What really happened at Blayais NPP near Bordeaux, France? Regional Radiation Monitors were turned off.

Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA – June 27, 2015

Got an email, Something going on in ‘Blayais NPP’  124 workers evacuated, 2nd incident in week http://t.co/kREpL7ibUu 

–> The shortlink opens to http://www.sudouest.fr/2015/06/24/nouvelle-evacuation-a-la-centrale-nucleaire-du-blayais-1962293-2780.php

  • Where is this?

Blayais_Location

  • Anything on the Radiation Monitors in the region?

Nuclear tab –> Online Radiation Monitors –> EURDEP: http://eurdep.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Basic/Pages/Public/Home/Default.aspx  (Public Map -> Disclaimer -> data) 

Data for Gamma – maximum, 1 week prior to June 27, 2015 19:30 UTC + 1:  area with Blayais NPP marked by red circle:

EURDEP_June27_2015_1week_Gamma_max

Zoom in to the monitors around the nuclear power plant.  At first sight all looks normal:

Bordeaux_BlayaisArea_EURDEP_June27_2015_1Week_Gamma_maxUpon checking monitors, however, it looks like there must have been a (serious?) release of radioactivity, ’cause, as I’ve documented already plenty of times, the EURDEP monitoring system is rigged to hide radioactivity data when it matters most.  A sampling of this week’s data from the area:

2 3 4 5!-> The closer you get to the nuclear power plant, the more monitors show the same data gap as in the above last screenshot:  no data shared with the public from around noon on June 22 till yesterday morning, June 26, 2015.

On Nullschool, it’s clear that there hasn’t been much wind.  If the radioactive cloud left the region, it could have blown towards Eastern Europe first, and maybe Northern Africa later (but there are no monitors there).  Browse through the days for details @ http://earth.nullschool.net/#2015/06/23/1200Z/wind/isobaric/500hPa/overlay=total_cloud_water/orthographic=-6.00,32.04,512

Screenshot with Total Cloud Water, showing possible fallout rain-out events over Eastern Europe at the onset of this data gap period, with that weather system blowing into Russia:

Nullschool_June23_2015_1200UTC_500hPa_TCWA sampling of monitors left me with the impression that the cloud only sporadically made ground-fall, and may have blown over most of Europe to disperse over Russia, where data gaps are entering their 4th day, the most for the past month.

Data gaps are becoming more common, as radioactive hot fallout, some even from recent fissioning flare-ups, rises out of the Fukushima-Daiichi rubble, to be carried by the jet stream and spread across the Northern Hemisphere.  See my Nuclear Blog Post Archive for recent posts on that matter.

  • Screenshots of some monitors: 

Data artificially brought down to zero in parts of Italy:

IspraItaly

Switzerland:Vicosoprano_CHOver the regions were traces might rain out, widespread, but very short data gaps can be found:Nyiregyhaza_Hungary

Austria:Rudolfstutte_AustriaNote:  the upticks on the 23rd may be related to the very significant solar flare event around that time.

For more recent Solar Activity data, see http://www.solarham.net/

For more recent Solar Activity data, see http://www.solarham.net/

Slovania:Kocevje_Slovania

Macedonia:Veles_MacedoniaRussia:Kursk_RussiaA look at the month for this other Russian location shows the data gap is unusually long:ILOVLYA_RussiaNOTE: I do not know if the spikes and data gaps are related to the Blayais NPP release, but it sure looks like that’s a possibility.    If there further developments, drop me a comment, as I’m not actively watching this situation.  Thanks.

Hope this quick post is somehow helpful.

Peace –

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Added after posting: [h/t or-well @ ENEnews], June 28, 2015:

Local French anti-nuclear activists @ http://tchernoblaye.free.fr/

!-> English Google translation @ http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://tchernoblaye.free.fr/&prev=search

“[…]   Twice in a few days, over a hundred employees were evacuated from the reactor 4 of the Blayais nuclear power plant. For its part, the reactor 3 is stopped for nearly a year. But in reality all French reactors, not only those of Blayais, which are in an advanced state of degradation and risks that cause increasingly high.

It should be noted first that, unlike the soothing declarations of EDF leaders, evacuated employees are actually endangered by the risk of contamination: ingestion or inhalation of particles even slightly radioactive, is almost certain to develop sooner or later a cancer, in 5 or 10 or even 20 years.

More generally, it should be recalled that the construction of a few years (late 70s and early 80s) of dozens of reactors has long been touted as a “feat” performed by the industrial hexagonal atomic industry. In reality, this coup (imposed without consultation of the population) amounted to schedule an impossible situation for thirty to forty years later we are.

Indeed, it’s almost the same time as almost all of the French nuclear reactors are reaching the end of life. It is – fortunately – impossible to replace them with new reactors, both in financial terms (the money flowed freely in the 70, it’s not at all the case today) and industrially EDF and Areva fail to build one reactor on their respective sites in Flamanville EPR and Finland.

Moreover, the French authorities are well guarded to program an alternative energy (energy savings, energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc). So, the situation is hopeless and only remaining option rushing ahead: patching reactors somehow, and at great expense, to try to make them last longer.

The immediate incidents multiply, threatening employees and residents of the plants. But it seems inevitable that this option will result in the coming years (or much faster) by a serious nuclear accident or a disaster comparable to that of Fukushima. […]”

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