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Thursday, 22 August 2013

The reality of the Level Three Water tank Crisis? Is it really a Doomsday Clock?

Current Leakage emergency at Fukushima

This report will be condensed, as there are to many variables in play right now, to go deep into facts and innuendo.

Yes the tanks are leaking. Why does this presuppose TEPCO to lift the situation to a Nuclear level 3 event?

Firstly let's discuss what a Level 3 event actually is (remembering that level 7 has NOT been downgraded regarding the site)

Level 3 Nuclear Event

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Looking at the chart, and TEPCO's non-disclosure and lying ability, we can see that level 3 still is under an 'incident' category, albeit the most sever.

What can occur here?


Level 3: Serious incident[edit source | editbeta]

Impact on people and environment
Exposure in excess of ten times the statutory annual limit for workers.
Non-lethal deterministic health effect (e.g., burns) from radiation.
Impact on radiological barriers and control
Exposure rates of more than 1 Sv/h in an operating area.
Severe contamination in an area not expected by design, with a low probability of ­significant public exposure.
Impact on defence-in-depth
Near accident at a nuclear power plant with no safety provisions remaining.
Lost or stolen highly radioactive sealed source.
Misdelivered highly radioactive sealed source without adequate procedures in place to handle it.
So why now?

Given TEPCO's History of Non-Disclosure, it is always hard to discern fact from innuendo.
The alert level and immediacy of reporting the event, both to the Nuclear commission and the Mass media can lead to this line of thinking (again based on fact).
  • The tanks are a stop gap, emergency storage of highly radioactive substance solution.
  • They were made quickly (probably inexpensively)
  • They were mass produced using exactly the same methods and materials.

Where is the problem?
  1. If one tank leaks, due to structural integrity? Then the same latent issue remains with the rest of the tanks.
  2. The tanks were made from substances (rubber, metal cladding), that perform poorly with salted (sea), water and are stressed and wear due to the salinity.
  3. There is no alternate place to store such highly toxic waste. (albeit it it is not waste in the true sense), moreover leakage from a destroyed nuclear plant x 4.
So, without rocket science, if several tanks have started leaking, given that they were all mass produced at the same time, what does that tell us?

There are miles and miles of 'gaffer taped' hosing that pumps this waste to and from whichever place TEPCO deems it necessary to be, with little human intervention due to the highly radioactive environment.

Ground water Emergency

As can be seen in the above diagram, if the tanks leak, it will be into the low lying water table which promotes the following issues.
  1. Ground water is the water used in the Biological food processes, including plants, animals and humans.
  2. Ground water seeps into the sea (regardless of retaining walls) and affects the oceans, ocean life, and life globally.
  3. Water, in its natural process evaporates into clouds, rain furthering its reach globally.

In all, if the tanks leak, every effort to store what should be contained, is gone. Regardless of what is still being released, this adds X fold to the emergency.
The water table is life-giving, yet precarious, rising serious issues about the stability of the what is left spent fuel pools
The dooms-day clock is indeed clicking over, and yet, they still have the arduous and dangerous task of removing the spent fuel. Where do they store that?

Indeed, a never before seen, Global man made catastrophe that our generation were sadly here to witness.



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