— French government/AREVA is partner in Hanford waste consortium

A highlight from this article on Hanford.

From Mining Awareness, April 19, 2016

The current Hanford contractor, WRPS, LLC, for the leaky Hanford radioactive waste tanks is a consortium comprised of AECOM (due to recent purchase of URS), EnergySolutions (owned by Energy Capital Partners – mostly former Goldman Sachs investment bankers led by Doug Kimmelman), and French Government owned AREVA, which would be bankrupt if it weren’t French State owned. If AREVA knows so much then why did the US take French HEU (highly enriched uranium) or HEU waste off the hands of the French? Why didn’t the French take Swiss HEU waste or Swiss plutonium? Why, instead, was it dumped on America? [1]

Why is France co-managing nuclear waste facilities in the U.S.?

Is AREVA dumping nuclear waste in the U.S.?

AREVA dumps nuclear waste at sea in France. It used to dump drums of waste at sea. These are AREVA’s environmental credentials. It cares nothing for the environment.

The beautiful Columbia River. Salmon. The ocean.

Not important to AREVA or the French government or WRPS.

 

[1]

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The 1001 dump sites of Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State

This article was cited in the previous video.

From Dr. William Mount
January 2014

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is located in South Central Washington along the Columbia River in one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the world.

The Reservation began during WW2 to help build the first Atom Bomb. Since then this reservation has served as a primary storage area for Nuclear waste for this nation. Rather than doing what the Russians do-storing Nuclear Waste in 39,000 foot deep trenches in the Artic where it does no harm we just haul it to Hanford.

So what exactly does Hanford do with the Solid and liquid Nuclear Waste once they get it?

Here is what we have learned so far:

1) Up until 1974 Hanford dumped their Liquid Waste into open trenches where it seeped into the Columbia a River. At the BLUE BRIDGE these folks have been testing the water in the Columbia River just below Hanford for 70 years every day.

2) The Open Trenches were covered with metal covers in 1974 due to public protests but they dumping continues.

3) Solid Waste was stored in metal 55 gallon drums. I spoke with a Back Hoe driver about 5 years ago and he tried to pull one of those barrels up and it disintegrated in his shovel so – there they remain.

4) Solid Waste was also stored in Cement Barrels without rebar – and they also came apart when the back hoe hit the barrels – so they just threw dirt over the barrels and called it a day.

5) If you look at the aerial photos of Hanford you will see two open pits where Raw Nuclear Waste is dumped near the bend in the river.

6) Much of the waste blows down into the Kennewick Area – this is why it currently has the highest rates of Cancer, MS and other neurological disorders in the world.

7) The Spokane Indian reservation is just North and East of the Hanford Nuclear reservation. After speaking with a couple of Reservation Employees dealing with the reservation they told me that trucks come into the reservation form Hanford and go up creeks to old mine shafts and dump their waste daily. They tested over 1,000 wells and all of them showed contamination form raw Uranium. So apparently this “Raw Uranium” is being dumped directly into the ground water by those at Hanford – and has been for over 60 years.

Over and over again I heard stories about these trucks going up roads loaded and coming back empty — roads up creeks, roads to old mine shafts, roads where the only way to dump a load is by dumping it in the creek.

8) I was told by a truck driver a few weeks ago that had just retired that he would haul Nuclear Waste up a 4 1/2 mile road and dump it into a pond on top of a hill over looking the Columbia. This Waste Pond is the Rabanco Owned mine just West of the town of Wellpinit Washington. In fact – there are two open pit Nuclear Dump Sites there as can bee seen on Google Earth.

One of the mines is the Midnight Mine.

By the Way Rabanco has been renamed Allied Waste and then renamed New Republic Services.

The EPA also did a fly over and said: Don’t worry, be happy. It’s all fixed — as more trucks drove up to the mine to dump their radioactive waste.

These Indians are being slaughtered by the Hanford Folks as the NRC directors toast their success in ridding themselves of this toxic waste.

9) I realize that those who run Hanford assume that that these folks are only Indians and the only good Indian is a dead Indian – right?

They are Americans and I have been winning cases for their veterans for over 15 years now at no cost to them. In fact – I just won another one yesterday.

10) I met a gal at my mortgage company who’s husband would guard trains going form Hanford to Idaho and then dump their load into Tankers and then the tanker trucks would go down abandoned roads and dump their radioactive loads, Now the trees are so radioactive in these Unmarked Dump Sites that the trees are dying.

If you live in Northern Idaho – test your water for radioactive contamination.

Here is why killing Spokane Indians is legal.

(((By the way – they are Indians (Not Native Americans) and proud of it)))

1) The Nuclear Energy Commission is a Private Corporation owned by the IMF.

2) The Spokane Indian Reservation is a Private Corporation owned by the US Dept of Agriculture, which is also a private corporation owned by the IMF.

3) If you write an Environmental Impact Statement and have an Inter Agency (Corporation) agreement you may murder people legally – – white man’s laws.

GOD calls it murder.

Here is the good news:

APFN THE CURE FOR CANCER UPDATE 3

APFN THE HANFORD ANT, HAIRY LEUKEMIA, AND IMMUSIST.

Since the Spokane Indian Reservation Hospital refused to respond to me will somebody please shove this story into the faces of the Spokane Indian Reservation Board of Directors and demand the Cure for Cancer be made available on the reservation!

By the way – there is a Canadian Toxic Waste Disposal Site just north of the boarder along the Columbia River where Canadian trucks openly dump raw waste just East of Grand Forks BC. Here all sorts of toxic Waste is dumped into a river leading directly into the US in violation of a dozen treaties.

Hey – here is an ideas – rather than bombing Libya or Syria or Iran… – how about stopping the toxic waste form being dumped into the Columbia River Mr. Obama?

Dr William B. Mount
253-686-6290

http://drwilliammount.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-1001-dump-sites-of-hanford-nuclear.html

Hanford has been dumping nuclear waste along the Columbia River and on the Spokane Indian Reservation for years — revelations from Washington (VIDEO)

This information demands immediate investigation. It explains the epidemic of babies born without brains and the cancers in Washington. This is the tip of the iceberg to massive waste contamination across the United States and Canada, and the public and the environment have been put at permanent and severe danger by the nuclear cartel and all its entities. This video of information and maps is riveting. The photos in the “Safe Side of the Fence” show the casual disregard of public safety shown by the nuclear cartel, additionally documented by the casual dumping of barrels of high level nuclear waste into the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Towns named in the video include Kenniwick, Welpinit, Bonners Ferry, Grand Forks (BC), Sandpoint, Richland.

Mount says that in contrast to news media reports of 3000 gallons leaking, the total is actually 100,000 gallons leaking, and the waste has rotted the bottoms of the storage tanks.

This affects the drinking water and water used for agriculture.
This affects all the agricultural products grown in the region.
This affects tourism. Who would visit Washington (or Idaho) with their family, drink the water, eat the food, or walk through their forests?
This impacts the incredible sacred Columbia River and its vital fishery.
It affects Oregon and particularly Portland and all the towns bordering the Columbia.
And it affects the Pacific Ocean, massively contaminating that sacred entity.

Combined with the U.S. Navy’s escalating use of the Olympic Peninsula and Washington State as a electronics weapons range (which the public is fighting), the military’s contamination of Puget Sound with radioactivity and munitions use, Fukushima radiation pummeling the West Coast, and Washington’s corrupt political establishment, Washington State doesn’t have a prayer for a viable future.

From William Mount
April 20, 2016

http://drwilliammount.blogspot.com

Nuclear Nightmare: “Safe Side of the Fence” screens in Idaho

From the Boise Weekly

April 25, 7 p.m., presented by Snake River Alliance

The Safe Side of the Fence screens Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at The Flicks

Courtesy of the film “Safe Side of the Fence”

The Safe Side of the Fence screens Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at The Flicks

Since 2000, more than 3,500 workers at Idaho nuclear facilities have been paid over $250 million in compensation through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. Nationwide, those numbers are much higher, but may be a fraction of the nuclear program’s true costs to America’s “Cold War vets.” In many cases, illnesses or injuries were suffered on account of poor workplace safety and failure to properly inform workers of the risks of handling radioactive materials.

“I don’t think we can be overly complacent because we’re still having exposures,” said Snake River Alliance Nuclear Program Director Beatrice Brailsford. “We are much more able to provide protection than we used to, but … any mistake can have serious consequences.”

As recently as April 17, reports of a sizeable leak in a nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Site on the Columbia River caused emergency crews to respond to what some described as a “catastrophic” incident.

When the United States nuclear program was in its infancy in the 1940s and ’50s, problems of workplace safety and treatment of laborers were more acute. This is evident at the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St. Louis, Mo.­–one of the first uranium refineries in the world and the subject of The Safe Side of the Fence.

“Those workers were some of the most contaminated workers in history,” said director Tony West, who will travel to Boise as a guest of the Snake River Alliance for the film’s screening at The Flicks.

The Mallinckrodt workers refined uranium used at the University of Chicago Pile-1 and the Manhattan Project. Later, the West Lake Landfill, where waste was illegally deposited, became a Superfund site. Its workers suffer disproportionately from contamination-related illnesses.

The compensation program itself is 16 years old, but only a few of the people who worked at the plant have received money through it. West made the plant’s lasting impact on St. Louis and learning why compensation has been elusive for its workers the thrust of his documentary.

“The story’s about these workers, but it’s also about waste,” he said.

http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/nuclear-nightmare-safe-side-of-the-fence-screens-at-the-flicks/Content?oid=3770766

[Editor: This is where the jobs were during the Depression. In addition, there was lots of flag-waving. It was considered unpatriotic to question. People believe what they want to believe, especially if it pays the bills and puts food on the table.]

— Hanford nuclear worker brought to tears over leaking waste — “I was ready to sell everything and move to the woods” (VIDEO)

From 2013
Posted on ENE News

Title: Hanford worker’s struggle to ‘do the right thing’ link has been removed
Source: KING 5
Author: SUSANNAH FRAME
Date: April 25, 2013

The private company that manages the radioactive waste tank farms at the Hanford Site ignored or missed numerous red flags over a 10-month period that showed a double-shell tank holding some of the worst waste was leaking.

Over much of that time, one Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) employee — Mike Geffre — continued to urge his superiors to take some sort of action. […]

“It bugged me to the point I was ready to sell everything and move to the woods, go to the mountains where I didn’t have to hear about it, read about it. I didn’t want to hear about Hanford. I didn’t want to deal with it anymore,” said Geffre.

Through tears, Geffre struggled to express how distraught he’d become. […]

“I kept the faith that they would do the right thing. I believed in my company that they would do what was right. That’s why the stress came into play. I kept trusting them, and when nothing happened I really struggled,” said Geffre. […]

Watch the broadcast here — link has been removed

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Leak worsens in massive Hanford tank holding nuclear waste

From  King5 TV

VIDEO on website

A leak in a massive nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Site has expanded significantly, KING 5 learned this weekend.

After leak detector alarms sounded early Sunday morning, crews at Hanford lowered a camera into the two-foot-wide space between the tank’s inner and outer walls. They discovered 8.4 inches of radioactive and chemically toxic waste has seeped into the annulus.

The U.S. Department of Energy released a statement Monday calling the leak an “anticipated” outcome of an ongoing effort to empty the tank in question. The Washington state Department of Ecology said, “There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time.”

But one former tank farm worker said the leak should be considered a major problem.

“This is catastrophic. This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double shell tanks were supposed to be the saviors of all saviors (to hold waste safely from people and the environment),” said former Hanford worker Mike Geffre.

Geffre is the worker who first discovered that the tank, known as AY-102, was failing in 2011. In a 2013 series, “Hanford’s Dirty Secrets,” the KING 5 Investigators exposed that the government contractor in charge of the tanks, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), ignored Geffre’s findings for nearly a year. The company finally admitted the problem in 2012.

Until now, the leak found by Geffre was very slow. The liquid would almost immediately dry up, leaving a salt-like substance on the floor of the two-foot space between the tank’s walls, called the annulus.

Approximately three weeks ago, work began to pump out the contents of AY-102, which has the capacity to hold one million gallons of the deadly waste. The state of Washington has been pressuring the federal government, which owns Hanford, to pump out AY-102 for three-and-a-half years because of the cracking and slow leaking discovered by Geffre in 2011. Sources told KING the disturbance caused by the pumping must have exacerbated the leak: essentially blowing a hole in the aging tank allowing the material to leak more quickly into the outer shell.

Tank AY-102 is one of 28 double-shell tanks at Hanford (there are 177 underground tanks total) holding nuclear byproducts from nearly four decades of plutonium production on the Hanford Nuclear Site, located near Richland. Initially the plutonium was used to fuel the bombed dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II.

Plutonium production continued throughout the Cold War. Since 1989 the work at Hanford has focused solely on cleanup – the most difficult being getting rid of the liquid waste left behind that threatens the health of people, wildlife and the environment, including the nearby Columbia River.

The new leak poses problems on several fronts. The outer shell of AY-102 does not have the exhaust or filtration system needed to keep the dangerous gases created by the waste in check. Workers have been ordered to wear full respiratory safety gear in the area, but the risk remains.

“The hazards to workers just went up by a factor of 10,” said Geffre.

In addition, the breakdown calls into question the viability of three other double-shell tanks at Hanford that have the exact design of AY-102.

“The primary tanks weren’t designed to stage waste like this for so many years,” said a current worker. “There’s always the question, ‘Are the outer shells compromised’”?

The accumulation of waste in the outer shell also means the deadliest substance on earth is that much closer to the ground surrounding the tank. And currently there is no viable plan in place to take care of it.

“It makes me sad that they didn’t believe me that there was a problem in 2011,” said Geffre. “I wish they would have listened to me and reacted faster. Maybe none of this would be happening now. It’s an example of a culture at Hanford of ‘We don’t have problems here. We’re doing just fine.’ Which is a total lie,” said Geffre.

Full statement from Dept. of Energy:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Hanford tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) are evaluating recently identified, anticipated changes in the amount of waste between the inner and outer shells (the annulus) of Hanford double-shell tank AY-102.

Since March 3, DOE and WRPS have been retrieving waste from Tank AY-102, and to date approximately 95 percent of the material has been retrieved.  Early on the morning of April 17, crews identified an increase in the waste level in the tank’s annulus. Early on the morning of April 18, a slight decrease in the height of the waste in the annulus was detected. Out of an abundance of caution, DOE and WRPS are in the process of evaluating the tank’s condition.

DOE and WRPS are committed to ensuring the safety of the Hanford workforce, the public and the environment.

WA Dept. of Ecology statement:

RICHLAND – An alarm was activated on Sunday, April 17, at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation while crews working for the U.S. Department of Energy were pumping waste out of the double-shell tank AY-102.
There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time.
The Department of Energy notified the Washington Department of Ecology that the leak detector alarm went off.
The alarm indicates an increase in waste seeping from the primary tank into the space between the primary and secondary tank, known as the annulus.
Crews have been actively removing waste from AY-102 since March because mixed radioactive and chemical waste had previously leaked into the secondary containment area. Approximately 20,000 gallons of waste remains from the original 800,000 gallons in the tank.
According to the Department of Energy, the removal work is currently on hold while engineers evaluate the situation and prepare a plan to recover the material that leaked between the two walls of the tank.
This morning, an Ecology Nuclear Waste Program engineer assessed the situation with the Department of Energy waste retrieval engineers to assure that contingency response plans are being followed.
Additional leaking into the annulus was a known possibility during pumping and is addressed in the Department of Energy’s contingency plan that was submitted to Ecology as part of a Settlement Agreement. That plan delineates actions for Energy to take.
Ecology continues to monitor the situation as spelled out in the settlement agreement that directs waste retrieval.
There are 28 double-shell tanks at the Hanford site.

Copyright 2016 KING

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ENE: CDC/NIOSH used “incompetent” way to examine data; risk estimates are 100 X worse; CIA agent – Gov’t covering up effects of radiation

Excellent video with interviews of two Hanford downwinders Tom Bailie and Jay Mullen. The video is set at the 2nd interview with Jay Mullen, former CIA agent. Go back to the first interview with Tom Bailie, a farmer. Lots of important information.

Posted on ENE News, June 13, 2015

The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (pdf), Direct Estimates of Low-Level Radiation Risks of Lung Cancer at Two NRC-Compliant Nuclear Installations: Why Are the New Risk Estimates 20 to 200 Times the Old Official Estimates?, Dr. Irwin Bross, Director of Biostatistics at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, 1981 (emphasis added):

  • Nuclear submarine workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS), who were exposed to low-level ionizing radiation [face] serious hazards.
  • The new risk estimates have been found to be much higher than the official estimates.
  • CDC/NIOSH refused to retract or correct the conclusion [that] “we found no positive dosage response relationships between ionizing radiation dose and mortality for any cause reported.” [They used] an incompetent way to examine this data.
  • [Our analysis] gives 189 lung cancer deaths per year per million persons per rem. This is over 100 times the official estimates and completely changes the picture.
  • PNS workers received much less than the 5 rem per year currently permitted… about 0.5 rem per year. Yet this was enough to greatly increase their risk of lung cancer.
  • Why does… data for the [Hanford] workers… show no lung cancer relationship? [When experts] analyzed the Hanford data they did find excess lung cancer and a doubling dose… similar to the corresponding estimate for the shipyard workers.
  • Estimates of risk to nuclear workers are two logarithmic orders of magnitude greater than the official risks. When the actual risks are 100 times greater, the cost-benefit calculations or permissible levels or environmental impact statements based on the official estimates cannot protect the health and safety of workers or the public.
  • Indeed, there are now more than 30 studies where the data show positive relationships in human populations exposed to low-level ionizing radiation.
  • Scientific evaluation of radiation risks [should] replace the obsolete older estimates by the newer ones. That this did not happen in the latest BEIR report suggests that official estimates are no longer a scientific product but rather a political one.
  • Radiation [studies] become bogged down in real or manufactured “controversies”… There is now much more than a prima facie case that NRC permits doses of radiation that are dangerous – a dose that doubles the risk of a fatal disease is a serious public health hazard.

Jay Mullen, former CIA agent and professor at Southern Oregon Univ., Oct 2013 (15:30 in):

  • When I was 19 years old, I was… a University athlete. I woke up one night and couldn’t move, it paralyzed me… it just baffled doctors… the Univ. of California Medical Center… determined it was the thyroid disorder that was paralyzing me… I had a thyroidectomy and as a consequence I wear what we call the Hanford necklace.
  • There’s a good reason if you are an investor in the nuclear community to cover up the pernicious effects of radiation, because there’s profits in nuclear operations… There are strong ‘balance sheet’ reasons to continue the nuclear community, and therefore there’s a reason to discount the possible adverse effects of radiation.
  • I was in the government, but I was in the government clandestinely. I was an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency in Africa in the 1970s… I understand very well that the government covers up things that might in fact be embarrassing to the government. What could be more embarrassing to the government than the fact that they hazarded their own people by their operations in the atomic community?
  • I would hope the American public becomes more aware of the effects that radiation can have on the public’s health.
  • The thing I find most distressing is the dissembling and… the contempt that the government and its contractors have had for the people who they’ve in fact affected.

Watch the interview here

[https://youtu.be/Sp_FVqKjZQQ — video from the beginning]

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