NHK: Black smoke at Japan nuclear plant — Fire alarm sounds after test

Published: May 1st, 2013 at 7:40 pm ET


Title: Black Smoke Detected From Nuclear Reactor ‘Monju’ During Test Operations |
Source: RocketNews24 via NHK
Author: Andrew Miller
Date: May 1, 2013

Black Smoke Detected From Nuclear Reactor ‘Monju’ During Test Operations

It as been reported that engineers at Japan’s fast breeder reactor plant Monju made a mistake during testing of the plant’s emergency power generator, which subsequently resulted in the release of black smoke and the ringing of the plant’s fire alarm. […]

JAERI [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute] reported this latest incident to the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, claiming that the conduct of the staff at the plant is clearly in breach of security regulations. It also made the following statement:

“In order to prevent a recurrence of the same problems, it is necessary to pay meticulous attention to the way in which personnel at the plant carry out their work.”

Full report here

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Published: May 1st, 2013 at 7:40 pm ET


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40 comments to NHK: Black smoke at Japan nuclear plant — Fire alarm sounds after test

  • pcjensen

    Shut Them All Down! I mean, how stupid do we have to get before we take the only correct course of action?! Get A Grip World Leaders.

    • Jay

      " .. . engineers at Japan’s fast breeder reactor plant Monju made a mistake during testing of the plant’s emergency power generator .. . "

      Yep , man at work , fast – premature breeders , furnicating with what nature itself self-destroys/transmutates , mental-master-baite-ing that it can snort/control it , … and today they passed the Test : if a monkey/rat can black-out the f**king Plant so can the TEPCO comedians , they proved they can control the start of the disasters they create , 100 % of the time , except the freaking Battery Transport Permit !

      Now , to add spice to our Global Vilage of idiots , let's remember again , and have a Lough , about the 62.7 % of the Japanese voters who put in the Office this year a nuke-friendly/Tank-riding government ! It's not insult to injury , it's the icing on the Darwinian selection cake , the silver line to our genetic pool !

  • Jebus Jebus

    Monju operator says faults are not active

    The operator of Japan's experimental Monju fast-breeder reactor says the seismic faults running beneath the reactor are not active.

    The reactor's operator, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, submitted its survey results to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Tuesday.

    Last August, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, which then served as Japan's nuclear regulator, instructed the operator to conduct a survey of the faults under the reactor in Fukui Prefecture. The instruction came after it was discovered that the faults could move if an active fault about 500 meters west of the site were to move.

    The operator examined the 8 faults beneath the Monju reactor.

    Yup, the faults are not active, until they are…

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Just because there are no earthquakes in the historical record DOES NOT mean a fault is not active! The stupidity (or cupidity?) of these people is astonishing. •
      Cupidity definition, eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. See more.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Agree with you both – a fault is a fault. At the most minimal adherence to risk management you would think this would be a non-negotiable.

  • norbu norbu

    Black smoke huh, Hmmmmm….The snake has already bitten them and they still go back for more……Shut down all Nuclear power plants NOW!

  • Sickputer

    The Monju complex has been a disaster long before Daiichi blew up. A similar EDG testing issue occurred prior to 311:

    "The following day, one of Monju's three emergency diesel generators released inflammable gas when it was damaged during testing"

    SP: The chronology of these nuclear plants reveals problem after problem… And not just in Japan. The American plants have many safety issues on a weekly if not daily basis. There is no way nuclear energy can be advertised as a "safe" industry. They are far from it.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      This is an old video.. watch it.. you see fukushima spewing radiation, and another reactor spewing about 1:19 in it starts.. um monju??

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        No, C, they just turned the map sideways. Probably to emphasize the jetstream does change directions, and the radiation didn't all flow eastward.

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          TIS.. look again. nope I would disagree, from my perspective they are definitely showing the point of origin as two separate places.. one Fukushima, one on the cost across from the neighborhood of Monju.

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    Monju is a sodium cooled, MOX-fueled, loop-type reactor with three primary coolant loops, producing 280 MWe from 714 MWt.

    An accident in December 1995, in which a sodium leak caused a major fire, forced a shutdown. A subsequent scandal involving a cover-up of the scope of the accident delayed its restart until May 6, 2010, with renewed criticality reached on May 8, 2010.[1] In August 2010 another accident, involving dropped machinery, shut down the reactor again. As of June 2011, the reactor has only generated electricity for one hour since its first testing two decades prior.[2] As of the end of 2010, total funds spent on the reactor amounted to ¥1.08 trillion. An estimated ¥160-170 billion would be needed to continue to operate the reactor for another 10 years.[3]

    From Wikipedia

    Liquid sodium cooling of MOX fuel. Possibly even a stupider idea than the BWR

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Here's video footage of the accident. Pretty eerie stuff.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Gave me the heebie-jeebies when I watched it.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          BTW, that's what HELL sounds like.

          • HoTaters HoTaters


            Japan, the third-biggest nuclear power generator, restarted an experimental fast-breeder reactor that had been shut since 1995 after an accident and a cover-up.
            State-controlled Japan Atomic Energy Agency removed control rods to resume operation at 10:36 a.m. local time at the Monju reactor in Tsuruga City in central Japan after getting safety clearances from the government, Tokyo-based spokesman Shinichi Suga said by telephone.
            A leak of liquid sodium, used for cooling, and a fire forced a halt on Dec. 8, 1995. While no radiation leaked to the environment, operators admitted editing videotape to conceal the extent of the damage, stoking the public’s safety concerns. The development of a fast-breeder reactor, which uses spent nuclear fuel from other plants, is a pillar of Japan’s energy policy.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              "The development of a fast-breeder reactor, which uses spent nuclear fuel from other plants, is a pillar of Japan’s energy policy."

              Obviously, this pillar is a complete failure. Now that Japan owns the US media and nuclear companies, look for complete failure in the US.

              This includes the defective pipes supplied recently to San Onofre by Mitsubishi.

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                This includes the AP1000 reactor being built by Westinghouse of which 87% is owned by the Japanese.


                The US government is clearly asleep at the switch. This is extremely dangerous when one is dealing with nuclear reactors. I think every politician should be required to read and be tested about every nuclear failure and the consequences wince 1940. They should be required to know about every report by every nuclear whistleblower.

              • redwing redwing

                "Now that Japan owns the US media…"

                Nice try, zionist.

      • Au Au

        This 1995 footage was when they did not know they could have just worn paper jumpsuits and changed their socks at the end of the shift like they do at the Fukushima triple meltdown site. (sarc)

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The Monju NPP became nothing more than a jobs/corporate profit/campaign contribution factory many years ago, just like the Bechtel vitrification project at Hanford. Probably the same for SRS.

      It doesn't take long to prove a 'theory' doesn't work, but once a government spends billions on trying, the profits have already become too tempting to turn off, so with the right 'political incentives' the project just keeps getting funded to eternity. Plus it's a great PR move, showing the people they're 'trying' to do something about it.

      And, on top of it all, it's all funded by the taxpayer, so no one on the receiving end of the money gives a shit.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Ho Taters…Thanks for these links, especially the wikileaks. In his blog today, Paul Craig Roberts said that Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are being prosecutedfor telling the truth in a society which places no value on truth. Read it: — <a href=""You Are the Hope="">

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi dharmasyd, Paul Craig Roberts is one of my personal heroes. I agree with his position, and think he is a brilliant man. He seems to possess personal integrity — a quality all too often lacking, it seems, these days. TPTB just want to make Julian Assange shut up.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Thanks for the link to Dr. Roberts' website. I'm going to bookmark it. I'd heard several interviews he gave, but hadn't seen his blog site / web site.

  • razzz razzz


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      There isn't a single fast breeder reactor in the world that works. The sodium-cooled experiment at Santa Susanna resulted in a failure 240 times worse than Three Mile Island. How many failed nuclear experiments will equal a never ending uninhabitable earth? The consequences of criminal behavior that causes the death of humans should result in jail sentences. We can't entrust our lives and our monetary treasure to nuclear reactors. The workers, the nuclear engineers, and the corporate management can't handle nuclear fission or nuclear fusion. Technological failures should be stopped immediately and forever. This includes every nuclear reactor in the world.

  • I'm surprised to see no comments about: "–as a result of the trouble, two of the three emergency reactors have been rendered unusable" –by which was clearly meant 2 or 3 DEGs.

    Surely, this plant will once again be shut down, until those generators are either repaired or replaced –right?

  • lam335 lam335

    re: "before the testing process it is necessary to emit the gas that accumulates in the emergency power generator by opening and then closing the valves…. after opening the 12 valves installed in the generator, [the staff] forgot to close six of the them before resuming operations, resulting in the expulsion of the worrying black smoke."

    So is it safe to conclude that this sort of accident would not have released any radiological material from the reactor? Or ould this likely have necessitated other shut downs that require venting?

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Sorry the link did not attach earlier.. Fukushima spewing radiation and another plant spewing radiation that occurs to be monju, back after the Tsunami.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    The great Propaganda Machine has been working over time to protect the nuke Ind & Oil Giants via the MSM & Gov's world wide. This will all end badly as each day passes! Read up on the ESF, there is so much that hid behind the cutains if ever exposed the whole world would rise up & say no more! But don't hold your breath, prepare for for hell on earth, we will live it!

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    There is smoke at the bottom of the screen of TBS cam mixed in with the heat waves. With the cool temperatures in japan right now,those visible heat waves that come across the screen have got to be corium heat disapation. There is a cool bird singing on the TBS cam if you turn your volume up right now by the way. Some say its a recording of a happy bird to calm the crippled nuke plant watchers……