Indian Point’s Final Days Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Earth Matters: Indian Point’s Final Days – Nyack News and Views

by Barbara Puff

Indian Point has been the crown jewel of the nuclear industrialist complex and closing it is a big step to a sustainable energy future. — Susan Shapiro, environmental lawyer.

When scientists began exploring nuclear power in the 1950s, pollsters didn’t ask the public their opinion as support was almost unanimous. By the ’60s, there had been a few protests and opposition increased to 25%. So when Indian Point opened on September 16, 1962, it was greeted with enthusiasm, fanfare, and, in hindsight, naivete.

Within a few years, increased pollution, loss of wildlife, and accidents at the plant elicited concern. In response, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper were formed in 1966. After incidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986, public opinion began to turn against the use of nuclear power.

In 1984, her first year as a legislator, Harriet Cornell formed the Citizens Commission to Close Indian Plant. A glance at her press releases over the years shows her convictions regarding closing the plant. In a recent speech she noted: “Were it not for the superhuman efforts of concerned individuals and dedicated scientific and environmental organizations focusing attention on the dangers posed by Indian Point, who knows what might have happened during the last 40+ years.”

Simultaneously Riverkeeper began documenting incidents, including:

1 An antiquated water-cooling system killed over a billion fish and fish larvae annually.

2 Pools holding spent nuclear fuel leaked toxic, radioactive water into the ground, soil, and Hudson River.

3 Recurring emergency shut-downs.

4 27% of the baffle bolts in Unit 2 and 31% in Unit 3, holding the reactor core together, were damaged.

5 The plant was vulnerable to terrorist attack.

6 Evacuation plans were implausible.

7 No solution for spent nuclear fuel, posing the risk of radioactive release and contamination of land.

8 The plant was near two seismic zones, suggesting an earthquake over 6.2 could devastate the area.

9 Asbestos exposure.

These and other issues led the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to rate Indian Point in 2000 as the most trouble-plagued plant in the country. Lamont-Doherty Observatory agreed, calling it the most dangerous plant in the nation.

As individuals realized the seriousness of the situation, urgency for a solution grew and Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition was formed in 2001. Comprised of public interest, health advocates, environmental and citizen groups, their goals were to educate the public, pass legislation, and form a grassroots campaign with hundreds of local, state, and federal officials.

Clearwater also began monitoring the plant around that time. Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director, recalls, “We were concerned when one of the planes that struck the WTC flew over the plant, including several buildings that hold huge fuel pools, filled with spent fuel rods and radioactive waste.” Had anything happened, the nuclear power industry had provided protection for themselves while neglecting surrounding communities. Powerful lobbyists, backed by considerable financing, induced Congress to pass the Price-Anderson Act in 1957. This legislation protected nuclear power plant companies from full liability in the event of an accident, natural disaster or terrorist attack.

With such warnings, it’s hard to believe as late as 2010, The New York Times stated, “No one should be hoping for a too hasty shutdown.” Over time, the cost of litigation by New York State proved more fatal to the continuance of plant operations than protests, though they were a crucial factor and led to initial filings. Attorney General Schneiderman was very active in filing contentions, legal reasons the plant shouldn’t be relicensed, and won several important court cases on high-level radioactive storage.

In 2016, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied Entergy a discharge permit for hot water into the Hudson River, part of their once-through cooling system. This permit was necessary for continued operation of the plant and a requirement for relicensing. The New York State Department of State, Bureau of Coastal Management, denied Entergy a water quality certificate the same year, which it also needed to relicense. After more than four decades of danger to the environment and residents, Governor Cuomo announced in January 2017 the plant would finally be closing. Unit 2 would cease production on April 30, 2020 and Unit 3 would end productivity on April 30, 2021.

Later that year, in March 2017, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board allowed Entergy to renew the plant’s licenses until 2021, dismissing final points of contention between the company, New York State, and Riverkeeper. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino attempted to sue the state and reopen the plant in April 2017 but failed.

Ellen Jaffee, NYS Assemblywoman, stated, “After 46 years of operation, I am glad to finally see the closure of Indian Point. Since joining the Assembly, I have long fought for its closure. I would not have been able to pursue these efforts if not for the environmental advocates, like the Riverkeeper, who fought long and hard beside myself to close the plant. The plant’s closure must be conducted in a safe manner, where all radioactive materials will be properly disposed of, without inflicting further harm on our environment. The closure of Indian Point shows that we can reduce our impact on the environment.”

Harriet Cornell said, “We have waited years for this to happen and frankly, it can’t happen soon enough. The facts have long shown there is no future for this dangerous plant.”

“The closure of Indian Point marks the shutdown of dirty polluting energy,” noted Susan Shapiro.

Holtec, the company chosen to oversee decommissioning of the plant, has a horrific track record. New York State Attorney General Tish James released a statement in January expressing multiple grave concerns about them. According to Riverkeeper, they have a scandalous corporate past, little experience in decommissioning, dubious skills in spent fuel management, workplace safety infractions, and health violations. Another fear is the cost will exceed a decommissioning fund set aside by Entergy, Holtec will declare bankruptcy, and the public will absorb the difference.

“Entergy made huge profits from Indian Point,” said Manna Jo Greene. “They’ve hired Holtec, a company with a poor record of decommissioning, to complete the work. Entergy plans to declare bankruptcy, thereby having taxpayers foot the bill. We are not out of danger. It is a different danger.”

Richard Webster, Legal Program Director at Riverkeeper, adds, “Decommissioning must be done promptly, safely and reliably. Selling to Holtec is the worst possible option, because it has a dubious history of bribes, lies, and risk taking, very limited experience in decommissioning, is proposing to raid the decommissioning fund for its own benefit, and is proposing leaving contaminated groundwater to run into the Hudson River.”

State Senator David Carlucci warned, “The NRC Inspector General Report shows there is much to be done by the NRC to gain the confidence of myself and the public, as the commission is charged with overseeing the decommissioning of Indian Point and ensuring the health and safety of Hudson Valley Communities. We demand answers from NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki. The Chairman needs to come to the Hudson Valley immediately and outline the steps being taken to address our safety and explain how the commission will properly inspect and guard the pipeline near Indian Point moving forward.”

One of the gravest dangers in decommissioning is the storage of spent fuel rods. A fuel rod is a long, zirconium tube containing pellets of uranium, a fissionable material which provides fuel for nuclear reactors. Fuel rods are assembled into bundles called fuel assemblies, which are loaded individually into a reactor core. Fuel rods last about six years. When they’re spent and removed they are placed in wet storage, or pools of water, which is circulated to reduce temperature and provide shielding from radiation. They remain in these pools for 10 years, as they are too hot to be placed in dry storage, or canisters. Even in dry storage, though, they remain extremely radioactive, with high levels of plutonium, which is toxic, and continue to generate heat for decades and remain radioactive for 10,000 years.

“Elected officials and government groups became involved once they understood the fatal environmental dangers nuclear energy creates for millenium,” said Susan Shapiro. “It is the only energy that produces waste so dangerous that governments must own and dispose of it.”

Robert Kennedy, Jr., of Waterkeeper, explained “If those spent fuel rods caught on fire, if the water dropped, the zirconium coatings of the spent fuel rods would combust. You would release 37 times the amount of radiation that was released at Chernobyl. Around Chernobyl there are 100 miles that are permanently uninhabitable. I would include the workplaces, homes of 20 million Americans, including the Financial District. There’s no evacuation plan. And it’s sitting on two of the biggest earthquake faults in the northeast.”

On April 24, 2020, Beyond Indian Point Campaign was launched to advocate for a safe transition during decommissioning. Sponsored by AGREE, Frack Action, Riverkeeper, NIRS and Food and Water Watch, they’re demanding Cuomo hire another company, opposing a license transfer before the State Public Service Commission and NRC and pushing state legislation to establish a board to supervise the decommissioning fund. When decommissioning is finished Beyond Indian Point hopes to further assist the community in the transition to renewable energy. These include wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydrothermal power. Sign an online petition on their website to support their work, future generations and earth at, Facebook, or Twitter.

“Bravo to everyone involved in making this historic day come to pass,” said Susan Shapiro.

Raised in the Midwest, Barbara Puff is a writer who lives in Nyack, NY.

Babylon the Great touts progress in hypersonic arms race with China, Russia

U.S. touts progress in hypersonic arms race with China, Russia

The Pentagon says it completed a successful hypersonic missile test this week and secured a $1.3 billion deal to help defend against such threats

July 19, 2022 at 2:25 p.m. EDT

The Pentagon this week said it reached important new milestones as it scrambles to catch up with China and Russia in what has become a fraught arms race between the world’s most advanced militaries, conducting a successful hypersonic missile test and securing a $1.3 billion deal to help defend against such threats.

Monday’s test of the air-breathing hypersonic missile, a partner venture of defense-tech manufacturers Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, follows separate successful tests announced last week using hardware built by Lockheed Martin. Together, they hint at a potential breakthrough for the Defense Department, which has faced growing scrutiny from lawmakers who fear the United States is losing ground to its adversaries and just last month conceded a full-system test fail.

Yet with China testing advanced-engine hypersonic missiles and Russia promising to use hypersonic cruise missiles in battle by the end of this year, U.S. officials say there is perhaps greater urgency to develop adequate defenses against such weapons. Central to that, they say, is a deal to have L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman design and launch 28 satellites as part of the Pentagon’s new missile defense network.

“People talk about space as a war-fighting domain,” Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency, told reporters in announcing the contracts. “These satellites are specifically designed to go after that next generation of threats out there.”

U.S., U.K. and Australia announce expanded cooperation on hypersonics

Since China successfully tested a hypersonic glide missile a year ago, Beijing’s and Moscow’s recent strides have put Washington on high alert. While these recent successful U.S. tests are seen as encouraging, they have not yet evened the playing field: Russian government news service Tass reported this week that Moscow completed testing its hypersonic cruise missile and intends to put it into use.

The Pentagon has laid out plans for developing resilient defenses over the next five years — a timeline that has disquieted the lawmakers tasked with funding and overseeing such research and development.

“I get really nervous when I hear dates like 2028 for something, and we’re pleased that it’s 2027,” Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) said to Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, during a discussion about hypersonics at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing in May. “So how are we going to condense the time period?”

Hypersonic missiles can fly at speeds at or above Mach 5, five times the speed of sound, and can travel at low atmospheric altitudes. Unlike ballistic missiles, they can also change course during flight, enabling them to dodge traditional defense systems.

To date, U.S. missile defense has been focused primarily on identifying ballistic missiles, by detecting the initial heat trail registered by their blastoffs and then calculating trajectory. The maneuvering capabilities of hypersonic missiles, however, make their courses — and ultimately, their targets — far less predictable.

“Historically, we have not flown satellites that were designed to go after and detect hypersonic maneuvering vehicles,” Tournear said.

The Pentagon expects that by positioning a large number of heat-detecting satellites in the atmosphere, orbiting on different planes at low and medium altitudes, the U.S. military will be able to see when and how such missiles change direction. By compiling tracking data from multiple satellites in real time, the military believes it will be able to create an accurate picture of the hypersonic missile’s activity and warn those in its path to anticipate incoming strikes, either so they can attempt an intercept or take cover.

“Right now, today, we have limited capability to do that tracking aspect,” Tournear said. “The satellites we’re going to launch … can do that complete missile warning and missile tracking.”

Two years ago, the Space Development Agency awarded contracts to L3Harris and SpaceX to produce four satellites each. The first two of those satellites are expected to be launched in September, Tournear said, while the other six are set for next March.

The 28 satellites covered by the contracts announced this week are scheduled to begin launching in April 2025, in four sets of seven, each of which will orbit on a different plane.

The tranche that follows is likely to have 54 satellites, officials say.

“We get resilience by proliferation,” Tournear said.

Bidding for the next round of satellite contracts has not yet opened, and it is unclear how many firms will compete. In the initial round, 10 companies sought to build eight satellites; in the current round, seven firms put in bids. Tournear would not identify which companies were excluded but said that, overall, the quality of submissions improved markedly between rounds.

Still, at a current cost of about $50 million per satellite, which is about half the full budget for launching and operating them, the cost to American taxpayers will only grow as the program becomes a permanent fixture of the federal budget. The projected life span of each satellite tops out at five years, Tournear said, meaning the entire fleet will have to be replaced at regular intervals.

Israeli Jets Strike Hamas Post Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli Jets Strike Hamas Post in Gaza After Gunfire: Statement

July 20, 2022

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The Israeli army said it launched strikes Tuesday on a position belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, after gunfire from the Palestinian enclave.

“Following the firing of a bullet from the Gaza Strip into Israel, the IDF (military) is currently striking a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.

It added on Twitter that “fighter jets” were carrying out the strikes.

“Earlier today (Tuesday), a bullet was found in the community of Netiv Haasara,” the army statement said, referring to an Israeli agricultural community adjacent to Gaza’s northern border.

“After an inquiry, it was found that the bullet hit an industrial building earlier today after being fired from the Gaza Strip,” the army added.

A witness in Gaza’s Beit Hanoun area told AFPthey saw multiple strikes on a security site controlled by Hamas, the militant group which rules the enclave.

The latest strikes come after Israeli warplanes targeted a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip over the weekend in response to rocket fire from the enclave, the military said.

That exchange of fire came hours after US President Joe Biden had visited Israel and the occupied West Bank.

“The military site consists of an underground complex containing raw materials used for the manufacturing of rockets,” the Israeli army said on Saturday.

The weekend strike “will significantly impede and undermine Hamas’ force-building capabilities”, it said, adding that Israel was responding to “attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israeli territory.”

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem condemned Saturday’s strikes, which the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said caused no injuries.

WAFA said Israeli missiles were fired at two locations, one “near a tourist resort,” where nearby houses were severely damaged.

There had been two separate launches towards Israel on Friday night, each of two rockets, the military said.

In further retaliation, Israel announced late Saturday it was suspending a decision to increase the number of permits granted for Gazans to work in the Jewish state.

The quota was raised before Biden’s visit by 1,500 permits, allowing 15,500 Gazan workers into Israel.

Impoverished Gaza, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, has been under Israeli blockade since 2007 when Iran-backed Hamas seized power from the secular Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday that Israel will respond “quickly, forcefully and without hesitation” to any fire from Gaza.

Antichrist demands Maliki quit Iraqi politics


Following tape leak, Sadr demands Maliki quit Iraqi politics

The escalating conflict between Muqtada Sadr and Nouri Maliki has raised further barriers to the formation of a new government.

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images

July 19, 2022

Muqtada Sadr has demanded that Nouri al-Maliki quit politics, following the release of an audiotape in which Maliki threatened violence against Sadr and other parties. Sadr also asked the former prime minister’s political allies within the Coordination Framework, and Maliki’s tribe, Bani Malik, to denounce his statements.

“The threat (of killing me) comes from the Dawa Party, which is affiliated with the al-Sadr family, and from their leader al-Maliki,” Sadr tweeted, referring to the tape in which Maliki attacked Sadr and threatened to take arms against him.

“The next stage is fighting, and that al-Sadr wants blood as he speaks of it, and I told Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi that I do not trust the army and the police, and everyone will defend himself, and I will defend myself while I work for them and we have tanks, armored vehicles and drones,” Maliki said on the tape.

Although Maliki said it was a fake, it was shared widely, and many specialists confirmed it is authentic.

The leak includes the statement “Iraq is going toward a fierce war, if Muqtada’s project … does not fail,” and that if a war happens, Maliki’s tribe, the Bani Malik, will fight against his enemies. The tape also includes strong attacks against the Sunnis and the Kurds and even the religious seminary of Najaf for their differences with Maliki in the past.

In his tweet, Sadr asked Maliki to quit politics and hand himself over to the judiciary in hope to be forgiven.

Following Sadr’s tweet, Maliki’s party and tribe both issued statements, creating distance between themselves and the statements mentioned in the tape.

“We will not enter into a conflict with any party,” Dawa party announced in a statement on July 19. “We will not be taken into a blind strife among Iraqi people.”

The highest sheikh of Bani Malik also announcedthat his tribe will not enter any conflict among political groups and they will distance themselves from the current conflict.

This all comes while the Coordination Framework attempt to form the new government in Iraq. Maliki was one of the main candidates, but it  seems very difficult now for him to be nominated, especially since some parts of the statements in the tape can be prosecuted based on Iraqi law.

The parliament had scheduled a session for selecting the president on July 18 but it was cancelled due to the controversy over the tape leak.

Although Muqtada Sadr had withdrawn from Iraqi parliament last month to break the political deadlock, his social and political influence still means that no any government with tendency against him can be formed.

Last Friday, Muqtada Sadr set conditions for forming the new governments, including ending the militia presence and distancing the Popular Mobilization Units from politics. This clearly shows that Sadr is still willing to play a central role in Iraqi politics, using his widespread social base.

In such circumstances, it seems unlikely for now that the Coordination Framework be able to form a government. The only solution seems to be an early election, which requires at least a year of preparation in Iraq.

The caretaker government will face great challenges during this time to manage the country without budget and to work on amending the electoral law demanded by the political parties and also by a ruling of the federal court.

Biden is clueless about the Iranian nuclear horn: Daniel 8

US Senator Joni Ernst (file photo)

Iran’s Knowhow To Build Nukes Should Be Wake-Up Call For Biden – US Senator

US Senator Joni Ernst says remarks by a top Iranian official about Tehran’s capability to produce nuclear weapons should be a wake-up call for the administration. 

On July 17, Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had said Iran has the technical capability to build a nuclear bomb.

The Republican senator from Iowa told Iran International’s Arash Aalaei on Monday that “I believe his comments should be a wake-up call for President Biden’s administration and for the rest of the Middle East.”

About the bicameral effort to create a united front against “Iranian aggression” in the Middle East, she said, “I have the DEFEND Act which will bring the Abraham Accords countries together, some of our other partners, friends and allies in the region, and provide a collaborative effort to provide a protective defense against Iran.”

The Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses (DEFEND) Act is a joint effort by Congress to develop a strategy for signatories of the Abraham Accords and other countries to combat Iranian destabilizing activities threatening peace and security in the Middle East.

CENTCOM Commander General Michael Kurilla and IDF Chief of Staff Lt General Aviv Kochavi discussed on Sunday, July 17, “the importance of an integrated air and missile defense system.”

“It’s very worrisome that they have the technology and they can move forward so quickly. So, we need to be aware of this and we need to know and understand that Iran is never going to operate in our best interest,” Ernst noted.

The Russian horn prepares for nuclear war: Daniel 7

Russian President Vladimir Putin Readies Nuclear Weapons Contingent: A.P.

Published Feb. 27, 2022 9:01AM ET

President Vladimir Putin has put his nuclear deterrent forces on high alert, blaming NATO leaders’ “aggressive statements,” according to the Associated Press. The order paves the way for Putin to use nuclear weapons, which of course would lead to devastating consequences for all of Europe. Putin gave the order on Sunday, asking his defense minister to put the nuclear deterrent forces in a “special regime of combat duty,” according to the A.P. “Western countries aren’t only taking unfriendly actions against our country in the economic sphere, but top officials from leading NATO members made aggressive statements regarding our country,” Putin said.

Hamas slams formation of armed settler militias outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

A soldier inspects burning vehicle after Jewish settlers set fire two Palestinian vehicles in the town of Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, West Bank on June 25, 2022.[ Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

Hamas slams formation of armed settler militias in Jerusalem

June 21, 2022

A soldier inspects burning vehicle after Jewish settlers set fire two Palestinian vehicles in the town of Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, West Bank on June 25, 2022.[ Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency]

July 19, 2022 at 9:05 am 

Hamas yesterday condemned the formation of armed settler militias in occupied Jerusalem as a “criminal act against Palestinians,” Quds Press reported.

“Formation of armed settler militias in the occupied territories is a criminal act against the Palestinians,” the movement’s spokesman Abdul-Latif Al-Qanou said.

“This aggressive and criminal Israeli behaviour is a greenlight for Israeli Jewish settlers to carry out systematic crimes against the Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and in [Israel],” Al-Qanou said.

He considered the announcement of the formation of armed settler militias as an official military and political cover for the settlers’ crimes against Palestinians.

Early yesterday, the Israeli Defence Ministry, settler organisations and Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem announced the formation of armed settler militias to carry out “security missions.”

Two more earthquakes before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Did you feel it? Two more earthquakes strike near Elgin area

People even down into the Columbia area reported feeling the tremors.

Author: WLTX

Published: 12:32 PM EDT July 19, 2022

Updated: 1:04 PM EDT July 19, 2022

ELGIN, S.C. — Two more earthquakes have been reported in the Midlands and people are already saying they felt them.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the first quake happened at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday in an area centered 3.2 miles northeast of Elgin near Watts Hill Road. Multiple people online have reported feeling it, including down in the Columbia area.

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This one was far deeper than many of the others recorded lately, as this one happened 8.8 miles beneath the surface. 

Six minutes later at 12:12 p.m., a 2.11 quake was recorded 3.7 miles east-southeast of Elgin near Fort Jackson Road….less than a mile from Interstate 20. It was much closer to the surface at 1.9 miles deep.

They’re the latest of over 60 quakes that have been felt in the region since December. Seismologists now say the area is in what’s known as an earthquake “swarm.”

What’s causing the swarm is still being researched, but just Monday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources released a report that suggested the nearby Lake Wateree could be responsible. They believe the initial earthquake in late December may have allowed water from the Wateree River to seep into new cracks that opened from the original December earthquake, which has now set off additional tremors in the area.  

Researchers have set up recording devices in the area to gather more data about the quakes. 

The Town of Elgin plans to host a Virtual Earthquake Town Hall on Wednesday, June 27th.

Earthquakes happen throughout the state but most occur near the coast. Approximately 70 percent of earthquakes are in the coastal plain, with most happening in the Lowcountry.  

Back in 1886, Charleston was hit by a catastrophic earthquake. It had an estimated magnitude of 7.3, and was felt as far away and Cuba and New York. At least 60 people were killed, and thousands of building were damaged.

Structural damage extended hundreds of miles to cities in Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky