Energy Solutions and their Propaganda machine

This is publicity, they cant BUY.

While the passing of Larry Miller brought mostly fond memories of him pouring back to my mind, I eventually had to drive by The Energy Solutions arena, and I remembered something, This is a guy who gave the naming rights to the state’s largest, most recognized arena to Energy Solutions. And what a joke we became, People immediately began to dub the place “the dump” or Energy Pollutions Arena. I was extremely embarrassed for the state I love, Utah. It was done literally overnight too, so as to avoid any controversy.

Miller sold the naming rights to the highest bidder, like every good business man would, but the problem is LHM was more than  just a business leader in this state, he had a moral obligation to this state and this city he called home by virtue of just being “from” here. However, Energy Solutions is about as powerful a corporation you can find in Utah, they have highly paid, highly skilled lobbyists that lobby the state’s legislature daily. They have a ton of power in the good ole boy network state that Utah politics is.  They now have a pipeline to spread their propaganda every time anyone of us either attends, or watches a Jazz game. I watch the commercials and they are extremely intelligent forms of propaganda, that have no place in the homes of MILLIONS of Utahans, Idahoans, Etc..

The D.U.P.

State cites EnergySolutions for duct-tape incident
Environment » Regulators say several parties are responsible for the safety lapse involving radioactive waste and a leaky hose.

By Judy Fahys

The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 05/01/2009 06:56:29 PM MDT

State radiation regulators have cited EnergySolutions Inc. for its role in shipping a tanker that leaked radiation-tainted solvent from a duct-taped hose.

Dane Finerfrock, director of the Utah Division of Radiation Control, signed the “Notice of Violation” on Thursday. It proposes a $2,500 fine and “corrective action” to make sure what he called a “mid-level violation” does not happen again.

“Transportation regulations require the shipment to remain intact during shipping,” Finerfrock said Friday, “and it didn’t.” The case involved a leaky hose that forced the Carbon County hazardous materials team to respond March 31.

The tanker originally came to Utah from Tennessee with a sludge of “mixed waste,” which contains both hazardous and radioactive materials. The EnergySolutions process extracts most of the radioactive components and disposes the solids at the company’s Tooele County landfill.

About 3,000 gallons of the remaining flammable and highly toxic liquid was on its way back to an Energy Department mixed waste incinerator in Oak Ridge, Tenn., when the leak was discovered at the Price weigh station.

An incident report from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Department said a hazmat crew arrived just before 3 p.m. on March 31. The report says the truck’s manifest papers described the contents as low-level radioactive waste and hazardous chemicals that included phenol, PCBs and benzene.

The four-man team donned protective
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chemical suits as they scattered an absorbent material where they saw leaked solvent, took pictures and monitored the area for radiation. The company said radiation could not be detected, but the hazmat team treated the area as dangerous because the solvent was listed as “flammable, hazardous waste and toxic upon inhalation for up to 300 feet distance from the exposure site.”

Just after 9 p.m., the site was turned over to EnergySolutions for cleanup. While the tanker leaked less than a half-gallon, the county sheriff’s office billed the truck company’s insurer $15,400 for the hazmat response.

The truck hauling the hazardous liquid between EnergySolutions and Oak Ridge was owned by Hittman Transport Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EnergySolutions. And the driver was employed by Hittman.

The tanker, meanwhile, was owned by Bechtel Jacobs Co., an Energy Department subcontractor that operates the Oak Ridge incinerator.

Energy Department spokesman Walter Perry said his agency continues to review the situation to see if an investigation is needed.

On the question of how the duct tape ended up on a broken hose that allowed the solvent to leak, he said in an e-mail: “DOE never received any indication that the hose was deficient. However, we expect contractors who package and/or transport waste for treatment to do so without incident.”

EnergySolutions spokesman Mark Walker explained the duct tape this way: “The tanker arrived at Clive with the duct tape on the tanker. We have no further information than that.”

According to Bechtel Jacobs spokesman Dennis Hill, the purpose of the hose was to measure the pressure in the tanker during loading.

He said there was no duct tape on the tanker when it left Oak Ridge. “And EnergySolutions was responsible for loading the tanker and sending it back to us.”

“I’m not saying EnergySolutions did anything wrong,” Hill added. “We don’t know what happened. That’s being investigated.”

Finerfrock said leaky hoses should be replaced, not repaired with temporary fixes.

“Everybody in the transportation process,” he said, “has the responsibility to be sure the shipments are handled properly, managed properly.”

But the state won’t be citing the trucking company or the tanker owner. “We don’t have any authority over either of them,” Finerfrock said.

EnergySolutions has 30 days to respond to the violation notice.

fahys@sltrib.com

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