Over Easy: Monday Science

By: Monday September 22, 2014 6:31 am

Fukushima Update. And we must not forget our OWN Fukushima, Hanford.


Late Night: Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday September 8, 2014 8:00 pm

Fukushima Update:

The official position is that dropping the 1000lb console into the #3 SFP did no additional damage. They’ve been removing debries from the #3 SFP remotely for quite awhile and they’re quite behind schedule. Fuel rods ARE damaged in the #3 SFP, scans of the water indicate busted rods. And if the differene explosion came from there, those rods are WAY damaged.

But don’t worry.

Shut California’s Fukushima: Diablo Must Go!

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 6:56 am

The catastrophe at Fukushima was not an accident. It’s unfolding again in California.
The next west coast quake could easily shake the two reactors at Diablo Canyon to rubble.

They are riddled with defects, can’t withstand potential seismic shocks from five major nearby fault lines, violate state water quality laws and are vulnerable to tsunamis and fire.

Fukushima Update, Now in Year 4

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 8:10 am

Nobody in the world knows how dispose of radioactive waste safely and permanently. That’s a given. The Japanese central government is presumably aware that anything it does with still the unmeasured, but vast amount of radioactive waste from Fukushima’s six nuclear power generators will be temporary. Leaving it in place is not an option. So Tokyo announced August 29 that the Fukushima waste would be stored for 30 years in Fukushima prefect, in an “interim facility” to be built probably in nearby Okuma or Futaba (now evacuated).

“We’ve screened and confirmed safety and regional promotion measures as offered by the state,” Fukushima prefect Governor Yuhei Sato said when announcing the decision.

Monday Science: Fukushima Update

By: Monday August 11, 2014 4:12 pm

Fukushima Update:

Well, Attaturk stole some of my thunder, so I’ll refer you there. I should note that 2021 date is fiction: They are unlikely to even be able to enter that part of #3 by then. And even if they do, I don’t know what they’ll find. That different explosion scattered fuel rod chunks everywhere and a lot of that is probably still in the building.

Good to know you can maybe get around to that…eventually

By: Monday August 11, 2014 1:30 am

When it comes to the Fukushima reactor, it is comforting to know that TEPCO, the company running the thing always gets back to you…eventually.

Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday August 4, 2014 4:13 pm

Fukushima Update:

They’ve discovered an “island” of debris from the Tsunami off the coast of Calif. It’s hot, of course, about 300x normal but not in the danger zone. You wouldn’t want the crap on a beach near you, though.

And it’s not the only place things are piling up. Canada’s government is only slightly less in denial about the risks demonstrated by Fukushima, they’re pretty heavily in the nuke industry’s pocket as well.

Monday Science and Fukushima Update

By: Monday July 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Fukushima Update:

Another scientist moves off the reservation: We must do radiation testing of people outside Fukushima prefecture. Government official: “I don’t want to discuss the issue.” They then proceed to “analyze” the data based on their intentionally flawed methodology, which has the effect of wildly underestimating the actual impact. Though in their defense, we really don’t know what the impact of this kind of radiation exposure is. But we will.

Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday June 30, 2014 6:30 pm

The Ice Wall that was supposed to solve all their problems with water still won’t freeze. This may be for the best, as we don’t know exactly how much cooling of the corium the groundwater was accomplishing. Potentially more than the water being pumped into the reactors.

Some hope to locate the corium via muon scanning. This should work, IF Tepco lets it happen.

Late Night: Night Cappin’ With Shahid Buttar’s NSA vs USA, and more

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 8:00 pm

Hodges and podges from around the interwebs., starting with Shahid Buttar’s catchy NSA vs USA dance track.

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