WIPP plutonium release next Monday, Oct. 20. Restart of contaminated fan.

This is from Myla Reson on Facebook. There was a town hall meeting in Carlsbad yesterday.

“residual contamination may be released”.

see slide “12”:
http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/Presentations/Town_Hall_Slides_10_16_14.pdf

I’d like to know who authorized the possible release of plutonium and americium that may occur when fan 860A is restarted?

According to the DOE document, “Precautions are being taken to ensure protection of workers and the 
environment”. Why don’t they simply replace the fan?

Time to get your Geiger counters out, and make sure your air filtration units are operating next week. Wish I could do a HYSPLIT prediction of the wind currents, but I can’t now.

17 thoughts on “WIPP plutonium release next Monday, Oct. 20. Restart of contaminated fan.

  1. No one will take responsibility for any of it .. they do what they want as long as there is lotsa profit in it .. to hell with life on Planet Earth .. but hey WTF? Fukushima has been spewing radiation since 3/11/11 so who cares if we get more contamination in Rural New Mexico? Hopefully Rep. Steve Pearce – from Hobbs .. who is real busy advocating more fracking .. they should be forced to live with their family right next to the WIPP 🙁

    • Dave, not sure. The winds are light, so they spread out more. It looked like it was mainly moving north.

      NETC is based on EPA… to that extent, EPA doesn’t pick up gamma reading less than 100 kev. Americium is at 59.5 kev.

      There is a gamut of radionuclides other than americium and plutonium in the waste, at much smaller quantities. The most prominent is cesium.

      If any of it can be picked by Geigers at all, it is a huge big deal. The quantities of this that can cause major toxic exposure are infinitesimal.

      • Wouldn’t at least some semiconducting transistors or diodes have the required bandwidth for pulse-audio recording spectroscopy? It is a low-voltage detection, unlike Geiger-Mueller tubes. One simply needs some kind of USB powered pre-amp, if i have that correct.

        There should be enough common components in various electronic junk for a yard-person to gather needed components. Sadly, Radio Shack missed the boat, so-to-speak, although there are many other distributors for new electronic components, whatever preference.

        Wouldn’t construction of some kind of “wave guide” contraption like on some space telescopes, be possible to enhance detection?

        If governance won’t take responsibility for monitoring, citizens must jealously take responsibility from them.

        Thank you. (down for maintenance)

          • I was thinking of three or more cheap semiconductor “detectors” to graph multiple frequency ranges, including x-ray, simultaneously.
            Even a +/- 10% accuracy would have some utility, though greater accuracies are certainly possible.

            If only 1/1,000,000th of people in the USA had “one”, that would be 300 places gathering detailed data, would it not?
            Help screw J Cullin & his Dr.WHOi buddies! Don’t let them gain a foothold, let him be drowned in a sea of democratized independent participants.

  2. Tuesday evening, workers at WIPP successfully restarted the 860A fan that is part of the mine ventilation and filtration system currently operating at the site. The 860A fan was started on February 14, 2014, when continuous air monitors (CAM) in the WIPP underground facility detected elevated levels of radioactive contamination and shifted the underground ventilation system into filtration mode, forcing all air exiting the facility through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The WIPP underground facility has remained in filtration mode since the event occurred.

    http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/recovery.html

  3. Simply Info had some things to say lately, that seem to have been overlooked.

    Am hoping spraying watered down syrup on air filter media would aid in collecting a significantly greater percentage of particulate smaller than media rating otherwise would be. It is so sombre to know that this will hit my family spurring gatherings etc., and hopefully migration (but to where?) over the coming months. If the sand on the ocean shore dances like micro-mexican jumping beans, it’s too damn late.

    Saw my first pink sky at morning.
    WTF does a sailor do then? Take warning of your shipmates? :/

    • I previously forgot the link to Simply Info:

      “WIPP Update” … “October 23rd, 2014”
      Quote: “One additional barrel from the same at risk waste stream is located in Panel 6. Panel 6 is not sealed. WIPP is not taking any immediate action to isolate this barrel or close the room immediately. This leaves the entire underground at potential risk if this remaining barrel were to have a release event.”

      “WIPP plans to use sealing agents to spray on contaminated salt walls and floors as a fixative to contain some of the widespread contamination in the mine. This will be done rather than stripping the surfaces.”
      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=13931

      That plan sounds like pfaff.

      “WIPP Recovery Plan Overview & Comments”
      Quote: “… Impinged on the mine walls and caused flaking of salt”
      … “Soot was deposited on the mine’s walls, shafts, and underground equipment, including the waste hoist tower which is used to transport TRU waste containers to the underground for disposal”
      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=13959

      Primer, anyone? Not just any brand of primer though, it has to withstand degredation & strongly bond with soot & hopefully what is underneath that is not still flaking off or otherwise spallating off.

      It’s another pfaff puff toxic release by TPTB. (thereby not the fault of SimplyInfo)

  4. Title: “Worker Sues WIPP Nuclear Site For Negligence In Fire, Facility Operation”

    Quote: “The first worker from WIPP has filed a lawsuit claiming widespread negligence at WIPP by the Department of Energy and the network of contractors that operate the facility.

    Among the things listed as negligence in the lawsuit:

    – Lack of maintenance to the vehicle that started on fire in the underground due to a build up of flammable materials
    – Onboard fire suppression system on the vehicle failed to work
    – The portable fire extinguisher on the truck was never used
    – The truck was designed to use non flammable hydraulic fluid but flammable fluid was used in the vehicle
    – A 300 pound fire suppression system was unable to get to the location of the fire
    – The contractors didn’t use a rescue truck after the fire started
    – The truck operator was inadequately trained to put out a potential fire on the equipment
    – The truck had known leaks but was still in operation without repairs
    – The automatic fire suppression system for the truck had been removed from the truck
    – Trucks had previous catalytic converter fires but nothing was done to prevent future fires
    – The emergency PA system could not be heard
    – Evacuation alarms were sounded for less than 5 seconds
    – Not all of the phones in the mine worked
    – Evacuation strobe lights were turned on late, provided insufficient visibility and some failed to work
    – Reflectors intended to guide workers out of the mine in an emergency were not visible as many had equipment or structures placed in front of them
    – WIPP contractors switched the mine ventilation system over to the HEPA filter bank during the fire. This was against documented procedures.
    – Ventilation control and egress routes were chained open or closed by the contractor
    – The emergency breathing devices were ineffective or not maintained
    – The emergency breathing devices were not located where workers could find them in an emergency
    – Workers were not properly trained in the use of the emergency breathing devices or where they were located”

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14020

    • Quote: … “Trucks had previous catalytic converter fires but nothing was done to prevent future fires” … ?

      Catalytic converters can glow a bright orange if fouled.
      Usually fouling occurs when excessive unburned hydrocarbons build up in a cat, if i remember correctly.
      The solution is to replace the catalytic converter. Maybe they just cut it off & ran it with open exhaust, as that’s the cheapest way to go. What could go wrong? 😐

    • I’m looking for the missing link between the truck fire and the subsequent plutonium release 9 days later at WIPP.

      The experiments that were being done there might have something to do with it.

      • smouldering tire fire. possibly conductive soot on ceiling walls … electrical difficulties during/after fire?
        HEPA engaged during fire. nobody seems to know how to operate that, it would seem.
        What happens when you coat salt with soot from something like a tire/platic fire?
        What happened to coolant of said truck on salt surface (presumably – cheaper) with a ceiling covered in possibly conductive soot?
        Maybe coolant mixed with whatever battery contents were. Did they use proper rated replacement batteries, or lead-acid equivalents???

        How far away were the barrel & truck physically?
        And what changes when the next barrel is finally discovered either by detection, or unhappy surprise?

  5. Radiation levels spike 7,000% at US nuclear site — AP: “Workers took shelter inside buildings” — Officials: It was less than we anticipated; Contaminated sample so safe “it could have been… put in someone’s lunch bucket” (VIDEO)

    AP, Nov. 6, 2014 (emphasis added): A pair of air samplers at [New Mexico’s WIPP] nuclear waste repository detected low levels of radioactive contamination after workers restarted one of the fans… As a precaution, workers took shelter inside buildings before restarting the fan…

    Carlsbad Current Argus, Nov. 10, 2014: [At WIPP] a new small, but measurable amount of radiation was detected, due to some work on the underground fan… [Tim Runyon, of WIPP Recovery Communications said] officials were expecting a small radiation leak to happen…

    U.S. Dept. of Energy — WIPP Air Sampling Results for Station B (pdf), Nov. 6, 2014:

    “Station B [results] represent the amount of radioactivity… released into the atmosphere.” -Source
    10/21/2014 7:40 AM to 10/22/2014 7:50 AM — Alpha emitters (see chart): 72 dpm
    In the months before this spike, average test result for alpha emitters were below 1 dpm
    Test results for alpha emitters at Station B have not been this high since the first week of the Feb. 14 WIPP disaster

    http://enenews.com/radiation-levels-spike-7000-nuclear-site-ap-workers-shelter-inside-buildings-officials-actually-anticipated-contaminated-sample-safe-could-put-someones-lunch-bucket-audio-video

  6. CEMRC releases final summary report on WIPP

    The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) has posted its final summary report regarding the February 14 radiological event that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University that provides independent monitoring of the WIPP facility. Following the radiological release that occurred at WIPP, CEMRC increased its monitoring activities – both at the WIPP site and in the surrounding area. This included accelerated analyses of WIPP exhaust and ambient air samples, as well as environmental samples.

    http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/recovery.html

    http://www.cemrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-CEMRC-WIPP-Rad-Release-Event-Rpt.pdf

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