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ok..not going ..sigh..should have paid closer attention to the news blurp..you have to sign up on line to get in
and in doing that give them your personal info..which i don't do >:(

here's the link  http://www.irmep.org/numec131.htm


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'We don't know where it has gone'???????

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Divert!:
Numec, Zalman Shapiro and the Diversion of Us Weapons Grade Uranium Into the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program


Based on an exhaustive review of formerly classified government documents-as well as previously unexplored corporate filings, office diaries and unguarded interviews, Grant F. Smith has written a riveting story of the 1960s diversion of US weapons-grade nuclear material from an Israeli front company in Pennsylvania into the clandestine Israeli atomic weapons program.

The talented but highly conflicted founder of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC)-Dr. Zalman Mordecai Shapiro alongside his close friend and financial backer David Lowenthal-engaged in a ferocious clandestine drive to funnel the most valuable military material on earth that forever tilted the balance of power between Israel and the world.

Divert! chronicles Zalman Shapiro's journey from crafting ingenious innovations for the Nautilus nuclear submarine in the 1950s to his costly pursuit of America's most advanced hydrogen bomb designs in the 1970s. Tasked during secret summits with high-level Israeli intelligence agents, guided by Israel's top nuclear arms designers, and defended by Israel and its US lobby, Shapiro and NUMEC drove the CIA and FBI from furious outrage to despair.

Presidents from LBJ to Jimmy Carter secretly grappled with how to respond to Israel's brazen theft of American nuclear material before finally deciding to bury the entire affair in classified files. But NUMEC's toxic secrets have refused to be buried alive. Newly declassified wiretaps have risen from the grave, detailing Shapiro's utter contempt for worker and nuclear safety.

David Lowenthal's role as an international refugee smuggler between the US, Europe and Israel-before organizing financing for NUMEC-is placed under new scrutiny.

This explosive story emerges even as the US Army Corps of Engineers struggles to quietly clean NUMEC's toxic waste near Apollo, Pennsylvania with $170 million in taxpayer funding.

At a time when America is coming under intense pressure to attack on the mere suspicion that Iran is diverting nuclear material, Divert! stands as the ultimate cautionary tale of how US Middle East policy is continually undermined from within by corruption, immunity, deceit and unwarranted secrecy.


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The NUMEC Cover-up: The Diversion of U.S. Weapons Grade Uranium from NUMEC to Israel - YouTube


Published on Feb 11, 2013
On January 31, 2013 the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy hosted a public education event just north of Apollo Pennsylvania. Author Grant F. Smith discussed key findings from his 2012 book, "Divert! NUMEC, Zalman Shapiro, and the Diversion of US Weapons-Grade Uranium into the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program" at the Parks Township Volunteer Fire Hall.

Smith's talk covered the corporate histories of NUMEC and Apollo Industries, how regulators dealt with the plant's massive losses of bomb-grade nuclear material, the FBI's investigation of NUMEC's joint venture with a front for Israel's nuclear weapons program, and the ongoing clandestine interactions of NUMEC executives with Israeli intelligence and covert nuclear weapons program operatives.

Smith also unveiled a major new effort to declassify all remaining CIA, NSA, Justice Department and National Security Council files revealing how American presidents quietly grappled with NUMEC as a proliferation and safeguards issue from the LBJ to the Carter administrations.
EARTH AID is dedicated to the creation of an interactive multimedia worldwide event to raise awareness about the challenges and solutions of nuclear energy.

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in the continuing saga of bullshi t

they are never going to actual give true info on this site..it is the original missing stuff  site
..and i will bet that what is really buried is a note that says what other countries got stuff that was consistered 'waste'..

ggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrr


http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/5422524-74/corps-nuclear-groundwater#axzz2qd6hGIPm

Meeting set to discuss NUMEC groundwater contamination
By Mary Ann Thomas

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 1:45 p.m.
Updated 10 hours ago


The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting on Jan. 29 on groundwater testing results from the nuclear dump in Parks.

The Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency did not find nuclear or chemical contamination above drinking-water standards for the groundwater tests conducted last year.

The Corps is leading the cleanup project, estimated to cost $250 million to $500 million. It could take up to a decade to complete.
 Formally known as the Shallow Land Disposal Area, the 44-acre dump received radioactive and chemical waste from about 1960 to the early 1970s from the former Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. in Apollo and Parks, and its successor, the Atlantic Richfield Co.

BWX Technologies, known as Babcock & Wilcox, owns the site.

At the meeting, the Corps will present an overview of its testing results to the public.

It will provide representatives for residents to meet with one-on-one, said Dan Jones, Corps spokesman for the Pittsburgh District.

A number of government agencies have long been concerned about the potential for groundwater contamination from the 54-year-old nuclear waste dump, which is next to a residential community and an industrial park.

Although many of the 50 or so homes in the neighboring village of Kiskimere are connected to a public water system, some residents use well water for drinking and to water vegetable gardens.




Who: The Army Corps of Engineers

What: Discussion of groundwater testing results from the nuclear dump in Parks Township

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 29

Where: Parks Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 1119 Dalmatian Drive

To view the report

The read the report on groundwater tests conducted last year, visit: http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Portals/72/docs/SLDA/SLDAGWSWSamplingAbsractFinal9Dec2013Public1.pdf)



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back when this was going on this area was a hotbed for ufo and other activity..and kecksburg is not far away...reading this now and looking back i wonder if the 'ET' activity was  some type of earth activity (i do believe thaqt the earth is an entity) to check on what was happening and protect it's self...hummmmmmmmmm


Decision time yet again on whether to remove nuclear waste from Parks site


Storage drums with unknown contents sit outside the nuclear waste dump site in Parks Township on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.



By Mary Ann Thomas

Published: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 12:31 a.m.
Updated 22 hours ago


After more than 20 years of wrangling, the federal government has to decide — yet again — whether it will remove and ship out the buried nuclear waste at a dump on Route 66 in Parks.

The Pittsburgh District of the Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agency for a proposed 10-year cleanup that could cost up to $500 million, has not set a date for that decision. But before it does decide, the corps will hold a meeting in the spring to get public testimony on what it should do. The meeting has not been scheduled.

The project has grown much more complicated and expensive, causing the government to rethink what should be done.

“People should be concerned that Congress has little appetite to clean up environmental messes and U.S. Rep. John Murtha is gone,” said Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and former senior policy adviser to the secretary of the Department of Energy during the Clinton administration

When the cleanup plans sputtered and stalled in the 1990s, Murtha, the late congressman from Johnstown, initiated legislation in 2002 mandating the Army Corps take over the cleanup and remove the nuclear contamination from the site.

Although that agency is the first to put shovel to ground and remove nuclear contaminants, it had to rethink its role two years ago when workers unearthed greater-than-expected amounts of complex nuclear materials. The project price tag skyrocketed.

Originally estimated at between $21.5 million and $65.6 million in 2002, estimates rose to $170 million in 2010. Those have since ballooned to $250 million to $500 million.



U-235 and U-233

Two volatile types of uranium — U-235 and U-233 — are present on the site. Known as “fissile materials,” they can cause a nuclear chain reaction or be used for an improvised explosive.

What's not clear is how much of the material has been found.

The corps refuses to release any information on the variety and quantities of isotopes found so far. The Army denied a Freedom Of Information Act request for documents from the Valley News Dispatch in 2012 regarding the materials.

According to a Sept. 17, 2012, letter to the newspaper, most of the requested documents on the nuclear dump are classified as “Secret” by the assistant secretary of Defense.

The site is protected by the Department of Homeland Security. That could indicate the corps dug up enough fissile materials to reclassify the site to what's called “Category 1” — denoting high security.

The cost for security and removing Category 1 materials dramatically increases the cost of a cleanup — and poses other issues, according to Alvarez.

“If, indeed, there is a sizable quantity of Category 1 material, you can't just leave it there,” Alvarez said. “You have people living there. This is not on a federally guarded nuclear enclave or someplace in the middle of the desert.

“That's the conundrum here, of course,” he said. “The Corps of Engineers' budgets have been cut like everything else. Something like this blows a hole in their budget. It's a difficult situation.”

Sen. Bob Casey is pressing for the needed funding and the cleanup.

“As we move forward, I will continue to press the Army corps and other relevant federal agencies to clean up the SLDA site in a timely manner,” Casey said.

For Kiski Valley nuclear activist Patty Ameno, restarting the decision process is frustrating.

In the 1990s, the site owners and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposed to keep on-site the buried radioactive materials, some of which last for millions of years. Residents, lawmakers and Ameno railed against the proposal and urged Murtha, who represented the area in Congress, to find another regulatory agency to remove the nuclear waste.



Army corps deja vu

This is the second time in two years the Army corps is reviewing its role in the cleanup.

“Given the increased knowledge of the dangers of that site and the specific kinds of materials that have been brought up, this is absolute insanity and illustrates a total disregard for human health, safety and the environment,” Ameno said. “It's quite apparent that the major factor is the money, and having these regulatory decisions again, it just fuels the delays.”

“Cost can certainly be a driver, but a cleanup on the order of $250 million to a half- billion dollars is not unusual for a site with challenges,” said Tom Clements, the nonproliferation policy director for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Columbia, S.C.

The worst Department of Energy nuclear sites are costing billions of dollars to clean up.

“For the Parks site, the problem is, will this have priority in the minds of the appropriators under increasing budget stress?” Clements asked.

The Army corps has said repeatedly that funding has not been a problem for the project.

But that could change.

There are proposed cuts in the 2014 Corps of Engineers budget for the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, which pays for the Parks cleanup.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at  mthomas@tribweb.com.



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Thats kinda scary Otter,

I saw this as a repeat last weekend on ABC News 24 here in Oz in regards to Taiwan's Nuke Waste.  Basically sue to the fact that Taiwan won't be recognised by the UN as something (yet allowed to have own currency go figure that) they have to deal with their own nuke waste.  And in this particular case not so well.

Not sure if this is veiwable in country's outside of Oz though ?

http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2013/s3733236.htm

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BWX Technologies, known as Babcock & Wilcox, owns the site.
a.k.a. British Nuclear Fuels.... ;)

Scary stuff indeed,
( i'm just glad i can log in now & then, these pesky spam-bots have kept us busy for 2 days >:( )

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well if you do just a little background on numec and see where the first stuff came up missing you
will go ah-ha..

..isreal...but the story and the connections are more than interesting
do a wiki just to start..

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That wouldnt surprise me sky.its been known for a while israel had nukes.its just not known to the general public.i do think it was finally announced last week in an obscure article somewhere.that puzzle piece fits perfectly in the hole whether its correct or not.
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you mean this one?



Military & Defense More: Military Defense How Israel Received Weapons-Grade Nuclear Material From A US Company
 
Michael Kelley ?????
Aug. 7, 2012, 1:09 PM 11,340


On July 19, 1969, U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger wrote the following about Israel's nuclear weapons program: "There is circumstantial evidence that some fissionable material available for Israel's weapons development was illegally obtained from the United States by about 1965."

In the new book, Divert!: NUMEC, Zalman Shapiro and the diversion of US weapons grade uranium into the Israeli nuclear weapons program, Grant Smith details the circumstantial evidence through hundreds of declassified documents regarding the illegal diversion of U.S. government-owned highly enriched Uranium-235 (HEU-235) – a key material used to produce nuclear weapons – from the NUMEC nuclear processing plant in Pennsylvania to Israel's secret nuclear weapons program.

The story revolves around a brilliant nuclear chemist and professed American Zionist named Zalman Mordecai Shapiro.

Shapiro received a PhD in chemistry from John Hopkins University in 1948 and began working on the USS Nautilus, which would become the world's first operational nuclear-power submarine in 1954. The project was planned and supervised by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, who cited Shapiro as one of the four individuals most responsible for the program's success.

On December 31, 1956, Shapiro incorporated the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC), a nuclear-materials processing facility that began receiving a steady stream of government contracts to produce fuel for the Navy's growing fleet of nuclear-powered vessels.

The company's start-up capital was organized by David Lowenthal, an American citizen who secretly fought for Israel during its 1948 war for independence alongside who would become the country's first head of intelligence (Meir Amit) and its first prime minister (David Ben-Gurion). According to FBI files, Lowenthal traveled "to Israel on the average of approximately once per month."

Many members of NUMEC's venture capital network and board of directors were dedicated Zionists who, like Shapiro, held leadership positions in the Zionist Organization of America – "an American membership organization founded in 1896 dedicated to the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine," according to Divert!.

Between 1957 and 1967, NUMEC received 22 tons (44,000 lbs) of HEU-235. A 2001 Department of Energy audit revealed that NUMEC lost at least 593 pounds of HEU – about 2.0 percent of what it received – before 1968.


 
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Department of Energy 2001 estimates of NUMEC's Material Unaccounted For (MUF)



The losses exceeded the industry average (.2 percent) by several times and still hold the dubious record for the highest losses of bomb-grade material of any plant in the United States.

In June 1966 Shapiro formed a company called the Israel NUMEC Isotopes and Radiation Enterprises Limited (ISORAD) in partnership with the Israeli government. The company was ostensibly created research projects involving exposing agricultural products to radiation to kill microorganisms and extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

Smith notes that Shapiro's business partner, Ernest David Bergmann, chaired the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission – "the primary cover organization for Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program" – from 1954 to 1966.

About the same time that NUMEC sustained unaccountable losses of HEU-235, the FBI notes, NUMEC was developing and manufacturing food irradiators for Israel.

According to Smith there is no single smoking gun that Shapiro diverted HEU-235 to Israel – but many smoking shell-casings. They include:

• In 1965 a NUMEC employee walked near the NUMEC loading dock and encountered people he could not identify loading cans about the size of HEU-235 canisters onto a ship that was headed to Israel. The employee detailed the event in 1980 when interviewed by FBI agents. Based on the number of reported canisters, Smith estimates up to 346 lbs of U-235 could have been shipped to Israel in this single incident.


 
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Estimated 1965 HEU diversion to Israel



•In 1968 NUMEC invited and received Israel's elite nuclear weapons development officials and its top spy under the cover of being "thermo electric generator specialists." They included Avraham Hermoni (technical director of Israel's nuclear bomb project), Ephraim Biegun (head of the Israeli technical department of Israel's Secret Service from 1960-70) and Rafael Eitan (long-time Mossad and LAKAM operative who later directed spy Jonathan Pollard's spy program against the U.S.).

Smith notes that in 1986 Middle East operative analyst Anthony Cordesman said there "is no conceivable reason for Eitan to have gone [to NUMEC] but for the nuclear material."

• In June 1978 Department of Energy investigators told former Atomic Energy Commissioner (AEC) Glenn T. Seaborg that traces of Portsmouth U-235 – the government-owned material primarily delivered to NUMEC for processing into fuel – had been picked up in Israel.

Seaborg, who frequently defended Shapiro during his time as AEC chief, later refused to be interviewed by FBI investigators.

Smith's analysis concludes that enough U-235 to produce dozens of nuclear weapons was not lost but diverted directly into Israel's as-yet-to-be-officially-acknowledged nuclear weapons program.

In the 1969 memo, Kissinger noted the general intelligence assessment at the time: "Israel has 12 surface-to-surface missiles delivered from France. Israel has set up a production line and plans by the end of 1970 to have a total force of 24 - 30, ten of which are programmed for nuclear warheads. The first domestically produced missile is expected to be completed this summer. Preparation of launch facilities is under way."

SEE ALSO: DER SPIEGEL: Israeli Nukes Are Deployed Underseas On Subs Bought From Germany >



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-explosive-story-of-how-israel-received-weapons-grade-nuclear-material-from-a-us-company-in-the-sixties-2012-8#ixzz2qyxrdyWM


sorry the graphs didn't come thur.. go to the link



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http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20111020006146/en/Secret-CIAFBI-files-NUMEC-nuclear-diversions-Israel

Secret CIA/FBI files of NUMEC nuclear diversions to Israel could aid $170 million toxic cleanup October 20, 2011 10:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recently declassified wiretap transcripts of conversations between Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) founder Zalman Shapiro and venture capitalist David Lowenthal reveal that illegal storage practices led to a dangerous nuclear spill. Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by IRmep's Center for Policy and Law Enforcement, the files were heavily censored by the Central Intelligence Agency which blocked release of 225 pages.

“NUMEC material had been diverted by the Israelis and used in fabricating weapons.”
The transcript, http://www.irmep.org/ila/numec/08292011lowenthal.pdf, details that Shapiro and Lowenthal's interest in completing NUMEC's sale to Atlantic Richfield Company outweighed public safety concerns. The FBI and CIA investigated Shapiro and Lowenthal in the 1960s under suspicion of diverting highly enriched uranium (HEU) from NUMEC into the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons program. For decades the CIA has blocked release of its files and equity content in other government agency reports about NUMEC.

rest at link

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http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101222005875/en/Obama-Asked-Delay-NUMEC-Founder-Award-Nuclear

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apollo_Affair

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http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ocas/numec.html




i could go on but you get the picture..just down the road from me..wild, huh?



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Solution...

Ship it all to Oz :D

BIG HUGE EMPTY DESERT :P


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Solution...

Ship it all to Oz :D

BIG HUGE EMPTY DESERT :P

Yes, that happened at Emu, Maralinga and North West Cape, but we made the English come and clean it up!

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Are you skippy on lop and glp? Starwarp.
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Are you skippy on lop and glp? Starwarp.

Never been on LOP or GLP, Robo.

Was referring to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skippy_the_Bush_Kangaroo, and a colloquial name for all Kangaroos  :)
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