Yes, Offworlder, I was thinking about similar scenarios. I was wondering what kind, and how many tanker trucks could be used for such an undertaking of transporting tainted water? Surely there is a better option than just dumping it right off their shoreline. Perhaps pump it into a small oil-type tanker, and dilute it with ocean water a bit, then dump it in smaller amounts in areas of the ocean with rapid current, and a relatively small amount of marine life. I don't know...I'm just thinking out loud.
won't be the only dump they'll be forced to perform, maybe they should be considering future contingencies. Like making a radiation-resistant holding reservoir...to pump future amounts of radioactive water into. Oh, wait...they're doing that for reactors No.1 and No.3, but they're dumping all the water from reactors No. 5 and No. 6 directly into the Pacific.
Reactors No. 1 and No. 3, which have lower levels of water, need to be drained as well. Tokyo Electric's plan is to pump that water to other storage tanks, including some that still need to be set up. Water in and around the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors is being jettisoned directly in the sea, officials said.
Another big problem may be that authorities still don't know how exactly the gushing water got contaminated, where it came from or how to fix potential leaks and cracks deep inside the reactor complex and nuclear fuel.
Michael Friedlander, a former senior U.S. nuclear engineer, said late Monday that authorities will continue to have problems related to excess, radioactive water -- and the need to dump some of it -- as long as they inject huge amounts in to prevent fuel rods from overheating in reactors' cores and spent fuel pools.
"This is not a one-off deal," Friedlander said of dumping radioactive water into the ocean. "This issue of water and water management is going to plague them until they can get (fully operating) long-term core cooling."
Wait, now we've got the problem of unexplained
water "gushing" from somewhere around reactor No. 2?
...series of setbacks Japanese authorities faced Tuesday, including the detection of radiation in a fish and news that the water gushing into the Pacific had radiation levels millions of times above the regulatory limit. Readings from samples taken Saturday in the concrete pit outside the turbine building of the No. 2 reactor -- one of six at the crisis-plagued plant -- had radiation 7.5 million times the legal limit, a TEPCO official said. Newer findings, from Tuesday afternoon, showed a sizable drop to 5 million times the norm.
The utility company also noted Tuesday that the radiation levels diminished sharply a few dozen meters from the leak, consistent with their assessment that the spill might have a minimal effect on sea life. But even in these spots, radiation levels remained several hundred thousand times the legal limit.
,,,Both the utility and Japan's nuclear safety agency said they didn't know how much water is leaking into the sea from reactor No. 2
But engineers have had to pour nearly 200 tons of water a day into the No. 2 reactor vessel to keep it cool, and....regulators say they believe that is the water leaking out.
The idea is to expeditiously pump the tainted water from around the No. 2 reactor's turbine building, lowering levels inside so that water no longer rushes out into the sea, a Japanese nuclear safety official said. This came after the first two failed attempts to plug the problematic crack -- one by pouring in concrete, the other using a chemical compound mixed with sawdust and newspaper.
Okay, okay... okay
! They pumped sawdust and newspaper into it.
This article is probably
relating exactly what this situation really
is...a Japanese cluster-#%&!
After reading, and re-reading this article, I now have as much confidence in Tokyo Electric, and Japan's nuclear agency, as I do in the Japanese characters in a Godzilla movie, as they run around screaming, "GAWDZIRA, GAWDZIRA"!
Folks, Japan is in a world of hurt, and if we aren't careful, they'll make our world one of hurt too. Maybe the Japanese "officials" in charge of the nuclear disaster have been too much affected by stress, or maybe even radiation, to really make sound decisions. I've heard at least one United States nuclear authority at, Los Alamos National Laboratories, praising and complementing the Japanese about their knowledge regarding their current situation. Did that guy blow as much smoke up my arse as these Japanese regulators, and authorities are seemingly trying to do?
The title of the news article I linked
to in my original post said that the "radioactive water leak from the reactor had been stopped". Later however, the article stated..."The top priority, however, is stopping the water that's been gushing directly into the Pacific through a cracked concrete shaft outside the No. 2 reactor"! Now, it's either one or the other...but I give up trying to make sense of what the Japanese are telling us, for the moment.