...and with Japan now on MAXIMUM NUCLEAR ALERT, here's Arnie Gunderson, Chief Nuclear Engineer of Fairwinds Associates with SHOCKING NEWS to deliver about Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and the state of its six reactor cores.
If this turns out to be corporate-espionage bullshit, blame him not me.
and there's this, from 2009: "Why were they doing Plutonium Migration Research, considering the scarcity of plutonium-fuel reactors?"
Annie Kersting of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes a $6 million five-year proposal funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research, that will allow about a dozen LLNL scientists to study Pu transport at concentration levels at the picomolar to attomolar scale, equivalent to dissolving one grain of salt in 100 Olympic-size swimming pools. Plutonium can move on small particulates, called colloids, which are often found in groundwater, but the conditions that control whether Pu migrates or remains immobile are not well understood.
afternoon of the 29th update: Richard Lahey, who has worked on the plant at Fukushima, told the Guardian officials seemed to have "lost the race" to save the reactor, "The indications we have, from the reactor to radiation readings and the materials they are seeing, suggest that the core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the drywell," Lahey said. "I hope I am wrong, but that is certainly what the evidence is pointing towards." [source GUARDIAN]