There was a airborne Yellowcake release in Richland Washington, it had the makings of a catastrophic failure in both their primary and secondary filtering systems, it is the 2nd time we know that it has happened.
EMERGENCY OVERVIEW: Very toxic: danger of very serious irreversible effects if swallowed. May also have serious irreversible effects through skin contact or inhalation.
Based on NRC Event Reports #49524 and #45402
Once again the NRC reports that AREVA's Yellowcake is flying into the air in Richland Washington. Albeit, its supposedly below the point where you'll be legally able to prove they caused your cancer, or as they put it in their own terms "Potential dose to a member of the public and the effect on the environment are essentially negligible." Unfortunately there is no good way to know how long they have been spewing out the ammonium diuranate this time, but we do know they have learned anything since the last time they did it in 2009.
AREVA seems rather lackadaisical about the whole thing, after all they claim its "still below required administrative action levels". But don't worry, because
"A Corrective Action Report, 2013-8809, was written on November 8, 2013. The cause of the apparent deterioration is under active investigation. Steps to prevent recurrence will be developed as appropriate."
Of course that is the exact same thing they said back in 2009 the last time AREVA spewed Yellowcake over Richland.
"A Corrective Action Report was written on October 1, 2009. The cause of the apparent deterioration is under active investigation. Steps to prevent recurrence will be developed as appropriate."
It certainly seems their so called corrective action is to boiler plate the same report over and over again. Beyond that, they seem more than satisfied to rely on multiple catastrophic filter failures as their primary means of system maintenance.
In the end, anyone living down wind or down river of this location should expect to have fewer birthday cakes as a result of this recent Yellowcake release. But if the NRC lets this kind of tight rope walking incompetence continue at AREVA, a large scale nuclear catastrophe is just waiting to befall on the public.
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