reply to post by BlackJackal
Steam was seen emanating from the reactor 3 building on Dec 19, 24, 25 and 27
TEPCO confirmed the steam but offered no explanation other than to say there was no change at the site.
High levels of radiation have precluded entry into the building ever since the tsunami in 2011
I don't see how you can make the logical leap from seeing steam to the meltdown of epic proportions.
I don't see how you can not make the logical leap from seeing steam as a sign that things are heating up.
What I don't see is any action being taken to investigate what is happening, or to take action to stabilize and then fix the problems in Fukushima.
Here is the official response.
[Unit 3] is still producing slightly less than 1 megawatt (one million watts) of decay heat [...] it is creating radioactive steam [...] hot
radioactive releases [...] have occurring [sic] for the entire 33 months [...] The difference now is that the only time we visibly notice these
ongoing releases is on the cold days [...]
“According to a Fairewinds Energy Education posting on Facebook, the reactor is currently producing about 1 MW of heat, equivalent to 1,000 1KW
electric fires, so enough to produce plenty of steam. This would provide the least worrying explanation for the steam, in that as the radioactivity
continues decline so will the heat production and the volume of steam produced. If this explanation is correct, there is no reason expect any
catastrophic outcome. However the steam is carrying considerable amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and represents an ongoing radiation
There is a link in before this last statement to a facebook page.
This doesn't seem to be a legitimate effort to sooth people's fears.
What is not stated is whether or not the amount of heat being produced is decreasing or increasing, which seems to be a very major indicator to me.
If the amount of heat being produced at reactor 3 is decreasing, I would think that would be something they would want to announce.
Was steam observed coming out of reactor 3 last year, at the same rate?
Here is the real killer IMO.
A news search indicates that they are looking to recruit homeless people to work at the site. WOW, not exactly a solid effort.
Yes, lets recruit those who can't even put a roof over their own heads, to solve what is probably the biggest disaster in the making, in Human
history, maybe the history of planet Earth.
How about an offer of $100 million each to the heirs of every volunteer with the knowledge and ability to work in this environment, which will most
certainly lead to a terrible death, to solve this problem and save humanity.
Or stick with what seems to be the current plan, keep wishing that this nightmare goes away.