World Leader in Decommissioning Reactors: “There is no technology which may be directly applied” at Fukushima

Published: May 2nd, 2012 at 1:25 pm ET


Title: US firm EnergySolutions ready to advance into reactor decommissioning business in Japan
Source: The Denki Shimbun (The Electric Daily News)
Date: May 02, 2012

Recently, executives of EnergySolutions, the global leader in the field of treatment and disposal of radioactive waste, accepted an interview with The Denki Shimbun and expressed their intention to expand their cooperative relationships with Japanese companies in the reactor decommissioning business in Japan. Having already established a business alliance with Toshiba for multi-nuclide removal equipment at the Fukushima I nuclear power station, they will similarly issue further proposals for other electric utilities and heavy electric machinery manufacturers. In addition, they are willing to handle the tasks of planning and costing the reactor decommissioning of Fukushima I units 1 to 4, and execute orders in connection with multiple projects, such as radioactive waste treatment and fuel extraction. […]

To date, EnergySolutions has successfully decommissioned more than 10 reactors. […]

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.

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Published: May 2nd, 2012 at 1:25 pm ET


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32 comments to World Leader in Decommissioning Reactors: “There is no technology which may be directly applied” at Fukushima

  • What-About-The-Kids

    A bit of info about Zion NPP on Lake Michigan, which is being decommissioned (will take 10 years to do so.):

    The senators who visited the plant last year voiced their concerns about removing the thousands of tons of nuclear waste stored right on Lake Michigan (which equals "95% of America's total fresh water supply").

    Just a sneak peak into what we are facing as (er…when) our nation moves to decommission all 104 of our civilian NPPs (and how many other NPPs used for research or other uses?)

    Billions of dollars, decades of work, an increased amount of radioactivity released into the air and no place to safely store the nuclear waste.

    But we have no choice: Starting the decommissioning process at our NPPs must be an urgent priority.

    What a mess we've gotten ourselves (and the world) into.

    In a word: SHAMEFUL.

    • My word for it is CRIMINAL.

      • What-About-The-Kids

        That too. πŸ™‚ It goes without saying, but I guess we need to keep saying it and shouting it to the rooftops until somebody starts paying attention.

        Any leaders left out there with integrity and smarts enough to know that nuclear criminals are killing our planet? Hello??? (Why am I only hearing a deafening silence, and my voice echoing off the tops of our 104 death-spewing nuclear nightmares???)


    • What-About-The-Kids

      LOL! (Sort of)…

      U.S. Senator Kirk calls for widening the evacuation zones at U.S. NPPs from 10 miles to 13 miles!!!

      Quote from above article:

      "The visit also comes in the wake of the tsunami in Japan, which severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leaking radiation into the area. This is why Kirk is calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to expand the current emergency preparedness zone from the existing 10 miles to 13 miles.

      "The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, IEMA, and FEMA can make sure that we have proper radiation sources, evacuation plans, et cetera, that encompass a wider area, given what happened at Fukushima," Kirk said."

      Sadly, given the status quo and the demented circus-like fiasco we've all witnessed over the past year since 3/11, I highly doubt it, Senator Kirk. I highly doubt it.

      No human being can properly plan for a nuclear disaster. It just isn't humanly possible. Let's drop this silly hubristic pride and GET REAL.

      Look, even the "top decommissioning expert" admits there is NO technology even invented to clean up such a mess. No one should be allowed to play with such deadly, uncontrollable toys EVER AGAIN. PERIOD.

  • Bobby1

    So, they built these death machines all around the world, and there is no technology available to fix them if something goes wrong. And they want to build MORE of them.

    • What-About-The-Kids

      Even a 5 year old can see the illogic of such actions. A 5 year old!!!

      Greed truly blinds the greedy. Just look how easily the pro-nukers pretend no one is suffering in Chernobyl or Fukushima (or other places downwind of nuclear plants or above ground nuclear tests, etc.)

      Instead, they so eagerly are planning their next Death Machines to "gift" to our planet. If THAT isn't the very definition of sick (psychopathic or sociopathic?), I don't know WHAT is!

    • stopnp stopnp


    • andii

      *Sits in a corner and cry* πŸ™

      Why nobody cares about this?
      At the same time, they say 'Of course, I love my family' :O
      Oh really?! Too busy making money? Money is useless once the family is gone.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    They can only "sort of" decommission a plant that isn't damaged. And unable to decommission one (at all) with melted fuel. And there's no solution for toxic waste from any nuclear plant. This all shows the complete stupidity of using nuclear power.

  • SteveMT

    Finally, the truth. After over a year, what took so long?

  • Gotham

    If this company could help with Fuku they would have first had to cut their teeth on Chernobyl – another plant that will never be decomissioned.


    curious as to what EnergySolutions will be charging for their work. Of course, we'll never know as the cost for decommissioning these monsters will be buried inside some benign sounding program. And believe me, we're all (around the globe) going to be paying for this catastrophe; in more ways than you can count…

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Yet this is the perfect political maneuver on behalf of TEPCO.
    If the cleanup doesn't work out, they can simply say
    "Don't look at us…the failure is the fault of EnergySolutions….go talk to them."

  • Nigwil

    Well, at least if someone has figured out how to make some serious money out of the Fukushima tidy-up there is some chance the money will actually be spent doing what's required in the quickest possible time. Sounds like they have an actual track record of the work, unlike TEPCO who are floundering around 'somewhat'!

    All it takes then is the government to provide the money because TEPCO's broke.

  • howardtlewisiii

    I don't believe it. You at ENE go against past policy and trim off input. I do not believe that cameramen and structural inspectors can bring in clipboards but work teams can not relay effort to physically reinforce pool 4 or other work. I refuse to believe your expert. Response to the previous comments having to do with the exotic materials science which is needed to be considered in containment should be a basis for the expansion of input. Not closed off because some bigoted FEMA jackass or Bush cabal or Rockefeller representative says so. This is the same crap as the BP's "Make me team captain or you can't use my bat and glove." attitude. The Rockefellers and Bush cabal and BP hire retarded 'yesmen' who do and say what they must to maintain a cushy job and get sick. Look at the DH oil well mess, still uncontained and the pathologically passive CIC of the US. Don't believe in these punks.

  • patriot9878

    OK, you know how we hear the politicians do what we want? It why we vote them in. How many civilians do you think would say they like nuclear power and we need to build more? These poison factories after they are decommissioned it takes a decade to clean up the area and it must cost tons to build them. The truth be known they create so much extra cleaning they aren't worth it.
    How many civilians do you think would say we need to grow hemp to feed the boilers, because you have to remember all they do with any of these power plants is boil water to create steam. Nuclear power plants if they decommissioned them all it would take 50 years and probably 50 billon dollars and where would they put billions of gallons of nuclear waste? They would have to store all the those rods which with 500 nuke plants there would be 20 million rods. You have to wonder do we want people who would build these things to run the world?

  • jbvtme

    we humans don't belong on this planet

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    F__K no! But they do and now we have to take it back. The world that is. This is truly a life or death situation we all find our selves in. There maybe no way out for any of us. Who would have thought cannabis could cure cancer the very thing these plants create. Then govs make it illeagal just when we need it most. Everything is running against the grain, everything. I see no way out of this mess, leaving it to a higher power that I hope exists. I have been losing faith in mankind for years now and this is just the icing on the cake. No faith that they can control this out of control nuclear fiassco that we find ourselves in. No faith that the UN can do any better than the Japanese who were only trying to save there country. Hell, we have fought world wars for much less than this. Truth will be the only thing that can help us, but again I have no faith in finding that either.

  • StillJill StillJill

    You need a dubie my brother! πŸ™‚

  • waves4me

    What do you think about outdoor crops? Cannabis is one of the best bioaccumlators of radiation around. Thats why they planted it at chernobyl. Kinda has me concerned about smoking any outdoor crop?!?! Might limit its anti cancer properties. Sorry to sound like a downer…

  • StillJill StillJill

    No,…you're no downer–only smart! I only smoked indoor since last 3/11,….until quite recently. I ran out of indoor. Then my plants got very sick indoors, due to poor conditions, etc,…outside of my control. So,….they went outside 6 days ago.
    Will I smoke them? Not sure. I planted them in zeolite and bentonite clay mixed in. I added bentonite to their feed today.
    If nothing else,…I truly thought ahead,….the ground under them will be pretty darned clean after I yank them in Oct. That is where I will cover that area, keep it clean til next spring and (hopefully) get clean-er crops because of having had 'the girls' there! πŸ™‚

    That's my story,….and by God I'm stickin' to it! πŸ™‚

    Thanks friend!

    • truthseek truthseek

      SJ, I have been wondering about this…
      But if our food is grown outdoors???
      All of this is up for consideration…
      A potential concern.

      Take care of those babies.

      • StillJill StillJill

        I will truthseek! πŸ™‚

        They're 'scrappy' little survivors,…just like their Mom! πŸ™‚

  • Adhanda

    "We have the capability of generating scalar radiation…you can compare radiation to what's called ion cyclotron resonance…and if you have the resonant frequency of say a specific ion like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and you set it up to the non-radioactive ion resonance of an element that's in the same periodic table as the radioactive element, it shatters off the radioactive and then increases the rate of decay of that element. In other words, it can actually speeds up the decay so that it can become non-radioactive. In other words, we can take an isotope that might take 200 years to be gone, and you actually can setup a satellite over that area blasting a scalar radiation signal down for the normal non-radiocative isotope so it doesn't affect nature adversely, but if there's a radioactive isotope, it'll increase it's decay, so instead of it's T1 half being, let's say, 40 years or 60 years, it might be 20 days…" – Dr. William Deagle

  • StillJill StillJill

    That is very interesting Adhanda!

    I'm skeptical,…but also intrigued!

    Thanks friend! πŸ™‚

  • desara3

    And still, Einstein is the only one who apologized! He saw what it would do in the wrong hands. He unfortunately understood too late, and he knew it. Yet, he did apologize. I will accept it from Einstein(RIP), but thats it. The rest is already beyond our control.

  • glowfus

    how do you plan a fuel extraction without knowing where the fuel is? and, when and if it is published (the whereabouts of the fuel) the complexities involved would take time to design build and test the removal procedure. the vollume of fuel, the debri/soil? surrounding the fuel, the eartquake/tidal wave hazard=,,,step one,,,evacuate. step two,,evacuate,,,step three,,,evacuate.

    • SnorkY2K

      I did contact their HR department today. I believe that I know how to find the fuel and extract it hot then isolate it. We will see if they even call me.