AND AT LEAST 40 YEARS TO BEGIN TO HOPE THEY CAN SHUT IT ALL DOWN...ANOTHER 40 YEARS OF CONTAMINATION FOR ALL OF US!
WHO WILL BE ALIVE TO EVER SEE THIS END?
THERE'S SIMPLY NO WAY THEY CAN DO THAT IN JUST 5 YEARS.
THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE MELTED CORES ARE AT UNITS 1 THROUGH 3 AND RADIATION LEVELS THERE ARE SO HIGH THAT EVEN ROBOTS CAN'T WITHSTAND IT.
"According to experts, the biggest reason Japanese robots such as Honda’s Asimo were not used early on was their vulnerability to high radiation levels, which could damage their integrated circuits.
The domestic robot industry, in fact, had stopped working on ways to shield robots from extreme radiation around 10 years before the Fukushima crisis, and manufacturers and institutes were caught completely off guard, experts said."
TEPCO ESTIMATES THAT , CONSERVATIVELY, THERE IS NO WAY FOR THEM TO FULLY DECOMMISSION THE POWER PLANT IN LESS THAN 40 YEARS ... 40 YEARS.
THEY WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE PUMPING WATER IN AND HAVE IT LEAK OUT.
THEY HAVE STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT THEY WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DUMP CONTAMINATED WATER INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN FOR DECADES.
"Dr. Michio Aoyama said radioactive cesium 137 may be leaking into the Pacific at the rate of about 30 billion becquerels per day, not per year."
THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF WORKERS, BUT NEED AT LEAST 3,000 EACH DAY, EVERY DAY.
WORKERS, HOWEVER, ARE BEING CHEATED BY MAFIA-TYPE EMPLOYERS.
TEPCO HAS BEEN TURNING A BLIND EYE TO ALL THIS.
"Tokyo Electric, widely known as Tepco, says it has been unable to monitor subcontractors fully but has taken steps to limit worker abuses and curb the involvement of organized crime."
“These days one worker or another leaves the plant each day.”
(Former Fukushima plant worker)
On average, workers at the plant are being exposed to nearly 10 times more radiation than at other plants. The government limits workers’ exposure to 50 millisieverts per year or 100 millisieverts in five years. Those who breach this limit can no longer work at nuclear plants.
The contractor had no choice but to ask two employees approaching the limit to leave the plant. The exposure levels of the remaining 18 workers are also rising each day.
JOB SERVICES ARE CHEATING WORKERS OUT OF PAY, BECOMING THE NEWEST GANGSTERS.
Professor Yune Suh from Seoul National University's Nuclear Engineering department gave his take on the botched science behind the current plans to stem the Fukushima radiation crisis. HE STATED THAT WHAT TEPCO HAS PLANNED IS LIKE SOMETHING FROM A SCI-FI FILM, WON'T WORK, AND WOULD MEAN THE SITE WOULD HAVE TO BE CLOSELY MONITORED FOR 10,000 YEARS OR MORE.
A longer version of that interview is here:
NUCLEAR EXPERT PAUL GUNTER also says it's not the right thing to do.
Dr. Arjun Makhijani is very concerned by what TEPCO has decided.
It seems there is simply no real science behind the way TEPCO and the Japanese government have handled this for almost 3 years now.
NO ONE can understand the lies and deceit that continues out of Japan.
NO ONE can understand why Tokyo wasn't evacuated
or why Abe has pretended the threat is over.
THIS THREAT WILL NEVER BE OVER, NOT IN OUR LIFETIMES, NOT IN OUR CHILDREN'S LIFETIMES, NOT IN 10,000 YEARS.
As the environmental damage around the plant and in the ocean nearby continues to accumulate more than two years after the disaster, analysts are beginning to question whether the government and the plant’s operator, known as Tepco, have the expertise and ability to manage such a complex crisis.
In the past, they say, Tepco has resorted to technological quick fixes that have failed to control the crisis, further damaged Japan’s flagging credibility and only deflected hard decisions into the future. Some critics said the government’s new proposals offer just more of the same.
“Japan is clearly living in denial,” said Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a medical doctor who led Parliament’s independent investigation last year into the causes of the nuclear accident. “Water keeps building up inside the plant, and debris keeps piling up outside of it. This is all just one big shell game aimed at pushing off the problems until the future.”
“This is just a tactic to avoid taking responsibility,” said Harutoshi Funabashi, a sociologist at Hosei University who led a critical examination of the recovery efforts by the Science Council of Japan, a group of about 2,000 academics. “Admitting that no one can live near the plant for a generation would open the way for all sorts of probing questions and doubts.”
NO HELP AVAILABLE, NO WAY TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK.
MONEY IS THE REAL REASON JAPAN HAS DRUG THIS OUT THIS LONG, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, MAKING THE YEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN HUMAN LIVES.
The government is supposed to ask Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled nuclear power station, to pay the bills for decontamination. But as of the end of May, TEPCO had paid only 6.7 billion yen out of 21.2 billion yen the central government told the utility to pay. TEPCO has apparently been making decisions whether to pay the costs while strictly examining the effectiveness of the decontamination work. Therefore, the government apparently is hesitant to put pressure on TEPCO over decontamination projects that are not clearly deemed effective in reducing radiation levels. If TEPCO’s business conditions worsen, there is a possibility of the government shouldering the costs.
WHAT ABOUT THE COST IN HUMAN LIVES, YOU HEARTLESS LIARS?
TOKYO (AP) -Nov 19, 2013
- It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Nobody knows exactly how much fuel melted after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. Or where exactly the fuel went - how deep and in what form it is, somewhere at the bottom of reactor Units 1, 2 and 3.
The complexity and magnitude of decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is more challenging than Three Mile Island or Chernobyl, say experts such as Lake Barrett, a former U.S. regulator who directed the Three Mile Island cleanup and now is an outside adviser to Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
One core melted at Three Mile Island in 1979, versus three at Fukushima, and it didn't leak out of the containment chamber, the outer vessel that houses the reactor core. At Fukushima, multiple hydrogen explosions caused extensive damage, blowing the roofs off three reactor buildings and spewing radiation over a wide area.
At Fukushima, TEPCO plans a multi-step process that is expected to take 40 years: Painstakingly removing the fuel rods in storage pools, finding and extracting the melted fuel within the broken reactors, demolishing the buildings and decontaminating the soil.
Also, water must continuously be channeled into the pools and reactor cores to keep the fuel cool. Tons of contaminated water leaks out of the reactors into their basements, some of it into the ground.
Uncertainty runs high as Japan has never decommissioned a full-size commercial reactor, even one that hasn't had an accident.
"This is an unprecedented task that nobody in the world has achieved. We still face challenges that must be overcome," said Hajimu Yamana, a Kyoto University nuclear engineer who heads a government-affiliated agency that is overseeing technological research and development for the cleanup.
Closing the holes and cracks in the containment vessels is the biggest hurdle in the decommissioning process, experts say. Every opening must be found and sealed to establish a closed cooling system. Then, under the current plan, the next step would be to fill the reactor vessels with water and examine the melted fuel.
Because of still fatally high radiation levels, the work will have to rely on remote-controlled robots for years. Scientists are developing robots to spot leaks, monitor radiation levels and carry out decontamination. They are also developing robots that can detect holes and fill them with clay.
"I doubt if Fukushima Dai-ichi's full decommissioning is possible. Its contamination is so widespread," said Masashi Goto, a nuclear engineer who designed the Unit 3 reactor and now teaches at Meiji University in Tokyo. "We should not rush the process, because it means more exposure to workers. Instead, we should wait and perhaps even keep it in a cement enclosure."
Others say the Chernobyl solution wouldn't be effective, noting that the reactor was a different type without massive water leaks.
"If you just put concrete over this, groundwater still will be flowing and things like that, and you have an uncontrolled situation," Barrett said. "I just don't see that as a plausible option."
Only a small test reactor had been successfully scrapped in Japan, with five others now being decommissioned - two experimental and three commercial. The furthest along is Tokai Power Station's No. 1 reactor, which is 15 years into a planned 22-year process.
Japan also has to worry about future natural disasters.
"There will be many more earthquakes and typhoons," Goto said. "I hope these plans won't fail, but we might just have to pray."