NYTimes flashback: Broken pieces of nuclear fuel rods found outside Reactor No. 2, says nuke executive — Covered up by bulldozers

Published: February 25th, 2012 at 12:07 pm ET
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Follow-up to yesterday’s report: PBS: "U.S. surveillance now suggested that there were flakes of deadly radioactive fuel scattered around the reactors" at Fukushima plant -- U.S. made secret plans to evacuate all citizens from Japan (VIDEO)

Title: Japan Is Struck by Powerful Aftershock
Source: New York Times
Authors: HIROKO TABUCHI and ANDREW POLLACK
Date: April 7, 2011

[...] Flashes of extremely intense radioactivity have become a serious problem, [a western nuclear executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect business connections in Japan] said. Tokyo Electric’s difficulties in providing accurate information on radiation are not a result of software problems, as some Japanese officials have suggested, but stem from damage to measurement instruments caused by radiation, the executive said.

Broken pieces of fuel rods have been found outside of Reactor No. 2, and are now being covered with bulldozers, he said. The pieces may be from rods in the spent-fuel pools that were flung out by hydrogen explosions. [...]

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Published: February 25th, 2012 at 12:07 pm ET
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7 comments to NYTimes flashback: Broken pieces of nuclear fuel rods found outside Reactor No. 2, says nuke executive — Covered up by bulldozers

  • TepcoSievert TepcoSievert

    (Read date above as April 7, 2011)


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    Just why are we "flashing back" increasingly? What agencies have taken over the site?


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    • Bones Bones

      I was thinking it is the lack of current news coming out. It used to be one revelation after another, but I noticed since the new year that reports containing new information have steadily decreased. It could just be in my head, but I was thinking the same thing as you and thought that might be the reason.

      The full extent of the radioactive contamination of Japan won't be known for at least 20 years if ever. We will never know just how many workers at the plant became sick and/or died due to the bad publicity it would cause the nuclear industry and the political class. The only way we will ever find the truth is from the public performing radionuclide surveys on the entire mass of Japan and publicly releasing said information. Sadly, even if the information is released the social mind will discredit them because "credible" scientists or a government agency didn't perform the survey. The anti-nukes are very keen on discrediting any information that wasn't ordaned and performed by the information god's of the nuclear industry's scientists.

      Don't worry the Enenews team is still hard at work exposing the truth. I also agree with LTEYellowCake, when he said, "it's a good idea to present the old articles to corroborate." I often forget some of the one-off articles from last year. That's due to the sometimes back and forth of facts from "official" news outlets and the subsequent information overload. There has been a huge disinformation campaign and it is paramount that we constantly refresh our memory of past admissions and information to provide the back story and proof to new articles.


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  • LetThemEatYellowCake LetThemEatYellowCake

    It's a followup reminder that this April New York Times article supports the recent BBC video comment regarding the fuel being scattered around. As some test results, admissions, articles are released, I think it's a good idea to present the old articles to corroborate.


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  • or-well or-well

    Here is an unconfirmed Tepco paper,
    found on the blade of
    a bulldozer scraper:
    "Defining fuel rods:
    A handout for Press,
    On How to Contain
    An Exploded Mess.
    Fuel in reactors is "Athlete" or "Scholar".
    Speaking contrary will cost you dollars
    or in a back alley
    earn you plastic bag collars.
    Fuel in the Pools is "Resting Grandmother",
    or "Learned Grandfather", anything else
    don't even bother,
    or even think it,
    or that Plutonium water, well -
    you'll be made to drink it!
    As for the little bits scattered about,
    it would be sad if you were to shout -
    Godzilla or Fugu or earthquake-induced,
    explosive debris or any danger -
    no, this would be better and more discreet
    Hello Kitty Litter bits stuck on your feet
    are easily cleaned with a quick little sweep.

    I gotta go and get uncrazy,
    that was a rework, sorry for lazy,
    it's criminal rotten what
    away with they've gotten,
    they deserve to be pushing up daisies.


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