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Three US nuke plants on edge of disaster

The horrors of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster in Japan after the March earthquake and tsunami are vivid on American minds. Almost immediately it was apparent that the government was not telling near to the truth about the scope of the disaster. Soon the evacuation zone was widened, crops grown near the plants were recalled,  and not long after that, mutation began appearing in the animal ecosystem. A bunny was born without ears. And now, residents who had lived within 40 km are emitting radioactive urine.

From across the Pacific, which proved to be little comfort as a barrier, Americans watched in horror as this nuclear disaster unfolded and as the nuclear cloud wafted our way. The power of the quake and the enormous force of the tsunami shook many people to their core. I know that it did for Christians, who knew they were watching the majesty of the Lord warn us again.

Well it wasn’t long before American shared in nuclear horror, as for the last month we have been hovering on the very knife’s edge of a similar kind of tragedy. Three nuclear plants are under the Sword of Damocles and no one knows when or if the horsehair will let go. The National Weather Service reports significant flooding is occurring in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Portions of the Interstate in Nebraska was closed. CNN has a good overview here. Here are some pictures to ground us on where these things are happening and how they impact each other

Here is the news roundup:

Cooper Nuclear Station: Snowpack and rain runoff continue to swell the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. This flooding has damaged or ruined thousands of acres of farmlands, and spring planting was interrupted. Hole cities have been evacuated, homes lost and lives destroyed. Along these waterways are oil refineries, and nuclear power stations. Cooper is one of those nuclear stations that is inches away from inundation. As we all learned from the tragedy at Fukushima, water and nuke plants do not mix. However, unlike Fukushima, the Corps of Engineers and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission knew of the coming flooding weeks ahead and began to prepare. Whether their preps will be enough remains to be seen with at least another month or tow of flooding to come:  “One of the biggest threats to the safety of any nuclear power plant would be a prolonged loss of electrical power because the plants need to be able to continue pumping water over the radioactive fuel to keep it cool…Cooper also has two main lines of outside power, at least three generators on site and a battery system that can power the plant in an emergency. Flooding remains a concern all along the Missouri because of the massive amounts of water the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released from upstream reservoirs. The river is expected to rise as much as 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in much of Nebraska and Iowa and as much as 10 feet over flood stage in parts of Missouri. The corps expects the river to remain high at least into August because of heavy spring rains in the upper Plains and substantial Rocky Mountain snowpack melting into the river basin.”

Ft Calhoun: This is more of an issue. The waters have indeed encroached upon the plant, actually inundating parts of it and there has been a fire, power outage for a short time, and failure of a berm yesterday. This local news report from KLKN-TV insists “all is well, no worries and no threats exist.” I truly hope that is the case.

The Gavins Point Dam: “Record water flows of about one-point-one million gallons per second are still jetting from Gavins Point Dam into the swollen Missouri River, with no sign of a break ahead for many weeks.” This dam is under a lot of pressure as historic, even epic, flows have kept the Corps of Engineers busy for weeks. Nuclear consultant Arnie Gunderson said recently that the issue is the dams and levees upriver. Controlled releases mean more water downstream, which is bad for the Ft. Calhoun and Cooper Station plants, just mere feet away from total inundation. Gavins Point is under pressure, and as a result, the wild rumors going around the internet is that that particular dam is cracked. This article mentions it in an interview with a nuclear regulatory chairman who was on site, inspecting the Gavins Point dam, and the answer is short and to the point: “See that YouTube video about a supposed crack in the Gavins Point Dam? Ruch said that’s hogwash. “It’s crazy,” he said. “The dam isn’t cracking, it’s performing as designed.” Other mentions in that same article are as follows:

* A berm burst near the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station early Sunday, but government officials say the plant remains safe. It has been closed since early April for refueling.
* Flood water surrounded two buildings at the plant, but officials said those buildings can handle flood waters of 1,014 feet above sea level. The river is now at 1,006.3 feet and is expected to crest at 1,008 feet.
Jaczko will visit the plant Monday.
* The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to secure the levee at Cass County’s Lake Waconda, Col. Bob Ruch said.
* Several sand boils, or leaks, have been spotted in the levee that holds the Missouri River back from the dam.

Sand boils or Sand Volcanoes occur when water under pressure wells up through a bed of sand. The water looks like it is “boiling” up from the bed of sand, hence the name. Sand boils can be a mechanism contributing to levee failure during floods. This effect is caused by a difference in pressure on two sides of a levee or dike, most likely during a flood. This process can result in piping, whereby the removal of soil particles results in a pipe through the embankment. The creation of the pipe will quickly pick up pace and will eventually result in failure of the embankment. A sand boil is difficult to stop.” [Wikipedia]

All is well, we keep hearing. In my opinion, the news is mixed. Now let’s take a look a bit south and east.
Los Alamos Nuclear Lab: Wildfires rage 50 feet from Los Alamos. On the right of the map is the Missouri River basin with the affected dams and nuclear plants.On the left of the map where the pin is shows the Los Alamos Center. Notice that in between is Joplin MO, where the tornadoes were last month. The mid section of the nation has been hit hard.

The wildfire that surrounds the nuclear lab in Los Alamos, N.M., has grown to at least 61,000 acres amid mounting concerns about what might be in the smoke that’s visible from space. Such fear has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to bring in air monitors, along with a special airplane that checks for radiation levels. So far, officials have not been able to find anything. “Our facilities and nuclear material are protected and safe,” Laboratory Director Dr. Charles McMillan told ABC News.”

All is well. All is well. Here is a photo.

It does not look as though all is well. Not at all.

The Iranian state news outlet, Press-TV has a good summary here of the situation with American sources noted.

One last thing. I noticed in the above article where there is video also, that the newscaster noted that the smoke can be seen from space, and they show a NASA satellite photo of all the smoke. The Eritrea volcano (Nabro) erupted for the first time ever and the way that the populace knew it erupted was the satellite photo. (News from the sparsely populated and tightly controlled Eritrean civilization rarely makes it outside the border). And the Chilean volcano eruption caused a bunch of satellite photos to be circulated…And the floods can be seen from space, too. (here). If we were astronauts I’m sure I’d be looking at a planet under a lot of smoke, strife, and overall visible negative activity. Our planet is groaning!
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Missouri river flooding and impacts on Ft. Calhoun and Cooper Nuke plants

Yesterday I wrote about Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska, located alongside the flooding Missouri River. At the end of the blog entry I mentioned Cooper Nuclear plant, also in danger. Today the news got a bit worse.

St. Louis Today reports that Monday Brig. Gen. John McMahon, commander of the [Army] corps’ Northwest Division, will travel to Jefferson City from Portland to field some of those concerns, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth said yesterday.” What concerns, you wonder? Well, that “flooding along the Missouri River might have been prevented with better planning by the Army Corps of Engineers.”

The flooding is impacting several nuclear power plants, one of which (Cooper) came within inches of being flooded today, and is impacting several dams also. CBS St. Louis called it the “Summer of Suspense” because it won’t be over until late August. CBS wrote:

“Officials on Tuesday will increase releases from five of the river’s dams to 150,000 cubic feet of water per second __ more than twice the previous record releases. As a result, the river will rise 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in most of Nebraska and Iowa before continuing into Missouri, where it may rise 10 feet above flood stage in several places and flow over the top of at least 11 rural levees. The record releases from the dams are expected to continue into August, so the river will remain high all summer, interfering with highway and rail traffic in the region. Parts of Interstate 29 have already been closed, and Union Pacific was re-routing some trains around Omaha. Places in most danger of flooding include the small Iowa towns of Hamburg, Blencoe and Pacific Junction; the Nebraska communities of South Sioux City, Rulo and Plattsmouth; and St. Joseph in Missouri. “I think there’s a 50 percent chance it’s going to be ugly. And there’s a 50 percent chance we’re going to squeak by,” said James Gerweck, the emergency manager in southeast Nebraska’s Richardson County.”

“Record-breaking rains and heavy snow in the basin’s western reaches have filled upstream impoundments to near capacity, forcing the corps to evacuate the waters with dam releases more than double any in history. The record volumes of water that are working their way to the confluence with the Mississippi are scheduled to last into August. Corps officials acknowledged over the weekend that they are failing to keep up despite the releases. Continuing snowmelt and rain is complicating matters and corps officials said on Friday that they are moving more water from two upstream reservoirs into the Fort Randall impoundment in South Dakota, where space had been kept open. More heavy rains are forecast in coming days, prompting Army engineers to warn on Saturday that if weather continues to deteriorate, they will lose their ability to make adjustments between dams and may need to increase releases from Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams.”

The problem is that as water is released upriver the same downriver, which are all flooded, also have to release water. On Pacifica Radio Network, Arnie Gunderson who is a nuclear consultant for Fairewinds Associates, was interviewed about the situation. He said, “sandbags and nuclear power plant really don’t belong in the same sentence and now we are seeing them put sandbags up to reinforce against the flood. … All of the dams upstream are full, they are all opening up their water and letting it cascade down to the next dam and opening up their water and letting it cascade down to the next dam and so on. They were designed for a flood not much worse than this, or else it is going to breach the walls. My concern is, what if a dam breaks? That would be the equivalent to the Fukushima tsunami.”

The CBS St. Louis map above of the river basin shows the Missouri River and also the dams from the beginning to the end. Ft. Calhoun and Cooper plants are in Nebraska, Ft. Calhoun just north of Omaha and Cooper near the southern end toward Auburn and Rock Port.

So what we have now, without things getting worse (and I hope they don’t) is a multi-state flood that is going to last multi-months. Crop land is flowing away, commerce has been interrupted and/or stopped,  railroads have been re-routed, homes destroyed, power plants taken off-line, and businesses sunk. Record upon record of water releases have already been made. We can’t afford to recover from this. If it gets worse, and the flooding IS expected to continue and the plants ARE just inches away from inundation, then things will get exponentially worse. 

Here is a UK Daily Mail summary from a few minutes ago. Yes, I often turn to the international media to find out what is going on next door. As usual, the Daily Mail has stupendous photos.

Raging Missouri River inches from engulfing nuclear power plant as record floods force hundreds of residents to flee their homes

  • Nuclear plant inches from being totally flooded
  • Damage would be likely to cause energy prices to soar
  • Six to 12 inches of heavy rainfall over the last few weeks
  • Record floods hit 44.4 feet, topping 44.3 feet record set in 1993
  • Levees fail to stem surge of water from rain and melting snow
  • Flooding expected to continue until August
  • Residents begin burning wood to avoid it becoming flood debris
  • Meanwhile, engineers close the Bonnet Carre Spillway near New Orleans

“The National Weather Service said that the six to 12 inches of rainfall in the upper Missouri basin in the past few weeks is nearly a normal year’s worth of rain, while runoff from the mountain snowpack is 140 per cent of average levels.”

These records, crumbling all over the world in ‘natural disaster’ after ‘natural disaster’ are NOT coincidence. The wonderful thing is that we can pray. If you have a relationship with Jesus, and that is what being a Christian means, then you can pray for safety of the people there, or for the nuke plants’ safe operation, or for the rapture. Whatever you would like to pray for, you can pray. He gives you that right as His child, and He has promised to listen.

If you do not know Jesus, then you can pray to Him for forgiveness of your sins. That is all that is preventing Him from calling you one of His own. If you recognize your unrighteousness in the face of a Holy God then pray to Him for forgiveness. He will forgive you, and you will be cleansed from unrighteousness because He has already sacrificed Himself for your sins and took your punishment.

Do not delay. If you wonder why these things keep happening in the world and why things are not getting better, this is why. It is the end of time, and He is going to call His bride to Him soon. Don’t miss the biggest event in the history of the Church!
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Fukushima on US soil anyone? Nebraska’s Ft. Calhoun in danger

The Missouri flooding is affecting Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska. The plant is completely surrounded by water, when photos were published it freaked everyone out. It is said to still be dry thanks to an aqua berm. However there was a ‘notification of unusual event’ posted, and since then rumors have taken off.

 The officials are saying, ‘it’s safe, I tell ya!’

Flood notes: Guard sends copters, crews to Eppley
‘Nuclear regulators and the utility that runs the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant said again Friday that there is little cause for immediate concern from Missouri River flooding.  The plant, encircled by a giant rubber barrier against the water, has been shut down since April for scheduled maintenance. Omaha Public Power District said the complex will not be reactivated until the flooding subsides.”

No, there have been no radioactive releases, I tell ya!

Radioactive Releases Not Expected at Omaha Nuclear Power Plant
“Officials at the Omaha Public Power District say there have been no releases of radioactive material since flooding from the Missouri River caused them to declare a low-level emergency June 6 at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant. The emergency level, declared as “a notification of an unusual event,” is the lowest possible of four standard emergency classifications set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and, as of now, there has been no risk to the public.”

OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun
“Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman toured the flooded Missouri River this week and saw the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, seemingly inundated by water. The same image that the governor saw reached the Internet and had led to a wave of rumors. But Omaha Public Power District officials said the images don’t tell the whole story. They said the flood water pumped into a giant donut around the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant was put there to keep flood water out. Officials called it an “aqua berm.” The OPPD showed videos taken almost two weeks ago to demonstrate the efforts to keep the facility dry. “I want (people) to understand the plant is safe (and) will continue to be safe,” said Dave Bannister, an OPPD nuclear plant officer. Officials said on Friday that the plant is on the lowest emergency status, but they are prepared if it rises another 10 feet.”

So what if there was a fire?! All is well I tell ya!

Electrical Fire Knocks Out Spent Fuel Cooling at Nebraska Nuke Plant
A fire in an electrical switch room on Tuesday briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant outside Omaha, Neb., plant officials said. Officials at Fort Calhoun said the situation at their plant came nowhere near to Fukushima’s. They said it would have taken 88 hours for the heat produced by the fuel to boil away the cooling water.  Workers restored cooling in about 90 minutes, and plant officials said the temperature in the pool only increased by two degrees.”

Obama orders news blackout over crippled nuke plant in Nebraska
“A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska. According to this report, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant suffered a “catastrophic loss of cooling” to one of its idle spent fuel rod pools on 7 June after this plant was deluged with water caused by the historic flooding of the Missouri River which resulted in a fire causing the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to issue a “no-fly ban” over the area.”

Aw, that last report was from The Nation in Pakistan. Pakistan hates Obama. They lie all the time. They would say anything, even if it wasn’t true, wouldn’t they? Well, ahem, the ‘no fly’ order is…true.

Airspace Over Flooded Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Still Closed
“On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant. “No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM,” referring to the “notice to airmen,” effective immediately. The OPPD claims the FAA closed airspace over the plant because of the Missouri River flooding. But the FAA ban specifically lists the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as the location for the flight ban. Asked about the FAA flight ban, Hanson it was due to high power lines and “security reasons that we can’t reveal.” He said the flight ban remains in effect.”

If any of the dams upriver from Fort Calhoun break, and they are all full as of now, a wall of water will cascade into the Fort Calhoun plant. And we have seen what a wall of water will do to a nuclear plant.

OPPD (Omaha Public Power District) has set up a web page to rebut the rumors. It is here. But no doubt, people are jittery over Fukushima.

This week green tea was sent back.

Japan’s green tea contaminated with radiation
JAPANESE green tea, esteemed around the world for its purity and health-enhancing properties, has become contaminated with radiation, as fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continues to blight Japan’s agricultural heartlands, authorities revealed today.”

Worse than that, the first birth deformities are showing up. This week a rabbit was born near the plant that had no ears. Rabbits have a faster life cycle so it makes sense that any deformities would show up in that mammal first. “The rabbit was born on May 7, according to its owner, Yuko Sugimoto, in the town of Namie, which is just outside the 18-mile exclusion zone that has been imposed around the crippled plant. The town has, however, been identified as a radiation hot-spot.”

Is it any wonder the Americans looking at photos of a nearly inundated nuclear plant, hearing of fires, lack of cooling, no fly zone and news blackout from a less than honest government are NERVOUS?? And I’m not talking about Japan here, I’m talking Nebraska.

Oh, and PS? Cooper Nuclear Station in Nebraska just posted a “Notification of Unusual Event” due to the rising flood waters. According to that Nuclear Plant’s emergency procedures, “The plan’s procedures dictate when the Missouri River’s water level reaches 42.5 feet, or greater than 899 feet above sea level, a notification of unusual event is declared. Should the river’s level increase to 900 feet above sea level, plant personnel will also barricade internal doorways as another layer of protection for facility equipment. If the river’s level increases to 45.5 feet or 902 feet above sea level, plant operators would take the station offline as a protective safety measure. The plant was built at 903′ MSL, which is 13 feet above natural grade.”
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