Feds: No 'show-stoppers' found in nuke readiness review

December 16, 2016 by Susan Montoya Bryan

U.S. Energy Department officials said Thursday no "show-stoppers" were found during an intensive review of whether the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico is ready to reopen following a radiation leak.

Officials outlined the findings of the recent review during a public forum and reiterated their intended goal of resuming limited operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant by the end of the month.

Some in audience expressed skepticism after hearing the laundry list of issues that the Energy Department and the manager of the underground facility need to address before reopening.

Those 21 findings range from simple paperwork and documentation issues to procedural inadequacies that involve new requirements for accepting waste from national laboratories and other defense sites around the country. Another 15 findings have been identified that can be addressed over time as operations resume, such as an aging public announcement system that warns workers of emergencies.

It's been nearly three years since workers at the repository have handled any containers of waste. That's because a chemical reaction inside an inappropriately packed container resulted in a radiation release and forced the facility's indefinite closure.

Investigators determined the mishap would have been preventable had policies and procedures been followed. The repository and Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the container was packed, were cited for numerous violations by state regulators.

Officials have yet to publicly release the readiness report, but they said corrective action plans have been developed for all of the findings and that six of the issues have already been taken care of.

"Again, safety is a priority and doing it right is a priority for us," said Todd Shrader, head of the Energy Department's field office in Carlsbad, New Mexico. "If it takes a little bit beyond that then we will take the time, but our goal does still remain December and we are at the last steps of the readiness process."

Watchdog groups have been critical of the Energy Department, saying the agency shouldn't rush given the critical role the facility plays in the nation's multibillion-dollar cleanup program and the implications if something were to go wrong again.

"The circumstances surrounding reopening WIPP need to be considered fully by the public prior to the reopening," the groups Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and Citizen Action New Mexico wrote in a recent letter to agency officials.

Shrader said Thursday the recovery process at the repository has cost around a quarter-billion dollars and the price tag will grow by just as much when a new ventilation system is installed.

Once the findings are addressed and state and sign off, the repository plans to move waste already at the site into the first of five disposal rooms carved a thick layer of salt deep underground. Officials expect it will take between 2 and 3 years to fill up the space.

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gkam
1 / 5 (7) Dec 16, 2016
It was not a "leak" it was a low-grade explosion of high-level radioactive waste. Good thing it was just contaminated gloves and clothes and tools and such.

I watched the presentations and am not convinced these folk can do it right.

https://livestrea...um=email
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.4 / 5 (7) Dec 16, 2016
I watched the presentations and am not convinced these folk can do it right
Georges qualifications include 1) standing in a nuke control room once and 2) doing coloring book validation of a single system, offsite, as a jobshopper (and then quickly losing that position) and 3) well thats about it.

Who but george kamburoff takes george kamburoff seriously?

Nobody here.

Nobody out there, which is why he spends all his time here (wasting ours).
gkam
1 / 5 (7) Dec 19, 2016
Gosh, it was supposed to be perfect the first time, remember? Problems could not happen?

When they did, the system failed. Why should we trust them again?

Did anybody else watch the series of boring but important meetings on Livestream? It is a morass of jargon and bureaucrat-speak regulations dumped into streams of real words, but lets us know what their world is like. It's as real as we will ever get form those folk.
gkam
1 / 5 (7) Dec 20, 2016
Something stopped the "Show" at Fukushima, did it not?

Why are our nuke apologists still here and not there?
Captain Stumpy
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-bully
nuke apologists
It is a morass of jargon and bureaucrat-speak regulations
what their world is like. It's as real as we will ever get form those folk
Good thing it was just contaminated gloves and clothes and tools and such
Big Oil = Vladi Putin
It is obvious who sold us out to our enemies
Sociopaths. I see where we got Human selfishness now.

Do chimps grab others by the pu$$y?
Can't we get rid of this nasty stuff?
This regards science, not personal attacks

Can we clean up the forum and get rid of these offensive snipers?

per your own request to clean up the site...
WillieWard
3.4 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2016
Who but george kamburoff takes george kamburoff seriously?
Nobody here.
Nobody out there, which is why he spends all his time here (wasting ours).
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2016
Can't we get rid of this nasty stuff?
This regards science, not personal attacks

Can we clean up the forum and get rid of these offensive snipers?

per your own request to clean up the site...
Psychopaths like to push the envelope. George is seeing how far he can go before he gets banned. Hes daring the mods to do something.

Anything for a thrill. Its what people like george do when they cant feel much of anything.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 20, 2016
Heres an interesting parallel that Im sure will give george jetson a thrill

"For example, some psychopaths earned reputations for being fearless fighter pilots during World War II, staying on their targets like terriers on an ankle. Yet, these pilots often failed to keep track of such unexciting details as fuel supply, altitude, location, and the position of other planes. Sometimes they became heroes, but more often, they were killed or became known as opportunists, loners, or hotshots who couldn't be relied on - except to take care of themselves. [Hare]"

-Note the similarity in losing jobs, college dropout, never good at anything, poor liar, pot addict, etc.
gkam
1 / 5 (7) Dec 20, 2016
Yes, fixations are surely the true sign of psychopathy. That and the continual reference to psychopathy we see with otto.

It is a strange phenomenon? Nope. It is just the standard scream for help by those unable to help themselves. If there were an excuse for it, it would not be so bad, but poor character is not one.

Your fixation is pathetic. Tell us what made you so unlikable.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 21, 2016
Hi there loser :)
fixations... scream for help... poor character... unlikable...
Even if these were true it would mean that a fixated, screaming, unlikable person with a poor character is still one of the many people here who are able to expose you daily for the lying cheating psychopath that you are.

IOW all the goobers here are able to best you at your own game. All the time. So what does that tell you about your own abilities? Do you blame us for your loser status like all those employers you could only fool for so long hmmm?
TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (5) Dec 21, 2016
Hi there loser :)
fixations... scream for help... poor character... unlikable...
Even if these were true it would mean that a fixated, screaming, unlikable person with a poor character is still one of the many people here who are able to expose you daily for the lying cheating psychopath that you are.

IOW all the goobers here are able to best you at your own game. All the time. So what does that tell you about your own abilities? Do you blame us for your loser status like all those employers you could only fool for so long hmmm?
TheGhostofOtto1923
Dec 21, 2016
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gkam
1 / 5 (7) Dec 21, 2016
"Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn.

According to the Japan Times, Monju will cost at least 375bn yen ($3.2bn) to decommission and will only be fully dismantled by 2047."

http://www.bbc.co...38390504

Oh, . . only $12,000,000,000? That's because they stopped operating it before it could melt down.

Fukushima will cost $190,000,000,000 at last estimate.

gkam
1 / 5 (7) Dec 21, 2016
In addition, now the Japanese government has taken the responsibility from those who caused it and transferred it not to themselves, but to the states.

https://www.japan...ukushima

" . . under the special law on decontamination, it is stated that TEPCO should shoulders the expenses. The government will thus revise the special law on rebuilding Fukushima to accommodate the move."

So much for accountability. Expect the same thing here (US), soon.
WillieWard
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 22, 2016
In spite of fearmongering tales told by pseudo-environmentalists(pro-fossil lobbyists),
"poco a poco", carbon-free nuclear power is being recognized as the safest the most ecologically friendly source of clean energy and the only way to stop climate change.
"To Slow Global Warming, We Need Nuclear Power"
http://www.nytime...wer.html
https://scontent-...58F2C9BE
"A good environmentalist follows the SCIENCE"
https://scontent-...58F46372
https://scontent-...58E7006B
In the future, wind/solar will be remembered just as an expensive scam to lure taxpayers to waste their money
WillieWard
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 23, 2016
In the future, wind/solar will be remembered just as an expensive scam to lure taxpayers to waste their money
Interesting, natural gas/fracking is accounted as "renewable".
"Las Vegas is now the largest city in the country to run entirely on renewable energy."
http://www.popula...-energy/
"Per EIA data Las Vegas runs primarily on natural gas."
http://www.forbes...e-energy
http://blogs-imag...idth=960
"Sorry, Las Vegas Isn't Close To Running Entirely On Renewable Energy"
gkam
1 / 5 (6) Dec 23, 2016
Why isn't Fukushima "cleaned up"?

Any "show-stoppers" there?

Why do we still trust these people?

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