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Nuclear Reactors in U.S. Seen at Risk of Terrorist Attack
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The Post-Fukushima Nuclear Industry: A Case Study in Institutional Self-Deception
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Insight: Japan's nuclear clean-up: costly, complex and at risk of failing
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The most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted has proved costly, complex and time-consuming since the Japanese government began it more than two years in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. It may also fail.

Doubts are mounting that the effort to decontaminate hotspots in an area the size of Connecticut will succeed in its ultimate aim - luring more than 100,000 nuclear evacuees back home.

If thousands of former residents cannot or will not return, parts of the farming and fishing region could remain an abandoned wilderness for decades.

In many areas, radiation remains well above targeted levels because of bureaucratic delays and ineffective work on the ground. As a result, some experts fears the $15 billion allocated to the scheme so far will be largely squandered.
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HuffPost: They covertly let water from Fukushima reactors flow into Pacific Ocean — Remains unclear what’s happened to melted cores — World’s worst atomic catastrophe is very far from over
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Bloomberg: Tepco now in talks to cover Fukushima reactors with concrete for next 75 years — Officials reviewing plan in U.S.
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[... Tepco] has sent engineers on visits to the Hanford site in Washington state this year to learn from decades of work treating millions of gallons of radioactive waste. Hanford also has a method to seal off reactors known as concrete cocooning that could reduce the 11 trillion yen ($112 billion) estimated cost for cleaning up Fukushima. [...]
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Asahi: Radioactive cesium in Fukushima water now 8 times higher than when disaster began
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What an exciting future ahead... hold your breath and pray...

The deadliest part of Fukushima's nuclear clean-up: Removing fuel rods

TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.

Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.

The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s No. 4 reactor, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.

That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.

No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the No. 4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”
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Standard operating procedure all over the world... unknown to most people...

Release of nuclear plant ‘effluents’ into lake described as part of normal cycle

COVERT — The May 5 release of about 80 gallons of slightly radioactive water from the Palisades nuclear power plant into Lake Michigan was unusual because it wasn’t planned.

But the incident brought into focus what many Southwest Michigan residents likely didn’t realize: The region’s two nuclear power plants (Palisades and the Donald C. Cook Plant in Lake Township) routinely discharge radioactive material into the air and into Lake Michigan.

In the nuclear industry, it’s called effluents.

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows such releases, as long as they are closely monitored and do not exceed federal radiation release standards set in place by the NRC.

“Plants need to discharge small amounts of radioactive materials to operate,” said Jack Geissner, branch chief for the regional NRC office.
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DIABLO CANYON: LOSS OF STARTUP POWER RESULTS IN VALID STARTS OF ALL THREE EMERGENCY DIESEL GENERATORS

At 1824 PDT on August 15, 2013, Unit 1 experienced a loss of startup power due to a failure of Startup Transformer 1-1 load tap changer. This loss caused a valid auto-start signal to all three emergency diesel generators and they all started successfully. At 1921, all EDGs were shutdown and returned to standby per plant procedures."

As a result of the loss of startup power, power was also lost to site service buildings. ERDS was lost but compensatory measures are in place to transmit required data via the ENS line if required.

The plant is in a 72-hr. shutdown LCO action statement under T.S. 3.8.1 for the loss of one of three qualified circuits. The two other qualified circuits (vital power via auxiliary transformers and the EDGs) remain operable.
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Good one.


A Nuclear Submariner Challenges a Pro-Nuclear Film
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What an exciting future ahead... hold your breath and pray...

The deadliest part of Fukushima's nuclear clean-up: Removing fuel rods

TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.

Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.

The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s No. 4 reactor, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.

That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.

No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the No. 4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?

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Good one.


A Nuclear Submariner Challenges a Pro-Nuclear Film
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 Quoting: Waterbug

Gracias bug... interesting article with interesting links... he forgot to mention that we're also building another 4 AP1000 in China... testing... lol...

"Worse yet, no one ever built a demonstration AP1000 nuke plant to prove they really are passively safe. Small demo plants often reveal design errors that can then be corrected before full-size plants are built. Without one, we’re investing $24 billion without knowing whether these four plants will ever work as promised. How rational is that?"

The show must go on... a lot of people are depending on it...

"Empty spaces - what are we living for?
Abandoned places - I guess we know the score..
On and on!
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Another hero - another mindless crime.
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime.
Hold the line!
Does anybody want to take it anymore?
The Show must go on!
The Show must go on!
Inside my heart is breaking,
My make-up may be flaking,
But my smile, still, stays on!"



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Good one.


A Nuclear Submariner Challenges a Pro-Nuclear Film
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 Quoting: Waterbug

Gracias bug... interesting article with interesting links... he forgot to mention that we're also building another 4 AP1000 in China... testing... lol...

"Worse yet, no one ever built a demonstration AP1000 nuke plant to prove they really are passively safe. Small demo plants often reveal design errors that can then be corrected before full-size plants are built. Without one, we’re investing $24 billion without knowing whether these four plants will ever work as promised. How rational is that?"

The show must go on... a lot of people are depending on it...

"Empty spaces - what are we living for?
Abandoned places - I guess we know the score..
On and on!
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Another hero - another mindless crime.
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime.
Hold the line!
Does anybody want to take it anymore?
The Show must go on!
The Show must go on!
Inside my heart is breaking,
My make-up may be flaking,
But my smile, still, stays on!"



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Amen, brother..

elvis
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This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?

[youtube] [link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506



Yeah. We've noticed that, too.

Amazing, innit..?
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This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?

[youtube] [link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506



Yeah. We've noticed that, too.

Amazing, innit..?
 Quoting: Waterbug


Have you noticed that humanity collectively seems to have lost its self-preservation instinct? The story about moving the fuel rods is a perfect example. We're going to let a company that's proven to be completely incompetent take the lives of all of us into their hands where one mistake could lead to a quick ELE. And what's the reaction to that? Essentially nothing, humanity is ignoring it almost completely.

Why do you think that is? Why has humanity collectively lost its self-preservation instinct?
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What an exciting future ahead... hold your breath and pray...

The deadliest part of Fukushima's nuclear clean-up: Removing fuel rods

TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.

Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.

The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s No. 4 reactor, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.

That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.

No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the No. 4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253


This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506

I think that most people do not realize just how potentially bad a situation could develop with these rods. A worst case scenario would be somehow re-initiating a critical nuclear reaction in the rods, resulting in an unshielded fission reaction. Secondary, but still incredibly bad, would be the chance of the rods burning and releasing particulates in the form of smoke into the atmosphere.

Thankfully it looks like they have spent the last two years building a new crane system and structure for this job.

For all our sakes I hope that it all works perfectly.
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This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?

[youtube] [link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506



Yeah. We've noticed that, too.

Amazing, innit..?
 Quoting: Waterbug


Have you noticed that humanity collectively seems to have lost its self-preservation instinct? The story about moving the fuel rods is a perfect example. We're going to let a company that's proven to be completely incompetent take the lives of all of us into their hands where one mistake could lead to a quick ELE. And what's the reaction to that? Essentially nothing, humanity is ignoring it almost completely.

Why do you think that is? Why has humanity collectively lost its self-preservation instinct?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506


I think the herd is distracted by electronics and MSM redirection.

And some are just brain-dead.
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What an exciting future ahead... hold your breath and pray...

The deadliest part of Fukushima's nuclear clean-up: Removing fuel rods

TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.

Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.

The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s No. 4 reactor, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.

That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.

No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the No. 4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253


This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506

I think that most people do not realize just how potentially bad a situation could develop with these rods. A worst case scenario would be somehow re-initiating a critical nuclear reaction in the rods, resulting in an unshielded fission reaction. Secondary, but still incredibly bad, would be the chance of the rods burning and releasing particulates in the form of smoke into the atmosphere.

Thankfully it looks like they have spent the last two years building a new crane system and structure for this job.

For all our sakes I hope that it all works perfectly.
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I read what you're saying in the MSM, people have no excuse.

BTW, what probability do you think TEPCO has of pulling off this operation successfully?
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This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?

[youtube] [link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506



Yeah. We've noticed that, too.

Amazing, innit..?
 Quoting: Waterbug


Have you noticed that humanity collectively seems to have lost its self-preservation instinct? The story about moving the fuel rods is a perfect example. We're going to let a company that's proven to be completely incompetent take the lives of all of us into their hands where one mistake could lead to a quick ELE. And what's the reaction to that? Essentially nothing, humanity is ignoring it almost completely.

Why do you think that is? Why has humanity collectively lost its self-preservation instinct?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506


I think the herd is distracted by electronics and MSM redirection.

And some are just brain-dead.
 Quoting: Waterbug


The herd is pretty brainless but...

We're talking about 99.9% of humanity including almost all the world leaders! Almost all of academia, almost all of the MSM, almost all of the militaries, everyone!

That's not all the herd you know! The herd is not the entire human race!
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Yeah. We've noticed that, too.

Amazing, innit..?
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Have you noticed that humanity collectively seems to have lost its self-preservation instinct? The story about moving the fuel rods is a perfect example. We're going to let a company that's proven to be completely incompetent take the lives of all of us into their hands where one mistake could lead to a quick ELE. And what's the reaction to that? Essentially nothing, humanity is ignoring it almost completely.

Why do you think that is? Why has humanity collectively lost its self-preservation instinct?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506


I think the herd is distracted by electronics and MSM redirection.

And some are just brain-dead.
 Quoting: Waterbug


The herd is pretty brainless but...

We're talking about 99.9% of humanity including almost all the world leaders! Almost all of academia, almost all of the MSM, almost all of the militaries, everyone!

That's not all the herd you know! The herd is not the entire human race!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506

3_cows


here are some cows

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Ignoring this won't make it go away..



TV: Many U.S. sailors are suffering serious symptoms of radiation sickness after being contaminated during Fukushima nuclear disaster — USS Ronald Reagan was as close as a mile away as reactors melted down (VIDEO)
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Jed Boal, KSL 5 News Reporter: [The USS Ronald Reagan] sat off the shore, as close as a mile away, as the Fukushima nuclear reactors melted down […]

Navy Lt. j.g. Steve Simmons, served on board the USS Ronald Reagan during 3/11 response: I just want somebody to acknowledge that there is an issue, that maybe we did do something wrong. [...]
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This really pisses me off. I can see the Navy fighting against any benefits. They did the same thing after the first desert storm. It will take many years for it all to get sorted out and that won't help the folks dealing with it now.
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Radioactive iodine killed the hatchlings

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I guess we watch the birds.
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I guess we watch the birds.
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birds AND THE BEES... already happened, doom mega hit....
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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Fukushima is a veil, a smoke screen for the global radiation increases which are actually from the incoming celestial bodies.

It was intentionally damaged via either an EQ weapon, a tsunami weapon, or some other diabolical plan in order to have a plausible explanation for the radiation increases globally.

Additionally, the shut downs of the space fence, various satellite arrays, and other viewing projects is not for lack of need or funding. It is because ALL of that equipment is being inundated with radiation, matter, and other unknown space particles, causing them to malfunction, fail, and/or be rendered useless.

These evil bastards won't ever tell us the truth, but it will come... VERY soon.

peace to all. be love.
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TEPCO faces delay in work to pump up radioactive groundwater

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Saturday that the installation of pipes to pump up contaminated groundwater that has been flowing into the ocean will take longer than earlier expected.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. had planned to complete the installation on Sunday, but an excavator was damaged while digging on Saturday. TEPCO now expects to finish the work on Monday or later after procuring another excavator.

TEPCO plans to sink a total of 28 4.6-meter-long pipes into the ground at 2-meter intervals along the coast, and to use them to pump up groundwater.
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Saving the world at Plutonium Mountain

Last October, at the foot of a rocky hillside near here, at a spot known as Degelen Mountain, several dozen Kazakh, Russian and American nuclear scientists and engineers gathered for a ceremony. After a few speeches, they unveiled a three-sided stone monument, etched in English, Russian and Kazakh, which declared:

“1996-2012. The world has become safer.”

The modest ribbon-cutting marked the conclusion of one of the largest and most complex nuclear security operations since the Cold War. The secret mission was to secure plutonium — enough to build a dozen or more nuclear weapons — that Soviet authorities had buried at the testing site years before and forgotten, leaving it vulnerable to terrorists and rogue states.

The effort spanned 17 years, cost $150 million and involved a complex mix of intelligence, science, engineering, politics and sleuthing. This account is based on documents and interviews with Kazakh, Russian and U.S. participants, and reveals the scope of the operation for the first time. The effort was almost entirely conceived and implemented by scientists and government officials operating without formal agreements among the nations involved. Many of these scientists were veterans of Cold War nuclear-testing programs, but they overcame their mistrust and joined forces to clean up and secure the Semipalatinsk testing site, a dangerous legacy of the nuclear arms race.

They succeeded, but what they accomplished here may have to be done all over again if the walls of secrecy ever come down and reveal security vulnerabilities in other states that have developed the atomic bomb, including North Korea, Pakistan, China, India and Israel, or in countries that may develop weapons in the future, such as Iran.
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Re: *** Fukushima *** and other nuclear-----updates and links
What an exciting future ahead... hold your breath and pray...

The deadliest part of Fukushima's nuclear clean-up: Removing fuel rods

TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.

Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.

The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s No. 4 reactor, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.

That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.

No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the No. 4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 38176253


This is the biggest news story in the history of the world, at least in this age, and to say the story is being "ignored" is a vast understatement. It's barely being noticed.

What is going on?


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506

I think that most people do not realize just how potentially bad a situation could develop with these rods. A worst case scenario would be somehow re-initiating a critical nuclear reaction in the rods, resulting in an unshielded fission reaction. Secondary, but still incredibly bad, would be the chance of the rods burning and releasing particulates in the form of smoke into the atmosphere.

Thankfully it looks like they have spent the last two years building a new crane system and structure for this job.

For all our sakes I hope that it all works perfectly.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17938575


I read what you're saying in the MSM, people have no excuse.

BTW, what probability do you think TEPCO has of pulling off this operation successfully?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19524506


People are in denial because this is a catastrophic nightmare beyond comprehension. Certainly the most tragic thing we will witness on earth in our lifetime. Sounds melodramatic doesn't it?
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Decontamination of Fukushima hotspots costly and complex

KAWAUCHI — The most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted has proved costly, complex and time-consuming since the Japanese government began it more than two years in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. It may also fail.

Doubts are mounting that the effort to decontaminate hotspots in an area the size of Connecticut will succeed in its ultimate aim - luring more than 100,000 nuclear evacuees back home.

If thousands of former residents cannot or will not return, parts of the farming and fishing region could remain an abandoned wilderness for decades.

In many areas, radiation remains well above targeted levels because of bureaucratic delays and ineffective work on the ground. As a result, some experts fears the $15 billion allocated to the scheme so far will be largely squandered.

In Kawauchi, a heavily forested village in Fukushima Prefecture, decontamination crews have finished cleaning up houses, but few of their former inhabitants are prepared to move back. Just over 500 of the 3,000 people who once lived here have returned since the March 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant 25 km to the east.

Even after being deemed safe enough for people to return, Kawauchi has no functioning hospital or high school.

The mushrooms that used to provide a livelihood for foragers are now steeped in dangerous levels of cesium. The only jobs on offer in town are menial. Some houses are so mildewed after three summers of abandonment that they need to be torn down.

Some experts are doubtful about the payback of that effort. First, there is a risk that radioactive isotopes can return to decontaminated areas via wind and rain. Officials in the village of Yugawa found snowfall earlier this year caused radiation levels to spike.

There is also the problem of storage. Most of the contaminated soil and leaves remain piled up in driveways and empty lots because of fierce opposition from local communities to storing it in one place until the Ministry of Environment secures a central site that could hold it for the longer term.

Decontamination in the true sense of the word is not being carried out,” said Tomoya Yamauchi, a professor of radiation physics at Kobe University. Yamauchi said he found that some decontaminated road surfaces in Fukushima had readings 18 times the target level because caesium had accumulated in cracks in the asphalt.

I think the government recognizes that Fukushima cannot be returned to how it was.
[link to www.japantoday.com]
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