Fukushima Reactor Designer: Meltdowns would have likely occurred WITHOUT tsunami — A serious investigation on horizon? -NYT

Published: January 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am ET
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Title: Independent Panel to Start Inquiry Into Japan’s Nuclear Crisis
Source: NYTimes.com
Author: HIROKO TABUCHI
Date: January 15, 2012

A powerful and independent panel of specialists appointed by Japan’s Parliament is challenging the government’s account of the accident at a Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and will start its own investigation into the disaster — including an inquiry into how much the March earthquake may have damaged the plant’s reactors even before the tsunami. […]

Quake or Tsunami?

Questions also linger as to the extent of damage to the plant caused by the earthquake even before the tsunami hit. Any evidence of serious quake damage at the plant would cast new doubt on the safety of other reactors in quake-prone Japan. Tsunamis are far less frequent.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, a former leader of Tokyo University’s medical department and a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

  • “For Japan to regain global credibility, we need an investigation into the disaster that is completely independent”
  • He said he was aware of questions raised about quake damage to the plant, and that the committee “would investigate that issue vigorously”
  • “The lessons Japan can learn are globally relevant, because such a disaster can happen again”

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Designer

The panel includes Mitsuhiko Tanaka, a former nuclear engineer at Babcock Hitachi who has argued that the quake was likely to have damaged reactors at the plant to the extent that meltdowns would have occurred without the tsunami. Tepco disputes that view. Mr. Tanaka worked on the design of the reactors.

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Published: January 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am ET
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9 comments to Fukushima Reactor Designer: Meltdowns would have likely occurred WITHOUT tsunami — A serious investigation on horizon? -NYT

  • parwie

    An independent panel appointed by Japan’s Parliament?
    Hahahahahahaha! Good one!

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      … with independent experts who have no ties to the nuke industry – I wonder how they’ll find such people.

      It’s a rigged game, but it’s the only game in town so far.

  • jec jec

    And building new “JAPAN” city in India? Guess those “fat cats” didn’t need a “serious investigation,” they and their families are long gone. An exodus started months ago. New City in 2013 –with factories..thats FAST!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    It’ll will certainly be SKEWED. They’ve LIED since 3/11. Why change now! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/07/japan-nuclear-plants_n_1191224.html

  • Reach the same conclusion as other have as article here have brought forth !

  • or-well

    Gun, pointed at TEPCO?

    To NOT find flaws with j-gov response would be a whitewash.

    BUT – without knowing the backgound, history and connections of the panel members we are left to speculate.

    However, they are j-gov appointed.

    Some j-gov criticism is likely.
    So are J-gov policy change recommendations.
    Maybe even some safe scapegoating.

    But I think this panels conclusions will further a j-gov desire to take more control of energy matters and serve as a message to other nuke-energy players that they need to play ball under changed rules.

    Not an internal “coup”, but a reshuffling of influence in the “nuclear village”.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      I once had a boss who advised me “never hire a consultant unless you can specify what the consultant’s report will say”.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    This is standard government operating procedure-for all governments. Send it off to committee. Appoint a Blue Ribbon Panel. Maybe put a few token appointees on but the majority will reach the conclusion the government wants them to. Nothing will change until the Japanese people get out and protest.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Yup, they gonna study the problem and get back to us…