New power line could help prevent meltdown

Cooling systems at the Fukushima plant could be restored


Electricity could be restored soon at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, now that the construction of a new power line is almost complete. Restoring power at the plant would reduce the threat of a meltdown by restoring electricity to the reactor cooling systems. But even with electricity restored, the potential for a meltdown is still very real. High radiation levels have kept workers from preventing rising temperatures, said U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief Gregory Jaczko, and water from the fourth reactor had almost completely evaporated, leaving the exposed fuel rods to get hotter. TEPCO spokesman Hajime Motojuku, however, said conditions at the fourth reactor were stable. The 50 to 70 technicians and workers who are working around the clock to prevent the meltdown have become folk heroes to the Japanese people as they watch the nuclear crisis unfold, the CBC reports.

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New power line could help prevent meltdown

  1. And they SHOULD be folk heroes. But man I hope they have the best possible radiation protection garments. Good luck to them.

    Lesson learned: If you are going to build a nuclear power plant in an earthquake zone right on the coast to be a sitting duck for a tsunami, maybe you should keep some big portable generators a half-hour drive in-shore and uphill.

  2. Many times it takes common not scientific sense to solve a problem. The Dai-ichi nuclear facility should be broken up into small pieces and dumped into the sea. There it will be cooled and the problem will be solved. But thick headed scientists make simple solutions complex in order to earn their pay by covering up the obvious.

    • that would release an incredible amount of radiation smh

  3. Those 50-70 folk heros are all MEN.

    Where is the gender equality?

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