Monday, April 22, 2013

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3: Spent Fuel Pool Is Now Covered

It looks like am impossible task if you see the photo from 2011.

From TEPCO's Photos and Videos Library 4/22/2013:

Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool, November 12, 2011:

March 20, 2013:

April 22, 2013. The smaller rectangle to the left of the SFP is where the skimmer surge tank is. The skimmer surge tank is also now covered:

Because of extremely high radiation levels on the operating floor of Reactor 3, all the debris removal has been done by remote-control equipments, with some accidents (and with human workers with tungsten vests on the floor to observe the work). Installation of the cover must have been done remotely also. I'd love to see the video if they have one.


Anonymous said...

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but the cover accomplishes what? Keep debris from falling in?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

mscharisma, I think so. There are many more mangled steel bars to remove, and then they have to somehow put the structure to install a crane for fuel removal.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. The debris issue is probably making sense. My fear is, however, that it's also - at least partly - about appearance. If all looks nice and tidy (see also the pic of reactor 2 in the IAEA article and the cover for reactor 1), it's so much easier to forget there is a disaster going on that no one knows how to handle in the long term and with severe problems even in the short term.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Out of sight, out of mind. In addition, many Japanese have this will power to not see what's in front of them, staring at them.

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