Nuclear reactor near Chicago, Illinois, vented steam with radioactive Tritium on Monday, Jan 30, 2012.
A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant, about 95 miles (152 km) northwest of Chicago, shut down at 10:18 am, local time (16:18 UTC), after losing power. Steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators. The steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, but federal and plant officials insisted the levels were safe for workers and the public.
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As with all ionizing radiation, exposure to tritium increases the risk of developing cancer. However, because it emits very low energy radiation and leaves the body relatively quickly, for a given amount of activity ingested, tritium is one of the least dangerous radionuclides. Since tritium is almost always found as water, it goes directly into soft tissues and organs. The associated dose to these tissues are generally uniform and dependent on the tissues’ water content.
Everyone is exposed to tiny amounts of tritium, much of it produced naturally. If you live near, or work at, a nuclear research facility, a commercial reactor, or a government weapons facility, you should be aware that your tritium exposure may be elevated. Also, be careful not to break open an exit sign, or other device that may contain tritium as an illuminating agent.
It is produced naturally in the upper atmosphere when cosmic rays strike nitrogen molecules in the air. Tritium is also produced during nuclear weapons explosions, as a byproduct in reactors producing electricity, and in special production reactors, where the isotope lithium-6 is bombarded to produce tritium.
Its most significant use is as a component in the triggering mechanism in thermonuclear (fusion) weapons. Very large quantities of tritium are required for the maintenance of our nation’s nuclear weapons capabilities. It is also produced commercially in reactors and in various self-luminescen
Tritium is also used in life science research, and in studies investigating the metabolism of potential new drugs.
Today, sources of tritium include commercial nuclear reactors and research reactors, and government weapons production plants. Tritium may be released as steam from these facilities or may leak into the underlying soil and ground water. However, such releases are usually small and are required not to exceed federal environmental limits.
A recently documented source of tritium in the environment is tritium exit signs that have been illegally disposed of in municipal landfills. Water, which seeps through the landfill, is contaminated with tritium from broken signs and can pass into water ways, carrying the tritium with it.
Tritium is essential to the construction of boosted-fission nuclear weapons. A boosted weapon contains a mixture of deuterium and tritium, the gases being heated and compressed by the detonation of a plutonium or uranium device. The D-T mixture is heated to a temperature and pressure such that thermonuclear fusion occurs. This process releases a flood of 14 MeV neutrons which cause additional fissions in the device, greatly increasing its efficiency.
Taken form the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) report 30, the Annual Limit for Intake (ALI) is 80 mCi and the Committed Effective Dose Equivalent (CEDE) in soft tissue is 64 mrem per millicurie (mCi) ingested.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission explains: Tritium must be replenished in nuclear weapons routinely. The United States has not produced tritium since 1988, when the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) production facility at the Savannah River site in South Carolina closed. Immediate tritium needs are being met by recycling tritium from dismantled U.S. nuclear weapons. According to DOE, resumption of tritium production is essential for maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. (ccnr.org)
During night, citizens reported they heard sonic booms, and USGS confirms an earthquake.
Very shallow earthquake reported by USGS
At 9:54:43 p.m. (Jan 30 by local time) (Jan 31 at 03:54:43 UTC), near the same area we had a relatively small 2.4-magnitude earhquake.
There were no reports of injuries and small quakes and aftershocks in Illinois are common, including a small one just two weeks ago in southern Illinois. Read more on Illinois earthquake history and recent central US earthquakes, real-time plot.
Sonic booms during night reported by citizens
During night (Monday/Tuesday, local time) people reported several sonic booms. There are no official reports on this but you can follow discussion on Dutchsinse’s YouTube channel.
A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound. Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding much like an explosion. The crack of a supersonic bullet passing overhead is an example of a sonic boom in miniature.
…shortly after, this news pops out:
4 injured in partial building collapse on South Side
The incident happened on the 7900 block of South Halsted Street, shortly after noon today local time (after 06:00 UTC, Jan, 31), according to the Chicago Fire Department.
It appears the top of the building’s brick facade sheared off at the roof line.
Part of the 3-story building collapsed and three people were taken in fair-to-serious condition to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center and Holy Cross Hospital. A fourth person was taken in good-to-fair condition to St. Bernard.
No other information was available.
This is first Dutchsinse report on nuclear reactor shutdown and radioactive steam moving towards Chicago:
1/30/2012 — Nuclear plant vents RADIOACTIVE steam towards DOWNTOWN CHICAGO
If you were outside today in Downtown Chicago — Any time after about 1030am CST — 1/30/2012 — chances are , you may have been exposed to NUCLEAR RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT from the steam that was vented by the Byron Illinois / Exelon Nuclear power plant.
More specifically, aerosolized particulates of Tritium were in the clouds of steam released—- those clouds then blew down wind into Chicago area proper. As to whether people inhaled these particles — only time will tell now.
Second Dutchsinse report:
1/31/2012 — Earthquake Northwest of Chicago — in ADDITION to the nuclear power plant issue
SOMETHING is going on in North Illinois — Northwest of Chicago — first , yesterday (Jan 30, 2012)… the Nuclear power plant northwest of Chicago experienced an event — the reactor suddenly lost power — and vented RADIOACTIVE STEAM into the air — which blew down into Chicago .
Move forward 12 hours — and now we see an EARTHQUAKE also happen to the northwest of Chicago.
Third Dutchsinse report:
1/31/2012 — Chicago, IL — Sonic Booms, Nuclear Event, and Earthquake = Fukushima Theory
Right about now, you’ve got to have your suspicions raised …. First a Nuclear event — loss of power … venting all day/night (1/30/2012) … THEN a series of reports of some kind of “sonic boom” last night (1/30/2012)…. Then early this AM… an earthquake in the same area…
Arto Lauri — the scientist who first spoke on the frequency manipulation of radioactive particles in the air… stripping electrons .. sending that energy via earths magnetism down into the earth… thus causing earthquakes and underground movement. Also, the impacting of the methane layer — From Fukushima specifically — spreading around the world at SEVERAL nuclear reactor sites.
Fukushima Explained – by Finnish Nuclear ex-Employee Arto Lauri (HAARP & more)
Arto Lauri, former employee at the Finnish nuclear facility of Olkiluoto, provides a very clear explanation of how the Fukushima disaster happened and what caused the various explosions. He explains how HAARP was used to try and minimize the radiation in the atmosphere and Arto provides various other very insightful information.
More on Illinois area
Decatur Project – ISGS-Led Consortium Begins Injection of CO2 for Storage at the Illinois Basin
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) has begun injecting carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2 will be stored permanently in the Mt. Simon Sandstone more than a mile beneath the Illinois surface at Decatur. The MGSC is led by the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) The CO2 is being captured from the fermentation process used to produce ethanol at Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) corn processing complex. It is compressed into a dense-liquid to facilitate the injection process and permanent storage at a depth of 7,000 feet. The Mt. Simon Sandstone is the thickest and most widespread saline reservoir in the Illinois Basin, which covers two-thirds of Illinois and reaches into western Indiana and western Kentucky. The estimated CO2 storage capacity of the Mt. Simon is 11 to 151 billion metric tonnes, and it is below several layers of shale that serve as an impermeable cap rock to hold the CO2 in place.
This demonstration project is part of the Development Phase of the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program, a DOE Office of Fossil Energy initiative launched in 2003 to determine the best approaches for capturing and permanently storing greenhouse gases that can contribute to global climate change., part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
Illinois is by far the most nuclear state in the United States
Few states are as central to the discussion of nuclear power in the United States as Illinois. Illinois is home to seven nuclear power plants, six of which are still in active operation. Add in Wisconsin, and Southwest Michigan and there are 10 nuclear power facilities located within the greater region, both current and decommissioned.
Many of the plants contain more than one nuclear reactor, making Illinois home to more nuclear reactors than any other state in the nation.
All of the plants in this region went into operation between 1971 and 1988, and use a variety of reactor types.
As Shawn Allee noted in a recent story on wbez.org, four of the reactors at two different plants – Quad Cities and Dresden – are GE Mark I, the same reactor type in use at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
Illinois currently has eleven operating nukes – far more than any other state. The Dresden Nuclear Power Station is one of the three first sites to apply for a license extension that would let the plant run for much longer that its original design intended. (Incidentally, the NRC has agreed to give ComEd taxpayer money for free to fund this application process! NEIS is not pleased with this turn of events.) (neis.org)
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