7-17-12 - SHAMANIC JOURNEY
I saw a map
of North America and the word AMERICA was placed in capital letters on
of the map that
was all black.
I questioned why was the map all black, and the answer came into my
head, "How can I put seven dangers on a map
of America all
at the same time?
Now the question is "What
are the seven dangers?"
I already know that
two are drought and famine. The corn crop is already destroyed in the
We are still having fires in California and other states.
So that is three - What else could there be?
Financial collapse, Totalitarian government, chaos, civil war,
Nuclear power plants, drought, famine, fires, earthquakes,
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WASHINGTON Parts of
two nuclear power plants were shut down late Monday and early Tuesday,
while another plant — the nation's oldest — was put on alert after
waters from superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.
One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New
York City, was shut down Monday because of external electrical grid
issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said
there was no risk to employees or the public, and the plant was not at
risk due to water levels from the Hudson River, which reached 9 feet 8
inches and was subsiding. Another unit at the plant was still operating
at full power.
One unit at the Salem plant in Hancocks Bridge, N.J., near the
Delaware River, was shut down Tuesday because four of its six
circulating water pumps were no longer available, according to PSEG
Nuclear. The pumps are used to condense steam on the non-nuclear side of
the plant. Another Salem unit has been offline since Oct. 14 for
refueling, but the nearby Hope Creek plant remains at full power.
Together, the Salem and Hope Creek plants produce enough power for about
3 million homes per day.
The oldest U.S. nuclear power plant, New Jersey's Oyster Creek, was
already out of service for scheduled refueling. But high water levels at
the facility, which sits along Barnegat Bay, prompted safety officials
to declare an "unusual event" around 7 p.m. About two hours later, the
situation was upgraded to an "alert," the second-lowest in a four-tiered
Conditions were still safe at Oyster Creek, Indian Point and all
other U.S. nuclear plants, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which
oversees plant safety.
A rising tide, the direction of the wind and the storm's surge
combined to raise water levels in Oyster Creek's intake structure, the
NRC said. The agency said that water levels are expected to recede
within hours and that the plant, which went online in 1969 and is set to
close in 2019, is watertight and capable of withstanding hurricane-force
The plant's owner, Exelon Corp., said power was also disrupted in the
station's switchyard, but backup diesel generators were providing stable
power, with more than two weeks of fuel on hand.
In other parts of the East Coast, nuclear plants were weathering the
storm without incident.
Inspectors from the NRC, whose own headquarters and Northeast
regional office were closed for the storm, were manning all plants
around the clock. The agency dispatched extra inspectors or placed them
on standby in five states, equipped with satellite phones to ensure
Nuclear power plants are built to withstand hurricanes, airplane
collisions and other major disasters, but safety procedures call for
plants to be shut down when hurricane-force winds are present, or if
water levels nearby exceed certain flood limits.
In Lusby, Md., the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant was operating
at full power — enough to power more than 1 million homes. Additional
staff, both onsite and off, were called in to prepare for the storm.
Safety officials there will take the plant offline if sustained winds
exceed 75 mph or water levels rise more than 10 feet above normal sea
At Pennsylvania's Susquehanna plant in Salem Township, officials were
ready to activate their emergency plan, a precursor to taking the plant
offline, if sustained winds hit 80 mph.
"Our top concern is ensuring that the plants are in a safe condition,
that they are following their severe weather procedures," said Diane
Screnci of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She said that even though
the agency's headquarters and regional office had been closed, its
incident response center was staffed, with other regions ready to lend a
hand if necessary.
At the Millstone nuclear power complex on Connecticut's shoreline,
officials said earlier Monday they were powering down one of the two
reactors to 75 percent of maximum output to maintain stability of the
electric grid. Millstone spokesman Ken Holt said the grid's stability
could be affected if the unit was operating at 100 percent and suddenly
went offline, which isn't expected to happen.
Some 60 million people in 13 states plus the District of Columbia get
their power from PJM, the largest regional power grid in the U.S.
Contingency plans call for power to be brought in from other areas to
replace power lost if a nuclear plant reduces output or goes offline.
"It's done instantaneously," said Paula DuPont-Kidd, a spokeswoman
for the grid. "Even if multiple plants go offline at the same time, we'd
have to see how adjustments would be made, but for the most part we plan
for that scenario."
In August 2011, multiple nuclear plants shut down due to Hurricane
Irene, with others reducing power.
Although nuclear plants are built for resilience, their operations
get more complicated when only emergency personnel are on duty or if
external electricity gets knocked out, as often happens during
"When external power is not available, you have to use standby
generators," said Sudarshan Loyalka, who teaches nuclear engineering at
University of Missouri. "You just don't want to rely on backup power."
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Twelve other nuclear power plants in
New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania ...
Dominion's North Anna Nuclear Plant Loses Power
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Hurricane Sandy: Problems at Five Nuke
"Water level is rising in the intake structure due to a
combination of a rising tide, wind direction and storm
surge," the NRC said Monday. "It is anticipated water levels
will begin to abate within the next several hours."
Exelon Corporation, the owner of the plant, said in a
statement that there was "no threat to the public health or
safety" from the situation.
The plant also lost power, which is critical to keep
spent fuel rods from overheating, but "the station's two
backup diesel generators activated immediately," and it has
two weeks of diesel fuel on site, Exelon said.
A reactor at an Exelon facility outside Philadelphia,
Limerick Generating Station, was ramped down to 91 percent
power after Sandy caused a problem with its condenser.
A unit at a fourth plant 43 miles from Philadelphia,
Salem Nuclear Power Plant on Delaware Bay in southern New
Jersey, was manually shut down just after 1 a.m. Tuesday
morning "when four of the station's six circulating water
pumps were no longer available due to weather impacts from
Hurricane Sandy," according to plant co-owner PSEG Nuclear.
"No issues were encountered during the Salem Unit 1
shutdown," said PSEG Nuclear, "and the plant is currently
stable. In addition to the operating crews onsite, Salem has
designated response teams available."
At the Nine Mile Point plant near Oswego, New York, in
what operators say "is likely a storm-related event," unit 1
shut down automatically around 9 p.m. Monday because of an
electrical fault, while unit 2 experienced a power loss from
an incoming power line because of the same fault. An
emergency diesel generator started automatically to supply
power to unit 2. The NRC said that the operators are still
evaluating the cause of the event. "All plant safety systems
responded as designed and the shutdown was safely carried
out," said the NRC. Nine Mile Point is owned by CENG, a
joint venture of Exelon and a French power company.
ABC News' Brian Hartman contributed to this report.
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power? Forty years ago, it was hyped as
cheap to meter," and more than 400 nuclear electric
generators were built around
Then, in 1979, despite assurances from experts,
Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island plant melted down.
Nuclear electricity became "too expensive to sell,"
the industry began a long slide. Plant orders were
cancelled. Some plants closed. Major operators went
bankrupt. Peddling reactors became about as exciting as
selling sugared soda at a
What a difference a couple
of decades makes! Today, even as
the Bush Administration belittles global warming,
of a worldwide warm-up
may make nuclear power seem sweet by comparison.
As to locking in
disarmament by making
the CANDU MOXinitiative
is virtually devoid
of gains for physical security. Striving to make
their country and
the world a safer place, Canada would accept and
process nuclear waste sloughed
the Russian Federation and
the United States while
they held on to what might be termed
the "sweet stuff."
(Regarding storing excess Plutonium in
The U.S. in particular intends to maintain
indefinitely a force
of 2,500 deployed strategic nuclear warheads, plus
2,500 warheads in an inactive reserve, plus an additional
5,000 plutonium "pits" for replacement in deployed and
inactive warheads. Russia can be expected to follow suit as
best it can.
Holding on to what
the Americans call
the "sweet stuff,"
the two suppliers
of plutonium for use at
the Bruce station would divest
of what amounts to nuclear waste. Canada would
receive plutonium formulated for obsolete warheads, reactor
plutonium in fresh and irradiated form, scraps and residues,
process waste, and material used for peaceful purposes.
Determination to Import Weapons-Grade
of disaster scenarios,
the American government has focused its reaction on
of proliferation and
of fissile materials, at
the IAEA general assembly's opening.
"We cannot assume that tomorrow's terrorist acts will
mirror those we have just experienced," said US Energy
Secretary Spencer Abraham.
the IAEA to increase its efforts to stop nuclear
the illicit trade in nuclear materials, which is
seeing an upsurge.
Following a lull between 1995 and 1998,
the IAEA has seized six loads
of 0.4 to six grammes
of uranium or enriched plutonium since
of 1999 in
the former Soviet republics and
It takes at least eight kilogrammes
of plutonium or 25 kilogrammes
of highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb,
according to experts.
Radioactive substances include
Workers accidentally contaminated with plutonium-239
have also been tested, and tritium may also have been used
of leak found at South Texas nuclear plant
BAY CITY, Texas
the South Texas Project today found
of a water leak that's led to
of a nuclear reactor.
the plant near Bay City say
the leak was located at a weld connecting a
pipe to a valve in
the reactor's coolant system.
of workers was able to enter Unit Two and
The crew is working to determine
the leak, develop a repair plan and take
steps to prevent a recurrence.
It's not immediately known how long
the reactor would be shut down for repairs.
the nuclear plant, located about 100 miles
of Houston, say
there's been no release
-- and no danger to
Sensitive instruments used to monitor
for leaks indicated earlier this week
there might be a problem with Unit Two.
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- Nuclear Incident in Montana by Counterpunch
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at 1:19 PMA
government source was called yesterday to respond to
a nuclear incident in Montana. Apparently
the silo doors
of numerous ICBM missiles were opened.
A retired high-level
government source was called yesterday to respond to
a nuclear incident in Montana. Apparently
the silo doors
of numerous ICBM missiles were opened.
Two such incidents during
the Cold War era nearly started World War
III. When silo doors open, it indicates
the intention to launch missiles against another
According to an essay published by
the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), an
organization dedicated to abolition
of nuclear weapons: "The
US experienced several near-accidents
at its Cheyenne Mountain early warning station in
the late 1970s. Twice,
the equipment at
the base generated false indications
of a nuclear missile strike from Russia and
nearly prompted US retaliation on both occasions."
According to Phil Patton, author
of "Dreamland: A Cultural History
of Area 51," an incident also occurred in
1980 in which "a multiplexer chip failed in a Nova
840 computer and sent a false missile warning to
the national command center." Pattons says
that it was
the second such incident in less than a year.
the first one, fake data from a war-sim
was mistaken for
the real thing, and
the Pentagon was notified that a Soviet
missile strike was under way. It took about eight
minutes to determine that
the world was not, in fact, at hand."
there are 200 Inter-Continental
Ballistic Missiles at Malmstrom Air Force Base at
five missile alert facilities in Montana, with four
operational missile squadrons assigned as combat-ready
forces to continuously operate, maintain, and secure
"strategic nuclear deterrence."
these squadrons declares on its web page that
its squadron works "every day
the year, 24 hours per day" to "keep America
free by operating and safeguarding her most
the NAPF essayist, Justin Murray, "Despite
the Cold War,
the United States and Russia once again find
of a nuclear Armageddon," but
the threat "does not stem from hostilities or
a premeditated, intentional strike but from
miscalculation and computer errors." Murray states
the U.S. and Russia maintain thousands
of nuclear weapons in launch warning mode.
While launch procedures in
the U.S. demand almost instantaneous decision-making
the situation in Russia is even more
hazardous, where decay
of early warning systems elevate
of false alarms.
the unasked and unanswered question here is:
what about terrorists?
There seems to be no indication that
the incident in Montana is a terrorist-related
the incident begs two crucial questions:
first, are our systems inadequately protected?, and
the increase in development
of more nuclear weapons under President Bush
create greater dangers? (We already have
approximately 9600 warheads and are talking about
developing a new line
of small nuclear weapons called "bunker
The answers are no and no.
the systems are inadequately protected
because whenever you have a very sophisticated
electronic system (and, in this case, systems),
the potential for an accident and already
there have been enough incidents to warrant
these dangerous systems down.
there is no such thing as adequate control
of nuclear weapons.
Their management and control simply cannot be
The return to proliferation
of nuclear weapons is risking an End Game
THE End Game. Although we might labor under
the false belief that
the Nuclear Genie is back in
the bottle, even if she is,
the cork is definitely not on.
The incident in Montana, which may never make
the mainstream press, proves this.
Jennifer Van Bergen, J.D., is
The Bush Plan for America (Common Courage
Press, 2004). She has written and spoken extensively
on civil liberties, human rights, and international
law. She and Raymond Del Papa are currently
organizing a major Forum on Dissent Since 9/11 in
Miami from March 11-13.
http://www.partnersinprotest.org. She may be
Water leak shuts down Wolf
A nuclear power plant in central
Kansas that provides energy for Kansas Citians
was shut down Saturday night after a water leak
and still was
offline Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman
Officials at Wolf Creek Generating
Station in Burlington, Kan., discovered last
week that water used to cool a main electrical
generator had been leaking. On Saturday night,
they decided to shut down
the plant so engineers could find and
Plant spokeswoman Susan Maycock said
officials from General Electric Co.,
the generator's manufacturer, were at
the plant to help fix
the problem. It was unclear when
the work would be done, she said.
Wolf Creek plant is co-owned
by Kansas City Power & Light Co. and Topeka-based
Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR).
The two utilities that serve hundreds
of Kansas City-area
The plant can provide power for as many
as 800,000 homes.
KCP&L spokesman Tom Robinson said
the Kansas City-based
utility had sufficient power generation from
of its plants to mitigate
the Wolf Creek shutdown.
Great Plains Energy Inc. (NYSE: GXP) owns KCP&L.
Fermi nuclear power plant shut down after
January 24, 2005, 7:14 PM
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP)
The reactor at
the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant was shut down
Monday evening after a coolant leak was detected,
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and DTE
Energy, which operates
the plant, said
the Monroe County plant was not evacuated and
the leak posed no danger to
the health or safety
of plant workers or
Viktoria Mitlyng, public affairs
the NRC in Chicago, said
the plant was shut down without complications
and nonessential workers were allowed to leave for
officials were trying to determine
the leak Monday evening and it wasn't known
when operations would resume, Mitlyng said.
DTE spokeswoman Lorie Kessler said
the reactor's coolant remained at a normal
the leak. She added that
the leaked coolant, which is mostly water,
was not released into
MAYBE THIS WON'T BE AN
Huge radioactive leak closes Thorp nuclear plant
Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Monday May 9, 2005
of highly radioactive nuclear fuel dissolved
in concentrated nitric acid, enough to half fill an
swimming pool, has forced
of Sellafield's Thorp reprocessing plant.
The highly dangerous mixture, containing
about 20 tonnes
of uranium and plutonium fuel, has leaked
through a fractured pipe into a huge stainless steel
chamber which is so radioactive that it is
impossible to enter.
the liquids and fixing
the pipes will take months and may require
special robots to be built and sophisticated
engineering techniques devised to repair
the £2.1bn plant
The leak is not a danger to
the public but is likely to be a financial
the taxpayer since income from
the Thorp plant, calculated to be more than
£1m a day, is supposed to pay for
of redundant nuclear facilities.
The closure could hardly have come at a worse
the nuclear industry. Britain is struggling
to meet its target
of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%
of 1990 levels by 2010, despite a substantial
of wind farm construction, while generating
capacity will also be hit by
of Britain's coal-fired
The decision on whether
to build a new generation
of nuclear power stations is among
the most sensitive Tony Blair faces at
of his third term.
of a briefing paper to ministers on
the nuclear option yesterday revealed that
the contribution new nuclear capacity could
make to cutting greenhouse gases had not yet been
of opposition from Margaret Beckett,
of state for environment, food and rural
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, a
quango which took over ownership
the plant from British Nuclear Fuels on April
1, has a £2.2bn cleanup budget for this year, its
of which £560m was to come from
the Thorp plant.
Richard Flynn, spokesman for
the NDA, said: "If
the income from
the plant is not forthcoming
then obviously it will put back plans for
the British Nuclear Group, a management
company formed to run
the Sellafield site on behalf
the NDA, held a meeting with
the government safety regulator,
the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII),
to discuss how to mop up
the leak and repair
The company has to get
the inspectors' approval before proceeding.
A problem at
the plant was first noticed on April 19 when
operators could not account for all
the spent fuel that had been dissolved in
nitric acid. It was supposed to be travelling
the plant to be measured and separated into
uranium, plutonium and waste products in a series
of centrifuges. Remote cameras scanning
the plant found
the material is uranium,
the fuel contains about 200kg (440lb)
of plutonium, enough to make 20 nuclear
weapons, and must be recovered and accounted for to
conform to international safeguards aimed at
preventing nuclear materials falling into
the wrong hands.
The liquid will have to be siphoned
off and stored until
the works can be repaired, but a method
of doing this has yet to be devised.
The company has set up a board
of inquiry to find out how
the leak occurred.
The NII will set up a separate investigation
the power to prosecute if correct procedures
have not been followed.
The Thorp plant produces uranium and
plutonium from spent fuel in such large quantities
that only a tiny proportion
of it can ever be reused for reactor fuel.
Its critics also claim it is uneconomic because it
has never operated to design capacity since it
opened 12 years ago, and is years behind schedule in
This has angered some customers and
the British Nuclear Group is embroiled in a
court case with one
of its customers,
the German owners
the Brokdorf power station, which is
of £2,772 a day for storage
of spent fuel, claiming it should have been
reprocessed years ago.
In 12 years Thorp has reprocessed 5,644
of fuel from its first 10-year
of 7,000 tonnes. Last year it failed to reach
of 725 tonnes, achieving 590.
of Cumbrians Opposed to Radioactive
the NDA had been "naive" in placing trust on
income from Thorp, given its track record.
"Reprocessing is blatantly incompatible with
official cleanup remit
the NDA, which will now find itself out
of pocket as a result
the latest Thorp accident.
The new owners would do
the greatest service by putting Thorp out
of its misery and closing it once and for
The managing director
of British Nuclear Group, Sellafield, Barry
Snelson, who ordered
the plant to be closed down, said: "Let me
reassure people that
the plant is in a safe and stable state."
The nuclear industry
The Mox ships' journey around
the world (pdf)
US nuclear map
Memo: Threat to Nuke, Power Plants in Northeast
20 June 2005:
The FBI reportedly received specific
information about a threat to nuclear
facilities, power stations and electric grids in
from Massachusetts to New York on or about April
29, 2005. Information about
the threat was disseminated to local and
state law enforcement
the security departments
of power plants two weeks later, on June
13, and contained
the name and sketch
of a Middle Eastern male who allegedly
would be participating in
the attack or multiple attacks.
information suggested that
the male depicted in
the drawing would attempt to enter
the U.S. during
of June. Accordingly, law enforcement
agencies were advised to be on
the lookout for this individual and were
advised to heighten
of awareness until further
notice. According to
the information obtained from federal
sources, intercepted communications containing
specific information led to
the memo being disseminated for
7, 2007 7:44 am US/Easternn/b>
Indian Point Nuclear
Plant Stable After Explosion
(CBS) BUCHANAN, N.Y.Investigators are working to determine the cause of Friday's explosion and fire on the grounds of the Indian Point nuclear energy center.
The incident forced the shut down of the Indian Point 3 nuclear reactor, and caused plant owner Entergy Nuclear Northeast to issue a "notice of unusual event."
Plant safety director Michael Slobodien said an electrical transformer exploded and caught fire near the reactor shortly after 11 a.m.
"It's in an area outside the nuclear part of the plant," Slobodien told reporters. "The plant shut down safely and is under control.
"Anytime you have something of this nature that affects a major component like the transformer, you would shut down for safety sake and to conduct an investigation," Slobodien said.
The transformer takes electricity from the reactor and feeds it to overhead power cables. It was protected by a sprinkler deluge system that automatically knocked down much of the fire, Slobodien said.
The plant's own fire brigade also worked to put out the fire. The Verplanck Fire Department sent several units to Indian Point to serve as mutual aid, but they were not needed.
Westchester County sent health workers to monitor air quality near the plant after the fire. The monitors detected no release of radiation, according to Tony Sutton, the county's Commissioner of Emergency Services.
"We always want to err on the side of caution," Sutton said. "That's why we dispatched a couple field teams to monitor air quality and check for radiation."
"We have nothing to indicate this had any impact at all on public health and safety."
Smoke from the fire was visible across the Hudson River in Rockland County, and prompted concerned calls from many residents.
Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef complained it took Entergy 30 minutes to notify the county of the event.
In Buchanan, many residents took the scare in stride.
"I didn't even really get scared when I saw the fire trucks," said Norma Barrett. "I just went with the flow."
The fire marked the fourth time since July that Indian Point 3 was forced to shut down. Critics said the problems illustrated the need for an independent safety analysis of the entire plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission downgraded the plant's safety rating after the fire, from green, the best rating, to white, one step lower. The commission said the plant would be under increased scrutiny for several weeks.
Operations at the Indian Point 2 generator were not affected, Entergy said.
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THE PLUTONIUM BUSINESS
Finney. Idaho National Laboratory may
pick up plutonium project.
Posted on Mon, Aug. 16, 2004. ...
OF SHIPPING PLUTONIUMOVER
Plutonium Uranium Mixed Oxide (MOX).
...Lawmakers, Group Question
Safety Plans For US Trans-Atlantic
Environment News Service (ENS). ...
HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE
more radioactive waste to be brought to
Hanford while DOE still has massive amounts
of waste to clean up
the past production
PENTAGON REVEALS WEAPONS LOCATIONS
first overseas movement
of nuclear capsules
the bomb's plutoniumor
- came in 1951 when President Truman
of nuclear ....
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up, or even a nuclear
bomb, only time
and he contributed
to what was, at the time,
dream of a
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NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
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