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[MSNBC] Entomb? Cement pumps flown in to nuke plant

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TOKYO — Some of the world's largest cement pumps were en route to Japan's stricken nuclear plant on Thursday, initially to help douse areas with water but eventually for cement work — including the possibility of entombing the site as was done in Chernobyl.

Operated via remote control, one of the truck-mounted pumps was already at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site and being used to spray water. Four more will be flown in from Germany and the United States, according to the German-manufacturer Putzmeister. The biggest of the five has an arm that extends well over 200 feet.

"Initially, they will probably pump water," Putzmeister stated. "Later they will be used for any necessary concreting work."

A construction company in Augusta, Ga., was among those redirecting the pumps to Japan. Its owner said he believes building a concrete sarcophagus will follow.

"Our understanding is they are preparing to go to next phase and it will require a lot of concrete," Jerry Ashmore told the Augusta Chronicle.

He did not expect the pump to return. "It will be too hot to come back," Ashmore said.

A cargo plane is expected to fly the truck and pump from Atlanta next week at a cost of $1.4 million.

Putzmeister concrete pumps were among those used to seal in the Chernobyl reactor after it exploded in Ukraine in 1986, and sightings of the first truck at the Dai-ichi complex last week led to media speculation that Japan was planning to do the same in Fukushima.

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Wow, that's an epic fail. Feel bad for the Japanese, their land is pretty scarce, and now the area all around this plant could be screwed up for awhile.
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Humans are lovely. if in doubt, just bury it. it'll go away! rolleyes.gif

sounds like they're preparing for the worst.
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Wow, that's an epic fail. Feel bad for the Japanese, their land is pretty scarce, and now the area all around this plant could be screwed up for awhile.

Precisely what I've been thinking. This is bad news for Japan's future.
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Moved since the trucks' use for pumping concrete remains speculation for now. I also advise that any further news about the reactors be posted in the first thread set up for it.
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Japan seems seems to have a knack for bouncing back stronger than ever. I have faith that they will make it.
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Wow, I have not been keeping up with the news but looks like they did not keep everything under control?

@The title, I thought they were containing a plant, as in green...
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Oh poor Japan, haven't they seen enough already?
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