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In fact, they have no idea WHAT they are doing. The idea seems to be to keep the problem from getting worse - but what they are actually doing is holding it in the worst situation possible - right between a full meltdown and a temporarily stopped meltdown. They will have to pour fresh, deionized water into all of those containments, essentially forever, just to hold what they have now - and that radioactive water has to go someplace. Trust me, they cannot convert destroyed reactors from light to heavy water reactors. After all the ships have been irradiated by hauling it into the middle of the Pacific and dumping it, there won't be any more ships - and there won't be any more fish. But the reactor will still be there dumping radiation into the water.

Since it is remotely possible to go around collecting fuel rods that haven't melted together yet, they will probably try to do that robotically at some point. They might get a hundred or so, but most of them are melted together, at least partially, because their pools of cooling water evaporated.

But the reactor cores are not going anywhere. They have melted down, also at least partially, and they are sitting in huge, cracked, concrete containment bunkers which didn't contain them.

existential enough yet?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 07:55:30 AM EST
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