compiled by Dee Finney

updated 4-6-07





POSTED 13 APR 2001 Remember nuclear power? Forty years ago, it was hyped as Four cooling towers symbolize the nuclear industry. Cooling is needed to reuse water that makes steam."too cheap to meter," and more than 400 nuclear electric generators were built around the world. Then, in 1979, despite assurances from experts, Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island plant melted down.

Nuclear electricity became "too expensive to sell," and 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 diabetics convention.

What a difference a couple of decades makes! Today, even as the Bush Administration belittles global warming, the prospects of a worldwide warm-up may make nuclear power seem sweet by comparison.

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As to locking in the benefits of Russian-U.S. nuclear disarmament by making them irreversible, the CANDU MOX initiative 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 off by the Russian Federation and the United States while they held on to what might be termed the "sweet stuff."

Excerpted from:  (Regarding storing excess Plutonium in Canada)

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 themselves 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.

Excerpted from:  (Regarding Ottawa's Determination to Import Weapons-Grade Plutonium)

In spite of disaster scenarios, the American government has focused its reaction on the risks of proliferation and the hijacking of fissile materials, at the time of 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.

He asked the IAEA to increase its efforts to stop nuclear proliferation and 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 the beginning of 1999 in the former Soviet republics and the Balkans.

It takes at least eight kilogrammes of plutonium or 25 kilogrammes of highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb, according to experts.

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Radioactive substances include niobium-92m, barium-133, palladium-103, chromium-51, trontium-85, strontium-86, iodine-132, americium-241, and calcium-45. Workers accidentally contaminated with plutonium-239 have also been tested, and tritium may also have been used in experiments.


History of Earthquakes in the Area:

The last moderate earthquake in the region occurred on Sept. 25, 1998, when a magnitude 5.4 earthquake, centered just south of Lake Erie, rattled dishes and shook floors across Southern Ontario. A magnitude 5 quake shook the area 12 years earlier, in January 1986.


... April 20, 2002 at 14:26:01 Folks, White northern lights? Over New York? hours
before 5.1M quake hits NY? Sounds like earthquake lights to me. ...


Predicting Earthquakes

No one can tell exactly where or when the next major earthquake will occur. Seismologists have, however, several methods at their disposal that can at least allow them to make educated guesses. First, a statistical study of historical earthquakes in a given region shows how frequent quakes of various magnitudes have been in the past. From those figures, they can guess how likely future quakes will be. For example, if a certain region has been struck by four magnitude 7 quakes in the last 200 years, seismologists would say there is a 50 per cent probability of another such quake occurring in the next 50 years.

Seismologists can also measure how much stress a certain region of the earth's crust is under, and how quickly that stress is increasing. That knowledge, along with the elapsed time since the last earthquake, helps scientists determine if another earthquake is on the way. This method is far from perfect, though, and requires extremely detailed seismological data, which simply isn't available for most regions.

Localized Influences on Wind Patterns

The diurnal, or daily, heating and cooling of land near a lake or ocean of fairly constant temperature causes air to blow toward the relatively warmer land during the day (sea breeze) and toward the relatively warmer water at night (land breeze). These breezes are shallow and seldom penetrate far inland or attain high velocity. Similar diurnal changes occur on mountain slopes, the air in the valley becoming heated and expanding so that it moves up the slope in the daytime, the cold air settling into the valley at night. Friction with the earth's surface, eddies caused by surface irregularities, and inequalities of heating with consequent convection currents tend to reduce wind velocity near the earth's surface and cause winds to blow in gusts.

The prevailing wind systems of the earth blow from the several belts of high pressure toward adjacent low-pressure belts. Because of the earth's rotation (see Coriolis effect), the winds do not blow directly northward or southward to the area of lower pressure, but are deflected to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere.

This zonal pattern of winds is displaced northward and southward seasonally because of the inclination of the earth on its axis and the consequent migration of the belts of temperature and pressure. In addition, the pattern is considerably modified by the distribution of land and water, especially in the temperate regions, where temperature differences between land and water are greatest. In winter, areas of high pressure tend to build up over cold continental land masses, while low-pressure development takes place over the adjacent, relatively warm oceans. Exactly the opposite conditions occur during summer, although to a lesser degree.

THE DREAM - 1-23-05 - I was in my apartment and was really hungry and wanted something sweet to eat, so I opened the cabinet and found some red candies in a box and some tubes of decorative frosting.

A middle-aged black-skinned couple came to visit and they wanted to play cards, so we sat down at the table on which I had covered with a brown cloth.

I doled out a little of the red candy, but the frosting really sounded good to me, so I squirted out a little on the table in front of me where there was no cloth. Then I took several tubes and squirted them out all at the same time on the man's side of the brown cloth, while the woman was sitting next to me on my left, shuffling the deck of cards.

The frosting came out of the tubes in a large long squiggle of white, brown, blue, and yellow.

Then, before I could say anything, the woman grabbed ahold of the  brown cloth and shook it up and down violently, making a mess of the frosting.

I yelled at her, "Aren't you paying any attention? You just messed up the sweet stuff!"

I got a white bowl out of the cabinet and picked up most of the frosting and put it into the bowl and put it back in front of the man, but there was still a long squiggle of frosting on the cloth.

At that point, I had an instant vision of a map of the Eastern half of the United States and from a point at the Eastern end of Lake Erie - in a triangular widening shape, the whole area had turned brown like the cloth like it was obliterated.

NOTE: In the dream I had prior to this one, I was in the same apartment and I went out to find something to eat and there was slick ice in the streets, so the time frame is 'winter'. I couldn't get anything to eat because there were only stand-up places along the street so I went back home to find something to eat. The dream above seems to be a continuation of the first one.

2-10-05 - I would be derelict not to pass this on: 

I'm currently listening to Steve Quayle radio show. (4:00 p.m. PST) 

A man from San Antonio, TX called in and said that he heard a father and son both had an identical dream the same night.

Both of them dreamed that they were overlooking San Antonio, TX and a bright light blinded them, and they were hit with a blast from a nuclear bomb.

Both men are moving their entire families out of the city because they both knew it was going to happen in June of 2005.

I know that not everyone can move out of the city, but those who live there might want to go on vacation during June.

Joe had a dream last week that he was with some guys, running around in the dark of a city, moving around nuclear weapons in a wagon being hauled behind cars. He couldn't remember where he was though.


Source of leak found at South Texas nuclear plant

BAY CITY, Texas Officials at the South Texas Project today found the source of a water leak that's led to the shutdown of a nuclear reactor.

Officials at 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.

A team of workers was able to enter Unit Two and pinpoint the leak.

The crew is working to determine the cause of 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.

Officials at the nuclear plant, located about 100 miles southwest of Houston, say there's been no release of radiation -- and no danger to the public.

Sensitive instruments used to monitor for leaks indicated earlier this week there might be a problem with Unit Two.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


The Cork is Off the Bottle - Nuclear Incident in Montana by Counterpunch Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at 1:19 PM 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.

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 nation.

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. "In 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 end of the world was not, in fact, at hand."

Today, 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."

One of these squadrons declares on its web page that its squadron works "every day of the year, 24 hours per day" to "keep America free by operating and safeguarding her most destructive power."

According to the NAPF essayist, Justin Murray, "Despite the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia once again find themselves on the brink 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 that both 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 by the President, the situation in Russia is even more hazardous, where decay of early warning systems elevate the possibility of false alarms.

Of course, 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 one. However, the incident begs two crucial questions: first, are our systems inadequately protected?, and second, does 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 busters.")

The answers are no and no.

First, the systems are inadequately protected because whenever you have a very sophisticated electronic system (and, in this case, systems), there is the potential for an accident ­ and already there have been enough incidents to warrant shutting these dangerous systems down.

Second, there is no such thing as adequate control of nuclear weapons. Their management and control simply cannot be guaranteed. 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 it into the mainstream press, proves this.

Jennifer Van Bergen, J.D., is the author of The Twilight of Democracy: 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. See She may be contacted at

1:59 PM CST Monday


Water leak shuts down Wolf Creek

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 said.

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 repair the leak.

Plant spokeswoman Susan Maycock said Monday that 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.

The 1.2-gigawatt 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 thousands of Kansas City-area homes. The plant can provide power for as many as 800,000 homes.

KCP&L spokesman Tom Robinson said Monday that the Kansas City-based utility had sufficient power generation from the rest of its plants to mitigate the Wolf Creek shutdown.

Kansas City-based Great Plains Energy Inc. (NYSE: GXP) owns KCP&L.

© 2005 American City Business Journals Inc.

Fermi nuclear power plant shut down after coolant plant

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, officials said.

Officials with 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 the public.

Viktoria Mitlyng, public affairs officer for the NRC in Chicago, said the plant was shut down without complications and nonessential workers were allowed to leave for the day.

Plant officials were trying to determine the cause of 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 level despite the leak. She added that the leaked coolant, which is mostly water, was not released into the environment.



Huge radioactive leak closes Thorp nuclear plant

Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Monday May 9, 2005
The Guardian

A leak of highly radioactive nuclear fuel dissolved in concentrated nitric acid, enough to half fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, has forced the closure 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.

Recovering 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 disaster for the taxpayer since income from the Thorp plant, calculated to be more than £1m a day, is supposed to pay for the cleanup of redundant nuclear facilities.

The closure could hardly have come at a worse time for 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 programme of wind farm construction, while generating capacity will also be hit by the rundown of some of Britain's coal-fired power stations.

The decision on whether to build a new generation of nuclear power stations is among the most sensitive Tony Blair faces at the start of his third term.

A leak 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 considered because of opposition from Margaret Beckett, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, a quango which took over ownership of the plant from British Nuclear Fuels on April 1, has a £2.2bn cleanup budget for this year, its first year of operation, 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 cleaning up."

On Friday the British Nuclear Group, a management company formed to run the Sellafield site on behalf of 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 pipe. 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 through the plant to be measured and separated into uranium, plutonium and waste products in a series of centrifuges. Remote cameras scanning the interior of the plant found the leak.

Although most of 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 and has 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 fulfilling orders.

This has angered some customers and the British Nuclear Group is embroiled in a court case with one of its customers, the German owners of the Brokdorf power station, which is withholding fees 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 tonnes of fuel from its first 10-year target of 7,000 tonnes. Last year it failed to reach its target of 725 tonnes, achieving 590.

Martin Forwood, of Cumbrians Opposed to Radioactive Environment, said the NDA had been "naive" in placing trust on income from Thorp, given its track record. "Reprocessing is blatantly incompatible with the official cleanup remit of the NDA, which will now find itself out of pocket as a result of the latest Thorp accident. The new owners would do the taxpayer the greatest service by putting Thorp out of its misery and closing it once and for all."

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."

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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 the Northeast, from Massachusetts to New York on or about April 29, 2005. Information about the threat was disseminated to local and state law enforcement officials and 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.

The information suggested that the male depicted in the drawing would attempt to enter the U.S. during the month of June. Accordingly, law enforcement agencies were advised to be on the lookout for this individual and were advised to heighten their level 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 the Northeast area of the U.S.




Apr 7, 2007 7:44 am US/Eastern

Indian Point Nuclear Plant Stable After Explosion

Tony Aiello
(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.

(© MMVII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)


IDAHO TO GET INTO THE PLUTONIUM BUSINESS. compiled by Dee Finney. Idaho National Laboratory may pick up plutonium project. Posted on Mon, Aug. 16, 2004. ... -

... Plutonium Uranium Mixed Oxide (MOX). ... Lawmakers, Group Question Safety Plans For US Trans-Atlantic Plutonium Shipment. Environment News Service (ENS). ... -

... no more radioactive waste to be brought to Hanford while DOE still has massive amounts of waste to clean up there from the past production of plutonium for the ...

... The first overseas movement of nuclear capsules - the bomb's plutonium or uranium core - came in 1951 when President Truman authorized the shipment of nuclear ...

... In any nuclear bomb explosion, a large fraction (a minimum of one-third) of the original fissile material (plutonium or U-235) does not get destroyed. ...

... Copyright 2001 The Associated Press. Security Tightens at Nuclear Plants By William J. Kole. Associated Press Writer. Monday, Sept. 17, 2001; 1:13 pm EDT. ...

... 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 the beginning of 1999 in the ... -

... It was a plutonium production complex for four decades and is now involved in the world's largest environmental cleanup project. ...
... Workers accidentally contaminated with plutonium-239 have also been tested, and tritium may also have been used in experiments. ...

HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE. compiled by Dee Finney. Hanford Department of Energy, Indian Nations Program The DOE is responsible for the ... -

NUCLEAR ARMS TALKS. ... Their meeting was intended to revive deep cuts in each side's nuclear arsenals and to work out differences over the ABM treaty. ... -

SPIRIT MESSAGE - 17 - Pakistan and India - Nuclear War - The Mars ...
Pakistan and India - Nuclear War - The Mars/Earth Connection. 17. ... The biggest threat right now is between Pakistan and India with their nuclear weapons. ... -

PROPHECY OF NEW YORK CITY NUCLEAR BOMB TERRORIST ATTACK. BY DAVID WILCOCK. ... In context, the ‘very large smell’ appears to be the threat of a nuclear attack. ... -

ON THE BEACH. IT'S JUST A MOVIE - RIGHT???? by Dee Finney. There is no cure for nuclear war - ONLY PREVENTION! ~~~~. ... Nuclear Arms Reduction. ... -

... WASHINGTON (AP) - (October 19, 1999) The Pentagon for the first time is acknowledging Cold War locations of nuclear weapons outside the United States ...
... Iraq is working towards nuclear capability and other weapons of mass destruction that are biological and chemical. ... This will be a nuclear war. ...

... Her transformative powers would appear to carry some rather interesting connotations, especially when applied to nuclear energy The nuclear process taking ... -

Sylvester the Cat and Speedy Gonzales - May 5, 2003
... Pluto is ascending. Pluto rules missiles. We could have a nuclear attack or germ warfare.". ... 24. Nuclear weapons set off? Nuclear war? Note that in Sept. ...

... Nuclear War - These folks know all primary, secondary & tertiary targets, downwind fallout patterns and chose to live in locales they deem to be safest in the ... -

... wharf-like structure. There are many, many Navy ships out on the water, and he thinks a nuclear war is about to happen. He looks ...
... It is also demanding that Pyongyang start talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the nuclear reactors it is due to receive under an international ...

... He predicted that in the early morning hours, a massive nuclear war will begin in the US Food will be wiped out; water will be contaminated; 75 million will ...

... never make it to Wausau." "Saddam Hussein and the Chinese have gained strength. There is danger of nuclear war.". 2-21-98 - NOTE: Joe ... -

Anti-War Global rallies protest possible US war on Iraq - Oct. 26 ...
... 90 activists who tried to enter Volkel Air Force Base, where Dutch and US forces are stationed, to conduct a ``citizens' inspection of American nuclear arms.''. ...