I KNOW THAT WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE RADIATION LEVELS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THAT THIS POST STARTED AS A POST ABOUT THE RADIATION LEVELS IN THE MICHIGAN/INDIANA. HOWEVER, WE HAVE OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT. LET'S FIRST LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE GLOBE AND THEN LOOK AT THE U.S. MIND YOU, THINGS IN THE U.S. MAY BE IN PLANNING MODE FOR WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND THE GLOBE.
Iran steps up air and military exercise plans as nuclear talks loom
Fact Sheet: National Level Exercise 2012
Release Date: June 5, 2012
National Level Exercise 2012 (NLE 2012) is being conducted in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP), which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises.
NLE 2012 is part of a series of congressionally mandated preparedness exercises designed to educate and prepare participants for potential catastrophic events. The NLE 2012 process will examine the nation’s ability to coordinate and implement prevention, preparedness, response and recovery plans and capabilities pertaining to a significant cyber event or a series of events. NLE 2012 will also examine national response plans and procedures, including the National Response Framework (NRF), NRF Cyber Incident Annex, and the Interim National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP).
DHS has documented a three-fold increase in reported events on federal government networks over the past three years. This will be the first National Level Exercise that tests our existing protocols and addresses the challenges in preparing for and responding to a cyber incident that has virtual and real-world implications.
Participants in NLE 2012 include representatives from the federal, state, local, and territorial agency officials, nongovernmental and private sector organizations, and international partners.
NLE 2012 includes four main component exercises with common scenario and planning elements. These exercises began in March and will continue through June 2012.
- Exercise #1: Information Exchange: Held in late March, this exercise brought together representatives from federal, state, and private sector partners, the Cyber Unified Coordination Group, and others to evaluate information sharing capabilities and build a cyber Common Operating Picture.
- Exercise #2: National Tabletop Exercise: Held in late April, this exercise focused on evaluating the National Cyber Incident Response Plan.Participants tested the coordination, authorities, responsibilities, and operational capabilities among U.S. governmental entities, partner nations, and the private sector in response to a significant cyber event.
- Exercise #3: Capstone Event: This event began on June 4 and lasts several days. It will address cyber and physical response coordination among a variety of sectors.
- Exercise #4: Eagle Horizon/ Continuity Exercise: This event will be held in late June and will evaluate the continuity capability of federal departments and agencies through a full-scale continuity exercise
Nuclear power regulators call for fewer immediate evacuations in an accident
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:00 AM
The revamp is the first since the program began as a result of the Three Mile Island accident, the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history. The revisions also eliminate a requirement that local responders always practice for a release of radiation....
Eric Epstein, head of the watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert, called the new rules “insane.”
“We should be moving in the opposite direction,” Epstein said. “We should increase the evacuation zone and have more frequent training sessions.”
...Now, in a large, quick release of radioactivity, emergency personnel would concentrate first on evacuating people only within two miles. Others would be told to stay put and wait for a possible evacuation order later. Federal officials say residents could risk worse exposure in an evacuation impeded by overcrowded roadways or bad weather.
Those are the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s guidelines. State’s rules unchanged ...Even Pennsylvania’s more stringent standards are “inadequate,” Epstein said. Epstein and others have been calling for the evacuation zones to be extended from 10 miles to 25.
“If the U.S. government instructed people to evacuate 50 miles from Fukushima, why can’t Americans be afforded the same treatment?” Epstein asked. “Human behavior doesn’t conform to statistical planning.”
The U.S. government recommended that Americans stay at least 50 miles from the Fukushima plant. Soil and crops were contaminated for scores of miles around. At one point, health authorities in Tokyo, 140 miles away, advised families not to give children the local water.
Officials for FEMA and the NRC said they are still studying whether Japan’s experience points to the need for further changes in the United States...
The new federal regulations retain the once-every-two-years requirement for coordinated training within 10 miles of a nuclear facility. But the frequency of coordinated training within 50 miles has been relaxed from once every six years to once every eight.
According to The Associated Press, none of the revisions has been questioned more than the new requirement that some planning exercises incorporate a reassuring premise: that no harmful radiation is released...
...“You need to be practicing for a worst case rather than a nonevent,” said nuclear policy analyst Jim Riccio of the group Greenpeace...
At PEMA, Angell said, “We do a lot of other trainings,” noting the agency had recently finished one with the radiological team at DEP....
The NRC changes also added training — state and community police will now take part in exercises that prepare for a possible terrorist assault on their local plant....
The Associated Press contributed to this report. SOURCE:http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/05/nuclear_power_regulators_call.html
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THERE IS MORE IN THE UNITED STATES...MUCH MORE. HOWEVER, I COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING REGARDING MICHIGAN OR INDIANA. I AM SURE THAT THEY HAVE ZIPPED THE LIPS OF EVERYONE INVOLVED.
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more and more interesting as I dig further...
Updated: 1:05 PM Jul 19, 2011
Michigan Officials Say State is Prepared for Radiation Disaster
Michigan officials say the state is prepared to handle radiation emergencies. Nuclear experts say what happened in Japan simply isn't going to happen here.Posted: 10:05 PM Mar 15, 2011
Reporter: Alex Goldsmith
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan relies heavily on nuclear power. Department of Energy figures show that more than a quarter of electricity generated in Michigan comes from the state's 3 nuclear power plants and 4 reactors.
The ongoing crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant is bringing that source of power into question.
Here at home, a recent study published by the American Medical Association shows that the majority of US states are simply not prepared to handle radiation emergencies. In a nationwide survey, many state officials say they would defer to federal expertise and personnel if such a situation were to arise.
That's not the case in Michigan according to representatives with the Department of Community Health (MDCH) and Michigan State Police. Those two organizations as well as several other state agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality, all have plans in place in case there was ever a radiation problem either at a nuclear reactor or otherwise.
In fact, state officials conducted nuclear preparedness drills just two weeks ago at the Cook plant in southwest Michigan.
The MDCH has had a program since 2009 that pays for potassium iodide pills, which are designed to minimize thyroid cancer risks during radiation emergencies, for anyone who lives within ten miles of a nuclear reactor.
Even so, nuclear engineering professors at the University of Michigan say the safety systems at Michigan's nuclear plants are top notch.
"Our systems, the operators are trained, there are systems in place where we can operate the critical systems of the plant and cool the plant, even if there's a total blackout," said William Martin, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Michigan.
And even in the worst case scenario, the type of uranium being used in these plants cannot cause an explosion similar to the one seen in the infamous Chernobyl incident.
"It's just not possible for these reactors, water-cooled reactors, to gain criticality again," said John Lee, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Michigan. "It's just not physically possible."
Conditions similar to those in Japan aren't likely to exist either. The tsunami equivalent for Michigan's lakes is known as a seiche and the highest recorded waves for Lake Michigan are 10 feet, well short of the 30 foot tsunami surges that battered the coast of Japan.
The strongest earthquake ever recorded in Michigan was a 4.6 back in 1947. For reference, that's 20,000 times less powerful than the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan last week.
Published on Jun 9, 2012 by ZZZHIYA June 5, 2012....I listened to the helicopters which were very loud. I then realized I should film the noise even if there was no video. It was a pitch black night. At first you will hear the sound of chimes...I hit against the wind chimes on the way out of the door. By the time I started to film this, the sounds were not as loud. It had sounded like a war zone. ..a facebook post said there is a military cover up concerning a radiation release and homeland security covering it over with some helicopter manuevers etc. I really wondered at the time why so many helicopters would be out in a pitch black night...I assumed they are not medical, but military. People heard loud explosions before Memorial Day...some think in Battle Creek, others think it centered around Union City. There are rural paramilitary groups and there is the military center in Battle Creek. So...who knows? If Fukushima fall out won't kill us, we can always rely on the people that play at war and war games, eh? There was also a faint metal smell in the air. Thoughts went through my mind of chemical releases to control populations. I closed the door, and went back to sleep. I could probably sleep through a Blitz when I am really tired. If anyone has a clue about what is going on in southern Michigan, please leave comments. Thank you.
Nuclear Cover-Up: Explosions, Military Helicopters Filmed Near Blacked Out Radiation Zone
Fri Jun 08 2012 02:01
Eyewitnesses on the ground near the media-blacked-out elevated radiation zone near the border of Indiana and Michigan, where radiation levels hundreds of times higher than normal were quickly removed from public viewing by the EPA, are now sending in a large number of photos and videos documenting massive explosions accompanied by unmarked helicopters, A-10 Thunderbolts, and military personnel. These reports come after a Department of
Those on the ground report that the explosions are ‘loud and deep’, sounding like fireworks with a kick. The explosions are oftentimes followed up with a squadron of helicopters or other aircraft, oftentimes black and unmarked. One Michigan resident reportsthe following, and is then backed by dozens of organic comments which
confirm the findings:
“EXPLOSIONS EVERYWHERE! Also, Large helicopter heading away from Local Air Force base flying toward scene of explosions! These explosions are seriously consistant, loud booms for the last hour or more.”
After generating much interest, the poster was able to capture some of the explosions on tape. While he would be the first to do so, many more videos began to pop up recording both the explosions and the onset of military aircraft flying through the area into the radiation zone. You can view the video below and hear the explosions for yourself:
Further comments went on to document the increased presence of unmarked choppers and strategic military aircraft. A number of photos have begun to surface from eyewitnesses in the tri-state area of the event, reporting that the helicopters and other crafts were traveling towards the center of the incident. Some pictures are shown below:
Thousands of comments on articles, discussion boards, and twitter posts are surfacing regarding this event. Explosions are still reportedly being heard in rapid secession, often a large number over the course of only a few seconds.
Breaking: Major Nuclear Base Running ‘Containment Exercise’ Amid Censored Radiation Spikes
June 8, 2012
Amid a number of reports of massive and bizarre radiation readouts coming from experts, eyewitnesses, radiation facilities, and a key choice news outlet, it has now come out that one of the largest nuclear bases is currently running a ‘nuclear containment exercise’. The Minot Airforce Base exercise, running in North Dakota, reportedly involves the use of B-52 aircrafts. The news comes after a developing story arose over the potential cover-up of a nuclear situation stemming from near the border of Indiana and Michigan.
Sources from near where the elevated levels of radiation were observed say that a Department of Homeland Security ‘hazmat’ fleet has been dispatched after ‘years’ of inactivity. The story first erupted after online geiger readings showed an unprecedented radiation spike in the area, with levels reaching as high as 7.139 counts per minute (CPM) over the average of between 5 and 6. While there has been no official reported cause of the spike, there has been quite a bit of foul play regarding the information being put forth by many media outlets, the EPA, and even radiation measurement centers. After the readings shocked viewers, the EPA quickly censored the ability to view the levels online.
Thankfully, the readings were captured in a screenshot, which show the elevated levels far exceeding normal limits.
Measurements were recorded by a number of sources, though the growing publicity over the event has caused denial and censorship from not only the EPA but private organizations as well. The Radiation Network originally released an image showing an outburst in radiation levels stemming from the location, but later issued a special message on their home page stating that the readings were the result of an ‘error’. This, of course, is virtually impossible as the readings were confirmed by two entirely different locations. BlackCat and the Radiation Network both recorded the levels, meaning that the likelihood both of their systems failed at the exact same time and produced the exact same result would be dismal.
As the story develops, more information will undoubtedly come out on the subject. It appears that the EPA’s incognito takedown of the measurement results indicates that the agency, perhaps along with other government organizations, will vehemently deny that there was any real spike in radiation levels. The ‘failure’ message issued by the Radiation Network also shows that it is very possible that an organized level of non-disclosure may ultimately be the result until alternative media organizations continue to pry into the situation.Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/nuclear-base-running-containment-exercise-radiation-spikes/#ixzz1xFbPQFcy
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It has been reported that there was a shocking spike in radiation last night/this morning around the Indiana and Michigan area. Here is the updated information on that spike of radiation.
Here is a screenshot of the radiation action.
This is the disclaimer for the above chart...
"Note: Spikes or high readings do not necessarily indicate high radiation level readings. Stations are privately run and data accuracy is not guaranteed. If one station reads high but nearby stations show normal readings, then it was probably
source: BLACK CAT SYSTEMS.COM
Remember that due to the random nature of radioactive decay, there is a lot of variation in the readings, the wide noise band you nee. This is completely normal. The variation is typically plus or minus 3 times the square root of the average value. So for a 16 uRem/hr reading, this is plus or minus three times the square root of 16 (which is 4), so plus or minus 12. That is, readings from 4 to 28 are "normal". Even occasional small excursions past this are possible."
Here is a screenshot of the radar in the area.
There is nothing currently showing that is alarming on RADIATION NETWORK.COM.
Here is the resulting messaging from RADIATION NETWORK.COM regarding the shocking increase in radiation....
Update: 6/6/12, 11:55 P.M. - Very high reading in South Bend, IN station this evening. Reason unknown. Station unresponsive to contact at this late hour. Since this same station has triggered the Alert system before, which Alerts may have been false, and because his current readings do not appear to be corroborated by nearby stations, we have disabled his station for the time being. Will report back when we know more.
Update: 6/7/12, 7:45 A.M: - False Alert: The alert level reading last evening appears to be a false alert from an equipment malfunction. Here is the station's report:
"out of control readings on the GeigerGraph screen from about 11:30pm local time that occurred while sleeping. My apologies to all. I have no idea what caused this. Shut down GeigerGraph and restarted. Readings from the Geiger were in the normal range (the Geiger operates on A/C). All cable connections are tight and not loose. Am speculating between the GFI and USB Adapter and some sort of voltage spikes. The uninterruptable power supply UPS had lost power and had died - a tripped GFI. I am not going to leave the system running while not at home until I can determine and fix the problem."
By the way, a handful of stations on the Radiation Network feed simultaneously to the Black Cat Systems network, which explains why a high reading was showing on their network at the same time. But Black Cat works in uR/hr instead of CPM, so their radiation level was lower because of the conversion factor between units of measurement.
Do we believe the radar and two different radiation monitoring networks and what they show or do we go along with the message that there was a malfunction, which means that all three sources were wrong? It's a bit suspicious, however, I don't want to be an alarmist. I'll monitor the radiation rates for a while and see if it happens again. If it does, I may be more of an alarmist about it.
The following video shows information regarding the spike in radiation near Indiana and South Michigan.