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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 18, 2013, 10:20 AM

43. The amount of water is irrelevant.

The question is the amount of radioactive contamination within that water.

And to date... it hasn't even been detectable outside of the area immediately next to the plant (and there is has been entirely inconsequential levels).

Far larger amounts are washed from Japan every time it rains.

Plus TEPCO is covering up the fact that the fuel rod assemblies were damaged long before the accident and were never capable of being taken out.

That's nonsense. They reported it (the opposite of covering it up) back in August - which is how you know about it... and we're talking minuscule damage to three assemblies.

An assembly damaged in 1982 has obviously been out of the reactor for over 30 years... and two others appear to have "wire" clogged in them. They've also reported dozens more that were damaged long ago (almost all of them in unit 1 and roughly 40 years old). Far from "never capable of being taken out"... they just can't be taken out in the cask that will do most of the offloading. They'll have to create purpose-built containers for those few (which they had to do anyway in order to remove fuel from the cores years later)... and take smaller loads. Worth reporting, but hardly a big deal.

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