[gha] Re: Updating you on Fukushima

  • From: "moriikae" <moriikae@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <peace-from-harmony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:05:39 +0900

Dear Michael

Thank you!  I will tell them.
Kae Morii

From: Michael Ellis 
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:58 AM
To: peace-from-harmony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Cc: gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [gha] Updating you on Fukushima


Dear All

Updating you on Fukushima

Please join Harry Wasserman`s petition. If you are connected in high places 
–Please contact your heads of Governments. Also above all send your prayers for 
a harmonious balanced integral world and safety for all







Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Common Dreams

Japan Greenlights 'Perilous' Cleanup at Fukushima's Reactor 4

Removal of 1,300 spent fuel rods deemed 'humankind's most dangerous moment 
since Cuban Missile Crisis'

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

A worker in a protective suit and mask stands atop the badly damaged Unit Four 
reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (Photo: ISSEI 
KATO/AFP/Getty Images)Regulators with Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority gave 
the final OK Wednesday for the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi 
nuclear power plant to begin to remove the 1300 spent fuel rods from the badly 
damaged Unit 4 pool, thus initiating a decommissioning process which 
anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman describes as "humankind’s most dangerous 
moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis."

According to Associated Press, the NRA announced that the proposal to manually 
remove the radioactive rods put forth by the plant operator, Tokyo Electric 
Power Co. or TEPCO, was "appropriate" and that the removal "can start in 
November as planned, following an on-site inspection by regulators."

TEPCO estimates that the complete decommissioning process will last decades. 
Detailing the process, AP reports:

TEPCO has prepared a massive steel structure that comes with a 
remote-controlled crane to remove the fuel rods, which will be placed into a 
protective cask and transferred to a joint cooling pool inside a nearby 
building. To make room for the Unit 4 fuel rods, the company has been moving 
those already in the joint pool to safer storage in dry casks at a separate 
plant location.

The utility plans to empty the Unit 4 pool by end of 2014, and remove fuel rods 
from other pools at three other wrecked reactors over several years before 
digging into their melted cores around 2020.

However, according to nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, the spent fuel rods in 
the Unit 4 core are "bent, damaged and embrittled to the point of crumbling." 
And NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka warned that removing the rods would be 
difficult because of the risk posed by debris that fell into the pool during 
the explosions triggered by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent three 
reactor meltdowns at the plant.

"It's a totally different operation than removing normal fuel rods from a spent 
fuel pool," Tanaka said during the news conference Wednesday. "They need to be 
handled extremely carefully and closely monitored. You should never rush or 
force them out, or they may break."

Wasserman warns that there are "some 400 tons of fuel in that pool [that] could 
spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima."

Wasserman, Gundersen and other nuclear watchdogs have warned that neither TEPCO 
nor the Japanese government has the "scientific, engineering or financial 
resources to handle" the job and that the situation instead demands a 
"coordinated worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species 
can muster."

Over 100,000 people have thus far signed a petition echoing that call.  "[T]he 
impending removal of hugely radioactive spent fuel rods from a pool 100 feet in 
the air presents unparalleled scientific and engineering challenges," caution 
the signees, who are calling on President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban 
Ki-Moon to intercept the Japanese authority's process. "We ask the world 
community [...] to take control of this uniquely perilous task."


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