Last weekend Gosho Hosono, a special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, assured the Wall Street Journal that the dangers posed by the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant were receding. “There is no way Tokyo or Kyoto will come into harm’s way,” he said.
As the prime ministerial adviser responsible for managing the nuclear disaster, Hosono was clearly seeking to play down the scale of the nuclear crisis. While Tokyo and Kyoto, hundreds of kilometres to the south of the plant, might not be in imminent danger, the four damaged reactors at the plant are far from stabilised.
Even the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), estimates six to nine months will be required to bring all the reactors to what is known as cold shutdown. The damage to the cores of units 1, 2 and 3 is at this stage unknown; the normal reactor cooling systems are not operating and large amounts of highly radioactive water still have to be removed.
The core of unit 4 had been placed in the reactor’s spent fuel pool as part of routine maintenance prior to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. However, the reactor building and cooling pool were damaged by a hydrogen explosion. The state of the core, which became exposed and heated up, is unclear. Last Friday, TEPCO had to inject 200 tonnes of water in a bid to bring down the temperature of the pool which was nearing boiling point. At the same time, engineers were concerned that the weight of the extra water might further damage the building.
that's from peter symonds' piece for wsws 'japan's nuclear crisis far from over.'
'brothers & sisters' airs on abc each sunday. i really enjoyed this episode.
justin really had some great scenes for a change.
so kevin and scotty are up in arms over the fact that their child was not miscarried, the surrogate gave birth and has been raising the son.
kevin got into an intense fight with scotty when he found out scotty had been speaking to the woman.
at the end, justin was at their door and he brought in the baby. but all was not well just because the surrogate had finally relinqueshed the baby. no, the baby's getting all the attention when olivia (scotty & kevin's adopted daughter) when olivia asks whose baby it is?
justin was being forced to keep kevin's secret and norah's. he finally said enough and told each of them the other's secret.
she and justin tested brody's dna with sarah's. it was a match. he's sarah's father.
they told her. she said she doesn't want anything to do with brody.
i'm sure he'll be at sarah & luke's wedding. and that should be in the next 2 episodes, I think.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'