2011年7月21日木曜日

My Uncle's boss is a legend

When March 11 happened I was talking to Cassie and we were both pretty freaked (wasn't everyone??) and she said wouldn't it be great to hear the opinion of someone who really knew what they were talking about and why didn't we know anyone in nuclear energy?

That's when I clicked- but I do! My uncle. He works for a big hydro-electric company in Canada. And whadda-ya-know? He works in safety there!

So I emailed and he sent me a link to a video his boss made about it that was on youtube. And Cassie started a fanclub on facebook and lo and behold the man himself, the Uncle's boss- Duncan Hawthorne, joined and has been updating us with news this whole time.

Now obviously he is half a world a way and works in nuclear energy so is probably a little desensitised to it all and hardly likely to start calling for a stop to nuclear reactors but it sure is reassuring when he writes in.

And so, with apologies for stealing this from facebook, here is the latest instalment:

Hi Everyone...time for a short update....

As i have previously explained there is a lot of activity going on but there will be no "big announcements". The recovery program will take about 3 years. this would be considered stable when the fuel has been removed from the spent fuel pools on units 1,2 and 3. At the present time the water recycling approach is working and water that passes through the reactors is being collected, treated and then returned through the reactors. All temperatures and radiation levels are now stable. There are two short term imperatives. 1. to install a "top hat" over the secondary containment on the units that were damaged. this will prevent any weather related issues that can hamper progress and increase the confidence that there will be no further release of airborne activity. The top hats will also have a set of instrumentation that will provide better data on the conditions at the top of the reactors. 2. to "harden " the plant so that there is a reduced risk of any set back due to further earthquakes, tsunami damage while the recovery operations continue. I am sure those of you in the area are aware of the embargo on beef from the region. this is as a result of cattle being fed from contaminated feed. This of course relates to the initial event and is not part of an ongoing release. i hope this helps and would ask if you have any particular questions please post them and i will respond.

And of course Cassie is a legend for starting the group.

And my Uncle is a legend for sending the link.

But not half as much of a legend as my dad who had nothing at all to do with this but always likes to be reassured that his kids think he is more of a legend than his big brother...

2 件のコメント:

Medea さんのコメント...

Legends!!!

kasandora さんのコメント...

I just realized...I was in a blog post! Sorry, I went into internet hermitage and stopped reading any blogs...although you are still absolutely my hero and I look forward from now on to hearing everything you have to say. I miss you!!! I think this autumn perhaps calls for a visit.