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Nuclear incontinence

Bryan @ WhyNow? first alerted me to this story:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Six nuclear warheads on cruise missiles were mistakenly carried on a flight from North Dakota to Louisiana last week, prompting a major investigation, military officials have confirmed.

The plane took the cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base for decommissioning Thursday, the Air Force said.

Hipparchia @ Over the Cliff, Onto the Rocks (via Ellroon @ Rants from the Rookery) pointed out this AP story from a few weeks ago:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A three-year veil of secrecy in the name of national security was used to keep the public in the dark about the handling of highly enriched uranium at a nuclear fuel processing plant – including a leak that could have caused a deadly, uncontrolled nuclear reaction.

The leak turned out to be one of nine violations or test failures since 2005 at privately owned Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., a longtime supplier of fuel to the U.S. Navy’s nuclear fleet.

Gotta love your private nuclear contractors.

And then there’s Entergy. Look what BusinessWeek has to say.

Good thing for their profits they don’t know anything when stuff breaks.

And Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials are unconcerned.

“Operation Iraqi Freedom, it turns out, was never a war against Saddam ­Hussein’s Iraq. It was an invasion of the federal budget.”

Non equus circum.

Chris Dashiell:

The Bush administration is a danger to the security of the United States. Nothing could be clearer. Every day this regime stays in power constitutes a threat to our safety—yours, mine, our families, our communities, our country. Even if you discount the subversion of our Constitution and our tradition of liberty, even if you ignore the shameful policies of secret prisons, torture, and lawless detention—just on the basis of national security alone, the impeachment of George Bush and Richard Cheney must be initiated, if only to slow down the destructive machine that threatens our very lives.

Labor day music

PSoTD asks, “Where’s the outrage?”

We don’t know what’s wrong so it must be fine.

Burlington Free Press (hat-tip NTodd, italics added):

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was abruptly shut down Thursday afternoon while technicians were conducting a trouble-shooting test of one of the plant’s four turbine stop valves.

Rob Williams, spokesman for plant owner Entergy Nuclear, said the plant went into automatic shutdown mode at 3:12 p.m. and will remain offline until workers evaluate what happened and fix any problems.

A company news release said the plant was in “safe and stable condition” late Thursday afternoon.

“This automatic shutdown is part of the conservative design of this plant,” Williams said. “The system is constantly checking for any signal, and any abnormality is immediately sensed and will cause the reactor to go into automatic shutdown.”

Williams said the shutdown will likely last several days.

Perfectly safe. Nothing to worry about.

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Nothing to see here. Please disregard this picture and move along.

Water pours from a damaged cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Burlington Free Press (hat-tip Pygalgia):

A cooling tower structure at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that partially collapsed Tuesday underwent a full inspection as recently as this spring and was found to be in good condition, a company spokesman said Thursday.

“It was determined acceptable for continued operation,” said Rob Williams, spokesman for plant owner Entergy Nuclear.

Williams said the collapse, which occurred Tuesday afternoon and left a gaping hole in the side of the structure, caused Entergy to reduce power output by 50 percent until repairs are carried out.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said the tower collapse does not pose a safety threat.

You’ve got to be kidding me. They seem more concerned about the fact that someone took a picture.

CNBC anchor Erin Burnett says Wal-Mart sells children’s toys with lead paint and poisonous food as if it’s a good thing

Keeping prices low, every day.

Hat-tip Logan Murphy @ Crooks and Liars.

Update: Chris Matthews leers:

Hat-tip Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville.