A Step Forward at Fukushima

Posted by By at 6 April, at 10 : 39 AM Print

Workers at the ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant managed to find and plug a massive radiation leak. It was discovered over the weekend, and it will stem the tide of radiation seeping into the Pacific as well as the soil.

It is one of the few positive developments since an earthquake and tsunami tore through Fukushima last month, and perhaps tempers growing concerns over the safety of the safety of seafood.

However, radiation in waters near the nuclear facility tested several million times what is considered acceptable, and some fish tested positive for high amounts of radiation, which led the Japanese government on Monday to set healthy standards for eating fish.

In published reports, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano cautions people about being overly optimistic. “Right now, just because the leak has stopped, we are not relieved yet.” Edano said nothing can be taken for granted, “we are checking whether the leak has completely stopped, or whether there may be other leaks.”

The most recent levels of testing in the Pacific show levels are thankfully sliding downward.

Engineers at Fukushima will begin injecting nitrogen into the facility, it’s a step to prevent another hydrogen explosion. There have been three explosions already, and with all indications pointing to a long-term effort to stabilize the facility, engineers want to provide workers with a blanket of safety. Plans are to start with Unit 1, because its believed to have the highest temperatures.

In the meantime, workers continue to pump water on to fuel rod pools. An extremely dangerous and arduous job, with no place to store most of the water it ends up pooling around the facility.It is contaminated with elevated levels of radiation, and that is making it all but impossible to reconnect power, which is the first step in gaining control of the facility.

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