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November 19, 2009

The Battle of Chernobyl

Watch the film

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-battle-of-chernobyl/

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“The Battle of Chernobyl” is a Controlled Message, similar to the “DoE Openness Project” which was begun in 1994 after the coverup of human radiation experiments was exposed to the public. While telling the story of what happened at the Chernobyl plant in the aftermath of the explosion, the scope of the documentary is narrow enough to encapsulate the event in a construct of time-and-place that continues to minimize the “lesson” of Chernobyl –paraphrasing: we woke a monster, endured its rampage, and put it back to sleep knowing someday it will awaken again.
An interview segment with Gorbachev, who led the USSR into the policy of Glasnost (openness) as a direct result of the disaster, is heard saying that the international community must come together and cooperate in creating new and safer sources of energy. These are the same approximate words of the internationalists who literally created nuclear power in the first place! They knew in the 1940s that “Chernobyls” would occur. They knew that “containment” was impossible –impossible!! And still they advocated bringing this menace into the world as a means of obtaining the Grand Prize: world government.
The hubris of science and government has changed little. If they ever told us the truth about nuclear accidents and the real dangers of radiation, whole systems would come crashing down, especially that of modern medicine. What we get instead are haunting statements peppered over measured confessions.
    The drama of The Battle of Chernobyl is that only expendable men, by the thousands, could manage the clean-up –robotic machines, too few and expensive presumably, could not hold up in the fatally radioactive environment of the damaged plant. In the film we are treated to images of grainy photos and must imagine that the same volume of disrupting particles that ruins pictures courses through bodies of flesh and blood. And so it does.
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Americans today are being told that the region around Chernobyl is recovering with record numbers of thriving wildlife, but things are not what they seem. Just beyond the ‘forbidden zone’, in areas where humans are allowed to live, the photo record tells another story. http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.com/2011/04/chernobyl-animals-and-lush-forests.html
In the 1970s, before Three-Mile-Island and “The China Syndrome”, I became personally aware of existing ‘safe’ technologies in the process of being squelched by the corporate energy giants. It was a harbinger of the Energy War to come and a certainty that our destiny was being steered for the maximum benefit of the exploiters.  I think we have a name for the war –Global Climate Change.
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The U.S. to Import Nuclear Waste http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind122.htm
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This is a routine type of news article for southern California: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/87f165db6-33ec-57d6-bd01-03e292887694.html

SAN ONOFRE: Reactor temporarily shut down after backup generators fail to start

By PAUL SISSON – psisson@nctimes.com | Posted: Monday, December 14, 2009 6:40 pm

Plant operators had to temporarily shut down one of San Onofre Generating Station’s two reactors over the weekend after an emergency generator failed a routine test.

Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, San Onofre’s majority owner, said Monday that the plant’s Unit 3 reactor was taken off-line at 2 a.m. Saturday when the back-up generators failed to start. A second generator could not be used because it was being repaired.

Generator repairs and testing were completed at around 8 a.m. Saturday and the unit returned to full output, Alexander said.

The incident “posed no risk to public safety,” he said.

Though San Onofre’s nuclear reactors make electricity by heating water and using steam to turn turbines, they still need standard diesel backup generators to provide juice to myriad pumps, valves and other gear that move water through the reactor’s core.

San Onofre usually pulls power off the electrical grid to run that machinery; however, if the plant’s grid connection died, it would need the diesel generators to keep water circulating through the reactor, a process that eventually cools it to a safe temperature.

It was unclear Monday exactly what had caused the back-up generator to fail, but once maintenance was complete on the second, the reactor could be put back into service. A single back-up generator can supply enough power to run the plant in an emergeny, but each reactor at San Onofre has two for redundancy.

It was the maintenance of San Onofre’s backup generators that put Edison under the microscope with Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors in August 2008.

An inspection of batteries used to start the generators found that several were connected improperly.

The battery finding led to a special inspection by the commission, which turned up other incidents, including one in which spent nuclear fuel was stored in the wrong location, and brought about several stern public warnings from regulators who said that the plant’s operators have problems spotting and diagnosing minor problems.      […cont.]

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