“Problem after problem after problem” at Japan’s restarted nuclear plant — Self-sustaining chain reaction to be established Monday morning (VIDEO)

Published: June 29th, 2012 at 6:23 pm ET


Ohi nuclear power plant to restart on Sunday
June 29, 2012

Kansai Electric Power Company, the operator of the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, will restart the No.3 reactor on Sunday night for the first time in 15 months.


It will reach the critical stage on Monday morning. This is where a self-sustaining chain reaction of nuclear fission is established.


An interruption in the power grid monitoring signal, an accidental switch-off of the power source for monitoring instruments and six other minor problems have taken place.

Problem after Problem after Problem at Ooi Nuke Plant, Still Set to Restart on July 1
June 28, 2012

Problem after Problem after Problem at Ooi Nuke Plant, Still Set to Restart on July 1

(UPDATE) “… after Problem” Alarms sounded off in the central control room for the Reactor 3’s pump in the afternoon of June 29, according to Jiji Tsushin (6/29/2012). The pump circulates the primary coolant that goes into the Reactor 3 Pressure Vessel.


In a matter of few days, Ooi Nuclear Power Plant has managed to have three separate minor problems, and two of them triggered alarms. First it was poor maintenance, then it was a human error, then probably another case of poor maintenance.


h/t Anonymous tip

Watch the video here

Published: June 29th, 2012 at 6:23 pm ET


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43 comments to “Problem after problem after problem” at Japan’s restarted nuclear plant — Self-sustaining chain reaction to be established Monday morning (VIDEO)

  • That's good. Means it is running as well as the rest of them.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    They should give up on a technology that doesn't work. Nuclear died, and everybody hates it.

    • Shammalammadingdong

      /stands up…

      Hi my name is Shammalammadingdong and I am an ex US Navy Nuke field EM. CLOSE 'EM ALL DOWN!

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      We should force them to give the technology. It is poisoning North America. And TPTB in the US should shut down all the reactors in the US and stop all uranium mining. They are also nuking everyone in North America. How can politicians be so stupid. Oh yes, I know. They've been exposed to too much radiation already.

  • Max1 Max1

    For those that missed it…
    … Fault lines at Ohi.

  • Max1 Max1

    Q U E S T I O N:
    What serves whom, better, when a country's people is forced to have their lives placed in jeopardy so as to allow a choice few to profit a yen/dollar/euro/etc.?

    Why aren't our leaders discussing other ways to achieve the ability to profit from producing energy that does NOT require a country and its people to have to have its lives placed on the line, like this?

  • CaptD CaptD

    Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    Good Luck Japan, get ready to bow to more nuclear problems…

    • Max1 Max1

      Just Japan?
      Me thinks, should anything happen, more than Japan is in danger. However, you are correct in that Japan is at the most risk of experiencing more nuclear risk than any other nation w/ nuclear power. I too, greatly feel that. I want to doubt myself but all signs say otherwise. Sorry. 🙁


  • Stlouieishot

    if the japanese were smart they would find a way to disconnect the main power lines going to the plant.
    no connection to external power = no restart.

  • TheMysticWizard1

    So they have gone what, a month or so? without Nuclear power. Now they need to go back to it? Then NEED to restart reactors? What is the need? Purely Money, no need for the electricity?

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    How To Prevent Any New Nuclear Power Plants From Being Built, Close Existing Ones And Switch To 100% Renewables; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-prevent-any-new-nuclear-power.html

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Naked and swinging in the wind…

    How do they do this with NO INSURANCE?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yo…Japanese government..Heart wants to talk about Onagawa Npp?
    Don't you?

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Tepco & the government took advantage of the suffering by the Japanese to push Nuclear power.

    Gov’t withheld estimates showing electricity surplus to boost nuclear power: critics

    The recalculation found that the country would have a surplus power supply of up to 6 percent even without a government order for power restrictions if renewable energy supply and other elements were factored in. The recalculated data was compiled in August last year and was reported to Prime Minister Kan, but it was never released to the public.

    Hisashi Kajiyama, research fellow at the Fujitsu Research Institute, who was a member of the team assisting Kan and took part in the recalculation of the estimate, said the initial estimate was biased. "The (released) estimate is based on the extreme presumption that was drawn from claims by utilities. The figures in the estimate led to politicians' remarks approving the restarting of nuclear plants.


    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      With a Power Surplus Tepco affected more lives by threatening but not actually shutting off power for hospitals.

      Hospitals were unable to give lifesaving operations as a result of the threatened blackouts & yet were the resulting deaths or added health issues accounted for? Without debate we KNOW Tepco is responsible.


      ZARROLI: He tells me Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, announces power outages hours in advance, and it does so nearly every day.

      Often, …*the blackouts are canceled at the last minute…, but the unpredictability makes it impossible to schedule the kinds of lengthy heart and brain operations the hospital performs.

      Mr. ISHII: (Japanese language spoken)
      ZARROLI: For instance, Ishii says, the hospital will sometimes stop a patient's heart to perform surgery, and put the patient on a machine temporarily. But it can't do that when it's using generators because their voltage is uneven. If power fluctuates too much, the patient could die.

      As a result, Kawasaki Saiwai has pretty much stopped performing complex operations altogether. When patients come in, doctors try to steer them to other hospitals, if possible. But that takes time, and the delay can lessen the odds a patient will survive.

      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        Dr. YOSHIAKI TSUKAMOTO (Heart Surgeon): (Through Translator) Time is the most important thing in treating these patients. In the 21st century, we can treat these cases. But here at the hospital, we cannot. It's sad. We have to do something about it.
        ZARROLI: What the hospital does is plead regularly with TEPCO for steady power. But Kawasaki Saiwai is a private facility, with fewer than 200 beds. It's also not in the earthquake disaster zone, so it doesn't get high priority from TEPCO.


  • NoMoreBlackout

    I'm new here but with you all, i feel sad that the Japanese people are not being told of the severity of 3 meltdowns and to tell you the truth i think #4 is some sort of diversion. They lied in their vid, i think it was taken day before then showed on webcam next day. Everyone in the media focuses on #4 but dang look at #1-#3 they are gone ! they can't get robots in there. About the topic, when Tsunami happened there was at least 1 confirmed other nuke plant that started leaking as you all know. We need to fix 🙂 if Gov ain't gonna fix or tell the truth themselves. Economy should not be the concern it should be the welfare of the people AND THE TRUTH, Japanese corps and people are smart enough to have SOLAR, WIND and other forms of energy.

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      Welcome NoMoreBlackout. I too believe the Japanese are smart enough to be a leader in renewable energy.

      See my link below, 14 reactors in severe condition plus this one Ohi nuclear power plant.

      • NoMoreBlackout

        Thank you MaidenHeaven this has gotten to the point of ridiculousness, never would we all ever think a Gov't would do this, yes corrupt people or politicians but not a whole gov't. MaidenHeaven I don't see the link you have mentioned can you relink ? I remember at 3/11 the othet Plant that started leaking, i think it's up north and you could see all the liquid going into the water not sure what it was.

    • or-well

      Welcome NoMoreBlackout,
      it's good to have more folks helping "turn on the light"!

      • NoMoreBlackout

        Thank you or-well i see that many Canadians are asleep or just dont want to talk about it and it disgusts me, then again i didn't say anything much (except to friends who wouldn't listen) online. I watched from day 1 and when the explosions happened and talked to my Russian friend who came to Canada recently and we talked and my eyes opened more than what i myself knew about what is going to be the outcome, eventually. But after about 8 months it seemed everything was in control according to Tepco and all our Governments i took a break for 6 months and then when the explosive news on March 30, 2012 came out, i become vigilant again on the situation and now it is just plain sick. Not only are the Japanese Govt lying they take the webcams and lie to us like we're stupid, disgusting.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    “Other reactors are all in considerably severe condition” — 14 total; Dai-ni, Onagawa, Tokai — “Extreme situations, though not much has been broadcast” (VIDEO)

    "Therefore, there may be many people with the impression that Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor 1 to 4 are in the most severe difficulties, but actually, other reactors are all in considerably severe condition with the external power, or emergency power devices."


    • NoMoreBlackout

      MaidenHeaven, is one of those reactors in the North of Japan ? I remember seeing one that was leaking and the buoys didn't stop any leaking ! and what was the leak ?

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Welcome NoMore, yes highest radiation ever recorded just the other day, and it wasn't #4.

    • NoMoreBlackout

      Hi Sharp2197, it's a messed up situation what i don't understand is that Japan is a great country, i think 3rd finacially why would they not ask for help or tell their own people what could happen. It's unbelievable.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Just another way the nuclear cabal deals death to their scorned and valueless (to them) countrymen, and all other planetary contemporaries and all future generations as well …

    Einstein predicted this, that those who use nuclear power will die from it, but no one believed him … he meant society as a whole, not just the pro-nuke chosen, criminal few …

    Please pardon me, but I'm stone cold sober and feeling a need to ramp up the rhetoric a little.

    Nuclear child molesters get green light from the United States of Cancer. Barack be damned, you wimpy pro-nuke shill.

    Peace, 'newsers, we may be getting through to them, yet.

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    Thanks for death….Aloha

  • Abbass Abbass

    The Japanese government along with the nuclear industry and the nuclear regulatory agencies act like the three stooges when it comes to blundering deeper and deeper into the destructive farce at every turn. Ignoring no stupid or clumsy choice or action `in their quest for their own slowly unfolding Armageddon they ignore faults and breakdowns in the system as they try finally to restart one of these things which has been mercifully shut down for some time now. Do they see the flurry of warning signals and events as a warning snd exercsiee caution after so long with what is not exactly the same as switiching on the TV after it's been away for repair after all? Nope. Just damn the smell of burning insulation says Moe and the smoke and blinking lights said Curly, Larry, hit the switch and lets see this baby fly.

    You can just imagine lady karma smiling wickedly as she reaches for her own version of a switch.

    • Nature has a way of warning us…

      first one nuke plant, fresh fuel, low radiation, and no SFP.

      Now three nuclear plants, three spent fuel pools, 3 coriums, and 1 nuclear explosion.

      What will it take to get through to these pro nuclear apologists who still claim nuclear is safe, clean and green?

      What, and you can't even buy insurance for these monsters from H(## in Japan?

      They are running those things NAKED and EXPOSED…

      It's a really high risk operation at this point.

  • SusanS

    ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢
    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢


    ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢

  • kez

    Thanks Susan. Signed.