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With emphasis on long-term. Cleaning up the reactor cores after the partial meltdown, and thoroughly checking the containment vessels after they withstood more than the design pressure, may take years.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 05:23:29 PM EST
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somewhere in the last two days diaries is something that says after the last major earthquake, where design tolerances weren't breached it took two years to check stations before they were considered safe to return online. with major plant replacements youve got to be looking way beyond that, if youre not looking at a complete teardown and replace.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 05:31:14 PM EST
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Another question is did the Tsunami affect the Muroran plant on Hokkaido.

Samurai-Sword Maker's Reactor Monopoly May Cool Nuclear Revival - Bloomberg

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- From a windswept corner of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, Japan Steel Works Ltd. controls the fate of the global nuclear-energy renaissance.

There stands the only plant in the world, a survivor of Allied bombing in World War II, capable of producing the central part of a nuclear reactor's containment vessel in a single piece, reducing the risk of a radiation leak.

(a link I remember from here a year or two ago)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 05:37:30 PM EST
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Steel Guru : Japanese steel mills assessing damage from earth quake - 195471 - 2011-03-12
Nippon Steel's Muroran and Kimitsu works are also reported to have suffered some damage.

Depending how severe, this might mean a re-design for any new containment components

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 05:44:07 PM EST
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