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Posted on 03/18/2011 11:13:39 AM PDT by brityank
Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA
Shameful media panic very slowly begins to subsideBy Lewis Page Posted in Physics, 18th March 2011 12:56 GMT
The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan, badly damaged during the extremely severe earthquake and tsunami there a week ago, continues to stabilise. It is becoming more probable by the day that public health consequences will be zero and radiation health effects among workers at the site will be so minor as to be hard to measure. Nuclear experts are beginning to condemn the international hysteria which has followed the incident in increasingly blunt terms.
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Main killer in all this? The panic
The Fukushima reactors actually came through the quake with flying colours despite the fact that it was five times stronger than they had been built to withstand. Only with the following tsunami again, bigger than the design allowed for did problems develop, and these problems seem likely to end in insignificant consequences. The Nos 1, 2 and 3 reactors at Daiichi may never produce power again though this is not certain but the likelihood is that Nos 4, 5 and 6 will return to service behind a bigger tsunami barrier.
The lesson to learn here is that if your country is hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami, one of the safest places to be is at the local nuclear powerplant. Other Japanese nuclear powerplants in the quake-stricken area, in fact, are sheltering homeless refugees in their buildings which are some of the few in the region left standing at all, let alone with heating, water and other amenities.
Nothing else in the quake-stricken area has come through anything like as well as the nuclear power stations, or with so little harm to the population. All other forms of infrastructure transport, housing, industries have failed the people in and around them comprehensively, leading to deaths most probably in the tens of thousands. Fires, explosions and tank/pipeline ruptures all across the region will have done incalculably more environmental damage, distributed hugely greater amounts of carcinogens than Fukushima Daiichi which has so far emitted almost nothing but radioactive steam (which becomes non-radioactive within minutes of being generated).
And yet nobody will say after this: "don't build roads; don't build towns; don't build ships or chemical plants or oil refineries or railways". That would be ridiculous, of course, even though having all those things has actually led to terrible loss of life, destruction and pollution in the quake's wake.
But far and away more ridiculously, a lot of people are already saying that Fukushima with its probable zero consequences means that no new nuclear powerplants should ever be built again. ®
As one who earns his living in the media these days, I can only apologise on behalf of my profession for the unbelievable levels of fear and misinformation purveyed this week. I have never been so ashamed to call myself a journalist.
Hit the Register Link to read it all.
Yes, there are other things that can and maybe could have been done, but all in all they performed beyond their design specifications - and for that we owe a great deal of gratitude to the engineers and contractors from forty years ago.
The usual culprits — Anderson and Shep — the disaster drama queens.
For your perusal.
Thanks for the good detail you have provided on the threads, I appreciate it.
Stateside - yes.
But the screaming faces in the rest of the world’s Maggot Media are just as bad!
I assure you this event has the attention of the retired nuclear enginner community. Like everyone else they are horrified by the crisis. I am certain they would be appreciative of your sentiment.
Has Shep “The Drama Queen” Smith reported any cases of cannibalism yet, as he did during Katrina? Roger Ailes is a dimwit for paying this laughable “reporter.”
After this reactor eventually gets dismantled they need to build a CANDU reactor to replace it.
CANDU reactors if they run out of water will simply shut down.
Can't be. I've been reading on FR for an entire week that this is Chernobyl times 6.
Good link. I just posted much the same thing here; http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2690669/posts?page=115#115
People need to drill down past all the emotional hype, extrapolations, imaginations, speculations, to objective primary sources to get the real story. When you get there you can see this nuclear disaster cannot rationally be put in the same catagory as Chernobyl. Some of the “windmills as giants” people have imagined would make Don Quixote insanely jealous.
The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people
In truth this situation is not over....though signs are completely promising they are still just signs at the moment.
Please -- take your screaming fist and smash those screaming faces! Thanks!! ;^)
I don't see this being "over" for at least a couple of months. It will take at least that long to get the pools stable and cool, and clear away the damaged infrastructure to effect repair. It just needs time and treasure - eventually both will be found.
That’s a very good point. There is more damage to Japan’s environment from all of her other infrastructure than from all of the nuclear power plants in both Japan and the US for the past fifty years!
LOL! Well, I have been old FRiend. I will say that many FReepers that were in a panic a week ago went out, read, became informed and are now some of the better sources on what is currently happening. Other FReepers seem to love the doom and gloom and panic mongering. Thank you for the post.
Including some who should know better like Mat Drudge apparently...
Agree completely. Apparently there are many FReepers that I have no desire to share a foxhole with if the S really does HTF.
You got that right! bttt
Just the usual "Ready, Fire, Aim".
This incident may turn out to be the best thing that's ever happened for the nuclear industry.
What do you mean? There is no need to cool the core down?
The state run “media” does go overboard with these things. They try to turn the whole thing into a movie. It helps their sagging ratings. That, joined with their orders to exploit the situation from the rich, white boys down at the DNC, can turn anything into mass hysteria.
[ CANDU reactors if they run out of water will simply shut down.
What do you mean? There is no need to cool the core down? ]
In order for the core of a CANDU reactor to activate you need the core to be filled with Heavy Water. If you remove the heavy water the reaction STOPS dead in it’s tracks. So if you lose the water the reactor shuts down. So losing water in a CANDU reactor instead of leading to meltdown will be the equivalent to removed the fuel from the core.
The heavy water that the reactor uses can be poured out in the street and is very much non toxic, i just wouldn’t drink more than 1 gallon of it a day for more than a week.
India and Canada are using this tech.... We aren’t because we are scared spitless over anything with the word “Nuclear” in it. No doubt the EPA and the NRC is doing all they can to stop this reactor in the states.
All in all, this could have lead to the deaths of more than 10,000 people, but disaster was averted and everything is just like it was two weeks ago.
That's what the news has told me anyway.
I agree with your statements wholeheartedly.
Is not the above sentence a lie? The plant came through the disasters of quake and tsunami fine. Something just took the backup diesel generators off-line and I don't know that they've got a reasoning for that yet. Not that I've seen at least.
This is an excellent piece- thanks for posting. Unfortunate as it may be, and as unacceptable as it is for leftists, life isn’t fair, accidents happen, nothing is foolproof and there’s no such thing as complete safety or security.
It may get worse before it gets better- or it may just get better. But still- as bad as this is, there’s hundreds of nuclear power plants around the globe that function day in and day out without causing danger to the public.
It’s taken two years for me to think Obama did something right (regardless of his true motives). While many other world leaders have said they’re closing plants or going to stop building new ones and are having various knee-jerk reactions etc.- he ordered a saftey review- which seems reasonable, but hasn’t gone overboard and hasn’t added to the panic.
The News media has the public scarred to death. This is not like we never weathered fallout before. we dropped many Nuclear bombs before and there never was this hysteria before. We set off A-bombs in Nevada and H-bombs in the Pacific! We are all still here! I have three eyes but ok!
Amen to both!
Maggot MediaThat's good. That's as good as "drive-by media".
Did you coin it?
So does anyone want me to go through all the threads of the past week and create a “Chicken-Little-Freepers” ping list so those of us who were insulted for urging calm can rub their noses in it?
So we went from Chernobyl in a matter of hours all week to it’s stable. I’m sure the MSM will get right on on reporting this.
Instead of using water, with all of its problems like corrosion and disassociation to H & O gasses, I 'd rather see the Thorium-Flouride reactors go on line. It has a freeze plug that needs the reactor's power to keep it frozen in place, and retaining the salt fluids and nuclear fuel in the core. No fluid and the core shuts down and cools itself off.
Uhh, I think you may be misreading the Obama-code, in which “safety review” means “complete shutdown.” The guy is a liar from the marrow of his bones.
The only hope is that he will allow enough to be done to guarantee his re-election.
So do PWR's and BWR's. CANDU's have the same decay heat issues and same spent fuel issues. The problem with all reactors is not getting shut down (which was THE problem at Chernobyl) but having cooling to remove waste heat.
Pass it around. :^)
That’s a great description! ‘Maggot Slime Media’...sweet!
TY for that ;)
Wikipedia is pretty good for anything besides politics or the humanities. Try it, as there’s lots of info on all types - LIFTER, Pebble Bed, CANDU, etc.
I always wondered what MSM stands for. :)
For those who didn’t make it all the way to the third article in the series:
“The lesson to learn here is that if your country is hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami, one of the safest places to be is at the local nuclear powerplant. Other Japanese nuclear powerplants in the quake-stricken area, in fact, are sheltering homeless refugees in their buildings which are some of the few in the region left standing at all, let alone with heating, water and other amenities.”
I like the pebble bed nuclear reactor technology. I would like to get my hands on the spent pebbles to bury in my driveway. Run a ground loop (no compressor) and free heat and deicing system in winter. One can dream. ;-)
Is it really so hard to fly in some few generators and pumps at the start of this to keep those coolant systems intact and operating?
It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to me but I'm a computer guy as I've pointed out in other places, not an engineer or anything even close to that.
The quake/tsunami hit on Friday, they had steam on sat morning and the first explosion was Monday evening. They couldn't have gotten power and pumps in that area in that 3 day weekend for some reason that I can't see?
Neutron capture reactions in the deuterium breed a fair amount of tritium. While tritium emits very weak beta particles, it has a 12 year half-life. So you probably don't want to spill it, or drink a lot of it for a long time.
Sigh...you may be right. I kind of expected him to close some and then declare nuclear energy is dead in the U.S. so anything less seemed like a good deal!