Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3: Videos of Packbots Cleaning the Guide Rail and Finding 1.6 Sievert/Hr Spots

First, the video of Packbots' cleaning operation on November 18 of the guide rails to the Containment Vessel hatch in Reactor 3 reactor building 1st floor. As one Packbot wipes the rail and holds the towel up in the air, you see the water is dripping. The droplets look clear, and not sludge-like.

By the way, it is false information that the video was taken by a human worker on the scene. No way even TEPCO would knowingly send a carbon-based worker to videotape in 1.3 sievert/hr (as of November 14) environment. (Human workers entering and finding high-radiation spots is another matter.) One Packbot did the cleaning, while the other videotaped the effort by its colleague. Both were remotely operated by carbon-based colleagues from the PCs.

And here's the video where Packbots went back the next day (November 19) to the guide rails to inspect the cleaning job and measure the radiation again. We know that they found out their cleaning operation didn't reduce the radiation levels along the rails; the levels went up (see yesterday's post). The guide rails, despite the cleaning operation, look wet:


Atomfritz said...

Tepco lied into our face when they said that only the rails are wet and the concrete floor is dry when publishing the first packbot videos at the #3 equipment hatch.

These new videos show that it's all wet there, obviously highly radioactive condensated air moisture.

Maybe part of the deception is to not publish the (minimum) 480 lines original video the packbot but to take secondary videos from the control screens like this and then publishing these with the today's minimal resolution of 320x180, so that we cannot see a sharp picture, but have to guess what we see in this coarse resolution.

This packbot show is headless, brainless and useless "making work" that can not yield any productive result.
The only "result" of this "show" is that the dirt is being smeared and distributed elsewhere, as you can clearly see in the videos.

They should rush some steel plates and paravents there to set up a relatively safe and cleanable environment and then give their management people the choice to either commit seppuku or do the work at the equipment hatch until these lying bastards start to vomit from radiation sickness.

(Sorry for being harsh, but being lied at makes me furious.)

Steve From Virginia said...

Water might be condensation or water leaking past the door from the containment.

If it was water in contact with the core it would likely be dozens of Sieverts or more ... and unapproachable even by robots.

The CAMS for the unit 3 has 7-10 Sv/hr in the drywell. Note that Tepco is putting 7-10 cubic meters (tons) of water per hour into EACH of the three reactors, something big is going on in the reactors the bosses aren't telling us about:

Anonymous said...

@Ex-SKF - thanks for the great work.

I think you misunderstood the term "video was taken by a human worker on the scene".

I do not know whether TEPCO was intentionally unclear, but when they referred to 'the scene' I think TEPCO meant the control room for the bots and not inside the reactor 3 building.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@anon at 10:56PM, I wasn't referring to TEPCO when I made that comment in the post. TEPCO never said that. I've seen several English sites and blogs saying TEPCO sent in humans to record the event, which is simply not true, even for TEPCO.

Anonymous said...

Is it a cleaning operation or radiation testing operation?

Efforts outside of Fuku-I shown that de-contamination does not work (jet washing tiles, picking leaves etc.). Using white towel to wipe the rails of a leaky nuclear power plant?

The robots would all come back with high radiation. I wonder where they park the packbots. Hopefully in isolation far far away from carbon based workers.

Anonymous said...

As soon as TEPCO takes down the webcams--December?--they will control ALL the information about the Fukushima Disaster. The video is a good example of "media" to control situations.

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