Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nuclear Ironies and Webcam Update



Beginning in 1981, the central government provided grants to residents in Fukushima Prefecture, presumably to live near the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants.[i]

In January 2014 the central government discontinued funding after TEPCO decided to “decommission” all the reactors at the plant.

Fukushima Prefecture government took over funding in 2014 but will exhaust leftover cash in 2017. The prefecture is now deciding whether to halt the subsidies altogether or find another funding source.

Is it not ironic that money comes from the central government until a disaster strikes, after which the money is halted?




        [i]  Prefecture’s subsidies for residents near Fukushima No. 1 plant to run out next year. Japan Times, June 29, 2016, Available from, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/29/national/prefectures-subsidies-residents-near-fukushima-no-1-plant-run-next-year/#.V3PnZKKYKXM, accessed June 29, 2016.


 
Daiichi Update
 
I've not seen anything unusual on the webcams so the power outage doesn't seem to have affected cooling in surface arenas. 

Perhaps the outage affected water capture and filtration rather than cooling. 

Fukushima Diary recently reported that a water storage tank leaked some highly radioactive water (which probably occurs more than reported):
7 million Bq of all β nuclides leaked as contaminated water in Fukushima plant. Fukushima Diary, http://fukushima-diary.com/2016/06/7-million-bq-of-all-%ce%b2-nuclides-leaked-as-contaminated-water-in-fukushima-plant/

According to Tepco, highly contaminated water leaked from a water storage tank on 6/26/2016. All β nuclides density is reportedly 96,000,000 Bq/m3. Cs-134/137 density is also 700,000 Bq/m3.
It is hard to know what is going on at the plant as news coverage has become more sparse.