By Rady Ananda
Three incidents this year at the Carlsbad, New Mexico nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Plant resulted from “a number of serious safety concerns” that led to a fire and radiation leaks, contaminating workers and nearby residents, the NRC reported to the LA Times.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s findings detail ongoing complaints about WIPP’s ongoing failures to meet basic safety standards, let alone nuclear safety.
All this transpired while Japan attempts to safely remove the spent fuel rods from Fukushima’s destroyed nuclear plants, an operation that Dr Helen Caldicott has characterized as “incredibly dangerous” and which “will take months to complete.”
Dr Caldicott is a pediatrician deeply involved in the effort to end humanity’s most ecocidal form of developed energy. Many of the fuel rod workers, she reports in this March interview, are prisoners and indigents.
Aside from using unskilled labor, another type of danger involved in this operation was caught on a video witnessed and described by geoscientist Dr. Leuren Moret. While workers stood around watching a crane remove a spent fuel rod, another crane collapsed behind them in slow motion, which none of them noticed. She asks, “What if that crane that they were using to remove the fuel rods had collapsed?”
In a nuclear power plant the fissioning takes place inside the zirconium or magnesium alloy cladding which encloses the fuel rods. Most of the fission fragments are trapped within the rods. However, the activation products can be formed in the surrounding air, water, pipes and containment building. The nuclear plant itself becomes unusable with time and must eventually be dismantled and isolated as radioactive waste.
After fissioning, the fuel rods are said to be `spent’. They contain the greatest concentration of radioactivity of any material on the planet earth – many hundreds of thousands of times the concentration in granite or even in uranium mill tailings (waste). [emphasis added]
Today, the powers-that-be knowingly operate leaking nuclear plants that are 30 and 40 years old, though they were to be decommissioned after 25 years. It bears repeating Dr Bertell’s warning that “the nuclear plant itself becomes unusable with time and must eventually be dismantled and isolated as radioactive waste.”
Dr Moret explains that radioactive particles released in nuclear explosions also weaken metals, leading to metal fatigue known as the Wigner Effect, which attorney Alfred Weber describes as follows: “The Wigner effect (named for its discoverer, E. P. Wigner), also known as the discomposition effect, is the displacement of atoms in a solid caused by neutron radiation.
Here’s a handy conversion chart when officials use different radiation measurement standards, from Ecology News.
“That Fukushima disaster is thousands, or possibly millions of Chernobyls,” Moret warns. “It has poisoned the entire Pacific Ocean and that poison is carried into the Atlantic circulation.”
Dr Caldicott concurs. “Every day since March 11, 2011, between 300 and 400 tons of radioactive water have been pouring into the Pacific Ocean.” At the top end, that’s almost a half million tons. Is there any wonder we see starfish turning to goo and sealife collapsing?
When the transhumanists decided to massively reduce global population, all they had to do was split the atom. To decide to develop nuclear power, whose byproducts are used for nuclear weapons, Ike and Oppenheimer signed our death sentence. (“I am become death,” he accurately quoted Lord Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita.)
Dr Bertell has written extensively about the genocidal implications of nuclear power, and calls the development and use of nuclear energy “omnicide”. Radiation is going to kill everything but the most obscure life forms for millennia. In No Immediate Danger, she explains:
When a uranium atom is split or fissioned…. about 300 different radioactive chemicals are created with each chain reaction. It takes hundreds of thousands of years for all the newly formed radioactive chemicals to return to a stable state.
Dr Moret believes this is a deliberate and “covert nuclear war on humanity.” Any reasonable mind would have to wonder why Japan built 55 nuclear power plants on active faults, where four tectonic plates are colliding – especially after suffering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Since the development of nuclear power, not only have we had three nuclear accidents of catastrophic scale, but militaries have:
- intentionally exploded over 2,000 nuclear bombs since 1945,
- intentionally bombed nuclear reactors in Iraq; and
- accidentally or intentionally detonated nine nuclear-powered rockets headed to outer space.
All that radiation rains down on us. It’s ubiquitous in the food chain, the atmosphere, our waters, and in our bodies.
And it’s gotten oh-so-much worse these past several decades with the Nuclear Regulatory Agency created by and for the industry. It would be inaccurate to call the NRC a captive agency; it never was free, it’s always been run by the industry it was created to regulate.
In Nuclear Roulette, Gar Smith notes in the chapter, The Regulatory-Industrial Complex:
As the [Associated Press] discovered, another tool the NRC has employed to make it easier for the industry to avoid more rigorous safety practices is risk-informed analysis (RIA). Broadly applied since the 1990s, RIA has allowed regulators to ignore a more comprehensive set of safety concerns and concentrate only on areas of higher risk. Union of Concerned Scientists physicist Ed Lyman argues that RIA generally works “to weaken regulations, rather than strengthen them.” This approach also assumes all reactors to be equal and ignores the problems associated with older plants.
Whatever they’re telling us about the Hanford, WA and Carlsbad, NM leaks, or the removal of the spent fuel rods at Fukushima, we can be sure it is not the truth. As Smith notes:
One consistent lesson from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima is clear: when the public is at risk, plant operators and government officials inevitably cover up and lie. “They lied to us,” physicist Michio Kaku memorably told CNN on June 22, 2011.
But hope springs eternal. Dr Moret and others speculate that Tesla technology like HAARP, which manipulates the ionosphere, can also be used to mitigate ionizing radiation.
Studies have also shown that certain whole foods (non GMO) can repair or mitigate DNA damage, a known effect of encountering radiation. Other whole foods actually protect organs and organ systems from radiation damage (providing a host of other benefits as well), and for this reason I take Juice Plus, a capsule of dried, high-quality superfoods and grains.
Over at Food Freedom News, we’ve also produced a list from various reputable sources of recommended foods to protect you from radiation, or mitigate its damage.
It’s long past time to completely halt the use of nuclear energy and to “terminate the military” as Dr Bertell prescribes in her book, Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War. Humans can and must figure out how to resolve our differences without planet-killing wars and technologies.
An earlier version of this article first appeared at Activist Post.