Over Easy: Fukushima Update
Well, it was a hectic weekend to say the least. And it would have been worse if the rain hadn’t spaced itself just right to keep any serious yardwork from being done.
You don’t hear much about Reactor #5, as it was in cold shutdown at the time of the accident, thus did not melt or explode. They’ve been using it as a test area, to try out various techniques before using them in 1-4. They’ve removed the fuel assemblies from the reactor and got them to the common spf.
Japan’s ruling party would like to life the evac for some of the areas with “relatively low” contamination. Relative to what? And I’ll bet they do, they are making payments to all evacuees and once they’ve declared an area safe to return, they can stop paying people from that area. I note they don’t say relative to what.
Taiwan is implementing new inspections of Japanese produce after it was discovered that produce from contaminated areas was being shipped it. Japanese politicians are heavily pressuring Taiwan not to do so.
They’re finding cesium in tap water in Tokyo. Some taps tested higher than taps in Fukushima. The levels are not safe for infants, but are considered safe for older children and adults. However, this is the same water being used to water produce, feed animals, basically everything in Tokyo. It’ll accumulate up the food chain. They are seeing I-131, which has a half life of about 8 days. Meaning that SOMETHING is still producing it. the JG INSISTS that Fuku is in cold shutdown, no fission happening. I call bullshit.
The JG is busy hyping that Fukushima City water won a Monde award. The last sentence in the story pretty much tells you who’s pushing it. Interesting statement, in light of the above.
The UN is saying TEPCO may have to dump hot water into the sea. I suspect some money changed hands, as the one thing TEPCO/JG wants more than anything is to stop storing or pretending to treat the hot water.
Boxturtle (I hope they don’t offer the hot water to Calif. They might take it)