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Friday, 25 March 2011

A Call for the Safer Handling of Nuclear Waste

Technolgy Review
March 24, 2011
Two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex continues to spread both radiation and distrust of nuclear power as the plant's situation lurches from hopeful to harrowing and back again. This week, Tokyo Electric Power restored grid power to much of the plant's equipment, bringing instrumentation back to life and, in a few cases, restoring cooling to overheated reactors and spent fuel pools. But on Wednesday, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency reported that black smoke from Fukushima Daiichi's reactor unit 3 and a spike in radiation around reactor 2 had forced workers to temporarily abandon work to restart the cooling systems.
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