[Detailed update, as of August 15-16, regarding the status of the comments is found at the top of this post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/lazy-well-paid-us-epa-always-on-holiday-corrupt-or-both/ EPA alleges to have not posted 23,592 (98%), as repetitive, meaning that they may only upload 575 comments. They have also apparently found some previously lost comments, bringing the comment totals to 24,067, of which 376 (65%) are now posted. Everything we say about Energy Solutions, stands. Half of the post is about Energy Solutions at Fukushima and at WIPP. We furthermore maintain that the comments should post automatically in the 21st century. And, these topics should be voted on by the public, in a democracy or a republic.]
Post as published August 11, 2014, UTC:
Original Title: US EPA Hiding Public Comments re New Radiation Rules or Simply Incompetent? Only 1% of Comments Appear & Nuclear Waste Company Energy Solutions’ Comment was Late and Appears On Top!
While over 23,000 people, who worked hard to post comments to the US EPA on time, are wondering why their comments haven’t been posted yet, sleazy nuclear waste company Energy Solutions has theirs posted even though it was LATE, and their comment appears on top of the comments!
[Update: As of mid-morning, Aug. 11th, Washington DC time, Energy Solutions is no longer on top, though it is still there. Rather, the top place goes to Anonymous “Posted: 08/08/2014ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0270“, a pdf: “I am a nuclear engineer working at one of US DOE national laboratories…” It is clear that someone is manipulating the comments. There cannot be two such coincidences. Still only 1% posted. This Anonymous was mailed and received on August 4th, making it late. Why would a pro-nuke nuclear lab worker be anonymous? If it was e-mailed in they should have included the e-mail and did not. It states clearly in the rules that e-mail is never anonymous but must be included in the record, if not everyone would have done e-mail. Additional updates will appear at very bottom of post, as we have time.]
The deadline was 11.59 pm, August 3rd, Eastern Time, a Sunday, and only 274 of those 23,959 comments listed as received have been posted, and Energy Solutions, nuclear waste company, who posted on August 7th is on top of the comments!
Energy Solutions is also very late in cleaning up the water at Fukushima, having reportedly failed for over 2 years at the task.
Even though the nuclear lobby was personally visited by the EPA, in June, via a Nuclear Energy Institute sponsored water workshop, as documented here:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/how-much-should-nuclear-facilities-leak-the-us-nrc-epa-travelled-to-a-nuclear-industry-workshop-shouldnt-they-visit-communities-instead/ lazy ass Energy Solutions posted their comment late and it is on top of all of the comments! It is so unfair for those who worked to post on time.
So the question remains if the EPA is hiding public comment or if the US government has an incompetent running their comment web site? In 2014 the uploading of comments should have been automatic and if 23,000 comments cannot be uploaded instantly there is a problem. It has been, however, over a week!
This is supposed to be part of the public record, just as the original 1977 comments are. Is this why there were so few comments for the FDA radiation in food rules? They didn’t upload them? The comments are for the public, as one can suspect that they will be ignored by the EPA.
Does everyone need to come back and comment again LATE to get their comment in? It so happens that there is no room for comment because comments are closed! How then did Energy Solutions get their comment posted? If you press on details it claims that it was post-marked and received on August 4th, which is still late. It had to have been post-marked by August 3rd. And, it is impossible that it was post-marked and received on August 4th. Additionally this means that the EPA uploaded the Energy Solutions comment by hand and suggests that it was intentionally placed on top of all comments!
Ah, they e-mailed it, at their lazy-ass leisure on late Monday afternoon, while the common folk were to work on theirs until midnight on the weekend and still have not had theirs uploaded over one week later.
The lateness of the Energy Solutions comment suggests their lack of work ethnic, as does the incompetence which appears to hover around their projects. Is this all coincidental? We think not.
The same laziness which is indicated by a late submittal to the EPA was found in an Energy Solutions employee’s gosh-geez e-mails about WIPP:
“I expect most of the cemented Pu waste we’ve handled is oxide“: Industrial Hygienist for Energy Solutions when requesting permission from LANL operations (LANS consortium) for a new neutralizer.
Why does he “expect“? It is the cousin to “I reckon“, as in “I expect Daisy Mae will be at barbecue“. And, it essentially translates as “I guess“. Why doesn’t he check? As the explosion-fire at WIPP demonstrates, there is no room for being too lazy to double check, as “I expect” suggests. It appears an inappropriately lazy or weak-minded attitude about work. And, this is work with potentially dangerous repercussions. E-mails are here: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/NMED/Issues/documents/5.19.14-Combined-ESTransmittalofNeutralizersUsedinNSProcessin….pdf (the link has 4 dots between n and pdf)
When “Investment” Bankers Deal in Nuclear Waste for Investment-Profit We are in Trouble! Or, what do the ongoing WIPP and Fukushima Fiascos and Goldman Sachs have in common? The answer is named “Energy Solutions” and its current owner “Energy Capital Partners”.
How US WIPP Handles Nuclear Waste
Nuclear waste needs to be handled as a non-profit, probably community based, run by people who love and adore the waste – no joke – love it enough to carefully number it and obsessively-compulsively monitor it for all of eternity. Care for it like the life and death matter it is.
Instead, we have former Goldman Sachs investment bankers running nuclear waste dump get-ups for profit like Energy Solutions. And, presumably they are in the business to make a killing – financial that is, which in the nuclear waste business can only translate into a real killing through radionuclides poisoning the earth – which is why investment bankers have no business dealing in nuclear waste, in our opinion.
The CEO of Energy Solutions since June of 2012 has been David Lockwood who was a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He joined the board of Energy Solutions in November of 2010. The CEO, and most partners, of Energy Capital Partners (who currently own Energy Solutions) are former Goldman Sachs managing directors. The CEO, Doug Kimmelman, was a Goldman Sachs managing director and partner.
Recall that Energy Solutions has been left in place, still failing to deal with the radioactive water situation at Fukushima, since March of 2012. This is perplexing. Once shown incapable they should have been quickly shown the door. Instead, radioactive water builds up and gets dumped into the ocean for over 2 years now. Who manages Fukushima but Toshiba. Toshiba is part of the Mitsui “Keiretsu” conglomerate group, which centers around the Sumitomo Mitsui bank. Sumitomo Mitsui has repeatedly invested in Goldman Sachs going back to at least 1986, when Sumitomo bought a 12.5 percent stake in Goldman Sachs. Hence, we suspect that a friendship exists between the former Goldman Sachs managing directors-partners and Sumitomo Mitsui bankers, which has led to too many chances given to Energy Solutions – an admission that their ALPS system failed would look really bad for them.
Frighteningly, the CEO of Energy Capital Partners (Doug Kimmelman) serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford Woods Environmental Institute (Stanford University) and donated $5 million for environmental research, etc. at Stanford. Priscilla B. Woods who is on that Council with him (apparently she and her husband are the Woods in the name) also serves on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, WHOI, (presumably she serves on the board). WHOI has had Ken Buesseler running around and telling everyone that Fukushima is like bananas and other misleading nonsense. Please banana growers hurry and file a lawsuit against WHOI, if you haven’t! WHOI is also affiliated with MIT, from whence comes the current head of the US Dept. of Energy, Moniz – ardent nuclear supporter. Stanford and MIT are still rated top US and world universities, so this environmental research will carry weight. In short, with this donation, Kimmelman bought major ideological clout, along with a tax write-off. This is the way of American universities. Stanford is well-known for its research for the US military-industrial complex, and as a top CIA university – no surprises that Condoleeza Rice was there.
Energy Solutions is also involved at Sellafield. As well, through FCC Environment and Waste Recycling Group, it is involved with putting radioactive waste in the Lillyhall Cumbria landfill, near a school. Juan del Rivero, former CEO of Goldman Sachs Spain was recruited by Omega Capital which manages Alicia Koplowitz’ money. Alicia is sister to Esther – owner of FCC.
Energy Solutions also brought in German nuclear waste to burn in Tennessee. The EnergySolutions incinerators have been operating since around 1990 and reportedly never undergone a comprehensive environmental impact analysis, as of 2011. http://www.nonukesyall.org/stop_German_waste_import.html
Energy Solutions appears to carry a large burden of the responsibility for the WIPP fiasco, based on the following emails-documents, which seem to indicate that Energy Solutions is responsible for processing of the waste stream, and assuming it has to do with choosing a new absorbent or neutralizer, as has been proposed, or anything else for which they are responsible: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/NMED/Issues/documents/5.19.14-Combined-ESTransmittalofNeutralizersUsedinNSProcessin.pdf (The link has four dots between the last n and pdf, but it won’t show on this blog, so cut and paste and make certain there are four dots total between the n and the pdf. Alternatively, search for WIPP emails energy solutions, and go through the link at ENE news. This is at the New Mexico Department of the Environment and not the WIPP site, but not easy to find within the site). The e-mail regarding a change in neutralizer was sent in late August of 2013, 3 months after Energy Capital Partners officially merged into Energy Solutions (ca 24 May 2013). Hence, if this is the cause of the incident, responsibility falls squarely upon Kimmelman et. al. of Energy Capital Partners, as well as David Lockwood, President and CEO of Energy Solutions since June 2012, and board member since November 2010. The request for a change in absorbent took place two weeks before Energy Capital Partners became owners (May 2013), though negotiations for Energy Capital Partners to become owners had been in place from January. Regardless, David Lockwood was already CEO of Energy Solutions, so would bear responsibility.
Kimmelman is a former Managing Director-Partner of Goldman Sachs. Lockwood is a former a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and also taught “corporate leadership” at the Stanford Grad School of Business.
It is clear that Energy Solutions-Energy Capital Partners are responsible for staying at Fukushima, with an inoperable ALPS system, instead of gracefully bowing out and letting someone else do the job. So, the investment bankers at Energy Solutions – Energy Capital Partners are responsible for poisoning the Pacific. If they keep on and the phytoplankton die, then we will all die for lack of oxygen. More oxygen is produced by phytoplankton in the ocean, than in forests. If greed and arrogance continue to rule, we all die.
Regarding Energy Solutions at Fukushima since March of 2012: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/mar/14/energysolutions-fukushima-clean-up-contract
On the 21 of May, 2014, Reuters reported the following about the Energy Solutions ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System):
“A water treatment facility known as the Advanced Liquid Processing System, designed to remove the most dangerous nuclides, was completely shut down again this week. The system has not been fully operational since it was installed nearly two years ago.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/N5wi8D-D4cc/story01.htm
In March the Japanese Times reported:
“Tepco halts ALPS water cleanup system at Fukushima nuke plant“JIJI, MAR 18, 2014
“Tokyo Electric Power Co. halted the operations of all three advanced radioactive water cleanup systems, collectively called Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on Tuesday.” http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/18/national/tepco-halts-alps-water-cleanup-system-at-fukushima-nuke-plant
They state: “With its daily processing capacity of 750 tons, ALPS is regarded as a key element in containing the radioactive water crisis at the crippled plant. However, due to a series of problems, Tepco has yet to start full operations.” (Emphasis added)
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