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The German government wants to send 30 shipments of spent nuclear fuel from its Ahaus storage facility as well as lesser amounts from Juelich over the course of 3.5 years (42 months), i.e. approximately every month and a half, to Charleston, South Carolina and on to the Savannah River Nuclear Site. Unlike airplanes which hug the coastlines, shipping routes appear to go through the English Channel, straight across the Atlantic to North Carolina and then slide down the coast to Charleston, South Carolina.
Charleston was just evacuated for Hurricane Matthew. South Carolina’s Savannah River Nuclear Site was shut down to allow evacuees to evacuate through the site (not a joke). The Savannah River site also received torrential rains.
Hurricanes are as inevitable as death and taxes. Hurricanes come up quickly. Hurricanes can gain strength quickly. Hurricanes are still as notoriously difficult to predict as the weather itself. They are one more reason that shipping foreign nuclear waste to be buried in America – which still has no solution for its own nuclear waste – is a criminal, dangerous and lousy idea, as well as patently unjust.
The Obama administration has been spending almost $2 billion per year to import foreign nuclear waste to dump and bury in America and pretending it is about non-proliferation. They even invented a name for the unwanted, old, useless plutonium waste that no one in their right mind wants: “Gap” plutonium – to be diluted and buried in the still imploding, and possibly exploding, WIPP. Earlier this year, Switzerland, for instance, just removed its half century old (and hence even more dangerous, yet useless for a bomb) Swiss Made plutonium from vaults, probably within a bunker, in their Paul Scherrer Institute to ship across Europe (while there was a manhunt for a terrorist) and then across the Atlantic, and half-way across South Carolina to the Savannah River Nuclear site. If the Swiss can’t keep their own nuclear waste then maybe they should become a state within some other country. If Switzerland is big enough to be their own country then the US should be allowed to become around 100 countries anyway.
If the German waste arrives it will most likely undergo chemical processing and dilution to be buried in the western United States.
Probable route from Ahaus to Charleston with Major Atlantic Hurricanes since 1950. We don’t have a curved line so the two lines-“V” must represent that.
Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole one week ago:
Ahaus location exported from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahaus
Nicole Status. Winds predicted to increase to 80 mph: http://web.archive.org/web/20161015003113/http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT5+shtml/142037.shtml
Ahaus Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahaus