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Japan - Five things that are Blowing my Mind!

1. WORLD'S LARGEST CONCRETE PUMPS

Two of world's largest concrete pumps are being moved to Japan. The Fukushima nuclear power plant has purchased two truck-mounted concrete pumps from U.S. construction firms and are being modified to pump water to cool the damaged reactors -- and will later be used to move concrete.

The arrival date is estimated to be as early as April 11th. The pumps will not be returned because they will become too contaminated.

The Putzmeister 70Z pumps are the largest in the world, and there are only three in existence. They have a 230-foot articulating boon that can be controlled remotely from more than a mile away. They weigh 95 tons and have a list price of over $1.5 million.
2. WORLD'S LARGEST JET PLANE

To get the pumps to Japan, they will be loaded onto the world's largest jet plane, the Antonov An-225, of which there are only two in existence. Produced in Russia some 20 years ago, the planes have six engines each and a 290-foot wingspan nearly the length of a football field and can carry up to 200 tons, according to company that built the monster plane.

The pump's are being taken from the Savannah River Site and a construction site in Sacramento California.

3. MOX FUEL PLANT IN GEORGIA

The Savannah River Site is a U.S. government Mixed Oxide Fuel Plant (MOX fuel), estimated value $4.86 billion.

The MOX Plant is being built for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration by Shaw AREVA MOX Services, LLC. which is a joint venture between Shaw's Environmental & Infrastructure Group (70 percent) and AREVA (30 percent).

Savannah River Site [DOE facility located near Aiken, South Carolina]  http://www.srs.gov/
MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility - The MOX Project:  http://www.moxproject.com/

The MOX Plant sounds like a scary place! Nuclear Reactors are scary, and then there are all of the other wacky things!

One attraction of MOX fuel is that it is a way of utilizing surplus weapons-grade plutonium, which would otherwise be stored as nuclear waste and might be stolen to make nuclear weapons. Apparently MOX fuel is used in Thermal reactors? Getting beyond me!

4. 1000 BODIES IRRADIATED BODIES

They are unable to collect up to 1000 dead bodies lying within 20-kilometers of the Fukushima nuclear plant because of fears the corpses are too contaminated with radiation.

5. RADIATION FOUND IN WEST COAST MILK
Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington state, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.

Above includes info and direct quotes from:
Japan buys giant pumps for Fukushima
 link to www.marketwatch.com
SRS pump will head to Japan
Url:  link to chronicle.augusta.com
Radiation Fears Leave 1,000 Bodies Unclaimed Near Japan Plant
 link to www.voanews.com
MOX Fuel
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOX_fuel
Low levels of radiation found in West Coast milk
 link to seattletimes.nwsource.com

Japanese shellfish radioactive 02.Apr.2011 10:17

theresa mitchell

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42215049/ns/health-food_safety/

...scan down to the information about shellfish. Do you trust the USDA?