Yesterday was the third anniversary of the destruction of part of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex, so I guess that makes today the third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown (or at least the start of it). Reader Neutron Flux sent over a piece from the nuclear operators’ perspective. I think it’s a bit rosy on Fukushima’s future, but the US response hasn’t been well reported:
In the United States, similar work is also in process and showing real progress. By the end of this year, two regional centers, each with five full sets of mobile backup emergency equipment, will be opened. This backs up equipment already bought by and stationed near the nuclear plants themselves; NEI informs us that 20 nuclear plants will complete their FLEX preparations by the third quarter of 2014 in the area of mobile electric power. Twenty plants will also have installed spent fuel pool water level monitoring equipment. Already completed are plant-specific seismic walkdowns and flooding walkdowns; actions resulting from these are all forthcoming. In all, over 1500 pieces of equipment (such as generator trucks and water pump trucks) have been purchased for this FLEX effort, or are on order. NEI reports that all FLEX modifications at all nuclear plants in the United States will be complete by 2016.
Though it looks like there have been no deaths attributable to radiation, the Japanese government says that 1,600 people evacuated from Fukushima died due to causes “related to the disaster”. 100,000 of the 270,000 evacuees are still in temporary housing.
Overall, judging from these charts, there are still plenty of reactors planned or being built, mostly in Asia.