AP: Tepco rejects growing calls to let outside experts inspect Fukushima plant

Published: May 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am ET
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Hosono visits Fukushima plant to quell fears over No. 4′s pool
AP
Sunday, May 27, 2012

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The pool, which is situated precariously above the reactor, is one of the plant’s biggest risks as it is filled with spent fuel rods that could get dumped out and combust if the building fails during an earthquake.

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Akio Komori, one of the Tepco executives who escorted [environment and nuclear minister Goshi] Hosono, said the utility will inspect the No. 4 building to ensure its integrity while continuing with fuel removal. Komori, however, rejected growing calls to let outside experts to inspect the plant.

“As the party with direct responsibility, it’s our job to carry out the necessary checks,” he said.

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Published: May 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am ET
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53 comments to AP: Tepco rejects growing calls to let outside experts inspect Fukushima plant

  • It should be his job to do 'whatever it takes'.

    Not allowing others inside says to me, THE SITUATION, is NOT GOOD.

    Delay and repeat. Repeat and delay.

    We really need to march in there and access these planet threatening Death Machines. NOW!!!

    To our Commander In Chief:

    "Just do it!" – ChasAha


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      • Whether we are being bombed via aggression or bombed via ineptitude, we are still getting bombarded.

        It is 'highly likely', one way or another, that Fukushima may be the SPARK that IGNITES unrest around the world like we have never seen. Either directly or indirectly.

        Example:
        Currently the Chinese are illegally fishing from the Philippine's territorial waters. (according to the Philippine's President)

        Why? Most likely because they know the fish they used to get are being contaminated via Japan. So they go south to fish.

        "The rising tension came from a face-off last month after a Philippine warship tried to stop Chinese fishing boats in the Scarborough Shoal, but were stopped by surveillance ships from China."

        http://www.voanews.com/content/china_phillipines_intensify_war_of_words_over_south_china_sea/539071.html


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    • I'm with you on that ChasAha.

      It's gone on far too long.

      But, remember he has NRC 'advisors' and Arnie mentioned he should get new advisors.

      Interestingly, I ran across references to the NRC in a recent PR course:

      "In her research involving the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Childers repeatedly ran into reflections of elitism among members of the organization. For example, she questioned the assistant to the director at the Office of Congressional Affairs about the role activism and public disapproval play in the Commmission's decision-making efforts. He explained that in the end, public opposition does not matter. That is, the public has input at hearings, but all final decisions are up to the NRC, instilling the Commission with "a tremendous amount of power" and "a lot of authority".
      [f. J.Grunig's Asymmetrical and Symmetrical Models of Public Relations: Contrasting Features and Ethical Dimensions (Linda Childers, 1989)]

      The 'asymmetrical' refers to a kind of "dupe the public, we know best' attitude [cf. Chomsky's 'Manufacting Consent']. James Grunig discovered that 'two-way symmetrical communication' is more ethical, leads to win-win scenarios and benefits both the organization and its public(s)/stakeholders [rather than just the organization].

      Interestingly, social media – blogs, are helping to actualize Grunig's theories – so-called 'open government' and so on. Secrecy and lying don't work.


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  • snowwy snowwy

    refusal to let anyone else in spells something to hide.
    i do not think that america has got the right to march in on whoever, they do that too many times but i do not think japan has got the right to play the little princess and the pea anymore when it comes down to a disaster that is by its own admission the larges nuclear disaster ever. isnt it funny how these companies cooperate fine when it comes down to profit making but stop being able to cooperate once the profit is at steak?

    TEPCO, STOP COVERING UP THE SITUATION, NOBODY BELIEVES YOUR FAIRTALES ANYMORE!

    truth will out sooner or later, no matter how much they think they can hide. i have got the suspicion too that there is much more wrong than tepco ever admitted to…


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  • patb2009

    The week after the plants blew up i was drinking with some russians, who were saying
    "We should invade the islands, seize control, force the F&*ing japanese to clean up the site at gunpoint, and then give them back their islands as a service to humanity".

    I am now convinced the Security Council should do exactly that.


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        No, – a million, actually.
        The Intl. community must demand information and answers from the Japanese govmt. They must increase the political pressure. There are lots of political roads not taken yet.
        Invading a country is surely not the way. What's wrong with you people?
        Want to see foreign nations invade the US after an east coast nuke blows up?


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        • And, we know what happened to all those soldier-liquidators who 'invaded' Chernobyl.

          Similar to what is happening to U.S. soldiers who "invade" themselves with Depleted Uranium munitions.


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        • Plan Nine

          Funny how our rhetoric is completely different when Iran is involved…
          http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/u-s-hard-line-in-failed-iran-talks-driven-by-israel-by-gareth-porter/

          Shall we debate which country is the greater threat to humanity? Or does humanity come too cheap for our empire to measure these days?


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          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            Too cheap to meter
            comes to mind, doesn't it.


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Someone here made a wise observation several months ago. Simce Iran is a signator to the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, their signatory status confers the right to develop a peaceful nuclear program.

            Unless there is EVIDENCE they are developing nuclear weapons, the West and Israel have no business doing all the saber rattling about their nuclear program.

            The talk of a first strike against them and the "limited use" of strategic nuclear weapons is sheer insanity, IMHO.

            What's our real motive in wanting to render them powerless?


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            • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

              Morning HoTaters, I agree. At the same time noone cares about Israel owning nuclear weapons, though their programme is not controlled by intl. law.
              But that just seems to be the way this bizarro world works (at least at the moment).


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        • bengineer

          BreadAndButter: I completely agree with you. No invasion. One need not look far to see the negative results of invading or otherwise meddling in other countries and BreadAndButter is right that it would set a nasty precedent. It would be far better for TEPCO and/or the Japanese government to finally and truly understand that this is a disaster for the _world_, not just for their bottom line or reputation, and to themselves allow the experts in and help them to study and fix the problem quickly. What I don't understand, is why they don't see how much worse it would be for their reputation if, by refusing outside help, they cause radioactive doom for the entire planet.


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          • richard richard

            I'm for invasion if tepclown and the japanese government wont pull their finger out.

            they are hiding some seriously bad shyte.

            i've looked at the webcam sometimes and thought 'hey, there may be no one there'

            if no one is attending to a blight that could kill all life on earth, i think the rest of the world has the right to invade and try to rectify the situation. Then extract a cost from the perpetrators. just makes simple survival sense.

            if your house is on fire and you can't put it out – is it an invasion to have the fire department comes along and extinguish your burning house – then give you a bill for the service, which at the same time prevented the neighbourhood from burning down?


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            • snowwy snowwy

              is there any capacity on this planet that has the expertise to deal with the catastrophe?


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              • richard richard

                well, other then sending in 100,000 people with buckets, in my laymens view, nope.

                we are so lucky that no major quake ha hit in the (approaching) 18 months we've been waiting for some resolution.

                it's outrageous. if you or i or a small company was performing this much destruction we'd be in jail by now. as another commentator said, if it was china, the perps would have been executed by now.

                a million people are needed, onsite, getting something done. anything else makes it look like nothing can be done – in which case, splash out on the credit card and kiss your butt goodbye.


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    • 3C

      Try this:
      Perhaps the U.N., USA and any other government or agency recognize that
      should they intervene, we the people would recognize how serious our
      plight is and insist that ALL nuclear plants be closed and dismantled
      immediately. It is now easier to say: we had no idea how bad it was (as
      they pack for hot and cold and head out the back door).


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OT or maybe not. Reading now
    Chernobyl Zombies? Chernobyl HIV? Chernobyl Forever? http://huff.to/Kj5AGS via @HuffPostWorld


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  • markww markww

    WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE TEPCO by refusing help.


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  • Ron

    They're hiding something!

    And what's that about "continuing with fuel removal"? As far as I know they haven't even started yet. It's too hot to even get near.


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  • Truth

    It is no longer about saving face! It should not be up to them to make this choice for all of us who are not Japanese!! National Security is a big thing with some countries – how about it?…


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  • logicalman

    I'd like to know what gives a few idiots at Tepco the right to endanger the entire planet.

    I hope they don't sleep nights, but likely they do.


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    • kiwirj

      few things to remember. Tepco has been getting advised, well basically told what to say by "experts" in the US who are trying to "contain" the public outcry.


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    • many moons

      because TEPCO isn't in charge of this problem……Since ww2 Japan has been governed by the USA, and they are who are hiding something and don't want interference with their WMD.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Peeps, what makes SFP #4 more dangerous than the other SFP's is that it's holding not only spent fuel, but also a full reactor rack of LIVE fuel. I am so sick of that omission in MSM, because it's kinda important.


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  • Urban27

    It is right to demand an inspection by an outside expert group.
    Tepco has shown from the beginning they are only trying to cover up facts.
    From the beginning the ordinary workers of this plant, were never used to help in the catastrophe situation – from the beginning Tepco has hired non qualified "day-workers". These people they can hire cheap, in a market in Osaka. These people work without personal dosimeters, and are untrained.
    Tepco has been lying from the very beginning about the situation. They have been covering up and not telling the truth about almost anything.
    It is a scandal that they are the ones who shall make all the stuff that is needed to be done. It should be a national task – if not an international.
    All people out in the world are dependent of this company.
    I suggest we make a petition list with demands – with all international peoples signatures and send it to all authorities in the world that has anything to do with this.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      The video did show the bolts holding down the cover of reactor #4 are all broken and loose, indicating that the reactor either exploded or leaked and the bolts were stripped or broken, nuts came off and top went up at least some distance; looks like a foot or two.

      Now there is no seal, so radioactive steam and gases can come out directly into the air, and then spread around the globe.

      Thanks to the accident, we all get direct injections of radioactive cesium, uranium and the other 997 heavy metals right into our veins, via air, water, food, and etc… on a global basis.

      Yea, there is a big challenge ahead… for all of us.

      Happy Memorial Day… salute the troops and all that.. many of them will be fighting a uranium battle all their own…

      Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html


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  • Anthony Anthony

    World health and safety is not under TEPCOs sole jurisdiction. As a serious environmental and health offender, leaving their operations unsupervised is extremely short sighted and irresponsible of everyone else.


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    • richard richard

      @anthony .. agreed. again, it all reeks of corruption, throughout all levels of TPTB. World health and safety is not under anyones concern apparently.

      unsupervised by media, unsupervised by an international coalition, unsupervised by governments. they are all acting irresponsible – the almighty nuke dollar shuts their mouth tight. all of these parties have revealed their hand and as such cannot be trusted for anything ever again. not a thing.

      their silence says they are scared out of their pants. which means they have no answer. which means we all may as well give up, the game is over.


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  • teamplayer

    International Law Lessons From the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    http://www.clm.com/publication.cfm?ID=324

    This column briefly summarizes existing international law with respect to transboundary impacts of the Fukushima accident….)


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    • Thanks for that teamplayer – good find:

      "It is clear under both the existing nuclear conventions and their proposed protocols that TEP, as the "operator" of the Fukushima plant, is strictly liable under international law to parties injured by the plant's radioactive releases. However, even assuming the injured parties have access to a court with jurisdiction over the operator, that liability could far exceed both TEP's assets (if any such assets remain after payments to Japanese victims) and any insurance or international compensation fund established for accident victims under the pending protocols to the Vienna Convention.

      A strong case might also be made that the Japanese government failed to live up to its obligations under the Vienna Convention and the 1994 Convention on Nuclear Safety. The 1994 Convention, in particular, requires state parties to take appropriate steps to assure the safety of existing nuclear installations, including ensuring that "all reasonably practicable improvements are made as a matter of urgency" to such facilities or, if that is not feasible, that such facilities be shut "as soon as practically possible." The 1994 Convention also requires each of the state parties to put in place appropriate emergency preparedness plans, something that both TEP and the Japanese regulators appear not to have carried out in the case of the major tsunami strike on the plant and the electric power grid on which it relied."


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      How To Prevent Any New Nuclear Power Plants From Being Built And Close Existing Ones; via A Green Road
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-prevent-any-new-nuclear-power.html


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Great, thanks. Am looking forward to reading this. I wonder if Kevin Blanche has read this?


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    • CaptD CaptD

      Thanks teamplayer , posted on HP…


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Trust and TEPCO are not in the same dictionary!


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  • CaptD CaptD

    TEPCO coverup

    The Pollution keeps spreading

    Japan Bows Again


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  • Stephengn

    Considering that the catastrophe affects effect's every country in the world, how can TEPCO have the right to reject anything?


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      An addict always rejects all solutions until a bottom is hit, or until death intervenes by force.

      The nuclear industry in Japan has not hit bottom yet, and not everyone is dead yet.

      Then there is always the opportunity for a miracle, or two, or three or maybe even one per reactor and spent fuel pool.


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  • jec jec

    Doesnt Japan OWN most of TEPCO currently? Would think the international court could take that into consideration when establishing financial responsibilty for actions regards to SFP 4 and resulting damages. If the international money fund is tapped, those funds should go to international victims first.

    Mentioning this because of the above comment "liability could far exceed both TEP's assets (if any such assets remain after payments to Japanese victims) and any insurance or international compensation fund established for accident victims under the pending protocols to the Vienna Convention."

    If Japan Government/TEPCO were told they must re-emburse the international community for damages from SFP 4, maybe they might be working a little harder. If the impression is a bailout, why should they worry about what does or does not happen? Make sure the international funds are not to be tapped by Japan's government for damages due to INACTION!


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    • richard richard

      since when would a government care about taxpayers money? particularly the japanese gov. Remember, these people are corrupt.. do not expect them to follow logic that uses compassion and understanding.


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  • irradiatedinbako

    This is indeed disappointing to hear.

    However .. Tepco will be nationalized later this June and hopefully transparency and international cooperation will be improved. Let the old guard grumble on their way out.

    If Fuku fails .. as in another catastrophe .. Japan's economy fails ..

    If Japan fails .. hmmmm …

    What other economies would go down with it?

    Sorry if this seems callous to the humans; not my point here. Just the way of the big bad world.


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  • Longjohn119

    Only a F**king Fool slaps away the hand extended in Help …

    Literally dozens of Nations are willing to help, willing to send all the personal you could ever want or need, willing to spend their own money …

    What are the Japanese hiding, it HAS to be more than just damaged reactors … I imagine there are several Nuclear Weapons in Japan (That's why North Korea has been posturing for years, they know it's a fact) and can't help but wonder if there isn't one stached away at Fukushima Complex 1, possibly damaged


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Nuclear Cover ups to cover ups…
    Equals
    Buried Nuclear Secrets about Global Radioactive Fallout,
    … To protect Nuclear Fascism*…

    More Here:
    http://is.gd/9TN1vN and http://www.dcbureau.org/ and http://is.gd/Ljj4Ff

    * http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nuclear+fascism


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