Originally posted by j2000
I would like to know why on earth they cannot figure out how to transport this crap to another facility and use it up and keep it cooled off. It's
not un-do-able by any means.
You pose a good question, and it's important for people to know the answer to this issue. Sadly, there is no simple solution for this disaster. It
all boils down to the insane levels of radiation one would experience just trying to get to the molten cores. When dealing with this level of
exposure, we're no longer looking at Sieverts, we're in the Gray (Gy) territory. I'm "old school" and still think in terms of Rad's rather than
the new Sieverts. For our purposes here today, 30 Gy = 3000 Rad.
Say for instance, you wanted to throw caution to the wind, and you wanted to walk right into Reactor Building #1. After all, you can clearly see the
door, and it's not like it's melting or anything. Here's what you have to look forward to:
By the time you took your thirtieth step inside the facility, you'd begin vomiting. This wouldn't stop either. You'd experience the worst
headache of your life, the kind that brings you to your knees. You wouldn't be able to move anymore within four minutes. It's about that time when
you'd notice your bowels starting to tremble. Within the first half-hour or so, you'd suffer the worst case of diarrhea you've ever experienced
(all the while still vomiting or dry heaving with a killer headache). You'd suffer a fever as well, as your brain sends your body into over drive
trying to save itself. It'd be far too late for that though, because it'd be about that time when you'd start suffering uncontrollable seizures.
If, by some miracle, people were to pull you out of the structure, by a rope or something, you'd get to continue experiencing that no-stop for around
a day or so. You're not done with the pain yet though. Your whole body has been exposed to insane levels of radiation. Your skin turns lobster red
in around an hour, followed by blistering and ulceration.
Radiation breaks down electronics, and even brings robots to a grinding halt. We couldn't stay way back and have robots do the work for us. It's
going to take a very long time before we're able to get close enough to even scope out the bottoms of the dry wells to see how big a breach there
was, or whether the toruses were able to contain the molten cores. It's my personal opinion that the cores are beneath the toruses in the soil.
They are insanely toxic and water coming in contact with them leaches through to the water table and into the Pacific.
There's also discussion by some of the benefits of dilution in the Pacific. While this is true, one must remember that bioaccumulation is always
occurring and will only get worse as more and more material makes its way to the ocean. You have to remember that this process has been ongoing now
for over two years. Just think about that, and let it sink in. Knowing that every minute of every day more toxic radioactive material is purged into
the ocean and there's not a thing any of us can do about it, isn't conducive to quality of life.
The general rule with radiation is that three things determine your exposure: Time, Distance, and Shielding. With this stuff getting into the ocean,
the time one is exposed goes up with the time people spend on the beach, or on the water. Distance becomes important when you consider how much
seafood people eat. Where might a lot of that stuff come from? The Bering Sea. Think about that for a minute before you choose to eat seafood.
Ingesting radioactive material leads to the possibility of it being permanently taken into your body. Most of it exits through your bowels normally,
but not all of it. The more you eat of it, the more it's likely to stay inside you and cook you from the inside out. Shielding only helps if you
know where the source is. If it's particles around you or in your food, shielding won't help. Your skin will stop Alpha. A sheet of thick paper
will stop Beta. Two feet of concrete will slow down Gamma.
In conclusion, it would be awesome if we could go in, scoop this stuff up, put it into lead casks and bury the casks in salt mines forever. That
simply won't happen. It's simply too lethal to even approach, let alone clean it up. We get to start thinking to the teratogenic effects we're
going to start seeing. We get to start thinking of the rise in leukemia and heart attacks. This is truly the nightmare that keeps on giving.