Weather Extremes Wreak Havoc at US Nuclear Facilities
Posted 01 July 2011, by Staff, The Sunflower, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, wagingpeace.org
Los Alamos National Laboratory: A mandatory evacuation was ordered for Los Alamos, NM after a huge wildfire broke out in late June. The lab, home of the Manhattan Project and still a major component of the US nuclear weapons complex, was still closed as this report was finalized.
Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex: A tornado touched down in Oak Ridge, TN near the west entrance to the Complex on June 22.
Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant: Flood water surrounds many buildings at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Omaha, NE. The Missouri River is predicted to rise to 33 feet above flood stage – only six feet below the level that critical buildings at the plant were designed to handle.
Minot, ND: The Souris River spilled over levees and dikes, causing concerns that two Minuteman III nuclear missile silos would be in the flood’s path. Water levels exceeded those of the historic 1969 flood.
“Thousands Flee Los Alamos as Fire Rages Near Nuke Lab,” International Business Times, June 28, 2011.
“Tornado Confirmed in Roane County,” News Sentinel, June 24, 2011.
“Minot, North Dakota Residents Flee and Nuclear Silos Protected as Historic Flood Waters Rise,” ABC News, June 23, 2011.