Beaver Valley Nuke Plants Scare People In Pittsburgh


In the news today is a story from Pennsylvania, the land of Three Mile Island, where the residents there have justified worries about the there nuclear power plants there.  One such is Beaver Valley #1 and #2 which is the ones in the street photos here that I got from Google Earth today.

First I went to the website of the nuke plants to see  how they view the universe:  Nuclear Energy in Pennsylvania « PA Energy Alliance

Pennsylvania ranks high among U.S. states for electricity generation and consumption. It is also a major nuclear power generator: each of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear energy plants in Shippingport, Limerick Township, Peach Bottom Township, Berwick and Londonderry Township operate at an average 94.5 percent capacity factor — the amount of electricity actually produced compared with how much would be produced if the plant operated at full capacity 100 percent of the time. In 2006 Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy plants were responsible for generating 75,297,632 Megawatt Hours (MWh) of electricity — more than a third of Pennsylvania’s total electricity generation for the year. By 2030, the Middle Atlantic Grid (NJ, NY, PA) will require 12.70 quadrillion Btu’s of electricity per year, a 13% increase from 2006.


This system also generated one of the bigger nuclear disaster scares the US had so far.  Of course, we haven’t had a Chernobyl or Fukushima.  Each ‘accident’ has a different cause or configuration.  But one thing they have in common: once the things blow up, it is a total, complete and seemingly endless catastrophe.


Here are some videos of Fukushima made by a group of Japanese researchers and foreign film makers and these show clearly that the government did virtually nothing to warn people of the catastrophe:

Recently I wrote about how the IAEA praised the clowns in Tokyo for doing a ‘good job’ of informing and evacuating people.  This was total hogwash, of course.  There was no organizational talent shown not even remotely as organized as when the Soviets evacuated their major cities next to a disaster.


Worse, a major city was NOT evacuated at all during the worst of the radiation event!  The city of Fukushima is still said to be habitable today even though the researchers in the above videos did a thorough evaluation and discovered that the entire city should have been emptied out.


So…some people are demanding to know why the quarter million people in Fukushima city remain exposed to obvious nuclear contamination.  The children are no longer allowed to go outside to do anything and people have been trying to flee the city but are stymied by lack of any resources from the government or TEPCO.


So they stay and endure the contamination.  This is due to the erroneous ‘evacuation zone’ being round instead of oval.  That is, prevailing winds brought more radiation to a long strip of land rather than circular.  This is true of Chernobyl and the explosion in the Urals in 1957.


Instead of updating the information to take into account that prevailing winds determines the size and length of contamination, the nuclear regulators in the US persist with the stupid ’10 mile’ radiation zones.  They won’t make a realistic 50 miles oval radiation zone.


Worries about this are in Pennsylvania’s news this week as Casey urges review of nuclear evacuation zones.  About time!  This should have been launched immediately upon seeing how the radiation contamination areas were more like long snakes rather than round piggies!  Duh!


This is INFURIATING since we know from Chernobyl that radiation depends on wind direction!  We know for certain, the contamination areas are NEVER ’round’ but the opposite!  This is why Fukushima City to this day is considered ‘safe’ when it is far more contaminated than places to the south of Fukushima Daichi which are less than 5 miles away but were never exposed to the wind-bearing radiation contamination!


I was curious to see the present map of Beaver Valley’s evacuation zones so I went from this site:  Bureau of Radiation Protection–Nuclear Safety Section to this: DEP External Redirect – Home to this:  NRC: Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit 1 to finally the dead end, this:   ReadyPA | Nuclear Facility Accidents & Emergency Plan


  • If an accident at a nuclear power plant were to release radiation in your area, local authorities would activate warning sirens or another approved alert method. They also would instruct you through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on local television and radio stations on how to protect yourself.
  • Take cover immediately, as far below ground as possible. Close windows and doors, turn off air conditioners, heaters or other ventilation systems. Stay where you are, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for official news as it becomes available.
  • Remember three key ways to minimize your exposure to radiation: distance, shielding and time.
    • Distance — The more distance between you and the source of the radiation, the better. Maximizing distance could mean evacuation or remaining indoors to minimize exposure. Follow instructions from emergency management officials.
    • Shielding — Having a thick shield of heavy, dense material between you and the source of the radiation will help reduce your exposure to the radiation.
    • Time — Most radioactivity loses its strength fairly quickly. Minimizing time spent exposed will also help reduce your risk.
  • Keep food in covered containers or in the refrigerator. Food not previously covered should be washed before being put in to containers.
  • If you expect you have been exposed to nuclear radiation:
    • Change clothes and shoes.
    • Put exposed clothing in a plastic bag.
    • Seal the bag and place it out of the way.
    • Take a thorough shower.
    • Seek medical attention as directed by emergency management officials.
    • Follow directions of emergency management officials.






The above shot is a satellite photo I snagged, by the way.


The brochures and online sites have NO MAPS.  No evacuation map plans…at all.  This is disgusting but normal for these clowns.  Here is a map of the facility which is where the red balloon with the A is:

Review  which is supposed to help us find out what to do if Beaver Valley goes Fukushima.  There are, alas, no 10 mile radius maps.  No mention of evacuation routes. Note how close to Pittsburgh it is!  Groups call for look at current 10-mile evacuation radius –ΩΩΩΩΩΩΩΩΩΩΩ

Squirrel-Hill based Citizen Power, an environmental group, wants the evacuation zone increased to 50 miles. Official now consider that an “emergency ingestion zone” where residents are not evacuated, but officials monitor potential food or water contamination.

Pittsburgh’s western neighborhoods begin just beyond the 20-mile radius from the plant…

The NRC continues to evaluate the Fukushima disaster to see whether lessons learned there might apply in the United States, spokesman Neil Sheehan said. In August, the commission ordered nuclear plants to update estimates of how long it would take to evacuate nearby communities.

Plant operators have to update evacuation estimates after every 10-year census or when changes in population would increase the estimated evacuation time by at least 30 minutes.


I can see why they are very alarmed about this and pissed off that the nuclear power people are hopelessly unprepared.  There is good reason to demand changes fast:  I drew up probable radiation contamination areas on this map:

If there is an accident, the only really safe direction to flee is to the southwest.  A ten mile radius if one moves to the east, will not be good.  This news should scare the entire planet:  Fukushima air to stay radioactive in 2022 | The Japan Times Online.   Not just the water, the soil and everything else but the AIR!


This is bad, worse than Chernobyl.  Scientists who demand to get into the Fukushima contamination zone have found plutonium on the ground as well as very toxic levels of all the radioactive materials.  But unlike Chernobyl which was capped within several months, a year later the radioactive garbage is still pouring out.


While slogging around trying to find the ever-elusive (never found it!) evacuation maps, I did find this document:  ReviewNRC: Emergency Preparedness & Response where I had to use the site search engine to download a pdf file:

HAHAHA…nearly all of this is about how to CONTROL the news.  Gorbachev complained about how getting accurate information from the people running the mess in Chernobyl was like pulling teeth and only after he hinted that teeth would be pulled by the secret police, they coughed up the information to him.


The need to control information is the key: they don’t want anyone to see any damn evacuation/contamination maps!  This turns people off!  It makes them scared!  Best to not say anything and let them find out the hard way…and suffer the consequences.sunset borger

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6 responses to “Beaver Valley Nuke Plants Scare People In Pittsburgh

  1. CK

    Look at the major east west and north south logisitics routes that your oval radiation spread maps interdict.
    Civilization depends on logistics and resupply, everything else is just window dressing.

  2. CK

    Is the site now set to disallow any weblinks in posts?

  3. emsnews

    I hope not. If you post more than three links, it is treated like spam. So do each link separately and you will be OK.

  4. Jim R

    Three Mile Island actually came close to a total meltdown. They finally got a clue and pumped some water into the core.
    When did it happen, in the ’70s? I finally saw a picture of its core just recently — they managed to keep it out of the newspapers back then, but you could actually see the melted fuel assemblies.
    And when did they ever clean up the site, as in, dismantle the reactor and ship all the damaged assemblies to a long term high level nuclear storage facility? Oh THAT’S RIGHT, they just closed the door on the big concrete dome and hoped for the best.In Chernobyl they buried it in sand and borax and hoped for the best. And NOW, in Japan, they are just hoping for the best as the melted fuel continues to burn. Bah, humans!

  5. emsnews

    Yes, Jim, they BURY it. And that fixes nothing. It does shove the problem forwards to the future for some poor saps who weren’t born yet to deal with. Another reason to have no nuclear power.

  6. Your content really informative as well as helpful for my Electricity Generation Plants Projects Research and Development.

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