Water Water Everywhere, but Nebraskashima is A-OK

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The media blackout is finally kaput. Tuesday was the day that Ft Calhoun finally made the evening news and not just local TV, conspiracy or leftnut websites or NHK that were already giving Ft Calhoun equal billing with Fukushima as the Next Great Thing That Could Go OMG, along with the Los Alamos fire. Digital Globe just posted this picture of Ft Calhoun. You can see that the road still just makes it to the administration building on the lower right, and the catwalks to the various buildings where some of the heftybag berms are still working. TC Burnett andI jumped the gun on the dry cask bunker at the upper left that is out of the water. It is elevated above the water for the moment, but as you can see the water making its way up the side ramp, it is not protected by a berm. Authorities say it’s anchored so it won’t go float away, but didn’t they say the Titanic couldn’t sink?? Military vehicles like humvees can typically ford hip-high water with air intakes at fender height or higher with snorkels, but no evidence they have any of these on hand.

Digital Globe Ft Calhoun Flood

Digital Globe Ft Calhoun Flood

Foust took some stills which identified the various buildings. Note: Nancy indicated that photos can be reposted IF watermark is kept and credit given to her and her website.

Video Stills from recent video

Tell Cooper Station To Shut Down For Impending Flood

From SimplyInfo June 20, 2011

Cooper Station nuclear plant in Brownsville Nebraska (US) is very close to being flooded by the Missouri River yet is still running at 100% capacity. Cooper Station is an older GE Mark I BWR reactor of the same design as Fukushima Daiichi.

The river currently sits at 44.75 feet = 901.25 feet above sea level. At 902 Cooper is required to go into an alert status (the 2 out of 4 scale used by the NRC). Cooper is .75 feet from hitting 902 feet. The elevation of the plant is only 903 leaving 1.75 feet before they would have water at their doors. While sand bags and other technology is being implemented to try to hold back the water this is just cutting it way too close.

Entergy Energy operates Cooper Station for NPPD (Nebraska Power). Playing chicken with a flooding river may be a game Entergy wants to play with a high risk aging reactor.
It is doubtful people in the region or people in general would want to play this high risk
game of chicken. Even more so with a reactor known to become a major risk if it were to go into a station blackout as Fukushima did and that water infiltration is a considerable achilles heel of that design.

Please email NPPD and ask them to shut down Cooper Station NOW for the duration of the flood risk and to not wait until the last minute. customerservice@nppd.com
You could also contact the secretary for the NPPD board of directors Jan Modelski at jhmodel@nppd.com

Fukushima: Wish You Were Here

Stressed out Fuku-liquidators workers take a photo break while the world watches:

Now if they could get pictures like that on the wreckage of Unit 3, we might be able to assess what happened, but nobody’s brave enough to go there yet. That camera would be a really good placed to put a live geiger counter.

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MIT electrical engineering computer science graduate has written conservative columns on politics, race / culture, science and education since the 70s in MIT The Tech and various publications in including New Republic and National Review.