Title: Flooding complicates clean-up at Japanese nuclear plant
By: James Topham and Mari Saito (Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Date: March 8, 2013
[...] Plugging leaks in the reactors and removing the water is a necessary before removing melted fuel from the three damaged reactors. [...]
“We are developing remote technologies to do that, but in case there are too many holes and it is difficult to repair all of them, we have to take a different approach,” [Shunichi Suzuki, Tepco's general manager for research and development of Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning] said.
The company may resort to pouring a cement-like material into the rectors’ [sic] suppression chambers to plug leaks it has not been able to locate, Suzuki said. [...]
“One approach we are considering is putting grout, like cement. In other words, filling it in.” -Shunichi Suzuki
See also from today: Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors -- Explosions cracked containment vessels?
Published: March 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm ET
- NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO) March 15, 2012
- Nihon TV: Japan prof. says the explosions at Reactors No. 1 & 3 may have damaged suppression chambers — “Saturated steam that contains fission products” was apparently observed escaping December 8, 2011
- Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors — Explosions cracked containment vessels? March 8, 2013
- Fukushima reactors to be entombed like Chernobyl? Officials may say “We’re just going to fill it with concrete and walk away” (VIDEO) May 21, 2012
- Japan Nuclear Expert: Melted fuel may have gone through cement floor and into ground under Fukushima reactors — I don’t believe Tepco’s claim for one second — Where in the world is it? (VIDEO) August 23, 2012