Asahi: High radiation means delays in decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi — 30-year roadmap will likely now have to be revised

Published: March 28th, 2012 at 10:13 am ET
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Follow-up to: Kyodo hints Tepco's long-term plan to decommission Fukushima may be in jeopardy

Title: High radiation means delays in decommissioning crippled Fukushima reactors
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIDENORI TSUBOYA
Date: March 28, 2012

High radiation means delays in decommissioning crippled Fukushima reactors

The decommissioning process at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant faces a further obstacle after Tokyo Electric Power Co. said radiation readings in the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor were at fatal levels on March 27. 

[...] 72.9 sieverts was recorded about 4.2 meters from the bottom of the vessel.

After the Fukushima nuclear disaster flared, the highest radiation level recorded was about 10 sieverts per hour last August around piping near the main exhaust duct of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors.

[...] The latest reading is not only much higher but reinforces the possibility that the decommissioning process will be prolonged. [...]

Decommissioning was initially expected to take around 30 years, but that estimate will likely now have to be revised.

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Published: March 28th, 2012 at 10:13 am ET
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49 comments to Asahi: High radiation means delays in decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi — 30-year roadmap will likely now have to be revised

  • kintaman kintaman

    Revised to 250,000 years? Absolute f*cking morons. Japan was hoodwinked into building all these nuclear reactors after WW2 and was only too happy to oblige their US master. Now Japan is paying the price thanks to their corrupt, immoral, greedy and cowardly leaders.

    Japan, a nation with an extremely long, deep and rich history is now being contaminated entirely thanks to further idiocy on the part of their leaders. My future grandchildren (if any of us have any in the future) will never be able to visit the land of their ancestors as it will be a wasteland.


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      It's all so fucking sad kinta. F**K!!! I want off this planet! I dont want to witness what we'll be witnessing very soon now. Sickness and DEATH! EVACUATE JAPAN!


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    • pure water

      I am deeply sorry, and still hope the young ones will save your inheritance. This world deserves your sense of beauty, your discipline, your majesty!


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      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Oh yeah PW. You say it best. I feel so fucking sad & bad for the Japanese people!! I cannot even BEGIN to imagine what they are going through. I am so sorry too.
        WAKE UP THE YOUNG! WAKE UP THE STRONG!
        I'm sending these new videos "China syndrome by Kevin and milky to Right This Minute. Surely, SURELY someone there will wake up what we're facing! If nothing else, it will wake up the Producers of to THE FUCKING TRUTH! They viewed Human Error (per email) WHOSE TO SAY THEY WONT VIEW KEVIN'S.
        Got to hope so. :(


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        • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

          Whoopie, I can see the sad lines of Japanese in 30 years, queueing up for the 8:15 train into Tokyo. Heads down. Depression palpable. Hanging on to their jobs in empty offices, mourning the deaths of their parents, their children, their spouses, their friends and relatives. Just too sad for words. You are there. The slow-motion disintegration of Japan is occuring all around you, and you are conscious of what is happening. Your facebook page is incromprehensible to me in Japanese. My iPad doesn't seem to have a translation feature. Do you have a facebook page in English that I can follow? I suppose Japanese will be a dead language in 50 years, so no point to learning it now. But I would like to follow your life and observations during the Fall and Diaspora. I feel your deep sadness. Many thanks for your contribution here. :(


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  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Why would they have to change their estimate? It was already based on inventing new technology that could clean up a disaster of this magnitiude. Why not predict we invent a tranporter device and beam the whole plant directly into the sun? It's just as reasonable as their estimates….


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Fishing ban due to radioactive contamination
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120328_05.html
    2 other types of fish from the Miyagi coast have also exceeded the 100 becquerel level.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Thanks Whoops.
      It says: "Miyagi Prefecture and fisheries cooperatives are considering asking fishers in the prefecture to voluntarily refrain from catching the fish."

      Could read:"..are asking fishers in the prefecture to voluntarily abandon their livelihood."

      Or:"…are asking fishers in the prefecture to voluntarily share Tepco's pain by losing their homes to the bank."


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  • shiverca shiverca

    Getting WORSE every day. The amount of people who have lost everything is staggering and depressing as hell!

    I fear to find out what Japan will be like in 10 years.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Me too, shiverca. The only thing which worries me even more is the thought that we'll witness another nuclear disaster during those 10 years. Which we will, I guess.

      Decommissioning the monster in 30 years, that was a bad joke from the beginning!! I mean, I will RETIRE in 30 years! And Fuku will still be there with its 400 brothers worldwide.


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    TEPCO Reality Check: Your plan is to "Decommission" the Reactors, haul all that metal and concrete away somewhere. Have a dozer smooth it all over with fresh sand. Probably build a park there as a memorial. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? Gee, thanks! Will only take 30 years. Take an extra 10 or 20 years, why don't you?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's a waste to mention "Tepco" because the meltdown can't be stopped by anyone ..U.S, Russia, France etc, etc. Isn't nuclear power neat?


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    • americancommntr

      Can't, according to current understanding and deployed technology.

      If you read about scalar electromagnetics, the technology is able to accelerate radioactive decay.

      If true, one would think there would be some possiblility of neutralizing radioactivity, or of taking the energy out of matter and transferring it elsewhere.

      It's claimed that the reason scalar weapons haven't been used is the technology can set off nuclear weapons wherever they sit, and cause prompt criticalities in NPPs and spent fuel pools.

      To use them is to suffer tremendous blowback. It is alleged this may be why we keep NPPs and SFPs around, as a 'dead man fuzing' against EMP or general nuclear attack.

      Somewhere in that nebulae of possibilities, may be an electromagnetic way of taking corium where it sits, and rendering it harmless in terms of radioactivity and fissionability. And of doing the same for radionuclides over a large area.

      Nobody can truly say it's not possible. Nobody but God knows everything. He made everything out of nothing. Big Bang is not his name, either.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Fukushima311
    Now, “the data shows the damage from the disaster is so severe the plant operator will have to develop special equipment and technology to tolerate the harsh environment, and decommission the plant.”

    What that sentence says to ME is we do not currently have any technology in existence on earth to fix this problem and furthermore, we were mistaken about how severe this is. You are all in jeopardy!

    That's what it screams out to me.
    http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/28/new-inspection-at-fukushima-daiichi-plant-finds-extremely-high-radiation-levels/


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      TEPCO stated months ago that new tech would be required to clean up the coriums. Months ago. Currently, there is nothing that can walk, roll, whatever, up to a pile of boiling nuclear shit, chop into tiny little pieces and do anything with it. It's like trying to shovel the sun. It is just way too radioactive, hot and deadly for humans or machines to work with.


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  • how is it that all the people in the world knew this and all the top people in japan failed to notice they have turned from top always right phsyco to the sicko child murderer phsyco,and can't work out why. they where wrong about the clean up and they used kids to clean up adults radiation mess that is so sick i can emagen them in a total mess because they never been wrong before i wonder where they will go when they have to evacuate all of japan they will have nowhere to go because they breached every human rights going they won't last 2 days i think this professor desided to evacuate fuku to come out a hero than condemed he is very clever


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  • kintaman kintaman

    Just curious. Out of the folks here is anyone else doing their most to avoid purchasing anything from Japan?

    I myself am as I do not trust anything (food and other products) from Japan any longer. The sneaky ways of the government are just too disgusting when you look at the history (even before 3.11). As for myself, I will NEVER purchase anything from Japan again. Fuck their economy as far as I am concerned. I say this even with my Japanese blood. Too bad, so sad. You pay for what you play.


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    • mungo mungo

      hi kintaman, i am trying to avoid all japanese food, as well as all fish from the pacific…
      electrical components are probably harder to avoid though…..
      i dont even like to buy anything that has been NEXT to japanese produce in the shops… i really dont know how to escape radiation, any shipment from japan could contaminate previously "clean" food…
      i am not even sure i should be smoking american tobacco either…nor that bit of hash bought back from afghanistan, who knows what that was exposed to ;-)


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      notice you've made such protest in the past kintaman. Aside from the fact that the food supplies throughout the U.S. have been irradiated by major (and ongoing) radioactive plumes, do you really think that adding salt to the wound is advisable? I'll join you in avoiding the Shashimi and Sake, but I'd not want to cripple what-little means of survival has been left to the people of Japan. Besides, do some research and you're likely to find there are already irradiated consumer goods coming-on to the market from sources other than Japan…


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      • mungo mungo

        i agree aftershock, this crud is everywhere, i know… bearing that in mind i think it makes sense to avoid food from a known contaminated area….


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          my point was that it would be harmful to the Japanese to start boycotting their "other products". Aside from the obvious dangers of ingesting potentially contaminated foodstuffs, refusing to all else that's "Made in Japan" only penalizes an already overburdened people. And until it's otherwise proven, mere suspicion that everything coming-out of Japan is radioactive is vindictive. It's likely that toilet paper dispenser that was made in China five years ago, is itself, contaminated with recycled nuclear waste metals. Keep in mind, this has been going on for decades!!!


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Certain products are easy to avoid, they say "Made in Japan" right on them. Other things are impossible to avoid. That new TV you bought, that new PC you bought, are there any Japanese parts in it? Japan made micro processors? Specialty metals that were made in Japan and shipped of to wherever and made into god only knows what bits and pieces of other things. What about that plane you just flew in? Was it in Japan recently? Did someone walk around Tokyo collecting radioactive waste on their shoes sit in your seat? Did you track that crap into your own home? It's blowing about in the wind. It's in the water, air, land and sea. Birds, fish, cows, pigs, everything is slowly being contaminated. It's a big cluster fuck. And ALL OF US are part of the cluster this time.


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        Again, the general public's been exposed to recycled nuclear waste metals for decades now. It isn't just about what's coming out of Japan. In fact, I'd advise carefully scanning everything that you'd buy and what's already in your living/work environment. Don't confuse the awareness of Fukushima with the decades long coverup of dangerous conditions which have been about us all! And thinking that boycotting Japanese products will only add to a false sense of security…


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  • i watched a news program in malaysia that singapore are still buying beef from japan at 60 dollars for 1kg things are very hushed up there because of a ongoing plant project but me and my family wont touch anything from japan


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    • mungo mungo

      that's interesting, a family member is currently in singapore…. do you know if indonesia are taking japan food, because that is where he is based, and suffering a "flu" like illness :-(


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    • kintaman kintaman

      I have heard similar and this is why Asia is completely off limits for me for now and the future. I also will not eat seafood, of any kind, for the rest of my days.

      I realize that the Atlantic side is safe for now but I do not trust the labelling (labeling Pacific seafood as Atlantic) and in due time that side of the ocean will become contaminated as well (via currents and migrating fish).


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Hey kintaman, have you had one of those extra thick North Pacific Cod Sandwiches that are now being advertised on TV in the US? They are sooo good! So sorry that Japan is done. Many contributions to culture. Etc. Now over. If I could Short Japan on the stock market, I'd be ALL IN!


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    • kintaman kintaman

      Seafood is out of the question for me forever. I would not care to profit off of the fall of the nation of my forefathers (or any other nation of that matter). You sound like a politician with that kind of talk.


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  • many moons

    One thing that is clear is that the people of the world are going along with the trade that nuclear energy offers.

    We need land for food, water for survival, air for all living things to survive.

    We have all opted to trade these essential things Air, water, food (land) for energy….energy is not essential.

    This is not a good trade…when you trade something you can not buy or create for money you have already lost.

    Once land, water, air is contaminated by radiaoactivity it bacoames useless….these are the things that keep us alive we are trading for something we desire…an easy life with energy doing for us…elevators, dish washers etc. I prefer the land air and water to the life of leisure full of poison.
    We need to boycott energy.


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    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Many moons: :) . Exactly the right and most positive response to 311 Fuku! Study solar, wind, hydro for power and hot water; batteries, inverters, and conservation. Unhook nuke tainted electricity. Use generator, fuel cell generator as backup. Off the grid. I have a plan and the knowledge to do this. Make yours. Wind and solar. Make it cheap, put it everywhere! Take your nuke death machines and shove 'em! We ALL have to do this now. Expect no help from the Government. Plan your transition to minimal SAFE energy now. Good luck!


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  • japan beef was supposed to be the best beef in the world it will be pretty hard for asian people to give it up i can emagen japan salmon still being sold as well i just quoted on a program we watched i can even say the upper market shop that still selling people still live in japan and need to survive maybe they have places in japan that are not contamonated yet so we have to let things go


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  • What can you say when the world is already stuffed, you just got to live with it. We worry for japan but it may be to late for us all. If its in the sea water then its going to be in our drinking water.


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    30 years? I was under the impression that this could take upwards of 250 thousand years to get to cold shut down.


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  • dear jones

    Interrupt jump to F)

    F) Getting worse Return


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