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Friday, February 21, 2014

Garbage Bag Saves Fukushima

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the radioactive water - it's not.

The Dai-ichi nuclear power generating facility in Fukushima-ken has developed another leak—this one more toxic than previous incidents. The good news? TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power COmpany) says it is contained.

According to a photo handed out (above) by TEPCO, you can see some of the contaminated water from the storage tank - just make sure you obey the red cone. You know it's bad when the orange cones are put away and the red cones are used to point out where one should not step. You can step over it though. I think. Is that what the red cone means?

While reports indicate that some very radioactive water overflowed from a storage tank, TEPCO says none of it actually reached the Pacific Ocean.

Apparently the leak involved partially-treated water that was utilized from early in the initial nuclear crisis back in 2011, which was why it was more toxic than other leaks.

Some 100 tons of radioactive water overflowed and was ejected through a rainwater drainage pipe.

Guess what?

That's where TEPCO workers used a garbage bag to contain the leak.

Yes… a garbage bag. Did they use a garbage bag tie or a rubber band to seal it?
Our hefty hero?

The leak was stopped, however after TEPCO workers shut off the valves. I assume the garbage bag was then removed.

What do you think, though? Was the bag placed in the Recycling or regular garbage lanfill?

After a 9.0 Magnitude earthquake caused a massive tsunami to explode against the northeastern coast of Japan, power and safety features at the Dai-ichi facility were damaged, causing three of the reactors there to begin a meltdown - but all were halted before going completely explosive.

As a result of the comedy of errors by the TEPCO-owned and operated facility, Japan's nuclear program has essentially been non-existent since then.

I'm sure continued leaks and problems at this facility will bolster consumer confidence in Japan's nuclear program, a country that was twice irradiated with atomic weaponry.

Anyhow… for the record, as part of the Dai-ichi clean-up, those three near-meltdown nuclear reactors? The radioactive waters from there have been partially recycled and stored in some 1,000 storage tanks.

It was one of those that sprang a leak.

So… WHY did it spring a leak?

Yes, we know how… but WHY? These storage tanks… they were designed to hold radioactive water, right? Or is the contaminated water eating through the fatigued metal of the tank?

Andrew Joseph

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