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Nuclear Mishaps and Safety Issues

Radioactive material stolen in northern Mexico and Ukraine

Reuters reports the theft of radioactive material, prompting an alert in five Mexican states. Reuters says Stolen or lost radioactive material has been reported on several occasions in Mexico. ( Reuters1 pink_bunnydated 08/02/17.) Similarly, Sputnik reports hundreds of containers of radioactive materials have been stolen from a nuclear storage facility in central Ukraine. (See footnote.)

Ongoing issues at San Onofre CA deactivated nuclear power plant

San Onofre nuclear power plant has 1,800 tons of lethal radioactive waste stored on the edge of the Pacific and within sight of the I-5 Freeway. ( LA Times2 pink_bunnydated 07/02/17. Title: "1,800 tons of radioactive waste has an ocean view and nowhere to go." By Ralph Vartabedian.)

Nevada and New Mexico - 2014

In 2014, nuclear engineers failed to properly reassemble a "Godiva" testing unit, leaving off the protective cap and irradiating an international team of engineers. The engineers were not told of the mishap for some months, until engineers started testing positive for radiation in their urine. Technicians discovered the test room and anterior room were contaminated a month after the event. Alarms throughout the facility had been shut off because some of the alarms would be set off by the testing procedure itself. ( Scientific American3 pink_bunnydated 6/27/17, title: "Nuclear Weapons Site Alarms Shut Off, Scientists Inhale Uranium")

Near fission event, Los Alamos National Laboratory 2011

Improper safety procedures and "showboating" with plutonium led to a near-fission event at Los Alamos in 2011, resulting in an exodus of nuclear safety engineers and 4 year shutdown in operations. ( Center for Public Integrity4 pink_bunnydated June 18, 2017. Title: "A near-disaster at a federal nuclear weapons laboratory takes a hidden toll on America’s arsenal")

Ongoing Fukushima disaster

"Over 1 Billion pounds of nuclear waste “will be dumped into sea”". ENENews:Fukushima5 pink_bunnydated 07/16/27.


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