Iranian-American VP of TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Unit 2 (During Construction): Guilty of Illegally Sending Money to Iran; Discriminating Against Nuclear Whistleblower; Watts Bar Makes Tritium for US Nuclear Weapons

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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federally owned corporation in the United States created by congressional charter on May 18, 1933 to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley, a region particularly affected by the Great Depression.
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Masoud Bajestani Watts Bar 2 VP

In 2005, it was believed that Iran was trying to obtain tritium: The TVA’s nuclear reactors play a key role in tritium production for US weapons upkeep. Masoud Bajestani worked throughout the TVA system for decades, including as Assistant Plant Manager at Watts Bar Nuclear Power Unit 1; Plant Manager at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant; Site VP at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant:

Tritium is a heavy isotope of hydrogen and a key component of nuclear weapons, but it decays radioactively at the rate of 5.5 percent each year and must be replenished continually. This is…

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On The Deepwater Horizon Movie

‘Deepwater Horizon’ honors oil rig workers but oversimplifies the blowout

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Be sure to PLAY the 11 minute CSB simulation of their take on the BOP problems.


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Explosion at Minden (NEW ONE)

The AdvocatePossible explosion reported at Camp Minden, State Police say; no injuries reported

MINDEN (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a hazardous materials unit is on the scene investigating a possible explosion in northwest Louisiana at the same site where a company was previously accused of abandoning 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant.

Lt. Jeff White says the Troop G office in Bossier City started receiving calls around 5 a.m. Thursday. . . (more)

Explosive Services International of Baton Rouge is working at Camp Minden on the burn operation to destroy millions of pounds of improperly stored M-6 propellant.


Is State Board of Commerce & Industry defying governor’s executive order curbing runaway industrial tax exemptions?


PBS – The Business of Disaster [VIDEO]

Louisiana Voice

Less than three months ago, on June 24, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order in which he mandated more scrutiny over how significant industrial property tax breaks are doled out to manufacturers.

Theoretically, the order gave local governments that would lose out on property taxes a say in approving exemptions for heavy industry, and companies applying for five-year renewals of five-year tax breaks totaling $11 billion would be required to prove the breaks would create and/or retain jobs.

But the Commerce and Industry Board may be trying an end run around Edwards’ order.

The board waited until late Friday afternoon (one of Bobby Jindal’s favorite tactics of making announcements as the week’s news cycle winds down) to give public notice of a Monday board meeting during which it is scheduled to vote on redirecting millions in local property tax revenue from disaster-affected parishes to corporate tax exemptions, without any…

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