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Friday, March 27, 2015

It's official: WIPP debacle 100% due to LANL

The TAT’s overarching conclusion is that chemically incompatible contents of Drum 68660 from Los Alamos National Laboratory in combination with physical conditions (e.g., the configuration of the materials in the drum) supported exothermic chemical reactions leading to a thermal runaway; the consequent build-up of gases within the drum displaced the drum lid, venting radioactive materials and hot matter that further reacted with air or other materials outside the drum to cause the damage observed in WIPP P7R7.

The following key judgments led to and support that conclusion:

Key Judgment 1: Contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible.

Key Judgment 2: Drum 68660 breached as the result of internal chemical reactions that generated heat and produced gases that built up pressure sufficient to overcome the drum vent and seal.

Key Judgment 3: Drum 68660 was the source of the radiological contamination in WIPP.

Key Judgment 4: Initiation of the thermal runaway was internal and not caused by phenomena outside Drum 68660.

Key Judgment 5: Thermal and pressure effects resulted in the movement of material during the release event and caused the damage observed in WIPP P7R7; the release did not result from a detonation.

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/03/f20/MARCH%202015%20-%20FINAL%20TECHNICAL%20ASSESSMENT%20TEAM%20REPORT.pdf

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for restating the obvious physical mechanism. #moveon #fingerprint #bechtel #doeselectedllc

Anonymous said...

"... Thanks for restating the obvious physical mechanism..."

Sour grapes? It is the free market "for profit" right of LANSLLNS stakeholders to review, evaluate, and value business performance and gross failures. Just like "Google and Apple" are evaluated. The investment dollar stakeholder being the American taxpayer for LANSLLNS.
Time to dump this stock in favor of a competent company.

Anonymous said...

Obvious Judgement 6. The facility containment design kept contaminstion from this unexpected rare event from escaping site boundaries.

Obvious Judgement 7. Personal protection procedures and practices kept personnel exposure to within Radiation worker limits.

Mischief managed. Back to work.

Anonymous said...

Obvious judgement #9: this is a $500M fiasco. Everyone profits except the American taxpayer. DNFSB loves this stuff. Green, anti-nuke folks eat this stuff up. The press cannot get enough radiation drama. PC pseudo-safety Nazis will have a lot of job security now. Review panels and pretend managers can strut their stuff. It's all great unless you care about energy or the country.

Anonymous said...

It's all great unless you care about energy or the country.

March 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Since the government doesn't, why should I??

Anonymous said...

SconBy removed my B. Hussein O. Is more loyal to Muslim countries than democratic ones coment.

Lesson learned.

Anonymous said...

Scooby edits a lot. Big surprise.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't all this waste being dumped in Nevada? Harry Reid is retiring. They should get the waste site prepared.

Anonymous said...

I smell the distinctive fragrance of "Rocky Flats II" in the air.

Anonymous said...

"It's the same old day in and day out safety and security issues at Los Alamos"

Dr. Victor Reis, former Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs, DP-1, Department of Energy, 1997

Anonymous said...

It's the same old day in and day out safety and security issues at Los Alamos"

Dr. Victor Reis, former Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs, DP-1, Department of Energy, 1997

March 31, 2015 at 4:02 AM

Vic Reis also stated that the privatization of the labs has been a failure.

Anonymous said...

Like what Vic Reis had to say about privatization of the labs being a complete failure matters any longer. It obviously doesn't.

Anonymous said...

"Like what Vic Reis had to say about privatization of the labs being a complete failure matters any longer. It obviously doesn't.

March 31, 2015 at 5:53 PM"

Like what Vic Reis had say about safety and security issues at Los Alamos matters any longer. It obviously doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Especially since he never said it in the first place.

Anonymous said...


Especially since he never said it in the first place.

April 3, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Excuse me but a poster said he said this many times. By the rules of the modern society if something is repeated enough it is true, it is just the way it is. Everything is narrative and story nothing more nothing less. The idea of an external reality is naive and dangers.

Anonymous said...

McMillan and Wallace had absolutely nothing to do with causing the WIPP fiasco and those who keep trying to blame them should stop it.

Thank goodness we have managers like these brave two men leading LANL. Without them, this lab would probably be closed down by now. They deserve your loyalty and support. Give them 110% every day and watch LANS soar to new heights!

Anonymous said...

Fire them immediately, use the salary savings to hire 4 or 5 people who do real WORK.

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