You likely missed this unless you were looking for it. In fact it’s possible some of the lurid over-reporting of this summer’s front page stuff is due to keeping eyeballs and reflective minds away from this particular story and the central banks’ involvement in Liborgate:
AP / US News & World Report (7/18 ’12): “Japan utility takes out 2 Fukushima nuke fuel rods”
The pool at No. 4 was behind the secret worst-scenario mapped out by the government, which warned millions of people might have to flee from spewing radiation, including parts of the Tokyo area, which has a population of 35 million people. U.S. authorities have also repeatedly expressed worries about the spent-fuel pool at reactor No. 4.
Luckily Four Sierra Papa is just a few meters from Charlie Sierra Papa, but with the common pool nearly full as of 3/11 let’s hope that they’re having luck booting up a crash program putting the cooler CSP assemblies into dry cask storage. Presumably that “part of Tokyo” evacuation scenario involves the 1.5k assemblies at building 4 burning, but what they seem to be forgetting is that the campus itself would then have to be abandoned, leaving three melted reactors and the other six pools with perhaps six or seven times that many rods to their own devices, not to mention a second nuke plant just a few kilometers away.
Even if accidents, hurricanes and earthquakes spare building 4 for the next year and a half the article is still speaking of “the need to develop new technology” to help us out of this mess and I don’t think they’ll be implementing Tom Swift and His Atomic Strontium Vitrificator any time soon 🙁