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There are 15 nuclear power plants in the New Madrid fault zone -- three reactors in Alabama -- that are of the same or similar design as the site in Japan experiencing problems.
Originally posted by Aeons
Originally posted by legalizeit
OMFG! Why don't they just bury those crap buckets with cement piled up to the SKY ..!!!
Because they built it on an active fault line on a coast.
Every little shaker is going to crack this piece of crap. Because they did the same thing everyone else does, but even stupider, by trying to save money on transmission and put the damn things as close as they could to their end user. So they put it on the damn coast. On a fault line. AGAIN.
Pay attention. The US has a freaking ton of these along the San Andreas. Only, I bet that there was even laxer standards on earthquake worthiness.
Unless they can figure out how to isolate these 360 degrees - and that's more expensive - so that when it drops into the coean it is still contained, this problem will continue. Or get worse. They are currently hoping to try "active management" until they can remove the radiation sources.
But since they've LOST some of the radiation sources, probably into the ground, there is still going to be a problem.
This is where this is going - long term active management of the site, until they can start removing the radiation sources.
Now if someone could figure out a nice way to essentially encase the whole damn thing in a large elastomere bubble that was resistant to radiation, and will survive for several millenia.....and make it cheap enough that these stingy bastards who set this up this way to save money to begin with will find it cheaper than active managment.....please stand up.
Because active management is going to get a whole frac of a lot worse if another earthquake shakes this whole sucker into the ocean.
Because they're not dumb enough to take a bad situation and make it worse.
Originally posted by frozenspark
8 years?! Chernobyl was initially mismanaged, but as far as I know they got the reactor under a thick "dome" in a matter of weeks or months. Why is it taking so long for Japan to do the same?
The idea of smothering and sealing Japan’s overheated nuclear reactors in sand or concrete to stop the crisis is appealing. But experts say that it’s too early for something that desperate and that it could be a big mistake that could make matters worse....
It’s true that concrete tombs may someday stand at the troubled nuclear complex, one expert said, but only as a long-term strategy once the radiation has cooled.
Originally posted by discl0sur3
Originally posted by frozenspark
Do these people even realize that they jeopardize the health of every inhabitant of this planet with their mismanagement? We've had reports of leakage for some time now, WHY IS IT STILL THERE? Why can't they do what USSR did in Chernobyl and pour tons of concrete on the site?
Maybe they are taking their sweet time fixing this problem for the same reason BP took their sweet time stopping the "flow" of oil into the ocean.. depopulation agenda unfolding right before our eyes?
The last I heard, there are plans in place to entomb reactors 1 through 4 in concrete however, they have to get the situation under control before this can be performed. They estimate it will take over 8 years to complete the job...
Originally posted by woghd
I've been saying that all four reactors are in full-blown meltdown since the beginning. The reason I know this is because I have an understanding of governments and the press. They will have to nuke the facility (or use some other extremely high explosive) to stop the reaction. It's the reaction that creates all of the radioactivity, more than the material, and that reaction needs to stop. If these things burn for 8 years it will kill half the people on the planet. Vaporizing that material will not kill so many.
Uranium mining is the process of extraction of uranium ore from the ground. As uranium ore is mostly present at relatively low concentrations, most uranium mining is very volume-intensive, and thus tends to be undertaken as open-pit mining.
After mining uranium ores, they are normally processed by grinding the ore materials to a uniform particle size and then treating the ore to extract the uranium by chemical leaching. The milling process commonly yields dry powder-form material consisting of natural uranium, "yellowcake," which is sold on the uranium market as U3O8.
Originally posted by dantanna
if this stuff is so dangerous, how did they get the rods in there in the first place?
where do they even find plutonium?
is plutonium like gold? they just mine it out?
does that mean, if im walking thru some woods, and there happens to be some rock cave, and plutonium is in there, you die by just walking by?
you know i never wanted robots, because i know people become addicted to them and never leave their houses.
but now i WISH we had full on working robots. we could send them in there, and just let them fix it up.