Experts on Fukushima Plant: “It’s a pipe dream” — “Basically, we are groping in the dark” — “Like going to war with bamboo sticks” — “Like the fog of war”
Title: Insight: Japan’s Long War to shut down Fukushima
Date: March 5, 2013
- “It’s like going to war with bamboo sticks,” said Takuya Hattori, president of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and a 36-year veteran of [Tepco]
- “It’s a pipe dream,” Michio Ishikawa said of the four-decade target shortly before he retired last year as chief adviser at the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute, adding it could take decades more.
- “It’s like the fog of war,” said John Raymont, president of U.S.-based Kurion Inc, which supplied a water treatment system briefly used to filter contaminated water at the plant. “They are only now getting to know what the problem looks like.”
- “This kind of job has never been done,” said Keiro Kitagami, a former lawmaker who headed a government task force overseeing R&D for the project. “The technology, the wherewithal, has never been developed. Basically, we are groping in the dark.”