Robert Walton Wrote: Reports: Nuclear firm Westinghouse Electric to file for bankruptcy next week

Death Blow for US Nuclear Construction: Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy
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Reports: Nuclear firm Westinghouse Electric to file for bankruptcy next week
By Robert Walton • March 24, 2017
Dive Brief:

Toshiba informed its main lenders today it is planning for Westinghouse Electric Co., the nuclear engineering firm overseeing construction of new generating facilities in Georgia and South Carolina, to file for bankruptcy on March 31, according to sources briefed on the matter, Reuters reports.
Reuters also reports exclusively on preparations utilities are making for the potential bankruptcy of Westinghouse.
Toshiba acquired a majority stake in Westinghouse in 2006, but last month was forced to write down $6 billion at the company due to difficulties with its projects. The company is managing construction of new nuclear generation at the Vogtle plant in Georgia and V.C. Summer in South Carolina.
Dive Insight:

Utilities and other parties are gearing up to deal with the ensuing fallout if Westinghouse files for bankruptcy. According to Reuters, utility clients of Westinghouse have hired advisers in preparation for what could be a protracted financial untangling. Toshiba has reportedly hired a consultancy and law firm to help prepare for anticipated bankruptcy claims.

Both the Vogtle and VC Summer plants are years behind schedule and costs are mounting. While development of those plants will likely continue, there are rumblings that if Westinghouse goes under, it will likely spell the end of new nuclear development for the time being.

MIT Technology Review believes a Westinghouse bankruptcy means an end to new nuclear construction in the United States. The news outlet also reports analysts doubt Toshiba will find a buyer for its stake in Westinghouse, nor any construction partners willing to forge ahead with the nuclear plants it planned to build.

In a recent financial presentation, Toshiba said that it intends to “reduce risk at eight plants currently in progress by thoroughly implementing comprehensive cost reduction measures.” Earlier this year, the company indicated regrets over purchasing Westinghouse.

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9/13 (SUN) – Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri urges lone wolf attacks in the West, Germany reinstitutes strict border controls due to migrant crisis. 500+ p/h arriving in Austria.

9/13 (SUN)- Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issues direct threat, saying should any war break out, America will emerge humiliated.https://youtu.be/QjmDV8kagV8

9/15 (TUE)- Overnight: N Korea makes new nuclear threat to US as country restarts uranium enrichment efforts and prepares to loft satellites (viewed as ICBM test).

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On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding new threats made to the country by a terrorist organization and two foreign nations.

On Sunday, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of new calls for lone wolf attacks in the West by al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahiri stated the following:

“I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America.”

Zawahiri suggest that Muslim youth in the West take the Tsarnaev brothers, who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, as examples to follow. Zawahiri also reiterated his position on the Islamic State, indicating he viewed the group’s claim to be a caliphate as illegitimate, but would join them in fighting Western and secular forces in Iraq and Syria.

IRAN THREATENS ON EVE OF SANCTIONS BEING LIFTED

Also on Sunday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a new propaganda video message issued by the government of Iran within which the nation’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warns that if the US should start a war with Iran, America will be “humiliated.” Khamenei made the threats in a nearly 2-minute video posted to his Twitter account.

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Khamenei’s video was released just days before Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal until the release of US prisoners. Just last week Khamenei tweeted an image of someone stepping on an Israeli flag, along with the comment that the Jewish state won’t exist in 25 years.

We caution’s readers that there is severe danger associated with this nuclear deal and the Obama Administration knows it. When you peel back the layers of lies, political BS and circletalk, the facts are these:

Israeli Attack Almost Assured

The deal does little to slow Iran’s weapons program (the Obama Administration knows this) and thus, there is a high probability of Israel proactively targeting key facilities in order to assure the country does not develop deployable nuclear weapons. And lest we forget, Israel has previously shown a willingness to do so, having attacked such facilities in Iraq in 1981 and more recently, in Syria in 2007.

The difficulty this time around is that such an attack would lead to a much wider conflict, including likely retaliation against other Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia, particularly as they have offered use of their airspace in any attack, andBahrain (HQ of the U.S. 5th fleet). Further, Iran has previously threatened on multiple occasions that if they come under attack, U.S. citizens and interests throughout the region, and globally, would be targeted. Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East. (Israel has more capable ballistic missiles, but fewer in number and type.).

Don’t Forget Iran’s Motivation

Finally, we would like to point out a fact that never enters into the mainstream media or Obama Administration discourse on this topic, and that is Iran’s motivation. As their formal name states, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a Muslim nation, and like all Muslims, despite the different sects, they are unified on several key issues:

ONE is the destruction of the Jewish state, the killing of Jews, as well as the elimination or subjection of all unbelievers. These are deeply held religious beliefs based on source documents of early Islam, including the Quran and the Hadith (Read the passages yourself with the free reports below).

TWO, is the desire to hasten the arrival of the Mahdi, the Muslim savior, or what ALL Muslims refer to as “The Awaited One”. To think that statesman-like summits in posh Swiss hotels will sway them from their beliefs is about as likely as getting true Christians to accept abortion and the gay agenda. It ain’t gonna happen. And herein lies the danger. Iranian hatred of Israel is not rooted in diplomatic, territorial or trade disputes. It is a hatred based on core religious beliefs.

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With the approach of the 70th anniversary of the founding of N. Korea’s ruling party (Oct 10), concern is growing that plans are in the works for either an ICBM launch or another nuclear test. Both the U.S. and China have threatened a firm response to either move, both of which are viewed as highly provocative.

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AMERICAS

Senators: ISIS fighters posing as migrants could slip into US
Fewer recruits citing 9/11 as reason for joining U.S. military
Go ‘nuclear’ to stop Obama’s Iran deal, urge 57 House Republicans in letter
A List Of The Last 115 Detainees Who Are Still At Guantánamo
Bowe Bergdahl’s Commanders Detail Their Frantic, Dangerous Search
US, Cuba to resume regular mail, flights

EUROPE

Merkel’s spokesman: ‘Closing borders to migrants not sustainable’
Countries in southeast Europe try to block refugees from entering
In EU, asylum applicants jump to 213,000 in three months
Croatia says it can take no more migrants
Bulgaria deploying up to 1,000 troops at Turkish border
Finnish PM says refugee inflow through Sweden is growing
Norway says may impose border controls if asylum inflows surge

MIDDLE EAST

Russia fighter jets now seen at Syrian airfield: U.S. officials
Russia Moves Its First Tactical Fighter Jets to Base in Syria
Why Putin Is Backing Assad in Syria
One million Yemeni fighters prepare to invade Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia warns against Haj unrest
John Kerry names lead US coordinator to implement Iran nuclear agreement

ASIA

Japan’s parliament approves controversial security bill
China ‘extremely concerned’ by proposed U.S. challenge to claims
Can American Compete With China’s Great Military Leap Forward?
Obama Blocks Navy from Sailing Near Disputed Chinese Islands
North Korea confirms new and improved nuclear weapons in the works


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Nuclear Headlines, November 2014 to now

Headlines from ENENews During Last 6 months:

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News by Region:

Japan (Fukushima)

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Official back from Fukushima: Invisible blanket of death covers everything… it…

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Fukushima Worker: They’re covering up how much contamination is flowing into oce…

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Officials have “admitted failure” at Fukushima plant — Giving up on attempts “t…

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Powerful quake rocks Japan, 6- out of 7 on intensity scale — Officials warn of …
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US/Canada

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‘Worst Case Scenario’ has happened at US nuclear site — Robert Redford film pre…

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http://enenews.com/79334

New data shows babies missing brains at 2,500% national rate in county by nuclea…

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http://enenews.com/radioactive-vegetation-south-florida-1000-above-nrc-reporting-level-due-fukushima-fallout

Fukushima fallout on vegetation in South Florida exceeded gov’t notification lim…

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http://enenews.com/cdc-official-public-health-emergency

CDC Official: “Public health emergency in the US” from Fukushima radioactive mat…

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World

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NYTimes: “Enormous orange flash” seen around suspected nuclear site as mysteriou…

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Former Top IAEA Official: Actually, Fukushima “is a catastrophe for every citize…

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Experts: Fukushima ‘globally enhanced’ cesium-137 levels in air by 2 to 3 orders…

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HEADLINES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2014 AND FORWARD
Latest Headlines:

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Official back from Fukushima: Invisible blanket of death covers everything… it’s a nightmare — LA Times: Parents suspect heart defects related to Fukushima — Former WHO expert blasts U.N. Fukushima report, warns of cancer spike (VIDEO)

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03:35 PM EST on December 1st, 2014
‘Worst Case Scenario’ has happened at US nuclear site — Robert Redford film predicted 2014 WIPP disaster: Plutonium release due to chemical reaction in burst nuclear drum is ultimate catastrophe… Most significant issue is combustible waste exposed to high heat, everyone understands that (VIDEO)

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http://enenews.com/79334

04:58 PM EST on November 30th, 2014
New data shows babies missing brains at 2,500% national rate in county by nuclear site — Mother: Officials “shut me down the minute I mentioned Hanford!… WE NEED ANSWERS!” — Experts: No birth defect is more extreme; It’s the most significant impact of radiation on developing embryos (AUDIO)

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06:50 PM EST on November 27th, 2014
Fukushima Worker: They’re covering up how much contamination is flowing into ocean — Scientist: We are measuring higher radiation levels off Japan — Plume near California already exceeds expectations, and will keep rising for years to come — TV: “Cleanup can’t be done… They lied from the start, Tepco is a den of inequity” (VIDEOS)

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http://enenews.com/radioactive-vegetation-south-florida-1000-above-nrc-reporting-level-due-fukushima-fallout

08:39 AM EST on November 27th, 2014
Fukushima fallout on vegetation in South Florida exceeded gov’t notification limit by over 1,000% — Nearly triple the highest level reported anywhere on West Coast

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http://enenews.com/cdc-official-public-health-emergency

10:14 PM EST on November 26th, 2014
CDC Official: “Public health emergency in the US” from Fukushima radioactive material — Gov’t wanted to quarantine people contaminated with radiation, but had no authority — Emergency Operations Center activated for first time ever due to nuclear incident

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12:11 PM EST on November 25th, 2014
CBS: Now 2 US sailors dead after Fukushima radiation exposure — Doctor: Officials have to re-look at this entire situation — Reporter who served on USS Reagan: “We were done so wrong… Critical health risk to all of us onboard… People are not realizing how serious the issue is” (VIDEO)

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02:44 PM EST on November 24th, 2014
‘Special Alert’ issued for major dam upstream of US nuclear plants — Muddy seepage coming up near foundation — Cause of sinkhole and ‘mysterious’ discharges unknown after weeks of analysis — Newspaper: “Hopefully, it isn’t catastrophic” — Officials working around clock, submarines and ground-penetrating radar in use (VIDEO)

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01:35 PM EST on November 23rd, 2014
Officials have “admitted failure” at Fukushima plant — Giving up on attempts “to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into ocean” — Regulator asks “What was all the trouble over the past months for?” — Gov’t experts worried cement barrier is going to crack (VIDEO)

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02:17 AM EST on November 23rd, 2014
Powerful quake rocks Japan, 6- out of 7 on intensity scale — Officials warn of strong aftershocks, around 50 so far — Helicopters find “more extensive damage than earlier thought” — Major roads collapsed, buildings flattened — Witnesses: “Strongest ever felt… Shaking was enormous” (VIDEOS)

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03:05 PM EST on November 21st, 2014
TV: US nuclear workers’ brains eaten away, hallucinating, mental capacity of preschooler — Wife films frightened, trembling husband on deathbed — It’s indescribable what they’ve done and they don’t care — They want you to die — Gov’t Experts: It’s allergies from cats or feathers… or B-12 deficiency — Doctor: Quit helping workers get help (VIDEO)

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08:45 PM EST on November 20th, 2014
Twice as much Fukushima radiation near California coast than originally reported; Highest levels found anywhere in Eastern Pacific — Scientist: Very little we can do… It’s unprecedented… God forbid anything else happens — Gundersen: Multiple plumes now along west coast… Will be coming “for century or more” (AUDIO)

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12:15 PM EST on November 19th, 2014
TV: “Barrier is not holding” at Fukushima plant — All efforts have failed to stop very high levels of radioactive materials flowing into ocean — Officials: More water’s coming in than we were pumping out — Workers now trying to prevent overflow (VIDEO)

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12:59 PM EST on November 18th, 2014
West Coast Scientists: Many animals on sea floor looking sick or dead — “Everything’s dying… Dead, dead, dead, and dead” — Experts investigate what’s killing sea urchins and cucumbers in Pacific Northwest — “Seeing things never previously observed” (PHOTOS)

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06:58 AM EST on November 18th, 2014
Experts: Seemingly benign virus on West Coast causing “ecological upheaval the likes of which we’ve never seen” — Very peculiar, different from all known viruses — Mutations could be helping it spread — Something may have recently caused it to go rogue… we’ve never seen anything like this — Why now, what changed to allow outbreak? (VIDEO)

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02:36 PM EST on November 17th, 2014
“Patented explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at US nuclear facility — TV: So volatile, experts comparing it to ‘bomb’ — Official: I’m appalled we weren’t told about real and present danger — Over 5,000 drums a threat — Invisible reactions may have already occurred (VIDEO)

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10:40 AM EST on November 17th, 2014
US Gov’t: Uranium plant leak “warranted emergency classification of ALERT” — Worker: “Video shows release was out of control… Smoke billowing… They refused to warn community” — TV: “I’ve lived here 30 years and never seen anything like it… I was shocked” — “It’s ridiculous… it’s not contained, everybody watched it” (VIDEOS)

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http://enenews.com/nuclear-professor-fukushima-really-major-event-washington-radioactive-aerosols-100000-times-above-normal-thought-wow-bigger-accident-hearing-audio
12:45 PM EST on November 16th, 2014
US Nuclear Professor: Fukushima “a really major event here”, Washington had radioactive aerosols 100,000 times normal; “Far more bigger accident than we’re hearing” — Model shows West Coast completely blacked out due to particles covering area — Gundersen: Lung cancers to start increasing in Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)

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http://enenews.com/massive-radiation-spike-fukushima-40000-increase-month-below-ground-between-units-1-2-order-magnitude-higher-previous-records
11:04 PM EST on November 14th, 2014
Massive radiation spike at Fukushima: 40,000% increase below ground between Units 1 & 2 this month — Order of magnitude above record high set last year

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11:46 AM EST on November 14th, 2014
TV: Attempt to stop flow of highly radioactive liquid at Fukushima “in doubt” — AP: Much of it is pouring in trenches going out into Pacific — Experts: Amount entering ocean “increasing by 400 tons daily” — Problem “so severe” it’s consuming nearly all workers at site — Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism” (VIDEO)

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08:36 PM EST on November 13th, 2014
Fukushima Student: “It seems like we are about to get killed” — “Anyone, please, please save the lives of Fukushima people and children… Gov’t abandoned us… Japan is clearly going insane… Nothing has gotten better” (VIDEO)

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http://enenews.com/japanese-medical-experts-threatened-bad-radioactive-illnesses-really
11:52 PM EST on November 12th, 2014
Japanese doctors threatened for revealing data on how bad Fukushima-related illnesses really are — Gundersen: We had pregnant sisters in Tokyo deliver two dead babies and one with deformities that’s alive; Gov’t refuses to disclose miscarriages or stillbirths around Fukushima (AUDIO)

It’s Time for People to Demand Information About Our Own Nuclear Disaster! We Cannot Allow a Cover-Up!

Top Official: “Really concerned” over radiation release at US nuclear site; Feds “have put a noose around scientific personnel”… they refuse to reveal crucial information about WIPP disaster — Investigators becoming suspicious — Nuclear Expert: “It sure seems like there’s a cover-up” (AUDIO)

 
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The Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept 6, 2014: Flynn accuses feds of blocking WIPP probe — New Mexico’s top environmental regulator lashed out at the U.S. Department of Energy this week, accusing it of impeding the state’s investigation into [the WIPP] radiation leak… Secretary Ryan Flynn warned [about] Energy Department roadblocks that have protracted the probe… Increasingly in recent weeks, the federal Energy Department has thwarted attempts by the state… Flynn accused the Energy Department of muzzling scientists with crucial information about the waste…. [They] asked for documentation supporting the scientists’ observations [but] the Energy Department has repeatedly refused… his frustration with the Energy Department grew as its denials… became more frequent… The Energy Department’s refusal to provide information raised suspicions among Flynn’s investigators…

New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn, Sept 6, 2014: “The problem is that Department of Energy headquarters back in Washington, D.C., is looking at this situation through a political or (public relations) lens, so they’ve put a noose around the scientific personnel who can answer our questions… there’s a willingness (by LANL personnel) to provide information [but] someone back at headquarters decides that no, they’re not going to provide that information to the state… it happens repeatedly, that’s when you start to get really concerned… they don’t provide certain information [or] make staff available… The more we investigate, the more we’re discovering at Los Alamos… the Department of Energy headquarters refuses to provide certain information.”

Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group, Sept 6, 2014: “[Not sharing this information] could be a danger signal for workers and the public. Mislabeling drums and withholding information can be criminal.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept 3, 2014: Review, relabeling of LANL waste raises questions about scope of problem… [Los Alamos National Laboratory’s] review of the incident has led to uncertainty over the volatility of hundreds of other drums… The lab notified state environment officials late last month that it was re-evaluating and relabeling as “ignitable” or “corrosive” the contents of 86 drums at LANL… The Department of Energy also is reviewing and relabeling more than 300… stored in WIPP’s underground… [This] raises questions about the scope of the problem that led to the leak at WIPP.

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer, Aug 28, 2014 (at 22:15 in): “It sure seems like that there’s a combination of a cover-up, and a combination of slip-shot record keeping. Now there’s talk of whether they ditched those records after the fact or before the fact, but those records are nonexistent. One would expect really good records as to what is being stored, where it’s being stored, when it was put away, when it was stored, all that – every bit of information that one would expect to have in a nuclear storage facility and these are missing, there’s a lot of information.

Full interview with Harris here

 
Published: September 6th, 2014 at 5:16 pm ET
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Harvey Wasserman “Diablo Must Go” On EcoWatch

Shut California’s Fukushima: Diablo Must Go

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hwassermanThe catastrophe at Fukushima was not an accident. It’s unfolding again in California.

The next west coast quake could easily shake the two reactors at Diablo Canyon to rubble.

They are riddled with defects, can’t withstand potential seismic shocks from five major nearby fault lines, violate state water quality laws and are vulnerable to tsunamis and fire.

Diablo’s owner, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), is in deep legal and financial crisis.

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A 42-page report from NRC inspector Dr. Michael Peck says new fault line discoveries challenge Diablo’s “presumption of nuclear safety.”

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has just proposed that PG&E be fined $1.4 billion for a 2010 gas explosion and fire that killed eight people and obliterated a neighborhood in San Bruno. The federal government has announced 28 indictments, meaning the CPUC fine may just be the tip of a very expensive iceberg for PG&E. The San Bruno disaster was caused by pipeline defects about which PG&E had been warned for years, but failed to correct. The fines cover 3,798 separate violations of laws and regulations, both state and federal. PG&E was previously fined $38 million for a 2008 pipeline explosion in Rancho Cordova.

Similar defects remain uncorrected at Diablo Canyon, whose radioactive cloud could span the continental U.S. in four days. Mass citizen action recently shut two coastal reactors at San Onofre. It must do the same at Diablo before the next quake hits.

Ironically, as America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) allows Diablo to operate, all 54 reactors in Japan remain shut. Its Nuclear Regulatory Authority has just ordered the Tsuruga reactor to be scrapped because of its vulnerability to earthquakes. Two more elderly reactors at Mihama may also be terminated before year’s end.

At Fukushima, Tokyo Electric Power now admits that far more radiation is spewing into the Pacific than previously admitted. Thethyroid cancer death rate among children in the area is 40 times normal. So is the still-rising childhood thyroid abnormality rate, a terrifying re-run of downwind Chernobyl.

Tepco has begun paying compensation to local suicide victims, including the widower of a woman who doused herself with kerosene before burning herself alive.

All of it predictable.

For decades Japanese citizens warned Tepco not to build reactors in an earthquake/tsunami zone. The company repeatedly ignored safety warnings and tolerated known defects that worsened the disaster.

Diablo Canyon’s twin reactors sit eight miles west of San Luis Obispo, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, surrounded by earthquake faults.

The Hosgri, three miles offshore, was found as the reactors were being built. Design specifications were never fully altered to account for it. Nor have they been upgraded for the newly-found Los Osos, San Luis Bay and Shoreline faults.  The Shoreline lies just 650 yard from Diablo’s cores.

The massive San Andreas fault is just 45 miles away, about half as far as was the March 11, 2011, Richter-9.0 epicenter from Fukushima.

A shock that size from any of the fault lines near Diablo could reduce it to a seething pile of radioactive hell, far deadlier than Fukushima. Prevailing winds could blanket virtually all of North America with its deadly fallout.

The nuclear industry would immediately deny all health impacts. It would blame “unpredictable” God and nature.

But a 42-page report from NRC inspector Dr. Michael Peck says new fault line discoveries challenge Diablo’s “presumption of nuclear safety.”

Buried by the NRC for at least a year, it was released by Friends of the Earth and reported on by the Associated Press and the great enviro-journalist Karl Grossman, as well as by the Nuclear Information & Resource Service and Beyond Nuclear.

Peck has a doctorate in nuclear engineering and was Diablo’s chief on-site inspector for five years. He’s now a senior instructor at the NRC’s Technical Training Center in Tennessee. His status as a current NRC employee makes such a critical report highly unusual—and alarming.

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen has warned about sea-level intake pipes like those at Diablo. When the tsunami struck Fukushima, he writes, “The cooling equipment along the shoreline was turned into a scrap yard of twisted metal.”

Then there is fire.

Diablo Canyon, writes David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists, “has never, ever complied with fire safety regulations, not even for a second by mistake.”

“The one-two punch of earthquake/tsunami caused Fukushima,” Lochbaum wrote in an email to me.

“A one-two punch of earthquake/fire could cause Diablo Canyon.”

But, says Lochbaum, “It can’t be an accident. Not when the company and its alleged regulator both know that the plant does not met earthquake and fire safety regulations.

“That cannot cause an accident. Criminal negligence perhaps. At least malicious mayhem. But not an accident.”

More than 10,000 people were arrested trying to stop Diablo in the 1970s and ‘80s. During the delays they caused, PG&E found major errors in reading key blueprints involving some of Diablo’s most critical equipment.

Damage is still being tallied from California’s Aug. 25 Napa Valley quake. The 1994 Northridge quake killed 57 people, injured roughly 5,000. The Loma Prieta quake during the 1989 World Series killed 63 people, injured more than 3,700. The infamous 1906 San Francisco quake leveled the city and killed thousands.

New shocks at Diablo Canyon could dwarf all those numbers—and Fukushima’s.

Tens of millions of Americans would be irradiated.  Our continent’s eco-systems would be poisoned.  Our nation’s economy would be gutted.

But as at San Bruno, there would be no excuses.

Harvey Wasserman wrote SOLARTOPIA!  OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH and editswww.nukefree.org.  He was arrested at Diablo Canyon in 1984, and is likely to be back soon. Listen to Wasserman’s recent radio discussion of Diablo with David Lochbaum and Rochelle Becker.

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VIDEO: Wreckage crashes into nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima Unit 3 — Officials not reporting if damaged, but “will continue monitoring regularly” — Cooling in pool interrupted

 
Published: September 2nd, 2014 at 8:25 am ET
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TEPCO: The Console of the Fuel Handling Machine dropped during debris removal operation of Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool, Sept 1, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • Accident situation: During debris removal operation from spent fuel pool, to rise the console of the fuel handling machine, the crane tried to grasp the console with its fork, but the console dropped around the middle of east side of the pool… It dropped between debris in the pool and curing material on the upper part of fuel rack… there were 2 fuels under dropped debris.
  • Time… 12:45p: Failed to grasp the console of fuel handling machine and dropped it; 2:37p: Resumed coolingthe spent fuel pool
  • Confirmed situation and future schedule– After console dropped, parameters concerned were confirmed to be normal. (1) monitoring post : no significant change; (2) atmosphere dose of operation floor of reactor building: no significant change (3.2mSv/h); (3) water level of spent fuel pool : no significant change; (4) water level of skimmer surge tank : no significant change (confirmed after restart of cooling spent fuel pool); (5) dust monitor of operation floor of reactor building: below the detection limit (1.0×10-5Bq/cm3)
  • TEPCO will continue monitoring regularly ((1) to (4) above) until it is confirmed that the fuel rack etc. are not damaged.
  • Schedule – August 29: analyzing concentration of radioactive materials of spent fuel pool; August 30:Using underwater camera, TEPCO will confirm that fuel rack and two fuels are not damaged.

See also: Accident in Reactor 3 fuel pool at Fukushima — Large piece of wreckage falls nearby spent uranium rods — M5 quake hits plant soon after — Official: “Unable to say” whether any are damaged (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Watch underwater video of the impact here

 
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Expert: No one in world has ever dealt with something like WIPP disaster — Continuous release of radioactive material ’24/7′ to environment — Nobody knows when leaking will end — It’s a ‘major failure’ for so many people to be exposed — Gov’t yet to say if dump will open again (AUDIO)

 
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AP, Apr 4, 2014: Workers are prepared to encounter contamination [&] will try to figure out what caused [WIPP’s] mysterious leak [of radiation that] contaminated 21 workers […] [No one’s been] underground […] to find the source of the leak and determine if [the fire & radiation] are related.

Nuclear Hotseat #145, with host Libbe HaLevy, M.A., Apr. 1, 2014:

  • 5:15 in — Don Hancock, director of the Nuclear Waste Safety program and administrator at Southwest Research and Information Center: Data from what’s being captured […] and what comes out of the filters, is that there have been continuing releases 24/7 […] There still is contamination coming out of the underground […] Numbers move around, but there’s always some amount of radioactivity in the underground air and lesser amounts being vented to the environment. Why it happened, why it was released, how much was really released, how much contamination there is in the underground, how long the releases continue, whether there could be further releases given that we don’t know what the situation is […] All of those of things are unknowns.
  • 7:30 in — Hancock: It’s not credible to think that 21 workers breathed in contamination and the only place that there is contamination is on the workers. There clearly has to have been soil contamination. DOE’s own modeling is that there’s extensive soil contamination around the site. So there is a lot more soil sampling that needs to be done. […] This is one of the many things that we don’t know -– How much came out, and where it is now?
  • 8:30 in – Hancock: 40+ workers [still] waiting for results […] certainly is possible there will be more than 21 […] This is totally unacceptable […] There’s no reason that other workers should have come in and been contaminated, so it’s a major failure […] There was never supposed to be this radiation release at all for 10,000 years.
  • 11:45 in — Hancock: The DOE itself hasn’t said when, or if, WIPP will reopen. The fact is that we don’t know […] what caused the release, how to stop it, if underground can be decontaminated, how to decontaminate surface, how to deal with worker health problems — None of those are known […] There is no instance in the world where you have an underground salt mine significantly contaminated with radiation […] there is no experience in dealing with this situation. So we’re starting from square one. It will be difficult, if not impossible, and also very costly to cleanup the underground. Based on my 38 years in working with the Department of Energy, I find it virtually inconceivable — I hope they will decide if they can’t do total cleanup of the underground, I hope they will decide not to reopen it. […] We need independent analysis, independent medical people, and independent technical folks to look at what happened and why it happened and what kind of decontamination could be done, if any.

Full interview available for download here

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