Dead rodents halt Fukushima cooling system for 3rd time in recent weeks — “Three times is a trend, friends” (PHOTO)

Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm ET


Wall St. Journal: Dead Rodents Cause Another Cooling System Halt at Stricken Plant […] (Tepco) halted cooling operations at a spent fuel storage pool at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for about four hours Monday after discovering two dead rodents on a control panel near an electrical transformer.

Reuters: Fuel-rod cooling halted by rats at crippled Japan nuclear plant […] Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant halted cooling of a spent fuel pool at the site on Monday to remove two dead rats, the third time cooling equipment has gone offline in five weeks because of rodents.

Atlantic Wire: A cooling fuel pool was shut down for a few hours Monday at Japan’s embattled Fukushima nuclear power plant so workers could remove two dead rats. It was the third time in a little over a month that cooling equipment had to be shut down for rat related issues β€” and right now there are more radioactive rodent recurrences than answers. Three times is a trend, friends.

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Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm ET


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23 comments to Dead rodents halt Fukushima cooling system for 3rd time in recent weeks — “Three times is a trend, friends” (PHOTO)


    This really tells the quality of work being performed at the plant. They can't seal a panel that a rat can enter? Or just don't close the panel door?

    • We Not They Finally

      The rats can't read signs. It's just the humans who get knowingly fried. But say, why send poor workers in there at all? Let the TEPCO officials go in themselves to do the work. They caused it, they fix it.

  • Jay

    The Trend I see developing is one of silence from the international community : I think it means the business Vultures around the world are waiting to see Japan and its manufacturing sector dissapear , less competition .

    At what price ? Since when do they care ?
    Conclusion : the Japanese are already sold-out and left for dead by the rest of the world .

    • We Not They Finally

      Except that America keeps importing their toxic food. And the stock market is soaring. And no one talks about protecting the WORLD'S ocean. And regrettably, the IAEA is not their "competition" — they're all in the same "club." Not that the Chinese would care abut Japan going down. Probably wouldn't.

  • robu

    Rad hardened cats. How difficult is this? πŸ™‚

  • domjox domjox

    A question I didn't see asked: Why are two rats dead in the exact same location and time. So What killed them? Sure one dead rodent in a location is to be expected, but two in a location that should be secure against this type of infiltration. Makes me wonder….

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Shouldn't the rats be drowned by now? Maybe they're climbing into the switching gear to stay dry.

    There has to be rivers of radioactive water gushing from the leaky tarp-tanks, down the hill, through the plant and out into our sea.

    It's TEPCO's novel Decontamination By Erosion strategy.

  • We Not They Finally

    These rats were probably 9/10's dead before they happened to expire their last near the equipment. Imagine terminal nursing home patients wandering near a live electrical wire, expiring, then being blamed as the cause for the electricity going out. Stupid newspeople even printing this as fact instead of INVESTIGATING.

  • We Not They Finally

    I never thought I would feel sorry for rats. But now I say, they were innocent creatures, give them a decent burial. More than I can say for the officials at TEPCO.


    They are probably placing the blame on rats instead of what's actually causing the malfunctions. Can you hear it now? Hey go toss some more rats in the panel and take a picture. The real joke is they can't seal rats out of the electric panels but they are competent in containing a ludicrous amount of radioactive materials.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      +1. Yes, the high radioactivity is killing the rats and causing the cooling systems and control panels to break down.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        And the cooling systems are able to cool the steadily increasing radioactivity. After a meltdown the radioactivity continues to increase for at least 250,000 years. Hello, anyone out there with a brain listening?

  • Keeping rodents out isn't rocket science. Wire mesh and self tapping screws should do the trick. Poison. The cooling system for the spent fuel pools has failed three times recently. That's sad. No investigation can happen as no one is allowed near. What's really going on is anybodies guess. But its not good.

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Rat Poison? Are you kiddin me? Tepco would never use such a dangerous substance. Could contaminate the whole site. Geeze

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Frankly.. look at the crap in the bottom of that panel. Looks like there is a lump of rotting plant matter in the corner and blue bubble gum beside it. From the picture this looks more like some open metal casing around a concrete structure. The "panel" is only there to access the wires and pipes, not really intended to be sealed. You can see the opening beneath the concrete. I think KDM is right though.. looks like the poor thing was tossed in on top of some cables.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    So much for Mighty Mouse coming to save the day……

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Unfortunately, nothing can stop the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from leaking radiation into our environment. Worldwide.

  • patb2009

    Yeah you got yer dead cat and you got yer dead dog
    On a moonlight night you got yer dead toad frog
    Got yer dead rabbit and yer dead raccoon
    The blood and the guts they're gonna make you swoon!
    You got yer
    Dead skunk in the middle of the road
    Dead skunk in the middle of the road
    You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
    Stinkin' to high Heaven!

    — Loudon Wainwright III

  • EX-pose-the-fakes

    Simple…the rats did it! Nice one TEPCO way to avoid taking responsibility again.

    ::musings of TEPCO officials::

    Sociopath1 "I've got in Evilin, lets just tell them the rats are the reason why things are failing."

    Evilin "Wow Sociopath1, that's a comment that deserves a raise and an extra gallon of fresh baby blood"

    Sociopath2 "I've already dispatched a team to make convincing photographs"

    Evilin "Man am I happy to have such a creative team, fresh baby blood for everyone muahahhahaha, now back to my coffin"

  • CB CB

    "NEW BREAKING NEWS" Tepco still sucks!

  • Chudleigh Chudleigh

    WIPP is making TEPCO look like a bunch of nobel laureates.