Japan Nuclear Expert: Simply impossible to remove melted fuel from Fukushima — Corium “has spread all over… could actually have gone through floor of containment vessel” — Only way to deal with these reactors releasing dangerous radiation is to cover in concrete — Will take centuries of work (VIDEO)

Published: April 27th, 2015 at 4:03 pm ET


Prof. Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (retired), Apr 24, 2015, starting at 31:00 in (emphasis added):

Although what I’ve been describing is quite grave, we have an even more serious issue facing us, which is the reactor cores melted in Units 1-3. What are we going to do about that?… Tepco believes that there are lumps of melted fuel and they have this idea that they are somehow going to… pluck out all of these lumps… They’re saying that the first step they will take is to somehow plug the holes in the containment vessel… I believe this plan that has been presented is simply impossible to realize… We don’t even have the technology or ability now even to determine where the holes are, and even if we were able to determine where the holes are, how can we possibly repair them? We do not have the means to do so… I think the fundamental assumption of Tepco and the government that the melted fuel is sitting at the bottom in a nice little lump like a dumpling shape, I think that is impossible. It’s an impossible proposition.

What I’m trying to say is that although this picture [from Tepco] looks like a neat little situation where all of the spent fuel is put nicely into 2 little lumps, I think in reality that when one considers all of the explosions and shaking and damage that occurred, I cannot imagine that every bit of that melted fuel will be sitting nicely in one little lump, but rather it will have spread all over the place. And it’s also possible that not only would they spread horizontally, it could be that some of the fuel could actually have gone through the floor of the containment vessel as well. What I’ve just described is very, very logical for anyone who understands nuclear engineering or nuclear energy — and in recent months it has come to the understanding of the general public. In fact, this is a copy of a local Fukushima newspaper which printed an article about what I just described, instead of the government and Tepco’s description of the fuel being in one nice dumpling shape, it shows that probably they’re spread all over the place… In fact, this is the result of some announcements by even government sactioned experts… There’s no way that they will be able to get all of it. I believe that fundamentally the idea to somehow remove the melted fuel… is simply impossible to realize.

The only possible way we can eventually deal with this accident is to do what was done at Chernobyl. Which is to create a concrete coffin or sarcophagus for the facility.  Like the spent fuel pool at Unit 4… Units 1-3 have pools that are filled with spent fuels and they must be removed, otherwise we cannot even think about building a concrete coffin… How long will it take for the spent fuel rods to be removed to a slightly less dangerous place? We have no idea. I thnk Tepco and the Japanese government do not know how long this procedure will take… How many years from now will that [sarcophagus] be done? I cannot even begin to make a prediction, in fact I probably will not be alive when the project starts… Although the Chernobyl accident was a  terrible accident, it only involved one reactor. With Fukushima, we have the minimum [of] 3 reactors that are emitting dangerous radiation. The work involved to deal with this accident will take tens of years, hundreds of years.

Watch the press conference here

Published: April 27th, 2015 at 4:03 pm ET


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365 comments to Japan Nuclear Expert: Simply impossible to remove melted fuel from Fukushima — Corium “has spread all over… could actually have gone through floor of containment vessel” — Only way to deal with these reactors releasing dangerous radiation is to cover in concrete — Will take centuries of work (VIDEO)

  • Nick

    "Liberal democratic capitalism is itself disclosed as vulnerable to the corrupting influences of the nuclear will to power. Contributors contend that denuclearization stands as the only viable path forward capable of freeing humans from the catastrophic risks engineered into global nuclear networks."


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And in the meantime , the stench of hypocrisy..

    Iran Slams Nuclear Powers At UN Conference
    April 28 2015


  • Nick

    "At the time, there was media frenzy that “reactors at Fukushima may suffer a core meltdown.” Dire warnings were issued. Well the reactors did suffer a core meltdown. What happened? Nothing."


    This is why GMI is spreading!

  • gtv-racer

    Forest fires at chernobyl right know. Close at plant!!!! RADS UP……

  • I was asked to weigh in on some action plan ideas, and did an article on it. This is more than I have time for today.

    There was a lively discussion at ENENEWS about "What to do now, at Fukushima"

    I was asked to weigh in on the matter. A portion of the the discussion is below.

    1) I think that just "nationalizing" Fukushima is not enough. TEPCO is effectively now a government organization, albeit a still for profit Corportation. I have always thought that an international imperitive, including and especially USA would take over all operations related to Fukushima . however with the Hillary Clinton debacle of "Hey Japan, just roll out the BP playbook, lie about everything, cover it up, and protect the nuclear industry….and we will buy your contaminated foods and sell it in USA without testing"….well, I just see no likely scenario in which any meaningful international efforts are going to come about.

    2) Yes, Japan army in charge would be better than "for profit corporation in charge". I don't think Tokyo needs to be evacuated at this time. They are screwed, but moving 200 miles away will not make the overall scenario much less screwed, if at all.

    3) Yes, find the corium. I think with Muon technologies and with fracking imaging technologies, the coriums can be adequately located for the next game plan to go into place. I would be amazed if TPTB don't not already know the corium locations, but the truth is just…

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Many thanks, Stock! 🙂
      The technical question is whether a 100' deep, 30' wide foundation, sarcohagus, and membrane roof, would constitute adequate protection from outgassing and water borne radionuclides, gamma radiation, and neutrons, even if the corium sits just under the buildings?

      • PUN, I think not. Fukushima sits on an old river bed, that water still flows, to totally seal all points of water entry to the sacrifice zone is not realistic.

        A caisson system of excavated and driven metal plates, far upstream from the plant and then large pumping systems to capture 98% of the water and route it directly to ocean without passing through the nastiness would do a pretty good job. Of course, the direct rainwater and fog impingment is still an issue.

        Removing the bulk of the coria is important.

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          I have always thought that would be at least some of the fix.
          If 1 barrier doesn't get the job done, then 2 or 3 or 10, what does it matter, they will be there working for 100's of years.

          They don't have to completely stop the flow, slow it down a bunch, divert a bunch, dewater if needed, just get control of it and go from there.

          A big project yes, for a really big problem.

          Mine Geos/Engineers solve this stuff all the time.


          • Ya these keystone kops are a joke

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              no, they built the huge defueling crane support structure over U4 in pretty short order, much by remote. Something a mere three times that size…a huge mobile gantry on treads or tracks overarching the width of the plants would be able to raze the place to torus level. TEPCO engineers, DOE engineers, whats the diff?

              Built the wall below and above ground. Flood and do the demolition under water…no problem. Dikes have been worked out since Holland. Yellowstone proves they have mapped and know where the corium is.

              Worlds largest cargo transport ship easily transports the worlds largest diggers to make any scheme a reality at Fukushima. Public funds not required. The mega corps have to give back some of the worlds sequestered wealth which originates mainly from the sun and super nova (sun fuels agriculture, supernova nucleosynthesis) and exploitation of human constructs and transport.

              The problem is THE MIND SET,…the BELIEF SYSTEM of little man, clinging to a failed status quo. So afraid to let go of what will kill them…


        • Sol Man

          It comes out in the kidneys and livers and such.

      • Nuetrons won't be happening except in criticality which is likely happening underground in every shake and bake earthquake. But those will do no harm, they will fly a while and have their energy absorbed in the ground, and then they will just be a lonely neutron. Same with the gamma which goes off.

        However the radionuclides which are gamma in nature which get out of the plant can sure eff up the flora and fauna and fishies.

        • razzz razzz

          Stock: Check your facts. Neutrons are part of the decay chain of uranium. Neutrons are always being given off and some clean water would slow them down enough for not so much to fission but a fissile with disarranged and scattered uranium throughout a melt. Not to mention plutonium pockets.

          The always talked about natural reactor, sits and waits for a flood or rain to moderate the neutrons present to cause a natural fissile.

          That why they don't dare disturb the melts until they understand their condition while sitting or under water.

          Great, ya build a perimeter wall and pump out the water, then you have dry melts irradiating everything in sight. Better they stay underwater but undisturbed.

          Radioactive erosion is a fact of life so far. If they keep on layering over the radioactive silts with concrete slurry, in the Daiichi harbor, it will end up at ground level and not be a 'capture harbor' anymore.

          It is a real dilemma at Daiichi. Waiting for the melts to cool for a hundred year seems like the only thing that can be done.

          • Jebus Jebus

            That dilemma begs the question.

            Can our one Ocean absorb, without damage to life's oceanic genome, all the known and unknown radionuclides sloughing off the coriums, for one hundred years?

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Could the Nuclear Industry and our own government be anymore corrupt concerning this technology? 🙁

      I do not think so and here we get goofy..oops alex.. talking about the glorified Nuclear safety record and/with an immediate future with/of 2 billion dead from cancers on this planet. 🙁


      Shut them all down now!

      We are all being exterminated in real time. Bodies for cash!

    • Revel8

      The only real hope is if it becomes a worldwide effort. Good luck with that.

    • Holy CR*AP. Hope all crews have rad masks on!

      Get the Rad Word Out, Folks. It's Fukushima Day 1509 already!

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    • ISPC

      Yes. gtv-racer. Thank you for the link.

      This is a very disturbing development. Life on this Planet can only stand so much Radiation, and we are extremely close to the tipping point. My hope and prayer is that this fire is quickly contained. Otherwise, "catastrophic" may also describe the outcome.

      Like all good, thoughtful, and informed Americans, I depend on RT News for the Truth. Investigative Journalism is a rare commodity today.

      Kudos RT.


      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

        The only problem, in the first video, the announcer says that Chernobyl is the world's worst nuclear accident. And we know that Fukushima is 1000s of times worse than Chernobyl.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          1000s of times worse….what is Strohms analysis?

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

            Because of all the plutonium in the cores and in 40 of spent fuel pools, etc.

            English Interview about nuclear danger with Holger Strohm

            He has written many books.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

              Dr. Holger Strohm – Fukushima Radiation Release Up to 12,000 Times Chernobyl

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                For clarification, 12,000 x Chernobyl is based on the amount of fuel at Fukushima. A lot of it is thought to be underground, leaching into the ocean. Seems like I recall an estimate that current releases and toxicity factor makes Fukushima some 27 times worse than Chernobyl. Since Chernobyl caused several million deaths, according to a U.N. spokesperson, one could roughly extrapolate that 12,000 Chernobyl's would kill everyone. This is why its important to work on remediation at Fukushima, if we want to extend the life of the planet.

                • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                  You didn't bother to watch and listen the Holger Strohm. He waid that there was over a ton of plutonium in reactor #3, whereas at Chernobyl they were making plutonium for nuclear weapons and the plutonium was only in the reactor for from 1 to 4 weeks and then they had to take it out or the wrong isotopes would be created and it is very difficult to separate the isotope they need for atomic weapons.

                  Also, only a tiny amount is needed to cause cancer. When the person is buried, the plutonium goes into roots and then back out into the air where more people breathe the plutonium for 100,000 years. He said that millions will die from the plutonium in reactor 3. He quotes Prof John Gofman.

                  English Interview about nuclear danger with Holger Strohm

                  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                    Hearing Record of the Public Hearing
                    on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

                    Livermore Site
                    Livermore, California


                    Livermore, California
                    April 12, 1979
                    “…For Cigarette-Smokers:

                    Pu 239


                    “(a) 0.058 micrograms deposited Pu represents one "lung cancer dose".

                    “(b) 7,830,000,000 "lung cancer doses" per pound of Pu 239 .

                    “(a) 0.011 micrograms deposited reactor-Pu represents one "lung cancer dose"

                    “(b) 42,300,000,000 "lung cancer doses" per pound of reactor-Pu.
                    “For Non-Smokers:

                    “7.3 micrograms deposited Pu 239 represents one "lung cancer dose"….”


                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

                      Calculate the amount of plutonium released into the air from reactor #3 detonation with over a ton of plutonium in the reactor core.

  • Folks, for the next 40 days it is time to ramp up your antioxidants and lemon balm.

    Also clean your HEPA filters now and run continous

    Avoid playing in the rain

    Forest fires at Chernobyl are going to launch significant radiation into the air. it goes around the world in 40 days.


  • And amazing that this occurs on the 28 anniversary of Chernobyl.



    stock here

    ————–The report said that one of the reactors had been damaged in the accident, but gave no further details beyond saying that measures were being taken to “eliminate the consequences of the accident”. It also claimed the accident was the first at a Soviet power station.

    I see they are still trying to eliminate the consequences…..
    asshats that be


    Area of Alienation = 1000 miles

    Studies indicate that the forest floor 'leaf litter' is not decomposing (along with other natural components) In areas with no radiation, 70-90% of leaves were gone in a year. There is currently 27 years worth of irradiated leaf litter on the ground.
    Also, although the pine trees turned red and died, they hadn't decayed.
    Timothy Mousseau, biologist; USC COLUMBIA

    • jec jec

      One bad forest fire potential there…with radioactive smoke as a result. Chernobyl has left the plant material irradiated..just like retort packaged milk..lasts forever..no bacteria to break it down..no decomposition..scary.

  • rogerthat

    off topic:


    The Baltimore Riots: The Stunning Comments By Orioles Owner's Son


    Anastasia Gorokhova, retired journalist; liquidator.

    April 25th, 2011
    In his youth, Mr. Good hora had been stationed as a Red Army soldier for 3 years in East Germany. Little did he expect to be reassigned again-40 years later.
    Immediately after the Chernobyl reactor explosion on 26 April 1986, young recruits were sent to the disaster zone to begin crude clean-up efforts. Young teenage soldiers were sent up to the roof of the un-damaged reactor where the radiation was the strongest. "They ran up like they were possessed, picked say a chair leg with a shovel, threw it off the top, then ran back down, all in about 40 seconds". As it became clear that they all were doomed to die, they called in 40 year old Reservists. The logic was that they already had children and had nothing else to live for.
    And the Journalist was one of them. A knock on the door, two military personnel ordered him to appear at Armed Forces HQ the next day. A few days later he was in a truck riding through the Forest near the power plant, noting the trees had turned red and died. The villages had been deserted.
    The soldiers were living in a tent in the 30 km exclusion zone around the reactor. Although used as a truck driver to bring soldiers daily, he was chosen early on to type up reports. "That probably saved my life".
    He stayed there 50 days and drove 3 times to the reactor. The soldiers did not where masks. He was not as exposed as the others thanks to his typing duty. Continues. .

  • Jebus Jebus

    Fukushima's legacy is forever. The proof is Chernobyl…

    Gerd Ludwig's 'Long Shadow of Chernobyl' project

    Gathered here is a small selection of the work Ludwig has produced over the years of the still-unfolding tragedy.



    But throughout his life, his skin reddened severely when exposed to the sun. On other issues, he is silent.
    One scene in particular remains seared into his memory: the sight of a young soldier from Turkmenistan who sat beside him in a hospital in Kiev. "He looked ghastly, his eyeballs were literally hanging from their sockets".
    "Many died there". He lights another cigarette. The only way they could cope with the horrors was with vodka. They avoided the subject of Chernobyl. Not even fellow Journalists at Pravda would speak of it, afraid of what they'd hear.
    For services as a liquidator, he received enough money to purchase a car, a rare privilege in Soviet times When it broke down, he ditched it. Not wanting the reminder of the past, something he'd like to forget.
    In 2006, on the 20th anniversary of the disaster, the Soviets caught up with him one last time: the State presented him with a liquidator badge and a basket of fruit, vegetables, biscuits, and chocolates just like in the 'good old days'.

  • skizexq skizexq

    GOM…speaking of headline "…spread all over" the Chernobyl forests are on fire:

  • rogerthat


    April 28, 2015
    Funding Mechanism Uncertain for $15 Billion Proposed in Quadrennial Review, Moniz Says

    By Rebecca Kern
    April 27

    … Moniz also said that he thinks Yucca Mountain isn't a good solution for storing spent fuel.

    “We continue to feel that Yucca Mountain is just not workable and it is not consent-based. The state continues to strongly resist it. Experience suggests that for nuclear facilities, if you don't have a consent-based approach from community, to state, to federal government, things never seem to get over the finish line,” he said.

    He said the administration has supported a consent-based process for siting. They have several options in the works for spent fuel storage, including pilot storage facilities with interest from a private facility in Texas and a public facility in another state.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Rebecca Kern in Washington at rkern@bna.com

  • rogerthat


    28 April 2015
    DU-Turn? The Changing Political Environment around Toxic Munitions

    Is international pressure forcing the United States to backpedal on its use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions? Maybe, say Wim Zwijnenburg and Doug Weir, but stigmatizing Washington isn’t enough. What’s really needed is a broader international framework that addresses all the toxic remnants of war.

    By Wim Zwijnenburg and Doug Weir for Sustainable Security

    This article was originally published on 15 April 2015 by Sustainable Security, a project of the Sustainable Security Programme of the Oxford Research Group.

    In a recent policy change, the Pentagon stated that it has not, and will not use DU in Iraq and Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.

    The decision, which was cautiously welcomed by campaigners, contrasted with a statement made in October 2014, when the US announced the deployment of A-10 gunships to the conflict.

    The standard combat load for the A-10’s cannon includes a 30mm DU armour-piercing incendiary round, and in autumn 2014 a US Air Forces spokesperson said that the Air Force was ready to use DU again in Iraq and Syria.

    Iraq is no stranger to DU: at least 404,000kg of the radioactive and chemically toxic heavy metal was fired in the country in 1991 and 2003.

    The fine dust created by DU impacts presents a hazard to civilians if inhaled, …

    • rogerthat

      and both the dust and fragments of the ammunition can contaminate soil, vehicles and buildings.

      As DU particles are environmentally persistent, DU’s legacy can last long after conflicts end.

      Exposure to DU has been linked to increases of cancers and congenital birth defects in areas of Iraq that saw heavy fighting.

      Yet despite long-running concerns voiced by Iraqi civilians and international advocates, no robust civilian health studies have ever been undertaken in Iraq to determine this link.

      Progress on clean-up operations has been slow, and has been hindered by the US’ refusal to provide comprehensive targeting data to UN organisations and the Iraqi government.

      The evolving use of DU

      The A-10 gunship has long been promoted as a “tank killer”, with the US arguing that DU ammunition is crucial for this function.

      Justifying the apparent U-turn over Inherent Resolve, a US public affairs official explained that: “The ammunition is developed to destroy tanks on a conventional battlefield. Daesh [Islamic State] does not possess large numbers of tanks.”

      While its original Cold War close air support role did primarily concern the destruction of Soviet tanks and armoured vehicles, even then there were questions over the legality of DU.

      As a result, a 1976 legal review undertaken by the United States Air Force of the A-10’s DU ammunition sought to ensure that it was not used in populated areas and to restrict its use to armoured targets. …

      • rogerthat

        However, the role of the A-10 has evolved since the 1970s, as has its range of targets.

        This was clear from data from the 2003 Iraq War, acquired by PAX in 2014. It revealed DU use by A-10s against anti-aircraft guns, buildings, trucks and un-mounted troops. Data on targets from the conflicts in the Balkans painted a similar picture.

        With the A-10s role evolving from attacks on armour to more general close air support, aircraft were often called in for a broader range of operations, this led to DU being used against other targets, even in densely populated areas.

        Once loaded with the standard combat mix, a mixture of DU and high explosive rounds, it is impossible to change the type of munitions in flight for attacks against non-armoured targets of opportunity, thus heightening the risk of exposure to civilians close to other targets.

        Recently published figures on the 4,817 targets selected by US CENTCOM show that more than 120 tanks and armoured vehicles were destroyed in the first six months of the air campaign. There was therefore ample opportunity for the A-10 and its DU rounds to “kill tanks”, yet the US subsequently chose not to equip its A-10s with DU.

        Could this change in posture have more to do with a changing political environment, and in particular the growing stigmatisation of DU, than military calculations alone?


        More than two decades after its first use in Kuwait and Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War, concern over the humanitarian…

        • rogerthat

          and environmental legacy of DU has gradually increased.

          In recent years, legislation banning the weapons has been introduced in Belgium and Costa Rica.

          The European Parliament has also issued a number of resolutions calling for a moratorium on use and, most recently, a common EU position in favour of a ban.

          Since 2007, five UN General Assembly resolutions have been passed by large majorities. These have highlighted DU’s potential health risks, called for the release of targeting data to allow clean-up, for a precautionary approach to DU’s post-conflict management and, in 2014, for international assistance for states affected by DU use.

          This last resolution was supported by 150 states and opposed by just four, including the US.

          In addition to establishing soft law norms on DU, the process has also created a platform for an increasing number of states to voice their concerns over the weapons.

          Perhaps the most influential of these was from Iraq in March 2014, where its government expressed:

          ''Deep concern over the harmful effects of the use in wars and armed struggles of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium, which constitute a danger to human beings and the environment.''

          The Iraqi government called for the UN, its specialised agencies, member states and civil society to take a proactive approach to the issue and to condemn DU use.

          They also argued for:

          ''A binding and verifiable international treaty prohibiting the use,…

          • rogerthat

            possession, transfer and trafficking of such armaments and ammunitions.''

            Clearly then, the further use of DU munitions by the US in Iraq would have been viewed as unacceptable by the Iraqi government, and would have been likely to result in further criticism of the increasingly controversial munitions.

            Leaving through the back door?

            Could the changing political climate be influencing US policy on DU?

            The US had previously come under pressure from civil society campaign the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) in 2011 over fears that DU would be used against Gaddafi’s tanks in Libya.

            Recent evidence of DU’s international stigmatisation has come, ironically, from the Joint Strike Fighter, which is supposed to replace the ageing A-10 in its close air support role – a decision that is proving controversial in the US.

            During the fighter’s development, project partners including Australia, Norway and Denmark expressed concern over the US proposal that it would use a DU round, insisting that an alternative material be found.

            DU was eventually ruled out, as were other toxic metals such as beryllium.

            Elsewhere there are signs of shift away from DU in the US’s other medium-calibre ammunition.

            In 2008, just a year after the first UN General Assembly resolution, the US Army Environmental Policy Institute (AEPI) argued that alternatives were needed, stating that ‘the military should continue pursuing R&D for substitutes and be prepared…

  • rogerthat


    Congressman Opposes Nuclear Waste Facility in Canada

  • rogerthat


    Nuclear attack survivors, 70 years later, now fading away
    Apr. 28, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — What a nuclear attack didn't take from them, old age will.

    Seventy years have passed since the United States shocked the world by dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As nuclear powers gather this week to discuss a landmark disarmament treaty, the now-fragile survivors warn this may be their last chance to use their personal horror to hurry that work along.

    The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, review conference happens just every five years. The average survivor, called hibakusha, is about 80 years old.

    There are signs they are fading. Sunday's thousand-strong rally in Manhattan against nuclear weapons was led by a trio of women in wheelchairs, slowly making their way along the mile-and-a-half route.

    One of the most famous survivors, 86-year-old Sumitero Taniguchi, could not join them. Frail and silent, he sat in a wheelchair and watched the march set off up the avenue. Japanese media surrounded the Nagasaki survivor with cameras, leaning in for a better view.

    "I was shocked when I saw him," said 83-year-old Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, who completed the march in a wheelchair. "He was so much thinner."

    Thurlow was 13 when Hiroshima was bombed and 140,000 people were…

    • rogerthat

      killed. "People at a distance saw the mushroom cloud and heard a thunderous roar. But I did not see the cloud because I was in it," she says when she tells her story. She climbed from flaming ruins and spent hours giving water to a field full of people dying.

      She has spoken about her experience, she said, thousands of times around the world. "My health? I've been blessed," she said after Sunday's march. But friends say she lives with pain every day.

      Japan is famous for having the world's oldest population, but supporters of the hibakusha warn that the health effects of a nuclear attack likely will shorten their lives.

      Taniguchi was 16 years old and riding his bicycle about a mile away from the epicenter when Nagasaki was bombed. Seventy thousand people were killed. His back was so badly burned that he spent much of the next three and a half years lying on his stomach. His friends say he still has open wounds and cannot sweat.

      "Nuclear arms are weapons of the devil, which will not allow humans to live nor die as humans," he told an audience at a disarmament gathering in New York over the weekend. …

  • rogerthat


    STOCKHOLM, April 28 (Reuters) – Hurt by fallen power prices, Vattenfall will cut 1,000 jobs and shut its two oldest nuclear reactors earlier than planned, the Swedish state-owned utility said on Tuesday. …

  • rogerthat


    NRC: Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant Has 'Substantial Safety' Problems

    By PATRICIA A. MILLER (Patch Staff)
    April 28, 2015

  • rogerthat


    BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled there is “no significant impact” to the environment from Entergy Nuclear’s plans to eliminate the emergency evacuation zone next year at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. …

  • rogerthat


    Plant workers splashed with radioactive water
    Apr. 29, 2015

    It's been disclosed that 3 employees were accidentally splashed with radioactive water last week at a nuclear power plant in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan.

    Officials at the plant's operator, Chugoku Electric Power Company, said on Tuesday that the workers do not have any health problems and radioactive substances did not leak outside the facility.

    They say the workers had been using a pump to transfer contaminated water from a tank in the basement of the Shimane plant's number one reactor building on April 22nd.

    They say a hose to the pump got unhooked, and the 3 employees were exposed to about 4 liters of radioactive water that splashed on their faces and legs. They say the radiation level of the water was one-tenth of the government's safety limit.

    Company officials say they did not immediately announce the accident as the workers did not absorb any of the tainted water and the radiation level was not that high. …

  • rogerthat


    Fukushima – Chernobyl ☢ Russian ☢ Roulette ☢

    Apr 29, 2015

    Nuclear Hotseat #201: Chernobyl Anniversary Special http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/2551/
    (Note: this interview/ audio broadcast was published BEFORE the Near Chernobyl Forest Fire!)

    This week, Nuclear Hotseat commemorates the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine with a Nuclear Hotseat Special. You’ll hear from: Chernobyl survivor Bonnie Kouneva, a teenager in Bulgaria when the accident began, on the impact to her and her not-yet-born children; Dr. Janette Sherman, well known for her work with statistician Joseph Mangano on analyses of data after Fukushima that indicate a spike in US infant mortality and hypothyroidism. She also edited the English edition of Dr. Alexey Yablokov’s groundbreaking book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment; A brief interview w/Dr. Alexey Yablokov from Dr. Helen Caldicott’s 2013 Symposium on the Medical and Ecological Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster; Voices from Japan makes the Chernobyl/Fukushima connection personal with a message from Ryuichi Hirokawa, a Japanese journalist who was the first non-Soviet photo journalist allowed at Chernobyl and began working at Fukushima the day after the disaster began. He currently works with children and families through …

  • rogerthat


    Fukushima Latest Updates The Sexy Lady Tells all Reporter strange death SILENCING MEDIA
    Apr 29, 2015


  • rogerthat


    Mainichi Apr. 29, 2015 (Wed.)

    Editorial: Returning Japan to bad old days of nuclear dependence a major blunder

    Japan is about to go right back to where it started before the triple-meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

    In a recently released Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry energy mix plan for the year 2030, nuclear power still takes up 20-22 percent of Japan's power generation capacity, with renewables slated for a 22-24 percent share. In the post-3.11 era, it's very difficult indeed to call this an appropriate mix.

    Before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, nuclear power made up just under 30 percent of Japan's generating capacity, and the government had planned to push that to more than 50 percent by 2030.

    Renewables including hydro accounted for about 10 percent, and were penciled in for a 20 percent or so share in the future.

    Then came 3.11 and the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, which ought to have prompted the government to rethink its energy strategy.

    Under the energy policy approved by Cabinet decision last year, "the introduction of renewable energy sources will be sped up to the greatest degree possible. Furthermore, by adopting renewables and energy-saving systems, as well as by increasing the efficiency of thermal power generation, we will reduce (Japan's) dependence …

    • rogerthat

      on nuclear power to the greatest possible extent."

      The majority of the Japanese people, too, desire a "non-nuclear dependent society," and supported a radical denuclearization policy agenda. That support is now going unrecognized, those desires ignored.

      After the meltdowns, new regulations came into force dictating that no reactor could be in service for more than 40 years. If this remains in force, then even if every currently idled reactor is restarted, and every reactor now under construction goes on line, by 2030 nuclear power will cover only around 15 percent of Japan's energy needs.

      As such, that "20-22 percent" target in the economy ministry energy plan means extending the operational lives of or replacing old reactors, or building new ones.

      In other words, it is an outright declaration of dependence on nuclear energy.

      By the same token, the 22-24 percent of the energy mix assigned to renewables is a far, far cry from using green energy to the "greatest degree possible." Lowballing renewable energy is just one more example of the "reactors first" policy and its broader impact.

      We at the Mainichi Shimbun have long maintained that the risks of nuclear power far outweigh the benefits in this earthquake-prone nation of Japan, and that we should do away with atomic energy as soon as possible.

      We do not deny there is an argument for keeping nuclear power from the perspective of economic risk and energy security, …

      • rogerthat

        but if one considers that nuclear waste will continue to build up inside Japan as long as there are reactors in operation, atomic energy cannot be considered a sustainable energy source for this country.

        We can hardly discuss the country's energy mix without considering whether it is right to keep pushing the nuclear waste problem on to future generations, thinking only of present-day economic prosperity.

        And yet the economy ministry has pushed that very problem to the side, insisting on preserving nuclear energy regardless. We cannot agree with this.

        We must also take issue with the assumptions that form the basis of energy mix figures and valuations.

        The government says that renewable energy cannot be expanded because costs — such as the rates paid under the feed-in tariff system and the expansion of power transmission networks — are simply too high to make it practical.

        Of course, no one can ignore a rising electricity bill, but surely we can all bear somewhat higher energy prices for the sake of reducing our nuclear power dependency. There also needs to be a debate on who should pay for electricity transmission network expansion.

        Furthermore, far more than expanding transmission networks, what needs to be tackled first is reforming the daunting regulatory framework for getting renewable energy sources on line.

        Surely freeing up network capacity by decommissioning reactors, as well as …

        • rogerthat

          emphasizing local generation and consumption — which puts little load on the grid — leaves a lot of room to expand green energy generation.

          New energy cost calculations released by the government put the lower limit of nuclear energy costs at the cheapest they have ever been.

          We have to wonder, however, if the costs of implementing new safety measures and accident response funds have been properly reflected in the figures.

          Not everyone should agree, too, with the government assumption that the frequency of accidents will be halved due to the extra safety measures. We would like to see the government query a far larger range of experts and explain the issue exhaustively to the public to obtain their consent.

          Even if the government wishes to guarantee 20 percent or more of the energy market to atomic power, it must open its eyes to the fact that it won't be easy.

          If there is a move to extend the lives of old reactors, then there will be extra safety measure costs. Getting the consent of host municipalities and their residents will also be difficult. As such, we'll likely see utilities shuttering older nuclear reactors purely for business reasons. What's more, even if a utility could keep a reactor going past the 40-year limit, chances of some sort of mishap would increase, and there would be no guarantee of smooth, trouble-free power generation.

          So it seems likely that some quarters will argue for building new reactors, new plants. …

          • rogerthat

            But then again, construction mishaps and holdups can delay a new reactor for years, swelling costs. There is more than one example of this overseas. What's more, if the electricity market is opened up to true competition, nuclear energy may very well be driven to extinction by free market forces.

            What will happen, then, if the government shuts its eyes to all this and sticks to its well-crafted figures and tables, all pointing to continued reliance on "cheap" nuclear power?

            It would blunt the society-wide drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through green energy and electricity saving.

            And then, when nuclear energy generation fell short we would, in the end, fall back on fossil fuels.

            This is an all-too likely scenario, one in which Japan's CO2 emissions rise once more and we are forced to buy fuel from foreign lands to keep the lights on.

            Essentially, the failure of the economy ministry to produce an energy policy that can pass the public's sniff test is down to this: government policy formulation has not changed a whit from before the Fukushima meltdowns.

            The committee considering Japan's energy mix is still composed almost entirely of people pushing for the continuation — or even the expansion — of nuclear power in this country.

            We must question a decision-making process that seemed to begin with setting aside a large share of the future energy market for atomic power. …

            • rogerthat

              This way of doing business looks more than likely to lose the trust and cooperation of the Japanese people.

              The government must state clearly and absolutely that it is committed to freeing Japan from nuclear dependence, and then think on an energy mix policy that will get us there.

              April 29, 2015 (Mainichi Japan)

  • rogerthat


    PG&E6CPREF : NRC reaffirms Diablo Canyon's seismic safety

    April 28–During a lengthy discussion with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission reaffirmed its determination that Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could withstand a powerful earthquake on faults surrounding the plant. …

  • rogerthat


    TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015

    Forest Fires Headed Toward Chernobyl

    Forest fires heading for Chernobyl nuclear plant – Ukraine Interior Ministry
    Published time: April 28, 2015 16:36 http://rt.com/news/253897-chernobyl-fires-rage-ukraine/

    Very good discussion at Optimal Prediction http://optimalprediction.com/wp/largest-forest-fire-since-1992-endangers-chernobyl-nuclear-plant/

    Heavy Emissions at Daiichi

    This morning I posted screenshots of elevated emissions at Daiichi. I wasn't able to watch the cams again until now. The view is foggy with subtle pink inflection: …

  • rogerthat


    Latest NewsApr. 29, 2015 – Updated 18:23 UTC+10

    Abe, Obama hold summit meeting
    Japan Apr. 29, 2015
    The leaders of Japan and the United States have reaffirmed that the alliance between their 2 countries will play a crucial role in bringing peace to the world. …

    – after the war, ha ha ha

  • rogerthat


    Wyden demands investigation into waste at Hanford
    Apr 28, 2015

    Wendy Culverwell
    Staff Reporter-
    Portland Business Journal

    Sen. Ron Wyden is demanding an investigation into "questionable contracting" practices connected with a multibillion dollar cleanup project at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford nuclear reservation in eastern Washington state.

    In a letter released Tuesday, Wyden asked DOE Inspector General Greg Friedman to investigate Bechtel National Inc., a major contractor involved with the cleanup of the site. …

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      And don't back down, senator Wyden…someone's got to stick it to the bullies and the industrial pollutors and definitely the genomic disrupters. the deepest wound was leveled against our unborn. Makes the heart shudder.

  • rogerthat


    US to trial pioneering deep-hole nuclear waste disposal technique
    28 April 2015 | By Helen Knight

    A method to safely bury the world’s most highly radioactive nuclear waste in holes five kilometres deep will be tested in the US next year.

    The technique, developed in the UK by researchers at the University of Sheffield, involves drilling a borehole around 0.6 metres wide and five kilometres deep, and lowering the waste into it.

    Known as deep borehole disposal (DBD), the technique is much cheaper than the mined repository proposed by the UK government for burying the country’s nuclear waste, according to its pioneer Fergus Gibb, emeritus professor of petrology and geochemistry at the University of Sheffield.

    Each borehole would cost a few tens of millions of dollars to drill, compared to hundreds of millions to tens of billions for a mined repository. Around six boreholes would be enough to store all of the UK’s existing high level waste, said Gibb, with each taking less than five years to drill, fill and seal.

    Deep borehole disposal should also be safer than a mined repository, which at 500 metres deep would still be within the zone of circulating ground water, meaning any leakage caused by an earthquake, for example, could potentially return to the surface, he said. …

  • rogerthat


    St. Louis Burning: America's atomic legacy haunts city

    by Ryan Schuessler @RyanSchuessler1 April 29, 2015

    County parks, homes, businesses remain open and untested after decades of exposure to potentially contaminated creek

    This is part one of a three-part series examining the effects of radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project on St. Louis and its suburbs.

    HAZELWOOD, Mo. — Karen Nickel had never even heard of lupus before she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease six years ago.

    Today she says she takes as many as 18 pills a day — “and that’s just to make me feel OK.”

    “Sometimes I can’t even get out of bed,” Nickel said. “Sometimes I can’t even let someone hug or touch me because it hurts so bad.”

    Lupus causes a patient’s immune system to turn on its own body, attacking healthy joint and organ tissues. It is most common in middle-aged women such as Nickel, but has recently been linked to exposure to uranium.

    That’s what Nickel thinks caused her lupus. She’s since found out that at least three other people from her childhood neighborhood also have the disease.

    They all grew up in a neighborhood bordered by a suburban St. Louis creek that was contaminated with nuclear weapons waste for decades before any cleanup operations started.

    There may still be radioactive waste in the creek, which regularly floods parks, businesses, …

    • rogerthat

      and neighborhoods — most of which have never been tested for radioactivity and remain open to the public with no notification of the potential risks.

      Uranium ore used to make the atomic weapons used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was processed in downtown St. Louis, which hosted the country’s only uranium plant until 1951.

      In the decades following the end of WWII, hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive waste were haphazardly stored, shuffled around the region, illegally dumped, and sometimes left unaccounted for.

      As the metropolitan area expanded, suburban communities — such as the one Nickel’s parents moved their family to in 1973 — were built downwind or downstream from contaminated areas, government documents show.

      After years of government reorganization, the contaminated sites in the St. Louis area have been targeted in cleanup campaigns lead by various government agencies, and officials have long maintained there is no immediate threat to human health.

      But many in the community disagree with that claim, pointing to a trail of rare cancers, autoimmune diseases, birth defects and infertility that span generations and are known to be linked to prolonged exposure to radiation — and some government agencies are starting to take notice.

      The way locals see it, St. Louis is burning — and nobody is paying attention. …

      • rogerthat

        For North St. Louis County residents of Nickel’s generation, Coldwater Creek was just a normal neighborhood creek — many didn’t even know its name.

        It was just “the creek” that kids would play in on hot summer days or cross on the way to school. It was the creek that would flood when it rained too much, turning neighborhood parks into giant puddles, dripping into basements and covering family vegetable gardens.

        What many did not know was that they were living downstream from a 22-acre field acquired in 1946 by the long-gone Atomic Energy Commission.

        Hundreds of thousands of tons of waste — much of it radioactive — were dumped there, including some 60 tons of uranium-laced sand from Nazi Germany’s nuclear program that was captured by the United States en route to Japan near the end of WWII.

        Soil samples taken by the Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1990s show that soils contaminated with forms of uranium, thorium and radium were found as deep as 20 feet in some places.

        The creek is near the westernmost boundary of the site and then flows nearly 20 miles through St. Louis County municipalities such as Florissant, Hazelwood and Black Jack .

        Radioactive materials were carried into Coldwater Creek when it rained, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. In the late 1990s, the Corps found radioactive waste approximately five miles downstream from the storage site during a bridge renovation project. …

        • rogerthat

          “I lived my life outside and now I feel like my childhood was a lie,” Nickel said. “All that time I spent outside, I was being poisoned.”

          Nickel said her sister was once taken to the hospital where doctors discovered that her ovaries were covered in cysts. She was 11 years old at the time. The same thing happened to the girl next door — she was 9.

          Nickel said she knows of at least 15 people from her childhood neighborhood alone that have died of cancer. She estimates that there were approximately 25 houses in the area back then, with about 75 people.

          At age 33, former Florissant resident Jennifer Smith was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. In the 1950s, doctors observed unusually high levels of that same rare leukemia among the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Smith said she knows of at least four others from her old neighborhood who also have the disease.

          “During the years I lived in Florissant as a teenager, the creek would flood into our backyard and covered our vegetable garden — the garden I ate out of all the time,” Smith said. “My teenage bedroom was downstairs. The creek would leak into my bedroom through the window, and it also had flooded our basement several times. I had [a lot of] exposure, physically, to the creek.”

          “I fully believe 100 percent in my heart that that’s where the leukemia came from,” she said. …

          • rogerthat

            Regarding contaminated sites in St. Louis, long-term, low-level exposure to radiation is what poses the greatest threat to human health, said St. Louis County Department of Health Director Faisal Khan.

            Khan, who is new to the position, has been vocal about this issue, becoming one of the few government officials at any level to call for residents’ concerns about radiation exposure to be addressed.

            “The population that grew up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s — they were very hard hit, and anecdotally at least there seems to be an environmental health concern,” Khan said.

            “It has been an environmental health disaster that has unfolded over decades, and is only now coming to light with the extent of community concern and angst about what has been done.”

            Calling it the day she woke up to an “inner ring of horrific reality,” Jenell Wright, who grew up near Coldwater Creek, decided to make a list of everyone she knew from North St. Louis County who had developed cancer. There were 274 people on the list.

            “People from my [childhood] baseball team, from my church, from my high school, from my grade school,” Wright recalled. In 2011, she felt like she was spending more and more time visiting people in the hospital. “Everybody is dying. And they’re all [in their 40s.]”

            Within six houses of where she grew up, Wright said she knew of four people who had brain cancer — including the young boy …

            • rogerthat

              who lived next door. During his treatment, Wright recalled, she would see him laying under blankets in the sun in his back yard, shaking, trying to get warm. “It was horrendous,” she said.

              A Facebook group created as a place for former residents to report their illnesses now has more than 10,000 members, many of whom also report infertility, birth defects, and autoimmune disease such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.

              From the group’s informal survey of more than 3,300 current and former residents of North St. Louis County, more than one-third reported cancer in themselves or a family member, including 43 cases of appendix cancer — a disease so rare that fewer than 1,000 people are diagnosed with it in the United States each year.

              But proving that the cancers are a result of exposure to radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek is very difficult, and maybe even impossible, Khan said. According to the American Cancer Society, one in three people are expected to develop cancer in their lifetime.

              The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has responded to community concern and studied cancer rates in areas of North St. Louis County. However, the methodology does not account for resident movement.

              Data used in the studies comes from the Missouri Cancer Registry. Diagnoses submitted to the database — which is required by law — are geographically organized by the ZIP code in which the patient lives in at the time of the diagnosis. …

              • rogerthat

                So if former residents like Smith move away before their diagnoses, they may not be included in the statistics.

                Smith had direct exposure to Coldwater Creek for years, but was diagnosed with leukemia when she lived in Las Vegas, so her cancer is not included in the data.

                Many residents of Smith’s generation moved away in recent years, part of a demographic shift in north St. Louis County.

                However, in an unexpected turn, the Missouri Department of Health did indeed find higher rates of some cancers when in 2014 it revised a 2013 study that turned up no such patterns.

                When more ZIP codes were added, the data showed statistically higher rates of cancer,including colon, prostate, kidney, bladder, and female breast cancer, among others.

                Data also show higher rates of childhood brain cancer in children in some ZIP codes, as well as higher rates of leukemia.

                The state promptly requested help from the Center for Disease Control to conduct further studies in the area, and the state Department of Natural Resources sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is in charge of the cleanup, describing the situation as “urgent”.

                The Army Corps of Engineers takes over

                Over the years, the radioactive waste was moved around the region, transported in the back of uncovered trucks, left in uncovered piles, and carried into Coldwater Creek by rain runoff, said …

                • PlowboyGrownUp

                  coldwater creek runs into the Missouri river which shortly goes to the Mississippi river. I reckon the government thought the radioactive toxins would simply 'wash away'.

                • rogerthat

                  Mike Petersen, Chief of Public Affairs for the Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, which was charged with cleaning up some contaminated sites in St. Louis.

                  “It’s kind of alarming to see how many hundreds of people who lived in these neighborhoods had no idea what was going on in their backyards,” Petersen said.

                  “We inherited a legacy of bad decisions, and whether it was through ignorance or negligence — it doesn’t matter. We are dealing with that legacy now.”

                  In 1997, the cleanup of dozens of contaminated sites nationwide was transferred from the Department of Energy to the Army Corps of Engineers. The sites were all part of the Former Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) that had been established in 1974.

                  The Corps’ St. Louis District has been testing, excavating, and moving contaminated materials and soils out of the St. Louis-area sites for 17 years — including the site that contaminated Coldwater Creek.

                  The Corps has already moved more than a million cubic yards of material to modern storage facilities in western states.

                  Using a sort of “follow the radiation” method, Petersen said the Corps began testing samples from the Coldwater Creek’s 10-year floodplain earlier this year. If a sample comes back positive for radiation, additional samples are conducted in the adjacent area, and so on, following a “trail,” if there is one.

                  But residents like Wright and Nickel aren’t satisfied with that method, …

                  • rogerthat

                    saying it won’t be enough given the nature of the area’s potential contamination. They fear that the “trails” that would lead the Corps to radioactive waste from the creek, left behind by floodwaters, could be broken and overlooked by the Corps.

                    Radioactive particles could have been left behind on any surface touched by the creek’s floodwaters, Wright worries, not deposited like a trail of breadcrumbs. Historical aerial images of the area also show that dirt exposed to Coldwater Creek’s floods has also been moved around during construction or utility projects, including the development of new subdivisions.

                    “I believe a lot of the information they have is inaccurate,” former Florissant resident Angela Helbling said of the historical information the Corps uses to locate sites for soil samples.

                    Helbling — who developed a rare salivary gland tumor, and whose mother died at 39 of a brain tumor — has taken it upon herself to find and dig through scores of government documents, looking for any indication that contaminated soils may have been moved during utility maintenance or flood control projects.

                    It’s the uncertainty that bothers Helbling and Wright most. Sites that routinely flood — including parks, residential areas, businesses, and a community vegetable garden, among others — remain open to the public and are regularly used.

                    Many have never been tested for radioactive waste. There are no signs that warn residents who live there now about this risk. …

                    • rogerthat

                      “Utility and road crews frequently dig into these soils. Children play on and in them,” wrote the directors of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in a joint letter to the Pentagon regarding the funding of the FUSRAP program.

                      “We believe that priority funding to allow rapid and complete remediation is needed to address this concern.”

                      “We are concerned that people are going to have the same fate as our communities because it has not [all] been cleaned yet,” Wright said.

                      “We should not be having to tell people this. The government should.”

        • melting mermaid melting mermaid

          Don't forget number 5 on this list. Well I won't be moving to the greater St Louis area for the next couple thousand years. Wtf? Scientists! Wtf?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Nothing to see here. Move along folks. Go shopping be happy


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Sorry, TEPCO, There is No "Safe" Level of Radiation

    Nuclear Number Games


    "We know definitively that parts of the core of Reactors 1, 2 and 3 (you knew I’d circle back to these, didn’t you!) blew across the world and landed in your organic gardens, your lungs, your children’s lungs, your food supply and of course, in your DNA. The isotopes that blew with it are lethally yours for the next tens of thousands of years.

    So remember, when you hear 300 tons of water, think 300 tons of melted and atmospherically dispersed radioactive material in our ocean, air, food and soil and you will be 1 day smarter than yesterday.

    There is no number to designate a “safe level” of radiation because there is no such thing as a safe level of radiation, but there is value to each and every one of your lives and even more value when you add the life of future generations to the life of our planet. Do the math."

  • mt1000

    Radiation Expert California Fukushima Exposure being Covered up Kevin Kamps
    …. scary details about what happens if storage pools loose remaining water.
    Probably just a matter of time.

  • RadLion RadLion

    Worker injuries double at Fukushima plant; TEPCO cites inexperience

    One worker died and 63 others were injured in industrial accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in fiscal 2014, double the casualty figure from a year earlier, the plant operator said.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said April 30 that about half of the injured workers in fiscal 2014 had worked at the crippled plant for less than six months, indicating that inexperience was a key factor behind the rise in labor accidents during decommissioning and other work.

    TEPCO said 32 workers were involved in labor accidents at the plant in fiscal 2013.

    The utility said it will improve training facilities and information-sharing mechanisms at the plant.

    Six of the workers suffered serious injuries that prevented them from working for at least 14 days. Another six were sidelined for between one and 13 days because of their injuries.

    Overall, 15 workers suffered from heatstroke, 13 fell or stumbled, and 13 had mishaps with machinery and other equipment.

    TEPCO pointed to an inability of its workers to learn from their experiences as a potential factor behind the increase in accidents. Company employees also failed to visit work sites on a sufficient number of occasions to supervise other workers, it said.

  • razzz razzz

    The following is an example of ignoring gross minute by minute radioactive releases into the Pacific, every day, all day. Makes the 70ms and .11ms noted in this press release a joke. Also looks like the underground 'ice wall' will be almost 1 mile in total length if they are ever successful in completing it.

    'Small radioactive leak detected at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant'

    "…A worker at the facility, located in northeastern Japan, found a wet patch measuring 20 sq. centimeters (3 sq. inches) under a storage tank for radiation-contaminated water on Friday morning, Tokyo Electric Power Co. the plant's operator, said.

    Seventy microsieverts per hour of beta-ray-emitting radioactivity, far exceeding the recommended maximum exposure of 0.11 microsieverts per hour, were detected on the surface where the water had leaked…"

  • unincredulous unincredulous


    Report: Bad Procedures Caused The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    "What must be admitted — very painfully — is that this was a disaster 'Made in Japan'. Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to 'sticking with the program.'

    The report points out that the Japanese agencies responsible for overseeing nuclear plant safety were housed in the same department as the agency that's responsible for promoting the benefits of the nuclear industry. The Japanese utility, known as Tepco, dragged its feet on safety improvements because it would interfere with plant operations."

    This is bullshit, how is the Japanese any different than the USA —REALLY?

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