Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mohammad Farok Sharif:“Patented Wrong Kitty Litter explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at Carlsbad,NM WIPP nuclear STORAGE facility

Mohammad Farok Sharif:“Patented Wrong Kitty Litter explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at Carlsbad,NM WIPP nuclear STORAGE facility

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  1. Carlsbad, New Mexico: (WIPP) Former nuclear waste ...


    Nov 18, 2014 - Carlsbad, New Mexico: (WIPP) Former nuclear waste inspector says corners were cut ... “…putting the type of kitty litter… created a patented explosivemixture.”.

  2. “Patented explosives” reported inside plutonium waste ...


    Nov 17, 2014 - Patented explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at USnuclear facility ... LANL began treating waste with assorted varieties of organic kitty litter as .... will place the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's science lab – located at theCarlsbad ...

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  3. reported inside plutonium waste drums at US nuclear facility ...

    Nov 17, 2014 - http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_25795012/wipp-closure-shuts- .... Freeman, Nuclear Waste Partnership's chief nuclear engineer at WIPP, asked ...
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“Patented explosives” reported inside plutonium waste drums at Carlsbad,NM WIPP nuclear STORAGE facility
Santa Fe New Mexican, Nov. 15, 2014 (emphasis added): The combination [of neutralizer and wheat-based organic litter] turned the waste into a potential bomb that one lab chemist later characterized as akin to plastic explosives, according to a six-month investigation by The New Mexican. [Los Alamos National Lab] then shipped [the waste] to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant… Feb. 14… the drum’s lid cracked open… Temperatures in the underground chamber soared to 1,600 degrees, threatening dozens of nearby drums… Documents and internal emails show… officials downplayed the dangers… and withheld critical information.
Patented Explosives
  • LANL chemist Steve Clemmons [found] the drum’s contents match the makeup ofpatented plastic, water-gel and slurry explosives… “All of the required components included in the patent claims would be present,” Clemmons wrote… “I am appalled that LANL didn’t provide us this information!” [wrote DOE official Dana Bryson]… On May 27, when they learned of the memo about patented explosives… WIPP abandoned plans for the next day to sample the area where the breach occurred, fearing it was too dangerous. “In a phone call withLANL, they indicated that there is a possibility that any sampling of the kitty litter/drum contents could cause another event,” [wrote] David Freeman, Nuclear Waste Partnership’s chief nuclear engineer… “We have a formal letter on LANL letterhead implying there is a real and present danger in the WIPP underground,” Bryson wrote.
Up to 55 more drums of waste ‘destabilized ‘
  • The intense underground flare may have destabilized up to 55 more drums of waste [near the one that ruptured], calling into question whether they, too, had become poised to burst. “[The high heat event] may have dried out some of the unreacted oxidizer-organic mixtures increasing their potential for spontaneous reaction,” the report said. “The dehydration of the fuel-oxidizer mixtures… is recognized as a condition known to increase the potential for reaction.”
Over 5,000 more waste drums a threat
  • LANL began treating waste with assorted varieties of organic kitty litter as early as Sept. 2012spawning thousands of drums of waste that hold the same organic threat… [It] may have been mixed in up to 5,565 containers of waste at LANL.
LANL (pg. 21 of pdf): [The team] evaluated the effect of a heat generating event on the adjacent waste containers [that] could have chemically or physically changed the waste and introduced a reaction hazard. Unreacted drums of nitrate salt waste stream… continue to pose a potential reaction hazard… Reactions may have occurred within some of these drums at levels insufficient to lead to detectable visible evidence.
KOB, Nov. 16, 2014: Nuclear waste so volatile, it’s been called a potential bomb by experts… Greg Mello, former nuclear waste inspector for LANL: “The drum in question was basically kind of a time bomb.”… [A WIPP] assessment… estimates over 5,000 drums of waste may contain the volatile organic kitty litter that caused the one drum to split open.

  1. Carlsbad, New Mexico: (WIPP) Former nuclear waste ...


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  4. Carlsbad, New Mexico: (WIPP) Former nuclear waste inspector says corners were cut…

    KOB4 – The New Mexican report
    Cumbria Trust followers will recall that back in February inside the Carlsbad Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, (GDF) a 55 gallon drum of waste shipped from LANL (Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory) burst, leaking radiation and contaminating more than 20 workers at the plant.
    Following a six month investigation, KOB4 and partners at The New Mexican have published their findings among which:
    Los Alamos Study Group executive director Greg Mello says:
     “One drum from Los Alamos… burst its lid, and it got very hot… the drum in question was basically kind of a time bomb.”
    A switch from clay-based kitty litter to a highly acidic organic kitty litter used to soak up excess liquid in the storage process created the volatile mixture.
    “Everything suggests that they should have known that,” said Mello.
    Now, a major question remains.
    “Why did they make those ridiculous chemistry errors,” Mello asks.
    James O’Neill from the National Nuclear Security Administration told the Carlsbad Department of Energy Office:
    “…putting the type of kitty litter… created a patented explosive mixture.”
    The field officer wrote back:
    “How can the explosive mixture be in the drum content that could be sent to WIPP?”
    The Los Alamos Study Group reacted to the New Mexican’s 6-month long investigation Sunday night.
    “We do know that one subcontractor wrote and asked a question,  ‘Is this really safe?'” said Mello.
    Mello is a former nuclear waste inspector for LANL. He now runs the study group, a watchdog group that keeps tabs on the lab.
    In the pursuit of a $2.2 billion contract renewal, Mello says the e-mails and memos suggest the privately run lab ignored warning signs and potential danger in order to be on time. He goes on to say a lab culture focused on deadlines and profits is a ticking time bomb too:
    “If management does not change, there will be a worse accident”
    The New Mexican’s 6-month long investigation also references an assessment conducted by WIPP personnel that estimates over 5,000 drums of waste may contain the volatile organic kitty litter that caused the one drum to split open.
    Source and full article: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4,  11/16/2014 10:06 PM
  5. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/11/24/first-kitty-litter-now-typo-santa-fe-new-mexican-investigates-lanl-radiation-leak-157985

  6. First Kitty Litter, Now a Typo? Santa Fe New Mexican Investigates LANL Radiation Leak

    Did a typo cause the $500 million (and counting) ongoing cleanup of the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Project (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico? Or was the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) rushing to ship all its Cold War era nuclear waste before a deadline so that it could secure an extension of its $2.2 billion annual contract from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)? The answer is: One begets the other.
    In the months since the leak was discovered and the drama began unfolding on February 14 of this year, we have seen the blame shift from kitty litter to a lead-covered glove, and from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP, which stores it) to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL, which packed and shipped it).
    Now there has been yet another shift, according to a report in theSanta Fe New Mexican, which published the results of a six-month investigation into WIPP and LANL on November 16. The story shows that LANL not only made a series of mistakes early on, but also that when LANL officials found out, they were not forthcoming to the DOE, the state of New Mexico, the WIPP workers or the residents of Carlsbad.
    The story cites an October 1 report by the DOE inspector general that says LANL and its contractors took shortcuts in treating the highly acidic nuclear waste. This is where the typo comes into play: when “inorganic” kitty litter (clay-based) became “organic” kitty litter (wheat-based). As LANL scientist Steve Clemmons said in a May 21 memo obtained by theSanta Fe New Mexican, the switch amounted to all the elements of a “plastic explosive” being put together into the drum that ruptured. When WIPP and DOE officials found out that the drums could “present a real and present danger,” they stopped plans to send in workers and test the area. After a back and forth between LANL, the DOE and WIPP the testing continued, but on June 17, LANL personnel on site at WIPP reported that the high-heat event may have compromised 55 other drums in the storage area, theSanta Fe New Mexicanreported.
    It took three months for the contents in the drum to react and cause what authorities have termed a “high-heat event,” another three months for LANL scientists to discover the “patented explosive” mixture, and then another week for the officials at WIPP to learn about it from LANL. The suspect drum—the entire shipment, in fact—should never have been allowed to be put on the truck, much less delivered and placed into storage at WIPP, theSanta Fe New Mexicanfound.
    The November 16 story also blames the New Mexico Environment Department for failing to properly inspect waste drum shipments during LANL’s hurried cleanup to meet the June 30 deadline ahead of the fire season. The whole world saw a news helicopter video showing an outdoor area full of drums containing nuclear waste during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. The $2.2 billion annual contract from DOE to LANL eventually became tied to meeting Governor Martinez’s June 30 deadline.
    For the whole story, plus some LANL e-mails, photos and a history of the leak, readLANL Officials Downplayed Waste’s Dangers Even After Leakin theSanta Fe New Mexican

    Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/11/24/first-kitty-litter-now-typo-santa-fe-new-mexican-investigates-lanl-radiation-leak-157985
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  9. One-on-One with Farok Sharif

    By Autumn Gray
    Assistant Business Editor
              Farok Sharif was number eight.
           It was a lucky number because there were nine children in the family, and those born latest had a much easier time of things. By then, his parents had not only been broken in by his siblings, but the couple had also just about made it through their young-family financial struggles when Farok came along.
           He grew up in a house with five bedrooms on top of a hill in the relatively small town of Johor Bahru, at the southern tip of Malaysia next to Singapore. An expansive backyard allowed for a private badminton court. It was used extensively by Sharif and two of his brothers, all of whom played competitively. Badminton in Malaysia is apparently what football is to West Texas.
           "I spent more time in sports than anything," Sharif says of those days.
           When he came to the U.S., where badminton's popularity ranks with cricket and curling, Sharif switched to tennis.
           "Growing up in Malaysia, it's kind of a great thing to go abroad and get an education abroad," Sharif said. So I actually had options, whether I go to Canada, Australia or the U.S. ... I was fortunate enough that my family had enough money to send me off, so I chose the United States — of course."
           He first attended College of the Ozarks in Arkansas before transferring to New Mexico State University upon meeting his wife, who was from Carlsbad.
           But coming to America was not just about the honor associated with education here. Sharif also wanted to be successful in the way his father had been. At the age of 15, his dad moved to Malaysia from India and started his own butcher shop. "It started very, very small, very modest, to something that was quite profitable.
           "So when this opportunity came, (I thought) my dad left India and started fresh with whatever he could carry and did really, really well. And maybe I could do the same thing — go to a different country and start something. It worked out very well, too."
           When Sharif graduated, he got a job in Idaho working in the phosphate-based fertilizer business dealing with hazardous materials. He soon got promoted and moved to Florida, where he worked in the mining industry. When an opportunity arose at the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, he took it, starting out in the packaging and transportation group and working his way up.
           "I was not shy in jumping in the middle of everything. Even with the jobs and projects people didn't want, I took it," he said.
           Sharif is now president and general manager of Washington TRU Solutions, which manges and operates WIPP. He has been in nuclear waste management for 21 years.
           Q: Most people don't grow up saying they want to have a career in nuclear waste. What did you think you wanted to do?
           A: I wanted to be a cop.
           Q: Did you ever pursue that?
           A: I was a lieutenant in the (Police) Reserves (in Carlsbad). ...You are a volunteer, you don't get paid, but you wear the uniform, and you ride with the certified officers. And once you are with the certified officers you actually have the same exact authority as a police officer. So I did that for 11 years. ... Now that I've taken this job, I travel quite a bit and I just don't have the time to do that.
           Q: Why do you like what you do at WIPP?
           A: If you look at WIPP, it's the only one in the world actually, and we are the pioneer. So working at the only one in the world that's operating and licensed and, by the way, us solving a major problem — to me that just fascinated me. We are actually leading the way for everybody else in the world. They all want one; they don't have one. So ours is a model. We are the trendsetter.
           Q: That's got to be a lot of pressure.
           A: If I sit and think about it, it overwhelms you. I take it one step at a time. ... Because this job here, a small mistake can cost and cause a lot of problems. ... You have to think strategically, you have to see the future and you just have to pull it all together. It's kind of hard to comprehend that I've gone from a simple life in Malaysia now to I'm doing this.
           Q: You are obviously passionate about your job. Is there anything outside of that you are equally passionate about?
           A: I love cars. My baby's sitting right out there (pointing to a BMW M3).
           Q: You were chosen to be part of the international performing group Up With People in college. Is performing something you've always done?
           A: I liked to sing even when I was a little kid. ... I can do either first or second tenor, and I actually traveled with the chorale group out of the college. When I moved to Carlsbad, they have a Community Chorale, so I joined them. (He has also been in two community musicals — "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." "I played the pharoah who also, of course, was Elvis. I was wearing a skirt with this headgear and singing and dancing Elvis.")
           Q: Malaysia is not a poor or lacking country. Why move, and why America when you could have gone anywhere?
           A: It is the opportunity. America is, it's an awesome country. We take it for granted here. ... Malaysia's very, very modern. They have some of the most advanced highways, buildings, shopping malls, communications, manufacturing, you name it, they have it all. If you look at the hotels, our hotels don't even compare to some of the stuff that they have. ... Everything is just overwhelmingly good. People are wealthy, people make money, there's all kinds of opportunities in businesses and on and on and on. Really the difference is the freedom to speak out, the freedom to do whatever you want and the transparency of everything. I don't have that freedom in any of the other countries, and people value your individualistic talents and so on here more than there. So I'm here. I pick the U.S. I'd still do it. Malaysia's a great place to visit, but this is home.
           The Basics: Born Mohammad Farok Sharif in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on March 7, 1962, attended College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., for two years before transferring to New Mexico State University where he obtained his bachelor's degree in production operations management and a master's degree in business administration; married to Cindy since Jan. 26, 1985; daughter Ari, 21, and son Troy, 18; cat named Tigger.
           Position: President and general manager of Washington TRU Solutions, which manages and operates the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. He is also a judge and on the board of directors for Quality New Mexico, a 2007 graduate of Leadership New Mexico, and a board member of the Carlsbad Department of Development.
           What You Didn't Know: "In college while I was in Arkansas, I auditioned with Up With People. ... I sang a Commodore's song. It was the '80s. ... I got selected, I chickened out and did not go. My family sent me (to the U.S.) to go to the university, and I'd have to take a whole year off to go sing and dance with a bunch of other young people wherever they sent us. ... I don't know whether it was just a feeling of responsibility (to stay in school) or what."

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  11. https://cumbriatrust.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/we-are-not-alone-the-gdf-problem-in-russia-and-its-parallels-with-cumbria/
  12. We are not alone! The GDF problem in Russia and its parallels with the UK (Cumbria)

    A word from CT chairman Eddie Martin:
    “May I suggest you to take just 30mins. to watch this (quite alarming) recentRosatomvideo about ROSATOM’s (Russian State Corporation) intent to build a GDF(s).There are those (cynics and our opponents) who will say “Ah yes, but that is Russia; not the democratic nation of the UK (or even the EU!)” with its myriad of regulators, HSE, Environment Agency, etc.  However, there are clear elements within the film with which we (in Cumbria, and perhaps elsewhere) can certainly identify in our opposition to a GDF in Cumbria (and our simultaneous prerequisite for safer improved storage at Sellafield).  And the film repeats many of the arguments which we have employed so consistently in our opposition.
    greenworld ruam inclined to think that this film should be shown on BBC at peak viewing time; in fact on all TV channels … and should be mandatory viewing for all employees of DECC, NDA, ONR, SMP, RWM, etc…. and, of course, MPs!
    Make up your own minds: Watch the video here

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