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MARI YAMAGUCHI September 13, 2013 9:32 AM

TOKYO (AP) — A former U.S. nuclear regulator says cleaning up Japan's wrecked Fukushima plant is a bigger challenge than the work he led at Three Mile Island and that ongoing radioactive water leaks are a minor part of that task.

Lake Barrett was appointed this month by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. as an outside adviser for the decades-long decommissioning process. He led the Three Mile Island accident cleanup for nearly a decade as part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

He said that the meltdowns in three of the reactors, massive radiation leaks and the volume of contaminated water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, on Japan's northeast coast, make it a more complicated clean-up.

"In comparison to Three Mile Island, Fukushima is much more challenging, much more complex a job," Barrett told a Tokyo news conference.

Compared to the magnitude of that task, the leakage problem is a "very low health impact and not a concern," he told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview later Friday. The attention on the contaminated water leaks is "out of proportion," and is hurting the overall cleanup process by slowing things down, he said.

The 1979 core melt accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania involved one reactor. All the radioactivity was contained in one building, where 8,000 tons of contaminated water were trapped.

In Fukushima, the catastrophe was precipitated by a massive earthquake and tsunami, whose aftermath are further adding to the difficulties of containing and cleaning up after the meltdowns of the three reactors. Moreover, buildings at the Japanese plant were destroyed or damaged by hydrogen explosions, which released massive radioactive elements into the air and sea.

Japanese officials have acknowledged that radioactive ground water has been leaking from the plant since soon after the nuclear disaster. Recent leaks from storage tanks holding radioactive water have added to the concerns.

But despite worries over the massive quantities of water needed to cool the melted reactors, the risk of radiation-contaminated water to public health is minimal, Barrett said.

Improved communication would help calm those fears, which likely persist since huge amounts of radiation-tainted water will have to be released into the Pacific after it is processed to bring it below legal limits.

TEPCO on Thursday acknowledged that samples of underground water from near a tank where a major leak occurred last month showed high levels of radioactive tritium.

Massive amounts of contaminated water — a combination of water leaking from the three damaged reactors and inflows of underground water — have also accumulated inside reactor and turbine basements and threaten to leak into the Pacific Ocean.

The most toxic water gathers in the basements, Barrett said, but it is so far "adequately controlled."

The Nuclear Regulation Authority has estimated the amount of that water at a hefty 90,000 tons and urged TEPCO on Thursday to quickly increase anti-leak measures to the basements to minimize the risk of the highly toxic water spreading.

Hours before the Sept. 7 vote by the International Olympic Committee awarded Tokyo the hosting rights for the 2020 games, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphatically declared that the leaks were under control.

The government has promised to become more directly involved in the plant's water management and to fund costly projects to contain the leaks, including an ice wall — using a system of pipes to freeze the earth so it forms a frozen wall — to surround the reactor and turbine buildings to block underground water flows, and an advanced water treatment apparatus designed to process tank water to make it safe enough for eventual release into the Pacific.

Dale Klein, a former NRC chairman who was also in Tokyo as a TEPCO adviser, said Friday that the contaminated water problem would last "for at least a decade" until planned removal of molten fuel that needs constant cooling begins.

"Water would be an issue that TEPCO would have to pay attention for a long time," he said.


http://news.yahoo.com/ex-us-regulator-fukushima-cleanup-complicated-102051751.html

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Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:26 am
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I just had to highlight the part about Three Mile Islands accident having all the radiation contained in the building. If you really believe that is true, check out the podcast below.

Fairewinds Energy Education wrote:
About This Podcast

This week’s podcast features the testimonies of people living near the Three Mile Island nuclear plant at the time of the accident in 1979. Unlike most of our podcasts which feature scientists and other nuclear experts, today you will be hearing from ordinary citizens who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. These powerful testimonies are available in the NRC archives, but buried under thousands of other documents they rarely see the light of day. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it make a sound? If somebody signs a non-disclosure agreement, were they ever officially harmed? Today we challenge the misconception that nobody was hurt in the Three Mile Island accident, because history is repeating itself at Fukushima Daiichi.


Please listen to the podcast here: http://fairewinds.org/podcast/if-a-tree ... the-forest

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Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:34 am
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QUOTE:

Ex-Chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Upcoming ‘attempt’ to remove Fukushima Unit 4 spent fuel is very, very unprecedented — Pool has significant structural damage — Will be very risky

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Gregory Jaczko, Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: There’s very risk significant activities happening in the next several months with the attempt to remove fuel from the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.

That’s a very significant activity, and it’s also unprecedented.

There’s significant structural damage to the Unit 4 spent fuel pool. New structures had to be created.

They’re going to have to lift significant debris from the pools.

These are all very, very unprecedented activities.


SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:03 am
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While listening to the video, I found from 4:30 min. - 6:12 min. very interesting but too many times government officials speak what we want to hear but then do just the opposite. Even if they shutdown every nuclear reactor currently running in the world, we still have an out of control Fukushima and nuclear waste from every reactor shutdown.

Just one example would be Bush but Obama and others have done lies too!

"Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES" - Bush :lol:

Same video as above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:17 am
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...at 8:20 min. Mr. Johnson openly said that after 3-weeks of the Fukushima disaster, Fukushima fallout showed up in his milk he was feeding his children in California.

Same video as above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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...at 23:20 min. Gregory Jaczko, Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission answers a question and speaks about nuclear plants risk vs. rewards in the community and how expensive nuclear power really is. Wow, I am not sure how to take this guy because he seems truthful. Maybe he has some kids that want to live here on earth too.

Same video as above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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at 28:40 min Gregory Jaczko, Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission answers a different question and in doing so he gives up some information about a disagreement between Japan & U.S. nuclear officials early on in this Fukushima disaster. The U.S. officials were telling Japan to flood the reactor buildings to decrease the air-born contamination (clearly to benefit the U.S. mainly, due to the jetstream) and the Japan officials disagreed because of fear over increased ground water contamination. I get out of those statements that these were our two best choices, both being contamination. Wow, isn't nuclear power great! :(

Same video as above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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...at 36:00 min. Gregory Jaczko, Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission answers a different question and here he is full of CRAP saying stuff like the site can be decontaminated everything back to the reactor buildings. Someone needs to tell him about what has been pumped/leaked in to the ocean! He also said you can decontaminate the reactor buildings too. :lol:

...at 36:50 min. he is somewhat honest by saying that Fukushima will "...likely continue to be a somewhat of a quasi regional impact for decades to come" :o

Same video as above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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...at 42:30 min. a question was asked about why and what did the panel feel about the statement the Japan government recently made saying that everything was fine and none of the panel wanted to answer it. This is a very awkward moment and this clip is a MUST WATCH! :lol:

Then at 43:51 min. Gregory Jaczko, Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission breaks down and attempts to answer the question and speaking about the Fukushima disaster said, "...what was unleashed was a force beyond human control"

Same video as above:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxqAGZOX7s

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