Huge crane collapses on to Japan nuclear plant – Damages spent fuel pool building – Area covered in mangled wreckage – TV: “Workers checking building’s functions to prevent radioactive materials from leaking” (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

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Kyodo News. Jan. 21, 2017 (emphasis added): Crane falls on building storing spent nuclear fuel at Takahama plant — A crane collapsed Friday night at the Takahama power station… damaging a building housing spent nuclear fuel, the plant operator said Saturday… An official apologized for the accident at a news conference at the plant, saying the utility would re-examine the risk of crane accidents amid strong winds and investigate the cause of the latest incident…

Asahi Shimbun, Jan 21, 2017: The mangled wreckage of the construction crane at the Takahama nuclear power plant… The 113-meter tall [nearly 400 foot] crane used for construction work collapsed around 9:50 p.m. … The plant’s operations have been suspended. The mangled wreckage lies on [a] building used to store spent nuclear fuel… Winds gusting at 50.4 to 54 kph [31 to 34 mph] were raging at the time, and a warning had been issued…

Jiji Press, Jan 21, 2017: Large Crane Falls Down at Takahama Nuclear Plant… A 113-meter crane toppled over two buildings… Friday night, the operator… [T]he 270-ton boom crane partially damaged steel frames of an auxiliary building and an adjoining spent fuel storage facility for the No. 2 reactor… The central control room for the reactor is located in the auxiliary building

Getty Images, Jan 21, 2017: Crane falls on Takahama plant building housing spent nuclear fuel… where a crane collapsed a day earlier, damaging a building housing spent nuclear fuel.

Manichi Daily News, Jan 21, 2017: After the incident, the framework of the collapsed crane was seen bent along the buildings on which it fell, and the metal rails on the edges of the roofs of the two affected buildings were damaged… [A] worker at the plant’s central control room heard a loud sound and checked to find one of the four cranes collapsed

NHK, Jan 20, 2017: A large crane has toppled onto a building storing nuclear fuel… Part of the building’s roof was damaged… Workers at the plant found… the crane had half-collapsed onto the building next to the containment vessel… They confirmed damage to a facility collecting rainwater on the roof, but say they have detected no change to radiation levels in the surrounding area… Nuclear Regulation Authority says its inspectors have confirmed the falling crane caused wall panels inside the building to move. Workers are checking the building’s functions to prevent radioactive materials from leaking… The Takahama plant’s operational chief… apologized for the accident…

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189 comments to Huge crane collapses on to Japan nuclear plant – Damages spent fuel pool building – Area covered in mangled wreckage – TV: “Workers checking building’s functions to prevent radioactive materials from leaking” (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

  • rogerthat

    off topic, sorry:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-toshiba-accounting-semiconductors-ana-idUSKBN156007

    Sat Jan 21, 2017
    As nuclear loss grows, Toshiba needs chip investors, soon

    • or-well

      As long as Kansai Electric's Eldoland is ok…what?
      You don't know?
      About Tropical Cafe Takahama?
      Wakasa area natural history exhibit?
      Atom Plaza? ( guess what you'll learn there ! )
      Science Wonder exhibit?
      Tropical Wonder exhibit?
      So much to offer, along with 20 year life extensions for old Takahama reactors #1 and #2.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/tag/nuclear-energy-2/

    JAN 16, 2017
    Labor office summons Kansai Electric chief in wake of overwork-related suicide
    Labor authorities have summoned the president of Kansai Electric Power Co. to receive guidance following the overwork-related suicide of a “managerial” employee despite government efforts to rein in excessive work hours.

    JAN 15, 2017
    Pipe checks at Japan's nuclear control rooms conducted without removing insulation
    The aging ventilation pipes in the control rooms of Japan’s nuclear power plants might be at risk because they are usually inspected without removing their insulating covers.

    NATIONAL JAN 14, 2017
    Law to make Tepco retain money for decommissioning costs
    The government plans to legally oblige Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to retain money to cover costs for decommissioning its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Jiji Press has learned. A draft of a bill to revise the law on the Nuclear …

    • rogerthat

      http://www.japantimes.co.jp/tag/nuclear-energy-2/

      JAN 8, 2017
      Quake risk for Japanese-French nuclear plant in Turkey lowered to keep costs down, sources say
      A questionably low quake risk estimate for a nuclear plant being built in Turkey by a Japanese-French consortium might be a bid to reduce costs, sources say.

      • rogerthat

        from the same source:

        JAN 6, 2017
        U.S. delays groundwater cleanup rule for uranium mines amid GOP criticism
        Federal officials withdrew a proposed requirement for companies to clean up groundwater at uranium mines across the U.S. and will reconsider a rule that congressional Republicans criticized as too harsh on industry. The plan that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put on hold Wednesday …

        NATIONAL JAN 5, 2017
        'Several years' needed to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant: Niigata governor
        Restarting the world’s largest nuclear power plant will likely take “several years,” the governor of Niigata Prefecture said Thursday, highlighting the difficulty of concluding the nuclear disaster reviews sparked by the triple core meltdown of March 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., better …

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.counterview.net/2017/01/tamil-nadus-anti-nuclear-stir-all-set.html Tamil Nadu's anti-nuclear stir all set to spread to Andhra Pradesh, civil society plans agitations in February-March

    …Sundaram said, “The US and other western countries are waiting to dump their technology in the country. People should fight against tapping atomic power as many countries, including Sweden and Vietnam, have decided not to depend on atomic power.”
    He added, “Shockingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with US president Barrack Obama in January 2015, effectively gave away Indian people’s right to sue the nuclear suppliers in case of accident, which will be much more devastating than Fukushima. And still the BJP and its government talks of being nationalists, brandinganti-nuclear and environmental activists anti-national.”
    He was referring to as many as 2,500 fisherfolk of Idinthakarai village, including women, elderly and adolescent, facing sedition charges since 2012 for peacefully opposing the Koodankulam nuclear plant in their vicinity.

    the nuclear power plant poses a threat to the entire North Andhra region, as it will be established in an earthquake-prone zone.
    Sanjeevini Paryavarana Seva Sangham convener K Ramam said that the project would lead to heavy financial burden as the State government would be forced to buy atomic power at Rs 10 per unit when solar power was available at Rs 3 per unit in the country.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.publicnow.com/view/9B9D8B7C7724E58F20F0C895CE801B431C2577C9

    …The Scottish Greens are urging the Scottish Government to intervene in a review of safety at the Hunterston nuclear power plant in Ayrshire after a report revealed that operators EDF plan to allow for an increase in cracking in its reactor core.

    The report, by energy consultant and Safe Energy Journal editor Pete Roche, says that despite it being probably illegal under international law, the Scottish public are being given no say in an imminent UK Government decision on whether Scotland's oldest nuclear power station can keep running longer than planned.

    Safety experts have warned that cracked graphite bricks within the reactor could lead to nuclear fuel overheating, potentially resulting in a radiological release.

    The Scottish Government is not opposed to lifetime extensions for nuclear plants.

    'I've no doubt that if we did this properly, the public would reject an ageing, cracking, safety hazard. The Scottish Government's relaxed position on nuclear needs challenged. We simply don't need to sweat these plants and add to our toxic legacy; we should instead put our effort into building our renewables capacity, reducing demand through energy efficiency measures and ensuring a jobs transition for nuclear workers.

  • razzz razzz

    Man using nuclear fuel…what could possibly go wrong?

    • Jebus Jebus

      Commerce Secretary declares fisheries disasters for nine West Coast species

      In Alaska:

      Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fisheries (2016)

      In California:

      California Dungeness and rock crab fishery (2015-2016)
      Yurok Tribe Klamath River Chinook salmon fishery (2016)

      In Washington:

      Fraser River Makah Tribe and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe sockeye salmon fisheries (2014)
      Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay non-treaty coho salmon fishery (2015)
      Nisqually Indian Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, and Squaxin Island Tribe South Puget Sound salmon fisheries (2015)
      Quinault Indian Nation Grays Harbor and Queets River coho salmon fishery (2015)
      Quileute Tribe Dungeness crab fishery (2015-2016)
      Ocean salmon troll fishery (2016)

      http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2017/01_January/18_01_west_coast_fisheries_disasters_declarations.html

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      they will talk about lessons learned. But never will they learn Murphy's law. Because money driven monkey mind ape-men sweep truth and radiation under the rug, even as they create more exclusion zones and sick zones on 8000 mile diameter earth and heartbroken victims commit suicide

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/perspectives/nuclear-dilemma-plants-age-risks-rise-in-wake-of-failed/article_d0da30be-5645-50f8-aa73-dd125d2409d5.html

    Nuclear dilemma: Plants age, risks rise in wake of failed energy push


    COLLAPSING COMMUNITIES

    ‘LOVE-HATE’ RELATIONSHIP

    SPENT-FUEL FEARS

    LEFT WITH A ‘NUCLEAR DUMP’

    DEMANDING ANSWERS

    Populations near U.S. reactors, meanwhile, want to know whether their proximity poses a health threat. The NRC hired the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study in 2010 but halted the work last year because of costs, expected to be about $8 million.

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who has long fought for tighter industry controls, said the agency gambles with the public’s health.

    “The NRC blames budgetary constraints for ending the study, but what price do residents pay for living near operating nuclear facilities?” he wrote in a statement. “We should know that answer.”


    But Gunter said further license renewals should not even be considered. He calls the current plants “antiquated” and no longer economically viable without government subsidy.

    “They’re in a death spiral,” Gunter said. “The question now is how quickly can we retire this industry? How much more nuclear waste are we going to generate before we realize enough is enough?”

    MORE

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.capecodtimes.com/opinion/20170121/pilgrim-nuclear-plant-faces-day-of-reckoning

    Pilgrim nuclear plant faces day of reckoning

    Jan. 31 may very well be the day of reckoning for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and for Entergy.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/Power-supply-failure-occurred-at-Armenian-Nuclear-Power-Plant-due-to-icing.html
    Power supply failure occurred at Armenian Nuclear Power Plant due to icing Jan 22

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/


    Some 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste remains on the SONGS site, even though the facility has not generated electricity since January 2012.

    That’s because there is no clear path to move the waste somewhere else.

    “If the people who opposed Yucca don’t want to have it, then they better get on board with an alternative,” Issa said. “We understand that NIMBY, not in my backyard, is pretty common but … if people don’t want it in Nevada, great. Let’s put it somewhere.”

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Energy and Issa said Perry, if confirmed, would likely look favorably on the bill.

    In addition to the site in West Texas, a company in eastern New Mexico has expressed interest in taking spent nuclear reactor fuel.

  • irhologram

    nsnbc : Japan had another radiant “too cheap to meter” nuclear moment when a crane collapsed, crashed into, and damaged a building housing spent fuel rods at the Takahama Nuclear Power Plant. The operator is in the process of implementing “security-updates” to extend the operation of two of the reactors far beyond their 40-year design limit.

    http://nsnbc.me/2017/01/21/collapsing-crane-at-japans-takahama-nuclear-power-plant-crashed-into-building-for-spent-fuel/

    11 comments, with the LEAD comment apologizing for being Off Topic (so no mistake there!) and then 9 others following suit…all Off Topic?

    What's up, guys? Too bored with Administrator topics? Why should he/she post new topics at all? We'll just do our own thing anyway.

  • irhologram

    Crane was prep for "safety dome" due to extention of 40-year lifespan.

    …"The 112-meter crane had been used to prepare for safety-enhancement work in which a concrete dome will be placed over the No. 2 reactor building….
    …In June last year, nuclear regulators approved the utility’s plan to extend the operation of the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors beyond the government-mandated 40-year service period. It was the first such approval given under new safety regulation introduced following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
    The plant has two newer reactors. All four reactors are currently offline.
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/21/national/crane-falls-building-spent-nuclear-fuel-takahama-plant/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+japantimes+%28The+Japan+Times%3A+All+Stories%29#.WITEt-s8KrU

    • danger kitty danger kitty

      Notice the spin—> "…winds gusting to 31-34 mph were RAGING at the time…"
      A 34 mph wind is not that big a deal. Certainly should be within operating parameters of an NPP.
      Is there a meteorological condition known as 'raging'? Ya, the wind speed is just 35, but it carries little hammers in it's ephemeral fingers?

      • Oh-ho, so that's the problem.
        Those little hammers.

        It is funny how they all ended their stories with these terrible winds.
        We're having gusts of that size, here, right now. I suppose I need to tape up the windows and barricade the doors!

        Batten down the hatches and all, right?

    • Yes, I like the, "safety dome", statement, too.
      Do they think the masses learned nothing about nukes from Chernobyl?
      I mean, of course, it is a safety dome.., as much as one can be safe from the evil spirits emitted from beneath. But, why don't they just come out with it? Are they scared the masses will panic?
      (And why should we not?)
      I think most people deal with bad news rather well. Of course, most people wouldn't wish for the Cartel to continue taking money off the top for the entire failed system. Perhaps they're afraid of the public's reaction to them?
      How I wish I had a time machine. I would place people who understand Fukushima's horrors into it and go back to stop nukes when we had a chance, if we ever did have a chance? But, I'm still angry that they tricked us, so completely, into nukes being wonderfully, "clean".

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    (2016?)"4 Arkansas Employers Cited for Fatal Crane Collapse at Nuclear Power Plant The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Precision Surveillance Corp., Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., Siemens Power Generation Inc. and Entergy Operations Inc. for 26 safety violations after one Precision Surveillance worker was fatally injured when a crane collapsed at the Arkansas Nuclear One Power Plant in March. Eight other workers were hurt." http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/29550/plant-crane-collapse

  • irhologram

    Crane accident in U.S. Also ho hum (initially).

    The NRC inspected the Arkansas Nuclear One plant immediately after the accident and said it had no safety concerns about the plant. However, after a follow-up inspection this February, it determined a "high safety significance" finding related to the accident for unit 1 and one with "substantial safety significance" for unit 2.
    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Unsuitable-crane-lead-to-Arkansas-accident-2506144.html

    The nuclear regulator blamed Entergy for approving a temporary gantry design not supported with adequate documentation, for failing to identify load deficiencies in the vendor's calculations, failing to identify a component of the wrong size in the north tower. It also said that the tower was not designed for 125% of the load, and inadequate load testing (including a 125% proof load test) was carried out before the lift.

    Initially, the regulator assessed the risk significance of the event at the highest level, red, for unit 1, and at the next lower level, yellow, for unit 2, but reduced the unit 1 significance to yellow after Entergy gave evidence in a 9 May conference arguing that there was a high likelihood of success (90%) for recovering electrical power to cooling pumps before water in the core boiled away, exposing fuel.

    cont.

  • irhologram

    An Entergy spokeswoman said: "Entergy is dedicated to the safe operation of Arkansas Nuclear One, and we take the NRC's findings very seriously. We are committed to learning from this tragic incident, sharing our knowledge with the industry, and ensuring that it never happens again."
    http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newscrane-accident-had-substantial-safety-significance-reports-us-regulator-4308389

    I remember the discussion on ene at that time. It was assumed that structural components had been weakened by long term exposure. Nope. It was more simple. "Haste makes waste."

  • irhologram

    So…off-line in 2011, then start-up 4 1/2 years later sees a coolant leak.

    …"roughly 34 liters were leaked overall, amounting to about 60,000 becquerels."

    …In December (2015) the Fukui District Court overturned an injunction on restarting the two Takahama reactors that had been brought by residents who said their safety had not been proven, despite being greenlighted by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

    So, we learned that "Haste makes waste." What's the hurry?

    "Officials in the town of Takahama have been eager to see the reactors back online. Between 1974 and 2013, the town, with a population of around 11,000, received over ¥35 billion in nuclear-related subsidies.

    Prior to 2011, about half its annual budget came from such subsidies, while the roughly annual safety inspections brought in thousands of Kepco and government officials."

    Oh.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/21/national/radioactive-water-leak-found-takahama-no-4-reactor-discovery-delay-restart/#.WITNn-s8KrU

    Did you realize they were paying these towns off? I missed that.

    • or-well

      I've posted numerous times about ways in which towns were paid to accept nuke plants.

      Just one of those prevalent ways I reference in my post above.

      They build "attractions". They are Public Relations Centers. They are supposedly regional and intra-national tourism draws. More often, they are effectively free daycare for the locals.

      They almost always find ways to actively promote nuclear power, especially among the young.

      Funny how podunk hamlets in the boonies were able to build ultramodern town offices…

      • irhologram

        Or-well. So here we have ostensibly proven town complicity in the "haste makes (nuclear) waste" scenerio. The small burgs, themselves, pressure the regulators to take action that may cause contamination of the entire world for the sake of getting free baby sitting?

        • or-well

          Free baby-sitting is a side bonus.
          No nuke got built without local acceptance from the relevant authorities.
          There was seldom majority opposition.

          • or-well

            Remember, along with haste were lies, bribery, corruption and considering short-term economic benefit ahead of accurate risk-assessment and ecosystem sustainability.

          • DUDe DUDe

            And all this embedded in the greater but equally corrupt dynamic of USA/Japan nuclear relationship..USA that sees perpetual war with the rest of the planet as a reasonable way of living..talking about addiction to be able to make a big "BOOM"..wanting Japan to make nuclear boom stuff for them..Japan resisted in the beginning..

      • or-well

        Hooked on Nuclear Power: Japanese State-Local Relations and the Vicious Cycle of Nuclear Dependence

        "… the size of Japanese local government budgets is strikingly large, as is the amount of budget transfer from central government to local governments. The subsidies and grants that come from the central government make up a large proportion of the income of local governments, and many of these come with strings attached (himotsuki)2. It is through this budget transfer that central government controls local governments, and local governments court the patronage of central government. The autonomy of Japanese local governments is compromised by this budget transfer system, which is referred to as “30 percent autonomy” (san-wari jichi), as on average 70 percent of the income of a local government is from the central government, which ultimately controls the way in which the funds are spent.

        "The Japanese government and electric power companies have capitalized on this system in order to construct nuclear power plants, giving rise to a vicious cycle of economic dependency that has ultimately resulted in the present crisis. This paper investigates the reasons for the geographic concentration of nuclear reactors…"

        http://apjjf.org/-Hiroshi-Onitsuka/3676/article.html

        instructive read

      • or-well

        Here's the first real study of Jp PR or "Visitor" centers.

        http://www.tenri-u.ac.jp/topics/q3tncs00000fizfe-att/q3tncs00000fj089.pdf

        "I especially
        want to show that the visitor center has increasingly been a strategic tool to gain or
        perpetuate partnership with local residents of the power plant locations in Japan.
        Drawing upon the Gramscian concept of hegemony and Jacobsonian communication
        ideas, I analyze in the paper how the tool works for that end. "

        also pretty interesting.

  • irhologram

    Thank you for joining in On Topic Plowboy.

    We used to have the courtesy to wait at least a day or two before making the main story OT.

    Picture this. Instead of Trump and his lady dancing the first dance on this inaugural story, Ene-Administrator gets CNN's Anderson Cooper and his "lady." Lol

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "The 367-feet crane arm is said to have damaged a part of the reactor’s wall and the roof of a building with the spent nuclear fuel pool. The company pointed out that the debris had not fallen into the pool.
    The incident caused by strong wind did not result in radiation leaks, according to the statement." http://www.en.azvision.az/Construction-crane-collapses-on–57161-xeber.html

  • irhologram

    Absolutely, Plowboy! I was in the middle of researching U.S. Cranes, myself, when your post beat me to it, as you can see by the next post after yours.

    I was thanking you for helping to bring this story back on topic.

  • Oh, my heck; does this mean they will have to explain why the Takahama site was being covered in a concrete dome?
    Was Dana (and others) right in the presumption that many plants were damaged in the tsunami and quake(s)? It did seem awfully odd that one (or two, re: honesty over Daini, depending on the day…) plant damage would cause the government to shut them all down, hey?
    I mean, we had TMI, and it didn't shut down all nukes.
    We had Fermi, and it didn't cause anyone to shutter any other (leaking) plants.
    We've had the horror on the West Coast (el Diablo, etc…), and still, the nukes are chugging along.
    Yet, Japan has one, albeit terrible, disaster, and they are ALL closed?
    How many of these plants are in midst of receiving their concrete sarcophagus/ai? Anyone know?

    • or-well

      AnneBeck, no, not the whole site –

      ""The 112-meter crane had been used to prepare for safety-enhancement work in which a concrete dome will be placed over the No. 2 reactor building…."

      It's part of how they "bought" the 20 year life extension for that particular reactor, IMO.

      • Yes, this is what I meant to say; the building housing the spent-fuel pool. Why were they placing a sarcophagus atop it?
        I mean, a concrete dome is a sarcophagus, and it's the best the Russians have yet to come up with.
        Has this plant been operating over the past few years? I mean, it must have been, as it received MOX fuel for this very plant (thanks for the good investigation.) So it must have been running. I wouldn't think they shipped MOX down to Fukui just to place it in the spent-fuel pool, no?

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    MOX "On 17 April 2013, a shipment of highly radioactive nuclear fuel to Japan left the port of Cherbourg in northern France, for the first time since the Fukushima disaster. The MOX shipment is destined for Kansai Electric Power Co's Takahama nuclear plant west of Tokyo. MOX fuel contains around 7% plutonium." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takahama_Nuclear_Power_Plant

  • So, they are very quick, each of them, to blame it on winds and storm warnings. Had none of them considered Wigner?
    I've been expecting to watch the Fuku site*s* cranes to come tumbling down for nearly as long as they've been up! Occasionally, I check in with W.Willow, just to see if one or more has!
    I'm sure the winds played a part. But, I'm just as sure that what's in the air stressed the metals, too.

    • irhologram

      Right now, where I live, winds are sustained 20-25 MPH, with gusts up to 40 MPH. as they were last week, as they were all Fall, as they were all Summer!! My raised patio umbella stayed up the whole time, until it fell in the pool last week. Its sunny out. This is no storm.

      The winds that blew this crane over were 31-34 MPH. The crane had holes through the structure through which wind passes. Notice in the pix I posted above that the crane fell in perfect symmetry, not twisted at all as the above story suggests, but instead like a straight-down collapse, not a blow-over.

      Usually Florida may experience Spring 40 MPH winds while the sun shines, as it is now. The "new weather" 40 MPH at least weekly wind gusts in Florida have now lasted an entire year. How has wind speed changed in your area? Are wind gusts a new, ongoing threat to nuclear power plant cranes?

      • Yes! I need to check it, with the weather guys, but I had noticed the winds picked up quite a bit over the past year. This week, in particular, the winds have been blowing some big gusts (and I am sure it's at least 40mph.)
        Before I turned on the computer, I noted the winds and considered unplugging some electronics!

        Yesterday was an extremely weird weather day. Winds were blowing high and I kept hearing rain. I stepped outside and couldn't FEEL humidity. I actually wondered if it was pebbles I was hearing because it was such a weird bit of a storm. I checked the weather report to see what was up; it said, "0% chance of rain in Austin", while this was going on.

        I cannot think of a better way to describe this, but, it was the strangest bit of weather I think I've ever experienced. Because the geiger counter was ticking away in a very unusual manner, I figured it was better to not venture out.
        Extremely weird is how I would describe what I've noted in the past few years, particularly these recent months, though.

        • irhologram

          So…but…and…lol. Anne! In the pix link I posted above, the crane fell flat down, not wind blown over down. What do you make of that?

          We've established that a sarcophagus was being built over Unit 4 which hasn't been "Up" and running since Feb. 2016, that 259 fuel assemblies are in the pool, that Units 1 and 2 were granted license extentions until 2034 and 2035, but it will take 3 years to make the site safe.

          But research so far is unclear as to whether Units 1 and 2 were ever restarted…but very clear that residents don't want 3 and 4 restarted…and the open question is, are Units 1 and 2 the ones requiring 3 years of safety construction, in addition to the Sarcophagus, is anything planned for Unit 3, and/or …just what are the parameters of all safety work to be completed in the 3 years referenced??

          • I was wondering at that, too.
            The building didn't look damaged, but of course, none of us went inside.
            I don't know why I don't trust anything they say, and why I always think they have an ulterior motive…, but…
            I still want to know why they were planning a sarcophagus over this (particular) spent fuel pool? Is it just one of many? I don't believe they would be shipping fuel down there, to this particular plant, if the site was not up and running, fully.
            I suppose it is possible the Cartel has decided Japan will be the repository (of sorts) for fuel while cooling and passing time til they then ship it back to the Western words (and by this, I mean, Texas.)
            What do you think?

          • Oh, and just like they don't seem to like spending money on new parts for the plants, they likely do not invest in new technology when it comes to items used to prop up the leaking hell-holes.
            It is either this: the crane was simply old, and/or, fell apart., or,
            This was part of the plan to squeeze more money out of the masses to ensure a safer shut-down of this site, or to continue running a completely unsafe site (aren't they all?)

            I think, as usual, it all comes down to cash. They want more of it, even if nukes are on their last legs, and they will do pretty much anything to continue their intake of money.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

            you mean AnneBeck, not me 2

        • DUDe DUDe

          "..Yes! I need to check it, with the weather guys, but I had noticed the winds picked up quite a bit over the past year. This week, in particular, the winds have been blowing some big gusts.."

          Regardless if that particular crane dropped from the wind or the radiation or Tepco's incompetence..

          We know the weather is changing for a while now..no end in sight at the moment or a way to predict betterment based on humanity's "actions"..
          But there is still a river to divert and a giant hole to drill and plug..but ofcourse..its been avoided to talk about by the figureheads..PR reasons and too difficult probably..not enough backbone anywhere to be found to leave the usual homo retardus pathway's of tackling selfcreated problems..

          Soo..they figured its best to ignore to when it is totally undoable..

          Lord..what have they done..for those still in doubt..a new squeezed out of the planet chapter of toxic economic growth will not save us..only hasten our demise..

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        We're having a lot of wind in my area. I'm just west of Sacramento, California. On Friday evening, we were warned on the radio (for the first time ever, I might add,) there could be "damaging" winds as a rain storm moved into the area on Saturday night.

        The winds, as it turned out, were much less forceful than a few days ago. We had 60mph winds on Wednesday or Thursday. Brutal. Had to weigh our shed down with hundreds of pounds, and make sure it couldn't get air into it, so it wouldn't blow away.

        Have to wonder when I hear guys like Dane Wiggington warning about radical weather changes coming to the earth.

        Also have to wonder how much radiation and isotopes like Krypton 85 and other drek have messed up the atmosphere and planetary winds, hydrologic cycle.

  • Hmm: "Workers are checking the building’s functions to prevent radioactive materials from leaking. "

    Or, is this story simply providing rationale for expected (or current) larger leaks coming from Fukui, in particular?
    I'm pretty sure nobody is getting the whole (or real) story, here.

  • irhologram

    Anne, Unit 4 shut down 2/29/16, 3 days after restart and ONE SECOND after it began generating power. Yeah. I'd say you're right. It's getting a sarcophagus!

    As of 16 April 2015, the Takahama reactors were ordered to remain offline by a Japanese court, which cited continued safety concerns…

    Unit 3 was restarted on 29 January 2016.

    Reactor No. 4 started leaking at the Takahama plant in February the 21st. Kansai Electric Power stated that about 34 liters of radioactive water have escaped the plant’s reactor No. 4. The official said the alarm went off as soon as water was injected into a pipe connecting to the reactor’s first cooling system the same day. An eight-liter pool was discovered, but traces of the contaminated water across the floor indicated a total of 34 liters had managed to spill. This amounted to about 64,000 becquerels of radioactive waste.

    Unit 4 was restarted on 27 February 2016.

    Failure of Unit 4

    On 29 February 2016, after three days of operation, Unit 4 shut down one second after it started generating power. The cause was stated to be a "main transformer/generator internal failure."

    Court injunction halts Units 3 and 4

    On 9 March 2016, the Otsu district court in Shiga prefecture issued an injunction to halt operation of Unit 3 and Unit 4, citing the concerns of local residents."

    So its not the locals' out for blood nuclear diamonds this time…

    Cont.

  • irhologram

    Unit 3 is to begin shutdown operations at 10:00 AM on 10 March 2016 and be completed within 12 hours. Unit 4, which had been shut down in February due to an internal failure, will not be restarted as a result of the injunction.

    Units 1 and 2 license extensions approved
    On 20 June 2016, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), approved a 20-year license extensions for units 1 and 2. The two units are now authorized to operate until 2034 and 2035. It is the first NRA approved 20-year extension beyond the initial 40-year life of a reactor. Additional safety measures will take three years to be completed…
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takahama_Nuclear_Power_Plant

  • Jebus Jebus

    Extending the Lifespan of Takahama Units 1 and 2:

    Sloppy RPV Surveillance Method

    "…embrittlement that was beyond expectations."

    The second issue is the grave problem of “whether or not this prediction formula can be used to make predictions.”

    http://www.cnic.jp/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/NIT167.pdf

  • Jebus Jebus

    Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel

    1/29/16

    The No. 3 reactor at Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan, operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., went back online Friday. Dozens of people protested outside the plant in Fukui prefecture, where preparations for a restart of another reactor, No. 4, are also underway.

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-japan-restarts-nuclear-reactor-using-plutonium-2016jan29-story.html

  • GOM GOM

    Jan 21, 2017 – Sea of Japan: Strongest earthquakes (since 1900) within a 150 km radius from this earthquake

    http://earthquake-report.com/2017/01/12/moderate-earthquake-sea-of-japan-on-january-12-2017/

    Fukui Prefecture

    Japanese prefecture, Fukui Prefecture is part of Japan's Honshu island, bordering the Sea of Japan.

    Distance to Fukushima Map:

    http://www.distancefromto.net/distance-from-fukui-to-fukushima

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      GOM

      ENENews
      January 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm · Reply
      Thanks for trying to keep things "1) On-Topic" irhologram 🙂

      And thanks to all of you newswers for keeping ENE going in 2016.

      TIA

      • GOM GOM

        AST: The crane collapsed on 1/21

        Funny, there were earthquakes that day, and prior to. And other photos [below] that show what looks like a fire on/near the roof/crane? Also, info for entire area below including Sea of Japan below. You're welcome.

        Am I not 'allowed' to have a difference of opinion? This story out of Japan is bullshit. Have you even looked at the crane stats? No you haven't. They are below. You're welcome.

        Did you know this can start a fire? Dropping shit on this roof is not accepted by industry standards. Below. The roof is buckled. Photo below. You're welcome.

        Prediction of future mega-quake for Sea of Japan. Below. You're welcome.

        You are out-of-line AST..

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          look up the time of the quake vs the crane collapse.

          Do you believe in 'delayed crane collapse via ground shake?'

          I, do not.

          Your welcome to your opinion. 😆

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            This can be helpful at times:

            https://greenwichmeantime.com/to/jst/to-gmt/

            No pun intended.

            Yes, you think I'm out of line.
            And I think your out of whack.
            Nothing new, we're just determining who has the lead. 😆

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            Most important Earthquake Data:
            Magnitude : 4.8
            Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown
            GMT/UTC Time : 2017-01-21 18:11:07
            Depth (Hypocenter) : 56.81 km

            Yes, let us see,,that would be,, 03:11 JST Jan. 21, 2017 😉
            ____________________________________________________

            "A large crane toppled in strong winds at the Takahama nuclear power plant here Jan. 20,…around 9:50 p.m. …"

            Something of a surprise, so to speak.

            Your Welcome

          • GOM GOM

            Apparently, you know nothing of Geology. Or earth movements. Or velocity issues. Or structure response to acceleration, delayed or otherwise.

            It was only an opinion.

            Attack # 01

  • Jebus Jebus

    Letter to AREVA Japan Calling for Disclosure of MOX Fuel Quality Control Data, 2016-01-28

    January 28th 2016

    Dear Frédéric Patalagoity,

    We are writing to you to outline our concerns with the production standards, quality control and, ultimately, safety of AREVA plutonium MOX fuel produced for Japanese utilities. Specifically the planned use of 30 MOX assemblies in the Takahama reactor units 3&4, owned by Kansai Electric.

    http://greenaction-japan.org/en/2016/08/letter-to-areva-japan-calling-for-disclosure-of-mox-fuel-quality-control-data-2016-01-28/

  • I agree, that is Admin can kick out a story on a pretty regular basis, we should revert to trying to be "on topic"

    Remember when there were 1000 comments in like 1 day on a new article?

    This crane accident shows just how humans should not be mixed with nuclear. Somehow the secrecy of operating this "cult science" brings out the worst in people.

  • Duly noted: no wall paper queen on this post. Maybe she is at church or road tripping to the Falcons game

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    It would be interesting to know if the crane was in operations at the time of the accident; actually making a lift.

    "Workers at the plant found on Friday night that the crane had half-collapsed onto the building next to the containment vessel…"

    That infers something like 'not in operation'.

    If it was secured properly, not in ops, something is 'amiss' in the reports. Cranes are one of 'the most inspected' construction units.

    It did not just 'fall down'. And depending on the pick, 35mph could be a problem, and a 400ft boom is a lot to control.

    Maybe the truth someday. 🙁

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      I notice the other cranes were lowered. The one that fell was for some reason nearly vertical. You can see that it fell over backwards. The boom and cables that would support it are toward the building. That means to me that either the ground was unstable, or something tipped the crane over, like wind or another crane hitting it. Its not the average wind but the gusts. Wind force varies with the square of wind velocity. A 400 foot tall crane is huge. 1/3 the height of the world trade center buildings. Now if this crane would have fallen in new york, you could expect it and the concrete in fell on to explode into powder. But we all know physics are different in New York than Japan (sarc)

      • GOM GOM

        Code

        yes. These are great observations.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        if you look closely at the platform the crane is standing on, there is something very wonky going on. Sort of looks like parts of the floor are missing with bare beams and subsided looking dirt…what to say of the big hole looking thing

        http://www.asahicom.jp/ajw/articles/images/AS20170121002444_comm.jpg

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          Hey-hey-hey, hahaha

          It looks like a platform 'for' the crane.
          'I' beams with plywood to transfer crane weight.
          The wood to prevent slip/traction.

          If they believe the concrete(if so) underneath will be damaged, or can't carry the load(lots of load on the treads), building a platform could make sense. More so if unstable ground.

          Wind may have 'rocked and rolled' the boom, something gave way, the boom momentum carried it over backwards.

          Someone is in deep-doodoo if this is the case.

          Just a guess. Looking at both your pics. 1st one is key.

          Thanks/wow.

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          Pics can be very deceiving, but it 'looks' like they may have done this to 'level' the crane.

          Maybe too much 'drop' away from the building?
          The 'dome' or parts thereof may be heavy/multiple crane lift?

          Fun info to come,,, no doubt. 🙁

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            in any case, the platform is obviously semi destroyed. The rocking idea is very possible. Ground instability from all the earthquake damage is not to be ruled out. Winds may have done it. A non lowered rig with lots of wind and maybe even something hanging on the lifting cables could swing around, messing up the platform by rocking action.

  • GOM GOM

    Scientist predicts another major earthquake in Japan by 2017

    Dr Masaaki Kimura, a seismologist who reportedly predicted the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, 4 years prior..

    Kushida has been predicting a major earthquake in Japan’s Kansai region (to the south – Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, etc); more specifically, near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. He says that abnormal FM rays have been evident since 2008, and the quake could hit on November 11 of this year, plus or minus a few days, at the earliest. In addition, it should be around a 7.8 on the magnitude scale.

    https://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/scientist-predicts-another-major-earthquake-in-japan-by-2017

  • or-well

    What's going on at Takahama NPP ?

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Kansai-details-upgrade-work-at-oldest-Takahama-units-0909164.html

    among other things –

    "Kansai will also reinforce the existing concrete wall surrounding the containment vessel of each unit and will also install a secondary dome on their containment buildings. This work will begin in February 2017, with completion scheduled for August 2019 at unit 1 and November 2019 at unit 2."

  • or-well

    Re: that crane – blow the pic up from this article –

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170121/p2a/00m/0na/007000c

    Closely compare the collapsed crane to the blue one to the left that's intact, with its upper boom portions safely lowered.

    On the collapsed one, the red steelwork, in the section just above the lowest white section, shows deformation.

    Now, look at the intact crane – see the arm protruding out that has a guide carrying cables.

    On the toppled boom, that guide structure appears mangled. Also, it is on the underside of the toppled crane boom. Why?

    Note that the cranes face in opposite directions.

    It sort of looks like the boom that toppled went over backwards.

    If the boom that toppled had been partly folded safely away (like the blue crane's is) then when failure happened, it WOULD NOT and COULD NOT have fallen the way it did.

    And – where is all the cabling? Snapped and went whipping away? Unless the pic resolution just isn't showing it.

  • GOM GOM

    Heavy Lifting: Cranes in the Power Industry:
    “Single Failure Proof Cranes for Nuclear Plants” NUREG-0554[9]. In … including wind, snow or lightning)..

    5.2 – When assessing such nuclear lifting systems it is important to ensure that all the reasonably foreseeable fault sequences are considered.

    5.25 Principal load path failures of lifting equipment will have potentially major consequences. It is therefore important, when assessing lifting operations.. the consequences of failure are not acceptable..

    http://www.onr.org.uk/operational/tech_asst_guides/ns-tast-gd-056.pdf

    These cranes simply can't 'topple over'..how about poor human judgement, earthquakes, prolonged & frequent tremors?
    ….
    ….
    Pick your topic in the index:

    A Survey of Crane Operating Experience at U.S. Nuclear Power
    Plants from 1968 through 2002

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3092955/sr1774.pdf

  • GOM GOM

    Talking Points: Spent Fuel Pool Fires

    NRC Staff dismiss ALL of the following points (one way or another) on the basis that it finds the probability of a fuel pool fire to be so low that it concludes that such an event is "inconsequential."

    A. As of 2012, spent fuel pools are overcrowded, packed beyond their originally engineered
    capacity by as much as 9 times. (Union of Concerned Scientists), (Lochbaum).

    B. Water loss in the spent fuel pool could lead to a catastrophic spent fuel pool fire. “Water could be lost from a spent-fuel pool through leakage, boiling, siphoning, pumping,
    DISPLACEMENT BY OBJECTS FALLING INTO THE POOL, or overturning of the pool.

    Currently, spent fuel pools contain as many as 9 cores.(Lochbaum). The NRC estimates the spent fuel pool capacity for some reactors to be as highas 16.7 cores. (DGEIS G-4).

    5 pages
    http://www.nirs.org/wp-content/uploads/radwaste/talking%20points–fuelpoolfires.pdf

  • Kashiko Kashiko

    Since when has a 30mph wind been 'raging'?

  • When you have events like this, you can Keep track of potential releases with this free community resource below.

    I noticed there has been a slight increase in background radiation levels showing up on the Japanese ATMC monitoring system radiation monitors, around the Maizuru area, which is near the location of the Takahama power station. Have no idea if the local background increase is related to this accident?

    Click on the monitoring station locations to see charts. Here is one.

    http://new.atmc.jp/#p=266403675579f61145

    List of International Radiation Monitoring Stations

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Under the "Helpful Tools and Services" item at the top of the page you will find a link to the Nullschool 3D Earth wind map service.

    This service allows you to see location wind direction at different highs. You can rotate the map by holding down your mouse on the map, and dragging. If you use your mouse scroll wheel you can zoom the map in and out.

    If you click on the "Earth" item at the lower left corner of the Nullschool map page, a menu will pop up, that allows you to select the wind height.

  • Crane Accident At Takahama Nuclear Plant, Radiation Doubles and Triples in Area
    You can look at radiation levels at this Japanese site
    http://new.atmc.jp/#p=2692f54963fc39a9d8

    At the bottom I have some pictures of the Crane accident. I enlarged them and did a gamma correction to show more detail. Looked around, these are the best available online.
    —————-
    article here
    https://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2017/01/crane-accident-at-takahama-nuclear.html

  • Hmmmm The Crash and Burn of the USA Mass Media

  • Mack Mack

    Excellent-researcher, Dr. Timothy Mousseau, is in Fukushima now.

    Follow his twitter account

    https://twitter.com/TimMousseau2

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  • SadieDog

    "The crane also damaged an also damaged the roof of an adjacent building. Kansai Electric Power Co stated that a wind warning was in effect in the area, and strong winds were blowing at the time.

    The corporation didn’t explain how it could fail to secure the cranes, or whether the cranes were safe and stable enough to operate in such a highly sensitive area; especially since it admitted that it know about the risk of strong winds.

    The 112-meter crane had been used to prepare for “safety-enhancement work” in which a concrete dome will be placed over the No. 2 reactor building. Concrete dome are generally considered as standard best practice to protect nuclear power facilities from, for example, crashing airliners."
    http://nsnbc.me/2017/01/21/collapsing-crane-at-japans-takahama-nuclear-power-plant-crashed-into-building-for-spent-fuel/

    • SadieDog

      Wait. What? "…crashing airliners."?!

      • SadieDog

        A concrete dome over the reactor/spent fuel pools? Wastin your time. I think 9/11 proved that all you need is some kerosene to melt concrete and steel. Also, this dome, using 9/11 as an example, would do nothing against a crashing airliner, what being made out of sheet metal and all.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Actually all you have to do is hit the steel and concrete, taking out about 12% of the structure near the top of the building and 45 minutes later it spontaneously explodes into powder.

          https://www.awesomestories.com/images/user/e3f5182ca8.jpg

          • unincredulous unincredulous

            I crumpled up some notebook paper and tossed it into a steel kettle. Using matches and a tablespoon of kerosene, I melted the kettle remotely from Mammoth Cave, Ky. I haven't managed to get the cement block in the kettle to vaporize, but I'm working on it.

            I did find the intact ID cards I placed in the kettle. The melting steel and flames increased the pixel resolution and removed the fogginess of aged plastic lamination considerably.

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