Nuclear Regulator: The whole situation remains precarious at Fukushima Daiichi of course — There’s no denying it

Published: October 24th, 2012 at 11:18 am ET


Title: Fukushima situation stable but still precarious: regulator
Source: Reuters
Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Jane Baird
Date: Oct 24, 2012


“Overall, the conditions there have been maintained rather in a stable condition … but there is no denying that the whole situation remains precarious of course,” said Kenzo Oshima, a commissioner at Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).


“A lot of precaution, a lot of care, a lot of attention is still very much needed,” he told reporters after meeting U.N. nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano in Vienna.

In April, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said after visiting the site that Japan, with assistance from the U.S. government, needed to do more to move spent fuel rods out of harm’s way.


When a Reuters journalist went to the plant this month, workers were seen putting together water filtration systems and shifting equipment near the reactors, two of which remain capped by twisted steel and damaged concrete.


Published: October 24th, 2012 at 11:18 am ET


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11 comments to Nuclear Regulator: The whole situation remains precarious at Fukushima Daiichi of course — There’s no denying it

  • corium pudding corium pudding

    Stable but precarious. Got it.

    • corium pudding corium pudding

      This "stable but precarious" Fukushima doublespeak could be applied to other topics as well:

      1. The economy is stable but precarious.
      2. The weather is stable but precarious.
      3. Job creation has been stable but precarious.
      4. Relations with country X are stable but precarious.
      5. The price of gas is stable but precarious.

  • πŸ™‚ – Where 'stable' means…

    Nothing else has blown up, sunken or fallen, or went critical that we know of or will speak of. The 'daily radioactive emissions' remain steady with some intermittent fluctuating.

    Where 'precarious' means…

    πŸ™ – We don't have a clue or a plan.

    Even… If we did know where the 3 melted cores were located.

    or… If the Fuel Pools were not damaged beyond repair or broken fuel rods removed anytime soon.

    or… If persistent earthquakes and possible tsunami threats didn't loom constantly.

    or… If humans could get near Units 1 through 3 to even make an assessment much less a solution.

    Most likely their current orders are:

    1. Keep the number of explosions and fires to a minimum and react to 'other' emergency events as they happen.
    This is about all they can really do.

    2. Avoiding 'the appearance' of complete site abandonment. It's a facade to buy time.
    This could be their main purpose at this point.
    (Just my opinion.)

  • Sickputer

    +311 CA. I couldn't have summed it up any better.

    Tepkill's Oxymoron of the Day:

    Blobzilla, her twin sisters and their former swimming pools:

    The situation is "stable" yet "precarious".

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Well said, accept, i still don't get the Blobzilla thing. Especially with Blobzilla being a girl with sisters, though, i guess the radioisotopes are considered producing daughters for some reason instead of brothers. But, doesn't the reactor look a bit more on the phallic side? I mean, did it actually have to be modeled after an erect member in order to get nuclear fission? Can someone please explain?

  • razzz razzz

    Stable in nuclear terms means that the next release of radiation hasn't occurred…yet.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Radioactivity in the body is stable but makes life precarious.

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  • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    Whatch out for the Powers of the SUN , ICARUS , or its gonne get PRECARIOUS for you !

  • demo demo

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