It was reported today that a U.S. firm named EnergySolutions, which has been involved in the decommissioning of 10 nuclear power plants now aims to garnering multiple contracts for aiding other companies in dismantling Fukushima. This is supposed to also include the spent fuel rods housed there. However we have a slight problem with this you will see as reported
today in The Denki Shimbun (The Electric Daily News)
, from Japan.
“In connection with the decommissioning of Fukushima I units 1 – 4, EnergySolutions aims to handle the planning of the entire decommissioning process, including cost calculation, and win orders for multiple projects, including the treatment and volume reduction of radioactive waste and the extraction and storage of spent fuel and fuel debris (damaged fuel).
Concerning the extraction of fuel debris, which is considered the most challenging process, “There is no technology which may be directly applied,”
said Morant. He added, however, that knowledge concerning the extraction of damaged fuel, which was obtained through the use of research reactors, and remote underwater cutting technology, as used for the Zion nuclear power station in the United States, may be applied to some extent.”
For almost 14 months now those of us who follow the Fukushima disaster closely via the alternative media have waited for someone to make a definitive statement as to how the authorities plan to deal with the ongoing meltdown of three reactors and the spent fuel rods housed there. While the main stream media all but ignores the biggest disaster of all time, alternative media sources have been weeks to as much as ten months ahead of corporate news in accurate reporting of events there. This should be the top story in the news every single day because it is the most important thing happening in the world not only right now but in all of recorded history. This is bigger than the global financial crisis, this is bigger than any election, riot, protest and every single war since the dawn of man. It is the definitive event of all human history. If we screw this up we’re all toast. Every single one of us.
One thing that has been suspiciously missing in statements about Fukushima from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)
, the Japanse government, the U.S. government or even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA
) is any mention of a planned response. All that is reported scant as it is, are occasional responses to one downplayed crisis after another and without any forward looking guidance or direction. No one has been willing to tell us what the plan is!
Today it has finally been admitted, a fact that many of us have known since the beginning of this nightmare, that there is no strategy
and there is no real plan
to deal with Fukushima. Here we sit over a year into this thing, radiation washing and raining across the globe and just now it’s being revealed to the greater public that there is no technology developed to handle the situation. They are flying by the seat of their pants and hope to basically figure it out as they go along. What may be horrifying to the majority of the public left unawares is the fact that in the past year there really has been no progress made at Fukushima. Most people probably assume that since it’s not in the news that everything has somehow turned out ok or that it’s been taken care of. Nothing has improved and things have only gotten worse as time has gone along. The place looks like the bombed out war zone it did just following the tsunami, the melt down of three reactors and the resultant massive hydrogen explosion which basically ripped the nuclear power plant apart. That event sent tremendous amounts of radioactive substances into the air and still does with each and every passing second. It rains down on Japan, the U.S., Canada, Europe, all the way back to Asia and now there are even reports of radioactive hot spots in the Southern Hemisphere. The mix includes cesium, iodine, strontium, plutonium and now this unforeseen event has probably produced something which never existed before, endofullerene buckey balls
making it possible for uranium to be carried through the air as easily as pollen.