Title: Prefectural team makes 1st inspection of Fukushima No. 2 nuke plant
Source: The Mainichi Daily News
Date: February 9, 2012
A team of Fukushima prefectural officials visited the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant on Feb. 8, marking the first prefectural inspection of the plant since the March 11, 2011 disasters [...]
“Right now, the most important tasks are to keep the reactors in cold shutdown and cool the spent fuel rods while preparing safety measures to deal with any unexpected problems,” said the deputy head of the prefecture’s living environment division following the inspection. “I felt that work there to maintain emergency power supplies and prevent flooding of the plant buildings was progressing.”
[...] the plant was very nearly the site of a second nuclear crisis.
[...] the cooling systems in three of Fukushima No. 2′s four reactors failed [...]
[S]taff at the No. 2 station managed to patch into external power before the reactor cores could seriously overheat. [...]
Fukushima No. 2 plant director Naohiro Masuda
Under present circumstances, it’s impossible to say how the reactors here will be dealt with in the future. For now, we have to maintain a steady cold shutdown by transitioning from the temporary cooling equipment we now have in place to proper, permanent equipment.
Read the report here
Published: February 9th, 2012 at 8:28 am ET