Top Japan Nuclear Official: Remove Tepco from being in charge at Fukushima Daiichi — “It is simply too big for one company to handle”

Published: July 29th, 2013 at 11:18 am ET
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Title: TEPCO still struggling to keep head above contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi
Source: Enformable
Date: July 29, 2013

[...] In case one hasn’t paid attention the constant stream of international experts who have called for TEPCO to be removed as the organization in charge of decommissioning the crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors, Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has also called for Tokyo Electric to be removed. “It is simply too big for one company to handle,” said Tanaka, at a press conference Wednesday. “Placing all the burden (of controlling the site) on them won’t solve the problem.” [...]

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Published: July 29th, 2013 at 11:18 am ET
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73 comments to Top Japan Nuclear Official: Remove Tepco from being in charge at Fukushima Daiichi — “It is simply too big for one company to handle”

  • Yukio_Tanukio

    Mein Gott!! The world's greatest minds and the leaders of our greatest nations have figured out that they should consider the problem from the perspective of one of their own who has questioned the actions of themselves a couple of years ago, actions which avoided taking action, and which left the burden of responsibility upon a private corporation with no provable ties to the politicians. (Most likely, this means that TEPCO has sent a message that they're ready to bail out, and if the politicians try to prosecute them then the CEOs will start talking.) What's the best acronym for an appropriate descriptive phrase in such circumstances?


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    • We Not They Finally

      You are calling TEPCO "a private corporation with no provable ties to politicians"??? That's too bonkers to even comment on. PLEASE GET EDUCATED ABOUT HOW THE WORLD WORKS. We may not be able to solve this, but ignorance isn't the first step. (Sorry if you meant well, of course. It's just too late in the game to be this clueless.)


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      • KDM KDM

        I believe there are a couple of reasons all of the latest headlines are coming out. One the election is over. Two with the levels of radiation released being exposed by the media. You know the NRC has known the severity of this accident and the colossal amounts released from the beginning. Now with more information coming to light and the possibility the mass public may start paying some attention they act like it's just now getting bad and they have to do something. Well if that what it takes for them to get off their ass and do something so be it. As if much at all can be done after 2+ years.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      not sure of an appropriate acronym Yukio_Tanukio, but in the parlance of the exhausted, "…please…don't…stop!" might work…


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Extremely dark shade of Mail. Not White Male.


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  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Yes. Producing all that disinformation is too big a job for one company.


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  • We Not They Finally

    "Is simply too big for one company to handle"? On the surface, that sounds like cynical face-saving so that the TEPCO people can retreat into safety (and/or simply flee Japan) instead of being hauled to The Haag.

    But in the face of international pressures ("a constant stream of international experts" — WHAT experts? — WHO exactly hasn't been reported on?), maybe that's the best/easiest stance to take.

    There have to be a lot of back stories for this. Maybe the head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority just doesn't want to see millions of Japanese die. He may be corrupt as hell (who knows?) but it is still his country.

    But given that it has taken over two years for this OBVIOUS request to emerge, it's the back stories that would be of interest.


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  • HOW LONG is it going to take, before TEPCO is removed as a player in this catastrophe? What is needed to happen for this criminal corporation to be deleted from this program?


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Remove TEPCO from the FDNPP site.
    Japan must ramp up the response to this workdwide disaster.
    Where are Coriums1,2,&3, Japan.
    The Earth deserves an answer to this question.
    End TEPCO lies!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "B1-1: Unit 2 water intake power cable trench (seawater piping foundation part)
    - Sampling on July 26:
    Tritium 8,700,000 Bq/L (8,700Bq/cm3) (new)
    Chlorine 8,000ppm (previously announced)
    Cesium-134 750,000,000Bq/L (750,000Bq/cm3) (previously announced)
    Cesium-137 1,600,000,000Bq/L (1,600,000Bq/cm3) (previously announced)
    All-β 750,000,000Bq/L (750,000Bq/cm3) (previously announced)"
    NOTHING IS UNDER CONTROL HERE!
    http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2013/07/29/extremely-high-levels-of-radioactive-tritium-detected-in-a-hole-at-fukushima-npp/


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  • teamplayer

    There are international treaties in place that establish liability guidelines, in the event of a nuclear accident, but, to my knowledge, there are no such treaties that establish what to do in the event the operators of a facility can not handle the consequences of an accident. I think it is long past time that was addressed.
    An international team of experts should have been mobilized from day one. After all, TEPCO management at the time believed the situation was so hopeless that they wanted to abandon the facility.


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    • We Not They Finally

      teamplayer, you say that there are "liability guidelines in place," like TEPCO is "a team player"? As far as the world can see, there is NOTHING imposed on these people. If they took ships to sea and dumped nuclear waste there, it would be illegal, but their GUSHING their poison into the sea is NOT addressed in international law at all. (Part of how Areva in France gets away with contaminating the English Channel ongoing.) And they claim NEARLY NO liability to the Japanese who have lost their homes, businesses, are well on the way to losing their CHILDREN to illnesses, and their ongoing genomes has been WRECKED.

      And OF COURSE (in a sane world) an international team should have been mobilized from day one! But the IAEA, WHO and UNSCEAR were too busy apologizing for them and claiming no public health hazard. So much for "team players." Sorry for the bad news. Reality hurts.


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      • teamplayer

        "like TEPCO is a teamplayer."
        Of course,not.
        I'm not an apologist for TEPCO, the IAEA, the WHO, etc.
        I know first-hand the difficulty victims of nuclear accidents and testing encounter in receiving compensation; my family member lived the "reality."
        My point was, and I guess it wasn't clear, is that international treaties and conventions have been established on a number of issues related to nuclear accidents. It's true… treaties are often ignored and / or broken, but they do establish a legal framework. It just doesn't make sense to me, that there are no protocols in place when the operator of a nuclear facility is incompetent and their incompetence is affecting lives not only in their own country, but beyond their borders.


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      • hogy

        IAEA was organized to support the proliferation of nuclear power.
        WHO just goes along with them. The UN is useless and needs to be disbanded. How much does the US pay annually to support this fiasco? Anyone know?


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Kevin Blanch on you tube has some ideals & he has been talking to the US Navy & others in the Military, they know there is huge problem that is going un addressed by the leaders of the world! This has got completely out of control & if it is not attacked by a combined effort of nations to stop the nuclear mixtures that is polluting the earth we will have earth at the rate these plants are falling apart! At least Russia did what could, yet Japan & the US have done nothing but hide the truth! Their plan is to let the EPA raise the legal limits as more & more radiation fall out comes to our shores & this is just plain crazy not to demand that our Nation Leaders get in the game now & act!


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    • NoNukes NoNukes

      What if the American military started to help the people of Japan on their own? That would be amazing.


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      • We Not They Finally

        I'm with you. But you have to admit the extent of the ongoing catastrophe to take effective and/or mass action, and that would be bad news for the Nikkei Index and the Dow. You know — the "important" players [sarc]


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        • We need the Milt to shut OURS down first. They are now guarded by "Corporate Security" types outfitted in military arms and gear!


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          • NoNukes NoNukes

            And Monsanto owns Blackwater….most of the young military I know were just desperate for an education…would be happy for them to take over for the Blackwater creeps…


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          • hogy

            Has everyone forgotten that the military is its own power and goes along with the mega corporations and, so-far, executive support for nuke power? No president of the US AFAIK except for Carter has opposed the development and acceleration of NP in this country. I once voted for Carter because during his campaign he claimed he'd bring a halt to the development of NP–after he got elected he didn't follow through. That was my first experience of how pols make spurious claims of future action while running for office, only to dump them once elected. Don't bet on the military doing anything to help the NP situation–they are enablers. They keep working to get more rad into their weapons of mass destruction.


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            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              Someday..they will arrive into retirement and private citizenry..then they can sit with their hands in their lap and watch the further destruction of freedom (along with the true patriots).. as they too will return to 'open containment'… in a drone infested country of their own making..


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Why continue saying Tepco is alone on this? Why continue saying they dont know where the corium is?

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was tapped to provide technical assistance to Japan. (potentially thousands) Working 18 to 20-hour days alongside their Japanese counterparts…
    "Working with various Japanese government officials and scientific teams we've been able to provide valuable input into their recovery plans," Johnson said. "These recovery plans are moving forward based on stakeholder priorities and land-use needs…
    PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science.

    this is just their hand held gamma detector
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKv0fbepbx8&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL8CD2AF35134CDA36


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Surface analysis capabilities include scanning
      Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), X-ray
      Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Secondary
      Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and secondary
      electron and absorbed-current imaging. Depth
      profiles, or plots of how the concentrations of
      element vary with depth, can be collected using
      each of these techniques.

      The Environmental Science Laboratory within the RPL provides
      forefront equipment, instrumentation and laboratory facilities that
      support Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s subsurface science
      capability. These capabilities provide methods for investigating the
      earth’s subsurface and support Department of Energy programs and
      industrial clients. Study areas are divided into three groups: solids,
      solution composition and water/geologic media interactions.


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    • We Not They Finally

      It's great that you looked up this info, but my confidence level at hearing "These recovery plans are moving forward based on stakeholder priorities and land-use needs" is about ZERO. The U.S. government, our government, not a stockholder corporation[!!], gives ANY priority to stakeholders? And many Japanese have LOST their land forever — NO ONE can use it — and getting kicked in the teeth with lies and substandard medical care to boot. So what does this even MEAN?

      And where does the DOE publish their (obviously deadly) results of testing? And why is it all behind the scenes? And you trust the DOE WHY?? Departing DOE Secretary Steven Chu's parting gift to America was to authorize RADIOACTIVE metals to be used in making forks, spoons, pots and pans, belt buckles and door knobs!!


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      • We Not They Finally

        P.S to CS: Yes, it's believable that they DO KNOW the deadly ongoing dangers to Americans. So is THAT why the EPA just raised "acceptable" levels of radiation to lethal, for at least some "expendable"[?] portion of the population?

        I WISH that we had a DOE responsible to OUR OWN citizens, much less the Japanese. We don't.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          WNT, I didnt post that to suggest something good was happening, it was to show that TEPCO is not alone on this, and that the information known to the government is comprehensive. DOE, Home Security and the rest appear largely corrupt, although to talk to individual employees, one might not think so. Leaders favor the corrupt, masses are followers.

          I thought it amusing that they say straight away that stakeholder interest guides efforts, not ecology or lives. Posters keep saying TEPCO is incompetent, when in fact the worlds largest supercomputers have been on this. They KNOW whats happening, that much is certain. Why no large scale efforts early on, its hard to say. Melt down; the new decommission strategy.


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Humans have been out of touch with nature at large, history shows the blunder. People in power may not consider "some radioactivity" to be serious, or even some lost lives.

            On the other hand, they may realize its so far out of hand that they are trying to manage the sinking ship. Note the massive purchase of bullets. Some go further and say they want to kill off most of the people. Truth probably runs the gamut, monkey mind insanity is the commonality.

            People in power and the masses that support them turned out to be a big disappointment. If the public was really up to snuff, we would simply withhold the money that funds these goons


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            • We Not They Finally

              The thing on "withholding money" from them, is that that big giant pile of money goes to A LOT of places we don't like, but it is also there for needed law enforcement, education, and the like. People want to opt out of government these days (not necessarily you — it's just in the air) but that's also a prescription for chaos. Very troubling. People probably need to organize better locally. It's very true that the feds will not help us with THIS.


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          • We Not They Finally

            CS, clarifications VERY well taken. And we've seen a lot of your great posts. But what we also need here (may not get it)is WHISTLEBLOWERS to say that IN LIGHT OF them knowing, WHY nothing is being done except to dumb the populace down and tell them that it's all safe.

            It goes right to the nuclear industry and the markets, of course.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The US military sent the T-Hawk drone..(the T-Hawk is a drone helicopter)
    They know what's up..

    T-Hawk Drone Takes Video Footage of Fukushima Plant Units 1, 3, and 4 – Video 1 of 3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UyNBoKvhQ4

    PS. They are also traitors to humanity.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fact is, this triple meltdown with runaway coriums is too large for mankind.


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  • Radioactive 'Death' River; 430,000 Bq per Kg From Fukushima Cesium in River Bottom Sediment, via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/04/radioactive-death-river-430000-bq-per.html

    Fukushima Black Dust or Black Fungus Tested – Over 5,000,000 Bq/Kg of Cesium Found; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/06/fukushima-black-dust-or-black-fungus.html


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  • gmathol

    The Western press wants to make us believe that radioactivity is only dangerous if it comes out of places like Chernobyl.

    Japan has the advantage that this mess is located near the open sea in the largest pond called Pacific.

    This will go on for decades and nothing will be done! Meanwhile we should test our food which might be imported from Japan or the fish which comes out of the Pacific.


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  • KDM KDM

    I would like to see testing done at US schools. We try to protect our children from be in dangerous situations and drugs. Can we please try to avoid feeding them radiation?


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    • We Not They Finally

      KDM, I'm with you. But since the EPA just virtually ABANDONED any safe standard for U.S. food, it can be an innocent protective mother who gives the child a lunch to take from home and the liability is the same.

      That situation alone should be cause for millions of mothers in the streets. But it is barely PUBLICIZED. Increasingly, people will wonder why are so many more people falling ill? But it takes a movement to press for the truth, and that we do not have in this country. It will cost us. Big-time.


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  • VanneV anne

    The US neither has the technical knowledge nor the money to clean up Hanford. What makes you think anyone will be able to clean up Fukushima? Changing the name is only cosmetic. A meltdown is forever. All waste is forever.

    Wake up and shut down all nuclear reactors. This technology is only good for death, genocide, and extinction.


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    • that's just it.. they have the tech at area 51 & area 24… they plan to keep it for themselves and use it post-cataclysmic events.


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      • they don't want folks to over-run the dumbs.. so, death of the masses is the game plan.


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      • they have been storing the foods THEY eat.. for over 30 years… underground. They don't care what YOU eat. The medical establishment has DELIBERATELY been making folks SICK as it funds their gathering programs.!


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      • VanneV anne

        They don't have the tech. They just think they will be reincarnated and able to handle radiation. This is complete delusion. The myth of a ufo is to subjugate everyone to the NWO and to keep everyone quiet about radiation so they can keep having power over everyone and take everyone's money.

        But you notice, they die of cancer and radiation poisoning just like everyone else.

        And if they had the tech they would use it so they could keep using nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is going by the wayside because there is no tech to get rid of nuclear waste, just snake oil salesmen claiming they know what to do. Reprocessing plants give off huge amounts of Krypton-85, etc., which is bringing about huge storms, and climate change, and destroying the atmosphere and the ozone layer.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Hogy…really?

    What kind and flavor of kool-aid are you drinking?

    You have access to a computer and do you know how to use it?

    The evidence is clear and its everywhere…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    WNTF.
    The US government is a corporation and you are one if its owned assets…


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