In March of 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan killed thousands of people. It also triggered the meltdown of reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant. The cleanup is ongoing and has been problematic, with power failures and leaks of contaminated water. And the technical difficulties involved in closing the facility are compounded by serious labor issues. —Anthony Kuhn; Melissa Block, host: NPR, “Three Years from Meltdown Japanese Nuclear Plant Still Struggles, “March 11, 2014
From personal notes of NPR interview, March 2014:
The stabilizing process uses 100 thousand gallons of water per day. Reactor cores are in shut-down only because water is “thrown at it” every day. The water is going into the basement, ground, and eventually into the ocean. The contaminated water is stored in “hillsides of tanks.” They can’t remove the tritium...Estimating it will take 40 years to decommission the plant. .
According to a report by Tepco (the company overseeing cleanup): “Tritium could be separated theoretically, but there is no practical separation technology on an industrial scale.” (Footnote: JP Gov “No drastic technology to remove tritium was found in internationally collected knowledge” —Fukushima Diary)
—Wikipedia article article on “Tritium.” .
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