Bright sunshine and near-clear skies this early Thursday on California’s north coast, reversing trends of early-morning gray.
Beyond US politics, after a recent binge-watch of all four ‘Jurrasic Park‘ movies, I realized nuclear power plants should also carry that same ‘Park‘ warning — All’s cool, “Until something goes wrong…”
Case in point, Japan’s Fukushima Diiachi Nuclear Power Plant, which continues to provide evidence splitting the atom was one of mankind’s most terrible fuck-ups, has “officially” announced about 600 tons of radioactive, hot molten core, or corium, has gone missing, and may never be found.
Fukushima doesn’t make the news cycle too much any more, unless there’s another problem, and this item is near two weeks old.
According to Gregory Jaczko, former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), it is not likely the fuel will ever be recovered: “Nobody really knows where the fuel is at this point, and this fuel is still very radioactive and will be for a long time,” Ibid.
A big part of the problem is that nobody has experience with a Fukushima-type meltdown, which now appears to be 100-percent meltdown, possibly burrowed into the ground, but nobody really knows for sure.
What’s next is like a trip into The Twilight Zone.
“The absolutely uncontrollable fission of the melted nuclear fuel assemblies continue somewhere under the remains of the station. ’It’s important to find it as soon as possible,’ acknowledged Masuda, admitting that Japan does not yet possess the technology to extract the melted uranium fuel.
If the future:
Eventually, by rubbing two sticks together, one can boil water, but modern-day society doesn’t have the patience, which means accepting risks leaps and bounds beyond rubbing two sticks together.
Welcome to an altered world.
Even if Masuda’s cleanup crew find the missing 600 tons, which is so highly radioactive that workers cannot even get close enough to inspect the immediate areas, then they need to construct, out-of-midair, the technology to extract it, and then what?
It’s what modern-day society has been reduced to, guesswork.
Toss out rubbing two sticks together and build monstrous behemoths for billions to boil water, and when it goes wrong, guess what to do next.
What’s wrong with this picture? Well, to start with, nobody knows what to do when all hell breaks loose.
Even from the start, Fukushima was a major fuck-up, and a big lie — from Canada’s CBCNews this week:
The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose’s apology followed the revelation last week that an investigation had found Hirose’s predecessor instructed officials during the 2011 disaster to avoid using the word “meltdown.”
“I would say it was a cover-up,” Hirose told a news conference.
“It’s extremely regrettable.”…
An investigative report released last Thursday by three company-appointed lawyers said TEPCO’s then-President Masataka Shimizu instructed officials not to use the specific description under alleged pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office, though the investigators found no proof of such pressure.
The report said Shimizu’s instruction delayed full disclosure of the plant’s status to the public, even as people who lived near the plant were forced to leave their homes, some of them possibly unable to return permanently, due to the radiation leaks from the plant.
TEPCO reported to authorities three days after the tsunami that the damage, based on a computer simulation, involved 25 to 55 percent of the fuel but didn’t say it constituted a “meltdown,” even though the figures exceeded the 5 percent benchmark for one under the company manual.
TEPCO in May 2011 publicly acknowledged “meltdown” after another computer simulation showed significant meltdown in three reactors, including one with melted fuel almost entirely fallen to the bottom of the primary containment chamber.
The issue surfaced earlier this year in a separate investigation in which TEPCO reversed its earlier position that it had no internal criteria regarding a meltdown announcement, admitting the company manual was overlooked.
Lying assholes in charge of dangerous shit…sounds like President Trump…
In the wake of news that PG&E will close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, located down in San Luis Obispo County, where I resided nearly 20 years, also explodes the scary-hidden point to producing nuclear power — spent fuel.
Just reminder, this from last month and Science magazine:
A fire from spent fuel stored at a U.S. nuclear power plant could have catastrophic consequences, according to new simulations of such an event.
A major fire “could dwarf the horrific consequences of the Fukushima accident,” says Edwin Lyman, a physicist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
“We’re talking about trillion-dollar consequences,” says Frank von Hippel, a nuclear security expert at Princeton University, who teamed with Princeton’s Michael Schoeppner on the modeling exercise.
A nightmare just waiting for when ‘…something goes wrong…‘
(Illustration above found here).