The president of TEPCO is in the hospital, suffering from dizziness and hypertension, perhaps because the Japanese government is saying that all of the Fukishima Daiichi plants should be scrapped. Scrapping 1-4 is pretty much a foregone conclusion, since they’re a contaminated mess:
One major problem, said Murray E. Jennex, an associate professor at San Diego State University with 20 years of experience in examining nuclear containment structures, was that all the water the Japanese were spraying had soaked important machinery like generators and pumps, further hampering efforts to restore the reactors’ electricity supply. The use of helicopters in the first week to drop water on the rectors from above was especially ineffective in hitting the target and may have done more harm than good, he said.
“They dumped water all over the place,” he said. “They keep on generating more contamination. That’s the consequence of doing it. They got water on things that shouldn’t be wet.”
The current strategy of “feed and bleed” will just continue to produce contaminated water, since it takes 200 tons of water per day to cool the cores of those plants. And, to top it all off, they’re running out of workers to do the work.