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America’s Largest Nuclear Plant Put on Lockdown

Posted on Nov 2, 2007

A contract worker who was apparently attempting to bring a small explosive device onto the grounds of Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station on Friday was stopped and detained, according to the Associated Press, and officials would not let anyone enter or leave the plant after the incident.

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Authorities described the device as a small capped pipe that contained suspicious residue.

Capt. Paul Chagolla with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said sheriff’s officials rendered the device safe and that investigators were interviewing the worker.

“Our Security personnel acted cautiously and appropriately, demonstrating that our security process and procedures work as designed,” said Randy Edington, the chief nuclear officer for plant operator Arizona Public Service Co., in a statement.

The incident was considered an “unusual event”—the lowest of four emergencies the plant can declare, said Jim Melfi, an inspector with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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By John Borowski, November 9, 2007 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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Smith, the reason I believe that technology has far out paced our spiritual development is because we have religious devils as our spiritual advisers. One only has to study their track record at the library to see the horrendous evil that they have perpetrated over the past two thousand years. All the religions have the same format. That is to kill off all the other religions because they are charlatans. The Jews because of Diaspora didn’t have the luxury to participate in this insanity. After World War 2 the British gave the Jews land in the Middle East to build a nation. As a nation equipped with nuclear weapons they can now enjoy the religious insanity on equal terms with the other religions. No matter how evil any organization is I know that I’ll find at least twenty five percent of them that are courageous, honorably and noble people. Unfortunately, similar to secular society the seventy five percent of evil people lead the twenty five around by their noses and have the power to dictate what kind of society we will live in. I believe that the 2000 and 2004 elections were a total fraud. If I am incorrect than it is a manifestation of the seventy five percent leading the twenty five around by their noses. The Republicans (Aka Conservatives right-wingers) and their king Bush have caused the American people to suffer the degrading of their quality of life and living standards. As the months roll by you will see the tremendous suffering awaiting the American people.

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By PaulMagillSmith, November 8, 2007 at 5:58 am Link to this comment

“We live in a society that has twenty first century technology and spiritual standards that still are in the Stone Age.”

Hit the nail on the head there, JB. It relates to a book that came out decades ago called “Future Shock”. The premise is our technological advances are outpacing our social ability to adapt.

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By John Borowski, November 6, 2007 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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Smith if you stated that the value of your home is jeopardized by having a nuke generating plant nearby, I could commiserate with you. The people looking for a home probably wouldn’t want to buy yours because of the nuke in the vicinity. The only way to get someone to buy your home would be if it was sold at a ridiculous price. I doubt you would be upset if the nuke plant was twenty feet from a poor neighbor hood. Your situation is analogous to having a home in a nice neighborhood and seeing a Black or Hispanic move in next door to you. It isn’t because you are a bigot or racist, but rather it has the possibility of devaluing your home. Why people think this way is because they know this is an evil, unjust society and your next door neighbor could be the first to be fired and the last to be hired. The result of this is that your next door neighbor will not have the funds to keep his home up to standards. Years ago I worked for a company that serviced a/c and refrigeration in peoples’ homes. One of the best servicemen in that company in my opinion was a black man as far as dedication and ability was concerned. He was laid off because too many women complained they didn’t want a Black man in their homes. When I lived in NJ there was a new Interstate highway that ran from the southern part of NJ, north to NY State. The northern part of this highway was delayed for years because it ran through a wealthy neighborhood. That wealthy neighborhood stone-walled the highway project. Their excuse was that they wouldn’t be able to smell the flora and see the fauna. Common sense would tell you it was the traffic noise and devaluing their homes that was their real reason. We live in a society that has twenty first century technology and spiritual standards that still are in the Stone Age.

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By PaulMagillSmith, November 5, 2007 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

Actually, John B, we are in agreement about many of the items you mentioned with the exception of

“Outside of sabotage, the nuclear generating plants have an excellent record not only in this country, but all over the world and you know it.”

See link:

Let’s look at it another way. If you take the number of existing nuke plants in the world (438) today, and divide that number into the number of deaths reported/estimated by Greenpeace for Chernobyl alone, it comes out to about 220 deaths per plant.

I have a plant about 20 miles from me, and when I associate it with 220 dead human beings it looses all its safety credibility. Coal and oil are far deadlier though, I agree. I believe in a short time we will find the waste by-product of nuclear power generating plants, depleted uranium weaponry, to be even deadlier to non-combatant civilians than all power generation methods combined…and with a 4.5 billion year half-life IT WILL KILL VIRTUALLY FOREVER.

My biggest gripe about heavily investing in nuclear (rather than renewables) is that it is a temporary solution to a permanent problem. It’s estimated that even at this time it would take 2,000 plants to meet our current worldwide energy needs, and uranium (just like oil) is a finite resource that will run out. According to a number of studies this could occur in as little as a couple generations, or less even. Why invest in this technology when there are others (wind, solar, and especially geothermal) that can provide an unending energy supply…and more ‘green’ than nuclear as well? By the way, the nuclear industry never has sufficiently explained a valid proposal for disposal of nuclear waste, an amount that is growing rapidly.

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By John Borowski, November 4, 2007 at 5:43 am Link to this comment
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The thing that is causing global warming are not the nuke generating plants and you know it Smith. The nukers that are on the bottom of the oceans are not from nuke generating plants and you know it. The fact the brain-washing movie Chinese Syndrome and Three Mile Island occurred simultaneously wasn’t due to happenstance and you know it. Outside of sabotage, the nuclear generating plants have an excellent record not only in this country, but all over the world and you know it. There are an ineffable number of cancers and other devastating diseases due to dirty oil and coal nuking the atmosphere and you know it. Nuclear radio-active waste is the results of massive amounts of detritus from the weapon nukes that are now in the oceans, in the ground, an in the sky and you know it. There are millions of nukes that exist today to kill the world a million times over and you know it. Despite this number of nukes the military/industrial complex is still getting trillions of dollars from your tax pockets to make more of them and you know it. The crazies are in total control of not only in this country, but in most of the world and you know it. Because of dirty oil and coal that will result in global warming, NJ and Florida will eventually be under the Atlantic Ocean and you know it. Most insurance companies will no longer honor any new applicants for insurance for flood damage along the East coast of NJ and you know it. The reason for the insurances’ policy change for this is that they could lose their shirts and you know it. I will guarantee you that all beneficial types of energy will be interdicted until every drop of dirty oil and coal is used up and you know it.This is the results of the Republicans aka conservative right-wingers overthrowing the country and you know it.

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By Paul Magill Smith, November 3, 2007 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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From the website:

If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear [power] is really very good.
-Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, June 2001

Contrary to Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s assessment, nuclear power and nuclear devices have not enjoyed a safe history at United States facilities. At least 50 nuclear weapons lie on the ocean bottom due to U.S. and Soviet accidents. A large number of incidents mar the safety record of nuclear plants, facilities, bombers and ships, of which Three Mile Island is only the best remembered. Numerous deaths and injuries resulted from these incidents.

In addition to accidents, the day-to-day operations related to nuclear materials processing and handling have led to massive contamination of this country’s landscape. The U.S. Department of Energy spends over $4 billion each year for the restoration and management of sites contaminated by nuclear materials. Their 2000 Federal budget noted: “The Environmental Management (EM) program is responsible for addressing the environmental legacy resulting from the production of nuclear weapons. The nuclear weapons complex generated waste, pollution, and contamination that pose unique problems, including unprecedented volumes of contaminated soil and water, radiological hazards from special nuclear material, and a vast number of contaminated structures. Factories, laboratories, and thousands of square miles of land were devoted to producing tens of thousands of nuclear weapons. Much of this is largely maintained, decommissioned, managed, and remediated by the EM program, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘cleanup program.’ EM’s responsibilities include facilities and sites in 30 states and one territory, and occupy an area equal to that of Rhode Island and Delaware combined - or about 2.1 million acres.”

On 23 October 1999 directors of the Radiation and Public Health Project released a report which found that the cancer-causing radioisotope Strontium-90 has been found in the teeth of children born in the 1980’s at levels equal to those of the middle 1950’s, when the U.S. and the former Soviet Union were conducting routine above-ground bomb tests. The elevated levels were attributed to accidents such as those at Three Mile Island (in 1979) and Chernobyl (in 1986), with contributions from ongoing releases at other nuclear reactors.

Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Professor Emeritus of Radiological Physics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, noted, “Strontium-90 is a known carcinogen and a marker for other shorter-lived fission products and simply should not be present at all in our children’s teeth.”

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By Outraged, November 2, 2007 at 11:25 pm Link to this comment

Sounds to me like somebody wants another “catastrophic event”.  Hmmmm…...  They say timing is everything.

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By P. T., November 2, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

The Democrats just can’t get it together, due to the fifth columnists in their ranks.  If you’re the majority party and you can’t stop an attorney general nominee who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture, your political party is a sick joke (and the Republicans know it).

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