‘WIPP Release Story Doesn’t Add Up … Accident Is Unbelievable’ – New Tests Show ‘High Level’ Release Underground – ‘Contains Things Far More Radioactive Than High Level Waste’

“WIPP release story doesn’t add up… accident is unbelievable” — New tests show “high level” release underground — “Contains things far more radioactive than High Level Waste” — “I want to hear what really happened down there” (VIDEO) (ENENews, March 6, 2014):

Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center, Mar. 5, 2014 (emphasis added): Station A (pre-HEPA) in the morning following the event (2/15/14) showed high levels of radioactivity consisting of 1,365 Bq/m3 of Americium (241Am) and 672 Bq/m3 of Plutonium (239+240Pu). Twenty-four hours following the event (11:30pm Saturday 2/15/14), another filter sample showed much lower levels of radioactivity, measuring 130 Bq/m3 of 241Am and 17 Bq/m3 of 239+240Pu. […] It is important to note that while very high levels of radioactivity were measured immediately following the 2/14/14 radiation detection event, these values are reflective of what was measured prior to going through the HEPA filtration system […] Station B (post-HEPA) in the afternoon of Tuesday (2/18/14). Analysis of this filter showed a moderate amount of radioactivity measuring 1.81 Bq/m3 of 241Am and 0.224 Bq/m3 of 239+240Pu. […] it is evident that a moderate amount of radioactive isotopes were released into the air from the WIPP exhaust shaft […] CEMRC scientists are preparing to collect soil and surface water samples […]

SimplyInfo, Mar. 5, 2014: What is still unknown is the total of the release itself. […] DOE claims that the brief release of plutonium to the environment happened through the normal exhaust system the brief moment before the HEPA filter kicked in.

AP, Mar. 6, 2014: […] officials emphasized that all radiation readings at the site have been at low levels, and it would be too soon to speculate about any potential health effects.

Carlsbad Current Argus, Mar. 5, 2014: Employees […] can relax. [The Dept. of Energy said] the employees are unlikely to experience any adverse health effects. […]  data also proved that radioactive plutonium and americium isotopes continue to linger underground. […] air filter samples from the same station showed lingering amounts of the two isotopes. “What the data tells me is that there was an initial puff of radioactive dust and now the air in the underground is still kicking up the dust and transporting the radioactive particles,” Hardy said. “We still have a ways to go and at least we’re going in the right direction. The HEPA filters appear to be catching the bulk of it.”

Albuquerque Journal, Guest Column, Mar. 6, 2014: WIPP release story doesn’t add up […] I also support southern New Mexico’s quest to be the nuclear processing economy of the country, cradle and grave. […] The recent accident at [WIPP] is unbelievable to me. Nearly 20 years ago I went to WIPP, rode the elevator down, saw the tunnels […] Transuranic waste, the exclusive purview of WIPP […] is classified as a subset of Low Level waste, but it contains things that are far more radioactive than anything classified as High Level Waste. […] I want to hear what really happened down there. WIPP was envisioned and engineered to never have a release for 10,000 years. […] I remember who I thought were the hysterical ones testifying to the endless public panels before WIPP opened. One read into the record a long scenario with specific chemicals leeching together, fire and the resulting black smoke belching from the horizon. That person described in great detail the underground circumstances leading up to the release that nobody thought would ever happen. That person, whoever it was, was kind of old back then, and I wonder if he’s alive to see it. I’m now thinking he may get to say, “I told you so.”

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2 thoughts on “‘WIPP Release Story Doesn’t Add Up … Accident Is Unbelievable’ – New Tests Show ‘High Level’ Release Underground – ‘Contains Things Far More Radioactive Than High Level Waste’

  1. Anyone surprised?
    I’m not.
    The secrecy and lies around this ongoing disaster has been downright criminal. Were there any justice left, Japan would be facing the world court for genocide. Instead, they will all die…..and so will we. And, so will the greedy guts who are behind this…..no human can escape this disaster.

  2. My computer registered the post before I had finished. Here is the rest of my rant:

    This is happening in New Mexico, Washington State, San Diego and feeding into the diseased air from Fukushima.
    This is corporate genocide, started by TEPCO in Japan, and now exposed here at home. In CA, we are all going to die……..there is no escape, and CA will be totally unlivable. For all the greedy ones who have been buying up real estate at pennies on the dollar……. you might learn profiting on the misery of others can be very expensive.

    This is beginning to tell me the folks who talk about a conspiracy to depopulate much of the earth so the greedy guts will have enough might have some merit.

    Corporations have no laws to contain them…..they can get away with any outrage, including the murder of millions.
    The only satisfaction I can get from this is that the greedy guts are just as susceptible to radiation death as anyone else…..regardless of their denial.

    Radiation particles now surround the entire planet, nobody is going to escape. The denial, feeding into the incredible power given these evil entities (as Lincoln called corporations) will kill even the corrupt lawmakers who bow and scrape at their feet.
    I only hope there is a special hell for those who benefit on the misery and death of others.
    It is time to shut down all nuclear reactors…..but, in truth it is already too late. We are soon going to join the 98% of other world species who are now extinct.

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