Jackson Hole citizens have twice protected Wyoming from being downwind of deadly nuclear projects, like the plutonium incinerator planned for Idaho.
Right now there is an effort by President Trump to fast-track a cluster of dangerous nuclear experiments at the Idaho National Lab. That includes plutonium production, nuclear fuel production and more than 10 private nuclear power plants, including full-scale reactors. We need action again. Unfortunately, Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free has disbanded because the threat appeared defeated.
I have worked 31 years on these issues. I use hidden Department of Energy documents that show fatal flaws in the department’s claims of safety. For example, to make nuclear fuel the buildings rely on HEPA filters to protect the public from exposure to inhaling radioactive particles from the process. My research found Energy Department documents on “alpha recoil” that prove that the claim of fantastic filtering efficiency is a bold lie.
In fact, the radioactive decay makes the particles knock themselves off the filters “like the recoil of a gun,” even through four filters in a row. The official Energy Department impact statements pretend that never happens, despite my entering its own documents on this fatal flaw at all official scoping hearings.
Right now a new test reactor called VTR has a quiet official scoping hearing underway, taking public comment.
If the Energy Department dared answer my documented scoping questions truthfully, it would lose its air permit for violation of the limit of public exposure to those radioactive particles.
We need Jackson Hole to go to court again and expose the documented issues the Energy Department ignores. That’s not fairy dust they are sprinkling on our families, it’s plutonium.
The Energy Department’s renewable lab, RENL, documents we can power the USA with safer renewables. RENL agrees with the Stanford report that a widespread wind grid is as steady a base load as coal and cheaper. Geothermal power rocks 24/7, and rooftop solar offsets peak summer heat demand.
Nuclear power remains the most dangerous and expensive way to boil water to simply turn a turbine. If we had spent the $7 trillion wasted on oil wars and built our own renewable power and grid we would be energy independent, with cheap, steady power free of CO2.
Even Forbes admits renewables are the best buy now, so why are they clustering a disastrous target that can be cyber attacked or destroyed by a disgruntled employee?
The Energy Department recently ordered updating sites’ security to try to stop terrorist drone attacks with explosives, citing Homeland Security warning of intercepted plans. See OakRidgeToday.com/2019/05/04/doe-updating-security-order-after-intelligence-reports-about-drone-threats.
In reality, they can’t stop all drones. They certainly can’t stop stolen crop dusters loaded with explosives, since they have no plans or weapons for that.
That is why I ask at scoping hearings for the real environmental impacts that disgruntled employees and terrorists could create. Even the new so-called small modular reactors, which claim to be inherently safe in design, are subject to disgruntled employee meltdowns during fuel production, as happened in Japan.
While any energy source can be hurt that way, only nuclear power can cause large evacuations hundreds of miles away. It is common sense to analyze these scoping issues when choosing our country’s energy policy. Widespread diverse power supplies are better for national defense, than having millions rely on a large, deadly power source that we know is a target for enemies.
When I walked out of the Idaho Falls pu-238 hearing, two INL workers approached me and quietly said, “Check the daily operations briefs for ATR last week.” I asked, “What are daily operation briefs?” They just whispered, “Check them,” and quickly walked away.
So I filed a FOIA for that mystery term and, wow, DOBs are worker reports of accidents or odd things. Workers had found two bolts on the floor. The bolts had fallen out of the earthquake support beams. Oops. That is what they called “safe and the crown jewel of the DOE.” KYNF went to bat with a huge FOIA and found the ATR was literally falling apart.
The Energy Department postponed the plutonium-238 production, in reaction, but this VTR is the new Trojan horse now, to cluster everything around.
On the alpha recoil flaw I found in the OSTI archives that DOE did more, recent secret studies on how HEPA filters cannot contain plutonium. I filed a FOIA to see the updated bad news; however, the department is balking, now more than 100 days overdue. Hmm.
If you know the Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free crew, pass this along. Jackson Hole is too great to evacuate.