– Fukushima Fuku-Ups Continue (Asian-Week, June 24, 2011):
AP reports that
the Japanese have finally brought out their own robots instead of the military-strength Roombas. Well, the Quince robot built by Chiba Institute of Technology specifically for nuclear disasters was sent to unit 2 to have a peek at the radioactive stew in the basement. but got stuck at a staircase landing. Plus the cable to drop a gauge into the basement didn’t work either. The T-hawk hover drone gizmo they got from the US military also landed or landed or crashed depending on who was writing on the roof of Unit 2, the building that still has a roof. It’s on its side, so I’d call that a crash.
What somebody called their try at making Fukushima Springs Bottled Water failed when their spectacular hacked together cesium filter essentially bottled up more radioactive bad crap to render the filter too hot for workers to even remove after a matter of hours when they were planning on the water being much less severely contamainated so that it was supposed to run for a month. That’s a problem because they can’t dump any more water to cool things if they don’t have any place to put it, and it goes into the ocean.
OK for Ft Calhoun Spent Fuel Dry Cask To Be Dunked
MSNBC’s cheerfully lefty Rachael Maddow and even the New York Times is on the flood threatened Ft Calhoun station story now. One particularly fabricated story came out of Pakistan, the original appears to be written by Sorcha Faal who has been outed as an internet hoax queen. That version claims “A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a total and complete news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant ”
Nuclear Regulatory Commission says spent fuel casks near flood water pose no threat By Lynda Waddington 06.24.11 answers the question I’ve been working on with TC Burnett: Where is the dry cask building, and will it get flooded? While the main building is surrounded by a giant black water-filled hefty bag, it wasn’t clear if there was protection for the small building with holes on the side where the radioactive fuel in dry casks are placed, and the answer is they’re not protected because they figure there’s enough concrete and the big steel cans are sound enough to stand flooding without harming anything or anybody. I guess I’m OK with that, but it still leaves plenty to the imagination after seeing the tsunami knock over giant concrete breakwaters like foam movie props.