We’ve been following the big story of the last remaining workers at Japan’s crippled nuclear facility with considerable awe. When Part One of the March 16th show comes up on the site of CBC’s As It Happens have a listen to the first two phone interviews.
Those guys are amazing, and it looks like they just may make it. The key is if they can somehow keep the spent fuel pool at #4 in check until a new power line is rushed to the facility, after which the potential for fighting back increases dramatically.
With three damaged reactors, six in-building pools and another stand-alone pool that’s ten1 danger elements that are going to require intensive intervention to protect Japan’s and the world’s population, and the Fifty have been putting their lives on the line ever since 3/11 to keep the site cool enough that there’s hope that reinforcements will shortly be able to get their arms around the crisis.
We of the world salute you …
CNN (3/16 ’11): Praise for ‘heroes’ working to avert Japan’s nuclear catastrophe
Los Angeles Times (3/16 ’11): New power line could restore cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi plant
Tokyo Electric has said very little about the biggest repository of spent fuel assemblies at the site: 6,291 assemblies located in a common storage pool immediately inland from reactor No. 4.