Informed on Information: Japan Nuclear: Spent Fuel Containment Pool May Be Open To Atmosphere; Sattellite Images Appear To Show Missing Roof

“…the total amount of long-lived radioactivity in the pool is at least five times that in the reactor core…”

“The spent fuel produced by reactors has been a challenge since the dawn of the nuclear industry, with most reactor operators opting to store it in pools of cooling water on site. At the 40-year-old Fukushima plant, which was built by General Electric, the fuel rods are stored at a pool about three stories up, next to the reactor. Satellite photos raise concerns that the roof of the building housing the pool has been blown off, says Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and a senior policy adviser to the secretary of energy and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment from 1993 to 1999. He and other experts are now warning that any release of radioactivity from the spent-fuel pool could make the releases from the reactors themselves pale in comparison.”

“The pools “contain very large concentrations of radioactivity, can catch fire, and are in much more vulnerable buildings,” he warns. If the pools lose their inflow of circulating cooling water, the water in the pools will evaporate. If the level of water drops to five or six feet above the spent fuel, Alvarez calculates, the release of radioactivity “could be life-threatening near the reactor building.” Since the total amount of long-lived radioactivity in the pool is at least five times that in the reactor core, a catastrophic release would mean “all bets are off,” he says.”

The Daily Beast – The Japan Nuke Problem No One’s Talking About

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OK – my usual motif is to toss a story out and then editorialise on the story. So here’s my editorialisation:

“So, how’s that nuclear safety workin’ for ya?”

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“Moreover, in the spent fuel pools usually situated next to nuclear power plants, there are large numbers of additional fuel rods, used ones, disposed of as waste. There must be constant water circulation in the spent fuel pools. In what is labeled a “loss-of-water’ accident in a spent fuel pool, the zirconium cladding of the fuel rods is projected as exploding—sending into the environment the lethal nuclear poisons in a spent fuel pool…….”


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punditman: HUMANITARIAN COALITION: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: DONATE NOW!

Canadian aid agencies, under the banner of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, are urging Canadians to support the relief efforts in Japan after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the largest in the nation’s recorded history, and tsunami has devastated the region. Recent reports suggest that thousands are among the dead after the quake and a resulting tsunami, which reached a height of up to 10 metres in some areas.
The HUMANITARIAN COALITION is working together with our partners in Japan and will provide funds to help where the Japanese government indicates that help is most needed While the Japanese government is extremely well prepared for such situations, we are stepping up to help and urge Canadians to do the same.

To donate to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION, Canadians can log onto www.together.ca or send donations to THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION, P.O. Box 7023, Ottawa, ON, K1L 5A0.

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Mike Powell Fanclub: Radio Topics, Ides of March edition

It’s a good thing I’m not Caesar. This week at 8:00, we’ll speak with Professor Mark Van Vugt about his new book Selected. We’ll also touch on some of the following:
Election watch:
Day, Strahl retire.
Puff pieces on star candidates begin!
Liberals will fund Quebec Arena. Seriously.
Punish tories, vote Liberal quebeckers!
Other stuff!:
McGill fined for charging too much for MBA […]

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PoliTeching: E-mail Leak of Alleged Bank of America Fraud

Deepsouthdoug at dailykos have published initial  batch of Bank of America leaks that shows alleged fraud. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/14/956153/-BREAKING-Operation-LeakS-Releases-Initial-BofA-Emails zerohedge blogged about the leak: this appears to be a concerted effort from the ground up to hide foreclosure data from auditors and the Fed in order to obtain select preferential treatment in a variety of housing related […]

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Birth Pangs: Anti-Abortion Thought Police

This is not a debate about abortion. This is about a fundamental right to make choices about our sexuality — without the encroachment of a president, the Supreme Court, and certainly without the encroachment of politicians! Faye Wattleton may want to add doctors and nurses to that list. Ms. Taylor became light-headed and fell down […]

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Japan and Saskatchewan

Well, Saskatchewan, if there is nuclear fallout from that earthquake in Japan it looks like we can accept some responsibility for it. My preliminary research indicates that some Saskatchewan uranium goes to Japan via partnerships among AREVA, Cameco, and Japan’s Overseas Uranium Resources Development as well as Japan-Canada Uranium (JCU Canada). Here’s hoping nothing melts […]

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