Sunday, November 17, 2013

After Fukushima Part III: Update: Fuel Removal Begun/JPN postponed removal of Fukushima atomic fuel rods - Truth Must be Told | euronews/enenews

Broken fuel rods & pieces of debris at the nuclear reactor 4. 壊れた4号機燃料棒

UPDATE 18.11.2013:

Unit #4 #FuelRodRemoval has begun.

 NHK: Fuel removal at Unit 4 underway -- BBC: Concern casks not watertight, rods would contact air -- WSJ: Exposure to air can cause sustained nuclear reaction -- AFP: Tokyo evacuations if uncontrolled nuclear conflagration? AP: Rods contain plutonium, experts concerned quake to hit during process

Top Japan Nuclear Official: I can’t deny that fuel in Unit 4 pool has damage; ‘Scars’ on rods can grow and cause radioactive leaks when removed

Published: November 18th, 2013 at 7:16 am ET

Kyodo News, Nov. 18, 2013: [Tepco] said the fuel of the No. 4 unit was unlikely to have sustained major damage. [...] [Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi] Tanaka has also said the fuel assemblies do not appear to have been largely damaged, but that he cannot deny the possibility that “small scars may get bigger” when fuel is taken out and leaks radioactive gas as a result.

AP, Nov.18, 2013: Experts say the fuel rod sets may have been damaged or jammed by small pieces of debris that fell into the pool during the explosions. [...] Some damage to the units that was previously unknown could still be found.

NHK, Nov. 18, 2013: Workers may also find undetected damage to the fuel units.

BBC, Nov. 18, 2013: [It's a critical issue] whether the rods were damaged during the disaster and so are likely to leak [...]

Now revealed there’s 80 damaged spent fuel assemblies leaking radioactive materials in Fukushima storage pools — Kyodo: Removal attempt at Unit 4 starts later today — Japan nuclear official ‘nervous’, as one slip could result in monumental chain reaction (AUDIO)

Fukushima Fuel Containment Pool Unit #4 - Fukushima Daiichi (TEPCO)

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Japan postpones removal of #Fukushima atomic fuel rods

15/11 14:40 CET

The operators of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have postponed the extremely complicated and difficult task of removing damaged atomic rods.
New video footage from a robot has revealed new leaks within the damaged reactors meaning the rods now can’t be taken out as planned.
One of the fuel assemblies was damaged as far back as 1982 when it was mishandled during a transfer and is bent out of shape.
Kazuaki Matsui, the executive director of Japan’s Institute of Applied Energy said: “It’s very difficult to remove a spent rod because parts of the wall and the bottom of the reactor are all melted. We’ve never had to deal with this before so that adds to the complication.”
Meanwhile, decontamination workers say mismanagement is to blame for the delay of radiation removal work.
The inital plan called for the clean-up in the affected towns to be finished by March this year but the government now says the work will be delayed by as much as three years.

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Columnist: The truth must be told, Fukushima a major global threat to all living flora and fauna… Mainstream media not best source of information — Gundersen: Only thing saving us is the internet (AUDIO)

Published: November 16th, 2013 at 12:28 pm ET

Columnist Kay MacDuffee, for the Caledon Enterprise (Greater Toronto), Nov. 13, 2013: [...] perhaps the most pressing and disturbing information that goes unreported is the urgency of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant situation. [...] 300 tons [now reported to be 400 tons] of contaminated water are flowing out of this facility daily into the Pacific Ocean [...] While much of the world has continued with their lives forgetting about the Fukushima disaster, scientists from across the world who have been monitoring the radiation leaking out of Fukushima Plant, have found that the rate of flow has actually been increasing dramatically, causing a major global threat to all
living flora and fauna. [...] I am always reluctant to spread bad news, but the truth must be told. I have read and researched the facts on this story from many sources and it keeps coming up the same. This, despite the fact that after each CBS news story reporting radioactivity signs on the US West Coast, the reporter adds with a cheery smile, “But you can still play and swim on the beaches here”. Or “But you may still eat (the contaminated) bluefin tuna.” [...] And more and more often, mainstream media is not the best source of information.

Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen, Coast to Coast AM with John B. Wells, Nov. 9, 2013 (at 23:15 in): The only thing that’s saving us is the internet. This happened at Chernobyl and it happened at TMI – but government controlled the printing presses. With the internet, we control the printing press. Unfortunately the government is still sitting on the information.

Japan postpones removal of Fukushima atomic fuel rods | euronews, world news

See also: Pro-Nuclear Expert: Typhoon collapsing Fukushima fuel pool "a very real concern -- I don't know what it is they’re doing about that" (AUDIO)

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