Preface: I apologize if I'm repeating anyone, I did not scan the full thread..
1. International relief efforts must be increased by several orders of magnitude. The Japanese Government is overwhelmed, which is putting us all in
2. Fire Tepco. If anything in the past week has scared me, it's the total lack of urgency from Tepco officials. A report last week indicated that they
were actually ready to abandon the site last and it wasn't until the PM said NO, you get in there and get a handle on this now.. did the Fukushima
50(200) get formed. And now there's this indication that they may just try and contract this thing out..
That is not acceptable. I don't want to get sidetracked by B&W, although there is plenty of research material in that dark corner. The basic problem
is, B&W is not going to sense any more urgency than Tepco is currently displaying. If anything, it could worsen the situation. They don't even have
any operations in Japan.
3. Foreign intervention. I have a feeling that the President has already informed the Japanese that this is a situation that transcends sovereignty to
such a degree that it must cooperate in anyway possible. It was reported on 3/13 or 3/14 (I'm without this link atm, apologies), that the Japanese
government had first denied the DOD airspace access to for the GlobalHawk and other UAVs. I would be willing to speculate that that the President
immediately intervened and pretty much told the PM that we're going to do whatever we feel is appropriate. It was a few days later at the
congressional hearing that the NRC guy basically admitted that they can now "see" inside the building with their sensor technology and he believes the
pool is cracked. (again without easy link, getting tired, sorry)
To carry the response mandate, an international consortium should be established. We cannot leave this matter primarily in the hands of a private
corporation, and an overwhelmed government. This puts not only Japan and its neighbors in great danger, but possibly the entire Northern Hemisphere.
If Tepco continues to doodle around with fire trucks and mobile cement pumps.. the total amount of Cs-137 that will accumulate in the atmosphere
could easily eclipse that of Chernobyl. The SFP require 130 tons of water. They're delivering something like 10 tons a day..? The math doesn't
3. Establish an international registry for plant volunteers.
It took more than 600,000 Russians to get Chernobyl to a point at which they could safely construct the sarcophagus. And according to this German
article that quotes an apparent source at Fukushima, they're talking about 10 years of work to correct everything at the site.
Google translation: "The disposal of the reactors, according to an expert could take up to ten years. The newspaper "Asahi Shimbun" refers back to an
informant of the nuclear power plant operator Tepco."
This is a situation that requires massive amounts of labor and an effective organizing body. I don't see either happening and the situation grows more
dire with every passing day. Establishing a volunteer brigade should be happening NOW. I'm sure that even if this was to happen, there will not be
enough volunteers to cover all the work. How to cover that gap.. TBD.
4. Establish local desalinization facilities ASAP. There are mobile installations that could be onsite in a week. Between grid power and the 10
truck-mounted turbines that GE is sending, there should be enough power to run these facilities. Although I think under the circumstances, GE could
send a few more than 10..? Anyways.. the continued use of seawater is going to complicate work at the site. This has been widely discussed and I'll
try and save some space by skipping these details.
5. Utilize the existing infrastructure. This next part is not me but Namida Ame may have come up with an innovative plan that seems much more
appropriate that what's currently being used. I think the main idea needs a bit of tweaking but she's onto something. To summarize; if you haven't
noticed in the site photos, there are large lattice tower nearby. By way of helicopter, she proposes to establish enormous water cannons on top of
these towers. Assisted by large pumps on the ground, an autonomous flow of water can better directed from a point above the reactor and pools.
To optimize this solution, I think it would be best to establish mixing tanks at the bottom, of sufficient size to support the cannon's rated output,
and mix boric acid with freshly desalinized water.
5. One things are cool enough, the rod removal and entombing process can begin. The reactor vessels and spent fuel rods will need to be entombed
temporarily before removal. This option may not be feasible but I'll put it out there anyways. I believe the answer again lies with the lattice
towers. The water cannons could be replaced with shotcrete guns. Entomb the rods in shotcrete of a thickness that would withstand the temperatures
long enough to remove and transport the rods to a new facility to be erected close by. This new facility should be equipped to handle the rods and
vessels and prepare them for a more rugged entombing.
6. Ultimate disposal/storage of the rods and core.. TBD
edit on 22-3-2011 by kukla because: formatting
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kukla because: formatting