Friday, September 6, 2013







ロシア・トゥデイ: 他の災害 ‐ 例えば、チェルノブイリ、または2011福島メルトダウンのような - と比較して、安全な取り出し作業を確保するために潜在的な失敗はどのように影響するのですか。

クリスティーナ・コンソロ: 比較はできません。近接した膨大な量の核物質を取り扱うことで、これは信じられないくらい危険な作業となるでしょう。そして、私たちが過去に見たように、その場で一歩間違えれば、連鎖反応的な失敗につながるでしょう。

福島県大熊町のうちひしがれた東京電力(株)福島第一原子力発電所 3号機(左)と4号機(右)。3号機からは煙が上がっている。 (AFP Photo)


'One of the worst, but most important jobs anyone has ever had to do'

My second biggest concern would be the physical and mental fitness of the workers that will be in such close proximity to exposed fuel during this extraction process. They will be the ones guiding this operation, and will need to be in the highest state of alertness to have any chance at all of executing this plan manually and successfully. Many of their senses, most importantly eyesight, will be hindered by the apparatus that will need to be worn during their exposure, to prevent immediate death from lifting compromised fuel rods out of the pool and placing them in casks, or in the common spent fuel pool located a short distance away.

Think for a moment what that might be like through the eyes of one of these workers; it will be hot, uncomfortable, your senses shielded, and you would be filled with anxiety. You are standing on a building that is close to collapse. Even with the strongest protection possible, workers will have to be removed and replaced often. So you don't have the benefit of doing such a critical task and knowing and trusting your comrades, as they will frequently have to be replaced when their radiation dose limits are reached. If they exhibit physical or mental signs of radiation exposure, they will have be replaced more often.
It will be one of the worst, but most important jobs anyone has ever had to do. And even if executed flawlessly, there are still many things that could go wrong.

RT: How do the potential consequences of failure to ensure safe extraction compare to other disasters of the sort – like Chernobyl, or the 2011 Fukushima meltdown?

CC: There really is no comparison. This will be an incredibly risky operation, in the presence of an enormous amount of nuclear material in close proximity. And as we have seen in the past, one seemingly innocuous failure at the site often translates into a series of cascading failures.

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