Fukushima Daiichi Update: High Radiation And Mountains Of Radioactive Waste
Information has come out about the current goings on at Fukushima Daiichi. It is reported that 480,000 pieces of contaminated Tyvek clothing have piled up at J Village with a similar number at the plant. High radiation levels are still a problem at units 1-3. Unit 1 registered 4.7 Svh at the south air lock door. This has made the 2nd and 4th floors inaccessible. Similar high radiation levels exist at units 2 and 3 hampering the ability to conduct testing or inspection work in or around those two buildings.
Something that has not been brought up in the media or press conferences is how the work and worker conditions will be impacted by the upcoming cold weather. According to World Weather Online the average temperature hovers around or below freezing for December – February. Many of the rest stations were tent type buildings, if or how any of those will be heated is a question. As is being outdoors in areas not passively warmed by the heat still put out by the reactor buildings for long periods of time. This may also cause issues with cooled water stored on site that currently relies on above ground hoses but it not constantly moving. As the heat of summer is subsiding this will create yet another challenge to overcome at the plant.
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