Despite the recent huge earthquake in central Japan last week
and the huge volcanic eruption last month, despite the
opposition from the public, despite the mess at Fukushima
Daiichi, Prime Minister Abe is pushing ahead with plans to
reopen other nuclear reactors. The links below describe TEPCO's
many failures at stopping the flow of radioactive water into the
Pacific at the rate of 400 tons/day, measured, plus lots more,
John Bertucci's excellent overview places the ongoing
Fukushima catastrophe in a larger context.
Though written a few months ago, it is highly relevant today.
This horror will be continuing for many years. It's probably
the single biggest threat facing us (barring thermonuclear war),
as radiation spreads over the globe, attacking all living beings
for many generations to come.
I again urge you to sign and disseminate these two petitions.
They are gaining momentum worldwide, and could be effective in
opening Japan's government to outside intervention. Peace,
The government 's compilation of its basic energy plan ignored an overwhelming call from the public to move away from nuclear energy, according to an analysis by The Asahi Shimbun. More than 90 percent of the comments submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in response to the government, s proposed plan were against nuclear power, the analysis showed.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. appears unable to stem the flow of radioactive water from the No. 2 reactor building to underground tunnels at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, officials said. Tepco has injected cement into the joints that connect the tunnels, which are used to run cables, and the building to halt the flow of contaminated water and remove accumulations from the tunnels. After the cement injections, Tepco pumped 200 tons of tainted water out of the tunnels Monday, causing levels inside to fall around 20 cm, the officials said. However, if the joints were completely sealed, water levels would have fallen roughly 80 cm, the officials said, indicating the possibility that contaminated water is still flowing into the tunnels.
http://nuclear-news.net/2014/11/22/radioactive-slurry-at-fukushima-nuclear-reactors-would-be-a-huge-hazard-if-it-leaked-out/ IRID has made some progress on their research to find ways to seal the containment structures at Fukushima Daiichi. The plan has been to flood the containment structures in order to provide shielding during the fuel removal procedures. Concern has been raised about the ability of these structures to hold the weight and pressure of that much water or how this would impact the structure during an earthquake. The structures are already severely damaged along with the many locations where they leak. The current research effort is looking for ways to try to seal the leaks in each of the areas known to be a leak path for the containment structure. One aspect that has not been discussed is what would happen if these structures did have a failure and leak after flooding. It is known that the reactor containment structures contain some loose fragmented fuel and other highly radioactive debris. A major leak could let loose a considerable radioactive slurry that would need to be quickly contained and remediated
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201411220029 After failures, TEPCO to use special cement to prevent contaminated water leaks....The new method will allow radioactive materials to remain in the surrounding soil, but TEPCO decided to employ the technique because it puts high priority on preventing massive amounts of highly contaminated water from leaking into the ocean.
http://enenews.com/officials-admitted-failure-fukushima-plant-giving-attempts-prevent-highly-contaminated-water-pouring-ocean-regulator-asks-all-trouble-months-govt-experts-worried-cement-barrier-going-crack-vi Japan Times, Nov 22, 2014 (emphasis added): Tepco fails to halt toxic water inflow at Fukushima [TEPCO] admitted failure Friday in its bid to halt the flow of toxic water into underground tunnels alongside the ocean Some 11,000 tons of highly radioactive water have accumulated in the tunnels connected to the reactor 2 and 3 turbine buildings according to Tepco. There are fears that this toxic buildup could pour into the Pacific, which is already being polluted by other radioactive leaks Friday, Tepco proposed a new technique for the tunnels: injection of a cement filler - some [highly radioactive water] would be left behind, endangering plant workers, Tepco acknowledged
Important Update on Fukushima