Anyone in the Beatty area? Fire at US Ecology site

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Anyone in the Beatty area? Fire at US Ecology site

Post by Candace_66 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:26 pm

Hopefully if you are in the Beatty area, you've heard about the fire at US Ecology.

This is a processing and dump site for hazardous waste and low-level radioactive waste. It is right next to Hwy 95, about 10 miles south of Beatty. A fire broke out there at about 1 PM on Sunday.

Apparently the authorities are quite concerned, as Highway 95 is closed all the way from Tonopah to the 95-160 junction north of Vegas! Thus adding to the long list of road closures in the region. And according to the LV Review-Journal, special aircraft with equipment to detect radioactive particles have been sampling the air.

Will be interesting to see how this story develops.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevad ... ins-closed

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Post by MojaveGeek » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:43 pm

Wow. Hope it does not turn out to be a major mess. Sounds like it already is, for travelers.

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Post by jacknv7 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:32 pm

If you read the comments in the local paper it sounds like the residents are getting restless and somewhat doubtful. Headlines indicate no health risks but then there is a 20 mile exclusion zone.

http://pvtimes.com/news/official-fire-u ... sed.html?j

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Post by jacknv7 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:11 pm

Some updated info and a link to a video of the explosion and fire...

BEATTY (KSNV News3LV) -- The Nevada Department of Public Safety has provided cellphone video of a blast from Sunday at the U.S. Ecology Industrial fire, a low-level radioactive storage site near Beatty in Nye County.

Severe damage because of flooding and ongoing air testing on the ground kept U.S. 95 closed for several hours Sunday and Monday.

The site accepted low-level radioactive waste for 30 years before closing in 1992.

The fire was allowed to burn itself out because crews couldn't use water on the potentially toxic material.

A day after the fire, state officials determined that there were no known current health risks to area residents associated with the fire.


https://www.facebook.com/krnvnews4/vide ... 515033043/

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Post by MojaveGeek » Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:35 am

Thanks Jack, that's a good video. Looks like it all started underground, and left a nice crater. Makes you wonder what else may be brewing under there, doesn't it?

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Post by D.A. Wright » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:02 pm

And how much is percolating into the Amargosa River and Death Valley.
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Post by jacknv7 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:22 pm

You are right Chris and Dave. It appears that dumping nasty stuff in the ground is the thing to do in that area.

http://pvtimes.com/news/test-site-conta ... water.html

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Post by jacknv7 » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:31 pm

Fire marshal: Seeping water caused radioactive dump blast

http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/nov/27 ... tive-dump/

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Post by MojaveGeek » Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:58 am

In the late 70s the plant was closed due to employees stealing radioactive tools for home use. Smart!

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Post by D.A. Wright » Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:30 pm

Just goes to show that no matter how deep and secretive you bury it (and by this I imply ANYTHING), it will come up some where, some time.

And once again, another example how the government thinks of Nevada as worthless except only as a dump. And how local government officials took the money and looked the other way. Because no one is looking. No one cares. Now the fingers are pointing at everyone except themselves.

And they tell us that Yucca Mountain is perfectly safe???
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Post by jacknv7 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:22 pm

Another news article with updates from the state.

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/199116 ... s-of-fault

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Post by jacknv7 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:00 pm

The story continues...

State funding requested for maintenance, repair of low-level radioactive site near Beatty

http://pvtimes.com/news/state-funding-r ... ear-beatty

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Post by Candace_66 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:12 pm

From that article:
“In January 2016, RCP contracted with USEN to repair two additional cracks and subsidence locations on Trench 7 and 22 by regrading the area and adding soil material to the surface where rainwater was pooling. These additional steps will prevent additional infiltration of rainwater while a long-term closure plan is developed and implemented,” he said.
:shock: So if we have more heavy rains, don't be surprised if it happens again !?

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