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The US government is spending billions in the name of so-called non-proliferation, which appears simply a costly excuse to take other countries’ nuclear waste and dump it on America to destroy the country. This is how the US handles its dangerous transuranic waste:
In 2016 alone $1.9 billion of US taxpayer money is proposed for this apparent con-game. The exporting countries involved appear to be mostly countries with nuclear reactors, and with the possibility of easily making nuclear weapons if they want – Sweden, Germany, etc. Germany, in particular, has a track record of sending their radioactive waste to anyone they can, legally or illegally: US, Italy, Russia, Scotland, and probably others. To their credit, German environmentalists actively oppose this. The other Germany pebble bed reactor fuel waste was sent to Dounreay, in Scotland, where radioactive waste from “processing” it will be buried for perpetuity. “The process line was installed inside Dounreay’s uranium recovery plant in 1990 when the site won a contract to recycle 70 tonnes of unirradiated fuel designed for the Thorium High Temperature Reactor, or THTR, at Julich, Germany./ The fuel was in the form of more than 360,000 graphite balls, each of which contained micro-spheres made from enriched uranium, thorium, silicon carbide and graphite.” NDA-OGL: http://www.dounreay.com/news/2010-06-08/redundant-uranium-plant-is-broken-up (Is this related to the Queen’s Nazi salute? Prince Philip’s Nazi brother-in-laws?)
The inventor of Pebble Bed reactors left earth based nuclear early on to become the foremost advocate of the only safe nuclear: solar energy. A German later picked it up with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile the ever-dumb duh nuclear industry is still trying to peddle the failed pebble-bed technology!
And, for all the good he tries to do, this Pope has not sent the evil architect of this dumping of German nuclear waste, Annette Schavan, home from her Vatican Ambassadorship. Remember her? She’s the one who was stripped of her doctorate in ethics for alleged plagiarism. Is she guilty? No matter. She clearly did not learn the topic. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/german-vatican-ambassador-evil-brain-behind-dumping-german-nuclear-waste-on-poor-in-usa-plagiarized-dissertation-on-ethics-doctorate-revoked/
What is this nuclear proliferation that we hear so much about anyway? “Nuclear proliferation is the spread of nuclear weapons, fissionable material, and weapons-applicable nuclear technology and information to nations not recognized as ‘Nuclear Weapon States’ by the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_proliferation “Whatever that means…” to quote Prince Charles when Diana said she was in love. All countries with nuclear reactors have that potential, already. Many more countries, and perhaps all countries, have people with nuclear know-how.
From Savannah River Site Watch:
“Savannah River Site Watch For Immediate Release July 1, 2015: DOE Document Confirms that German Spent Fuel Planned to be Imported to SRS Poses No Nuclear Proliferation Risk in Germany; Document Obtained Via FOIA Deals Another Blow to Import Proposal
DOE memo of August 1, 2013 affirming that German AVR gas-cooled reactor spent fuel poses no proliferation risk if it remains in Germany
Columbia, SC – A key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) memo kept secret from the public for almost two years affirms that highly radioactive spent fuel proposed to be imported from Germany to the Savannah River Site (SRS) “is not of a proliferation concern.” The memo contradicts unsubstantiated DOE claims to the public over the past year that the material posed a nuclear proliferation risk in Germany and must be brought to SRS for “disposal.”
As DOE has attempted to sell the import proposal as being part of a key U.S. nuclear non-proliferation initiative, the August 2013 document obtained by Savannah River Site Watch (SRS Watch) under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (dated October 13, 2013) reveals that the public has been misled about the reasons for the import of the radioactive waste.”
(Original embedded at SRS watch pdf above. Red added.)
Comment: Germany is as capable, or more capable, of finding “an appropriate disposition pathway” as the US. They just don’t want to. And who does? The US has no place to put the stuff either! And, it was mostly German immigrants, and fear of Hitler’s bomb making attempts, which brought the world nuclear weapons, and its offspring of nuclear energy, in the first place! Did Germany win World War II and everyone was sleeping? Why does the US government hate America so much?
SRS watch says: “Will DOE now admit the truth or continue to feebly try and obscure the real reason for the possible import of the AVR spent fuel to SRS: $$$$$$$$$$ for SRS contractors – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions & Savannah River National Lab – to continue operating the aging H-Canyon reprocessing plant.” http://www.srswatch.org
The SRS Watch idea of dollars for SRS contractors is as good a hypothesis as any, but why do US government officials play along? Oh, wait, this decision was taken by Tom D’Agostino, who then went to work for Fluor. Fluor is a lead contractor at the Savannah River Nuclear Site. Remember Tom D’Agostino? An old nuclear Navy man who couldn’t keep an elderly nun out of the highest security section, “Protected Area”, the HEU Manufacturing Facility, at the US Nuclear Y-12 facility.
It is important to recall, however, that it was German officials who asked the US government to take the waste off of their hands. This was spear-headed by Annette Schavan, as a solution for cleaning up the Juelich site. The waste really should be moved elsewhere in Germany, due to the earthquake risk at Juelich. It should be in secure above ground storage – not in a salt mine.
IF SCOTLAND ALREADY TOOK THE THTR REACTOR FUEL AND PROCESSED IT, WHAT WOULD BE SENT FROM AHAUS? WILL GERMANY PAY TO PROCESS WASTE WHICH SCOTLAND ALREADY PROCESSED? WHAT IS HIDDEN HERE?
For 2016, only, $1.9 billion has been requested for so-called nuclear nonproliferation activities where the US runs all over the world taking the HEU to supposedly reduce global stocks of weapons-useable nuclear materials, some of which ends up in the Nolichucky River, which goes to the Tennessee and part goes to the Ohio R., the Mississippi R. and out to the Gulf of Mexico below New Orleans and part splits off to the Tennessee Tom Bigbee waterway and also ends up in the Gulf of Mexico. http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-presents-fy16-budget-request
“NNSA’s efforts have focused on preventing terrorists from acquiring the most dangerous of nuclear materials, namely highly enriched uranium (HEU) and plutonium. Even small amounts of these materials could be used to create a catastrophic nuclear weapon with the ability to kill hundreds of thousands of people. In support of President Obama’s Four-Year Effort to secure the world’s most vulnerable nuclear material, DNN completed security upgrades at 32 sites in Russia (for a total of 218 sites), removed more than 5,060 kilograms of nuclear material, removed all HEU from 12 countries/locations, completed 24 bilateral physical protection assessments of foreign facilities holding U.S.–obligated nuclear material, and provided physical protection training to nearly 2,500 foreign officials either bilaterally with partnering countries or multilaterally with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”
Was Russia grateful to America for this help? Russia took the money saved to invade Crimea, and invest in more nuclear subs, and export new nuclear.
Here’s what Norway had to say: “Nuclear waste cooperation will continue, but not for new waste” (by Thomas Nilsen)
“It is timely to look into what we are going to spend Norwegian money on. Russia must take responsibility,” says Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende commenting on the increase in radioactive waste to be accumulated as Russia’s nuclear submarine construction hit post-Soviet peak.” http://barentsobserver.com/en/security/2015/02/nuclear-waste-cooperation-will-continue-not-new-waste-06-02
SO, WHAT’S THE NAME OF THE US GOV’s GAME?