Press Release: ‘Dust’ is inside spent rods at Unit 4 — Footage shows corroded and discolored tops of fuel assemblies — NHK airs film of container dropping from crane during test (VIDEO)

Published: November 27th, 2013 at 10:33 am ET


NHK Nuclear Watch, Nov. 27, 2013 (at 2:15 in): Toxic Fuel Removal Underway […] Potential risks — Tepco said that if an earthquake or some other event were to cause a container to fall, it would be ready to act appropriately. The crane is 30 meters above ground level. A fall from that height could [disturb or destroy?] the lid or even damage the fuel inside the container. That could cause radioactive water or other substances to leak.

Watch impact of container being dropped during test here

Tepco: Immediate release, Nov. 26, 2013: Dust inside the fuel assemblies was stirred up while fuel was loaded at the cask pit. This did not hinder the work but was found to have resulted in reduced underwater visibility. Running water from a hose was used to remove dust on the cask lid flange. The dust was stirred up during this work […] The visibility inside the cask pit was improved after we suctioned water from inside the cask pit […] the same operation will be performed in case of low visibility. Dust on the flange will be suctioned with a pump and returned into the pool through a filter so that the dust can be prevented from being stirred up.

Watch underwater footage of fuel removal work here

Published: November 27th, 2013 at 10:33 am ET


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37 comments to Press Release: ‘Dust’ is inside spent rods at Unit 4 — Footage shows corroded and discolored tops of fuel assemblies — NHK airs film of container dropping from crane during test (VIDEO)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I know it's a recorded video but I can't feel dread watching it.

    • Gradius

      All that "dust" is just Plutonium, so relax… we all dead.

      TEPCO: "Everything is running fin…" BOOOOMMM!!!

    • retali8 retali8

      the shills are out, part of the "feel good plan" to remove the remaining fuel, and to make the public feel a little better,,, pffffft,,,, expose the full story and all the lies us enenews'ers have known all along, instead of looking like heroes for what yur doing now…. it s been 2 years too late for god knows what reasons, oh yeah its too radioactive to get anywhere near that bodgy site, lest we forget, heaven help us all, we are tied to the same fate.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Repost. from the webcam page..

    November 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    Smoke. just a few moments ago on TBS:

    now hearing strange beeps on TBS

    Yaah..just toss them into the CSFP..
    No accounting for the emissions from the transfer..
    Every day from now till Kingdom come..I suppose.

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      That? Oh, that's just…um…dust! Yes! It's DUST! From the uh…cask lid!

    • Good pic… definitely white smoke; best one is #2. Which building is that smoke coming out of?

      Too bad we have missing regulators and inspectors, as well as safety officials, and government officials..

      Nobody around.. yea, just burn the rods, it's ok. No one will notice.

      Toss what's left in the ocean…

      We will report all is normal, safe and everyone can move back home.


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..They are moving hot fuel in the open air..
    Hurrah..for the morons!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.Do they feel better ..? Heart cheering their every screw-up…

  • weeman

    Sure does look like the tops of fuel assemblies have been exposed to heat, as for silt, what do you expect some of those assemblies have been in pool for thirty years and fine particles would settle on bottom of pool, you don't think they were using distilled water to fill pool did you.

  • Nick


    Did you say oops? I know what I mean when I say oops, what do you mean when you say oops?


    (TX to bill cosby)

    So sorry.

    S has Hit the Fan

  • jec jec

    OLD OLD 1990 containers and testing video. Just great..23 yr old containers..did anyone catch the video time stamp??? Thats why the pixel and coverup for the containers..wouldnt want an old company name to show up…Right???

  • ftlt

    Having problems on the The Secrecy Law in Japan Thread..

    Getting a "error not found" or something like that

  • Speedy

    Watch that video close…the fuel modual looks like it's rubbing on the right when it starts to move and when it exits it swings to the left..pretty obvious things are not on the same plane…do you think they compensated for that when designing the picking mechanism? Now, I'm not an engineer but watching that once, I would have figured out how to move the crane enough during the lift operation so the removal would be less stressfull on everything.. It seems to me sand wouldn't work very well as lubricant in a binding situation…Wouldnt it make sense to get the sand off the fuel and clean the water first? ..The top of those fuel moduals were definitely exposed to very high heat, the corrosion gives it away, the bottom is still normal..
    Ya got to be smarter than the tool…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I'm chasing their colorization nonsense..

    Unit 4 spent fuel pool inspection 2012

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    "Dust." Oh yeah. It sure gets dusty in an underwater pool. Those assemblies were just lying around on some dusty old shelf somewhere….

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    9:02 *bonk*

  • We Not They Finally

    "Dust"? It's that like I use the dustpan at home and left a few specks on the floor? Or is it "breathe it in and you die"? Do these people talk straight about ANYTHING??

  • Shaker1

    I agree, Speedy, and I'm quite amazed that they didn't make real-time mapping and positioning part of this systetm. It's common in industry, maybe a one-off application, but not something that isn't put together and accomplished with commonly produced items. Just being cheap?

    As for the dust, I don't think that's something to worry about myself. I expected as much with the debris that fell into the pool and the fact there are so many pockets where the noraml water flow/removal attempts just wouldn't be able to flush/give access. If it's floating, or even suspended for moments to sink afterward, I wouldn't be too worried. It's the pebble-sized stuff that they've shown photos of that would bother me.

    As for the corrosion, they had salt water in that pool, among other things chemically that can make, for example, those handles which appeared to me to be plain steel (but I believe I've only seen under-water pictures) look and be rusted. In normal operation, they closely monitor the water composition as ionic conditions can set up corrosive cells in materials that normally wouldn't be expected. Again, zirconium exposed to heat in an environment in which oxygen is available will turn colors at temperatures beginning much lower than what would be detrimental to it. It forms an oxide film that actually can be protective, as it's harder than the material itself. That would generally be a deep black color, but the film progressed through a gold color, to blue,…

  • Shaker1

    deep purple, to black. Now, understand, I'm just talking about the surface. The whole thickness of the tube could be oxidized, and just appear black. That would not be good. It would be very brittle and able to be shattered. I used to do that purposely do show the uninitiated why they had to avoid severe oxygen contamination. The only good thing that might say is that it won't support a fire in that condition, as it's already ZrO2.

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    A euphemism
    For Fukushima might be:
    "The Dust of Ages!"

  • harengus_acidophilus

    "Potential risks"

    "(…)but was found to have resulted
    in reduced underwater visibility.(…)"

    Oh, really? Dust reduces visibility?
    Wanna get nobel prize for this
    extraordinary difficult research?


    • maybesomeday

      Dust: dry, powdery material fine enough to be suspended in air. Silt: particles smaller than sand and larger than clay which accumulate as sediment by settling through the water. The cloudy water is best described as suspended sediment.

  • tooktheredpill tooktheredpill

    I've been wracking my brain for the past two weeks now as to why all the images of removal have blurred out areas in all the video's of the cask especially where it is being held and lifted by the crane….

    (Just one vid but if you look in all the vids and pics they're all the same)

    It's all the 'lugs' and the crane attachments to do with cask. Now am I really going insane here (opinions please) but the only possible explanation I can come up with is that TEPCO have had the audacity to 'PATENT' they're new cask design and how it is lifted… an unbelieveable attempt to try and profit from this new 'design' they have built in the event of any other SPF needing rod removal anywhere in the world???

    I'd love somebody to tell me different but at the moment I can only think that is the answer….they're saying 'look how we solved this…and if you want to solve your own fuel removal after meltdown you can pay us for our design???'

    Maybe i'm just getting to cynical.

    Is there any way to find out TEPCO's recent patent submissions????

    • babbo dorian babbo dorian

      Respectfully, what I think is, all thi is a stage…. maybe to justify olympics safety,…. por because they are going to do someting really big and bad.
      Hope the first but…. let's wait a little bit…
      Good luck bro,

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      I think they are either blurring out anything with gauges or possibly, id plates that might have identifying numbers or dates on them. I noticed the control panels on the green blocks were likewise pixelated.

  • Nick

    Labels are in Fukusallese.

    Any identifying numbers would spill the beans about secret weapons production and research.

    But since that would embarass the Japanese Govmint. No info forthcoming.

    Until dust do us part….

  • Spent Fuel Pool #4 Allegedly Being 'Unloaded' By TEPCO Nov. 2013, The Coverup Continues; via @AGreenRoad

    • We Not They Finally

      Dr. G., everyone should check out your link to the Hatrick Penry video about the shams around reactor no 4 SFP. It is VERY analogous, incidentally, to the allegedly "capped" well in the BP disaster. There were TWO wells, Macondo 252-A and 252-B, separate wells at slightly different longitudes and latitudes as per the lease. 252-A had AKREADY been capped the year before.

      During Hurricane Bonnie that summer, the videocams were switched, to now show 252-A; while 252-B, the well in question, was still gushing! Ongoing! They are still being drowned in oil while the public was long since told "problem solved."

      It is ASTOUNDING that there was no follow-up, since ANYONE could check the discrepancies in the long and lat on the substituted videocam.

      Matt Simmons got murdered for telling the truth that they had drilled right into the seabed and the oil would keep gushing for decades, yet people barely remember his name. People, at least WATCH Hatrick Penry!

  • We keep going to the edge. One of these days, it will be all the way and not stop at the edge.. if we don't get of these global suicide machines and weapons.

    USS Liberty Incident; 3 Minutes Away From All Out Nuclear WWIII; via @AGreenRoad

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I need some assistance.

    I heard this morning that there was a report just after the 3/11 incident that the SFP#4 was damaged and incapable of holding water. Did anyone else hear this as well? Could we be seeing a "faked" fuel removal process?

  • Speedy

    bwoodfield—I believe you will find what you are looking for on .. to absorb there…

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      I did a quick scan of it, there is A LOT there. Only question is how much is conspiracy speculation vs actual reported? Was there any official release that the SFP had actually gone dry or lost a significant amount of water?

  • pkjn

    Tokyo Electric Puts Off Tainted Groundwater Removal at Fukushima Plant
    Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)–

    Tokyo Electric said Thursday that a shortage of water storage tanks has forced it to postpone removal of contaminated groundwater at its crippled Fukushima Plant.

    The postponement would allow radioactive groundwater to continue to flow beyond soil hardened with chemicals between the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and into the sea.

    Early this month, about 6,000 becquerels per liter of strontium 90 and other beta ray-emitting radioactive substances were detected in groundwater in an observation well between the two reactors, far exceeding the standard for water to be released into the sea.


    Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese architecture and engineering firm, has a plan to effectively turn the moon into a giant solar power plant, reports Inhabitat.

    It proposes building a massive collection of solar panels (a "Luna Ring") 6,800 miles long by 12 miles wide on the moon's surface. That's certainly a heavy-duty construction job for human beings, so Shimizu plans to get the work done with robots, only involving humans in supervisory roles.

    Once complete, this hypothetical plant could continuously send energy to "receiving stations" around the globe by way of lasers and microwave transmission.


    Now, what could go wrong…