Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tepco is seriously touting cold shutdown at Fukushima in just three months

Shall we give them the benefit of the doubt? In addition to being on schedule, the company reports that the amount of substances leaking from damaged reactors already "remains below the limit set by the government".

According to the plant operator, 200 million becquerel per hour leaks from the site through one form or another, translating to an exposure of "up to 0.4 millisievert when standing around the plant for one year", and as such, "clears the targeted limit of 1 millisievert per year".

As far as the Japanese government is concerned, this is more than acceptable. However, "it is still high compared with the 0.05 millisievert target for nuclear plants that are operating normally".  That works out to 20 times higher.

It's this kind of talk that has put a lot of people to sleep over the issue, including myself. But until clear and convincing evidence from independent sources surfaces, it would be prudent to keep an eye on the developments there - particularly the water situation.

Read the related article here at The Mainichi Daily News

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