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  • After 5 years, TEPCO still can not locate 600 tons of melted radioactive fuel

    Most people do not realize how serious this disaster was and still is. This is causing, and will cause, thousands, and maybe millions of deaths.

    Five Years Later, TEPCO Still Can’t Locate 600 Tons Of Melted Radioactive Fuel


    Five years after the Fukushima tragedy, TEPCO’s chief of decommissioning Naohiro Masuda admits that the company still has no idea exactly where 600 tons of melted radioactive fuel from three nuclear reactors is located.



    As we discussed when we profiled the status of Fukushima on its five year anniversary, the radiation at the plant is still so powerful that it is impossible to get deep enough into the area to find and remove the melted fuel rods. The situation is so severe that even the robots that were sent in to find the highly radioactive fuel have died.

    Masuda went on to say that the company still hopes to locate and remove the missing fuel, but the fuel extraction technology is yet to be determined – that assumes they are able to locate it of course.

    “It’s important to find it as soon as possible. Once we can find out the condition of the melted fuel and identify its location, I believe we can develop the necessary tools to retrieve it.” said Masuda.

    Of course, this is easier said than done as everyone knows – as RT points out, if the radioactivity flux killed the robots that were sent in to find the material, human exploration is obviously out of the question. The first major hurdle in this effort is to first locate the material, let alone be able to find a way to extract it.

    As a reminder, when the 2011 tsunami caused the meltdown, uranium fuel of three power generating reactors gained critical temperature and burnt through the respective reactor pressure vessels,concentrating somewhere on the lower levels of the station that is currently filled with water.

    The company’s decommission plan implies a 30-40 year period before the consequences of the meltdown are fully eliminated, however experts are skeptical that the technology is sufficient enough right now to deal with the task.

    Given the fact that nobody knows where the radioactive fuel is at this point, it may be a possibility that it’s left there.
    It may be possible that we’re never able to remove the fuel. You may just have to wind up leaving it there and somehow entomb it as it is,” said Jaczko, who headed the USNRC at the time of the Fukushima disaster.
    As RT explains, melted fuel rods and tons and tons of radioactive water aren’t the only issues facing TEPCO’s clean-up effort – there is also some 10 million plastic bags full of contaminated soil concentrated in gigantic waste dumps scattered around the devastated nuclear facility.



    There is also the cost of the clean up, although given the fact that the BOJ will monetize everything it’s much less of an issue. At the time of the disaster the government said it was paying TEPCO $70 billion to enable the company to accomplish its decommissioning – and that number would likely be more than $240 billion over a 40 year time frame.

    To give context to the extend of the disaster, here is an eerie video of the area taken by a drone. We can only hope things are able to improve in the efforts to finally get this disaster taken care of.


    Zerohedge

  • #2
    No wonder the fish are dying.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
      No wonder the fish are dying.
      Thanks for the reply Steve. People will get cancer from this and they will not know what caused it and can not prove that this was the cause. But the cancer rate will go up considerably.

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      • #4
        How can the combined forces of the modern world be so frantically engaged in Middle East politics, or coercing nations to accept Muslim refugees, or coercing the people to accept gays and trans, or coercing countries to accept GMOs, or saving a desert tortoise or a grouse or a puny freshwater fish... and completely and systematically ignore this for years?

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        • #5
          The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, but fools despise instruction.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Baruch View Post
            How can the combined forces of the modern world be so frantically engaged in Middle East politics, or coercing nations to accept Muslim refugees, or coercing the people to accept gays and trans, or coercing countries to accept GMOs, or saving a desert tortoise or a grouse or a puny freshwater fish... and completely and systematically ignore this for years?
            Now that is one very good question Barry. The people are focusing on their cell phones while they are being destroyed.

            Further, there are many boiling water reactors like these ones that melted down.

            Every boiling water reactor should be SHUT DOWN. When a boiling water reactor loses water or the water can not be cooled enough, the water in the reactor boils more and more. This speeds up the nuclear reaction and creates more heat that make the water boil even more. It is a run away reaction very quickly and will melt down like the ones in Japan.

            There are more modern reactors that slow down the nuclear reaction when the cooling can not keep up. These are much safer.

            Every boiling water reactor should be shut down. There are many of these in the US. Eventually, given enough time, they will all melt down like the ones in Japan. It is simply greed that is keeping them going. The government officials that are supposed to be looking out for public safety are instead paid off to let them keep going.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
              The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, but fools despise instruction.
              How true Steve. Any mere man who considers himself wiser than God is a supreme fool.

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