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post #1981 of 2836
I am suprised that there would be so much spent fuel at these locations given that counties with CANDU style reactors could reuse these spent rods for little more than shipping costs. AKA China and India. I should think the Japanese would have been more than happy to get rid of the spent fuel.

I'm just speculating tho.
    
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I was thinking the same thing, however i didnt want to bring any of that into this thread. Since you have already done so, i was thinking that like you said it would be viewed as bringing great shame on their culture and to their family if they didnt do all they could.

At the same time what they are doing is heroic, i just dont believe that they really have a choice in the matter.

Also hello from Buffalo.


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I really wish people would stop calling these workers "heroes". They don't really have a choice. they would be ostracized by their peers and families if they abandoned their team and shamed out of the community.

they are not heroes.
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You really think so? It's easy to say that behind a computer desk in a completely safe area. While on the other hand they are risking their lives for Japan and others. I guess with your mindset US troops in war are nothing but hard workers. If they die it was part of the job. Please rethink what you said.
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I really wish people would stop calling these workers "heroes". They don't really have a choice. they would be ostracized by their peers and families if they abandoned their team and shamed out of the community.

they are not heroes. they are not brave. they are martyrs and they don't have a choice.

Edited by Tennobanzai - 3/16/11 at 9:50am
post #1984 of 2836
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Originally Posted by OcCam View Post
I am suprised that there would be so much spent fuel at these locations given that counties with CANDU style reactors could reuse these spent rods for little more than shipping costs. AKA China and India. I should think the Japanese would have been more than happy to get rid of the spent fuel.

I'm just speculating tho.
If I understood it correctly, at least the fuel in #4 pool isn't actually spent, but was simply removed from the core for the period of the maintenance prior to the quake. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

@aweir - you're only speculating too. No one can truly know what's going on in other people's minds; especially now, in this sort of a situation.
And even if your assumptions were to be true, that doesn't diminish the significance of their work one bit.
     
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@ radiation level map of japan, i thought Grays measured the general dose received by a person, but Sieverts measured an equivalent dose depending on what part of the body was exposed and the type of radiation in question. so basically nGy doesn't give us much info for human equivalent dose and possible health effects... could anyone please clarify this?
post #1986 of 2836
Don't know why people would post this kind of comment. If the workers aren't heroes then who would be one? They're risking their lives and long term health just for everyone else and greater good.
Please read this article from France's news:
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Japan’s faceless heroes
A group of 50 Japanese workers have decided to stay behind at the Fukushima power plant, in a bid to prevent a massive radiation leak. Workers’ names haven’t been revealed but they are thought to be volunteers, firefighters and police officers. Prepared to risk their lives and face Japan’s worst catastrophe in decades, the workers are seen as heroes.
They're VOLUNTEERS.

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I really wish people would stop calling these workers "heroes". They don't really have a choice. they would be ostracized by their peers and families if they abandoned their team and shamed out of the community.

they are not heroes. they are not brave. they are martyrs and they don't have a choice.

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Sometimes I truly hate the media. People like Alex Jones need to shut the hell up. Spreading more fear because they're attention whores. He said that Chernobyl was a walk in the park compared to this, on the radio. Is he truly this stupid?
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post #1988 of 2836
They are heroes.

They CHOSE to stay.

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Sometimes I truly hate the media. People like Alex Jones need to shut the hell up. Spreading more fear because they're attention whores. He said that Chernobyl was a walk in the park compared to this, on the radio. Is he truly this stupid?
I think most experts have said this incident does not have the potential to be anywhere near as bad as Chernobyl.

Offtopic but I can't believe the yen is actually getting stronger compared to the dollar in the past week. I know Japan is pumping in money but i'm still surprised. I guess this is a good thing.
Edited by Tennobanzai - 3/16/11 at 10:30am
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I think most experts have said this incident does not have the potential to be anywhere near as bad as Chernobyl.

Offtopic but I can't believe the yen is actually getting stronger compared to the dollar in the past week. I know Japan is pumping in money but i'm still surprised. I guess this is a good thing.
While catastrophic events cause economic loss initially, once the restructuring phase is underway there is almost always growth in the economy due to the number of people put to work rebuilding.
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