Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The IAEA investigation team arrives in Japan just in time to witness radioactive water maxing out all available storage areas at the plant

I find this picture just classic

From NHK:
"A team of experts from the UN's nuclear watchdog group has arrived in Japan to investigate the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and has met with Japan's industry minister Banri Kaieda.

Kaieda met the team from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Tokyo on Tuesday evening. The team of nuclear experts from Britain, France and other nations arrived in Japan earlier in the day.

Kaieda said his government will fully cooperate with the team's investigations.

Team leader Mike Weightman said his agency wants to make use of lessons from the accident to improve the safety of nuclear power plants across the globe."

Meanwhile, a makeshift storage area with a capacity of 10,000 tons of water is filling up fast, and will reach capacity in 5 days.  As of Monday morning,  the building contained 8,700 tons of water. At the current transfer rate of 12 tons per hour, the facility will be full by the end of the week, at which point the water removal operation will stop until a treatment facility is complete.

Remember that French company Areva, and how they scored that big contract to decontaminate water in Dai-ichi? Their engineers have spent the last month designing a treatment system for the plant that will use a chemical process to remove radioactive contaminants and salt from the water.

Once installed, Areva and Tepco are touting their new system's technological efficiency at 50 treated tons of water per hour, which will then be used to cool reactors instead of seawater or fresh water brought from off site. TEPCO has indicated it expects treatment to begin in June.

1 comment :

  1. I wonder what they will do with all the contamination ion exchange resin? Are they going to vitrify on-site or are they going to transport this stuff for treatment?