Tepco to construct bulbous cover over Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 (PHOTO)

Published: November 14th, 2012 at 3:27 pm ET


Enformable, Nov. 14, 2012: TEPCO has released designs for a cover to construct around the crippled Unit 3 reactor building in order to allow the utility to remove fuel rods from the spent fuel pool by crane. […] The building will also house ventilation to reduce the radioactive materials being released into the atmosphere.

See Tepco’s handout showing the cover here

Published: November 14th, 2012 at 3:27 pm ET


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33 comments to Tepco to construct bulbous cover over Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 (PHOTO)

  • To trap the emissions from unit 3, or to hide them?

    The screen shots here are from a "good" day….


    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      oh yea, lots of greenish eyed gouls from the underworld coming to pay us all a visit, just in time for… gotta run, one of those green gouls just appeared in our neighborhood…

      Gonna hit it with some Ghost Buster blasters…

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    You mean that TEPCO actually has a PLAN for Unit3? WOW!!!

    TEPCO, when you cover one of these ruins, the outgassing radioactivity builds up. How did the cover over Unit1 work out for you? Doesn't help the 'clean-up' if you can't send workers in. Doesn't matter what the building looks like if the corium is buried 100' deep in the rock under the building. Now, I am delighted that you have a plan for removing the spent fuel. I am delighted that you have a plan to trap and treat gas emissions from Unit3. But what we are still lacking is your acknowledgment that there are 100 tons of MOX corium deep in the rock under Unit3. What we are still lacking is your plan for containing and cooling this corium.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Philipupnorth, may i sadly correct you. We are looking at THE PLAN. The corium will not be contained. Once the fuel rods are removed, or those that can be, the site will be entombed when there is less public attention on nuclear energy failures.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    looks like lots of holes in it, just like with Unit 1.

    Is it meant to hide something?

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  • Sirius

    "The building will also house ventilation to reduce the radioactive materials being released into the atmosphere."

    Just reduce?

    • many moons

      How would ventilation reduce radioactivity? At best it might push it to another area but that won't reduce radiation

      • richard richard

        You see, we need a vent in the atmosphere, then we can reduce radioactivity. Simple. What's your problem?

        It's not like it'll cause any short term harm in the immediate future.

        Future generations might morph into double headed potatoes, but hey, the Japanese nukers are ok.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          Venting into the atmosphere causes severe weather events including fire and drought in your neck of the woods. The radiation is killing off all the population, and that includes everyone in the world. No where to run, to where to hide. Radiation cannot be diminished whether the ocean, the air, or the land. Radiation in the ocean is killing the plankton on which we depend for oxygen. Without oxygen we are all dead whether from direct or indirect radiation.

          Everything at Fukushima is cosmetic. Soon the old rulers of the world will have died off, and with them all enthusiasm for nukes will die off with them. Bye Kissinger's think tank. Why did you last so long? Can't you let anyone else in the world live?

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      We think they meant to say confuse, not reduce..

      If you confuse radiation enough by smiling, it will not hur you… so says the doc.. don't you know?

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Thx AGR!

  • getoutwhileyoustillcan

    looks like they're turning it into a shopping mall

    • richard richard

      I thought they said it was going to be an amusement park.

      Can't wait for the water rides.

    • arclight arclight

      a tented shopping mall! ๐Ÿ™‚ i mean its still a bloody tent!!

      designed to force the emissions up the very high stack and that should end up all over the mountains given local wind patterns and coastal wind effects
      could go further too!
      and the dust from demolition …
      my thoughts have to be with the workers here.. they gotta strip the weight and debris..
      question.. what filters are tepco using for stack emissions??
      should make it safer to work around 3 though…

  • razzz razzz

    Outta sight, outta mind.

    Not sure how they punch crane cables through their new cover and pull casks up and out.

    Doesn't a cover contain the radiation and make the contamination inside worse for workers?

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    You can see a large electric discharge posted here by Chas


    Maybe they need to filter the ionizing air just to safely use their machines!

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      This is just 'excess' free electricity… part of the free electricity the nuke industry promised everyone.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    I guess TEPCO will be needing some fresh blood- oops I mean workers – to erect this big top propaganda prop. Wonder where they will go looking for them. School year is about to end so there should be a whole bunch of school leavers out looking for work. Go TEPCO!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Any progress is welcomed, but a mammoth engineering feat is needed. Radiation leakage must stop. The world's most capable countries should jump in. Otherwise, everyone looses.

  • dosdos dosdos

    on paper it looks okay. Now where is the expansion for Number 4, which was supposed to be in full construction by now?

  • jackassrig

    I can't find words to express my contempt for these bungling idiots. If YAPCO had built the cover out of TEPCO BS it would have been completed months ago.

  • many moons

    I think the tent will aid in images….images like the one that went viral….iron/steel frame being pushed by the crane lands in the drain….this is a PR band-aid at best…

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    They can do whatever they want in there, and no one can take pictures or say anything besides what they want to tell the world.

    Paint us some pretty pictures now….

    full of free, clean, green nuclear power.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    can we build some mini haarps to defend ourselves with?

  • "The high radiation fields around the reactor building prevent workers from performing the construction work, but will require a mostly robotic workforce." – from article

    …and they haven't got the robots that can do this either.

    This is in the design stage. (on paper only)

    I didn't see any time schedule for work to begin or an estimated finish date.
    – 2050? 2330?
    (just guessing)

    I don't really believe there's any long range plan except to apply 'band-aids' and quick fixes as needed and whenever possible.

    An effort is made to make the facility 'look like' they're keeping the place tidy. There may not be much left they can do as far as slowing the radioactive contamination. Except hope and pray it's not your shift when the whole thing goes critical.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    It ALREADY went critical ONCE.

    You mean it can do it AGAIN?

    With or without a condom?

  • Uh, how do you use a crane to remove fuel if it's covered?

    hmmmmmmmmmm, maybe they have another purpose or idea.

  • stopnp stopnp

    Yea. I think it's to hide whatever can be seen through the crappy camera. What a waste of money and time.