Researchers show risk of nuclear meltdown drastically undervalued in risk assessment models
TEPCO profits most from higher priced regulated sales of electricity to residential districts rather than negotiated deals with corporate customers
Lucas W Hixson
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Lucas, thank you for giving us this summary. Of course, whenever we read that there’s another problem at the Fuk-DD plant, we want to know HOW that will effect things — short term and long term.
SHORT TERM, TEPCO claims the fuel is still adequately cooled, even though there’s a leak and the water is way low in Unit 1.
I wish your summary had included this additional important part about the prognosis LONG TERM: “The water leaks at the two reactors could make the task of decommissioning the plant more difficult. The utility plans to fill the containment vessels with water to remove melted fuel”. (From the source NHK.)
BTW, as you may know, Joieau is no longer at Daily Kos and I very much look forward to seeing more of her writing here. Cheers, PreciousLittle.
Joieau is no longer at Daily Kos?!
They will be missing out on her incredibly honest, intellectual and brilliant analysis.
Quote from the article:
[…] the company hopes to insert an endoscope into the reactor by the end of the year to determine the actual water level.”
By the end of the year!
Where is the sense of urgency?
And even worse…..
It will take until 2015 to finish work on the precarious Unit #4 ??