- "Cold shutdown" means the reactor cores - and
the used fuel pools - decrease in temperature through 100 degrees C and
continue to go down after a couple of days without additional cooling.
If that doesn't happen within 48 hours, it isn't going to. E-V-E-R.
The reactors are still 'in service' - which means the fuel is still reacting.
It hasn't happened at Fukushima and it never will.
- Pouring water on those reactors may keep them from getting
worse - but it doesn't make them any better. And it creates the potential
of another earthquake dumping millions of gallons of radioactive water
all over the Pacific. They can't continue to create highly radioactive
water at the rate of 21 cubic meters per hour for 200 years but the minute
they stop the fuel goes critical again. There is no way to stop it except
burning it up all at once with a few nukes.
- So this report, which makes the situation sound less
and less serious as the days pass, isn't telling the full story. Part
of it simply isn't true. They have been pumping that amount of water every
day for months now but they reported 60,000 tonnes on April 11 and the
total amount in the facility has officially remained at 'a little less
than 70,000 tonnes' ever since. That cannot be unless they are dumping
it in the ocean and lying about it.
- Did I read that smoke is still coming from two of the
reactors? Yep. So the problem still exists in a big way - it's just been
relegated to the back page.
- Did I read that workers are spraying an 'anti-scattering
agent' on the ground to control dust? Yep. For some reason I don't immediately
see the formula, so it has to be something simple. It's probably just
water-based acrylic polymer paint. Whatever it is, 'anti-scattering agent'
is spiffy-sounding name that doesn't mean anything but 'dust control'.
- I'm tempted to tell them that if they want to control
dust, splashing 'anti-scattering agent' around with a fire hose might not
be the best way to do it.