“Hot, powerful” fire at radwaste dump that shut down US Highway 95 (Nevada)

With radioactive landfill accumulating at Drigg and Lillyhall, Cumbrians should be concerned about this and demanding that radioactive waste is not dumped into “repositories” ie leaking radioactive dumps.

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A recent fire at the state-owned radioactive waste dump in Nevada, prompted authorities to shut down a 140-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 95 for nearly 24 hours.

“Whatever caught fire on Sunday in the state-owned radioactive waste dump at the US Ecology site near Beatty packed a powerful punch. We don’t know exactly what caught fire. We’re not exactly sure what was burning in that pit,” Fire Marshal Chief Peter Mulvihill said in a conference call with reporters.

There was some energetic burning” that blew a hole in the cover soil that caps trench No. 14, where low-level radioactive materials were buried in unlined, clay terrain in the 1970s.”

Mulvihill added that investigators who were converging to begin their probe at the site Tuesday, about 10 miles south of Beatty and about 108 miles northwest of Las Vegas, don’t know yet if an explosion occurred before the fire was reported…

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An Open Letter to Bill Bryson

Dear Bill, Fantastic that you are supporting the Friends of the Lake District campaign to hide the two rows of pylons from the proposed Moorside nuclear reactors. Perhaps you would consider supporting the resistance to Moorside? The doubling of Sellafields already "grotesque" (Alfred Wainwright)  nuclear sprawl will be rather more difficult to hide than the …

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Moorside: Radioactive Leachate from Sellafield Pumped to the River Ehen

Freedom of Information Request  29 October 2015 Dear Environment Agency, In August 2015 Nugen (Toshiba/Engie) issued a press release saying that they would apply for an EA license to pump "slightly radioactively contaminated " water from 100 boreholes into the River Ehen. Have the Environment Agency carried out their own measurements of radioactivity/chemical composition on …

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Is the Missouri Landfill Fire a US Chernobyl or Fukushima in the Making?

Landfill sites in Cumbria are being filled with radioactive waste, the groundwater is contaminated as a matter of routine…Cumbrians take note of what is happening in Missouri. …..it is not a case of if, but when there is a landfill fire.

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Missouri Landfill
Is the Missouri Landfill Fire a Chernobyl or Fukushima in the Making? Initially this seems like an odd question, and even hyperbole. However, the tonnage of radiological waste at the Bridgeton-Westlake landfill exceeds that of Fukushima over 20 fold, and Chernobyl by 163 times. Nonetheless, how diluted the Bridgeton nuclear waste is appears unknown. The fire may reach the area where this radiological waste was disposed, in as little as 3 to 6 months, if action is not taken to stop it. Even if it is stopped, it should serve as a warning of the risks of sending nuclear waste, and radioactive rubble from decommissioned reactors to regular landfills, as is becoming the fashion. The burial of nuclear waste, even in special facilities, constitutes a hazard, as well.

Both the steam from the Missouri landfill fire and flaring of the landfill (methane) gas can release the radionuclides into the air…

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