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JAPAN TO REMOVE FUKUSHIMA FUEL RODS, THE NUCLEAR ONES, THE ONES THAT HAVE CAUSED ALL THIS TROUBLE
November 7 2013
Tokyo, Japan – at some point we all knew this was coming, that the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was going to have be dismantled. Some parts of the facility can certainly be recovered but for the most part the plant is a ruin, a mess that will be a grave foo centuries to come.
Some parts of that plant will of course be left for generations, long after the people who prevented the place from melting down and destroying us all are long dead, many of them from cancer, obviously. Right now, though, there is work to be done to help that place last a little longer and part of that process involves removing some of the fuel on site.
That fuel comes in the form of irradiated rods, the things that make a nuclear plant work, and the things that have been causing all the trouble for everyone involved in this deal. The removal of those rods will reduce the volatility of the site and all for further cleanup but the process of removal is not without risk, far from t. In fact this could well be the most dangerous thing done in relation to Fukushima but they are doing it, not stopping them now.
“It's going to be very difficult but it has to happen,” said one senior official who likely was not just stating how difficult it will be in order to sound like a hero when it happens, it probably really is hard.
The removal of the rods will allow a more extensive cleanup and a reduced likelihood of some kind of calamity that could, as before, kill us all.
Removing the rods could also result in such a thing but only if they do a terrible job, the worst job ever.
“This could really go badly but not removing the rods could be even worse, I mean not worse than the worst thing happening, but at least as bad so it is worth a shot, it really is, they are doing the right thing here at least so long as they do it right which they probably will do,” said Scrape TV Atomic analyst Mikhail Simpson. “I’m sure they will do it right, the Japanese are pretty clever with these kinds of things. I mean not clever enough to have prevented this in the first place but everyone can make mistakes, even the Japanese, though hopefully that will not happen this time.”
Any exposure to the air would likely result in a complete and total disaster that could kill thousands, at minimum.
“Ideally the best course of action would be to carve this area of the planet out of the Earth and send it into space but that is unlikely to be something feasible and this is what is left to us. I don’t know that they investigated that possibility but if they did clearly they determined that it was not going to work which is why they are doing it this way, presumably,” continued Simpson. “They do need to do something though and this is something so hopefully it is the right thing and that it goes well otherwise, well, otherwise it was nice being alive for a little while. Hopefully there is an afterlife after all.”
Japanese officials have little confidence, officially, in an afterlife and are trying to not to think about that at all right now.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent