UCY.TV Interview with Kevin Blanch Discussing Paducah Tornado Hit, Fukushima
Published on Nov 20, 2013
An important, impromptu interview recorded 11-18-13 with Jules and Mr. Kevin Blanch discussing the tornado that hit the Paducah uranium enrichment facility in KY this past Sunday, as well as Fukushima, the current situation and the fuel rod extraction…
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Enenews Updates: Tornado hits U.S. Paducah nuclear facility in KY — Uranium enrichment building damaged — Parts of cooling towers destroyed — Alert declared for ’emergency condition’
“One of the plant’s four enrichment production buildings, the adjacent cooling towers and nearby electrical switchyard sustained most of the damage. Several of the transite panels that cover the building were torn off or broken. Electrical power poles, wiring and other electrical circuits were also damaged. The shrouds or collars that surround the fans on this set of cooling towers were destroyed.”
Just what is Paducah? http://ecowatch.com/2013/05/22/countd…
“Nearly all news outlets covering the Paducah tornado claim the plant stopped enriching uranium earlier this year. However, according to the report below, “On 14 November 2013 Russia has shipped the last batch of low-enriched uranium […] The cargo will be delivered to Baltimore and then to USEC’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky, where the uranium will be used to manufacture fuel for U.S. nuclear power plants.””
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Tornado hits U.S. nuclear facility – Uranium enrichment building damaged — Parts of cooling towers destroyed — Alert declared for ‘emergency condition’ (PHOTOS)
Portsmouth Daily Times, Nov. 18, 2013: Tornado hit Paducah plant Sunday [in Kentucky]
WPSD, Nov. 17, 2013: One of the plant’s four enrichment production buildings, the adjacent cooling towers and nearby electrical switchyard sustained most of the damage. Several of the transite panels that cover the building were torn off or broken. Electrical power poles, wiring and other electrical circuits were also damaged. The shrouds or collars that surround the fans on this set of cooling towers were destroyed.
Damaged cooling tower (SOURCE: USEC)
NBC Lexington, KY, Nov. 18, 2013: Officials were continuing to monitor the facility Monday, but said there had been no hazardous material releases, according to the statement.
NRC Report, Nov. 17, 2013: [A]n alert was declared at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant due to an apparent tornado strike/severe weather event. […] “This event is reportable under 10 CFR 76.120(a)(4) where an emergency condition has been declared an Alert. […]”
The Courier Journal, Nov. 18, 2013: USEC stopped enriching uranium there in June.
Nearly all news outlets covering the Paducah tornado claim the plant stopped enriching uranium earlier this year. However, according to this report, (Emphasis Added) “On 14 November 2013 Russia has shipped the last batch of low-enriched uranium […] The cargo will be delivered to Baltimore and then to USEC’sPaducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky, where the uranium will be used to manufacture fuel for U.S. nuclear power plants.”
Also note the vast majority of reports only say that no “hazardous materials” were released — releases of “radioactive material” are not denied or admitted (see USEC’s twitter feed). The plant’s internal documents clearly distinguish between “hazardous” and “radioactive”. For example, APPENDIX F reads, “Categories of waste evaluated were LLW [low-level radioactive waste], TRU [transuranic waste], hazardous waste […] All low-level mixed (radioactive and hazardous) waste (LLMW) and hazardous waste at these sites are transported off site.”
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Damage assessment continues at storm-damaged Paducah nuclear fuel plant
Sunday’s apparent tornado damaged the shut-down Paducah nuclear fuel factory, but officials say they can find no evidence of leaks or danger to the public.
One of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s four enrichment production buildings was damaged, as well as adjacent cooling towers and a nearby electrical switch yard, said Jeremy Derryberry, a spokesman for the plant operator, USEC Inc.
There was no release of hazardous or radioactive materials, and the plant’s safety and monitoring systems were in full operation, he said, adding that the damage was limited to the building’s exterior.
A few miles away and across the Ohio River in southern Illinois, a tornado with wind speeds estimated as high as 140 mph cut a 250-yard-wide swath through Brookport, leaving two people dead, said National Weather Service meteorologist Robin Smith. One other death was reported just east of Brookport.
The U.S. Department of Energy owns the plant, leasing it to USEC. Robert E. Edwards III, deputy manager of the department’s Portsmouth Paducah Project Office, said USEC “did what they needed to do.” Edwards also confirmed there were no releases to the air, water or surrounding grounds and described the damage as minor.
“We are tracking it and we are in touch” with USEC, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. “The warning bells go off when you hear about something like this, but … it was no big deal.”
Two state environmental officials were at the plant Monday, surveying the damage, said Todd Mullins, who monitors the long-term cleanup at the plant as a regulator for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.
The plant has been in transition this year. USEC stopped enriching uranium there in June. Only limited operations related to inventory management were occurring during the storm, Derryberry said.
The enriching process increases the proportion of uranium atoms that can be split by fission to release energy, usually in the form of heat to make electricity.
When the plant was operating, heated uranium hexafluoride gases, which are both toxic and radioactive, would fill miles of process piping and other machinery. The plant has gone cold, so those gases are no longer circulating there, Derryberry said.
The federal government began enriching uranium there in 1952, first for use in nuclear weapons and later for nuclear power plants.
Congress created USEC in 1992 and it went private in 1998.
Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the storms that came through Sunday also damaged some homes, blew down trees and left about 3,000 homes without power in Western Kentucky.
Eight counties in Kentucky reported tornadoes. The National Weather Service on Monday confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Butler County, damaging homes and snapping trees along a path near Huntsville.
Reach James Bruggers at (502) 582-4645. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
As posted earlier on this blog, Kentucky plant was hit by a Tornado
In this article we will learn at least some of the Dirty Little Secrets of the Paducah Kentucky Uranium Enrichment plant, as told by Dr. Helen Caldicott MD and other nuclear experts.
Before reading, see this
Pro nuclear apologists keep claiming that these enrichment plants produce no carbon emissions and no pollution at all. They say nuclear energy is “clean, green and safe”.
They somehow forget or fail to disclose that Uranium Enrichment accounts for a large percentage of global warming CFC gases released in the USA.
The United States Enrichment Corporation’s sites in both Ohio and Kentucky released 800,000 pounds of CFC-114 in 1999, according to official records. This is around 95% of all CFC’s released in the USA, according the EPA and Dr. Helen Caldicott MD.
CFC-114 persists for approximately 300 years in the global atmosphere, and causes 9800 times more global warming per pound than CO2.
We all know that CO2 levels are increasing rapidly, and we do not need yet MORE global warming gases going up into the atmosphere.
Let’s translate that into CO2 emissions. The uranium enrichment activities in the USA just in 1999 released approximately 3,920,000 tons of CO2, on top of what all the rest of humanity released globally.
These CFC gases also destroy the protective layer in the upper atmosphere that protects us all from skin cancer, and creates literal holes in the atmosphere, where toxic cancer causing radiation can come straight in, with no atmospheric filters at all.
CFC-114 is just about the WORST thing we can do to our protective atmosphere when it comes to ozone destruction. Are you still excited about nuclear energy?
Well, let’s keep going… since we are just getting started with this ‘clean’ enrichment process.
On top of the CFC global warming releases, the Paducah Kentucky plant uses LOTS of electricity. So where do they get the massive amount of electricity to cool off the plutonium while it is being processed? Where do they get the electricity they need to run the plant and all of it’s processes that turn plutonium ore into useable fuel?
No, it could not be… Not a CARBON FUEL… OMG!
THE Paducah Kentucky Enrichment plant USES TWO COAL FIRED PLANTS, full time. These two plants make the MOST DIRTY electricity possible, just to process the uranium.
In addition to being a dirty, toxic way to make energy, Paducah Kentucky plant releases lots of CO2, carbon monoxide, plus acid rain producing pollutants, and some nice FREE things like radiation and mercury.
Now let’s move on to the workers at the plant. The nuclear enrichment plant workers complain in the video below, about the many negative health effects from the effects of working around this toxic and radioactive gas.
Workers got sores on their skin. Radiation was all over the workplace. Respirators were not required. Work clothes were also not provided. Radioactive contaminated clothes were taken home to be washed along with children’s clothes.
This plant also reprocessed spent fuel. Workers were not told about this extra hazardous fuel. They also processed and scrapped spent nuclear weapons. These toxic and radioactive leftovers were buried on the site.
At night, radioactive steam was released into the air, and radioactive water was dumped, but only out of sight.
The veil of secrecy was very thick. Meanwhile the workers suffered and died. Worker lives had no value at all.
Joe said he had bone or fingernail types of growths growing out of his flesh, and had most of his stomach removed. He started keeping track of cancers suffered by other workers. Plant officials were also tracking worker deaths and illnesses, but they kept assuring workers there was no danger and everything was safe.
Radioactive substances released from a uranium enrichment plant just during normal operations, includes the following: U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Tc-99, Ru-106 & Zn/Nb-95. http://www.countercurrents.org/hamer160511.htm
The Front End of the Fuel Cycle: Enrichment-Gaseous Diffusion
According to the above video, 106 moles of ‘feed’ (uranium ore) are needed to get 1 mole of ‘product’. This means the waste produced equals more than 100 times what ends up as product, according to the video above.
Where does all of that radioactive waste go? We can be sure that it does not disappear… Maybe the next video can tell us the answer?
The first step is to isolate the uranium from the ore. An acid is used to dissolve the uranium from the rock, which creates large amounts of CO2.. Oh no, not AGAIN? MORE CO2 releases….
We have not even enriched the ore yet, and we are already producing global warming carbon dioxide.
It takes about a gallon of acid to dissolve about five pounds of uranium ore into the desired end product. Then one uses a bunch of toxic chemicals and heat (more carbon fuels) to get the dry yellow cake powder. Now it must be ‘enriched’. Guess what it takes to get all of these chemicals to get the uranium out of the rock? More carbon fuels.
where do all of these toxic chemicals like contaminates sulfuric acid end up after this process is done? Want to bet it ends up in the sewer, and our drinking water supply?
But it gets even better.. Enrichment plants also make our military weapons, in the form of depleted uranium. Yup… depleted uranium or DU as it is known by the military jocks, is a radioactive waste product generated by the enrichment plant, as it produces uranium of another type for nuclear plants. If you do not know anything about DU, you may want to take a look at some information about that as well, because that is a horror story all by itself.Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via @AGreenRoad
Most of the DU produced is stored as a gas, and you can guess what happens if these gas canisters leak or get punctured by terrorists.
So much for clean, green and safe nuclear fuel…Go ahead and read other articles about the mining of uranium ore, and the accidents that nuclear plants suffer from on a frequent basis. You may be very surprised at what you learn.
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Dr. Helen Caldicott MD – Paducah Kentucky Nuclear Enrichment Plant Dirty Secrets; via @AGreenRoad
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