Thursday, March 6, 2014

WIPP Leak May Be Caused By Salt Roof Collapse

  1. WIPP Leak May Be Caused By Salt Roof Collapse

    What’s leaking from the nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Program? from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.
  2. TV: Radioactive waste containers may be “smashed and opened ...

    Feb 21, 2014 - the radiation leak occurred on the evening of Feb. ..... all this nearby drilling disturbance helped that salt mine storage chamber roof collapse.

  3. TV: Radioactive waste containers may be “smashed and opened” after roof collapse at leaking U.S. nuclear site — Official: We believe there’s been a breach… “It’s a very serious thing” — ‘Seismic event’ mentioned — High levels of alpha and beta radiation detected (VIDEO)

    Published: February 21st, 2014 at 11:49 am ET
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    Carlsbad Current Argus, Feb. 20, 2014 (emphasis added): [...] the radiation leak occurred on the evening of Feb. 14, according to new information made public at a news conference Thursday afternoon. […] Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office, said an underground air monitor detected high levels of alpha and beta radiation activity consistent the waste buried at WIPP. “We are assuming and believe that it is from one of our waste (sources) that we have underground […]” he added. […] It could be up to three or four weeks before workers can go underground to survey the possible source [...]
    Reuters, Feb. 20, 2014: Airborne radioisotopes can be harmful if inhaled or swallowed. […] “Even though it’s well below levels established by the EPA to ensure protection of public health, it’s a very serious thing,” [Franco] said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “WIPP is not intended to be in this kind of condition.” […] “Radiation is simply not supposed to be released outside this facility. It’s not supposed to be released inside the underground. Any type of release is unacceptable and disconcerting,” [Secretary of New Mexico Environment Department Ryan Flynn] said. […] Franco said indications suggest a drum or drums containing radioactive waste may have breached for reasons that are not yet known.
    AP, Feb. 20, 2014: [...] could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened. […] It was the second incident in just a matter of weeks. Earlier this month, a truck hauling salt below ground caught fire [...] but Franco said it was unlikely the events were related. He also said there was no evidence of a seismic event at the site.
    KRQE, Feb. 21, 2014: Federal and state agencies are scrambling to deal with the discovery of airborne radiation [...] one of the working theories right now is that a big slab of the roof broke free, hit the stack, knocked some drums off and smashed and opened one or more of them. [...] that is not supposed to happen in areas being actively worked by crews. It appears the leak occurred in an active work area [...]
  4. Officials: More may be affected by WIPP radiation release — TV ...

    Feb 27, 2014 - a container of waste leaked, but it could be weeks before they can get underground ... Possible scenarios include a ceiling collapse or a forklift puncturing a..... Now we have nuclear waste and a fire in an underground salt mine. .... with the Doh! idea for storing nuclear waste in salt caverns, in the first place.
  5. Plutonium release from the WIPP radioactive waste facility.

    Feb 22, 2014 - This is consistent with the nature of the nuclear waste stored in therepository. .... After shaft leakage, such roof breaching is the next most common cause of ..... disturbance helped that salt mine storage chamber roof collapse.
  6. The WIPP Facility -

    The Construction and Salt Handling Shaft, the Waste Shaft, the Air Intake Shaft ...seams and anhydrite beds above and below the repository which can leak water. It is actually not at all uncommon for salt mines to become inundated with ... rapid until the salt becomes brittle and the roof collapses causing subsidence and  ...
  7. WIPP leaks 'should never occur' (NM nuclear disposal site)

    Free Republic
    Feb 21, 2014 - The wastestored in sealed containers, is stacked in underground rooms ... One speculation is that part of the salt roof collapsed damaging and  ...
  8. 400 TONS of Radioactive Water 'Leaking' - AGreenRoad Project

    Aug 9, 2013 - These, and all future rooms will suffer collapse of major roof slabs ... In Germany, they tried this salt mine nuclear waste storage thing and here  ...

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