Cover over Reactor No. 1 to be removed at Fukushima plant — Radiation levels expected to rise

Published: May 9th, 2013 at 10:53 am ET


Title: TEPCO to take off cover of No. 1 reactor building for fuel removal
Source: Kyodo News
Date: May 9, 2013

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Thursday it plans to temporarily take off a cover placed around the damaged No. 1 reactor building to prepare for the removal of fuel in the spent fuel pool.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. installed the cover in October 2011 to prevent the further release of radioactive substances into the air […]

A TEPCO official said that dismantling the cover — work which will start in the fall — is expected to lead to a “slight rise” in the radiation level but the impact will be “little.” […]

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Published: May 9th, 2013 at 10:53 am ET


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29 comments to Cover over Reactor No. 1 to be removed at Fukushima plant — Radiation levels expected to rise

  • "…a 'slight rise' in the radiation level but the impact will be 'little'." – from article

    I, for one, do NOT believe that.

    I guess we are supposed to be 'happy' they are telling us in advance we are going to get 'dosed' yet again.

    Imagine how the fishermen around Japan feel right now.

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    Reactor #1 had, if I am not mistaken, the highest radiation readings in the entire plant.
    Including pressurized steam escaping containment which had many sieverts coming out.

    I suppose thats been vented all along anyways……


  • weeman

    I never seen the need for cover, as if a plastic enclosure is going to prevent most radiation from escaping, I did not see any filters installed, my question is what were they hiding under cover, what did they not want us to see.
    Have you seen any updated statistics on radiation levels in SFP of reactor number 1?, last time I seen the water in SFP was extremely radioactive and almost at criticality and required to be lowered.
    The good news is they believe they can remove spent fuel, they must know more on the condition of fuel than reported, let's hope.

  • Trawling4Trolls

    TEPCO is implying the cover has been absorbing airborne radioactives and that disturbing it will return those radioactives to the air.

    While the cover is on and undisturbed there is presumably a steady amount of emission. When its 'magic' is disturbed emission will increase.

    To say this event will be comical is an understatement.

    Will they re-use the same cover with the magical absorptive properties? Their explanation for doing so or not doing so should have entertainment value in itself.

    The technology of pure fantasy requiring our attention to power it? And if our response to their jiggering of it does not suit they'll jump to another trick?

    When did trading of mutual insults become the rule in Japan? Perhaps that is Japan's way out of this social mess, to begin to honestly Stop Insulting Each Other.

    Can we now call this the planned De-Cover-Up?,

    • Trawling4Trolls

      For Japan to Stop Insulting Each Other will require the cooperation of the women. Any man in any nation knows that's the crux of the equation.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    A "tear" developed in the uppercorner of the Unit1 cover early on, clearly visable at night on the webcam. We watched Reactor1 vent non-stop 24/7, even put to music by Nuckelchen. 😉
    As Nuclear Containment Vessels contain nothing,
    Reactor1 Cover covered up nothing.
    So I for one don't expect a big increase in airborne radiation as a result of removing this temporary covering. Just a smidge as radiation hot particles clinging to the inside of this cover are shaken into the air by handling. I mostly feel for the workers contaminated during this procedure.
    All the wreckage has to be removed from Unit1, just as it was at Unit4. Unit1 will also get a Crane Support Structure, similar to the one now being completed above Unit4.
    Let's get going on it. It has been two years of inaction so far.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Two additional points:
      1. The cover was to be vented into the stack, with filtration.
      2. Even so, the cover trapped so much radiation that workers couldn't venture inside to get any work done.

      So even though the cover (-up) was in place, no remedial work has been performed at Unit1 since the cover went on.

      At the time, they planned to have four similar covers to cover-up the ruins of Reactors1,2,3,&4.

      When they learned that the cover actually contained and concentrated the radiation, they simply tore open a corner of the cover on Unit1 so that venting could occur, and abandoned plans to do similar covers at Units2,3,&4.

      Hey, Engineering Students of Japan! Let's get a bunch of drones in the sky and watch what they are doing at FukuDiiachi! I'd watch, you betcha!

      • Trawling4Trolls

        So their attempt at containment handed them a further problem of concentration.

        They will probably muck up the coffer dam attempt, as well.

        Japan, a Construction Contractor State.

  • combomelt combomelt

    We can outlaw and shut down as many as possible, but its a race against the clock like in Mission Impossible. The only difference is the clock to stop is in a room that no one can get close to. Ocean currents be damned and atmospheric jet streams as well. Plutonium is absolutely EVERYWHERE worldwide and IT CAME FROM FUKUSHIMA courtesy of the 3rd grade engineers that designed the BWR MK1. SO very preventable oh so many years ago. I'm no nuke engineer, but every time I see an explanation and diagram of a problem that a particular NPP is having somewhere in the world, I ALWAYS come away from it thinking to myself…. DUH, WTF??!! Why did they design it THAT WAY?? I Always see right thru their self-induced problem! WHY IS THAT?? I'm sure you enenewsers feel the same!!! WHY why why why why?. IDIOTS, MORONS! Alas hindsight is usually 20/20….

    Keep on, keeping on. The sheeple will never wake up. only a bit more than 10,000 likes here and growing at a sloth's pace. In truth methinks that 99.99999999% of EVERYONE don't give a F%$^k just like everyone here continually says. Absolutely pathetic. But I love this site. Its all thats left to read. Thanks for putting up the good fight!!

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    "is expected to lead to a “slight rise” in the radiation level but the impact will be little."

    Yes the rise is radiation will be slight because there already is no containment. The increase will be due to disturbing the surfaces and spreading the dust around again.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    JUST NUKE THE PLACE WITH A MASSIVE HYDROGEN BOMB AND GET IT OVER WITH! So what if the bomb causes more quakes in Japan – their goose is cooked anyway. The heat from a hydrogen bomb is the only thing that can burn up the deadly elements hat are leaking out and spreading all over the world now. The leftover fallout from a hydrogen bomb would be much less dangerous than the current stste of idoitotic affairs being ran by tepco. Should have done it right after this fiasco started like our govt recommended back then. Still time to save the world I think. I say push the damn button already. Ofcourse tell the japanese to get away from that area first.

  • HanfordOnHeart HanfordOnHeart

    So…two days ago, TEPCO said they expect radiation levels to rise due to transferring the water from the leaky storage tanks…now they're announcing levels will rise from removing Reactor 1's cover.

    This does sound suspiciously as if they're preparing us for something that's already happened (as other commenters alluded to with the previous story).

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Is this why the USA Rad readers are off limits to the public? Have you seen the change B.Boxer & Pelosi, they glow in the dark!

  • Wynd Wynd

    What about underground nuke…like ones used to take down World Trade Cener & Building
    #7….would it be hot enuf without direct hit?
    They could dig underground trench from far distance…transport the device.
    Same as WTC…but what size mT required to destroy so much plutonium.
    Ridiculous….probably….turning steel to dust in NYC is like frying egg on sidewalk compared to destroying heavy isotopes¿¡

    • weeman

      You do this site no favors with your ludicrous thoughts on wtc, do you have prove, increase in radiation, etc no.
      Please take your conspiracy theories to another site, if you can not see the effects of jet fuel burning and the effects on heat on steel and the imminent collapse of floor beams, do the engineering and how do you get a nuclear bomb on site and arm in less than two hours or are you proposing they were already in place, get a grip.

      • mandog

        @weeman…..If you did any research at all, you would have found a ton of evidence that proves jet fuel/kerosene did not cause the buildings to collapse/implode. Without going into detail, this 10 minute video is a must watch for anyone and everyone.

        The Ultimate Con – 911

  • Ancient Voices

    I thought the "awaiting moderation" glitch had been finally fixed. Every time I see it I feel like a black sheep, even though Admin has said it was a case of mistaken IP address and they'd fix it–many weeks ago. I feel like Job crying out, "but I'm one of the good guys, God."

  • irhologram

    Ummm, Weeman, as to "means and opportunity," Marvin Bush was in charge of WTC security, and the buildings had unusual shut downs, and bomb sniffing dogs were "pulled" in the weeks prior to 9/11. It would be useful here not to use the two words " conspiracy" and "theory" together, because, as you know, it's a pejorative slam, and has the effect of shutting down inquiry. Inquiry is good, don't you think? May I suggest some research for you, too? You might google Dr. Judy Wood. You might ask yourself how a reporter in France mistakenly read the script saying Building 7 had also collapsed 20 min. before it did, while the shot of Building 7 was visible over her shoulder in the projection of the live scene. You might embrace the spirit of inquiry rather than just take the information you're spoon fed on TV.

    • weeman

      Let's leave it at that as this has nothing to do with the post and there is appropriate sites for your view point.

  • Ancient Voices

    Correction to my post–it should say Jim Tucker. May he rest in peace, he has earned it.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I'm posting this again ..on a thread that will probably attract more views than on General Discussion..

    On Fukushima Beach 2: The Lights of Fukushima
    April 26 2013

    I'm deeply moved.
    Nite all..

    • Even The Birds HATE Me Now DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Thank You @Heart , excellent vid , now i feel this urge to visit Iceland and talk to the Free people .
      They deserve to be proud for giving the finger to "to big to fail",
      and do you…for what you do here , and the Heart you are imho !

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Thank you ..too ..DID..
    Thank you ..Admin.
    I thank all here at Enenews.
    See how beautiful and shining..we are.