Tepco Email: Possible re-criticality in Reactor No. 2

Published: May 30th, 2012 at 9:15 am ET


A Japanese publication has obtained an email sent from a worker in Tepco’s engineering division. Here is an excerpt of the email from a report in the June 8, 2012 edition of the Weekly Asahi via Yahoo.jp translated by Fukushima Diary:

From looking at the [Reactor No. 2] water level (60cm), it is obvious that the PCV and suppression chamber are severely damaged.

It is very likely that a new heating mass is generated from recriticality. We can not tell exactly what is happening inside of PCV. We can never deny the possibility of recriticality.

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As “possibly re-criticality in Unit 2, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant” TEPCO employees accused of e-mail
(Asahi Weekly) Yahoo! News
May 30, 2012

Charged with mail marked as “possibly re-criticality in Unit 2, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant” TEPCO employees

That it is of a real convergence in the sense of (Fukuichi) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, you need a fresh start an Needless to say, the dissolution of the Tokyo Electric Power Company. To improve one’s health is ingrained considerable hurdles but will listen. Asahi Weekly got the e-mail was signed secretly inside TEPCO. There is the possibility of a concern in Unit 2 Fukuichi be “the worst” had been spelled.

Wrote, in the technical staff of TEPCO, was sending a long e-mail to some nuclear experts also served as the key positions of the Nuclear Energy Agency of TEPCO employees and colleagues.

E-mail, which wrote about the water level of Unit 2.

TEPCO head office and the press conference to be preoccupied with ambiguous wording, contrary to that assertion tone. In addition, the

Are written as such. Cooling is not going well. On the water, such as some part of the fuel has accumulated, There are a number of conditions can be assumed. E-mail, after contact with all the possibilities, the word of this impact are lined up.

And the possibility of re-criticality is that he can not be denied. The place to point out once again, you’re writing this email, but technical employees of TEPCO. Evidence until now, TEPCO has issued a warning about the dangers However, there is no such.

* Weekly Asahi June 8, 2012 No.

Published: May 30th, 2012 at 9:15 am ET


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33 comments to Tepco Email: Possible re-criticality in Reactor No. 2

  • TEPCO=Zombie, Zombie are protecting us from death, that don't sound good.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "Here is an excerpt of the email from June 8, 2012 report" – Admin, could you clarify the date?

    • ENENews

      It's from a weekly magazine. Some are post-dated so people will still buy them at the end of the week thinking it is new information.

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Thanks, admin. I half-hoped it might have been "last year's news" but it's current. Ouch!

      • MsMilkytheclown

        Woops, I think I pressed the wrong button. Sorry about that. I meant to say thank you for answering the question about the date. I had the same question.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Tepco, governments, or whoever thinks they're running the show, better come forth with some solid info regarding this possible re-criticality. They better not be hiding anything.

  • chrisk9

    This question is simple. If there is iodine and other short lived gases then criticality is occurring. They must be taking air samples every day (or they are complete idiots)so TEPCO knows the answer to this.

    • Urban27

      Every time there has been an important issue, they say something vague. They has been trying to deny and cover up all since the start.
      They know exactly what is going on.

      • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

        Unpleasant news in Japan is considered 'not polite.' How can we expect truth from a culture used to hiding risk, promoting personal benefit, and saving face? Hmm, sounds like a paradigm for corporate leadership, anywhere- 😉 Tepco cannot hide from the eyes in the sky and on the ground in Fukushima, witness to daily Corium gas releases from Fuku plants. Recent violent animal deaths are a likely result from the steamy outpouring of reactors 1-3, some R4. Potrblog identified Barium-140 coming from Fukushima this month (May) so assume there is re-criticality! The message that R4 fuel is spreading means it's already out and on the move? The water flows through and into the ocean now. The question is how much time do we have before the plant must evacuate? Not only is Tepco irresponsible, worldwide govts are not stepping up to the plate, knowing whoever tells the truth will be automatically held responsible to fix it. Therefore, no one is asking them to 'step aside.' My message to them: GET OVER YOURSELVES! Everything is dying (quickly) thanks to you! Could'a shoulda woulda is not working to come up with a solution.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    A little or a LOT more radiation is GOOD for you… so says Ann Colter on Faux News… the whole world is a gigantic lab experiment to see if this is really true..

    Radon Dangers; Hormesis Explored; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/radon-dangers-and-hormesis.html

  • Urban27

    So there are new criticality going on – This is severe. Because when criticality occurs – there will be new emissions of radioactive elements into the air. And more radioactive materials will be released in the water too.
    They have just start building the wall against the see, and it will not be ready until two years.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Keep on eating that tuna….. loads of free mercury, radioactive cesium, and potassium

    Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Into Ocean Plume; via A Green Road Blog

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Maybe we have discovered the secret of how zombies stay alive…

    they eat radiation for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    The more radiation, the healthier they are…

    mmmmm good Zombie; have another helping of radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium, and about 900 other types..

  • Sickputer

    Grimmer words were never spoken: "Cooling is not going well".

    Very disconcerting to hear that even the massive injection of coolant water is not stopping the corium. Most of that water is flowing out of the cracked foundations and into the Pacific Ocean. The nuclear fuel has won every feeble Tepco battle. Time for a new army and new generals.

    Maybe in June when the new Tepco lineup is unveiled we will see some changes. The biggest change needed is for the government to request an international team of experts to examine the plant and see if there are some new ideas for containment.

    Drop the pride Diet… or you and the people of Japan will surely face economic and social collapse.

    • Anthony Anthony

      I think I sense what is really going on now…. I think.

      I believe that the refusal of international assistance, the continuous statements that all is okay, the unbelievable statements that 4 is structurally stable and not a concern, all these things till now have come off as deceptive to me as I can believe my own eyes and mind. My interpretation of the situation is different and conflicts with the official TEPCO dogma.

      With this criticality I think I see that the situation there IS NOT OK and TEPCO knows it. They cannot bring people onto the scene from a risk management perspective – there is a ongoing issue of criticalities.

      They can say its okay all they want or need to but we all know flying off to Japan and entering the site while there are criticalities is a very different scenario than entering one that's okay.

      TEPCO knows the plant is the train-wreck it appears to be and its a deadly dangerous place with ample unknowns in play.

      It must be a terrifying situation up close.

      It is incredulous otherwise to accept their recent statements about the integrity of building 4. If building 4 was a house it would be absolutely condemned and demolished in any country. It would never achieve a *safe* status as 4 has. Come on!

      They cant be responsible for putting other international people in danger by jumping in.

      I think. We are still talking criticality over a YEAR LATER. It is NOT getting better.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        "It must be a terrifying situation up close."
        So true, Anthony.
        I can't even imagine how it feels to be confronted with those beasts on a daily basis, never knowing if you'll see the next day.

  • Bobby1

    It looks like the most likely culprit for the recent dramatic increase in iodine is reactor #2 then:


    • chrisk9

      Thanks Bobby, any iodine anywhere in Japan guarantees one of the reactors is going critical-end of story.

      • What-About-The-Kids

        Chrisk9, do you have any information on the status of the Reactor #2 (or #1) spent fuel pools? Is TEPCO able to monitor them properly? Could recriticalities be possible in those pools, as well as from the corium?

        • What-About-The-Kids

          Actually, if anyone has this info, including ChrisK, please let me know! Thanks! 🙂

  • durando durando

    I really don't buy into most of the conspiracy theories that lurk on the web but the lack of international efforts really makes one wonder if the governments of the world are hoping for population reduction.

    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Google UN Agenda 21. It's more than a conspiracy theory, it's official policy!

  • durando durando

    So the question that this recriticality of reactor 2 leaves me with is could this cause the entire complex to become uninhabitable just throwing it out there and looking for feedback.

    • KArt

      I am wondering the same thing. What does this mean in terms of people being able to work in the area?

  • glowfus

    "it's obvious the pcv is severely damaged" that could explain the missing fuel. these same articles will repeat continuously with a little contaminated this and that (tuna) thrown in. the model for handling this contamination event has been accepted and implemented; infinite bio-accumulation.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Follow the money

    Do we expect the Mafia to have scruples about the environment?

    What if all governments had become at base nothing but de facto organized crime syndicates in possession of a legal monopoly (within their 'territory') on the powers legally to TAX & USE FORCE?

    This Fuku debacle has shown me how irrational the controlling elites are.

    Actually, so much of it IS about money – like developing nuclear power & bombs: a few big shots who were tight with global power centers did all that – to get all that govt. subsidy money, etc. – the whole nuke power & nuke weapon thing = a big fat PROFIT CENTER, for a few insiders.

    Raping the planet for oil, fracking – the same: the hell with the environment or the future as long as THEY are making that money NOW.

    War is the same – another profit center.

    Big Pharma drugs, so-called modern medicine – another co-opted & monopolized field, ultimately run for profit.

    Today's ruling elites are literally parasites on us, the mass of humanity, preying on the human beings with whom they share the planet & whom they exploit to the max (object being to confiscate 'the fruits of our labor'), using guile, force, trickery, germs, poisons, mind-control – every weapon in their arsenal – to get our earnings from us under the guise of legitimate taxation, & also via the HIDDEN TAX of inflation.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    The hidden tax of inflation –

    "Lenin was certainly right, there is no more positive, or subtle or surer means of destroying the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.

    By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of the citizens.

    The process engages all of the hidden forces of economics on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose."
    John Maynard Keynes

    "Give me control of a nation's money
    and I care not who makes the laws."
    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      bleep_h_b—I'm sure you know that everything you say here is completely correct. You are aware of what THEY are doing to us. I would only change your wording on one thing, not "What if all governments" were an organized crime family.

      It's not theoretical. The government of the world (posing as smaller local country governments) IS an organized crime family.

      Like all families, they may squabble amongst themselves some, but the overall purpose is very organized.

      It has nothing to do with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      • bleep_hits_blades

        dharmasyd, yes, under apparent complexity (much of it deliberately misleading/confusing/smokescreen) can lie basic & self-evident simplicity.

        Such as: Stealing is easier than working.

        Govt. is the instrument of theft par excellence — because it has extensive infrastructure & a legal monopoly on the use of force & on the powers to tax, make law, & wage war.

        As far as the 'two party system' goes – well, it is pretty self-evident that if you want to control a country, you don't just buy yourself one party – you buy yourself both of them (or however many of them there are)…& then make it look like they are really duking it out for control of the country (divide/conquer the people).

        That's why I call politics today 'a puppet show for the kiddies.'

        The record of the past century clearly shows that both parties in the USA over-all, despite their hype, have consistently supported big govt., centralized govt, increased govt powers, & turning the Constitution into an 'outmoded' historical document with no force or effect in the 'modern' context.

        Plus, our country & probably most countries today are being run under STATES OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY – which set aside all civil law & turn govt into some form or degree of military dictatorship under the president/chief head-of-state – as military commander-in-chief. He has the powers of a monarch to make law by edict (like Executive Orders, which are totally unconstitutional) or utterance.

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Fuku is New Science. Mankind has never before had a corium loose in the ground to play with, and now we have 3! Such fun! Let's poke it here, and prod it there, and see what happens. Like the shithead engineer at Chernobyl said: "Let's run a test." These things are going to pop and sputter for the next 30 or 40 years, according to the TEPCO cleanup plan, if all goes well. There are three 50-ton bus-sized globs of corium in the ground under Fuku 1,2,&3. For comparison, the Little Boy bomb that the US used to destroy the city of Hiroshima and all its people contained a mere 64kg of uranium 235, of which a miniscule 600-900mg was converted from matter into energy in the explosion. Now we have 150 tons of this stuff, along with plutonium and lots of other isotopes, loose in the ground under Fuku to watch for the rest of our lives. (Sometimes I wish that Albert Einstein had remained a parent office clerk, and kept E=MC2 to himself). Of course, Corium1,2,&3 will be doing unexpected and exciting things as they pop and sputter underneath the ruins of the Fuku poison plants for the rest of all of our lives. I hope, when it's my turn to die of cancer in the hospital that I got from Fuku radiation, that there will be good cable so I can get the latest news on the pop and sputter at Fuku! Bitter? Damn straight I am!

  • andii

    Yahoo news missed this crucial bit.
    "water level is 60 cm, the reactor vessel and the pressure suppression chamber is badly damaged."

    Well, Kr-85 has increased and so recriticality IS likely at reactor 2. While TEPCO lies, lies, lies, the figures tell the truth.

    Data on 23/05

    16/05 1.5×102(Bq/cm3)
    23/05 1.8×102(Bq/cm3)