I don’t have time to address all the points, although I would like to, so let me take a stab at the easiest/most silly.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTravelerSure these are ‘just’ the roofs that once covered the containment vessels but if the
containment vessels weren’t damaged how would pouring and spraying water on the containment vessels actually cool the fuel?
The water being sprayed in is not being directed at the reactors its being sprayed into the spent fuel cooling ponds. Auxillary portable diesel pumos
are being used to pump seawater into the reactors.
#2: They plan to restore power to the cooling systems by running outside lines to the main plant junctions?
If this were even possible massive generators could have been airlifted by helicopter to the plant within the first 24 to 48 hours.
Not exactly. The EPS bus (along with the diesel backups) was damaged by the Tsunami but the switchgears in the transformer yard were not damaged.
They say they are going to have to install new cooling pumps to pump sea water, because the old ones are damaged from pumping sea water through
them? So how do the new pumps not get damaged too from the sea water in fairly short order?
The portables have been damaged by the seawater, not the hard piped mains. Seawater corrosion would take weeks and months to compromise the main
pumps, not just a few days.
#3: They should be called heroes as they may ultimately have to sacrifice their lives?
Right, the real heroes in this crisis are the guys in the internet whining about it.
We aren’t seeing much from the plant and certainly no one is giving statements from within it, and they have in the last 24 hours started
assaulting the plant from the air.
I am sure they are sorry that they have more important things to do other than hold hourly press conferences for you.
#4: If no significant radiation has been released why is even the New York Times now reporting Radio Active Clouds that pose minimal health
hazards will reach the California Coast by tomorrow?
Because they are idiots?
The NY Times actually has a great chart on the radiation levels at the plants perimeter.
#5: Clearly these plants are beyond repair, why aren’t they actively entombing them?
Clearly beyond repair … that’s in your expert opionion huh? Remediation work is certainly preferable to dumping thousands of tons of graphite on
the site followed by 10,000’s of tons of concrete.
It would seem to me a plant rocked by explosions its structure and equipment exposed to high levels of radiation is not going to be back
online next year.
Some of the units might be fit to go back on line as soon as off site power is restored specifically units 5&6 after the integrity of the fuel is
For a week now we have been hearing, don’t worry, phony figures, ridiculous analogies, and what the disaster is ‘not’ as opposed to what
it honestly is.
And what is it in your honest estimation? What do you base your opinion off of? Is it based off of decades of experience designing and operating
nuclear reactors or is it based off of news reports filed by journalists who took 6 credit hours in science?
Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami of unprecedented proportion, even by their standards, that has caused unbelievable damage to every part of
their infrastructure, and death of very large numbers of people. The media have chosen to report the damage to a nuclear plant which was, and still
is, unlikely to harm anyone.
Yes, you heard me right …. the damage to the reactors has not released enough radiation to cause any acute harm and will most likely be
insignificant when chronic effects are considered.
We won’t know for sure, of course, until the last measure to assure cooling is put in place, but that’s the likely outcome. You’d never know it
from the parade of interested anti-nuclear activists identified as “nuclear experts” on TV or guys like you.