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  •  One question: where has all the water... (7+ / 0-)
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    ...that's been poured onto these structures gone?

    And, of that that remains liquid, what does it contain, having essentially washed over the reactor systems at large, which must be covered in radioactive dust?

    Kyodo is quoted as saying that SDF pumpers have put 160 tons of water onto the spent-fuel pool of reactor 4 alone, on Sunday alone.

    At -- what? -- 8.35 pounds per gallon, that's a shit-load of water. On Sunday. On one reactor.

    Finally: great series of very informative articles.

    - bp

    "I don't care who your goddam emperor is: his clothes still suck"

    by b00g13p0p on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 03:59:29 PM PDT

    •  It goes somewhere (5+ / 0-)
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      At this point, it looks like it goes into steam into the environment and water leaks into the system and buildings and then into the environment.

    •  That's a question I keep wondering about (4+ / 0-)
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      Especially with regard to the water thrown at and/or leaking from damaged spent fuel pools.  What does this water contain and does it just drip down through the structures into the ground?  Does anybody know?  Was some kind of backup containment for such pool leaks (whatever the potential cause) ever built into the reactor buildings?  

      "All day long I felt like smashing my face in a clear glass window, but instead I went out and smashed up a phone booth round the corner." --Yoko Ono

      by notcaesar on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 04:27:29 PM PDT

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    •  Multiple answers ... (12+ / 0-)

      The water that is being sprayed onto the roofs of these buildings is either staying on the outside or going into the fuel pools.  This would include washing down contaminants that were released during the venting operations plus any radioactive material that may have been sloshed out of the fuel pools during either the earthquake or hydrogen explosion.  This water is presumably going into the ground onsite.

      The water that is leaking from the fuel pools should be collecting inside the secondary containment.  Most would be expected to eventually drain down into the bottom of the structure.  This will be one of many cleanup challenges, much like the water in the basement of the reactor building at Three Mile Island.

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      by kbman on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 04:53:29 PM PDT

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      •  Heroic Assumption! (1+ / 0-)
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        The spent fuel pools do not cover anywhere close to all of the real estate under those roofs. And #4's pool is almost certain to have a big leak. If it didn't have a big leak, it never would have run dry to begin with.

        Bottom line is that we cannot know what the water level is. TEPCO and the Japanese aren't telling; the U.S. Air Force knows, but isn't telling; and someone has obviously gotten to Jaczko, because he's no longer telling.

        This smells like a coverup to me.

      •  thnx n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        - bp

        "I don't care who your goddam emperor is: his clothes still suck"

        by b00g13p0p on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 09:02:16 PM PDT

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