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Underwater Nuclear Disaster Underway in Midwest?

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Jun 23, 2011: Since the start of June, two nuclear power plants located on the banks of the massively flooded Missouri River in Nebraska have experienced “unusual events”. The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant 19 miles north of Omaha is on alert due to multiple reasons, being a fire that caused temporary loss of cooling a little over two weeks ago [1] as well as the flooding of the facility that has been worsening throughout June (much of the Fort Calhoun plant is currently underwater). Also, an “unusual event” at Cooper nuclear plant 80 miles south of Omaha caused an alert on June 19th [2] and the water levels only need to rise less than two and a half feet for this plant to also be underwater. From a report on June 15th relative to the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant [emphasis added throughout]:

… the power station is starting to flood, and as was the case with the Fukushima sea wall, money was saved by building flood barriers at the legally required minimum. While the reactor itself was shut down for re-fueling, a fire broke out in the electrical system and cooling was lost for the spent fuel rod cooling pool, the same problem now plaguing Fukushima’s building #4. Yes, the Power Plant is saying there has been no release of radiation, but that was the same song we heard from TEPCO at the start. The FAA has declared a no-fly zone for two miles around the plant because of “hazard.”

At the moment, things look stable, but if the flooding increases (or worse, an upstream dam fails) sandbags are not going to hold back the water. [3]

— Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds Associates (Energy Consultants — including on Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant)

This no-fly zone in place around Fort Calhoun [4] is definitely not necessary for the river flooding alone, so there must be some type of real threat relative to the nuclear power plant for such measures to be taken. On June 16th the closing sentences of an article written by a retired nuclear physicist living in Hawaii, Tom Burnett (who has made numerous comments about the triple meltdown Fukushima nuclear catastrophe), summed it up well [emphasis added]:

… it isn’t all bad. The Missouri river is cold enough to keep the pools and cores cool all by itself. And it’s also powerful to pull the fuel out and irradiate half the country. [5]

Even though the usual claims of “no danger” and “no radioactive releases” are being made — exactly as has been the mantra from all “official mouthpieces” since the Fukushima meltdowns occurred in mid-March — this was reported on Friday (June 17th) [emphasis added]:

the NRC has taken the unusual step of sending more inspectors and a branch chief to Fort Calhoun. A branch chief is a top regional regulator. In this case, it’s the individual responsible for overseeing Fort Calhoun inspections and compliance. [6]

It is certain that we are not being told the whole story about Fort Calhoun, exactly as we are never told the whole story about Fukushima. In fact, it took weeks for a major news provider in the USA to even mention the potential disasters with these two nuclear plants in Nebraska. The New York Times finally picked up the story on June 20th [emphasis added throughout]:

As record floodwaters along the Missouri River drench homes and businesses, concerns have grown about keeping a couple of notable structures dry: two riverside nuclear power plants in Nebraska.

. . .

Despite the official assurances of safety, the unusual sight of a nuclear plant surrounded by water — coming so soon after the still unfolding nuclear disaster that followed the earthquake and tsunami in Japan — has prompted concern and speculation, leading one utility to add a feature to its Web site called “flood rumor control.” It says, “There has been no release of radioactivity and none is expected.” [7]

However, these familiar “official assurances of safety” are certainly not the whole story. An Austrian news article published on the same day (June 20th) as the New York Times piece gave a far more candid assessment of the potential for radioactive releases into the flood waters of the Missouri River. Note that the quote is from an automated translation from German to English, resulting in the wording being a little strange — however, the meaning is very clear [emphasis added throughout]:

“In Germany there is the testimony of a former Siemens engineer, which regularly penetrated … at high water levels of the Rhine water into the reactor building of Biblis,” says nuclear expert IPPNW [International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War] Henrik Paulitz.

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“Beyond the sufficient cooling properties of the fuel is, however, the question of whether there has beencontact between contaminated water and the cold river water, or is still to come,” said Paulitz. “One can not exclude that in this way it comes to radioactive releases into the Missouri River. Since the level of the river is still rising and if more dams are possible, the situation could escalate further.” [8]

Indeed, the radioactive releases into the Missouri River may well be taking place right now. If such is the case, we can be assured that the facts of this particular situation will only be revealed by the ruling “power system” as dictated by their “schedule” and desired “outcomes” — though it seems quite possible (based on the seriousness of events with these nuclear plants and the almost absolute media silence about it) that the “power system” has simply decided to “irradiate half the country” without ever bothering to tell “we the people” about it at all.

Whether or not radiation is currently being released into the Missouri River, we do know from an NRC “event” report on June 19th that the Cooper nuclear plant has been releasing oil directly into the water:

This condition has resulted in flooding of the burn pits in the fire training facility, with the subsequent release of the residue which includes unburned fuel oil. Any release of this water containing oil to the Missouri River is uncontrolled at this time. The[re] is no radiological contamination in this area. [9]

This is an acknowledgement that fuel oil was (and perhaps still is) being released from a nuclear power plant in an “uncontrolled” manner, directly into the Missouri River. The statement about “no radiological contamination” is of course expected from the NRC, given there is no independent verification as to whether this claim is true or false. Such verification will require testing for radioactive contamination along the course of the Missouri River, so until this independent testing is done (if it is ever even done) it can be assumed that the NRC is not telling the truth (and based on all the experience with Fukushima, this is evidently an appropriate assumption).

Declaration of Emergency by US Government Relative to Two Nuclear Plants in Nebraska

Yesterday, June 22nd, the US government made an official declaration of emergency for the two Nebraska counties with the nuclear power plants (Fort Calhoun and Cooper) threatened by the flood waters of the Missouri River:

Two United States nuclear power plants are on alert and President Obama has declared emergencies in Nebraska’s counties where the two nuclear stations are both experiencing “unusual events.” The official emergency declarations apply to both counties where the nuclear facilities are threatened with flood waters. Red Cross closed its emergency shelter at Fort Calhoun, home of one of the nuclear facilities, and is now referring and transitioning evacuees to other shelters. [10]

Although they have not used the loaded word of “evacuation” in this article it is obvious based on the actions of the Red Cross that an evacuation of people from their emergency shelter at Fort Calhoun is in fact taking place (and this evacuation may already be finished as of today).

A good overview discussion of the situation with these two nuclear plants is provided by a 15 minute video created by “DaBu7” one week ago (June 16th), which also shows a lot of stunning photos of the massive flooding (including the waters around Fort Calhoun and Cooper). Here are some key quotes from the video [emphasis added throughout]:

[From a KMTV Action 3 news report shown in the video:] “OPPD [Omaha Public Power District] did not want KMTV Action 3 News to shoot this video. But, because the Missouri River is a public waterway we feel it’s our job and our right to show the public what’s happening at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power station. Water, in many places, already up to the buildings, with the flood expected to rise another five feet or more this summer.”

[Comments from Arnie Gundersen in an interview on June 14th:] “Sandbags and nuclear power plants really don’t belong in the same sentence, and now we’re seeing one that is literally putting sandbags up to reinforce itself against the flood. … My concern is: what if a dam breaks?which could inundate this [nuclear plant] like Fukushima was, with essentially an inland tsunami. The dams are not structurally sound, like, built to the same standards as the nuclear plant, but in fact the nuclear plant is now relying on the integrity of something that’s basically a big earthen berm. … They’re within a foot or two of what they were designed for …”

[From closing comments by DaBu7:] “You just heard him say they’re within a foot or two. And you also heard them say they expect it to rise another five feet. Do the math here folks![11]

This video is definitely worth a look if only to see the seriousness of the massive flooding of the Missouri River, though the no nonsense summary of the threat to these two nuclear power plants is also one of the best out there.

Now one week on from when this video was made, a CNN affiliate ran a story today (June 23rd) with an update relative to the two nuclear plants under threat from flood waters [emphasis added throughout]:

Missouri River floodwaters are less than three feet from reaching the site of a nuclear power plant in Nebraska, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Some of the grounds at another plant, which has been shut down since April, are already under water, the NRC stated.

The Cooper Nuclear Station, which is currently operating at full power and the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant are under an “unusual event declaration” by the NRC.

“We are closely following events at both plants,” NRC Region 4 Administrator Elmo Collins said, in a prepared statement on Wednesday.

Cooper, according to the statement, “sits two and a half feet above current river levels.”

“The licensee [OPPD] does not expect floodwaters to impact vital plant equipment,” the NRC stated.

However, CNN affiliate KETV reported Wednesday that, as a precautionary move, the facility is keeping dozens of staff members onsite around the clock. The station reported that about 60 people are sleeping on cots at the plant and that the staffers are being rotated out every two days.

The NRC has sent more inspectors to Fort Calhoun where many areas of the plant are under two feet of water, according to the statement. [12]

So, this article confirms that the flood waters only need to rise less than two and a half feet (as more water has accumulated since the article was published earlier today) before the Cooper nuclear plant is also going to be under water (in addition to Fort Calhoun, which is already under water). Yet the news stories about the flood (such as that from KMTV Action 3) clearly state that the water levels are expected to rise at least another five feet! This confirms that no one at the NRC or OPPD is capable of doing even a simple math calculation with two single digit numbers, at least not when writing up any reports that will be quoted to the public.

Also, note that the Cooper nuclear plant is continuing to operate at full power even when it is so obviously under great threat! It is difficult to find sufficiently descriptive words for such incredible insanity. What extra warning signs are needed as to the emergency situation that will inevitably be developing (once the plant is under water within days or weeks, given the expected rise of water levels by “five feet or more”) before they will shut down the plant and take every possible measure to ensure that it is as safe as possible?!

In another article published today, June 23rd, titled “Why is there a Media Blackout on Nuclear Incident at Fort Calhoun in Nebraska?” there are some strong words of warning about the developing situation [emphasis added throughout]:

Since flooding began on June 6th, there has been a disturbingly low level of media attention given to the crisis at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Facility near Omaha, Nebraska. But evidence strongly suggests that something very serious has in fact happened there.

. . .

[Tom] Burnett states, “Ft. Calhoun is the designated spent fuel storage facility for the entire state of Nebraska … and maybe for more than one state. Calhoun stores its spent fuel in ground-level pools which are underwater anyway — but they are open at the top. When the Missouri river pours in there, it’s going to make Fukushima look like an X-Ray.”

. . .

One of the lessons we can learn for Japan’s tragic Fukushima disaster is that the government’s choice to impose a media blackout on information around the disaster may have already cost thousands of lives. Only time will tell the scope the disaster and how many victims it will claim. [13]

So, we will have to wait and see what happens (and what is revealed publicly, if anything) relative to these two now partially submerged nuclear power plants that are both experiencing “unusual events” (= “events that may well mark the beginning of even more nuclear catastrophe” — after a little Newspeak decoding).

The situation is certainly not looking good as of today. Prayer (or any similar invocation, if you are not inclined to prayer) for a wholly benign outcome to this extremely dangerous situation is definitely positive and useful. Also, helping to break the media silence by informing as many people as you can about these events is essential. If people do not get hip to the incredible dangers of all nuclear technology such that we are collectively able to make the only sane decision relative to nuclear power — the decision to bring a complete and permanent end to the “nuclear era” (and immediately!) — then planet Earth may soon be so utterly irradiated that it will be hostile to all life.

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Written by Savvy108

June 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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  1. The water-inflated berm (called an “Aquadam”) around the Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Nebraska collapsed Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. local time.

    That was supposed to be the big wall of defense.

    An NRC inspector was there at the time. The news release repeats the mantra “there is no danger”.

    Alex Smith
    Radio Ecoshock

    Alex Smith

    June 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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