assumptions that Fort Calhoun plant's closure makes it safe are being dispelled and some reporters are comparing the situation there to Fukushima.
"As was the critical event in Fukushima, in Ft Calhoun circulating water is required at all times to keep the new fuel and more importantly, the spent radioactive material cool," reported Patrick Henningsen for Global Research today. "The Nebraska facility houses around 600,000 ~ 800,000 pounds of spent fuel that must be constantly cooled to prevent it from starting to boil, so the reported 90-minute gap in service should raise alarm bells."
"There isn't a Level 4 emergency at the plant. It is a misnomer.
On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the safest, Alan Dostal who is NPPD’s nuclear expert said,”We are an absolutely safe plant, that’s a 10.” That was during an interview with Nebraska Watchdog on March 29, five days before three workers at Cooper were exposed to radiation.
If you believe this clown, I have waterside property in the Sahara you might like to place your life savings on. Honest, it’s a steal of a deal!
"Indeed, if policymakers were able to divert the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to the U.S. nuclear industry every year to solar, wind and geothermal developers, there is no telling how quickly we could innovate our way to sustainable non-polluting energy independence and put the specter of nuclear power that much further in our rearview mirror.”
"Radioactive rain recently fell in Massachusetts, likely due to Japan’s nuclear mess. Given the threats of radiation, wouldn’t it be madness now to continue with nuclear power? How can President Obama include nukes as part of a 'clean energy' agenda?"
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