Gov’t Experts: No knowledge of what state melted fuel is in at Fukushima plant — Don’t know where it’s located — Persistent danger surrounds reactors — Collapses of facilities a threat

Published: December 18th, 2012 at 9:24 am ET
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Title: Fukushima plant situation ‘volatile,’ a year after cold shutdown declared
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: NAOYA KON
Date: December 18, 2012

Workers are nowhere close to determining the state of melted fuel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a year after the government declared the damaged reactors were in a “cold shutdown” state.

[...] quake-induced collapses of plant facilities remain a threat.

[...] “Workers have been obliged to respond with highly stopgap measures,” [NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka] said. “Many devices, such as a purifier for radioactive water, have been installed with no time for sufficient design considerations and safety screenings.

“The situation surrounding the decommissioning process is volatile, so there is a need for constant reviews in securing safety.”

[...] TEPCO cannot determine the state of the melted fuel because cameras can only be inserted for a limited time period in the extremely hazardous environment.

[...] Fumiya Tanabe, a former chief research scientist at the now-defunct Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, said persistent danger surrounds the plant’s reactors.

“Despite the (officially declared) cold shutdowns of the reactors, the cooling functions have been maintained there with no knowledge of where the melted fuel lies and in what state,” Tanabe said. “There is a risk of unforeseen circumstances arising if another major earthquake hits.”

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15 comments to Gov’t Experts: No knowledge of what state melted fuel is in at Fukushima plant — Don’t know where it’s located — Persistent danger surrounds reactors — Collapses of facilities a threat

  • Exactly what are they trying to say?

    "…stopgap measures"

    "…no time for sufficient design considerations"

    "The situation …is volatile"

    "…persistent danger"

    "There is a risk of unforeseen circumstances"
    ______

    From Dr. Boli’s Fables for Children Who Are Too Old to Believe in Fables.

    ONCE THERE WAS a little Dutch boy who discovered a leak in the dike.

    “I saw the dike leaking, so I stuck my finger in the hole.”
    – boy

    :(
    A short story with a very familiar ending.
    http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/drboli/2009/03/06/the-little-dutch-boy-who-saved-holland/


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  • flatsville

    Click on the link next to the title and read the article in full.

    See the graphic on the right side of the page.


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  • ftlt

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    A shocking announcement that no one sees, hears or repeats…

    It is so sad…

    Meanwhile, Obushma is on the austerity for the masses bandwagon to save Wall Street and the rich – again…

    And to quote Vonnegut, And so it goes


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Oil companies have imaging technologies that let them spot oil thousands of feet under ground, even under thousands of feet of ocean plus thousands of feet of ocean bottom. You cannot tell me that there TEP.gov couldn't find a technology that can spot a 1,500 degree F corium in the mudrock underneath Fukushima if it wanted to? I just don't believe they couldn't find Corium1,2,&3 If they only looked for it where it IS. Instead, they look for "melted fuel" in the "reactors", and "containments", where it hasn't been for over a year and a half.
    There was talk of slant drilling underneath Buildings1,2,&3 to find the corium. Did they do any slantwise drilling into the cliff face, or not? What did they find?
    There was talk about Los Alamos bringing an imaging system to begin mapping melted fuel. What were the results of this survey? And if you have not completed the survey of all 3 plants, can you please at least release the results of the survey thus far?

    I liked Vonnegut! I don't like TEPCO! "So it goes."


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear scientists are helpless against melted nuclear fuel. They have no solution, and never will. That's the situation we're facing.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    My chemist spouse knew from the onset how bad this was and will be. Sometimes I wish I were like most of the public and did not know the stark reality of this catastrophe. 'ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise"


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  • falsetruth777

    This is what I dont understand. In my opinion it would be more difficult to lose these piles of nuclear lava than to find them lol. Whats the problem use every tool you can to examine what is underneath these reactor buildings. I would bet anything that they do know where the fuel is but why release a piece of information that valuable when it could be held hostage and manipulated. I bet TEPCO has quite a bit of knowledge concerning whats going on onsite but of course they will release it in a way that best serves their well being.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    ad infinitum …

    peace! …


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  • gnomesang gnomesang

    i agree with falsetruth777 above, because why the IAEA (or whatever international agency) hasn't sent an international group of nuclear scientists to japan to take control of the plant, is beyond me. what the hell are they waiting for? i'll keep writing letters to my representatives, my president, NRC, and the UN but there is never a peep about it. I write my news stations and accuse them of committing crimes against humanity by not reporting this and … sorry i am off topic. i just can't understand why people are worried about "gun control or gay marriage". it is just fucking pointless, excuse my language.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Every entity "in the know", knows where the coriums are.
    If they were still in "containment", do you think that they would miss the opportunity to champion those marvelous containment structures ability to contain the coriums? Hell no, they would be talking up the safety aspects of the structures till they were blue in the face. They would be holding news conferences about it, especially at this vulnerable political time for nuclear power in japan. Thats why they say, I dunno…
    Do you really believe in this technological day and age that they can't find the coriums? Really?
    Containment was breached completly and the coriums have left the buildings. It's a fact or you would hear the noise otherwise.


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