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If my limited understanding is correct, the flooding with seawater as emergency coolant has effectively killed the two reactors in which it was used.  They are now both inoperable and will never be back in electricity production again.

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.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 05:40:52 PM EST

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