Sunday, June 26, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Cooling of Reactors Using Treated Water to Start June 27 PM

(Reactors? What reactors?)

According to Yomiuri Shinbun (1:25AM JST 6/27/2011), TEPCO says the water treated by the contaminated water treatment system will be used to cool the reactors at Reactors 1, 2 and 3, starting June 27 afternoon.

TEPCO so far has 1500 tonnes of treated water. The run rate is about 500 tonnes per day, although in the past week or so they have reduced to less than 400 tonnes per day to prevent the overflow.

Just in time for their annual shareholders' meeting, which will be held on June 28.

And never mind that the corium may not be in the so-called (broken) reactors any more. "Extend and Pretend", which has worked for TEPCO and the Japanese government for the past 3 months.

The article also says that TEPCO will start the operation of the Spent Fuel Pool air cooling system for the Reactor 3 on June 30, more than 3 months ahead of the schedule outlined in the so-called "roadmap". How wonderful. More good news, just in time for the shareholders' meeting.

Maybe TEPCO's shareholders will be so pleased with the "progress" that they may be willing to approve the 100 billion yen (US$1.24 billion) underground dam construction (link goes to Mainichi English) to prevent the contaminated water from spreading underground.

The Japanese government still "extends and pretends" that the whole accident is just the matter to be resolved by a private entity (TEPCO), the stance they've taken from the very beginning.


Anonymous said...

Re Japanese government: is this their way of avoiding responsibility, or is it just that they do not have the manpower and skills needed to take over?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Both. And more: they don't have the will and courage to take over, or courage and humility to ask for help from non-governmental sources and from overseas.

Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

Do the Japanese people realize the water treatment fiasco isn't working out even close to the roadmap plan? It can't even produce enough water to cool the facility much less make headway against a growing tide.

I hope the shareholders realize that all this "good news" is for their benefit and has nothing to do with reality. Unfortunately the shareholders that haven't jumped ship stand to loose everything so they are ready to accept anything TEPCO says just to get back to "normal". I would bet the remaining shareholders will probably demand accelerated lying and obfuscation to balance the books.

I don't think TEPCO is going to build the contamination barrier unless the taxpayers ante up. They feel they have the time to engage in a staring contest with the JGOV. The JGOV is starting to realize the nuclear disaster is causing major obstacles and added expense to the region's normal restoration efforts. It is like TEPCO and the regulators they control jumped off a tall cliff and now they are trying to build a means to fly on the way down.

Fukushima is actually the first test of how a capitalist country handles a major civilian nuclear catastrophe. Chernobyl tested the communist model and it failed horribly. There has been speculation that Chernobyl accelerated the collaspe of the USSR.

BTW, Ft. Calhoun NPP went on emergency power yesterday after a berm failed and flooded the stations main transformer bank.

James Packer said...

Correction, they are not allowed to take over. Remember it is General Electric that own TEPCO, and the GPD of GE is greater than most countries. GE won't allow elected foreigners to ruin it's reputation by "taking over". Besides, politicians are not important enough to run something like this, they're only short term public servants, and the public can be very anti company (anti capitalism) when it comes to things like this.

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