funranium: (Default)

I am somewhat biting my tongue at the moment as this all us still in progress and we are already suffering far, far too much bad reporting out of the 24hr news cycle that must be talking AT ALL TIMES. But I'll give my professional opinions:

1) Bad, no good, awful. No matter how this turns out, at ~40yrs old this reactor is done for.
2) This is no Chernobyl. It may end worse than Three Mile Island. At TMI at least all the safety systems worked and the building hadn't been hit by a massive earthquake.
3) No one EVER builds the outbuildings as well as the reactor is. Once again, a vulnerable subsystem in an outbuilding threatens to bring a reactor down.
4) It is going to suck to be a local for some time. Yes, there is going to be some local radioactive material releases.
5) Seriously, I want to stab people at several media outlets. You are not making this already bad problem better.

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funranium: (Rad Worker)
This news story is inaccurate and suffers from great sins of omission.  Slightly better coverage is here.

Based upon first hand accounts, several someones deserve jail time for malfeasance and dereliction of duty.  I will hope for a more complete story to come out.  Suffice it to say, no matter how much dilution of guilt there is and how many people retire rather than be fired, the building is crapped up along with most everything in it.  It is going to be expensive and take a very long time to clean, if it ever is.  A little plutonium goes a very, very long way toward crapping up a big space.  The stuff practically crawls around the room.

The media got one thing right at least, plutonium isn't much of hazard outside the body.  Get it inside however...again, a little goes a very, very long way.

December 2012

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