Sunday, April 17, 2011

Good luck with that....seriously

And I mean that:

The operator of the crippled nuclear power plant leaking radiation in northern Japan announced a plan Sunday to bring the crisis under control within six to nine months and allow some evacuated residents to return to their homes.


Officials reported late Saturday that radioactivity had again risen sharply in seawater near the plant, signaling the possibility of new leaks. Workers have been spraying massive amounts of water into the overheated reactors and spent fuel storage pools. Some of that water, contaminated with radiation, has leaked into the Pacific.


StonyPillow said...

Evacuees who have been forced to abandon their homes, jobs and in many cases their farms were unconvinced by TEPCO's plan.

"I don't believe a word they say," said Yukio Otsuka, 56, a private school owner whose home is about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the facility.

The Japanese government waited until a large aftershock to do a news dump that I-131 levels 6500 times the legal limit were measured in seawater. This almost certainly means fuel rods in another reactor have melted to the point that they're exposed.

Corporate capitalism has failed here, again. It's past time for the Japanese government to at least temporarily nationalize TEPCO, since it's been obvious to the Japanese people as well as any observer for over a month they aren't acting in Japan's best interests. I'm wondering whether the Japanese government has the strength, or whether the corporations are really in charge over there.

I'd like to see show trials and hangings too, but I'm an excitable guy, and Japan prides itself on being a civilized country. I guess prison terms will have to do.

A little kelp pill now and then
Is cherished by the wisest men.

sukabi said...

Tepco has started dumping zeolite into the ocean to "absorb" the radiation...

seems like in the last 30+ years the nuke industry could have developed some kind of plan to deal with these types of things, rather than spraying with seawater, and dumping minerals in a desperate attempt to "contain"....

pansypoo said...

a dry katrina. have they tried DRY cooling?