Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fukushima Crisis: Nuclear Official: Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” | Bloomberg/ENENews

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Nuclear Official: #Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” — Runoff from molten atomic cores now in groundwater, ocean — ‘Air cooling’ should be used

Published: August 27th, 2013 at 12:48 am ET
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Title: Outside help offered to deal with Tepco debacle
Source: Bloomberg
Author: Yuriy Humber & Jacob Adelman
Date: Aug 26, 2013
h/t RadChick
As Tepco pumps thousands of tons of water through the wrecked Fukushima station to cool the melted cores of three reactors, the tainted runoff was found to be leaking into groundwater and the ocean. The approach to cooling and scrapping the plant will need to change and include technologies developed outside Japan if the cleanup is to succeed, said Vladimir Asmolov, first deputy director general of Rosenergoatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear utility. [...]
After 29 months of trying to contain the radiation from Fukushima’s molten atomic cores, Tepco said last week it will reach out for international expertise [...]
“It was clear for a long time that Tepco was not adequately coping with the situation,” Asmolov said. [...]
The idea of pumping water for cooling was never going to be anything but a “machine for generating radioactive water,” Asmolov said. Other more complex methods, such as the use of special absorbents like thermoxide to clean contaminated water and the introduction of air cooling, should be used, he said. [...]
See also: "Ultimate, worst-case scenario" underway at Fukushima? New York Times: Experts suspect intense contamination is seeping out from under melted-down reactors and into Pacific -- Will surpass even the leaks from disaster’s early days


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