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Fukushima Finally Reaches Cold Shutdown 201

mvdwege writes "The BBC reports that the reactors at Fukushima have reached cold shutdown, meaning they no longer need active cooling to stay at safe temperatures. Plans can now be made to start the cleanup of the site. Unfortunately, TEPCO has also admitted not all problems were out in the open until now; an estimated 45 cubic meters of contaminated water have leaked out of cracks in the foundation of a treatment plant."
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Fukushima Finally Reaches Cold Shutdown

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  • by janeuner ( 815461 ) on Friday December 16, 2011 @11:18AM (#38397688)

    In units of volume, that is 12,000 US Gallons, or 45,000 liters.

    Also, about ¾ the volume of a typical 40' shipping container.

  • This is absurd (Score:5, Informative)

    by zeigerpuppy ( 607730 ) on Friday December 16, 2011 @11:21AM (#38397738) abuse of the definition of shutdown. Reality check: - 3 melt-throughs - melted cores outside pressure chambers - compromised secondary containments - nuclear fuel and fission products escaping into water and air - corium so radioactive it cannot be approached even by robots - precarious leaning of number 4 spent fuel pool - widespread plutonium, caesium etc. beyond evacuation zone - significant contamination in food - yet to come: increased malignancies and birth defects Does this sound contained to you? Seriously...
  • Re:Pet peave (Score:5, Informative)

    by Rising Ape ( 1620461 ) on Friday December 16, 2011 @12:33PM (#38398874)

    One involves the splitting of the nucleus into two roughly equally sized (I said *roughly*, pedants), and the other involves the emissions of much smaller particles such as alphas or betas. Fission in a nuclear power sense usually refers to that induced by neutron capture in a chain reaction, though there is a small amount of spontaneous fission for certain isotopes. The energy released by fission is much larger than from a typical decay.

    For the pile of molten crap that the cores now consist of, almost all of the heat production is through decay, not fission.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!