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Fukushima melted fuel removal to begin in 2021

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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"........  lacks details ......."

Probably not just "those details".

They still got no idea what's going on and how to take care of Fukushima.

But once again, everything is safe, under control and no problems.

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But! I distinctly remember Abe telling the IOC that the clean up of Fukushima Dai-Ichi was under control. It doesn't seem like it's under control at all. Is it possible he was just lying to influence the IOC? Or, is his comment 'under control' left up for interpretation? Did he mean, it is under control for now and they will wait until after the Olympics to start all the really dangerous work like, removing and storing the fuel rods? What a complete gip! I'm still disgusted by their plans to release a millions tons of irradiated water into the sea, especially after they have admitted it is not fully filtered and contains a lot more than just tritium.

If you haven't seen the old sci-fi movie, China Syndrome it would be a good idea to do so. It could very well become a reality at Fukushima Dai-Ichi. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to be living in Japan when they start this catastrophe waiting to happen. One slip up and the whole of Kanto will be irradiated.

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Ah, so when Abe and his cronies said the cores aren’t melting down and the situation was all under control, they were lying? Got it.

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@Disillusioned: you can always move somewhere close to the Hanford Site, I heard Columbia River is very clean.

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/hanford-nuclear-site-photos-toxic-waste-2019-9

I guess Japan should learn from America about how to deal with this nuclear disaster. I am ironic, of course. More people should be aware about what is happening at Hanford, since they think it's only Japan that can't deal with nuclear waste. Some Americans are more afraid about Fukushima than their own nuclear disaster and it's really absurd, because the effects of what is happening at Hanford will hit America way more than Fukushima.

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Fukushima is used more by the Anti-Japan crowd to criticize and shame Japan over a disaster which involved a magnitude 9 Earthquake, followed by a massive Tsunami, which hit an old nuclear power plant who was ready to be decommissioned in the following year.

As a country with limited resources, you have limited options... that's the reality.

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@Disillusioned: I am Italian living in Italy. I am not afraid about Fukushima or Hanford, the major risks for my Country are the old nuclear plants in France and Slovenia, hoping that nothing bad can happen also at Chernobyl "new cover". My point was that I often see some people being more afraid and obsessed with Fukushima than with nuclear risks/disasters closer to them, and they speak like if it's only Japan struggling with these problems. The truth is that human beings can't deal properly with this technology. By using the Fukushima tragedy only to discredit Japan how some do, it's simply stupid to people like me with a good knowledge of the nuclear problem worldwide.

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@Alex Becu: an old nuclear plant projected by an American company, GE.

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Mathematically speaking, dump the water. Pertinent and important overall.

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I guess Japan should learn from America about how to deal with this nuclear disaster. I am ironic, of course. More people should be aware about what is happening at Hanford, since they think it's only Japan that can't deal with nuclear waste. Some Americans are more afraid about Fukushima than their own nuclear disaster and it's really absurd, because the effects of what is happening at Hanford will hit America way more than Fukushima.

Not argued it is worse or not. Hanford Nuclear site was created around WWII when the knowledge of nuclear safety was severely lacking. It was when people thought using a nuclear bomb is easy as bombing a city. It was when the idea of nuking entire China was fashionable or throwing a Cobalt Bomb.

The whole Fukushima saga was absurd, and the comparison with America is not helping. Not to mention that leadership during Fukushima got away scott-free, while in America they would be in jail and the company behind the planet would pay billions due to lawsuits.

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I wanna see that...!

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I every much doubt TEPCO can even start before 2031.

Firstly the spent fuel from the No1-3 reactors will have to be removed first. They are removing the spent fuel from No3 reactor which should be complete by next year, 2020.

Probably the next one will be the No1 reactor. The most difficult will be No2 reactor which has radiation levels of 15 SIEVERT/hr.

TEPCO does not know where all the melted fuel is, some could even be outside of the reactor containment vessels. They have no knowledge how it can be removed because all the robots fry from the high radiation levels of 500 SIEVERTS/hr.

The nuclear disaster will more than 100 years.

This type of nuclear disaster very different from Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. There are no previous answers to the very difficult problems.

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@Xeno Man: obviously you didn't read the article that I posted about Hanford Site. More than 50 years of lies and nobody is in jail, while the situation is very dangerous. Workers are often exposed to radiations, the river Columbia is contaminated but authorities are in denial, nuclear waste is leaking everywhere, in the river and in the ground. Only go to read the article if you want to know how bad it is.

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In addition to the nuclear disaster site 21 rectors are going to be decommissioning. The country needs to resolve the problem of long term storage of nuclear waste.

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A very good article. Thanks JT. It lays out many of the issues quite clearly without the usual focus on who to blame.

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