Just checked a few websites from Hotsheet. (Hotsheet’s an ancient website…and still one of the best.)
On Monday, workers continued to pump out radioactive water inside the plant…Officials said the contaminated water must be taken out before workers can restart and restore the plant’s cooling system.
Is this need due to actual engineering problems, or worries about personnel exposure? Because in the latter, if only we knew separate beta and gamma rates, we might could get workers in there anyway. They’d pick up gamma, of course, but we can guarantee no more beta burns if they’ll obey instructions.
Radioactive water has been found in all four of the reactors at the plant.
Yes…just like every reactor that’s ever been fired up. God, I hate journalism.
Nishiyama acknowledged the challenges that are facing the relief effort but insisted is stabilizing.
Whut? English may be Nishi’s second language, but should it be an ABC journalist’s?
“The problem is that right now nobody can reach the turbine houses where key electrical work must be done. There is a possibility that we may have to give up on that plan,” he said.
So apparently personnel exposure is the bottleneck. Gee, if only we knew how much of that radiation is beta, and how much is gamma.
GEE IF ONLY SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA WOULD ASK TEPCO TO SEPARATE THE DOSE RATES INTO BETA AND GAMMA. dammit. I really hate journalism.
Physicist Michio Kaku said if radiation levels get too high, that’s the point of no return.
Onward, to CBS’s balanced coverage:
The frantic effort to get temperatures down and avert a widening disaster has been slowed and complicated by fires, explosions, leaks and dangerous spikes in radiation. Two workers were burned after wading into highly radioactive water, officials said.
The Perfect Storm of Stupidity rages unabated:
…with the airborne radiation levels…exceeding 1,000 millisieverts per hour — more than four times the amount that the government considers safe for workers…
PRO TIP–Use the word “airborne” only when discussing “contamination”. What, “radiation” is passing through the air? OMG! Actually, that’s not really news to us.
I really, really hate journalism.
It could take weeks to clear out the radioactive water, said Gary Was, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Michigan.
“Battling the contamination so workers can work there is going to be an ongoing problem,” he said.
Really? It’s the contamination? Let’s see…set up supplied air systems, stat. Get bubble suits, stat. Get some freakin’ experienced rad techs, stat. Guys (and gals) who’ve covered “generator jumping” or “hot cell” work will do nicely.
They’ll cut airborne exposure by a 1,000 or more, prevent further beta burns, and ensure that personnel contaminations are both infrequent and non-dangerous.
We “nuke pukes” aren’t professors, but we damn sure could make the limiting condition gamma exposure, not contamination. Gee, if only we could know difference between beta and gamma…
Remember the “10,000,000x reactor water” scare? And it turned out to be “only” 100,000x?
“This sort of mistake is not something that can be forgiven,” Edano said sternly Monday.
Really? As ye sew, Mr. Edano…
And if a “two orders of magnitude” mistake is unforgivable, how about when a journalist confuses “milli” for “micro”? Death, yea, unto the third generation?
CBS again, chucking stones from the safety of a transparent silica stronghold:
The obviously harried officials…have repeatedly announced botched radiation readings, corrected themselves over and over and indulged in seemingly endless rounds of apologies.
Thus making themselves morally superior to judgemental journalists who never, ever say they’re sorry..
…the energy company was forced to apologize again…It had gotten their isotopes wrong not just once, but twice. If such errors seem dizzyingly technical to most of the world, they are basics for the nuclear power industry, where mistaking two isotopes is a major error.
…wait. “Gamma spectroscopy” is dizzyingly technical to non-nuke types? Then why don’t you journalists zip your lips?! Don’t speak, listen. Just pass our words along, puny journos, and seek not to interpret them!
Mitsuhiko Tanaka, a Fukushima nuclear plant designer turned anti-nuclear activist…
…urges more involvement of designers and other experts. “When a jet begins to crash, you don’t ask the pilots for answers to what’s gone wrong,”
Hmm. All these problems and mistakes and disasters we’re seeing…they’d never have happened if the nuclear plant design had been adequate. So Mitsu Tanaka…former nuclear plant designer…is anti-nuke today? Can’t blame him, if he assumes he’s normal.
For the record, I’m a current radiation protection technician who isn’t “pro-nuke”. I am pro-“free energy from perpetual-motion machines!”. I’m just willing to put up with nukes until something better comes along.
The litany of TEPCO’s sins continues. Then there’s this:
But in Japan, responsibility tends to be spread out, imperiling crisis management.
Really? It appears the opposite from way over here. Rigid lines of authority, not individual initiative, are the rule. Aren’t they?
And the final article is from CNN.