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#1 Feb 8, 2013
Plenty of ice fishing going on in the CT River this winter. The setback in Vernon / Brattleboro is a busy fishing town both day and night.
#2 Mar 19, 2013
Fishin' hole or fission hole?
#3 Mar 21, 2013
2 years after tsunami, Fukushima fish have record levels of radiation
"You might want to keep skipping sushi from the Fukushima area. Power plant authorities in Japan have discovered a greenling fish near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station with a radiation level a whopping 7,400 times the limit considered safe for consumption. The record-breaking measurement makes a previous alarm about a fish with 2,500 times the limit seem almost edible. Two years after the tsunami and nuclear disaster at the plant, most fish from the region are still banned from market, but this isn't all that reassuring: Experts speculate radioactive water might be seeping into the ocean, since a bluefin tuna caught off the California coast in late February reportedly had radiation poisoning." [Source]http://rt.com/news/rad iation-fish-fukushima-japan-38 5/
#4 Mar 22, 2013
Radioactive dust reported in Tokyo after recent fog — Over 4,000 Bq/kg of cesium
‘Rat-like animal’ blamed for Fukushima blackout — Rodent able to endanger nuclear plant?
(our nukes can be f-ed up by a mere rat?)
Conan O'Brien proves media control/scripting of 'news' in one minute!
Insiders Report: Top 100 Illuminati Banksters Met for Satanic Child Sacrifice in Denver Colorado on June 20th 2012! http://www.project.nsearch.com/profiles/blogs...
#5 Mar 24, 2013
Yankee hearing leaves unanswered questions
By Susan Smallheer STAFF WRITER | September 17,2009
"Entergy Nuclear refused to say Wednesday how Cobalt 60, a radioactive byproduct of the nuclear fission process, ended up in the Connecticut River in 1997, an issue that surfaced earlier this week during a legislative hearing on radiation monitoring at the Vermont Yankee plant.
Robert Williams said Entergy was preparing a report on the issue for the Committee on Administrative Rules and said it would decline further comment.
Williams said Cobalt 60 had gotten into the storm drains at Vermont Yankee and had ended up in the Connecticut River as a result of a ventilation problem, but he declined to say how the Cobalt 60 got out of the plant itself.
The incident happened when the plant was owned by the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp., a consortium of New England utilities led by Central Vermont Public Service Corp. and Green Mountain Power.
The Department of Health is rewriting radiation monitoring regulations, which in turn are reviewed by the legislative panel. On Tuesday, the joint panel heard about the latest revisions, in which the Department of Health abandoned plans to loosen the regulations. Entergy Nuclear opposes the latest revision, saying it reduces the amount of radiation it can release by between 30 percent to 40 percent.
William Irwin, the radiological health chief for the Department of Health, said the presence of the Cobalt 60 first surfaced in state monitoring records in 1998. He said the most recent "raw" monitoring data showed that the Cobalt 60 in the Connecticut River had decayed and was now at 170 picocuries.
Irwin said he understood that a piece of equipment, which had been contaminated with radiation, had been put outside the plant where rain water had washed over it, with the water running into storm drains, and thus into the Connecticut River.
"The cause was identified, the cause was eliminated," said Irwin. He said that environmental sampling continues to monitor the radioactive discharge.
Irwin said the Cobalt 60 had ended up in the river sediment.
According to Arnold Gundersen, a nuclear engineer who is a member of the Legislature's Oversight Panel, the release of Cobalt 60 raised serious questions about the monitoring outside the plant, as well as a recent report by a state consultant that never mentioned the Cobalt 60 contamination.
"Cobalt 60 is a fission product that only comes from nuclear fission inside the fuel rod," Gundersen wrote in an e-mail. "The fuel rod would have had to be cracked, allowing the Cobalt 60 into the reactor coolant pipes. A steam or water line would have to be leaking to allow the Cobalt 60 to escape out of the pipes. The ventilation filters are the last line of defense to pick up whatever leaks out."
Williams denied that the Cobalt 60 was a result of faulty nuclear fuel.
Williams said storm drains that carried the Cobalt 60 were not considered underground piping, which is the focus of new scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
David McElwee, an Entergy engineer, told the legislative panel Tuesday that it was a result of rain washing off radiation from a roof on the turbine building, and getting into the storm drain. The ventilation problem was discovered in 1993, but there was no explanation about why the Cobalt 60 wasn't discovered until 1997.
According to Herald news reports in August 1997, monitoring picked up a "particularly hot" Cobalt 60 particle in the Connecticut River, near a storm-water drain.
The report quoted Williams in 1997 as saying the radioactivity was within federal reporting standards. He was also quoted as saying the 1997 report was not the first time Cobalt 60 had been found in that location."
#6 Mar 24, 2013
Scientist: Entergy denial of Strontium-90 releases is “galling”
by Olga Peters | August 11, 2011
"Entergy issued a statement last week saying state officials had “absolutely no evidence” that Strontium-90 found in nine fish in the Connecticut River came from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
While scientists agree that the origin of the radiation cannot be pinpointed, David Lochbaum, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Nuclear Safety Project, called the absolute denial “galling,” in light of Entergy’s own reported emissions of the radionuclide to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
“By its [Entergy’s] own admission, it [Vermont Yankee] is releasing strontium-90 into the environment” and therefore cannot rule itself out of the fish equation, Lochbaum said.
According to the company’s 2010 Radioactive Effluent Release Report for Vermont Yankee filed annually with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the plant released 31,800 picocuries of Sr-90 (at ground level not through the exhaust stack) in the first quarter.
The NRC requires all plant owners to file annual effluent release reports, said Lochbaum. The releases can go into the water, into the air, and shipped offsite as solid materials.
Lochbaum said that the Sr-90 released by Vermont Yankee in 2010 fell within federal limits.
But, he said,“For Entergy to omit this known release path and to only mention the monitoring wells is deceitful.”
“They are only telling part of the truth, and by doing so are telling a lie,” Lochbaum said.“Their statement on this matter is a shameless distortion of the facts. It would be unacceptable as an isolated case. Since it’s part of a long pattern of shameless distortions, it’s pathological — the company seems incapable of telling the truth.”
Strontium, in addition to the radioactive forms, occurs naturally in the environment as a non-radioactive element, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency’s fact sheet calls Strontium-90 a “bone seeker” because the isotope mimics calcium and can lodge in the bones and marrow.
Side effects of Strontium-90 exposure include leukemia." ...
#7 Mar 28, 2013
Nearly half of the nuclear fuel used in the United States comes in part from the Mayak reprocessing facility under the Megatons to Megawatts program. It continues to radioactively pollute the Techa river valley.
Deadly Secret - Russia
#8 Mar 29, 2013
It's a shame that the contract is set to expire at the end of 2013.
I see your meds still aren't working...
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