Earlier this month, workers at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant surrounded the reactor and other key parts of the facility with a massive water berm called an “AquaDam”.
Fort Calhoun had a foot-deep pool next to the reactor for spent fuel rods. The pool was so full in 2009 that they were sealing the fuel rods up in dry casks and sticking them in an on-site ‘mausoleum’.
This, of course, is why there is a no-fly zone around the plant — someone might realize that wherever the fuel casks and underground fuel pools are, they are NOT inside the condom.
Hat tip and a bow to Arthur Hu for finding the dry-storage bunker, half-submerged OUTSIDE the condom. It’s the smaller brown building adjacent to the white tank.
No one really knows what their condition is – or even if the spent fuel is still on-site. No one in the major media is asking the question, and the operators aren’t saying.
So who made the dry storage cask containers at Fort Calhoun?
That would be Transnuclear, Inc.
And who owns Transnuclear? Areva.
And what else is Aveva doing?
Selling water purification tanks and systems to TEPCO for Fukushima.
What else does Areva do? Anything it wants, since it’s a giant multinational behemoth.
Flood berm collapsed at Nebraska nuclear plant
Published 12:55 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2011
FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) — A berm holding back floodwater at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station has collapsed:
Lynda Waddington of The Iowa Independent has now confirmed that the dry storage casks WERE exposed to the flood, and outside the berm:
Note also the following article published today in the New York Times:
Last October, the NRC issued a notice of violation against the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant operator, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). NRC inspectors said that facility ”would experience a loss of offsite power and loss of intake structure” in the event flood waters reached 1008 feet above sea level.
OPPD challenged the NRC’s inspectors’ conclusions in a series of conferences before bowing to the commission staff’s demands and agreeing to install the additional defenses this year. The AquaDam water berm was installed beginning June 4.
According to the article, the Missouri River reached a high of 1007 feet yesterday.
Dr. Tom is a retired scientist who is now farming on the Big Island of Hawaii. He blogs at https://www.facebook.com/tcburnett
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