originally posted by: zworld
originally posted by: texasgirl
Thanks for the answer!! I remember when I first heard about the problem it was absolutely frightening to learn the reactor could collapse and cause a
world wide catastrophe.
Texasgirl, ... This ...will still be ongoing.
I should like to add that Areva / Tepco / the nuker industry haven't and can never solve the 'surface boiling problem' (surface boiling is also
known as the Leidenfrost effect), even though they gave a million dollars to MIT to
try and solve the problem
. Keep in mind Areva , the manufacturer of the
nuclear rods, was unaware that this problem could exist until researchers from the previous thread exposed it.
Think about that for a minute; a group of amateurs on a conspiracy website, not the NRC, or the experts, exposed the single biggest threat that
Nuclear power represents. That threat, now an unfortunate truth, is that in the event of a catastrophic core accident, every Nuclear reactor core (or
pool) melt in the world has to be either cooled, releasing sub-micron uranium and plutonium into solution continuously , or it has to be left to melt
into the earth . Where it will hit god knows what while releasing hot sub micron high altitude seeking particles into the air the entire time.
This is the real death blow to the nuclear industry, and the ultimate horror for "clean-up" at fuku-daichi as the process of trying to cool any core
melt mass ever with water will ALWAYS release super tiny and long lived 'buckeye balls' of uranium, plutonium ( and others ) into solution, this was
proven by U.C Davis.
( 'A green road' has a must read blog post of it
This is what contaminated ALL the pools (including 5&6) back in the beginning when Tepco was playing whack-a-mole , by sharing a single cooling
resource between all the cores and pools .
And it is why they have to keep accumulating storage tanks for the 'waste' cooling water ( they cannot re-use it too many times or it becomes so
saturated with radionuclides that is goes critical ( this is not an explosion , but an uncontrolled nuclear reaction...that Tepco knows about first
hand because it cooked three untrained workers to death in just this manner when it had them pumping uranium rich water several years before the 3/11
This contaminated waste water storage is the limiting factor in the question; "how long can Tepco go before more disasters happen". Radiation
weakens and ionizes materials over time, and I am sure Tepco is building these storage tanks out of the cheapest materials they can find, furthermore
they obviously cannot go on building them for ten more years , and if even they could soon they will have to start pumping waste from older tanks
(succumbing to accelerated deterioration) to newer tanks almost as fast as they can build them, while still needing a place for new waste 24/7/365.
And do they have any end game in sight...? ( Que: crickets). Like I have said from the beginning of this disaster is that Tepco's plan all along
has been to dump as much core cooling run off as they can into the ocean as quietly as possible and pray for "dillusion to be the solution" . Well
after four years the great god of nuclear power has not proffered so much as a finger , let alone the miracle, needed to make the pump and dump/store
ON a slightly different note If you didn't catch it:
Areva has posted a loss every year since the 3/11 accident but for 2014 they posted a
4.8 billion Euro loss
. This is
significant as the company assets are only about 4.3 billion Euros. Most companies would need to declare bankruptcy or secure some serious financing ,
but since the french government owns about 87% of Tepco now ( after Seimens pulled out back in 2011) it would seem the French people are going to end
up paying the tab for Areva's disasters and lies
Also you guys probably already know but Tepco would like to find where in the ground the melt masses are and are going to try using
, or so they say
, but my guess is that they are trying to find some way to claim that the masses are not interacting with the ground water
I apologize if these have already been linked but the Sea lion problem on California's coast is
getting to be something of a problem
, though I can guess where
MSM would place the blame if the cause categories were: global warming, fukushima , or other ( more
A Speigel piece on hundreds of Navy sailors that responded to fuku
One line stands out If you have ever known anyone in the service when things went tits up,
...doctors who are trying to convince everybody that
it’s all psychological. I’m smart enough to read between those lines, and everybody else is smart enough to read between the lines — that there
has been something said at some point by somebody that either A) We need to just make this go away; or B) We need to keep this out of the press.
remember the U.s. military is totally dependent on the "civilian" nuclear programs or it can't afford it's uranium and plutonium (if the industry
wasn't using it in large quantites the cost per pound of production would make it prohibitively expensive)
The radiation related risks we were all being told were imaginary:
Japan’s nuclear-related deaths rise by 18%
Radiation levels posing cancer risks on
fourth anniversary of earthquake
Here a couple of quotes that stick to the ribs:
Before the disaster, there was just one to two cases of thyroid cancers in a million Japanese children but now Fukushima has more than 100
confirmed or suspected cases, having tested about 300,000 children.
1/500,000 now 1/3000 ( morbidly that's a factor of 166.6 times )
this one just kills me ;
Ms Muto wanted to move her family out of Fukushima city but she said she could not afford to. "...we used to live off the local produce given to
us by relatives and friends now I buy food from other prefectures of Japan," she said. "It's more expensive so I'm stuck here."