Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Also, comparisons with Chernobyl are loaded as well. I don't trust them one bit. They keep saying this is "equal to Chernobyl", but that is so far from the truth it isn't even funny.
This is like 100x Chernobyl, and has the potential to be far far worse. There are over 1000 fuel assemblies at the Fukushima plant the day before the disaster according to various sources. That is enough material to create 100s of Chernobyl's in theory.
There are quite a few more than 1000 Assemblies onsite:
Caltech .pdf <- Direct link to 20.64 MB .pdf, very large file, dial up users be aware.
According to this source : There is 11,000 + fuel assemblies total at the entire complex.
The same article says that a total of 11,125 spent fuel assemblies are stored at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility. However, not all of those are stored in the pools in the reactor buildings. Several hundred are currently in dry cask storage, and more than half of the total are stored in a common storage pool.
So we have a massive amount of assemblies in dry cask and in the common storage pool.
If the entire site becomes impossible to work at, than it would become extremely difficult to reach these assemblies and deal with them in the near future for any reasons. We would have to employ sophisticated custom built robots with heavy shielding.
But as far as I know the dry cask assemblies should be fine for the time being, but I am not sure about the status on the 'common storage pool' at this time.
Letting a few cores melt is one thing, but each reactor storage pool and this huge common storage pool are the real dangers here long term. If a few or all of these storage pools started to have melts it would be the most ridiculous thing ever.
I don't trust anything TEPCO says anymore, so I hope that they have started removing assemblies from the site months ago. That's really how we can mitigate this disaster right now, and that's removing everything to safer locations, and then putting it in long term storage until we can determine how to transmute it properly, or allow the pollutants to decay naturally. Whichever comes first.
Let's just hope they have removed at least half of these assemblies off-site by now. I can understand if people have doubts though, considering the pattern of deception and denial ongoing in this catastrophe.