“Japan and U.S. Unveil Agreement” – On placement in U.S. of “1,300 dump truck loads,” of highly radioactive nuclear waste, but where will the final resting place be.
Original article published by the Wall Street Journal, on April 3, 2016, by Yuka Hayashi, with a contribution by Carol E. Lee
“WASHINGTON- The U.S. and Japan unveiled a plan on Friday to ship weapons-grade nuclear materials from Japanese research facilities to the U.S. as part of an effort to prevent rogue nations and terrorist groups from acquiring such materials.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-japan-agree-to-nuclear-material-transfer-1459549106
Please read the following article by the Japan Times as it is very dense but newsworthy … http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/02/national/politics-diplomacy/plutonium-japan-disposed-underground-new-mexico/#.VxKiRXqrBVd …this article states that the “plutonium” will be stashed in New Mexico, but will it? On the 02 April, search for the right facility – like a latter day egg hunt – had not been decided as yet.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/03/31/US-Britain-to-stage-cyberattack-test-on-nuclear-plant-exchange-nuclear-waste/8751459465052/ … “More than 1,500 pounds of radioactive waste will be sent to storage,” sites in the US from the Dounreay facility in Scotland, “sources said” (whomever that is), apparently since US nuclear research facilities are more accommodating for “processing” the waste material than those in Scotland. Note the date of this article on British intentions; the British entry in this “arms race” came in before the Japanese entry. Some say this is only a “mock” drill.
Wall Street Journal, “Already the two nations” (Japan and the US) “have successfully completed the removal of highly enriched uranium and separated plutonium fuel from one of the two sites, and a shipment containing hundreds of kilograms (“1,300 dump truck loads” per The Associated Press), has left for the U.S.” This represents “one of the largest shipments,” of such potent nuclear materials ever transported internationally, according to a Japanese official.
Destination of the cargo was not disclosed, “citing security concerns. Underscoring the difficulties of finding a willing destination in the U.S., Nikki Haley, governor of North Carolina, last month urged the Energy Department to reroute the materials coming to her state from Japan.” Governor Haley refused to allow this shipment.
“The bilateral project was announced by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the last day of the Nuclear Security Summit.” Washington wants to, “persuade countries around the world to minimize their stocks of potent nuclear materials.”
Officials around the world, “are also increasingly concerned about dangerous materials finding their way to terrorist groups such as Islamic State.”
A very interesting newsletter from Plexis Healthcare, IEME, http://www.iem-inc.com/april-6-2016-press-pieces … with a piece on Idaho former Governor Cecil Andrus and spent nuclear fuel.
Doesn’t this seem like an Easter Egg search – where shall the U.S. put the stuff.
And an update by Keith Rider, Associated Press, … http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/04/14/feds-list-idaho-possible-site-nuclear-waste-storage/83023106/ … on the description of the Japanese nuclear cargo coming into the United States this month. The Wall Street Journal claimed the shipment consists of “weapons-grade nuclear material” while the Associated Press, April 14, 2016 tells us the waste is “low level radioactive waste.” The initial destination in South Carolina was eliminated, due to the prudence of their governor, Nikki Haley. Next on the list, the U.S. may still want to rely on the aging Handford Nuclear Reservation on the Washington side of the Columbia River.
Or a popular choice might be the 800-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory site in eastern Idaho. Interestingly, both the former Democrat and former Republican Idaho Govs. are against the project. Transportation for the “1,300 dump truck loads” of nuclear material might be more safely and unobtrusively transported by boat, making use of the Columbia River. Popular opinion could rule out the Nevada National Security Site – both Wyoming and Nevada have special corporate tax regulations.
Further updates may follow. Not to be; no further mention in the media.
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