This is one section of our annual report, the full report can be found here.
We will be posting a section per day over the next week for ease of reading.
As we go forward into the 10th year of the disaster, the lack of real recovery remains. Damage to the environment and peoples lives is becoming permanent. Government looks at ways to mitigate larger economic losses, frequently at the expense of individual welfare. Real compensation and aid to restart lives and communities may never come. This should be a sobering lesson for anyone who lives where nuclear power does business. The technical understanding of the disaster continues in spurts. Investigations and research provide new pieces of the enormous puzzle. More participation by outside parties increase the odds that the true story of the meltdowns eventually comes out. Decommissioning of the disaster site will be a multi-generational endeavor that will not be resolved by any claims of simple, quick, solutions.
Removing spent fuel to dry cask storage and retrieval of what fuel debris can be found will drastically reduce the risks at the plant site. How much of the fuel vaporized and released remains to be understood. What we do know is that 3 out of 3 reactors melted down when challenged with a complex natural disaster. We know that all three melted through their reactor vessels. We know that all three suffered containment failures that allowed microscopic particles of nuclear fuel to escape into the air and sea. Such a disaster could repeat itself anywhere that reactors operate and unpredictable events exist. With it, leaving communities destroyed, lives upended and health challenged.
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