PM Noda at Fukushima Plant: “Such an appalling, severe environment”

Published: October 7th, 2012 at 6:21 am ET


Title: Noda gets close look at Fukushima plant
Source: The Japan Times Online
Date: Oct. 7, 2012

Wearing a full-face mask and white protective suit, Yoshihiko Noda visited the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Sunday, becoming the first politician to inspect the central control room and the first prime minister to enter one of the four wrecked reactor buildings. […]

“My body still shakes when I remember the (hydrogen) explosion at reactor 3. The ground rocked with a massive ‘Bang!’ ” another of the Fukushima 50 said. […] “My colleagues and I did our best,” he said. […]

the remaining decay heat from the nuclear fuel in the damaged reactor cores is estimated to have fallen to 1 megawatt from 2.35 megawatts over the past year as radiation is emitted, according to calculations by Tepco. […]

Title: Noda visits Fukushima nuclear plant
Source: Jiji-Daily Yomiuri
Date: Oct 8, 2012

[…] Noda told them: “I’d like to express my appreciation for your endeavors, as I believe you must have faced difficulties beyond words.

“Please accept my words of gratitude as a member of this nation for your having worked so hard in such an appalling, severe environment.” […]

Published: October 7th, 2012 at 6:21 am ET


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8 comments to PM Noda at Fukushima Plant: “Such an appalling, severe environment”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Problem is, nuclear plants are man-developed. The resulting danger and destruction is man-made, and there's no guarantee of safety from the plants. It's scientifically impossible.

  • guezilla

    For me the only interesting or new part about this non-event was that only 8 of the original "Fukushima 50" could make it to meet the prime minister. I would understand some of them would want to have no part in such publicity stunt, while others would be worried about the social stigma of radiation workers in Japan – though it would seem the hero status of the "Fukushima 50" somewhat makes up for it. But the low number of them who "could make it" still raises worries about the health of the rest of them. Thenagain I guess it's been admitted they got very high radiation doses.

  • "First, I'd like to apologize to the people" of Japan for failing to prevent the nuclear accident", Yoshizawa said.
    (not accepted)

    "There won't be any more serious trouble unless something extraordinary happens," Yamana said.
    (I don't believe you)

    quotes from article – Noda gets close look at Fukushima plant

  • jec jec

    Heat comes down due to radioactive emissions –note no mention the emissions are radioactive — so how much radiation had to be released to drop to 1 Megawatt vs 2.35 megawatt of reactor 1. Just saying…those emissions are DANGEROUS and polluting the entire world.

    • guezilla

      I'd blame it on a bad translation as such, there's nothing mysterious or non-understood about the waste heat of spent nuclear fuel coming down. I believe those heating power figures they gave were earlier quoted for the spent fuel pool, but in this article they're quoted as actual reactor. In either case, both the spent fuel pool and corium are "supposed" to be covered in at least ten meters of water, which will block any radiation from the primary source. All the radioactive isotopes in the coolant water are different matter, but their waste heat is negligible.
      At least the residual heat/radioactivity of the spent fuel is least of their worries there, with actual radioactive materials spewed everywhere. (Okay it will be an issue when their makeshift cooling eventually breaks down as the radiation is too high to maintain it, or when they run out of storage tanks for the contaminated cooling water, but until then it isn't).

  • dosdos dosdos

    "…I remember the (hydrogen) explosion at reactor 3. The ground rocked with a massive ‘Bang!’ "

    This doesn't make sense, a deflagration making a massive bang? They will not give up on the hydrogen thing. I am starting to get pissed at how they constantly underestimate our intelligence.

  • guezilla
    "When I asked if I could at least hand my business card to them (Fukusima 50) to see if they wanted to tell their side of the story, an irate Tepco spokesman answered bluntly: “Impossible.”"
    So so much for freedom of press, though I'm sure I'm not only one not thoroughly surprised by that behavior. Realize though that in their few interviews they're saying exactly what the now-nationalized company wants them to say.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. " – Tex Guinan