Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fukushima Daiichi Looks Terrible

Fukushima Daiichi's atmospheric emissions visible on the TEPCO webcams wax and wane. When the emissions become too thick, TEPCO lowers a crane-held device into Unit 1 and sprays some substance, which may be water or perhaps something else entirely.

I saw TEPCO spray about a week ago. Since that time, the emissions have risen quite notedly, as you can see in the screenshots below taken this morning (weather conditions are free of precipitation but cool at 32F):

In the image below, taken from Webcam 4, there are splotchy purple and red patches that appear behind the crane in the vicinity of reactor 3:

If you search for news on Fukushima Daiichi you will find many accounts that suggest the disaster is in the lessons learned stage with few articles describing the ongoing challenges of keeping hot melted fuel cool and of preventing ocean contamination.

Instead, what you will find are articles claiming the reactor fuel from unit 3 was found, although there was never any evidence presented that the majority of fuel was located, and you will see statements such as the one below from various pro-nuclear authorities ready to resume and even escalate nuclear power in Japan, although the island nation has experienced unusual earthquake clusters recently.

For example,

HIROTAKA YAMAGUCHI December 8, 2017) Japan needs more nuclear plants, says Keidanren chair. The Asahi Shimbun, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201712080051.html

Japan may need to expand existing nuclear power plants or build new ones as it will rely on nuclear power generation in the future, according to Sadayuki Sakakibara, chair of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).

The US has also played an important role in pushing Japan back towards nuclear, including encouraging Japan to resume completion of the Rokkasho fuel processing center that has a significant fault running under it (see my post here).

Nuclearity, as defined by Gabrielle Hecht, is a homicidal and suicidal psychosis.