The above did not get a lot of play on FOX News either.
As posted earlier on this blog, Kentucky plant was hit by a Tornado
In this article we will learn at least some of the Dirty Little Secrets of the Paducah Kentucky Uranium Enrichment plant, as told by Dr. Helen Caldicott MD and other nuclear experts.
Before reading, see this
Pro nuclear apologists keep claiming that these enrichment plants produce no carbon emissions and no pollution at all. They say nuclear energy is “clean, green and safe”.
They somehow forget or fail to disclose that Uranium Enrichment accounts for a large percentage of global warming CFC gases released in the USA.
The United States Enrichment Corporation’s sites in both Ohio and Kentucky released 800,000 pounds of CFC-114 in 1999, according to official records. This is around 95% of all CFC’s released in the USA, according the EPA and Dr. Helen Caldicott MD.
CFC-114 persists for approximately 300 years in the global atmosphere, and causes 9800 times more global warming per pound than CO2.
We all know that CO2 levels are increasing rapidly, and we do not need yet MORE global warming gases going up into the atmosphere.
Let’s translate that into CO2 emissions. The uranium enrichment activities in the USA just in 1999 released approximately 3,920,000 tons of CO2, on top of what all the rest of humanity released globally.
These CFC gases also destroy the protective layer in the upper atmosphere that protects us all from skin cancer, and creates literal holes in the atmosphere, where toxic cancer causing radiation can come straight in, with no atmospheric filters at all.
CFC-114 is just about the WORST thing we can do to our protective atmosphere when it comes to ozone destruction. Are you still excited about nuclear energy?
Well, let’s keep going… since we are just getting started with this ‘clean’ enrichment process.
On top of the CFC global warming releases, the Paducah Kentucky plant uses LOTS of electricity. So where do they get the massive amount of electricity to cool off the plutonium while it is being processed? Where do they get the electricity they need to run the plant and all of it’s processes that turn plutonium ore into useable fuel?
No, it could not be… Not a CARBON FUEL… OMG!
THE Paducah Kentucky Enrichment plant USES TWO COAL FIRED PLANTS, full time. These two plants make the MOST DIRTY electricity possible, just to process the uranium.
In addition to being a dirty, toxic way to make energy, Paducah Kentucky plant releases lots of CO2, carbon monoxide, plus acid rain producing pollutants, and some nice FREE things like radiation and mercury.
Now let’s move on to the workers at the plant. The nuclear enrichment plant workers complain in the video below, about the many negative health effects from the effects of working around this toxic and radioactive gas.
Workers got sores on their skin. Radiation was all over the workplace. Respirators were not required. Work clothes were also not provided. Radioactive contaminated clothes were taken home to be washed along with children’s clothes.
This plant also reprocessed spent fuel. Workers were not told about this extra hazardous fuel. They also processed and scrapped spent nuclear weapons. These toxic and radioactive leftovers were buried on the site.
At night, radioactive steam was released into the air, and radioactive water was dumped, but only out of sight.
The veil of secrecy was very thick. Meanwhile the workers suffered and died. Worker lives had no value at all.
Joe said he had bone or fingernail types of growths growing out of his flesh, and had most of his stomach removed. He started keeping track of cancers suffered by other workers. Plant officials were also tracking worker deaths and illnesses, but they kept assuring workers there was no danger and everything was safe.
Radioactive substances released from a uranium enrichment plant just during normal operations, includes the following: U-234, U-235, U-236, U-238, Tc-99, Ru-106 & Zn/Nb-95. http://www.countercurrents.org/hamer160511.htm
The Front End of the Fuel Cycle: Enrichment-Gaseous Diffusion
According to the above video, 106 moles of ‘feed’ (uranium ore) are needed to get 1 mole of ‘product’. This means the waste produced equals more than 100 times what ends up as product, according to the video above.
Where does all of that radioactive waste go? We can be sure that it does not disappear… Maybe the next video can tell us the answer?
The first step is to isolate the uranium from the ore. An acid is used to dissolve the uranium from the rock, which creates large amounts of CO2.. Oh no, not AGAIN? MORE CO2 releases….
We have not even enriched the ore yet, and we are already producing global warming carbon dioxide.
It takes about a gallon of acid to dissolve about five pounds of uranium ore into the desired end product. Then one uses a bunch of toxic chemicals and heat (more carbon fuels) to get the dry yellow cake powder. Now it must be ‘enriched’. Guess what it takes to get all of these chemicals to get the uranium out of the rock? More carbon fuels.
where do all of these toxic chemicals like contaminates sulfuric acid end up after this process is done? Want to bet it ends up in the sewer, and our drinking water supply?
But it gets even better.. Enrichment plants also make our military weapons, in the form of depleted uranium. Yup… depleted uranium or DU as it is known by the military jocks, is a radioactive waste product generated by the enrichment plant, as it produces uranium of another type for nuclear plants. If you do not know anything about DU, you may want to take a look at some information about that as well, because that is a horror story all by itself.Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via @AGreenRoad
Most of the DU produced is stored as a gas, and you can guess what happens if these gas canisters leak or get punctured by terrorists.
So much for clean, green and safe nuclear fuel…Go ahead and read other articles about the mining of uranium ore, and the accidents that nuclear plants suffer from on a frequent basis. You may be very surprised at what you learn.
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