Title: Fukushima No. 2 plant was ‘near meltdown’
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun
Date: Feb. 10, 2012
The Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant was “near meltdown” [...] according to the head of the plant. [...]
Plant chief Naohiro Masuda, in charge of plant operations since the crisis, told reporters Wednesday, “The No. 2 plant almost suffered the same fate as No. 1.”
[...] a Nuclear Emergency Situation Declaration was issued for both the No. 1 and No. 2 plants. The declaration was lifted for the No. 2 plant in December.
The Problem Then
[...] The tsunami caused the No. 2 plant’s seawater pumps, used to cool reactors, to fail. Of the plant’s four reactors, three were in danger of meltdown.
Luckily, one external high-voltage power line still functioned, allowing plant staff in the central control room to monitor data on internal reactor temperatures and water levels.
By March 15, the No. 2 plant’s four reactors reached a state of cold shutdown without any leakage of radioactive materials. [...]
The Problem Now
The Fukushima prefectural government conducted an on-site inspection at the No. 2 plant on Wednesday and repeated a request to TEPCO to decommission the facility.
Masuda did not elaborate and said, “At the moment, I can only say we’ll maintain a state of cold shutdown.”
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It’s not entirely clear what the statement “By March 15, the No. 2 plant’s four reactors reached a state of cold shutdown without any leakage of radioactive materials” means.
A) Was there no leakage at any time?
B) Was there not leakage after the plant reached a ‘state of cold shutdown’ on March 15?
Also, why use the phrase “state of cold shutdown” instead of “cold shutdown”? “State” is also included when referring to the “state of cold shutdown” at Fukushima Daiichi. As three full meltdowns/melt-throughs occurred at Daiichi, using the same terminology to describe Daini is troubling.
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Published: February 9th, 2012 at 9:41 pm ET
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