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That's a mighty big loss for TEPCO to swallow.
Compounding that loss will be the necessity for ongoing cleanup and all the costs that entails.
Such losses are peculiar to nuclear power and will be part of the continuing discussions about its future. Along with what may be the millions of doses of precautionary potassium iodide pills distributed to the surrounding population during and after evacuation.
Kinda gives one pause.
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The seawater will then be replaced over time with the "normal" cooling water The reactor core will then be dismantled and transported to a processing facility, just like during a regular fuel change. Fuel rods and the entire plant will be checked for potential damage. This will take about 4-5 years. The safety systems on all Japanese plants will be upgraded to withstand a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami (or worse)
Well, 4-5 years check; but I wonder if corrosion from seawater and damage from overpressure might not call for the replacement of main parts.
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The big problem isn't the boric acid -- though it is an acid, and it can increase corrosion. The big problem is the chlorides in seawater. They'll need to be cleaned out before the reactor is safe to use again, and given the age of the Fukushima #1 reactors, it probably won't be worth doing so
I have little doubt that everything made of steel in those facilities will sit around for some years to 'cool'; then will be cut up for scrap - although the 'hottest' material may be buried.
I can hardly wait to read the articles about how Honda is going to send their walking robot into the plant to dismantle the reactor core, "just like during a regular fuel change." As if during regular fuel changes you have to deal with melted fuel rods...
Uniquely in engineering, it's a technology that wilfully ignores Murphy, while pretending to itself and everyone that it has Murphy covered.
This isn't a problem for renewables. The worst that can happen is that a mega-storm takes out your entire windfarm. You lose capacity, but you don't get millions of casualties.
With nukes, the worst that can happen is that hundreds of square miles of prime territory become uninhabitable. Is it even possible to put a number on that risk?
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And this is pretty much shear luck:
If a pro nuke whore had been governor, things would be different. But, maybe there would have been a different target for the 9-11 air-jackings:
Recently a developer has bought some of it and is putting up high-end housing. Potential owners are advised that they will have to comply with covenants limiting their garden plantings, because the layer of topsoil spread over the toxic waste is so thin.
The advertisement: http://www.goldhillmesa.com/location.html
The reality: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/355826/the_305_million_pile_history_will_be_buried_homes_born/
Moral: Don't get your hopes up for the end of nukes just because of one or two "smallish" "incidents."
Or maybe you mean the Rocky Mountain arsenal, a few miles away on the east side of Denver, where they stored tons of nerve gas in rusting 55 gallon drums, and then when it was time to build a new airport, conveniently found that they could just spread a bit of dirt on the toxic waste and presto-change-o, there's a new park!
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