Fukushima one year on

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Long article, I'll give you the abstract:
Slow Burn: Dirt, Radiation, and Power in Fukushima

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Amid the radioactive fallout of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and across what would come to be known as the Exclusion Zone, Japanese members of the nuclear lobby laboured to contain the political fallout of the Fukushima disaster. This article scrutinizes the profuse rhetoric over recycling as mobilized by nuclear boosters and the wider operations of circularity in waste management in Japan. Japanese leant heavily on the notion of recycling to attempt to frame the clean-up in Fukushima in more ideologically convenient terms. This led, for example, to officials trumpeting plans to ‘recycle’ over 16 million cubic metres of radioactive topsoil scraped from hundreds of square kilometres of Fukushima Prefecture, as well as efforts to achieve ‘thermal recycling’ by generating electricity from the incineration of collected irradiated vegetal matter and the large amounts of protective clothing and other material used in the ‘decontamination’ campaign. By scrutinizing this appropriation of recycling rhetoric and its leveraging across Japan’s nuclear waste management apparatus, the article exposes contradictions and distortions in contemporary Japanese policy that have considerable socio-political ramifications.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/dirt-radi ... ma/5690924
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Witness wrote: Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:01 pm
robinson wrote: Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:23 pm More people die from every other cause of death than from nuclear power each year.
Saved for posterity.
Well it's true. More people die from a scalding-hot fishcake at a wedding, falling into a vat of cooking oil, eating a garden slug or being attacked and killed by a pet deer than from nuclear power.
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The reason they can't just unload the spent fuel is the area is radioactive, and dangerous. So is removing fuel rods from the pool. The lack of actual data on the areas they need to work in is telling.

A working reactor, with no damage, requires a huge workforce to refuel, because of regulations on how much radiation a worker can receive legally. Just moving (all underwater) fuel rods to and from the reactor is dangerous.

In all of this the powers that be never actually explain just how dangerous "spent" nuclear fuel is, much less the melted version.
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded
inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... 1-meltdown

They claim these levels are "unexpected", which is probably true,
https://www.sciencealert.com/radiation- ... y-climbing

Nobody actually knows, (https://xkcd.com/radiation/), but those levels of radiation are highly likely to be lethal to humans in less than a minute. And even hardened radiation shielded robots can't last long.

At Three Mile Island they were able to use long rods and tools to remove melted fuel from the reactor vessel, all underwater of course. It was not much fuel, and it was all contained in a steel vessel. The ruined reactors at Fukushima are like Chernobyl, in the sense they will never be "cleaned up". If the Japanese come up with some magic way to actually move melted fuel (and corium), they could practice on Chernobyl first.

Just kidding. Nobody will be moving the Chernobyl melted core either.
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To avoid confusion, the radiation levels in and near the spent fuel ponds is nowhere near the melted core levels. But it's still bad enough they can't do anything yet.
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That facts like these make people mad reminds me of how people react to facts about climate change.
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Yes yes it's all still leathally radioactive and so can't be touched for thousands of years.

Nukes remain the safest way to generate electricity by any metric.
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sparks wrote: Fri May 18, 2012 2:21 am
Rob Lister wrote:how many deaths?
Let you know in 20 years...........................
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I changed my mind thanks to Listy.
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I liked you better when you weren't a damn fool about this
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Ad hom man strikes again.

Please explain to us all how your opinion is teh twoof.

Alternately, you could always shove a steak knife up your ass :)
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you prove my point
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Your point seems to be insisting you're correct while ignoring the evidences.

To each his own. :)
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The nuclear nutjob doesn't let facts get in the way. They almost never have. The true nuclear believer just ignores anything that might disturb their belief. With an almost religious like fervor, they might actually wish violence on anyone who questions them, or worse, points out how wrong they are, and have been.

robinson wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:41 am Nobody, not the Japanese, or the Americans, nor the Chinese will ever solve the problem. Not on your lifetime, and not in your grandkids lifetimes.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... gy-source/

Nobody has solved the "easy" problem, what to do with the relatively safe spent fuel rods. And all the worlds nuclear powers have had 70 years to do so. Melted fuel mixed with debris at the bottom of a disaster, and just one reactor with no ruined containment building, is also a problem not solved.

Multiple reactors and buildings? Maybe in a hundred years some progress will be made. But nobody alive will ever see it.

It's exactly the much feared scenario that caused the US to fail in building any more reactors, the very real possibility that just one reactor would fail, and in the worst possible way. After 30 years the other disaster is still not even close to being "fixed", and this is a melted reactor with fuel that can be observed.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl ... is_removal

Of course the nuclear moonbats don't give a fuck, because reality has never been an obstacle to a true believer, no matter what the noble cause.
Chernobyl is a complete meltdown of a nuclear core. The lack of a containment structure means it would be much easier to "remove" the melted fuel. And all the other radioactive elements, and all of the radioactive debris, and Which of course is "the plan".

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/05/ ... byl-today/

The stark reality is that after 30 years, they aren't even close to doing anything with the fuel (the biggest danger). If the world, or the Japanese, come up with a way to do anything with a melted core, and all the very radioactive material around it, Chernobyl would be the place to test it.

But in reality 30 years from now none of the Chernobyl core will have been moved, and none of the three melted cores at Fukushima will have been moved. Much less made "safe".

Just like the Windscale disaster of 10 October 1957, in which the melted core is still exactly where it was. And it's still dangerous, and hot.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windscale ... operations

That melted core is still sitting there, 63 years later, and no plans are in place to move it. or make it "safe". After 63 years you might think it would become obvious that there is no solution to a melted core. A meltdown disaster.

Now there are four more, and nothing is going to be done about moving them in the next 63 years either. Almost everyone involved in the Windscale is dead now, and in their lifetime, nothing was done about "removing" the incredibly dangerous damaged fuel. Just like in your lifetime, you will never see any of the melted cores moved anywhere.

In a very real sense, there is not much to be done.

But the true nuclear believer actually believes this doesn't matter, and nuclear power is the safest thing of all.

Fucking priceless.
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robinson wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:49 pm In other news, after Sandy flooded New York hospital basements, a few people decided to look at where emergency generators and electrical rooms are located in important areas, like hospitals, nuclear reactor sites, water treatment and sewer plants, emergency centers, and emergency shelters.

Finding they are all in basements, or low areas, was an actual shock to the investigations. In other words, by design flooding will destroy the infrastructure of not only nuclear power plants, it will also bring down everything else.
One might wonder if anything has been done about any of it.

(since it cost money, I would say no)
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Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks

It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

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Together the 22 power plants would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the United States. The construction stands in contrast with Japan’s effort to portray this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo as one of the greenest ever.

The Yokosuka project has prompted unusual pushback in Japan, where environmental groups more typically focus their objections on nuclear power. But some local residents are suing the government over its approval of the new coal-burning plant in what supporters hope will jump-start opposition to coal in Japan.

The Japanese government, the plaintiffs say, rubber-stamped the project without a proper environmental assessment. The complaint is noteworthy because it argues that the plant will not only degrade local air quality, but will also endanger communities by contributing to climate change.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/clim ... shima.html
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Yes: The melted cores you mentioned Robinson are still there. Yes: They are incredibly dangerous. Yes: They will be for quite some time. At Chernobyl, the core material that did not blast into the early morning sky on that truly fucked up day has been accounted for and is still there. At Fukushima, I've read that not all the core material has been accounted for, simply because no human can get close enough to search for it. This does not mean that it comes out at night searching for fresh young NBLs to feed on. So, where is all this danger and lack of safety of which you scream? The stuff isn't "coming after" anyone. It isn't going anywhere.

Next up on your disaster-porn radar will be "But what about the groundwater????"

If in the years since both disasters the groundwater still isn't a problem, then it's unlikely to ever become a problem. And if it should, it's really quite simple: Don't drink the shit.

But, let's put some definition on 'dangerous' and 'safe'.

People are working at the Fukushima plants and are not mutated radiated death monsters. Tours of Chernobyl happen all the time. The peeps who go on them are still alive.

Just stay a safe fucking distance away from wherever it's too hot to go. And don't depend on anyone other than yourself to know what that is!

And I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone here this: There are evidence-ignoring true bleeeeeving nut jobs on both sides.
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robinson wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:51 pm
sparks wrote: Fri May 18, 2012 2:21 am
Rob Lister wrote:how many deaths?
Let you know in 20 years...........................
The first death that anyone would admit to was in 2018

https://time.com/5388178/japan-first-fu ... tion-death

Getting anyone to admit a death was from something they are responsible for is hard. When it comes to radioactive material from a reactor, it's really hard.

The soviets, err, I mean Russians, Ukrainians, somebody, still deny anyone died from Chernobyl, except for the immediate deaths that happened right away.
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Shit happens.

And idiot was measuring radiation levels at the time of his exposure. Why the fuck didn't he get to safety?

Sorry, no sympathy for this one.

But it is good to see teh Mad Powerz finally recognizing a radiation related death rather than just ignoring it.
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sparks wrote: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:34 pm Shit happens.
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