I was listing this on my blog about Yucca Mountain and thought maybe people reading this blog would like to see some of the mess that South Carolina has concerning radioactive waste, radioactive materials and radioactive pollutants found in the well-water in various areas of the state that just about no one would think could have it –
google search using these terms –
and google search this one – (using these terms)
radioactive water South Carolina
radioactive wellwater South Carolina
(yes, wellwater is one word)
Here is the current article listed on the post just before this one about the Republicans pushing for the Yucca Mountain site again –
Here is a good one – without looking at it – my bet is that it gives some interesting information about it because of the sources for the site . . . and do note that the state government of South Carolina is run by a Republican conservative administration which has for some period of time, used waste disposal of various industrial wastes, radioactive wastes and general trash from New York and other states as a way of generating revenues for the state. (my note)
While this site above, suggests that the bedrock could contain uranium – and that is possibly true, it also true that seepage from a number of sources have caused high geiger readings and unacceptably high levels of radioactivity, and dangerous industrial wastes in a number of water sources, including well water in South Carolina.
There was actually a bomb dropped in South Carolina, about the time that my mother and daddy were growing up there in South Carolina, which was nuclear in type – didn’t go off, but not as a result of any appropriate care being taken for that to be the case. It is online somewhere about it – I’ll see if I can find it, very interesting story
DARLINGTON—The Darlington County Water and Sewer Authority has taken a well that supplies drinking water to some county residents out of service after tests by state health officials found levels of naturally occurring radioactive contaminants that exceeded the maximum level allowed by the state.
But officials with the agency say the water is still safe to drink.
( you’d just have to read the rest of it – they mixed it with some other water and etc., etc., etc., for drinking water, etc., etc.,)
The average level of the two elements found in the tests was 6.1 picocuries per liter. The maximum allowable level is 5.0 picocuries per liter, Stutts said.
Tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, is the “speed demon” of radioactive material in groundwater, and it is an early indicator of any leakage from a nuclear facility, Nguyen Bright said.
It occurs naturally and also is man-made, as a byproduct of power generation, and is not harmful in small amounts, she said.
“Tritium is what makes your watch glow in the dark. Tritium is what makes exit lights glow without a power source,” she said.
The tests are being conducted on wells near nuclear plants in the state and around the county, Nguyen Bright said.
(that was from 2008 before the results)
Water and soil contaminated with actinides, such as uranium and plutonium, are an
environmental concern at most U.S. Department of Energy sites, as well as other loca-
tions in the world. Remediation actions are on going at many sites, and plans for
cleanup are underway at other locations. This paper will review work underway at
Clemson University in the area of treatment and remediation of soil and water contam-
inated with actinide elements.
In the United States, the Nevada Test Site (NTS) possesses wide-
spread soil contamination caused by deposition of uranium, plu-
tonium and other radionuclides from defense related nuclear test
In Simpsonville-Greenville, South Carolina, high amounts of ura-
nium (30 to 9900 ug/L) were found in 31 drinking water wells.
The contamination of uranium in the well water was most likely
the result of vains of pegmatite, running east of Greenville to
southwest of Simpsonville. In addition to the elevated uranium
concentration, elevated radon levels have also been discovered.
All the wells that have been tested (currently 111) are above 300
pCi/L in radon. The South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control (SC DEHC) requested homeowners to dis-
continue the use of the well water since chronic ingestion of this
water may result in an increased risk of cancer. In addition, SC
DEHC is beginning a program to test the levels of radon in air in
With Yucca Mountain tabled, DOE looking at SC for nuclear waste (AUDIO). by Matt Long on January 7, 2011. What to do with about 70000 metric tons of highly …
About Yucca Mountain Repository that was planned on an extinct super-volcano –
The Department of Energy began studying Yucca Mountain in 1978 to determine whether it would be suitable for the nation’s first long-term geologic repository for over 70,000 metric tons (69,000 LT; 77,000 ST) (150 million pounds) of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste currently stored at 121 sites around the nation. An estimated 10,000 metric tons (9,800 LT; 11,000 ST) of the waste would be from America’s military nuclear programs.
The repository has a statutory limit of 77,000 metric tons (85,000 short tons). To store this amount of waste requires 40 miles of tunnels.
The Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that it has over 100 million U.S. gallons of highly radioactive waste and 2,500 metric tons (2,800 short tons) of spent fuel from the production of nuclear weapons and from research activities in temporary storage.
By 2008, Yucca Mountain was one of the most studied pieces of geology in the world with the United States having invested US$9 billion on the project.
Based on the 2001 cost estimate, approximately 73 percent is funded from consumers of nuclear powered electricity and 27 percent by the taxpayers. The latest Total System Life Cycle Cost presented to Congress on July 15, 2008 by Director Sproat is $90 billion. This cost, however, cannot be compared to previous estimates since it includes a repository capacity about twice as large as previously estimated over a much longer period of time (100 years vs 30 years).
In 2007, the DOE announced it was seeking to double the size of the Yucca Mountain repository to a capacity of 135,000 metric tons (149,000 short tons), or 300 million pounds.
… and tomato plants were shipped to a nuclear dump in Aiken, South Carolina. …. This is the worst commercial nuclear accident in the United States to date. …. South African and Israeli nuclear programs, and radioactive emissions. … www.fact-index.com/l/li/list_of_nuclear_accidents.html
plus the crap that was dropped in Spain accidentally – well, not interesting, actually horrifying . . . I think they are still cleaning it up or paying for it or both – well, wait – I mean we, as American citizens are still paying for it to be dealt with – through the government.
Here is the listing of the South Carolina event from 1958 – from wikipedia –
A USAF B-47 bomber flying from Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, Georgia accidentally released a nuclear bomb after the bomb lock failed. The chemical explosives detonated on impact in the suburban neighborhood of Florence, South Carolina. Radioactive substances were flung across the area. Several minor injuries resulted and the house on which the bomb fell was destroyed. No radiation sickness occurred.
I had found more info on this somewhere else – and on the water supplies / wellwater and soils contaminated with radioactive materials and industrial waste in South Carolina, too. Hmmm…….
Where was that?
I’ll find it and post it some other time . . . it’s on a document somewhere.
My Other Note –
Three things –
1. it is going to take all of us and all of what we can all do.
2. the mess has already existed for over twenty years in every arena – in most cases, for over thirty years across the US.
3. there is nowhere to hide from it – not by pretending it doesn’t exist, not by hiring some single group to get their way over all others, and not by doing nothing.
That is what I was wanting to say, that our government and leaders have not always had things wisely in hand, nor could they and in this day and age, we can no longer afford to pretend that they can do it alone effectively, nor by one party’s ideas over another – we need the best of all of it worked together to create and appropriately apply what works and change it to what works when needed. It is not one way over all other ways that is going to work, and neither is telling people whatever they want to hear. We are living in the mess that has made and it will either get dealt with by all of us using the best of our ideas coming together and getting the job done, or the mess will work to damage us all indiscriminately – whether it is the economic crisis, the pollution left from radioactive waste, the intolerance for one another or whatever else it is.
Our grandparents may not have been bothered by it all so long as they didn’t know about it and may have bought into the idea that it was none of their business since it was the “government’s” problem. That has managed to leave all of us with the results of them not running roughshod over a lot of this and has left us with the results as well.
And, it does affect us all – as I mentioned a couple post entries ago, the 200 conservatives meeting at Rancho Las Palmas Resort recently, can think they are in a game to win against those that disagree with them, but in fact, across the multitude of years in which it has only been done their way – their way has left us with the results we have today and throughout that time. It wasn’t good.
And, the problems that these conservatives have left for us – have yet to be solved. The problems they created are yet to be solved and they’re still in a war to have it done their way and no other way. It would’ve been best, had their ideas and everyone else’s ideas been incorporated together with all of both – but, that is not what was done.
I found this – apparently for the next meeting at that location (at Rancho Las Palmas Resort), they are wanting to sail up to it on a cruise ship and get off right there –
I don’t know . . .
Some project listed on a plasma reactor site –
The Channel coming out of the Sea Of Cortez will be one mile wide and over 200 feet deep. This width and depth will be maintained up to the El Centro Harbor, which will be half in the US and half in Mexico.
It will be approximately two miles in diameter to allow large ocean going container ships to maneuver, to dock, and off load cargo in this area. Interstate 8 runs through this area and access to shipping routes will be of prime importance.
Along the two miles on either side of the channel on the Mexican side, which is being reserved for the development of industrial and commercial business, there is expected to me a migration of manufacturing businesses needing access to better shipping routes than can be obtained within the interior of Mexico.
Another user of the channel will be the cruise line companies who will be able to bring their ships all the way up the channel to the area around Indio and Palm Springs California where their compliment of passengers will be able to disembark and go to the Indian Casinos of this area. It is anticipated that a few cruise lines will utilize this area as a starting point for cruises into the Pacific.
Interstate 10 passes through this area and container ships are anticipated to utilize the Harbor located in the Indio Area to offload cargo which will open up the area for more jobs and will relieve the pressure currently being experienced at ports along the west coast of California.
The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge is one of 66 National Wildlife Refuges that have congressionally designated wilderness status. In 1974 the Farallon Wilderness was established (Public Law 93-550) and includes all islands except the Southeast Island for a total of 141 acres (57 ha).
From 1946 to 1970, the sea around the Farallones was used as a nuclear dumping site for radioactive waste under the authority of the Atomic Energy Commission at a site known as the Farallon Island Nuclear Waste Dump. Most of the dumping took place before 1960, and all dumping of radioactive wastes by the United States was terminated in 1970. By then, 47,500 55 gallon steel drum containers had been dumped in the vicinity, with a total estimated radioactive activity of 14,500 Ci. The materials dumped were mostly laboratory materials containing traces of contamination. Much of the radioactivity had decayed by 1980.
The exact location of the containers and the potential hazard the containers pose to the environment are unknown. Attempts to remove the barrels would likely produce more of a risk than leaving them undisturbed.
Waste containers were shipped to Hunters Point Shipyard, then loaded onto barges for transportation to the Farallons. Containers were weighted with concrete. Those that floated were sometimes shot with rifles to sink them.
Whether Yucca Mountain, South Carolina, the Farallon Islands off San Francisco – or out in a farmer’s field, or, in what had been a desert and is now a resort, or wherever else – it is a fact, that the problems created by how these radioactive and industrial waste products have been handled affect us all. As with many things, saying it is all okay – makes it no more okay than insisting the world is flat when in fact, it is not.
This one from 2001, is well worth reading. It has some information about re-processing of nuclear materials in Russia that is very interesting, more about the dumped materials off the coast of California and the disasters both have already caused.
The Energy Department moved to terminate Yucca Mountain in March 2010 when it asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw a two-year-old application to build a repository. Calling Yucca Mountain “not a workable option,” the Energy Department said the science on nuclear-waste storage had evolved since the project was first proposed.
Republican lawmakers are trying to revive plans for a nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, setting up a showdown with the Obama administration over its efforts to abandon the site last year.
In a separate effort, also aimed at re-starting the Yucca Mountain project, state officials in South Carolina and Washington are preparing to go to court in March to challenge the administration’s actions.
Both South Carolina and Washington are home to large collections of Cold War-era nuclear waste (it figures . . . my note)
thousands of people from all age groups stepped out of their homes Sunday to demand an effective anti-graft law.
Streaming banners that read ‘Corruption: Enough is enough’ and ‘Common people are raped in government offices’, the protestors gathered at the Ramlila Ground, from where they walked to Jantar Mantar, the 18th century masonry observatory that has become the rallying point on the edge of the Connaught Place shopping district in central Delhi.