Fuel rod containers damaged at another Japan nuke plant — Investigating if from 3/11 quake (VIDEO)

Published: July 10th, 2012 at 11:11 am ET
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Fuel rod container at Onagawa plant found damaged
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Jul. 10, 2012 – Updated 10:57 UTC (19:57 JST)
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SOURCE: NHK WORLD

Fuel rod container at Onagawa plant found damaged

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Japan’s nuclear safety agency has ordered Tohoku Electric Power Company to check and report on whether the damage was caused by the massive earthquake on March 11th last year.

The utility recently used an underwater camera to inspect the 4.5-meter-high metal containers in a fuel rod storage pool.

It found a 2-centimeter-long, several-millimeter-wide chip on one of the containers. It also found more than 12 places on other containers where pieces were missing.

Such damage has never been reported at a nuclear plant in Japan.

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Published: July 10th, 2012 at 11:11 am ET
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25 comments to Fuel rod containers damaged at another Japan nuke plant — Investigating if from 3/11 quake (VIDEO)

  • greensnotbubble

    If there are no saftey concerns…. why are we being told about this. Lie after lie… oh there i go being negative again. Bet FUKU tepco is involved in this mess as well. Bet the have knon for a long time.

    • mungo mungo

      not tepco this time…Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (東北電力株式会社, Tōhoku Denryoku Kabushiki Kaisha?) is an electric utility, servicing 7.6 million individual and corporate customers in six prefectures in Tōhoku region plus Niigata Prefecture. It provides electricity at 100 V, 50 Hz, though some area use 60 Hz.

      Tohoku Electric Power is the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue, behind TEPCO, KEPCO and Chubu Electric Power.

      • mungo mungo

        Shareholders
        Nippon Life Insurance Company 3.9%
        Japan Trustee Services Bank 3.8%
        The Master Trust Bank of Japan 3.6%

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Thank you for the summary on Tohoku Electric Power Co. and shareholder information, Mungo. It's always helpful knowing who the players are behind the scenes — especially the investors.

  • mungo mungo

    The operator of the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture has discovered damage to fuel rod containers at the facility's No. 3 reactor.

    Japan's nuclear safety agency has ordered Tohoku Electric Power Company to check and report on whether the damage was caused by the massive earthquake on March 11th last year.

    The utility recently used an underwater camera to inspect the 4.5-meter-high metal containers in a fuel rod storage pool.

    It found a 2-centimeter-long, several-millimeter-wide chip on one of the containers. It also found more than 12 places on other containers where pieces were missing.

    Such damage has never been reported at a nuclear plant in Japan.

    Tohoku Electric says the fuel rods are intact, and that there are no safety concerns because the reactor is out of operation.

    But it says will investigate the damage in detail, and inspect the plant's No. 1 and 2 units.

  • or-well

    Questions:
    Are the fuel rods new or used?
    By "container" do they mean "assembly" or something else?

    They don't say "Spent Fuel Pool" but "fuel rod storage pool"
    Why the ambiguity? Why not use the standard terminology if it is a spent fuel pool?

    If a fuel rod "assembly" has been containerised, why is it in a pool?
    Is this a step prior to dry-casking a spent fuel ASSEMBLY?

    Why obscure? "Because we can!"

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Or translation issues? The eternal question ….

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Obfuscation or translation, obfuscation or translation, obfuscation or translation. Say three times quickly, then type it three times in a row, as fast as you can ….

    • richard richard

      Yes or-well – it's "Because we can!" totally.

      It's a known fact that they use nuker dogma in an attempt to keep the general public ill informed and on the back foot.

      Honest fact finding on this website is helping to break down the BS. Wehn we next argue with a nuker, we are well armed now with an understanding that can never be undone. This will be a weapon against the nukers. They are severely afraid of the public having a better understanding of the truth.

  • weeman

    Japan still wants to restart reactors and their is no doubt that the earthquake caused the majority of damaged to the reactors, how many more reactors are damaged.
    For the life in me I can not see the logic, logic takes a back seat to money and power.

    Bring the guilitine back, put it down town Tokyo, drag the higher powers down their and cut their heads off.
    They have no problem killing millions of people I would have no problem disposing of a few 100.
    We must make higher powers scared of us, a couple of examples would open their eyes that they have went to far.

    We the people have inherent rights and one is a safe environment to live, send them to Hauge.

    • Sickputer

      No industrial murder death sentences please…let's not emulate China. Far better to build a nice little penitentiary next to Daiichi and let the bureaucrats work out their sentences emptying the cesium sludge in the filters. A punishment to fit the crimes.

  • or-well

    Another question:

    Tohepco says the rods are not damaged.
    If the rods are "IN" a "CONTAINER" how do they know?

    Magnifying that little picture makes it too blurry for me, but the graphic on the left (our left) of the card being held up does not look like a sealed "container".
    BUT given these folks preference for cartoon-like diagrams who knows how much reality it portrays?

    I hate to sound so picky. I'm very sick of obfuscation.

    • or-well

      I should add that I'm unable to view the NHK video. Maybe it makes everything clear. (I won't hold my breath.)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Doesn't matter which electric company ..nuclear disasters happen. The technology is no good.

  • Longjohn119

    "There is no danger because the reactor isn't running"

    What the Hell does THAT have to do with rods that are already spent and in a cooling pool? Whether the reactor is running or not changes NOTHING about the situation in the spent fuel pools …

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    No Solutions For Nuclear Disasters Or Nuclear Waste; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/no-solutions-for-nuclear-disasters.html