Asahi: Gov’t had plan to inject cement into Fukushima reactors using pipes a mile away

Published: April 19th, 2013 at 11:29 am ET


Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP/ ‘Shadow units’ (21): Fukushima plant chief cried
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: April 19, 2013

The [April 11, 2011] meeting between Taura and Yoshida, which lasted only 10 minutes or so, established a reliable system of emergency communications between the two organizations.

Around that time, the Defense Ministry received a secret request from the prime minister’s office.

The government had developed a plan to lay pipes connecting the crippled reactors directly with a location on a hill some 1.5 kilometers away. They would be used by the SDF to inject cement into the reactors if it became impossible to cool them, according to the plan.

Eventually, it was decided that TEPCO would carry out the necessary work, but the SDF made preparations to deal with all imaginable worst-case scenarios.

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Published: April 19th, 2013 at 11:29 am ET


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12 comments to Asahi: Gov’t had plan to inject cement into Fukushima reactors using pipes a mile away

  • Sickputer

    The Diet government toadies listen to Tepco (their financial lifeline)and allow them to fumble around in an attempt to save money for the company. It's all about the money…never about saving the lives of innocent victims in Japan and beyond their borders.

    Very sad that all their fellow nuclear power countries have stayed silent on the containment problems at Fukushima. They have let the Tepco nucleocrats operate with impunity and made no efforts to offer substantial support. All of the nucleocrat countries are guilty of malfeasance!

    They are all complicit in this industrial disaster that threatens the health of every living creature on earth.

    • +1

      "nuclear power countries have stayed silent…"
      "They are all complicit…"
      – SP

      IMO – They will 'most likely' remain silent at ALL cost.

      a. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
      b. The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful.

    • Siouxx Siouxx

      I think it's even simpler than that, other countries with nuclear plants are keeping quiet because they have no idea how to control this situation. They all started an industry without the slightest idea of how to deal with the waste it would produce, never mind how to cope with a potential grand-scale accident. Very early on I remember Arnie Gundersen saying that the whole industry's preparation was for 1% damage to one reactor core. Better for them, their reputation and above all the present and future nuclear programs in their own countries to stay away rather than reveal the truth.

  • weeman

    What a joke the sdf made preparations to deal with all imaginable scenarios, did you build the pipe line no,why is there no possibility of still loosing control of reactors, yes, would it hurt to be proactive even if it is a remote possibility, did they inform the populace in a factual and timly manner, no.
    They took their best option and left it to tepco to take the fall, shame on you sdf your prime directive is protection of your kin, family, people, human beings, etc. I would call that a court martial offence of the highest magnitude and all high officials should be prosecuted in the sdf for failer to perform there duties, as outlined in your charter.
    Hang them high in a public square, they deserve no less.
    Not to be trusted.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The meltdowns contaminate our earth because nuclear reactors can't be controlled.

  • Jay

    That was in 2011 when Foams with certain properties were already invented . But in over 25 years from Chernobyl NOBODY saw this :

    And :

    Gold is held in the foam by binding to the carbon atoms in chains of polyethylene. It wasn't easy to get the gold suspended in the polymer,

    The foam, white and about the density of Styrofoam, can also be shaped into mirrors or lenses for particle accelerators or fabricated into lightweight protective clothing for people working in radioactive environments, Fackler says … more …

    But therfe is far more info and other types of foams in the post ( read them to the end of the thread , info if pouring ) :

    • harengus_acidophilus

      Is this an ad?

      > Gold is held in the foam by binding to
      > the carbon atoms in chains of polyethylene

      Gold …?

      Inventing a new chemistry?
      Gold-carbon bindings? No way!

      High level radiation is able to break chemical bindings.
      If you want to shield radiation, there is no chemical way.

      Nice try.


  • We Not They Finally

    And the upshot? They did none of the above. There was no concern to save others, even their own country, just to paint themselves harmless and make no monetary, much less personal sacrifice. We don't even have laws on the books that describe the magnitude of such crimes. But they hide behind corporate fronts; and unfortunately, the U.S. has not proven itself better.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    I doubt this plan would have worked. All they would have done is poured concrete into Containments1,2,&3 after the Corium had left. Would have done little good.

    Deep trenches dug uphill and downhill from Units1,2,&3, with horizontal pipes carrying liquid nitrogen, might have frozen the Corium in place, before it had a chance to burn into depths beyond the reach of humanity. Now it is too late for that, as the corium is deep into the Earth. Fuku Reactors1,2,&3 are now a total loss.

    It is now too late for meaningful action to contain the Fukushima Diiachi NPP.