Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Tanks for the Memories

Seems pretty clear at this point. In the future all of our time, energy and material resources will go toward making tanks to store an ever-increasing amount of radioactive wastewater that we have dumped in desperation onto melted reactor cores and ‘spent’ nuclear fuel, and which has leaked out of some other tank or tanks. Unfortunately, though we can look forward to full employment, and lots of good times with our colleagues down at the tank factory, the Tank Game is un-winnable.

Did Kafka write this passage:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. previously said two of seven huge underground tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had been leaking since Saturday if not earlier.

The latest leak involves a tank that was being used to take water from one of the two that were leaking, TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said. …

TEPCO has halted the transfer of water to the third tank, diverting it to a fourth tank that remains intact. Two of the seven tanks are currently unused.

Ono said TEPCO has decided to stop using the two most damaged of the three leaking tanks as soon as they are emptied, but will use the other because of a tank shortage.

via More radioactive water leaking from storage tanks at Japanese nuclear plant damaged by tsunami – The Washington Post.



What happens when the water’s too warm

Millstone nuke plant shuts down, unable to cool reactors with excessively warm seawater; Coldstone Creamery closes early, unable to cool iced treats with excessively warm coldstones.

Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday.

Water from Long Island Sound is used to cool key components of the plant and is discharged back into the sound. The water cannot be warmer than 75 degrees and following the hottest July on record has been averaging 1.7 degrees above the limit, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

via Warm Seawater Forces Conn. Nuclear Plant Shutdown – ABC News.



The Tubes of San Onofre

Thousands of brittle tubes. Seems like a bad plan.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it was sending a special team of inspectors to try to determine why the metal tubes, which were installed in Unit 3 in 2010, have become frail enough to pose a risk of leaks.

“This is a significant issue,” said NRC spokeswoman Lara Uselding. “A tube rupture is really the concern.”

Investigators have been looking into excessive wear on tubes in Unit 3 and its twin, Unit 2, which has been off line for maintenance and refueling. In a $670 million overhaul, two huge steam generators, each containing 9,700 tubes, were replaced in Unit 2 in fall 2009 and a year later in Unit 3.

via 4 more tubes fail in tests at Calif. nuke plant – BusinessWeek.




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