Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Most Important Video: Sylvia Stolz, A True Heroine, Speaks!

Last Sunday was "Holocaust Remembrance Day", and I celebrated it by ignoring it.... I have long said that living in Canada, I cannot support or deny this "Holocaust" simply because true research and investigation is denied by the absolutely atrocious "Hate Crime" laws forced upon the Canadian public.  Few in Canada even realize that Jewish interest groups pushed these draconian and false "Hate Crime" laws on the citizens in 1974.... It was done quietly and with little public knowledge...  Even today almost nobody in Canada is even aware of these laws!

I came across a very important video recently, that is a must see by everyone... It contains a recent speech by a true prisoner of conscience, Sylvia Stolz, who's only crime was trying to defend Ernst Zundel a few years back in the German Kangaroo Court System for his "crime" of "Holocaust Denial".... I want everyone to watch this video, and listen to Sylvia Stolz's words.... They are absolutely true and very essential in this fight against the true criminals out for total world enslavement... Here is that video, and I do have my own comments to follow:

NTS Notes:  As usual, when it comes to the facts presented here about the Jewish "Holocaust" of World War II, I do recommend that everyone do their own research and come to their own conclusions...

Until this part of our "History" is allowed proper research and investigation, and finally freed of the outlandish and ridiculously stupid "Hate Crime" laws, I will not put up my own conclusions.... I do not want to have Canadian thought police jack-booting to my door and having me arrested on false charges based on falsehoods..

Sylvia Stolz did what a true defense lawyer is supposed to do... Defend her client... And in doing so, the German Kangaroo court system threw her into jail for defending the truth.... These criminal judges in their farcical court system claimed that the Truth is no defense!!!

We do live in Orwellian times, readers, where "Truth Is Hate To Those Who Hate The Truth".....Sadly, most people are too dumbed down and too chemicalized to stand up for the truth!

More to come



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

John Friend's Realist Report For Monday, January 28th, 2013

I spent last night listening live (finally) to John Friend's ( Realist Report over the Truth Militia online network (   This show had Charles Giuliani from Oracle Broadcasting Network's ( "Truth Hertz" program, in a very lively debate with Pastor Eli James.   I have the link to that show right here for everyone that missed the show to listen for themselves:

NTS Notes: It was indeed a very lively debate, and John did his best to try to keep everything flowing smoothly and to keep both debaters focused on the issues...

Both Charles and Eli touched on many issues concerning the concepts of Christianity and what is seriously wrong with the teachings of the Bible itself... And yes, there are many!  

Personally, I look upon all religion as scams and crutches used to primarily keep people both brainwashed and enslaved.... I have always said....If "Fundamentalists", Christian "Zionists", or "Buy-bull Thumpers" to name just a few do not like my stance, that is just too bad... There are many religious brainwashing blogs and sites that they can turn to!

More to come


Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: High Radioactivity Readings In Snowfall In Arkansas (Fukushima Fallout?)

I said for a very long time that I have been looking for any new reports about actual radioactivity readings across North America.... I have long said that the readings should absolutely still be very high, due to the logic that the failed reactors at Fukushima are still spewing out their deadly radiation into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, and that will still be going on for much of the near future as well....

I was alerted this last week to a recent video that shows radiation readings taken after a short snowfall in Arkansas, USA, and I definitely want to share that video here with everyone to view for themselves... I have my own thoughts and comments to follow:

NTS Notes: OK... Many of the comments in this video,  and the producer of this video as well, are not coming outright and saying that this radiation is from Fukushima...But that is a very strong possibility, and I will explain why right here....

It is during this time of year between January-February that massive Arctic cold fronts roll into the central and eastern parts of the United States... These cold fronts push the Jet Stream down to the southern parts of the United States, and over the state of Arkansas as a result.   We also know that most of the radioactive particles released from the failed Fukushima reactors into the atmosphere enter the Jet Stream and are carried all the way to North America and beyond.... Now, once these particles in the Jet Stream are over North America, they only need either rainfall or snowfall to land on the ground as radioactive fallout... Therefore what we see here in Arkansas could definitely be Fukushima radioactive fallout in resultant snowfall!

As I have stated, if anyone has any other video evidence of strong radioactive readings in North America, please forward the video links to myself through my comment section... I have long said that the disaster at Fukushima is far from being over, and the radioactive fallout from this disaster is still falling all over North America right to this very day.

More to come


The Upcoming War On Iran: Insane Israeli Defense Minister Says Israel May Rely On US "Scalpels" To "Contain" Iran!

I have stated it in previous articles, and I will state it again.... IRAN IS NOT BUILDING ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS, PERIOD.  That should be the end of all discussion on planning any attacks on the peaceful and innocent nation of Iran, because there has been absolutely no evidence anywhere that the Iranians are, or have ever planned on developing and building nuclear weapons to be used on Israel.  

Instead of people everywhere understanding that Iran is absolutely not a threat to anyone, the compliant Jewish controlled mainstream media is again starting to slam Iran at every chance it gets, and saying that an attack on Iran to stop its non-existent nuclear weapons program is essential now more than ever.

But the criminally insane leadership in the criminal state of Israel knows now that they alone cannot attack Iran alone and are trying any act of desperation to get their lackeys and slaves in the United States to do the attack on Iran for them..... If anyone wants proof of Israel's plans to use their puppets in America to attack Iran, I want to turn to a recent article from the Russia Today online news service, at, where the criminally insane Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, is saying that Israel may rely on US "scalpels" for "containing" Iran!   Here is that article for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have my own thoughts and comments to follow:

Israel may rely on US 'scalpels' to contain Iran – defense minister

Published: 27 January, 2013, 11:38

Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak speaks during a session of the 2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on January 24, 2013 at the Swiss resort of Davos. (AFP Photo/Johannes Eisele)
Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak speaks during a session of the 2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on January 24, 2013 at the Swiss resort of Davos. (AFP Photo/Johannes Eisele)
Instead of going to a full-scale war with Iran over its nuclear program Israel may be satisfied with a US-led operation, says Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Previously Tel Aviv was determined to resolve the issue on its own, if the US refuses to help.
Apparently after the Knesset election this month left the Netanyahu cabinet weakened, Israeli hawks are toning down their war drumming rhetoric. In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Barak said the Pentagon had prepared a surgical operation that can be used as a last-ditch measure to slow Iranian progress.
“I used to tell them [American friends], you know, when we are talking about surgical operations we think of a scalpel, you think of a chisel with a 10-pound hammer,” Barak joked as cited by The Daily Beast. But that’s not the case with the plan, he noted. “The Pentagon prepared quite sophisticated, fine, extremely fine, scalpels. So it is not an issue of a major war or a failure to block Iran. You could under a certain situation, if worse comes to worst, end up with a surgical operation.”
Such an operation “will delay [the Iranians] by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them,” Barak said.

“We of course prefer that some morning we wake up and see that the Arab Spring was translated into Farsi and jumped over the Gulf to the streets of Tehran, but you cannot build a plan on it,”
 he added.
Israel’s right-wing government under PM Benjamin Netanyahu has been trumpeting war drums for months, saying it is prepared to do anything to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon and would launch an attack before its own window of opportunity closes. It called on its American allies to draw a red line after which a military action should follow. The pressure antagonized the Barack Obama administration, which refused to sign up for a new major conflict and called for non-military effort.
Tel-Aviv, Washington and some other countries believe that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon under the guise of its nuclear program. They want Tehran to shut down uranium enrichment facilities. Iran insists that it pursues strictly civilian goals with its nuclear industry, including production of fuel for nuclear reactors and radioactive isotopes for medical and research applications.
In a move aimed at dispersing international fears Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree banning nuclear weapons last year. The decree is binding for the Iranian government, Tehran stressed earlier this month ahead of a new round of international talks on the issue.
Earlier the US and Israel reportedly launched several clandestine operations against the Iranian nuclear program. Those include infecting Iranian industrial computer networks at enrichment facilities with a sophisticated virus, which damaged the sensitive equipment. There have also been several assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, which Tehran says were orchestrated by Israel.
The US also championed a set of strict economic sanctions against Iran, which crippled its oil exports.

NTS Notes:  This should be a wake up call for all Americans as to the plans by these diabolical monsters... They have always wanted to use their American slaves to launch and fight the war against Iran themselves!

And about this "scalpel".... Any surgical strike against the non-existent nuclear weapons facilities in Iran will definitely come at a very high price in terms of helpless and innocent Iranians dying in the process... And we cannot forget now that Iran's nuclear POWER generating stations are fully online and a strike against these facilities will release horrendous nuclear radiation and fallout that could kill millions...

One other dark horse that is never discussed is of course Russia's response to any "surgical strike" on an innocent Iran....Russia and China both have defense pacts with Iran, and a strike on Iran could trigger a response from these nations that could lead to World War III.    Have these insane lunatics in both the United States and Israel thought about this type of response at all?

The war on Iran is definitely back on the table now that both Barry Soetoro and the equally insane Benyamin Milikowsky are both back in power..... Watch carefully over the next while as things heat up and be prepared, everyone...

More to come


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Great Site For Research Into The Truth About Sandy Hook: "Sandy Hook Shooting Research"

A fellow truth seeker, Sherrie, who writes the blog: "Sherrie Questioning All" at, has recently started a new blog specifically for the exposure of the truth about the Sandy Hook shooting operation, called "Sandy Hook Shooting Research", at

I do recommend that everyone take the time to look over the important information that Sherry has accumulated over at that important site, and to support her in her endeavours in getting to the bottom of this criminal operation!

I for one will not give up in my own search for the real truth about what exactly happened at Sandy Hook, in spite of all of those in this so called "Truth Movement" that have suddenly labeled myself and others as nuts and "tin foil hatters".... I am glad to see that Sherrie and others feel the same way....

Again, take this link:, and add it to your own sites for reference.  I already have!

More to come


The "Low Energy Light Bulbs" Fraud: Low Energy Light Bulbs Not So "Green" After All!

One subject that I covered many times before is the fraud of the so called CFL Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, and the fact that these devices are quite deadly to our environment.   These insidious devices contain Mercury vapour, that can be released into a household environment if one is accidentally broken.... It is also a fact that removal of the Mercury released by one of these devices, from a household, is nearly impossible without calling in Hazardous materials experts!

We have constantly heard the constant claims by environmental advocates that these CFL bulbs are a requirement for saving our environment and for a "Greener" Earth... But according to this new article, that I came across from the website: Oilprice, at, it does appear that these CFL devices and other "Low Energy" light bulbs being promoted, are absolutely not as "Green" as they are made out to be!  Here is that article, and I do have my own additional thoughts and comments to follow:

Low Energy Light Bulbs Not So "Green" After All?

By Professor Chris Rhodes | Thu, 24 January 2013 22:54
Making choices about the kind of light bulbs we should be using, on the simple basis of energy consumption, and hence carbon emissions, may be a little short-sighted. Thus, the old fashioned incandescent bulbs are no longer commonly on sale, though there is something of a black market in them, due to the poorer quality of light given out by their alternatives - low-power CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) and LEDs (light emitting diodes).
The first incandescent (filament) bulb was invented by Joseph Swan, who gave the first public demonstration of the device at a lecture in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north east of England, on 18 December 1878. Swan later illuminated his house, in neighbouring Gateshead, by means of the technology. Credit for the incandescent bulb is often, but incorrectly, given to Thomas Edison, who invented it independently, but later than Swan. In 1881, the Savoy Theatre in London was lit by Swan incandescent light bulbs; the first theatre and the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by electrical power. The basic principle of the incandescent bulb has changed little in the past 135 years, of which the main criticism is that most of the energy consumed by the bulb is discarded as heat, rather than providing useful light.
Despite the wide, and almost exclusive, adoption of CFLs and LEDs in place of the original design, a life-cycle analysis has shown that there may be an environmental legacy, beyond carbon emissions, or their reduction, in the form of toxic metals, especially copper, lead, mercury and zinc, with smaller amounts of arsenic and antimony, which needs to be given greater consideration. The analysis accounts both for the metals that are present and their expected lifetimes in the environment, and concludes that both CFLs and LEDs should be classified as hazardous waste, in particular because of their lead content, which can be leached at 132 and 44 mg/l, respectively, and well above the accepted threshold of 5mg/l.. The amount of copper is also at issue, being 111,000 and 31,600 mg/kg respectively, in comparison with the accepted limit of 2500 mg/kg.
In their favour, both devices last far longer and consume considerably less power than do incandescent bulbs; nonetheless, the presence of heavy metals is concluded to impart some 3 -- 26 times the environmental burden for CFLs, while LEDs are deemed to be worse overall by a factor of 2 -- 3 than their more established counterpart. It is concluded that not only must energy consumption be taken into account, but that a reduction in the levels of toxic materials incurred in the manufacture of such "green" technology should be factored in to the design.
These results represent an alternative reality, in terms of our use of materials, since they tacitly illustrate the point that the final disposal/reuse of materials used in the manufacture of all appliances and devices must be designed-in to the processes through which they are created. The supply of various elements is at issue, and efficient means for recycling them is the only way to avoid running out of, e.g. indium, helium, and many other vital materials within only a decade or so The notion of the circular economy is the overarching example of this line of thinking, which follows the patterns of Nature, in which there is no such thing as "waste". Everything in the natural world is recycled, e.g. though such processes as the soil food web, providing energy and materials among an holistically interacting community of organisms, at a population of billions in a teaspoonful of soil
In principle, we can reuse materials to fabricate new and replacement technology, so long as we have sufficient available energy to do this. It is the loss of cheap energy, particularly in the form of liquid fuels refined from petroleum, that will set an ultimate limit to the extent by which human civilization is underpinned by technology. When this begins to fail, we may nonetheless draw from the design models of nature, in adopting lower energy, intermediate technology paradigms, such as are found in the principles of permaculture Hence the environmental problems accorded from low energy light bulbs, and carbon emissions, will no longer be a feature for us, once we have become reconnected with the natural world.
By. Professor Chris Rhodes

NTS Notes:  I had not take a close look at LED bulbs previously, due to the high cost associated with using them to replace incandescent bulbs.. But from the findings in this article, it does appear that they are not a "Green" alternative as well!

The Canadian Federal Government in Ottawa is preparing for the removal of all incandescent light bulbs from the Canadian market for sale as of December 31st of this year... I have long asked my Canadian readers to call their Members of Parliament,and immediately put an end to this move...

The fact is that all of the replacements for long proven and safe incandescent light bulbs are absolutely deadly to our environment, and absolutely not "Green" by a long shot... This Oilprice article only proves what I have been saying for a long time to be absolutely true.

Again, never ever use any of the Mercury laden CFL bulbs as a replacement for Incandescent light bulbs... On top of the dangers from the Mercury they contain, I have previously shown that they are a fire hazard, and many people are affected by the light that they produce as well.... It again shows that in our pursuit of making our world a greener place for future generations, the solutions are many times worse than the problems that they are supposed to fix...

More to come


It Ain't....

I want to present a new video from a fellow truth seeker, Buelahman, who writes the blog: Buelahman's Revolt, at, simply entitled: "It Ain't".... It is based upon an article that was just released by another truth seeker, Digger, who writes: "Digger For Truth" at   First, I have that video here for everyone to view for themselves:

Now, I want to present the article from Digger that this video is based upon:

It ain’t ….

It ain’t the Bilderburgers
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the Illuminati
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the Anglo-American Establishment 
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the banksters
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the Jesuits and Black pope
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the criminal cartel
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the Club of Rome and many other secret societies
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the Bush/Obama Aminsitration
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the German Death Cult Alex
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the neo-colonialists
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the aliens
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the moon matrix (ha that’s a good one Icke)
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the Annunaki Zecharia
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the shape-shifting lizards Icke
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the Technocrats
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the Nazi death cult Alex
It’s the JewsK
It ain’t the global power elite
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the Neocons
It’s the JewsK
It ain’t the Imperialists
It’s the Jews
It ain’t the British Royal family
It’s the JewsK
It ain’t the Globalists Alex
It’s the Jewsk
It ain’t the Rothschild zionists Icke
It’s the Jewsk
It really is the elite supremacist Jews
NTS Notes: I too have been sick by everyone avoiding exactly who these criminals are, and sticking ot the idea of "Zionists" or the "Vatican" or the "Jesuits", or a host of other names... When it most definitely are the criminal elite supremacist Jews!

Again, thanks to Digger for another splendid work.....

More to come


Seventy Years Of Nuclear Fission, Thousands Of Centuries Of Nuclear Waste

I have been posting up periodic articles when they become available concerning the still ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Japan.   It is disgusting and disturbing that much attention around the world has been elsewhere while this catastrophic event is still affecting much of the Northern Hemisphere of this planet through nuclear radiation exposure via fallout.   There is still the strong possibility that thousands, if not millions, will still die from radiation sickness that can be directly linked to this disaster....

Right now, I want to present an article from the Truthout website, at, entitled: "Seventy Years Of Nuclear Fission, Thousands Of Centuries Of Nuclear Waste", that gives a very disturbing look at what has been happening over the last 70 years since Scientists first achieved controlled nuclear fission beneath a stadium at the University of Chicago in December, 1942, especially when it comes to the massive amounts of nuclear waste material that has accumulated over that period....  Here is that article, and I do have some of my own thoughts and comments to follow:

Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission, Thousands of Centuries of Nuclear Waste

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00By Gregg Levine, Truthout | News Analysis

On December 2, 1942, a small group of physicists under the direction of Enrico Fermi gathered on an old squash court beneath Alonzo Stagg Stadium on the Campus of the University of Chicago to make and witness history. Uranium pellets and graphite blocks had been stacked around cadmium-coated rods as part of an experiment crucial to the Manhattan Project - the program tasked with building an atom bomb for the allied forces in World War II. The experiment was successful, and for 28 minutes, the scientists and dignitaries present witnessed the world's first manmade, self-sustaining nuclear fission reaction. They called it an atomic pile - Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1), to be exact- but what Fermi and his team had actually done was build the world's first nuclear reactor.

The Manhattan Project's goal was a bomb, but soon after the end of the war, scientists, politicians, the military and private industry looked for ways to harness the power of the atom for civilian use, or, perhaps more to the point, for commercial profit. Fifteen years to the day after CP-1 achieved criticality, President Dwight Eisenhower threw a ceremonial switch to start the reactor at Shippingport, Pennsylvania, which was billed as the first full-scale nuclear power plant built expressly for civilian electrical generation.

Shippingport was, in reality, little more than a submarine engine on blocks, but the nuclear industry and its acolytes will say that it was the beginning of billions of kilowatts of power, promoted (without a hint of irony) as "clean, safe and too cheap to meter." It was also, however, the beginning of what is now a weightier legacy: 72,000 tons of nuclear waste.

Atoms for Peace, Problems Forever

News of Fermi's initial success was communicated by physicist Arthur Compton to the head of the National Defense Research Committee, James Conant, with artistically coded flair:

Compton: The Italian navigator has landed in the New World.
Conant: How were the natives?

Compton: Very friendly.

But soon after that initial success, CP-1 was disassembled and reassembled a short drive away, in Red Gate Woods. The optimism of the physicists notwithstanding, it was thought best to continue the experiments with better radiation shielding - and slightly removed from the center of a heavily populated campus. The move was perhaps the first necessitated by the uneasy relationship between fissile material and the health and safety of those around it, but if it was understood as a broader cautionary tale, no one let that get in the way of "progress."

By the time the Shippingport reactor went critical, North America already had a nuclear waste problem. The detritus from manufacturing atomic weapons was poisoning surrounding communities at several sites around the continent (not that most civilians knew it at the time). Meltdowns at Chalk River in Canada and theExperimental Breeder Reactor in Idaho had required fevered cleanups, the former of which included the help of a young Navy officer named Jimmy Carter. And the dangers of errant radioisotopes were increasing with the acceleration of above-ground atomic weapons testing. But as President Eisenhower extolled "Atoms for Peace," and the US Atomic Energy Commission promoted civilian nuclear power at home and abroad, a plan to deal with the spent fuel (as used nuclear fuel rods are termed) and other highly radioactive leftovers was not part of the program (beyond, of course, extracting some of the plutonium produced by the fission reaction for bomb production, and the promise that the waste generated by US-built reactors overseas could at some point be marked "return to sender" and repatriated to the United States for disposal).

Attempts at what was called reprocessing - the re-refining of used uranium into new reactor fuel - quickly proved expensive, inefficient and dangerous, and created as much radioactive waste as they hoped to reuse. Reprocessing also provided an obvious avenue for nuclear weapons proliferation because of the resulting production of plutonium. The threat of proliferation (made flesh by India's test of an atomic bomb in 1976) led President Jimmy Carter to cancel the US reprocessing program in 1977

Attempts by the Department of Energy (DOE) to push mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication (combining uranium and plutonium) over the last dozen years has not produced any results, either, despite over $5 billion in government investments.
In fact, there was no official federal policy for the management of used but still highly radioactive nuclear fuel until passage of The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982(NWPA). And while that law acknowledged the problem of thousands of tons of spent fuel accumulating at US nuclear plants, it didn't exactly solve it. Instead, the NWPA started a generation of political horse-trading, with goals and standards defined more by market exigencies than by science, that leaves America today with what amounts to over five dozen nominally temporary repositories for high-level radioactive waste - and no defined plan to change that situation anytime soon.

Lack of Permanent Spent Fuel Storage Looms Large

When a US Court of Appeals ruled in June that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted improperly when it failed to consider all the risks of storing spent radioactive fuel onsite at the nation's nuclear power facilities, it made specific reference to the lack of any real answers to the generations-old question of waste storage:

[The Nuclear Regulatory Commission] apparently has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository.... If the government continues to fail in its quest to establish one, then SNF (spent nuclear fuel) will seemingly be stored on site at nuclear plants on a permanent basis. The Commission can and must assess the potential environmental effects of such a failure.

The court concluded the current situation - in which spent fuel is stored across the country in what were supposed to be temporary configurations-"poses a dangerous long-term health and environmental risk."
The decision also harshly criticized regulators for evaluating plant relicensing with the assumption that spent nuclear fuel would be moved to a central long-term waste repository.A Mountain of Risks

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act set in motion an elaborate process that was supposed to give the US a number of possible waste sites, but, in the end, the only option seriously explored was the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada. After years of preliminary construction and tens of millions of dollars spent, 
Yucca was determined to be a bad choice for the waste. As I wrote in April of last year: "[Yucca Mountain's] volcanic formation is more porous and less isolated than originally believed - there is evidence that water can seep in, there are seismic concerns, worries about the possibility of new volcanic activity, and a disturbing proximity to underground aquifers. In addition, Yucca mountain has deep spiritual significance for the Shoshone and Paiute peoples."

Every major Nevada politician on both sides of the aisle has opposed the Yucca repository since its inception. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has worked most of his political life to block the facility. And with the previous NRC head, Gregory Jaczko, (and now his replacement, Allison Macfarlane, as well) recommending against it, the Obama administration's DOE moved to end the project.

Even if it were an active option, Yucca Mountain would still be many years and maybe as much as $100 million away from completion. And yet, the nuclear industry (through recipients of its largesse in Congress) has challenged the administration to spend any remaining money in a desperate attempt to keep alive the fantasy of a solution to their waste crisis.

Such fevered dreams, however, do not qualify as an actual plan, according to the courts.

The judges also chastised the NRC for its generic assessment of spent fuel pools, currently packed well beyond their projected capacity at nuclear plants across the United States. Rather than examine each facility and the potential risks specific to its particular storage situation, the NRC had only evaluated the safety risks of onsite storage by looking at a composite of past events. The court ruled that the NRC must appraise each plant individually and account for potential future dangers. Those dangers include leaks, loss of coolant, and failures in the cooling systems, any of which might result in contamination of surrounding areas, overheating and melting of stored rods, and the potential of burning radioactive fuel - risks heightened by the large amounts of fuel now densely packed in the storage pools and underscored by the ongoing disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Indeed, plants were neither designed nor built to house nuclear waste long-term. The design life of most reactors in the United States was originally 40 years. Discussions of the spent fuel pools usually gave them a 60-year lifespan. That limit seemed to double almost magically as nuclear operators fought to postpone the expense of moving cooler fuel to dry casks and of the final decommissioning of retired reactors.

Everyone Out of the Pool

As disasters as far afield as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and last 
October's Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated, the storage of spent nuclear fuel in pools requires steady supplies of power and cool water. Any problem that prevents the active circulation of liquid through the spent fuel pools - be it a loss of electricity, the failure of a back-up pump, the clogging of a valve or a leak in the system - means the temperature in the pools will start to rise. If the cooling circuit is out long enough, the water in the pools will start to boil. If the water level dips (due to boiling or a leak) enough to expose hot fuel rods to the air, the metal cladding on the rods will start to burn, in turn heating the fuel even more, resulting in plumes of smoke carrying radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere.

And because these spent fuel pools are so full - containing as much as five times more fuel than they were originally designed to hold, and at densities that come close to those in reactor cores - they both heat stagnant water more quickly and reach volatile temperatures faster when exposed to air.

After spent uranium has been in a pool for at least five years (considerably longer than most fuel is productive as an energy source inside the reactor), fuel rods are deemed cool enough to be moved to dry casks. Dry casks are sealed steel cylinders filled with spent fuel and inert gas, which are themselves encased in another layer of steel and concrete. These massive fuel "coffins" are then placed outside and spaced on concrete pads so that air can circulate and continue to disperse heat.

While the long-term safety of dry casks is still in question, the fact that they require no active cooling system gives them an advantage, in the eyes of many experts, over pool storage. As if to highlight that difference, spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi have posed some of the greatest challenges since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, whereas, to date, no quake or flood-related problems have been reported with any of Japan's dry casks. The disparity was so obvious that the NRC's own staff review actually added a proposal to the post-Fukushima taskforce report, recommending that US plants take more fuel out of spent fuel pools and move it to dry casks. (A year and a half later, however, there is still no regulation - or even a draft - requiring such a move.)

But current dry cask storage poses its own set of problems. Moving fuel rods from pools to casks is slow and costly - about $1.5 million per cask, or roughly $7 billion to move all of the nation's spent fuel (a process, it is estimated, that would take no less than five to ten years). That is expensive enough to have many nuclear plant operators lobbying overtime to avoid doing it.

Further, though not as seemingly vulnerable as fuel pools, dry casks are not impervious to natural disaster. In 2011, a moderate earthquake centered about 20 miles from the North Anna, Virginia, nuclear plant caused most of its vertical dry casks - each weighing 115 tons - to shift, some by more than four inches. The facility's horizontal casks didn't move, but some showed what was termed "cosmetic damage."

Dry casks at Michigan's Palisades plant sit on a pad atop a sand dune just 100 yards from Lake Michigan. An earthquake there could plunge the casks into the water. And the casks at Palisades are so poorly designed and maintained, submersion could result in water contacting the fuel, contaminating the lake and possibly triggering a nuclear chain reaction.

And though each cask contains far less fissile material than one spent fuel pool, casks are still considered possible targets for terrorism. A TOW anti-tank missile would breach even the best dry cask [PDF], and with 25 percent of the nation's spent fuel now stored in hundreds of casks across the country, all above ground, it provides a rich target environment.

Confidence Game

Two months after the Appeals Court found fault with the NRC's imaginary waste mitigation scenario, the agency announced it would suspend the issuing of new reactor operating licenses, license renewals and construction licenses until the agency could craft a new plan for dealing with the nation's growing spent nuclear fuel crisis. In drafting its new nuclear "Waste Confidence Decision" (NWCD) - the methodology used to assess the hazards of nuclear waste storage - the Commission said it would evaluate all possible options for resolving the issue.

At first, the NRC said this could include both generic and site-specific actions (remember, the court criticized the NRC's generic appraisals of pool safety), but as the prescribed process now progresses, it appears any new rule will be designed to give the agency, and so, the industry, as much wiggle room as possible. At a public hearing in November 2012, and later at a pair of web conferences in early December, the regulator's Waste Confidence Directorate (yes, that's what it is called) outlined three scenarios [PDF] for any future rulemaking:
  • Storage until a repository becomes available at the middle of the century
  • Storage until a repository becomes available at the end of the century
  • Continued storage in the event a repository is not available.
And while, given the current state of affairs, the first option seems optimistic, the fact that their best scenario now projects a repository to be ready by about 2050 is a story in itself.
When the NWPA was signed into law by President Reagan early in 1983, it was expected the process it set in motion would present at least one (and preferably another) long-term repository by the late 1990s. But by the time the "Screw Nevada Bill" (as it is affectionately known in the Silver State) locked in Yucca Mountain as the only option for permanent nuclear waste storage, the projected opening was pushed back to 2007.

But Yucca encountered problems from its earliest days, so a mid-90s revision of the timeline postponed the official start, this time to 2010. By 2006, the DOE was pegging Yucca's opening at 2017. And, when the NWPA was again revised in 2010 - after Yucca was deemed a non-option - it conveniently avoided setting a date for the opening of a national long-term waste repository altogether.

It was that 2010 revision that was thrown out by the courts in June.

"Interim Storage" and "Likely Reactors"

So, the waste panel now has three scenarios - but what are the underlying assumptions for those scenarios? Not, obviously, any particular site for a centralized, permanent home for the nation's nuclear garbage - no new site has been chosen, and it can't even be said there is an active process at work that will choose one.

There are the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) convened by the president after Yucca Mountain was off the table. Most notable there was arecommendation for interim waste storage, consolidated at a handful of locations across the country. But consolidated intermediate waste storage has its own difficulties, not the least of which is that no sites have yet been chosen for any such endeavor. (In fact, plans for the Skull Valley repository, thought to be the interim facility closest to approval, were abandoned by its sponsors just days before Christmas 2012.)

Just-retired Democratic senator from New Mexico Jeff Bingaman, the last chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, tried to turn the BRC recommendations into law. When he introduced his bill in August, however, he had to do so without any cosponsors. Hearings on the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2012 were held in September, but the gavel came down on the 112th Congress without any further action.
In spite of the underdeveloped state of intermediate storage, however, when the waste confidence panel was questioned on the possibility, interim waste repositories seemed to emerge, almost on the fly, as an integral part of any revised waste policy rule.

"Will any of your scenarios include interim centralized above-ground storage?" we asked during the last public session. Paul Michalak, who heads the environmental impact statement branch of the Waste Confidence Directorate, first said temporary sites would be considered in the second and third options. Then, after a short pause,Mr. Michalak added [PDF, p40], "First one, too. All right. Right. That's right. So we're considering an interim consolidated storage facility [in] all three scenarios."

The lack of certainty on any site or sites is, however, not the only fuzzy part of the picture. As mentioned earlier, the amount of high-level radioactive waste currently on hand in the United States and in need of a final resting place is upwards of 70,000 tons - already at the amount that was set as the initial top limit for the Yucca Mountain repository. Given that there are still over 100 domestic commercial nuclear reactors more or less in operation, producing something like an additional 2,000 tons of spent fuel every year, what happens to the Waste Confidence Directorate's scenarios as the years and waste pile up? How much waste were regulators projecting they would have to deal with? How much spent fuel would a waste confidence decision assume the system could confidently handle?

There was initial confusion on what amount of waste - and at what point in time - was informing the process. Pressed for clarification on the last day of hearings, NRC officials finally posited that it was assumed there would be 150,000 metric tons of spent fuel - all deriving from the commercial reactor fleet - by 2050. By the end of the century, the NRC expects to face a mountain of waste weighing 270,000 metric tons [PDF, pp38-41(though this figure was perplexingly termed both a "conservative number" and an "overestimate").

How did the panel arrive at these numbers? Were they assuming all 104 (soon to be 103 - Wisconsin's Kewaunee Power Station will shut down by mid-2013 for reasons its owner, Dominion Resources, says are based "purely on economics") commercial reactors nominally in operation would continue to function for that entire timeframe - even though many are nearing the end of their design life and none are licensed to continue operation beyond the 2030s? Were they counting reactors like those at San Onofre, which have been offline for almost a year and are not expected to restart anytime soon? Or the troubled reactors at Ft. Calhoun in Nebraska and Florida's Crystal River? Neither facility has been functional in recent years, and both have many hurdles to overcome if they are ever to produce power again. Were they factoring in the projected AP1000 reactors in the early stages of construction in Georgia, or the ones slated for South Carolina? Did the NRC expect more or fewer reactors generating waste over the course of the next 88 years?

The response: waste estimates include all existing facilities, plus "likely reactors" - but the NRC cannot say exactly how many reactors that is [PDF, p. 41].

Jamming It Through

Answers like those from the Waste Confidence Directorate do not inspire (pardon the expression) confidence for a country looking at a mountain of eternally toxic waste. Just what would the waste confidence decision (and the environmental impact survey that should result from it) actually cover? What would it mandate, and what would change as a result?

In past relicensing hearings - where the public could comment on proposed license extensions on plants already reaching the end of their 40-year design life - objections based on the mounting waste problem and already packed spent fuel pools were waved off by the NRC, which referenced the waste confidence decision as the basis of its rationale. Yet, when discussing the parameters of the process for the latest, court-ordered revision to the NWCD, Dr. Keith McConnell, director of the Waste Confidence Directorate, asserted that waste confidence was not connected to the site-specific licensed life of operations [PDF, p. 42], but only to a period defined as "post-licensed life storage" (which appears, if a chart in the directorate's presentation [PDF, p. 12] is to be taken literally, to extend from 60 years after the initial creation of waste, to 120 years - at which point a phase labeled "disposal" begins). Issues of spent fuel pool and dry cask safety are the concerns of a specific plant's relicensing process, said regulators in the latest hearings.

"It's like dealing with the Mad Hatter," commented Kevin Kamps, a radioactive waste specialist for industry watchdog Beyond Nuclear. "Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

The edict originated with the White Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, but it is all too appropriate - and no less maddening - when trying to motivate meaningful change at the NRC. The NRC has used the nuclear waste confidence decision in licensing inquiries, but in these latest scoping hearings, we are told the NWCD does not apply to on-site waste storage. The appeals court criticized the lack of site-specificity in the waste storage rules, but the directorate says they are now only working on a generic guideline. The court disapproved of the NRC's continued relicensing of nuclear facilities based on the assumption of a long-term geologic repository that in reality did not exist - and the NRC said it was suspending licensing pending a new rule - but now regulators say they don't anticipate the denial or even the delay of any reactor license application while they await the new waste confidence decision [PDF, pp. 49-50].

In fact, the NRC has continued the review process on pending applications, even though there is now no working NWCD - something deemed essential by the courts - against which to evaluate new licenses.

The period for public comment on the scope of the waste confidence decision ended January 2, and no more scoping hearings are planned. There will be other periods for civic involvement - during the environmental impact survey and rulemaking phases - but with each step, the areas open to input diminish. And the current schedule has the entire process greatly accelerated over previous revisions.

On January 3, a coalition of 24 grassroots environmental groups filed documents with the NRC [PDF] protesting "the 'hurry up' two-year timeframe" for this assessment, noting the time allotted for environmental review falls far short of the 2019 estimate set by the NRC's own technical staff. The coalition observed that two years was also not enough time to integrate post-Fukushima recommendations, and that the NRC was narrowing the scope of the decision - ignoring specific instructions from the appeals court - in order to accelerate the drafting of a new waste-storage rule.

Speed might seem a valuable asset if the NRC were shepherding a Manhattan Project-style push for a solution to the ever-growing waste problem - the one that began with the original Manhattan Project - but that is not what is at work here. Instead, the NRC, under court order, is trying to set the rules for determining the risk of all that high-level radioactive waste if there is no new, feasible solution. The NRC is looking for a way to permit the continued operation of the US nuclear fleet - and so, the continued manufacture of nuclear waste - without an answer to the bigger, pressing question.

A Plan Called HOSS

While there is much to debate about what a true permanent solution to the nuclear waste problem might look like, there is little question that the status quo is unacceptable. Spent fuel pools were never intended to be used as they are now used - re-racked and densely packed with over a generation of fuel assemblies. Both the short- and long-term safety and security of the pools has now been questioned by the courts and laid bare by reality. 
Pools at numerous US facilities have leaked radioactive waste [PDF] into rivers, groundwater and soil. Sudden "drain downs" of water used for cooling have come perilously close to triggering major accidents in plants very near to major population centers. Recent hurricanes have knocked out power to cooling systems and flooded backup generators, and last fall's superstorm came within inches of overwhelming the coolant intake structure at Oyster Creek in New Jersey.

The crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi facility was so dangerous, and remains dangerous to this day, in part because of the large amounts of spent fuel stored in pools next to the reactors but outside of containment - a design identical to 35 US nuclear reactors. A number of these GE Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors - such as Oyster Creek and Vermont Yankee - have more spent fuel packed into their individual pools than all the waste in Fukushima Daiichi Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 combined.

Dry casks, the obvious next "less-bad" option for high-level radioactive waste, were also not supposed to be a permanent panacea. The design requirements and manufacturing regulations of casks - especially the earliest generations - do not guarantee their reliability anywhere near the 100 to 300 years now being casually tossed around by NRC officials. Some of the nation's older dry casks (which in this case means 15 to 25 years) have already shown seal failures and structural wear [PDF]. Yet the government does not require direct monitoring of casks for excessive heat or radioactive leaks - only periodic "walkthroughs."

Add in the reluctance of plant operators to spend money on dry cask transfer and the lack of any workable plan to quickly remove radioactive fuel from failed casks, and dry cask storage also appears to fail to attain any court-ordered level of confidence.
Interim plans, such as regional consolidated above-ground storage, remain just that - plans. There are no sites selected and no designs for such a facility up for public scrutiny. What is readily apparent, though, is that the frequent transport of nuclear waste increases the risk of nuclear accidents. There does not, as of now, exist a transfer container that is wholly leak proof, accident proof and impervious to terrorist attack. Moving high-level radioactive waste across the nation's highways, rail lines and waterways has raised fears of "Mobile Chernobyls" and "Floating Fukushimas."

More troubling still, if past (and present) is prologue, is the tendency of options designed as "interim" to morph into a default "permanent." Can the nation afford to kick the can once more, spending tens (if not hundreds) of millions of dollars on a "solution" that will only add a collection of new challenges to the existing roster of problems? What will the interim facilities become beyond the next problem, the next site for costly mountains of poorly stored, dangerous waste?

If there is an interim option favored by many nuclear experts, engineers and environmentalists [PDF], it is something called HOSS - Hardened On-Site Storage [PDF]. HOSS is a version of dry cask storage that is designed and manufactured to last longer, is better protected against leaks and better shielded from potential attacks. Proposals [PDF] involve steel, concrete and earthen barriers incorporating proper ventilation and direct monitoring for heat and radiation.

But not all reactor sites are good candidates for HOSS. Some are too close to rivers that regularly flood, some are vulnerable to the rising seas and increasingly severe storms brought on by climate change, and others are close to active geologic fault zones. For facilities where hardened on-site storage would be an option, nuclear operators will no doubt fight the requirements because of the increased costs above and beyond the price of standard dry cask storage, which most plant owners already try to avoid or delay.

The First Rule of Holes

In a wooded park just outside Chicago sits a dirt mound, near a bike path, which contains parts of the still-highly-
radioactive remains of CP-1, the world's first atomic pile. Seven decades after that nuclear fuel was first buried, many health experts would not recommend that spot [PDF] for a long, languorous picnic, nor would they recommend drinking from nearby water fountains. To look at it in terms Arthur Compton might favor, when it comes to the products of nuclear chain reactions, the natives are restless ... and will remain so for millennia to come.

One can perhaps forgive those working in the pressure cooker of the Manhattan Project and in the middle of a world war for ignoring the forest for the trees - for not considering waste disposal while pursuing a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Perhaps. But, as the burial mound in Red Gate Woods reminds us, ignoring a problem does not make it go away.

And if that small pile or the mountains of spent fuel precariously stored around the nation are not enough of a prompt, the roughly $960 million that the federal government has had to pay private nuclear operators should be. For every year that the DOE does not provide a permanent waste repository - or at least some option that takes the burden of storing spent nuclear fuel off the hands (and off the books) of power companies - the government is obligated to reimburse the industry for the costs of onsite waste storage. By 2020, it is estimated that $11 billion in public money will have been transferred into the pockets of private nuclear companies. By law, these payments cannot be drawn from the ratepayer-fed fund that is earmarked for a permanent geologic repository, and so, these liabilities must be paid out of the federal budget. Legal fees for defending the DOE against these claims will add another 20 to 30 percent to settlement costs.

The Federal appeals court, too, has sent a clear message that the buck needs to stop somewhere at some point - and that such a time and place should be both explicit and realistic. The nuclear waste confidence scoping process, however, is already giving the impression that the NRC's next move will be generic and improbable.

The late, great Texas journalist Molly Ivins once remarked, "The first rule of holes" is, "when you're in one, stop digging." For high-level radioactive waste, that hole is now a mountain, over 70 years in the making and over 70,000 tons high. If the history of the atomic age is not evidence enough, the implications of the waste confidence decision process put the current crisis in stark relief. There is, right now, no good option for dealing with the nuclear detritus currently on hand, and there is not even a plan to develop a good option in the near future. Without a way to safely store the mountain of waste already created, under what rationale can a responsible government permit the manufacture of so much more?

The federal government spends billions to perpetuate and protect the nuclear industry - and plans to spend billions more to expand the number of commercial reactors. Dozens of facilities are already past, or are fast approaching, the end of their design lives, but the NRC has yet to reject any request for an operating license extension - and it is poised to approve many more, nuclear waste confidence decision notwithstanding. Plant operators continue to balk at any additional regulations that would require better waste management.

The lesson of the first 70 years of fission is that we cannot endure more of the same. The government - from the DOE to the NRC - should reorient its priorities from creating more nuclear waste to safely and securely containing what is now here. Money slated for subsidizing current reactors and building new ones would be better spent on shuttering aging plants, designing better storage options for their waste, modernizing the electrical grid and developing sustainable energy alternatives. (And reducing demand through conservation programs should always be part of the conversation.)

Enrico Fermi might not have foreseen (or cared about) the mountain of waste that began with his first atomic pile, but current scientists, regulators and elected officials have the benefit of hindsight. If the first rule of holes says stop digging, then the dictum here should be that when you're trying to summit a mountain, you don't keep shoveling more garbage on top.

NTS Notes:  What is not discussed is the reasoning for building and promoting Uranium as the power source for nuclear power stations... Many of these Uranium nuclear reactors have long been used for the breeding of  Plutonium that is extracted from the waste and used for nuclear bombs...

It is sad that the use of a cleaner nuclear material, Thorium, is never discussed when it comes to achieving safe nuclear power plants... The nuclear experts will never admit it, but the reason is simple: Thorium based nuclear power stations do not produce weapons grade Plutonium as one of its waste materials!

The fact is that even today almost all Nuclear power stations store their waste material in spent fuel pools right on site... These spent fuel pools everywhere are filling up rapidly, and in most nations, there are still no proper plans in place for the disposal of this hazardous life threatening material, as this article clearly shows....

We have seen the results of man's folly when it comes to nuclear power when we look at the Fukushima disaster and the still life threatening situation with its spent fuel rod pools.... And sadly there are no plans in place or even the know how yet to fix this situation.....   I again say it is time to stop the pursuit of wars and strife elsewhere and concentrate our efforts on fixing the horrendous life threatening situation at Fukushima Japan first and foremost... That time is long overdue..

More to come