Officials have “admitted failure” at Fukushima plant — Giving up on attempts “to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into ocean” — Regulator asks “What was all the trouble over the past months for?” — Gov’t experts worried cement barrier is going to crack (VIDEO)

Published: November 23rd, 2014 at 1:35 pm ET


Japan Times, Nov 22, 2014 (emphasis added): Tepco fails to halt toxic water inflow at Fukushima… [TEPCO] admitted failure Friday in its bid to halt the flow of toxic water into underground tunnels alongside the ocean… Some 11,000 tons of highly radioactive water have accumulated in the tunnels… connected to the reactor 2 and 3 turbine buildings… according to Tepco. There are fears that this toxic buildup… could pour into the Pacific, which is already being polluted by other radioactive leaks… Friday, Tepco proposed a new technique for the tunnels: injection of a cement filler… some [highly radioactive water] would be left behind, endangering plant workers, Tepco acknowledged… [Gov’t experts] argued that Tepco should stick to the original plan and draw out all of the water. Others said giving up on it may hamper the construction of the ice wall.

Mainichi Daily News, Nov. 22, 2014: TEPCO fails to stop toxic water inflow into tunnels – [TEPCO] said Friday its attempt to stop the flow of highly toxic water into underground tunnels by the sea had failed… There are fears that the toxic water… could leak into the ocean… Removing the water is a necessary step in TEPCO’s unprecedented attempt to create a huge underground ice wall… Initially, TEPCO sought to freeze water in a section of a tunnel… The utility also took some additional measures, but they also failed.

Asahi Shimbun, Nov 22, 2014: After failures, TEPCO to use special cement… [TEPCO] plans to fill in trenches on the coastline in yet another attempt to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into the sea… The new method will allow radioactive materials to remain in the surrounding soil, but TEPCO decided to employ the technique because it puts high priority on preventing massive amounts of highly contaminated water from leaking into the ocean. This spring, TEPCO tried to stop the water influx at the trench for the No. 2 reactor by freezing the junction of the turbine building and the trench… The company then attempted to stop the water inflow with a cement mixture, but was unable to do so…

NHK, Nov 21, 2014: TEPCO gives up on freezing tainted water – [TEPCO] is drastically changing its plan to remove highly radioactive water from underground tunnels… inundated with water from the plant’s heavily contaminated reactor buildings… TEPCO officials found that water levels in the tunnels were still changing in sync with volumes in the reactor buildings. The officials admitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Friday that the tunnels hadn’t been plugged. They said they’re giving up on the plan… [NRA] commissioners asked whether the new method can really halt the inflow. They also spoke of the risk of cracks forming in cement… [O]ne commissioner asked what all the trouble over the past months was for.

NHK transcript: Regulators said they’re worried [the cement] might not stop the water and that it could crack. >> Watch the broadcast here

Published: November 23rd, 2014 at 1:35 pm ET


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  • rogerthat

    24 November 2014

    French Polynesia: Billion dollar nuclear claim

    An overseas territory governed by France is to ask Paris for nearly $1bn in compensation for damage caused by nuclear weapons tests, it's been reported.

    The assembly of French Polynesia, based in Papete, has prepared a demand for $930m (£594m) over the 193 tests carried out by France in the South Pacific between 1966 and 1996, Radio New Zealand International reports. The ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira party, which opposes independence from France, is also demanding an additional $132m for the continued occupation of a pair of atolls used for nuclear testing but which still not been returned.

    French Polynesia is a territory comprising more than 100 islands and atolls with its own government, but is still part of the French Republic. At the end of French nuclear testing in 1996, former Polynesian president Gaston Flosse negotiated a $150m annual payment to support the country's economy.

    The billion-dollar claim is not universally popular in Papete. Current president Edouard Fritch said he was unaware of the assembly's demand and was "disappointed" at plans to ask Paris for the money, Radio New Zealand reported.

  • rogerthat

    NYC decries plan for Ginna plant
    Jon Campbell November 23, 2014

    ALBANY – What does New York City — the state and nation's most populous city — care about an aging upstate power plant in a county just a fraction of its size some 300 miles away on the shore of Lake Ontario?

    The answer lies in a little-noticed, highly technical document filed in August with the state Public Service Commission.

    Within its 13 pages, a branch of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office weighed in against a request from the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County to force an electric utility — Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. — to negotiate a payment plan to keep the plant running and the Rochester-area power grid reliable. The filing also points to the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing, Tompkins County, and another in Chautauqua County, citing similar circumstances.

    Essentially, the city asks: If Ginna gets approval for a survival package that will likely be paid for by RG&E ratepayers, what's keeping other power plants from holding other utilities and their customers hostage?

    "If the commission allows such conduct in this case, it should expect other generators to follow suit," according to the filing, which was written…

    • rogerthat

      by Michael Delaney, director of energy regulatory affairs for the New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and Kevin Lang, an Albany-based lawyer retained by the city.

      The debate centers on what's known in regulatory parlance as a Reliability Support Services Agreement, or an RSSA.

      It works like this: If a power plant is losing money and planning to shut down, it files a notice with the Public Service Commission alerting the board of its intentions. From there, it's determined whether or not taking the power plant off of the grid would result in any blackouts or service issues for customers in a particular region.

      If shutting down the plant would cause problems for the grid, the plant's owners can request a temporary RSSA — monthly payments from an electric utility, usually paid for via a surcharge on customer bills, which are meant to keep the plant running and able to generate power while a long-term solution is figured out.

      Since 2012, two such arrangements have been approved: One for the Cayuga plant, which provides much of the power for the Ithaca area; and another for an NRG Energy Inc.-owned plant in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, which has since received approval to switch from coal to natural gas.

      The payments are significant: Under the Cayuga plant's latest deal, New York State Electric & Gas will pay the facility's owners between $2 million and $2.8 million a month through June 2017, along with up to $42 million …

      • rogerthat

        in one-time capital costs. NYSEG is owned by the same parent company as RG&E.

        Cayuga, which first opened in 1955, gets to keep the first $5 million in net revenue each year, while anything over that is split 50/50 with NYSEG. The electric utility then places a surcharge on its customers' bills to recover the costs, ranging from about $1 a month for a small residence to more than $1,600 a month for a large industrial customer.

        Ginna's owner, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., is seeking a similar arrangement. …

  • razzz razzz

    If TEPCO is to be believed, all the spent fuel has been unloaded out of Unit 4's spent fuel pool leaving 158 unused/fresh fuel assemblies to be still unload into Unit 6's fuel pool (that is where they are going to store them).

    Unit 1 and 2 spent fuel removal from the pools has been delayed for 2 years. Might as well be indefinitely.

  • Replacant Replacant

    Just found out my niece living in the Northern California San Francisco area has Thyroid cancer. After the melt downs in Fukushima, I figured there would be more cases especially thyroid cancer just a little freaked that its so close to home. Sad that no warnings were sent out and no precautionary iodine pills were dispersed in the public and you were made to feel like a paranoid for getting some from the health food store and recommending others take them. So 3 almost 4 years later the cancers are coming out, the ocean is dying, the silence is deafening.

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      I'm so sorry. That's sad, I guess we need to emotionally prepare ourselves for more of the same. It's time to sue them out of existence, imho.

    • Bill Duff

      Thank Barack Hussein Obama, Jerry Brown, Congressmen & Media for cancer & deaths in California. The Nuclear Village CAUSED the Fukushima Disasters and CONTINUE to cover them up. Blue State Democrats and Red State Republicans STIFLED the alarm; as the Vast Radionuclide Storm of 311 rolled across America.

    • Bill Duff

      California maintains an anti-radiation medication supply, independent of federal control. The Left Coast citizenry was NOT alerted during the PEAK airbourne fallout. Northern USA States and the Eastern Seaboard were similarly left in COW-LIKE, ignorant bliss. Torrential Rains came down, and washed these deadly radioactive pathogens to earth.

      Shelter in Place orders never came. Disaster sirens were silent. Medicines were withheld. Simple, cheap decontamination measures were never implemented.

      Cancer will be universal in Japan, North Pacific Islands. North America will experience a Cancer Epidemic of unprecedented proportion.

      • melting mermaid melting mermaid

        How could they? How can so many people be complicit? I guess no one wants to be the person to say, hey, we screwed the pooch, your going to die, I'm going to die, we're all going to die. For a pittance, and if you look at the big picture it is a pittance, we contaminated the entire planet and insured domestic tranquility by killing everything and making sure it stays dead for a million years or so. And instead of a thank you card, you called us nuketarded. We had really thought you would notice we were psychotic and stop us, but now its too late…yeah, there not going to say that ever, are they?

        • Bill Duff

          Even AFTER the tsunami, this did NOT have to play out like the movie, "On the Beach". Duck & cover and a few meds, with decontamination; and the Japan Genome could have – would have survived.

          You are correct, psychopaths do not confess, repent, heal or even reflect. Millions will die premature and painful deaths. I do not personally believe that the Earth biosphere will die. A substantial portion of our planetary biota will die. A lot of what/who remains will be likely be sickly and deformed.


      sorry to hear your niece's been so affected, Replacant. I also have family sprinkled throughout the West Coast – from Texas to Washington state – one of which (my niece) is reporting deteriorating health. I've declined to emphasize the 'potential' post-Fuku effects that may be the underlying cause. I don't want to add to her anxiety.

      At this point, any-and-all who've been residing on the West Coast since 311, are, for all intents, irrevocable 'statistics'. Regardless where one was when the first Fuku plume circled the globe, none should think they'll emerge unscathed. The post-Fuku contamination of both east and western Pacific regions will be but the tip of the iceberg…

    • We Not They Finally

      Very sorry about your niece. Apparently in California, doctors were actively STOPPED from giving out potassium iodide pills to their patients.

      The whole culture needs to be doing SOME ongoing cancer preventatives. A baseline is that cancer thrives in acid and in lack of oxygen. Baking soda is the best thing to quickly and reliably make the body more alkaline (1/2 teaspoonful in water twice a day) and liposomal vitamin C for anti-oxidants (3 tablespoons non-GMO lecithin to one tablespoon non-buffered vitamin C powder, in a pint of water.) Put C, lecithin and water in a blender, then put through an ultrasonic cleaner (available at a hardware store for $30) for 6 minutes. It will make the vitamin C 4-5 times more absorbable.

      Just making these suggestions because they are cheap, reliable, easy to do for anyone. We all need such minimal protections. Everyone.

  • rogerthat

    Dry Cask Radwaste Storage Issues – Donna Gilmore

    Nov 24, 2014

    This is founder Donna Gilmore's presentation to the NRC on dry cask nuclear waste storage issues, delivered by invitation as part of an NRC Regulatory Conference held Nov. 19-20, 2014 in Rockville, Maryland.

    Why are the NRC and Southern California Edison favoring inferior, short-lived, thin-walled, unsafe stainless steel canisters to store San Onofre's tons of nuclear waste in a corrosive seaside environment instead of the long-lasting, thick-walled, top-of-the-line technology available?

    Gilmore presents a strong case for regulators and utilities to take the lead in setting the highest possible standards for America's growing inventory of radioactive waste that will remain deadly for hundreds of thousands of years longer than human civilization has yet existed.

    With no safe long-term storage sites having been found despite over half a century of attempts to find them, Gilmore urges officials not to 'play bureaucratic roulette' with the future of California and the rest of the nation.

    – MsMilkytheclown1

    • rogerthat

      NRC revision to NUREG-1927 scheduled for 2015

      NRC plans to require first inspection after 25 years, allowing vendor five years to develop
      inspection technology.

      Only requires inspection of one canister per plant.

      That same canister to be inspected every 5 years.

      NRC TO ALLOW UP TO 75% through-wall crack even though there is no seismic rating
      for cracked canisters…

      – 19 min 30sec. This is required viewing and should be preserved, imho

    • nedlifromvermont

      Donna is a class act; relatively new to anti-nuke; a Cal-Trans IT accounting executive who was casually reading her local San Clemente paper (two miles north of SONGS) when she read that a couple of whistle blowers were being retaliated against!

      She has done some great work exposing the great North American dry waste canister storage fraud;

      The German Company which makes the better canister, the twenty inch thick, ductile cast iron, with bolt-on lids with seals which can be inspected and replaced, unlike the Holtec thin-walled variety which cannot be repaired or replaced, Castor, has not bothered to have their superior product vetted and approved by the NRC because they have always considered the American nuclear village to be so corrupt as to not warrant honest competitive pricing into;

      Hers is explosive but wholly believable info!

      We stayed up late debriefing each other at the Sierra Club Summit Meeting for a Nuclear-Free Future, held recently at the national 4-H Center on Connecticut Ave in Chevy Chase, MD.

      This was a great meeting, second annual, spearheaded by several Sierra Club members unhappy that Sierra Club central command is not interested in telling Big Nuke where to get off the bus;

      She is very open and approachable and has a great web-site at;

      This is great info we should all be throwing at every State local and federal agency: TRUTH


      The Holtec canisters are sub-standard crap, they crac

  • rogerthat

    Work starts to fill tainted underground tunnels
    Nov. 25, 2014

    Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have started pouring cement into underground tunnels filled with highly radioactive water.

    The effort is aimed at replacing the water with cement. The water is believed to be leaking into the nearby sea after mixing with groundwater.

    Workers on Tuesday poured into the tunnels 80 cubic meters of cement that can solidify in water…

    The operator says it plans to check the effectiveness of the measure in about a month … if there are no problems, it will resume the work to finish it by March…

    Workers using the method are likely exposed to more radiation than under the original plan.

    • Do they really have engineers? or just pretend wanna be's?

      First stop the high level radioactive water leaks coming out of the reactors, that go into the basements and then the tunnels.


      This will fail, just like everything else they tried.

      If anything, it will make it worse.

      • Bill Duff

        Yes Japan does have engineers assigned to the FDNPS disaster.

        However, the Nuclear Village is HOSTILE to engineering ethics. The Nuclear Engineering Association has belatedly adopted, (in name only) a pro-forma ethics statement. This is most certainly an exercise in futility; much as if 3rd Reich concentration camp guards adopted a similar statement.

        Cement will ABSOLUTELY displace the tunnel water. DEEP Cement Vertical Grouting surrounding each of FD Units-1-2-3, will somewhat isolate and partially contain the respective CORIUM SLUGS. Multiple concentric rings of increasing depth, will further isolate & contain. Difficult and dangerous, but effective and essential.

        • Where does all of the high level liquid radioactive water waste go after everything is cemented up?

        • Sol Man

          Is there any proof that the cement chemistry will work, (as in, will it set?) when it is made with radioactive water and under intense radiation?

          What if it doesn't set?!

          • Bill Duff

            Some may NOT like this answer. The GLOBAL experts in underground cement bonding is Halliburton.

            Incidentally, Halliburton pump trucks COULD have prevented the FDNPS meltdowns in Unit-3 and Unit-2. The Unit-1 reactor had broken pipes, from the earthquake. So that baby was doomed from the Get-Go.

            Nobody from Team Obama COULD or WOULD call Halliburton, to save their lives, Japan, OR the North Pacific Fishery. So they did not call Halliburton. As the Watermelons have chanted for years, Halliburton is evil. Why would Team Obama or Japan, Inc. ever even think to call Halliburton?

            No, I do not own any Haliburton Stock and have not worked WITH them on any project in decades.

  • rogerthat

    All Things Nuclear
    Insights on Science and Security

    Simplified Drawings: Electrical Distribution Drawings

    Dave Lochbaum, director, Nuclear Safety Project
    November 25, 2014

    Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #43

    The primary objective of nuclear power plants is to generate electricity for use (i.e., purchase) by industrial and residential customers. Nuclear power plants consume large amounts of electricity themselves in pursuing this objective. Read More…

    The 2014 USCC Report: Still Sloppy After All These Years

    Gregory Kulacki, China project manager and senior analyst
    November 24, 2014

    Last week The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released yet another in a long line of annual reports with sensational claims about China’s military capabilities. Unfortunately, the USCC also continued to improperly source the information on which some of its claims are based. Read More..

    NRC: Obstructing Justice?

    Dave Lochbaum, director, Nuclear Safety Project
    November 18, 2014

    Fission Stories #176

    On June 23, 2014, NRC issued two yellow findings, the second most serious among the agency’s four color-coded sanctions, to the owner of the Arkansas Nuclear One plant for violations identified during a March 31, 2014, fatal accident. Read More…

  • rogerthat

    Sunday 9th November
    Just found out my BiL, who lived within sight of the plant, has just been told he's got 6-12 months to live…

    He moved to Vietnam pretty much as soon as he could after the tsunami, and had a pretty bad stroke a year later.

    Has been back in the UK for 2 years, where the they've been very confused by his bloodwork etc., once my SiL let them know where he had been it apparently all fell into place.

    Likely to experience more strokes and has big problems with his bone marrow.

    I'm a proponent of nuclear power (well aware of the relative numbers of deaths etc. compared to other power sources) but it's brought something that had been very abstract very close to home…

    • We Not They Finally

      You're saying that YOU are a proponent of nuclear power? YOU? Not the people you are quoting?

      Please do an autopsy of your brain, if so. I cannot even believe you are saying this.

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      quote rogerthat

      "I'm a Proponent of nuclear power (well aware of the relative numbers of deaths etc. compared to other power sources)"


      That is unexpected surprise..and hard to believe looking back at all your work..are you sure its not a typo rogerthat ?
      Or is your account hacked ?

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        Thanks or-well , cleared it up right away… 🙂

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          The most important part of any education, is the ability to click on the links/information provided, and then read them. 🙂

          Vox has failed to give me his report in written and or verbal presentation form..

          Why he was dismissed! 🙂

          • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

            Quote Obe

            "The most important part of any education, is the ability to click on the links/information provided, and then read them. :)"


            Yeah..and the use of quotation marks.. 🙂

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Yes, of course, quotation marks or so, so important, especially when 550,000 Americans died directly from cancer last year.

              Projected US minimum from cancer death would be 20,000,000 over the next 40 years. 🙁

              Maybe the Nuclear guys and gals did not use quotation marks in their manuals and Walah the entire world now fries from an ever growing manmade Nuclear fire! 🙂

              Yes, if only everything was a simple as using quotation marks! 🙂

            • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

              I was pointing in good fun at how the misunderstanding probably occured , we all have different posting styles not meaning anything with it because it's no biggie…it was just harmless accident..and indeed unimportant..compared to everything that's going on , and compared too all the good work that rogerthat does..i know that too..i'm just surprised that's unclear..tbh..

  • rogerthat

    Fukushima festival 2014 in Ha Noi
    November 25, 2014 by vietnamtourism

    On November 23rd, in Ha Noi, Vietnamese Women’s Museum coordinated with Viet Nam – Fukushima Friendship Association to organize the Fukushima festival 2014 helping to consolidate the bilateral relationship between Viet Nam and Japan.
    The second festival focused on the spirit of Fukushima and contemporary Japanese culture.

    Diverse cultural activities were held during the event, including a traditional tea ceremony, Kimono fashion shows, doll painting, Japanese comedy, flower arranging showcases and an exhibition of Bonsai trees. Visitors also had a chance to participate in the exciting Yosakoi dance, and attend a Sake tasting experience.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    An attempt at dilution of message..

    Physicists Say Fukushima Reactors Pose Eternal Threat to Humanity
    Nov 25 2014

    First they quote Helen Calldicott.. then they quote Thomas Drolet..

    "Thomas Drolet is the principal of Drolet & Associates Energy Services Inc. He has had a 44-year career in many phases of energy—nuclear, coal, natural gas, geothermal and distributed generation, with expertise in commercial aspects, research and development, engineering, operations and consulting. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Royal Military College of Canada, a Master of Science degree in nuclear technology/chemical engineering and a DIC from Imperial College, University of London, England. He spent 26 years with North America's largest nuclear utility, Ontario Hydro, in various nuclear engineering, research and operations functions."

    He says ..all that has to happen pump out the basement of reactor 2 move some spent fuel ..damaged rods and it's golden.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Now look MarineChemist..
    You can't force people work with a certain set of data..(particularly if the data appears slanted and insufficient.

    No amount of peer reviewed studies can substitute the fact ..that there was more material onsite and now x-containment…at Fukushima Npp than Chernobyl…with less evidently no containment at Fukushima.

    Something about very little PU has moved from the cores and spent fuel pools.


    To use slight of hand ..look at this paper ..look at this one this one.
    Resembles the activity of a pick pocket.

  • Nick

    As a self professed fukuphobic, I wish more humanoids would wake the f up and realize we ALL are f'd!

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      They have all been placed in a trance.. 🙁 A heavily medicated spell.

      • We Not They Finally

        It's a little like that. The greatest powers on Earth are probably just what we could call "energy fields" — invisible silent unmeasurable forces that sway our brains to and fro. Some is bad microwave energy, yes, but there is a lot else. Even emotionally, propaganda sways whole populations into a trance energy field and they all believe the same wrong things in tandem.

        Modern technologies have not even suggestions what to do about this. Spiritual mediation can be immensely helpful, but most people don't know how to get it and even recognize what is there.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    NOT A FAILURE . . .

    There was never a chance of containing the meltdowns.

    Not by anyone in the world.

    This was known in the first weeks of the disaster, and posted on this site.

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