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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Using Uranium for fracking - yes, they do!

"They" will stop at nothing and lie to us throughout their filthy little money grubbing lives ... If we don't stay on it; they win and the planet loses.

Nuclear implications

The metal which was formerly employed for the shaped charge head or “gun” was copper. This creates a pressure of 300,000 atmospheres which pushes the rock aside by plastic deformation. But in 1984 a US patent (US 4441428) was filed by one Thomas Wilson, entitled “Conical Shaped Charge Liner of Depleted Uranium.” The patent begins: “this invention relates to a novel blasting device especially adapted for drilling oil and gas wells.” Wilson records that DU is 5-times as efficient as copper in terms of the length of the jetted hole, creating a pressure of 600,000 atmospheres. Because of the uranium’s greater chemical reactivity it actually creates new chemical compounds with the material in the rock (and the oil and gas). 
Demonstrators lock themselves together during a protest outside a drill site run by Cuadrilla Resources, near Balcombe in southern England August 19, 2013. (Reuters/Paul Hackett)
The DU cuts through the rock like butter, just as the military versions of this technology, which we believe has been fitted to missiles can cut through concrete reinforced bunkers. The multiple-shaped charge explosions will certainly shake the ground. The earth tremors and earthquakes are then not so hard to explain. Where do the process water acids, chemical compounds end up? At the surface? In the local aquifer? In the local rivers? Yes.  But where to the DU nanoparticles from the shaped charge end up? Perhaps the mix of process water and chemicals spilled at the surface. Perhaps in the oil or in the gas. In your kitchen? No one looks, but someone should, since we know from the Iraq wars what these things can do to human health. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Canadian Government Coverup - Private profit - a culture is born

“That report was squashed.”

The department's own blood studies on Port Radium miners lead it to conclude "that a hazard may exist in the breathing of air containing even small amounts of radon."

Notes Robert Bothwell, a University of Toronto historian and author of Eldorado, a lengthy history of the Crown company:
"The profound and deliberate falsification of nuclear hazards began at the top."

1952 Fire – Conveyor structure destroyed
7 years earlier, about 60  Kilograms of enriched Port Radium U-235 fueled the bomb released over Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945, destroying some 90% of the city, killing 80,000 inhabitants.

When the Canadian government finally sent two physicists to the area in the mid-‘50s to check on radon levels at Port Radium's sister mine on Lake Athabasca -- a mine with much lower grade ore -- they found lots of radon. But according to one retired senior civil servant, that report, like Hueper's concerns, never saw the light of day.

"We printed it in green covers, which means declassified, and sent a copy up to Chalk River. And the next thing I knew we got orders from the assistant deputy minister to collect every copy and get them back to the department because not one was to go out.
That report was squashed.” Source: Nikiforuk

No dosimeters, no smokers, much dust.  50% of these miners and those who followed could expect to die of lung cancer  due to radon exposure within 20 years. Source: Nikiforuk. day.

When Hueper began to issue similar warnings to U.S. uranium miners on the Colorado Plateau in the early ‘50s, "the mine operators and politicians got all excited," says Victor E. Archer, an epidemiologist who started the first cancer studies on U.S. miners in 1954 and is now a professor of occupational medicine in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah.
         
Declassified U.S. documents also show that the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission told Hueper, a world expert on lung cancers, that references to occupational cancers among uranium miners were "not in the public interest" and "represented mere conjecture."        
         
Notes Archer: "The Canadians knew about the same things that the U.S. did and in general tagged along with the Atomic Energy Commission." In fact, Eldorado management and the Canadian government regularly received updates on radon and lung cancer studies on American uranium miners throughout the ‘50s.  

That report was squashed.” Source: Nikiforuk

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

U-235 & Me killer mine at Port Radium, NWT

PORT RADIUM MINE REMEDIATION PLAN (2005) 
a Canadian Government-owned mine 1942-1982

Echo Bay Mines (Port Radium Adit #4) Remediation 1982

 1932-1982:
The mine produced 37 million ounces of silver, 10.5 million pounds of copper and 13.7 million pounds of uranium oxide.
1.7 million tons of nuclear and chemical waste left behind.
Radioactive tailings used as road cap and bunkhouse ballast.

2005 - Radon concentrations were measured … uncharacteristically high considering the remoteness of this area from the Port Radium tailings and waste rock areas.

Radon concentrations averaged 13.7 Bq/m3 at Inner Labine Bay, which is located between the adit and the waste rock and tailings areas. Thus it is suspected that the Echo Bay Adit #4 and nearby vent raise are sources of radon gas in air exhausted from mineralization in underground workings. PORT RADIUM MINE REMEDIATION PLAN, 2005 Contaminants and Remediation Directorate Indian and Northern Affairs

“In 1976 after depletion of this ore body, Echo Bay Mines re-opened the former Eldorado mine shaft #1, and mined silver from its workings until depletion in 1982. 1940-1960, Radon measured in Eldorado mine recorded at 1,000+ times World Health Organization safe standards. ’75 – ’82?”

The Lie:
 “In the early days of uranium mining, little was known about the health effects of radon, so there was no or very little radiation protection. Ventilation was poor or non-existent. As a consequence, uranium miners were exposed to very high levels of radiation (e.g., over 2,200 mSv per year in Port Radium in the ‘40s).
This resulted in high rates of lung cancer among early uranium miners.”
Radon and Health (2012) Sec. 3.2 Health Effects, pg. 7
© Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Not so! In 1945, a federal research team from Montreal sent to monitor radon in the mine found conditions at Port Radium ‘appalling’. The conditions were not improved 1975 through 1982.

V. E. Archer, whose epidemiology studies on American miners finally broke the official silence in 1961, says, "The Canadians knew about the same things that the U.S. did and in general tagged along with the Atomic Energy Commission.

Eldorado management and the Canadian government regularly received updates on radon and lung cancer studies on American uranium miners throughout the ‘50s.
Neither government nor mine owners wanted to scare miners away or implement better health safeguards that would force uranium prices up.” says Archer.

1942, Wilhelm C. Hueper reviewed 300 years of radon data on European miners. His conclusion: radon gas in cobalt mines routinely produced lung cancers that systematically killed more than half of all miners 10 to 20 years after their employment.

   
1988: Canadian government merges Eldorado with the Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation to form Cameco.

Sources:
           Wikipedia, Declassified U.S. documents - US Atomic Energy Commission
        Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for M├ętis and Non-Status Indians
        Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada ‘Radon and Health’ 2012
            Echoes of the Atomic Age, by Andrew Nikiforuk, Calgary Herald 2009 
           Dec 2013 - The Washington Post
           Wilhelm C. Hueper, the founding director of the environmental cancer section of the U.S. National Cancer Institute 1942
          V. E. Archer, whose epidemiology studies on American miners finally broke the official silence in 1961
          Vol. 14, No. 2, Mar 2007–0 THE ETHICAL ISSUES IN URANIUM MINING RESEARCH IN THE NAVAJO NATION