Fukushima Plant Chief in 2011: If we fail to urgently deal with radioactive leakage, we can’t overcome the crisis — 2 years later Tepco admits they couldn’t afford to work on it

Published: September 11th, 2013 at 9:16 pm ET
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Title: Govt’s uphill battle over tainted water
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun
Date: September 12, 2013

Early warning ignored

[…] Masao Yoshida, the chief of the Fukushima plant when the nuclear crisis broke out, raised the alarm over water leakage in April 2011. “Handling the water is an urgent task. If we fail to deal with it, we can’t overcome [the crisis],” said Yoshida, who died in July.

TEPCO, however, found that simply securing space to store an increasing volume of radioactive water was enough to keep its hands full. As a result, it delayed taking steps to tackle the water leaks, leaving highly radioactive water untouched in the tunnels.

Masayuki Ono, acting general manager of TEPCO’s nuclear power and plant siting division, said: “We deal with issues according to their priority, but face delays in solving them. Under the current system, we’re not capable of handling the risk properly.”

See also: [intlink id=”yomiuri-quake-may-have-damaged-tunnels-under-fukushima-plant-allowing-even-more-radioactive-water-into-ground-now-filled-with-over-15000-tons-contamination-still-flowing-in-from-connected-tur” type=”post”]Tunnels under Fukushima plant suspected to have quake damage — Allows radioactive water to ‘move’ into ground — Still holding over 15,000 tons — High-level contamination flowing in from turbine buildings — Tepco “couldn’t afford to work on tunnels”[/intlink]

Published: September 11th, 2013 at 9:16 pm ET
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56 comments to Fukushima Plant Chief in 2011: If we fail to urgently deal with radioactive leakage, we can’t overcome the crisis — 2 years later Tepco admits they couldn’t afford to work on it

  • Masao Yoshida, if you remember was a hero ignoring orders to not cool reactor mess with ocean water. He was at the plant and in that moment right after the tsunami he was in charge. Yes salt water is ruinous to a nuclear plant but Masao Yoshida recognized any coolant was better then none. He got a humiliating, verbal discipline dressing down for his troubles. Of course he died of cancer not long after and of course TEPCO and paid doctors said it was unrelated to working at the triple meltdown. Nobody will listen to him dead or alive. So sad to die from work.
    Japan is on the masturbatory Olympic road. Fukushima can just smolder along with as little remediation investment as possible. Plutonium readily bonds to Oxygen or hydrogen molecules to become plutonium oxides or hydrides. Good luck analyzing low level alpha emmitting water with your pocket radiation detector. Internal alpha emmitting isotopes are far more dangerous at a lot lower levels then all the strontium and cesium they talk about. They would rather the citizens work for the economy and die of cancer in ten years then run away from the disaster and disturb the economy but not get cancer and live another twenty or thirty years.

    • mairs mairs

      Mark, you should be writing the articles for the MSM. There is more understanding and truth, including psychological truth, in your two paragraphs than pages of blather by "journalists" who seem to be months if not years behind the facts.

      • Thank-you for the compliment. The simple fact is a Mainstream Media journalist's job is to diffuse the truth with blather. The secondary story of Fukushima is the lack of old fashioned investigative journalism, half truths and lies that surround the reporting of a triple melt down leaching radio-activity into an ocean a few hundred miles from the largest metropolis in the world. It is a welcome trend that people like me would rather listen to people like you then a talking head of mainstream. This internet thing is slowly leeching Mainstreams audience and power away from them.

    • Sickputer

      +311 for Mark. I was thinking similar thoughts about Yoshida's throat cancer that killed him and Arnie's post castigating the "No one has died in Japan from radiation".

      The Japanese in charge of this massive cover-up are professional liars. How they can go home and face their families is beyond me. A band of King Midas monsters killing their own offspring by withholding information. One day they will face the verdict of history and she will deal harshly with their genocidal behavior.

  • jec jec

    Leaving 'highly radioactive water untouched in the tunnels'..well..not exactly if the floors of the tunnels are just gravel. Problem solved..its going to drain 'naturally' into groundwater. Some one needs to check the TEPCO build/design documents and see if the flooring was ever more than gravel. Knowing TEPCO, gravel is cheap…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The technology doesn't exist to deal with a meltdown like this. Never did, and never will.

    • The technology does exist. Even if it doesn't, it can be invented.

      "ANYTHING that the mind of man can conceive, he can achieve." Napolean Hill

      We dreamed death and destruction, transmutation of elements towards genome unraveling. We invented it, and made it happen.

      Now we can dream of a life affirming, positive transmulation of elements that cancels out the above.

      It does exist. All opposites exist. Light/dark, positive/negative, gravity/anti-gravity, etc..

      But denying the problems does not help. First admit the problem, then creatively approach it and brainstorm possibilities. Invent something if you have to. ANYTHING is possible with this approach.

      Sadly, that is not where they are going right now.. Denial is so sad, and so useless.

      • Cisco Cisco

        Dr. Goodheart

        "The technology does exist. Even if it doesn't, it can be invented."

        Yes, but not in time my friend. There is no way to filter/re-mediate these radionuclides that currently reside in the atmosphere and water (fresh and sea), and the millions more particles that are still radiating from the site, as well as all over Japan (incineration), into the biosphere.

        The misnomer that man and technology can remedy any event/solve any problem is a propaganda technique that allows bad things to continue, provides an excuse to go forward not withstanding, not with science but with faith. It is a false hope; and, it is how and why we are now witness to biggest clusterf#ck one could hardly imagine.

        The whole nuclear industry is based on that premise. That it would solve the waste problem because we'd invent the technology to treat it. Well, here we are; and, the best our genius nuclear folks could ever come up with is to do what caveman did thousands of years ago…bury it. Technology?..How primitive!

        I contend there are some things and events that cannot be fixed. Fukushima Daiichi is one.

        I appreciate your hope and faith, but I do not agree with your technology premise.

        Thank you for your good works.

  • dosdos dosdos

    The foundation under the tunnels is gravel. Cracks in the tunnel concrete from the earthquake allow the water to flow down into the ground with relatively no filtration. These feeds connect with subsurface groundwater flow, carrying the core contaminants out into the Pacific.

    • There is an underground river below FUKU. A river was diverted to build the place. The underground river is still there.

      The 'tunnels' with gravel bottoms and cracked basements lead right into the underground river.

      Guess where the radiation goes?

      Guess where the underground river goes?

  • johnnyo

    The rampant blatant lying reminds me of what happened 12 years ago today. In Off Topic forum I address how it clearly did not go down like we were told. On this anniversary I would like to hear your opinions there. Truthers and anti-nukers need to join forces as we have a common enemy.

    • We Not They Finally

      The 911 truthers have been beaten to a pulp. And it is that a good thing? No, it's a terrible thing!!

      And of course it would be great to combine THE PEOPLE from the truthers and the anti-nuke base. It may just be a lot more complicated to link THE ISSUES.

      My gut instinct is that we may need, more than anything, public education about what radioactivity is and what it does. Because now we are starting to be fed "genomic testing is the future of cancer treatment." (Cancer Treatment Centers of America's new ad campaign.) And people will be told that genetic damage is "just another carcinogen." And whereas people are used to working in the POLITICAL arena, there is an urgent need now to tell people what they are being bombarded with PHYSICALLY. That it's gone way beyond what they THINK, much less politics.

      I wish with all my heart that that were not our "new reality," but apparently it is.

    • My reply is at http://wyynd.tripod.com/wtc.html

      I support the story of Dimitri Khalezov who is not a theorist of any kind but a living, at great risk to himself, witness.

  • SusanS

    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢
    ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢

    http://tinyurl.com/FixFuku

    We need a worldwide consortium made up of experts in the field to start brainstorming solutions to what is happening in Fukushima and what can be done to FIX it. We need them NOW. Each country will also need to commit funds to this effort, since it is and will continue to affect the entire planet. The consequences could be the extinction of all life on earth. It is past time to do this. Japan is calling for help and they can not handle it alone.

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    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      Every single nuke power plant on the face of this earth is another Fukushima just waiting to happen. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Fukushima appears to be a done deal, with very few viable options left. However, all those OTHER time-bombs ticking…ticking…ticking…

  • rockyourworld

    they want us to believe cave dwellers, street vendors and news stand attendants plotted and pulled off 9/11?

    • We Not They Finally

      Something FANTASTICALLY high tech happened at 911. The supposed second "plane" cut through that massive building like butter in about three seconds flat. Pretty fancy "cave tech," if you ask me.

      • We all know exactly who the "cave dwellers, street vendors and news stand attendants" are, that plotted and pulled off 9/11 and 3/11…

        They are hidden in the darkness, pulling off one operation after another… believing they will never be discovered or brought to justice.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    of course!

  • We Not They Finally

    So they are saying WHAT? That TEPCO couldn't afford to address it, so now the Japanese government is stepping in and spending THEIR funds to build an Olympic stadium which will turn out to be no better than a morgue?

  • johnnyo

    I am heartened that most fellow enenewsers know the story they fed us about nine eleven is bullshit. I give many avenues for others who may still be undecided to explore in Off Topic Forum. For those that are content to accept what our "leaders" spoon feed them and will not even look at my OT postings, I am sadly forced to question your desire to make this world a better place.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The finding of/looking for the truth would appear to be a struggle for most Americans…

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      I think a vast majority leave "truth" to the authorities to figure out expecting to be filled in on a "need-to-know" basis. IMO, as long as the reality in their immediate circle isn't rocked, they believe everything else must be all good.

  • johnnyo

    The rabbit hole goes very deep. The wickedness that currently has a strangle hold over this planet is almost unfathomable. 9/11 Truth will annihilate our current paradigm, obliterating the current power structure totally and give our planet new life. Among many other things it will end nukes forever. A new planetary consciousness beckons. Good people VASTLY outnumber the scum. We must be brave and take action!

  • WTC911 Truth is simple enuf for a child to understand.
    Dimitri Khalezov was a witness to a unique treaty communique from usa to russia in regards to civilian nuke notification.
    Any honest scientist in the world knows what the remnants of an underground nuke looks like. Dimitri has completed his book for free download.
    http://wyynd.tripod.com/wtc.html
    Sorry to say conspiracy theorist are a pack of govt shills.

    • mopar69 mopar69

      Thanks for the info Wynd, that "Nuclear Shrooms" picture loos familiar to R3 core ejection. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12729138

    • truthseek truthseek

      Dimitri IS on to the truth. Have been familiar with and followed his perspectives for a long time.
      911 / 311 have common origins, the base of WTC is suspect… Mini nukes or guided energy (likely both) in addition to unmanned planes to distract our field of view.

      The biggest thing to me is that (as everybody knows) WTC Building 7 IS absolutely the building 4 at Fukushima.
      A real smoking gun…

      • I agree and am in contact with Dimitri who is now in Thailand.
        I have given him this web site to review and others of course…
        I'm trying to get him to think about it and see what he could find out…After all, Thailand would get a belly full of hell if Unit 4 blows…

  • Obewan, its a struggle most Americans and Canadians don't bother to take up. Even those who are aware, and might I say 911 is received with much scepticism by many Vancouverites, are also jaded so they shrug their shoulders and tune out. 911 is actually on topic as part of the Fukushima story is the lies. 911 and the need for America to invade Afghanistan. More lies. It is the backdrop of lies that bind 911 and Fukushima. It becomes crystal clear that the politicians are not our servants but our masters.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Bobby I think would agree…

  • micky thered micky thered

    had a conversation at work yesterday with a 19 year old. when I pointed out that he hadn't a clue what's happening in the world and asked if he knew what happened in Japan 900 days ago, he said " oh you mean the tsunami thing " and went back to talking about his favourite rap music. sad to say, but I fear a junk food diet is mentally neutering the youth of today.

  • sworldpeas

    The tanks are holding a lakes worth of water above ground. Can the ground hold the increasing weight?

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I was looking at the Uranium Furures graph from pre 311. Very Interesting. Any thoughts?

    http://futures.tradingcharts.com/chart/UX/M?anticache=1378996111

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Another really interesting time-lapse seismic activity video of Japan from pre 311. Scroll down just a tag to see it.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/links-including-rad-maps.html

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I wonder how many have died besides the Daiichi plant chief. And how many are seriously ill ?

  • ftlt

    This has been what has been going on for the last 30 months…

    The exposure has been being limited..

    Tepco is the fiscal lamb – it was always to be one…

    Again, again and again, I point to Obushma's first public comment on FUFU that – was made for his pay masters sake.

    Paraphrased, "We must protect Tepco's stock value".. That was the first comment of his on FUFU that I can remember.. There have not been many either… A globalist pig is always a globalist pig… Oink!! oink!!!

    This is Corpoglobalist speak meaning – let's give ourselves time to get out of the way of the fiscal fallout of this bad money linkage…

    It's a game of musical chairs with only seats for the Border-less rich and powerful

    What we have been observing is a corpo death dance for Tepco…

    Pollution and women and children be damned – save our money first!!!…

    This is why finally we are seeing the FUFU issue in the news … They who needed to flee are now safely protected and a safe distance away from the fall…

    In fact, many may have positioned themselves to profit from the false cleanup bonanza that is about to occur…

    Remember 9/11 … No!!! The other one!!! The one in Chile, where Salvador Allende was rubbed out shortly after he warned the world of the coming Borderless Empire/s looming destruction of the nation state and what it was going to mean for the peoples of the world!!

    Long may the memory of him remain alive with us…

  • Japan still has TONS of money…
    Shimatsu insist that they have weapons grade material centrifuges and other types of refinement enriching underground thru out the area up to and including under the mountains…
    it sounds like high tales but why don't they get anything done…
    he says thousands of people pour into the area day and night…but no one is above ground…where are they?….huge amount of activity and radioactive waste removal…all visible on the highway but no one to be seen above ground…
    there's a lot of possibility in what he says…
    he also says there are thousands of bodies and many have seen them…dead of course….

    • Maybe not for long…..

      Fukushima Crisis Total Cost $1 – $10 TRILLION Dollars; via @AGreenRoad
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/fukushima-crisis-total-cost-up-to-10.html

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        there is a total of thirteen firms, which collectively have 161 directors on their boards. We think that this group of 161 individuals represents the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. They collectively manage $23.91 trillion in funds and operate in nearly every country in the world.

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/exposing-the-financial-core-of-the-transnational-capitalist-class/5349617

        send them petitions!

      • Sickputer

        +311 Dr. G

        Another $10 trillion accident waiting in the wings…

        Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant 35 miles north of Times Square is surrounded by 17 million people in a 50-mile radius. Not content with the first reactor which was built in 1961 and shut down for safety reasons in 1974, they built two more reactors in 1974. They have 39 years of hazardous nuclear fuel stored just like Fukushima.

        Incidentts in the past:

        "On October 17, 1980, 200,000 gallons of Hudson River water leaked into the Indian Point 2 containment building from the fan cooling unit, undetected by a safety device designed to detect hot water. The flooding, covering the first 9 feet of the reactor vessel, was discovered when technicians entered the building. Two pumps which should have removed the water were found to be inoperative. NRC proposed a $2,100,000 fine for the incident.

        In February 2000, the most serious incident at the plant occurred, when a small radioactive leak from a steam generator tube forced the plant to close for 11 months.

        On January 7, 2010, NRC inspectors reported that an estimated 600,000 gallons of mildly radioactive steam was intentionally vented to the atmosphere after an automatic shutdown of Unit 2. After the vent, one of the vent valves unintentionally remained slightly open for two days."

        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Point_Energy_Center

        SP: Fukushima is a financial death blow to Japan.

        The same scenario could play out near New York…

  • here's the link to Shimatsu's most recent radio interview..
    it's very interesting…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1an7TQKDmL4

  • ftlt

    You folks have to stop thinking in terms of the nation state .. It is now an illusion – a patriotic tool – use to trick you and enslave you..

    40 years ago on the other 9/11 Salvador Allende was rubbed out for telling us this..

    Japan???? Come on

  • RichardPerry

    They have not addressed No.4 Fuel Racks. Is the fuel there? I do not believe so. They seem to be playing a shell game when ever answering inquiries and the questions they answer seem to be planted with no good reporting inquiries for such a horrible potential out come if fuel becomes volatile, they seem to leave it hanging with a deadly silence. This is not acceptable to wait and see attitude with out any preparation for all what ifs that can happen. I would think they should set conventional explosives among the fuel to blow it into the air if it goes bad, this would cause a lot of radiation at one burst but not all the fuel releasing over a long time. I do not know what all is involved and this is not likely a answer but surely some risky plans are on the table, even maybe blow the whole plant up scattering fuel apart that can be cleaned up, risky but may be the best action compared to it radiating for 1000's of years. Our time on this planet may have to be sacrificed for our great great grand children.