Cocooning Fukushima Daiichi

SUBHEAD: Tepco is talking with the US DOE on whether cocooning could work for the crippled reactors in Fukushima.

By Shigeru Sato on 15 August 2013 for ENE News -

Image above: Still frame from video below explaining Fukushima reactor failures. From ( .

[... Tepco] has sent engineers on visits to the Hanford site in Washington state this year to learn from decades of work treating millions of gallons of radioactive waste. Hanford also has a method to seal off reactors known as concrete cocooning that could reduce the 11 trillion yen ($112 billion) estimated cost for cleaning up Fukushima. [...]

At Hanford, the energy department finished a $65 million cocooning project in June last year, the DOE said in a statement. That involved demolishing the last one of the nine reactor buildings down to the four-foot- (1.2 meter) thick concrete shield around the reactor core.

More concrete was added to the shield, along with a new concrete roof to put the reactor into so-called safe storage for 75 years. This allows radiation levels to decay to safer levels in the core and gives the operator time to determine the final disposal method, according to the statement.

There are three ways to decommission nuclear reactors, said Ishikawa. One is immediate dismantling. Another, used at the wrecked Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, entombed the whole building in concrete. The third is cocooning used at Hanford. Entombing and cocooning cost less than immediate dismantling as it reduces the expense for handling and moving highly radiated material, Ishikawa said.

Tepco is talking with the DOE on whether cocooning could work for the crippled reactors in Fukushima. Sealing them off in concrete for 75 years would allow more focus on cleaning up surrounding areas so that residents could return, said Ishikawa. [...]

Video above: An animated history of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. From (

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1 comment :

Gelfling said...

This is a terrible plan. Hanford has been leaking like crazy for years. I suppose it is better than doing nothing... but it might make them do nothing if they do this 'temporary measure'... =(

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