Officials make 1st inspection of Fukushima Daini: Still using temporary cooling — Cores didn’t “seriously” overheat — Most important task is keeping reactors in ‘cold shutdown’

Published: February 9th, 2012 at 8:28 am ET


Title: Prefectural team makes 1st inspection of Fukushima No. 2 nuke plant
Source: The Mainichi Daily News
Date: February 9, 2012
Emphasis Added

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


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25 comments to Officials make 1st inspection of Fukushima Daini: Still using temporary cooling — Cores didn’t “seriously” overheat — Most important task is keeping reactors in ‘cold shutdown’

  • SirHenriRisti

    Umm, isnt most important task to lie, hmm?

  • Spectrometising

    Yes, i guess it has belched and farted it’s way to a homeostasis/temporary equilibrium of sorts……i wonder how much was emanated this time.

  • Spectrometising

    i guess it is time now…”To look specially with the most powerful electric arc lamps.”

  • ion jean ion jean

    It’s impossible to say how ANY nuclear reactor on the planet will be dealt with in the future because THEY HAVEN’T FIGURED THAT OUT YET.

    Let’s see, we’ll just light a fire in the middle of our livingroom and figure out how to put it out later. Ok, great, let’s go!

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “preparing safety measures to deal with any unexpected problems”

    That is exactly the kind of hubris that led to meltthroughs at Daiichi.

    You can at best only prepare safety measures to deal with expected problems, not “unexpected” problems. Even then, your safety measures may turn out to be flawed.

    Donald Rumsfeld was widely mocked for his comments about “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”, but he was exactly right. The concepts are hugely important, even if the terms sound odd.

    Whatever causes the next nuclear disaster will probably not be one of the problems they prepare for – it will probably be something they did not anticipate (again). They will tell us about “lessons learned” and they will build new reactors, and a disaster will happen, and the cycle will repeat until… what….


    • Spectrometising

      “Isn’t it all one to the poor flies how that are killed? By a kick of the hooves of horned devils, or by a stroke of the beautiful wings of divine angels?”


      @aigeezer: all excellent points; especially the one about safety protocols.

      You may be a ‘geezer’ but your mind’s as sharp as a tac…

    • Spectrometising

      About Donald …..Without diminishing the wisdom of his formulation, it could also be said….

      “Look! Look! He already begins to distinguish mama from papa!”

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        I get it Spectro, but on the other hand the AI part of me says mama/papa differentiation is a hugely difficult cognitive task (very hard to program). It just seems easy to us because we can all do it – we just don’t know how we do it.

        I’m not a fan of Rummy, but I’m a big fan of his “known unknowns” meme – it should have kept him out of foreign entanglements though.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “Cores didn’t “seriously” overheat”.

    Since the spin-people usually hide behind adjectives instead of numbers that we could assess objectively, I thought I’d offer them a little conversion table for core temperatures. All values are degrees Celsius.

    -infinity to today’s Fukushima Daiichi readings = “cold shutdown”, but for all other situations:

    -infinity to +375 = “normal operating conditions”
    +376 to +500 = “mildly comical overheating”
    +501 to +2000 = “hilariously funny overheating”
    +2001 to +infinity = “serious overheating”

  • or-well

    Prefectural Officials don’t “inspect” nuclear facilities, they walk around, look, and listen to what they’re told they see.
    Free tour, maybe a nice lunch and a souvenir, and a convenient talking point handout.

    The good news is Fuku Prefecture wants all NPPs in the Prefecture shutdown.

    The bad news is the Plants’ Director says that’s premature.

    Despite what happened.

    Yes, please, get a proper cooling system re-installed. Then wait for another earthquake or start de-commissioning another four killers.


      @or-well: great story that came-out in the WSJ last year, that recounted how TEPCO bought these ‘officials’ when they were seeking approval for the placement of these plants. One old-timer told of how they came with money, booze and prostitutes. He said the others are all dead and gone now; that there’s much regret within him for what went down.

      It’s sad how foolish we can be, in our lust for power…

      • or-well

        AFTERSHOCK, yeah, the placement process was well greased with money and “favors”, not just by Tepco, by J-gov too, and the banks of course…office buildings, community facilities, “development opportunities”…
        Japans’ Boom/Bubble – Booble? – had a dark and downside…for the nation…what we call “pork-barreling”, financially nonsensical projects…what a sad and tragic performance of modern economic theory spiced with neo-feudal themes and nuclear power too with a whole nation on the stage.
        The lights dim, the extras won’t get paid, and the Leads continue to spout their lines.
        Time to “give them the hook”…

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      It’s interesting that they waited almost a year for their photo-op, what with a free lunch and all. No doubt they had more important things on their minds than nuclear catastrophes.

      • or-well

        Yup, a year, thought so too. Was permission finally granted, or presence “requested”…
        so much unasked and untold…
        Were prior “inspection” requests denied?
        Was it “insufficiently safe” before?
        Or too messy looking?
        There always seems to be a set of data points, but little information…did I phrase that correctly?
        “Here’s a monkey, a kumquat and 42. Smile!”

  • jec jec

    drip, drip, drip…TEPCO is preping the “unwashed public” for the next news release when they escalate the situation just a “little”…as in only three meltdowns, and all the radioactive and “temporary” cooling water is going safely into the ocean…

    Anyone hear any radiation numbers from the Russian flyovers yet? Or the Chinese ones? Silence is not golden in this instance. Its kind of “I will show you mine if you show me yours”..YOU first..

    Seems like a great collaboration. No one wants to have radiation fallout, and we all want to know the true situation. But no news is provided on the “ground truth”, because of government policies-keeping people from “panic”. Frankly,no government official is a GOD who “knows what is best for the public..” That is how thousands of people are exterminated due to ethnic “cleansing” or famine. People are told exactly what the “storyline” is not the true situation.

    NO ONE KNOWS! ..Now THATS a truthful comment!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Here is Enenews talking about this issue last month..
    I see YOU..Whoopie…!

  • Sickputer

    We know how much devastating lateral movement Daiichi incurred from the earthquake, destroying so many critical components (vessels, cooling systems) etc. The tsunami was a gnat compared to the damage to the Rube Goldberg NPP systems that took 6-10 years to build in initial construction.

    I infer Daini suffered the same earthquake damage being so close to the sister plant.

    So maybe they restored electrical power quicker than Daiichi. It doesn’t matter because it takes years to build a functioning cooling system. So the “temporary cooling system” in place at Daini may be what we see at Daiichi…a hodgepodge of plastic pipes, and water cannons for feed and bleed.

    They may have stopped the meltdowns (maybe) but are the units leaking cooling water into the ocean like Daiichi? The world wonders…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hi… Sickputer..7 or so miles down the coastline…Daini had to have been affected.
    Worker death..(no breathe no pulse)..March 12 2011.