Fukushima one year on

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Thu May 12, 2016 3:41 am

How many have died still depends on who you talk to and how they, and you, define 'death by Fukushima'. Facts are facts and the fact is the legal authorities still haven't precisely located all the core material from the ones that melted. Except to say that it isn't in the pressure vessels anymore. Figured out that much anyway...

Since that means that it is technically 'uncontained'', I'd say that still constitutes an ongoing serious threat. Seems benign enough right now.

Hope it stays that way.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Witness » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:15 am

Okay, it's been a tad more than one year.
Nikkei wrote:Fukushima costs to soar to 20 trillion yen

TOKYO -- The combined costs of paying compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the decommissioning of the plant's reactors may be double the initial estimate, rising to more than 20 trillion yen ($176 billion), according to estimates by the country's industry ministry.

At the end of 2013, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry calculated the cost at 11 trillion yen, which has since become the government's official estimate.

As electric companies other than Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled plant, will also pass part of the cost on to consumers through higher rates, an increase in the public burden is unavoidable.

According to multiple sources, the ministry has already conveyed its new estimates to members of its expert panel, which is in discussions on reforming the management structure at Tepco and measures to secure funds.
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The cost of decommissioning reactors -- a process which will span at least 30-40 years -- are projected to swell to hundreds of billions of yen a year from the current 80 billion. That would add several trillion yen to the overall cost.

Combined with the cost of building interim storage facilities, the total cost is forecast to exceed 20 trillion yen.

The snowballing costs are due mainly to the expansion of the number of people eligible for damages and the difficulty of conducting decontamination work, neither of which was fully understood when the initial estimates were made.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:41 am

This little problem of theirs will be with them for the next 50 years (perhaps more), and it will cost them 200 billion per year (perhaps more) before it's done. And that's what makes our current (outdated) notions of how to do nuclear power far too expensive to pursue. That's also why, I suspect, there are damn few new license apps on the table for new plants. Power companies are greedy, not stupid...(usually).

Solid fuel and pressure vessels my non-existent Irish ass!!!

Oh, and fuck. :-)

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:34 am

Cleaner Robot Pulled From Fukushima Reactor Due to Immense Radiation
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A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely caused by high radiation levels. ...
Too radioactive for the purpose built robot.

Let that sink in. :o
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Witness » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:47 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Let that sink in. :o
On the same page there is a link to:
Japan Is Scrapping Its $9 Billion Experimental Reactor

The reactor has been plagued by malfunctions, incidents, and corruption since it went online.
I side with sparks on all that. :wink:

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:32 pm

Solid fuel reactors were our first attempt. Because we didn't know better. Just like religion.


Now we know better and it's time to move on.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:17 pm

Here's a big mess of shitty reporting: http://www.livescience.com/58216-radioa ... 0170313-ls

They either are or are not radioactive, and if so, just how radioactive are they? No love in this article, which is what makes it bullshit.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Rob Lister » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:49 pm

Not to worry you but yes, they are radioactive. Then again so are you. The existence makes only the politics. Dose makes the poison. Interesting that other than the title, the article was devoid of mention of radioactivity. Clickbait.

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:14 pm

Yep.

Besides, pepper cured bacon is better IMHO if it's cured a bit from within.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Pyrrho » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:22 pm

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/worl ... .html?_r=0
They descend on towns and villages, plundering crops and rampaging through homes. They occasionally attack humans. But perhaps most dangerous of all, the marauders carry with them highly radioactive material.

Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets and livestock. Some animals, like cattle, were left to rot in their pens.

As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant later this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:39 pm

"the marauders carry with them highly radioactive material."

That should be easy to quantify and specify. How much of what material? You'd think the NYT would provide that metric.

"But perhaps most dangerous of all"

And perhaps not dangerous at all.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:54 pm

"Mad Max: Porky's Revenge"
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Witness » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:23 am

sparks wrote:"Mad Max: Porky's Revenge"
Ouch! :mrgreen:

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:27 am

That's one pissed off pound of bacon!
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Brick Top » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:57 am

Fuckin' amateurs!
You're always gonna have problems lifting a body in one piece. Apparently the best thing to do is cut up a corpse into six pieces and pile it all together. And when you got your six pieces, you gotta get rid of them, because it's no good leaving it in the deep freeze for your mum to discover, now is it? Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs. You got to starve the pigs for a few days, then the sight of a chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead. You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies' digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don't want to go sievin' through pig shit, now do you? They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig."

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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 am

Protective clothing no longer needed to walk near Fukushima plant
In the facility on the blue Pacific Coast, people wearing casual clothes and no dust masks walk under cherry trees in full bloom.

All hot meals made with local ingredients are served at 380 yen at a cafeteria. Cold drinks, snacks, sweets, and other amenities are available at a convenience store.

The scene is not of a popular tourist site, but the location of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, hit hard by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Accompanied by officials of its operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., a group of Kyodo News reporters were permitted to visit the power station earlier this month.

Six years have passed since the world's worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl crisis.

Efforts to remove debris tainted by radioactive substances and cover soil with construction materials such as mortar have helped decrease the radiation level in the Fukushima plant, allowing workers to wear regular uniforms at around 95 percent of the site.

Contaminated water in the facility has been recently stored in more watertight welded tanks in replacement of flange-type tanks made of steel sheets joined by bolts. The measure has reduced the possibility of water leakage.

Visitors can overlook the Nos. 1 to 4 reactor buildings from a hill about 80 meters away from the No. 1 unit. The Nos. 1 to 3 reactors suffered fuel meltdowns. Hydrogen explosions damaged the buildings housing the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 units.

On the hill, the radiation level in the air was 150 microsieverts per hour, less than the amount of radiation received during a round flight between Tokyo and New York. As long as people stand on the hill for 10 minutes with a helmet and a dust mask, there are no health effects, the operator said.

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After the two-hour tour, a radiation dosimeter carried by a reporter showed she was exposed to only 40 microsieverts, less than the amount of radiation from a chest X-ray.

Although the working environment has certainly improved, the fate of the Fukushima nuclear power plant is tenuous.

Decommissioning the crippled reactors is expected to take 30 to 40 years. The utility is aiming to begin taking out fuel debris from a first reactor by the end of 2021, but so far it has failed to even ascertain the condition inside the reactors.
FWIW, a "round [trip] flight between Tokyo and New York" would be about 26-27 hours in the air, so I guess what they are saying is that the radiation there is 26-27 times higher (per hour) than what you get in a commercial airplane.
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:41 am

"The utility is aiming to begin taking out fuel debris from a first reactor by the end of 2021, but so far it has failed to even ascertain the condition inside the reactors."

Except that they are devoid of nuclear fuel...
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:08 am

What's this now?
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Re: Fukushima one year on

Post by sparks » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:29 am

They did some funky muon graphs of the reactors that melted through. Conclusion was that all the fuel melted and is no longer in the reactors. Most likely in the concrete of the floors of the containment buildings.

Here's a linky, but I can't locate anything that mentions the way they 'graphed' the reactor vessels, so consider that nonsense unless/until I can produce some info on it. http://enenews.com/breaking-nuclear-fue ... f-reactors

Here's something on the muon graphs: http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=8017
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