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Monday June 27, 2011
Flood test not over for nuke plant
ONLY IN THE WORLD-HERALD
By Nancy Gaarder and Sam Womack
World-Herald Staff Writers
Two outside lines of defense against flooding failed Sunday at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, shifting the plant to backup electricity for 12 hours.
On Monday, the Omaha Public Power District was studying whether it could patch and refill the temporary water dam that burst. When the dam ruptured, it allowed floodwater to fill in around the plant to a depth of more than two feet, said OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson.
Sunday's development offers more evidence that the relentlessly rising Missouri River is testing the flood-worthiness of an American nuclear power plant like never before. The now-idle plant, 19 miles north of Omaha, has become an island. And unlike other plants previously affected by high water, Fort Calhoun faces months of flooding.
Also on Monday, the head of the nation's nuclear regulatory agency, his lieutenants and congressional representatives toured the plant.
“It's pretty jarring to see a boat tied up to the nuclear power plant. ... It's an intense operation going on there, particularly with water surrounding all the buildings,” said U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. “There's no water inside; they have multiple, redundant systems in place.”
The plant disconnected from the electrical grid Sunday morning and ran on electricity supplied by its main, on-site backup source: two diesel-fueled generators. Federal regulators require nuclear plants to have generators to keep a plant running in case its main power source is interrupted.
Hanson said a piece of heavy equipment moving sand on the dry side of the water-filled dam, “brushed up” against it, causing it to rupture. The utility disconnected from the grid because the river water leaked through a cement barrier installed to protect the plant's main transformer.
“It did not work; it did not keep the water out,” he said.
Floodwater rose a couple of feet inside that barrier, Hanson said. Crews switched off the electricity feeding it to assure that it wouldn't be damaged, and it was not, he said. They pumped out the water, sealed the leaks in the cement barrier and restarted the transformer.
Disconnecting from the grid “gave us time to ascertain that all was fine,” he said.
The 2,000-foot-long water-filled dam that ringed the plant collapsed about 1:25 a.m. Sunday.
AquaDam (aka "water weenie") failed. No one should be surprised--HELLO? It was made out of rubber and sharp things float in floods. But one thing I didn't anticipate was that some of the equipment there to fight the flood would "brush against" it and rupture it.
Did you know workers have to scramble across a catwalk to reach the plant? Parking lot is flooded, no other access.
Head of the NRC was supposed to visit Ft. Calhoun this morning.
Water was in the containment unit, but it didn't cause any problems. I would REALLLLLY like to know more about that one.
The worst is yet to come--there is a helluva lot of water coming from the tributaries towards the Missouri River.
River water now surrounds spent fuel pool building and main reactor building at Ft. Calhoun after collapse of water-filled dam — Barriers at entrances to keep water out
June 27th, 2011 at 07:16 PM
[...] Because of the collapsed water-filled dam, river water surrounds the main reactor building, mechanical building, spent fuel pool building and other structures.
Barriers at entrances to the buildings are keeping that water from entering, [Omaha Public Power District spokesman Jeff Hanson] said. A “minor” amount of water did seep into the plant’s turbine building, he said, and was pumped out. [...]
Published Sunday June 26, 2011
FLOODING: THE WORST IS YET TO COME
By David Hendee
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
ONLY IN THE WORLD-HERALD
Imagine roughly 55 million acres — the entire surface of Nebraska and southwest Iowa — covered in a foot of water. Now imagine trying to funnel all that water down a drainage canal surrounded by airports and homes, businesses and farms. You can begin to grasp the unprecedented, slow-developing danger facing folks from Montana to Missouri from the Great Flood of 2011. In more than a century of record-keeping, the nation's longest river has never coped with more water.
Floodwaters are breaching levees, triggering evacuations, closing highways, swamping thousands of acres of farmland, destroying homes and lapping against hurriedly reinforced floodwalls protecting cities, airports and power plants, including two in Nebraska that produce nuclear power. The damage bill will tally in the hundreds of millions.
As bad as it's been, the hardest parts are still ahead, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the river system's managers. “It's going to be a devastating season in terms of how the levees do,” said Brig. Gen. John McMahon, commander of the corps' Northwestern Division. “There's going to be a lot of pain and suffering.”
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Gavins Point Dam like a Tsunami June 2011
Shocking Joplin Tornado Aftermath Raw Video (Please Share)
Joplin, Missouri, is still reeling from a
massive tornado with winds reaching 200 mph
The tornado is the deadliest since 1947,
claiming 126 lives.
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Today I woke up and thought I'd set up my camera and play with taking time lapse videos, I didn't realize it was going to storm. I had to quickly get my camera out of the way of the water. I didn't wanna have to send it in under my Best Buy protection plan. I love my Canon 50d, the only thing I wish it would do is shoot in 16x9 mode so I can make these videos easier. I plan on taking a ton of pictures this weekend in Denver then in Toronto. I'm ready to see the world.Today I woke up and thought I'd set up my camera and play with taking time lapse... more
After reviewing the extensive damage in Joplin, Missouri, the National Weather Service (NWS) upgraded the tornado from an EF-4 to the highest tornado rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of EF-5 with winds in excess of 200 mph.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/joplin-killer-tornado-upgraded-to-powerful-ef-5-death-toll-rises-to-125After reviewing the extensive damage in Joplin, Missouri, the National Weather Service... more
Governor Jay Nixon's office announced Tuesday morning that the death toll from the massive and powerful tornado on Sunday had risen to 117, making it the single deadliest tornado in United States since official records began.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/joplin-missouri-tornado-becomes-deadliest-united-states-tornado-on-recordGovernor Jay Nixon's office announced Tuesday morning that the death toll from... more
While rescuers scramble to dig out any remaining survivors from a weekend tornado that killed 116, residents in Joplin, Missouri, are bracing for the possibility of more tornadoes on Tuesday.While rescuers scramble to dig out any remaining survivors from a weekend tornado that... more
The tornado that swept across the south side of the Joplin, Missouri area on Sunday is going down in United States history as one of the deadliest single tornadoes on record to strike the country.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/joplin-missouri-tornado-the-deadliest-single-u-s-tornado-over-55-yearsThe tornado that swept across the south side of the Joplin, Missouri area on Sunday is... more
A tornado flattened buildings, snapped trees and tossed tractor-trailers like toys as it touched down in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday night, causing an unknown number of deaths and injuries.
The twister was part of a line of severe weather that swept across the Midwest on Sunday, prompting tornado watches and warnings that stretched from Wisconsin to Texas. High winds and possible tornadoes struck Minneapolis and other parts of Minnesota, leaving at least one person dead and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said.
Authorities in Joplin were contending with multiple reports of people trapped, as well as significant structural damage to St. John's Regional Medical Center, which was hit directly by the tornado, city officials said. CNN affiliate KSHB said there were reports of fires throughout the hospital.
One facade of the building made of glass was completely blown out, and authorities were evacuating the medical center, said Ray Foreman, a meteorologist with KODE in Joplin.
Residents 70 miles away from Joplin in Dade County were finding X-rays from St. John's in their driveways, said Foreman, indicating the size and power of the twister.
Parts of the city were unrecognizable, according to Steve Polley, a storm chaser from Kansas City who described the damage as "complete devastation."
The tornado cut a path of destruction through the heart of the city, hitting heavily populated areas, Foreman said.
"We've had numerous vehicles picked up and thrown into houses," he said.
At least seven overturned tractor-trailers were seen on one stretch of Interstate 44 west of the city, said Michael Ratliff, who has been chasing storms for eight years. Ratliff said the possible tornado was "rain wrapped," making it impossible to see as it tore what he estimated to be a half-mile to three-quarter-mile path of damage.
Officials did not know an exact number of injuries reported. Lynn Ostot, the spokeswoman for the city of Joplin confirmed "some fatalities," but did not have an exact number. The Joplin mayor has declared a local disaster.
Elsewhere, tornadoes were spotted in Forest Lake, north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and near Harmony, more than 120 miles to the south. And in Minneapolis, witnesses reported numerous downed trees and neighborhoods without power.
Widespread damage from severe weather was reported across Minneapolis on Sunday.
Minneapolis police spokeswoman Sara Dietrich said the storm left behind one fatality in the city, with 22 people reported hurt. One hospital, North Memorial Medical Center, said it had treated 18 people for minor injuries.
"This is the first time we can remember a tornado touched down in this area," he told CNN. "They aren't usually in the heart of the city."
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Why isn't Americans more concerned about what is going on here???? Tornados and now these Floods.........total devastation!!!!!!!!!!!! Do we care???? Are we helping all we can??? Is the Media giving this the coverage it deserves to have?Why isn't Americans more concerned about what is going on here???? Tornados and... more
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed more explosives early Tuesday that it will use to breach the Birds Point-New Madrid levee and divert floodwaters at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers onto Missouri farmland.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed more explosives early Tuesday that it will... more
While we were venting our outrage at shenanigans in Wisconsin politics, in fact while Republicans were planning last night’s attempted coup, the Michigan state legislature quietly passed a bill giving the Governor of Michigan martial control over the state. Except instead of using actual military, the Governor is more likely to use private security. But make no mistake–rights would be suspended.
Here’s how it works:
The governor, on his own initiative, can declare an economic emergency in any town and appoint an administrator. The administrator can be any person, including a corporate person.
The administrator has the power to do anything in the name of economic stability, including void contracts, void collective bargaining agreements, dissolve the town council, dissolve the school board, fire anyone including elected officials, hire private security, unincorporate the town, and sell off public property.
The people of the town have no say in this. They can neither demand nor turn away the administrator. That is because this provision is meant to be used against the people.
What might constitute an emergency in the Governor’s eyes?
A labor strike is the first thing that comes to mind. Too many foreclosures. Crime! In short, anything he wants it to be–and with billionaire backers, any controversy can be created.
What might the administrator do in that emergency?
First, privatize everything. Fire public workers and take over all public functions–running schools, police and fire service, and so on. Michigan just made this legal.
Second, imprison dissidents, shutter businesses, and seize property by eminent domain. This is not legal, but hey, that didn’t stop the Wisconsin Republicans.
In short, take over control and turn it into a corporate town.
We need to pay attention to Michigan because they are farther along the road to corporate statehood–to where the Republicans want to take all of us.
Other things you should know:
–The outnumbered Democrats in Michigan tried to add an amendment that the administrator’s could be paid no more than the governor, but that was voted down. All the better to drain the public treasury.
–Michigan voted to increase taxes on the poor and elderly. What little property they own will belong to the government soon.
–Michigan voted to disallow charitable tax deductions for donations to universities. When universities depend more on public money, it is much easier for the government to control them. Universities liberalize people, so they must be changed.
–Finally, people have been leaving Michigan in droves due to its poor economy. If there had been no auto bailout–and it was hotly contested even by non-corporatists–there would be ghost towns all over the state. As it is, there are large ghost neighborhoods. These empty public nuisances are ripe for corporate ownership.
This is the Republicans’ end game: drain public entities of assets, privatize, turn what’s left over to corporations to run. In the running, they will use onerous taxation or find other ways to take away ownership of what is now privately held.
Corporations will control the government, and between the two of them, they will own all property. And there will be nary a peep in the bulk of the media because the corporations control that too.
We can stop this, and the protests that started in Wisconsin are the way to start. It may get uglier before it gets better, but we can take our country back.
http://www.politicususa.com/en/martial-law-michiganWhile we were venting our outrage at shenanigans in Wisconsin politics, in fact while... more
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Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R) is pushing a bill which would dramatically claw back state child labor protections. As the bill’s official summary explains:
This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.
To be fair, children in Missouri would still enjoy robust protections against exploitation even if Cunningham succeeded in repealing all child labor laws in her state, thanks to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. But far right lawmakers have declared war on federal child labor laws as well. In a lengthy lecture delivered before his election to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) praises a discredited 1918 Supreme Court decision declaring child labor laws unconstitutional. That decision, which Lee holds out a model for his tenther vision of the Constitution, was unanimously overruled by the Supreme Court in 1941.
As recently as the day before President Obama moved into the White House, it was difficult to imagine even the most conservative lawmakers breaking with the 70 year-old consensus surrounding child labor laws. Welcome to the post-Tea Party era, where even the most bizarre and disastrous mistakes from America’s past are part of the right-wing’s agenda.
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/15/missouri-child-labo/Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R) is pushing a bill which would dramatically... more
The Missouri House yesterday passed along a bill to the Senate that they hope will allow for the drug testing of welfare recipients.
H.B. 76, sponsored by Ellen Brandom (R-Sikeston), passed the House by a whopping 121-37 vote margin and would allow any welfare recipient suspected of doing drugs to be tested for illegal substances. The bill leaves it up to the Department of Social Services to determine whom to screen and how to test them.
Those found to have engaged in drugs will lose their benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program for one year.
They'd also be referred to a drug treatment program, though the state wouldn't pick up the tab for their recovery. A drug user's dependents could still receive welfare support though a protective third-party vendor to ensure the guilty party doesn't use the money for drugs.
Still, social workers see the bill as flawed. "You're going to have incredibly poor kids with an addicted parent, with even fewer dollars in the household," Colleen Coble, executive director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, tells the Associated Press.
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