TV: Explosion hits US nuclear plant — Officials declare emergency alert — “Fire shuts down reactor” — Gov’t conducting special investigation, possible “serious safety consequences” — “Atmospheric steam dumps” required (VIDEO)

Published: March 23rd, 2017 at 7:40 am ET


WSVN, Mar 22, 2017 (emphasis added): Officials looking into explosion at Turkey Point that hurt 1an alert was issued following the “arc flash” explosion… A plant worker was hurt in the explosion and treated at a local hospital…

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mar 20, 2017: Facility: TURKEY POINT… Emergency Class: ALERT… EMERGENCY DECLAREDALERT DECLARED FOR INDICATIONS OF FIRE IN SAFETY RELATED SWITCHGEAR… “Alert declared at 1119 EDT 3/18/17 based on… Fire or Explosion affecting plant safety systems. Fire alarms in the Unit 3 4kV switchgear rooms resulting in a loss of the 3A 4kV bus and trip of all three Reactor Coolant Pumps… Decay heat is being removed using feedwater and steam generator atmospheric steam dumps. One person was injured with a minor burn and possible sprained ankle and was taken to a local hospital… Notified DHS SWO, DOE, FEMA, HHS, NICC, USDA, EPA, FDA (e-mail), NWC (e-mail), NNSA (e-mail), and NRCC SASC (e-mail)… [UPDATE] Emergency Plan personnel at the Technical Support Center and Emergency Operations Facility were no longer required for support, the Operations Support Center was staffed for recovery efforts, and plant personnel were sufficient and capable for continuing mitigation efforts.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mar 22, 2017: NRC To Conduct Special Inspection at Turkey Point Nuclear Plant… [A]n arc flash, or small explosion, also damaged a nearby fire door, which may have left other safety systems vulnerable had there been a fire. A plant worker who was in the room was injured and was treated at a local hospital. “This was an event that could have had serious safety consequences and we need to know more about what happened and why,” said NRC Region II Administrator Cathy Haney…

The Citizen (Florida Keys), Mar 22, 2017: Turkey Point fire shuts down reactor

ABC 10 News, Mar 18, 2017: Firefighters respond to electrical fire at Turkey Point — Firefighters responded to reports of a fire inside the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station… according to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Florida Power & Light reported there was an electrical fire… The incident didn’t… pose an immediate danger to the facility, according to FPL spokesman Peter Robbins…

Watch the ABC 10 broadcast here

Published: March 23rd, 2017 at 7:40 am ET


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Some will say the plant was hit by EMP, caused by stress as rock is pulled apart.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    From Event Report of 3/20/2017:
    "A refueling outage was scheduled to begin on 3/20/17."

    Reactor scram apparently began the refueling outage.
    Turkey Point Unit 3 will probably stay at 0% power for refueling.

    Unit 4 was compromised for loss of 3 of the 4 HHSI cooling pumps.
    "affecting Units 3 and 4 occurred due to the loss of the 3A high head safety injection (HHSI) pump because it could not be powered from the faulted 3A 4kV bus with both Unit 4 HHSI pumps earlier (0624) removed from service due to planned maintenance. This caused three of the four HHSI pumps to be inoperable. The four HHSI pumps are shared by both Units 3 and 4. The safety function is achieved by two of the four HHSI pumps. Both Unit 4 HHSI pumps were restored to operable status at 1336. The loss of safety function is reportable in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D). "

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    BTW, Fermi Unit 2 had problems due to a severe thunderstorm, and went from 100% to 0% of power, also on March 20, according to Reactor Status Reports. Fermi 2 is still at 0%. Retract those Event Reports all you want, fellows. Fermi 2 is, and always was, a dog.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Also, guys, ENEnews seems to be under some sort of attack this morning. It is running very slow, and my posts have taken more effort than they are worth. Screens don't want to refresh. Posts don't go through properly. Deniel Of Service attack, perhaps?

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Well, it wasn't me. I've been drinking and ignoring shit all day. Effortless, even.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      We and all of our computers are under attack..someone is attempting to steal everyone's passwords through login protocols and they are being very successful.

      Appears websites like this one that are not secure are now everywhere.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Rachael Maddow talked about Russia's effort to "flood the zone" with bot-generated "noise bombs" in response to anybody who used Hillary Clinton's name on Twitter. Last night's program intro.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Anyone see a parallel to some of the bot attacks we are subject to here on ENEnews?

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Watch this segment on last night's Rachael Maddow Show:
        "Russian info-war tactics in US election continue"

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          no news can be trusted about Russian attacks. The public is bamboozled. The big attack is that the richest people take from the masses of struggling people. Little countries are bombed, and the international military industrial corporate political hell brings the earth closer to ruin. Nuclear has been estimated by the late Dr Rosalie Bertell to have killed/harmed close to a billion people in total. The ECRR estimates the bomb test era will end up killing 60 million. Russian enemies and terrorism has been a theater to justify spending which equals income for the few

        • Yes, believe…

          Putin does not try to influence anyone anywhere. He has no secret spy agency and has never worked for one either.

          He loves all people and is pro 99 percent, just like Trump. They love each other and all people on the planet.

          Deep State Russia Acting Inside USA To Get Trump Elected And Attack Clinton; Proof, Evidence And Data, Sarcasm And Humor

          • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

            That's a nice hegelian dialectic you got going there, mind if I piss on it?

          • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

            Doc- Russia supplies nuclear fuel to US NPP's… Which lends to the theory that a Russian/US conflict is smoke and mirrors- MISO sauce to justify military expenditures and nuke weapons, amongst other things. What a waste!

            Thanks, Obama!

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Dr. I have to chuckle as the U.S. has done the exact same thing repeatedly for the last 240 kettles calling other kettles black.

            Have you not figured it out yet?

            All governments are simply.. gangsters!

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal


            Uranium One is a uranium mining company with operations in Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa and the United States. In January 2013 Rosatom, a Russian State-owned enterprise, purchased the company


            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Member states of the World Trade Organization

              Russian Federation and the WTO

              Russia’s leading individual trading partners are China, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Japan, United States, Ukraine, South Korea, and Poland.

              The top export destinations of Russia are the Netherlands ($32.2B), China ($31.1B), Germany ($18.5B), Italy ($15.5B) and Belarus ($15.5B). The top import origins are China ($34.5B), Germany ($22.4B), the United States ($10.2B), Belarus ($10.1B) and Italy ($7.71B).

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Yes, and that's why Lavoy Finicum died.


              So many of us spent weeks here arguing about it, and missed the point entirely.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                Forget individual rights when the access to uranium is at stake, and there is money to be made. Reminds me of the Gold Rush in the old West, and it's about as lawless.

              • AirSepTech AirSepTech

                Some people knew. 😉 A few even brought up the U.
                I always thought you knew. 🙂

                Some thought it was about a shed, a piece of land some crazy cowboys wanted to steal. It was not.

                Some think it is now about a pipeline and oil spills.
                It is not.

                It is about freedom lost, and our children, and their children, are going to bear a heavy cost with that loss.

                Control of water/land is the ultimate control.
                I guess we will see. ❓

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Hi AST, yes, some knew. Just thought here it was a gross abuse of property rights and individual liberty, extreme abuse of governmental power.

                  When someone brought up the uranium connection, had the, "Aha! Well, no wonder" experience. Once that was out in the open, it all made perfect sense, even though it was senseless.

                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    Have seen the BLM driving ranchers off "public" land for over 30 yrs. in Nevada.

                    It really begins to make sense when you realize the govt. believes it owns the mineral rights, and the peons, I mean people, only own rights to the surface of the land, and maybe the water.

                    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

                      Hi back atcha! Yes, BLM, don't care for 'em


                      You probably remember the Native Am sisters, they badgered them for years, til one died not that long ago.

                      They have, with the EPA, made country life marginal in Nv & Id.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      HoTaters, when you read the history of the BLM, it is mired in corruption. They are bullies for profit and wield the power. Odd how some people/agencies simply declare themselves in power and it works out for them. They have the fire power and the 'law'…we paid for it. I havent figured out how to have them pay ME to put myself in power. Thus they must be superior

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      how did it happen that every damn government agency has a swat team of assholes? The BLM goes back to the railroad which itself was a horrible crime against workers and public. They monopolized, controlled prices of everything, exploited workers from here and other countries, exterminated Indians, buffalo and the Indian life. The BLM extended the geographical control. White man is a horrible creature, and I see that every race is like white man

            • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

              Clinton made pile$ of $$$!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ from approving the sales of US uranium production to RUSSIA. Clinton is the real traitor. She sold State Dept access to Russian nuke weapons and nuke reactor fuels company Rosatom. Killary kills. Follow the money. Take of of the MSM blinders. Learn the truth

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            DG comes here to pump his personal blog with stupid headlines

            Along with a bit of socialist/communist propaganda.


            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              It is a very big international club now..and we are not in it…except through forced taxation given to/taken by people/gangsters that we do not know.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              I like his theme though; be considerate of the next 7 generations.

            • DG doesnt realize that after drinking the koolaid, that it is NOT just the thought that counts.

              His theme of sucking down the lies of global warming, and manmade climate change do a grave disservice to the anti-nuclear movement. Informed him of that clearly and with data in the past, and that it would play into the nukist hands, as it has, in New York and now Illinois.

              Adequate due diligence is needed on things, not just promoting shite that agrees with your world view.

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                I agree stock about due diligence. But even our best and brightest professionals are getting it wrong. Ive come to think its little more than sheer luck if you have the capacity and horse sense to see the picture clearly. Perception/truth isnt stringing together facts, its a gestalt, largely ruled by an emotional bias. Scientists are no exception.

                On our side we have poets, schizos, alcoholics, internet entrepreneurs, religious dogmatists, and the disillusioned outcasts. On their side, they have well paid and educated engineers, politicians, media men and hit men.

                thus the earth was lost

                • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

                  Hey remember, every party needs a bard that happens to be an alchemist and particularly crafty with shields. So a jester, but a wizard.

                  Who says I'm not a hitman?

                  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                    Mac, youre not a bard, alchemist? yes you turn two liters of wine into urine every day; crafty? Yes, you string words together that are unintelligible, no value as a jester, certainly not a wizard. S Africa is a good place to foster hit men, but your nerve isnt steady, you cant focus. In short, you bring down the value of enenews…thus far. Try upping your quality. You can do it if you wanted to. But you dont. You cant find some other place to ply your bafflegab and darkness? If its the same to you…I mean, what difference is it to you who's minds you mess with?

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Yes, Code, it requires a lot of brain bending, discipline, and a conscious effort to keep an open mind. Clear thinking and being objective is required. Something at which we humans don't excel.

              • unincredulous unincredulous

                Don't forget Kentucky… republicans are sure to fast track nuclear now that they control both the house and the senate.


                • unincredulous unincredulous

                  "[…] Wilson and Carroll urge everyone to contact Kentucky's Speaker of the House, Jeff Hoover, and telling him you support Senate Bill 11, The Leeper Act. You can do this by sending an email to or calling Hoover at 1-800-372-7181. "We're going to focus on the Speaker," Carroll says. "If the Speaker hears about it, everybody hears about it.""

                  Oh, a contact number! I'll tell him about Fukushima.

              • curly

                Not all of us have cleansed ourselves of world views and see everything through a crystal clear lens like you stock. Koolaid comes in many flavors.

              • curly

                koolaid, lies of global warming and manmade climate change, disservice to the anti nuclear movement, play into the nukist hands, promoting shite that agrees with your world view.

                Buzz words and rhetoric! I want links to share.

                Spineless maggot out.

              • GOM GOM


                DrG has a right to her own beliefs as do you or I. After all, you, on many occasions, have posted personal beliefs and you're website link. You are not 'all that' contrary to what your Pastor tells you.
                Actually, you're stance on theories is 'shite'. So why try to make DRG seem 'unstable' by a belief? Hmm?

                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  Dr G has made it his focus and business to generate his web presence. He gets good google search placement. That position carries a little extra responsibility. Extra care is required to make sure you are getting the facts and story correct. If not, the effort backfires. Students and scientists could 'debunk' the site, with the consequence of the whole movement losing credibility. Some things are 'opinion' but other things are fact or logic. I like his thrust, but Ive never seen him correct anything thats been pointed out numerous times. C'est La Vie

                  But, keeping with your theme that Dr G has the right to his own beliefs, the same should extend to stock, isnt that right? I say Dr G needs the critique to help improve and refine his message. He can always choose not to heed it, which is usually the case

                  • GOM GOM


                    No. Stock chooses to imply DrG is a 'koolaid' drinker making it seem her posts are irrelevant due to gullibility..

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      never shall people agree on religion or politics. The koolaid thing is in reference to left/right politics and also global warming, which stock sees as a ploy to skim money. Lots of people think that the focus on Co2 is in fact misguided from an ecological standpoint and there is evidence suggesting there is a profit motive.

                      Personally, I cant stand it when all of our marine scientists blame every die off on the theory of global warming. They state it as fact yet have no study to back up their claim, and at the same time refuse to mention 10,000 nuclear bombs of fallout.

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      GOM, think stock is using the "koolaid" as a figure of speech & not meant to be disrespectful. Even though stock can be abrasive. OK, stock, you can ding me on that if you want.

                      Nobody's perfect, right?

                  • Dazy Dazy

                    Not to be a groupie, but I really love and respect DrG and the message and also agree with your statement as well, Code.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      thanks Dazy…how many times do I have to say I like the AGreenRoad theme? Who should be shielded from critique? Who couldnt use critique? Dr G isnt a nuclear scientist, and I doubt has any science background, so when he compiles his stories, he NEEDS the help. We all need the help, and sometimes we should avail ourselves of it too

                    • Dazy Dazy

                      I absolutely get that you support DrG and you have never deviated from that, at least that is my perception. I would hope that anyone here that legitimately cares is open to criticism.

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      DrG has done some amazing work & the AGR site IS a wealth of info. Just wish the nuke message was separate from the climate change & political message.

                      My personal preference, IMO the nuclear perspective gets diluted by political & climate change discussion. FWIW.

                  • GOM GOM


                    This is in reply to your recent button.

                    Clarification, DrG is female. And you always 'critique', that's your M.O. here. You critique ad nauseum. How about hassle, I like that better. It drives people away, that's the point.

                    Who cares at this late hour if someone gripes about 'climate change'? Are not we all staring at at own early demise? I know physics guys can't tie their shoes, but lighten up a little.

                    (we didn't get too far from the 'auld lang syne' well wishes did we) lol

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      GOM, how do you know DR G is female? And what difference should it make? Bet you my autographed Wayne Dyer collection (faux gold ink!!) and a Liberace pink vinyl record that the Dr is not a Dr and not a female. You can put up Sadies book on tantric love making which I dont think you are using anyway…While were at it, I bet you arent a nurse, nurse practitioner or naturopath of any kind. Ill bet my foot acupuncture roller, my urine PH strips, and some organic waxed dental floss.

                      My critique of your critique of me is that it misses the mark by a mile

                    • SadieDog

                      Umm, asshole, it was not me with the tantric thing. Don't drag me into your nonsense.

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      GOM, are you sure? (Chuckle.)

                    • DUDe DUDe

                      "..Clarification, DrG is female.."

                      O Really ?? how did you figure that out GOM..sure enough to state it as fact..and while your at it all the other strange identityswitchorsharing/sex/age accusations you made about a LOT of people here over the keeps getting old..

                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    And Amazon store.

            • GOM GOM


              'Her' 😉


              Spot on AST
              DG he/she-just trolling along the heasdlines, hook, line, and sinker.
              I'm sure the good Dr. is all but apoplectic – as read in his/her rants, over our
              National pride taking over THEIR SOCIALIST COMMUNIST AGENDA.
              DG stayed on point until President Trump was elected.

              • Isthmus

                Good post Can't Breath – Back in the 1960's John Wayne told my father, " They tried to get communism out of Hollywood and they couldn't do it " Maybe that's why John was asked to do a movie East of LA on a radioactive site that gave him cancer..!

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                He actually began the socialist meme 6-12 months prior to the elections.

            • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

              His heart is in the right place but his peddling of commie ideas like manmade climate change and open borders suicide are very misinformed and misguided. Our climate is controlled by our Sun. There is NO PROVEN effect of CO2 levels on global temperature. "Scientists" who want grant $$$ whore themselves out by signing onto the "manmade climate change" dogma. Observe how NOAA and NASA have been exposed for inflating temps data. Sort of like how the "scientists" refuse to even mention the dreaded "R" or "F" words when struggling to explain epic unending mass sea creature die offs. "Science" has been captured and almost wholly co-opted by corporate controlled govt grant money distribution bureaucracies like the National Science Foundation. The NSF, FDA, WHO, IAEA and others answer to their corporate overlords; not We the People. The corp overlords decide what research proposals get grant $. Science is now prostitution. "Scientists" and the MSM are the prostitutes. The corps are the johns. We the People are the suckers paying for it all with our children's credit cards…

          • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

            The Russian boogeyman made Hitlery lose lol… It's not as if she was a HORRID CORRUPT EVIL candidate or anything… Get real. Russian "bots" on twitter, if such things exist certainly didn't make up for or exceed the pro-Killary MSM fake news propaganda efforts. Spare US the Fake News talking points about the "Russian Bot Election Stealing Boogeyman" on Twitter. Get real

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          PUN, what is your position on this? Why posted here?

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown


    Your tax dollars at work. All those agencies will protect you. But how do they do it? When a nuclear accident occurs and radiation spews into the environment (or even when they just change the fuel apparently), the agencies jump into action, covering up the story, issuing press releases that say there is no immediate harm etc so that the public doesnt suffer from worry

  • Sol Man

    Isn't an arc flash explosion what was also experienced at WIPP in their electrical yard way back?


    Doctor Mercola Needs To Be Enlightened on Fukushima
    stock here: I often get emails from a reader who likes to be referred to as "Lot's Wife".

    Google that if interested, but basically its a woman looking out over a wasteland, our increasingly toxic environment.

    We need information, methods, resources, ways to combat this toxic environment, first for ourselves, our own bodies and minds, and then secondly for the overall system.

    Put your own oxygen mask on first, or you won't be able to help others.

    In this one he rips Doctor Mercola focusing on silly stuff while ignoring the elephant in the room, Fukushima, 10,000 or maybe 20,000 bombs worth of radiation released over 6 years. Half in the first few days, then the rest slowly leaked/dissolved over time.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Do n't understand the comment on Mercola. He talked about Fukushima after 3/11. Did he backpeddle on it?

      • GOM GOM



        "Our understanding of how vitamin D mediates biological responses has entered a new era … In view of the evidence that has been presented here, it would appear that vitamin D by its preventive/ameliorating actions should be given serious consideration as a protective agent against sublethal radiation injury".

        The EPA has a war on against anyone promoting ill health from radiation exposure. They are posting whole web site denials regarding this.

        RIGHT STOCK?

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Mercola is a great voice reaching many. His business model generates new click bait headlines every few days. None of them are on Fukushima, except the one or two. But it takes an in-depth study to realize the danger of low levels of man made nuclear fallout. And this is not Mercolas business strategy either. Thankfully, he does expose the fraud of mainstream drugs and vaccinations, and promotes no cost health solutions, like sun bathing, grounding and the emotional freedom technique. I dont see any conflict with stock suggesting he could do well to focus a little more on the nuclear problem

            • GOM GOM

              He's Alt-Med..not a paid AMA murderer.

              • Dazy Dazy

                That's slightly dramatic, don't 'cha think? Some of his work is good, none of it is original, he's not doing a bad thing by any means but all persons should continue to educate themselves about their subject if they are going to present their information as validating evidence of something.

                • GOM GOM

                  1..No its not dramatic it's fact. Big Pharma writes the medical books for med students.

                  One pill
                  Two pill
                  RED Pill
                  BLUE Pill

                  Today's students study euthanasia for the 'elderly'..i.e. Baby Boomers.

                  2..Alternative medicine is not classified as individual. Natural medicine is Earthbound healing, so there is no stating 'an original concept'.
                  Agnodice, Hippocrates, early reference to plant healing and such…Even a biblical chart of healing plants, spices (tumeric) from The Book itself would be better than some AMA quackery.

                  Needless to say if one has a heart attack, modern medicine can save you, but that begs the question: 'where was the preventative medicine before the attack'? There is no money in healthy people, at least not in the US.

          • GOM GOM


            In 2011, Mercola was the ONLY one speaking up regarding Japan. That is and was risky. One has to look very closely at who is the author of these new 'Mercola' sites.

            Code, I know you don't read links, just scan the recent report titles. Sound like quackery? You don't really care, just looking out for your side-kick..


            And I also know that YOU & STOCK almost sin·gle-hand·ed·ly, drove away all of ENE's best posters and prospects.

      • Ho, Mercola hadn't done much lately on Fukushima. I like his stuff. But Lots Wife is putting forth the theory that worry about the dangers of yoga pants is misguided when the elephant in the room, man made radionuclides, is pretty much ignored at this time.

        yesterday a trending article was how "66% of cancers cannot be avoided even if you live a perfectly healthy lifestyle"

        hmmmmmmmmmm, you see the opposition and their resources, techniques, control of mass media.

  • So we have a new troll…

    Welcome to enenews where we document the crimes against humanity yet the words dont matter-

    Is turkey point the reactor that flooded in 2014?

    • GOM GOM


      The nastiest disrupter I have seen here.

      The plant flooded in 16' due to a hurricane I think. Recently Homestead has been hit with bad storms (electrical). PUN brought up some space/planet interference but it was shot done by the 'geniuses'.

      • I completely agree gom-

        Wondering if rust lead to todays events. Essentially a series of environmental decay attaching itself to their systems leading to todays failure.

        Noting the orewell dam, our infastructure here is quite laughable. Weve fucking ran up debt in the usa to extents we are imprisoning our citizens in masse to keep a level 'public' image. Its insane.

        We need to rope up these millionaire politicians and imprison them for a change.

        Something big is coming soon. I can sense it. Yet its nothing to do with environmental. Its a political storm. The unveiling of colossal crimes against humanity to which these past administrations are very real to accept the blame of.

        Ive suffered enough myself. Its not even normal animosity. This city is violating me critically and civilly. Maybe I was too loud in my earlier years but they have silenced me good this time.

        I regret so much now.
        Here on earth its the intelligent that suffer and the inferior that are rewarded in criminal extents. The less you do for humanity the more you are rewarded. The more you do in its name, the more you are attacked and punished…

        I fully hope trump lives up to his promisses. The swamp is real!-

        • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

          Take a break dude, fuck 'em. Yeah, I know I'm not particularly liked, but I do mean that sincerely.

          • Don't call me "Dude" He is a 'different', and "well-respected-user-here-"

            I don't care to like, or dislike you-
            Your talking to a stranger-
            My advice: consider acting like one; lest we become more acquainted-

        • Isthmus

          Tacoma Keep the faith with Trump. Now , Spring is coming to the Okanogan Valley over the cascades, and up toward the border there's lots of food and lots of old mines, who knows if we might see them as valuable shelters. I have a cabin, still a couple feet of snow. I have property next to a large acreage, the person that owns it was offered many millions by china . He turned it down because it was family homestead a hundred years ago, and because he & wife are very christen . The Canadian mining co. told him that they have uranium on their property. This co. has in just a few years, announced that they have taken one million ounces of gold out, that was a year ago . About a mile from my cabin .

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Tacomagroove, it has been uncovered there has been seepage off the left lower footing of the dam face (looking downward). There isn't much discussion of that fact yet. The State of California has only approved use of the Oroville Dam for "interim water storage." The thing should be drained & dismantled. It's a threat and a menace to public safety.

  • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

    Guys, what is (was) the mass of radioactive material at fukushima (including waste from other parts of japan and spent fuel pools)? I'm finding it hard to get info about that and I need to be able to mention that.

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Sorry if that's OT.

      Even my own family ignored my linking them to that petition to stop nuclear procurement. Go figure. ~1700 people in south africa bothered to sign it. That's not a particularly positive message.

      Hey, I was a bit late, sure. But 3 days later, I'm the last guy to have signed that.

      Since then, avaaz has tried to get me to not sign a petition, but rather fund them. Hahaha.

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Yeah well, fuck this shit.

      Don't bother listening. It's kinda too late.

  • or-well

    Fm tries so hard to be clever –
    a Contributor! (no one said, ever.)
    Allusive, obligue (such a bother),
    thinks he's weighty – yeah – like a feather!
    Just hasn't got his shit together.
    That word-drooling mutt needs a tether,
    or his head head shoved up his –

  • Cooter

    This mutt was a previous poster here and back then was called Aftershock.

    I would be leery of clicking on any of it's links. Good way to catch a cold.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Aftershock didn't get drunk, rant, or go off on abusive tirades. He was pretty consistent. Got in a few arguments, but was a sober minded person, overall. FM sounds more like Man-Bear-Pig at times. Sort of a Jeckyl and Hyde personality.

  • Breaking: maybe why trolls are out?
    Better late than never. I really ought to have reported on this as soon as I read about them: internal communications (from within the NRC and related agencies) from during the initial days, weeks and months right after the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster began in March 2011.

    They contain damning bombshells emails that strongly suggest (some might even say, ‘prove’) that an official cover-up has been in effect since the very beginning.

    The ever-growing contaminated water tank farm at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster site. (AP)

    Much of the documents were released last year [correction: most was actually already released in summer 2011, but not come to my attention until two years later] through various Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. They have been pieced together and been aptly dubbed, ‘Plume Gate’, With this blog post I intend to fill this gaping hole in my Fukushima Nuclear Disaster reporting.

    More at source:

  • freebywill

    Notice the Event sequence and event notice sequence are out of sync.

    reference NRC event Notices

    20170320 – Turkey Point 3 Alert Declared
    Event Date: 03/18/2017 | Event Time: 11:19 [EDT]
    Notification Date: 03/18/2017 | Notification Time: 12:09 [ET]

    20170320 – Turkey Point 3 Power Supply problem
    Event Date: 03/18/2017 | Event Time: 11:07 [EDT]
    Notification Date: 03/18/2017 | Notification Time: 15:07 [ET]

    TP3 was sched for RFO on 3/20 but there was no coastdown. Not a good thing for PWR reactors.
    Due to the higher temp and pressure they are much more prone to embrittlement failure then BWR unts.

    They may have been prepping for a rapid SD when the problems started.

    [ EN52623 ] At 1107am on 3/18 the reactor tripped due to the loss of an electrial circuit ( 3A 4kv bus ).

    ToiletPaper 3 and 4 are Wasteinghouse 3 loop reactors, meaning there are three reactor coolant pump ( RCP ) loops and associted equipment.

    [ cont ]

    • freebywill

      [ cont ] So the loss of the 3A bus stopped the reactor, control rods slam home, lights flash, sirens sound off, but its still red hot and needs the pumps.
      They report that all three RCPs stopped but they were able to get #2 restarted.
      That's odd, why only 1? Maybe #3 is on the same bus as #1. Doesn't make sense.

      The auxillary feedwater (AFW) pump started. Feedwater is the condensed water in the secondary loop that removes heat from the primary loop. Before it's condensed it was the steam that drove the turbine. But they didn't feel they needed the AFW so they turned it off at 11:35.

      The loss of power caused the 3A emergency diesel generator ( 3A EDG ) to start but it couldn't connect because it sensed a fault on the bus.
      ( this may be the cause of the fire, according to the EN it ran for 2 and 1/2 hours before they shut it off.
      Not exactly sure how this works but I envision the EDG trying to energize the bus, sensing a fault, disconnecting, then after a delay period, trying again. Eventually that may have overheated the relays. Like resetting a circuit breaker on a shorted circuit until the smoke detector goes off. )

      The other thing I find strange is that the 3A EDG didn't know enough to NOT try loading the 3A bus in the first place, but I don't design these things 'experts' do, I just ridicule them.

      [ EN52621 ] At 11:19 the emergency alert is declared due to possible fire.

      At 14:20 (2:20pm) the alert is exited. [ now it's just a mess…

      • freebywill

        [ cont ] While this was all going on they found out that some other safety pumps were not available.
        The high head safety injection (HHSI) pumps. These are part of the emergency cooling system.
        There are a total of 4 pumps, shared by the two units of which two pumps are needed for the job.
        Unit 4s pumps where taken out of service at 6:24 am, but were returned to service at 1:30pm. [ high fives all around ]
        Unit 3s pumps had one down due to the 3A bus issue leaving only one available.
        So I wonder if these pumps were needed during this event and that's when they realized it was not a good idea to take 2 pumps offline just before a shutdown.

        And the transformer from TP4 to TP3 wasn't working.

        Atmospheric steam dumps.

        Mark this entire episode as another near miss of a meltdown.

        [ cont ]

        • freebywill

          So why are the Event Numbers out of sequence with the actual event times?
          It has to due with the reporting criteria time mandates.

          The fist event was a four hour and was reported to the NRC at 15:07 (3pm), but the second event was a 1 hr and was reported to the NRC at 12:09 so it hit first and gets the lower EN.

          Depending on the event class the times are:

          Immediately (OMG), 1 hr (oh shit), 4 hrs (oops), 8 hrs (meh), anything else is (oh btW).

          Also note, there are some gaps in the EN sequence:
          (Event# | Event Date | unit )

          52624 20170320 Nine Mile Point 1
          52623 20170318 Turkey Point 3

          52621 20170318 Turkey Point 3

          52619 20170317 Vogtle 1

          Maybe they'll post 20 and 22 later.
          Any bets that they contain the kind of info the public need not worry about?

          So now the NRC has announced they are gonna do a big inspection.
          After the fact. [ All the horses got loose, lets go inspect ! ]
          If the NRC had really been diligent this incedent might not have happened.

          This is the same NRC that cleared the way for FPL to build two more Newkiller Poisoning Sites (NPS) in November of 2016

          Federal regulators give Turkey Point nuclear expansion plan a key environmental approval

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Assembly Dems try to block nuclear bailout
    March 23, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar


    This Company Is Designing Nuclear ‘Batteries’ for Towns and Industry
    March 22, 2017

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Our local "newspaper" is shit-hot onto the dangers of radiation, yesiree Bob.

    They snap up all we need to know and give it to us straight!

    We got "unavoidable" typos in our DNA.

    stop smoking, avoid too much sun…

    Hey, this article mentions Fukushima! See! Right here: "[…] other forms of radiation […]"

  • Many issues with Turkey Point. Aptly named it is a turkey. uses cooling canals instead of towers. over heating issues tritium pollution no idea why 40 year operating permit extended to 60 years. easily wikipediaed.

    I noticed as soon as story broke Mc Man Anus (why would you call yourself that? Looking for a date?) was on it spreading his/her bullshit. Another pimply faced troll no doubt living in his Mums basement whats the matter? McDonalds not hiring?

    Turkey Point also near sea level and wont survive global warming and rising sea level. WTF reality is scarier then debating secret alien abductions, planet X etc. but if you really want to stick your head in the sand why not?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      "Our world is characterized by: permanent war, full-spectrum dominance, targeted assassinations, rendition, torture, water-boarding, mercenaries, Blackwater, paramilitaries, Contras, cruise missiles, drones, landmines, cluster bombs, napalm, Agent Orange, depleted uranium, biological and chemical weapons, enemy combatants, shock and awe, mujahideen, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic State, Zionism, state terrorism, false flags, 9/11, color revolutions, regime change, coup d'etats, sanctions, drug trafficking, money laundering, plausible deniability, impunity, fascism and neo-fascism, Auschwitz, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, genocide, apartheid, dictatorship, plutocracy, oligarchy, kleptocracy, political sociopaths and narcissists, corruption, predatory capitalism, profiteering, tax havens, bank bail-outs and bail-ins, too-big-to-fail, monopoly capitalism, financialization, corporatism, corporate personhood, golden parachutes, fracking, mountain-top removal, tar sands, Fukashima, laboratory-created diseases, genetically-engineered food, glyphosate, three-strikes, maximum-security, corporate media, public relations, propaganda, surveillance, RFID chips, optical scans, facial recognition, globalization, austerity, structural adjustment, exploitation, poverty, the New World Order."

      They misspelled Fukushima.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Three strikes??? Fukushima! You're out!

        How many "strikes" does the nuclear industry have?

        NOW Kentucky wants nuclear power plants?

        I don't think so!

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        This would be caused progress.. 🙁

        Send more missionaries in, since we like and need more war.

        It is now very obvious that humans hate Mother Earth!

        • Guns And Fundamentalist Evangelical Religion Historically Used To Commit Genocide, Enforce White Privilege Plus Apartheid, Teach Racism Via Hatred For Any Other Religion, Skin Color, Clothing Style Or Culture

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            You are a hater.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            A hater with an agenda.

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Simple word..

              feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone).
              "the boys hate each other"
              synonyms: loathe, detest, despise, dislike, abhor, execrate; be repelled by, be unable to bear/stand, find intolerable, recoil from, shrink from; formalabominate
              "they hate each other"
              intense or passionate dislike.
              "feelings of hate and revenge"
              synonyms: hatred, loathing, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, aversion; hostility, enmity, animosity, antipathy, revulsion, disgust, contempt, odium
              "feelings of hate"

              These are not love pats or kisses or love… 🙁 Better description?

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                Since there has been 2053+ Nuclear Bomb Tests worldwide on this Planet's surface in the past 70 years and human nut jobs are still doing more today along with countless avoidable Nuclear Meltdowns trashing surface areas to the point of being uninhabitable ..that simple word above is very freshly used.

                Other examples might be say you take a gun and shoot your car 2053+ times and then bash in all the window surfaces while slashing your tires..people might think you hate your car.


                Lets say you take 2053+ rocks the size of a grapefruit and throw them at your home as fast and hard as you can breaking all the windows and then you tear off a couple sections of roofing material while kicking in the doors…people might think you hate your home.

                See..that simple word has a wide spread modern use when looked at rationally.

                I rest my case… 🙂

                • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                  The problem as i see it is one can always buy another car and one can always buy another matter the hateful damage you might do to them if you have enough money.

                  With Mother Earth..sorry…you will not ever get another one.

                  When she is gone.. everything any human ever hated or ever loved will be gone with her… too. 🙁

                  Raises the stakes a great deal higher I would say.

  • Isthmus

    Ban Reactors – In response to what's causing all this. A must read is the RA MATERIAL by LL Research , I'll say it three times if it would help . Read all four paperbacks from Amazon . Book five has material they didn't think the public could handle, so was with held for over twenty years . Highly intelligent .

  • curly

    U. S. importing more poisons. At least they didn't take away my Obamacare, I'll be needing it.

    • Ouch, indeed, in theory, I benefit from "obamacare" after the company health plan can no longer be afforded.

      But the real problem is not fixing the healthcare law, it is fixing the healthcare system, including tort law related to same.

  • Sol Man

    Poisons spread and life is dissolving. We are all dissolving alright, but surly not the elite owners of the corporations that spread everything everywhere. Have they gold-imbued chromosomes, Jason's golden fleece protecting their line?


    Hey 'rich' stupid fckers who shit on Joe the Plumber types..THEY HATE YOU TOO, THE 1 %. THEY KILL YOU & YOUR KIDS>>WHAT DONT YOU GET?


    To a lay audience, the scientific documents were indecipherable. Of course they were stupid fckers. What dont you get about a beeping '
    radiation-detecting gun belt'? Its 'natural' they say. Whatever..


    US Reaches Capacity For Nuclear Waste..

    'All the high-level radioactive waste in the country exceeds its storage capacity. The Department of Energy hasn’t even built the repository yet, and the country already needs a second'.

    Radioactive waste doesn’t disappear if you ignore it. The US has 75,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste—spent reactor fuel and the byproducts of processing it—that now sit in pools or dry casks at nuclear power plants, facilities never intended for long-term storage.

    The federal government has paid $4.5 billion to keep high-level waste at nuclear power plants, and it’s on track to spend another $22.6 billion.

    Here comes Yucca..via the Mina?

  • Sol Man

    The children are being sacrificed for blood-money profits to corporations.
    Corporations are people in so far as their owners and directors are people that direct the corporations' actions.

  • stock here: Indeed, they always try to cover up accidents, it is usually 3 or 4 days before they "fess up" and that is usually only after other radiation monitoring sites have busted them dead to right.

    Here is an example from old Russia, they successfully covered up a disaster they say is 4 times bigger than Chernobyl. You will never get truth from the nukists. They will knowingly poison you while trying to protect their precious technology.

  • I watched Pandora a korean movie that seems to relate many of the events that too place at Fukushima, the cover up and the way many other things went wrong.
    Some of you saw the movie ?

  • GOM you made some significant accusations against me, are you going to respond. i feel slighted at best, disparaged perhaps a better word.

    • GOM GOM


      Are you not used to it after all this time? 'Bowling' comes to mind, driving away a top toxicology Doc was your finest


      • GOM GOM

        ..well since I am under severe tech attack I will sign off as I didn't hit submit..

      • LOL I think that says it all

        • GOM GOM

          I just answered you..

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          😆 Says more than one can remember.

          bowling, the ranting alcoholic, some good hang time, change your name-start over. Choice.

          And now GOM is qualified to determine character quals. 😯

          Wasn't it about a month or so ago, GOM was about 3 posts away from the nut house, spun cockeyed from a single article?


      • irhologram

        GOM??? Bowling exhibted paranoid schzophrenic, raging drunk, bullying behavior, "self appointed" leader of "gang-poster-bangers"…every day a different victim a ong us for ticking him off by not agreeing with his every potentate thought.

        He was a TECH in an oncology unit. He was not a doctor, or if he was, he presented that "self" on a different set of days. He did have a narrow area of experience-based properties of the cell, but did sometimes seem a little off in those areas, as well.

        He was controling and abusive, he spoke without thinking or researching, and he had a filthy mouth and therefore, heart. Even so, he lasted a year. Then he came back as someone else…but a guy like that can't hide who he is.

        In short, he was a disrupter who enjoyed disrupting. He kept the site in an uproar. On balance, the blog is more effective without him.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    6 Years After Fukushima Disaster, Many Japanese Have Lost Faith In Nuclear Power
    March 24th, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    UK watchdog sounds alarm over doctored papers & security breaches at French nuclear parts supplier
    25 Mar, 2017 11:19Edited time: 25 Mar, 2017 11:22

    “Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has questioned the adequacy of a French nuclear forge which had already supplied parts for UK nuclear sites. It follows revelations of doctored paperwork and security breaches by the French producer.

    “The ONR report, obtained under a Freedom of Information request and seen by Reuters, gives details on the December 16 visit by an international monitoring team to a French Creusot forge, operated by the country’s state-owned nuclear supplier Areva….”

  • rogerthat

    Fukushima fishermen fight release of tainted water as tritium standoff continues
    MAR 19, 2017

    On Feb. 25, against a clear sky, fishing boats bearing colorful banners used to signal a rich haul returned to their home port of Ukedo in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture. Cheers erupted as the boats, which had taken refuge in Minamisoma in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear crisis, made their way home for the first time in six years.

    The Soma-Futaba fishing cooperative will soon resume fishing for konago (young lancefish), after the heads of fishing co-ops in the prefecture approved the start of experimental fishing operations 10 to 20 km from the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.

    Despite the steady recovery moves, however, local fishermen are not optimistic because their industry still faces “concern” that radioactive fish could tarnish their reputation.

    Fukushima No. 1 currently has 950,000 tons of radioactive water in storage that has been desalinated and filtered to remove some of the radioactive elements, but the volume is increasing at a pace of 150,000 tons a year.

    Of the 950,000 tons, 750,000 were further treated with the Advanced Liquid Processing System, to remove most of the remaining isotopes. …

    • rogerthat

      But even ALPS cannot remove tritium, and this has the fishing industry concerned that water tainted with tritium could ultimately be released into the ocean.

      The debate over what to do about the tainted water has turned into a standoff. The central government set up a committee in September to discuss disposal and studied five options, including ocean release, underground burial and air release. But the committee could not agree on any of them because all had the potential to damage the reputation of Fukushima’s seafood.

      Hiroshige Seko, head of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has jurisdiction over the issue but appears reluctant to bring the debate to a rapid conclusion.

      “We have not decided on the schedule, including when to conclude (the debate),” he said in a recent interview with the Fukushima Minpo.

      Tritium is a common byproduct of normal nuclear power plant operations. Its release into the ocean is permitted worldwide as long as the concentration doesn’t exceed certain levels. In Japan, the legal threshold for tritium release is 60,000 becquerels per 1 liter.

      Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, has said “there is no solution than ocean release” for the tritium generated at Fukushima No. 1, noting that if the concentration is within legal limits, the government should go ahead with the release. Officials at related international institutions have expressed similar views.

      But the prefectural association …

      • rogerthat

        of fishing cooperatives remains opposed, worried that an ocean release could further damage the image of Fukushima’s fish and seafood.

        A fisherman from Onahama in the city of Iwaki said, “The move could lead to a loss of trust in the prefecture’s seafood, which the fishermen have worked hard to build.”

        On the other hand, if the disposal debate goes unresolved, the amount of tainted water at Fukushima No. 1 will continue to rise and delay the decommissioning of the plant.

        Tepco has said it “will decide (on the fate of the water) in a responsible manner by watching the government debate and weighing the opinions of local residents.”

        The fishery industry is watching how the central government balances the two jobs of revitalizing the industry and handling tritium-tainted water — and how it can thoroughly explain the decision in ways people both in Japan and abroad can understand, without leaving it entirely up to Tepco.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      "…tarnish their reputation." Oh noze. No monies. Dead fish.
      That's what happens when you allow the nuclear industry to fall into the ocean…

      "The Soma-Futaba fishing cooperative will soon resume fishing for konago (young lancefish), after the heads of fishing co-ops in the prefecture approved the start of experimental fishing operations 10 to 20 km from the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc."

      Wait. What?

      Are the experimental operations run by Tepco?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      "…because all of them have the potential to damage the reputation of Fukushima seafood."

      What about damage to the seafood itself (it's alive), and the critters which eat it, uh, like the humans and top predators in the marine environment?

  • rogerthat

    Five power firms nationwide dole out over ¥90 billion in dividends after rate hikes
    MAR 19, 2017

    Five major domestic power companies have paid a total of some ¥90 billion in shareholder dividends since raising their electricity rates following the country’s worst nuclear disaster in March 2011, Jiji Press has learned.

    While the fee hikes lifted their earnings, the five companies have yet to cut their electricity fees, according to an analysis Saturday.

    The five are Kyushu Electric Power Co., Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Tohoku Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co.

    All resumed dividend payments after raising their rates.

    The five companies plus Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and Kansai Electric Power Co. raised their rates amid financial difficulties stemming from the halting of the nation’s atomic power plants in the wake of the triple meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    After raising rates, Chubu Electric paid some ¥37.9 billion in dividends by the end of 2016, the largest amount among the five companies.

    Following its May 2014 fee hike, Chubu Electric returned to profitability in the year through March 2015 and doled out about ¥7.6 billion in dividends for the year.

    The company paid some ¥18.9 billion …

    • rogerthat

      in dividends in the year that ended in March 2016 and some ¥11.4 billion in the six months that ended in last September.

      Tohoku Electric paid ¥29.9 billion in dividends, the second largest amount, after raising its rates in September 2013. It returned to profitability in the year that ended in March 2014, paying out about ¥2.5 billion.

      Both Chubu Electric and Tohoku Electric have been boosting dividend payments.

      Shikoku Electric paid some ¥4.2 billion in dividends each in the year that ended in March 2015 and the following year.

      Kyushu Electric resumed dividends in the year that ended in March 2016, paying some ¥9.5 billion.

      While raising its fees twice, in September 2013 and November 2014, Hokkaido Electric paid some ¥4.7 billion in dividends in the year that ended in March 2016. Its rates are the highest in Japan.

      Tepco, which faces huge compensation and decommissioning costs related to the nuclear disaster, has not resumed dividend payments despite improved earnings.

      Kansai Electric has also yet to resume dividend payments due to uncertainty over its financial health.

      Chugoku Electric Power Co., Hokuriku Electric Power Co. and Okinawa Electric Power Co. have not raised their electricity rates after the Fukushima accident.

      Defending its decision to resume dividend payments, Shikoku Electric said that dividend payments are its minimum obligation to its shareholders.

  • rogerthat

    Robot probe finds lethal radiation levels in water near bottom of Fukushima reactor 1 vessel
    MAR 22, 2017

    FUKUSHIMA – A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Tuesday.

    The reading was measured in a survey using a robot on Sunday at a point about 30 cm from the bottom of the containment vessel of reactor 1.

    The reading is the highest radiation level detected in water inside the containment vessel. If exposed to this level of radiation, a person would likely die in about 40 minutes.

    The survey showed the accumulation of sandy substances at the bottom of the vessel, but Tepco said it does not believe they are melted nuclear fuel.

    Nuclear fuel melted from the reactor’s pressure vessel is believed to have accumulated in contaminated water at the bottom of the containment vessel. No such debris has been found so far.

    Reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the plant suffered meltdowns in March 2011 after it was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

    On Monday, a radiation level of 6.3 sieverts per hour was detected in water at a point about 1 meter from the bottom of the containment vessel, where Tepco had seen possible fuel debris. …

    • rogerthat

      Sandy substances and something that resembled melted fuel were found there but Tepco said it was not fuel debris.

      A radiation level of 1.5 sieverts per hour was monitored on Saturday in water at another point 1 meter above the bottom of the containment vessel.

      Tepco decided to extend the survey by one day through Wednesday to look for melted fuel.

  • rogerthat

    Tepco robot failed to capture images of melted fuel in reactor 1
    MAR 24, 2017

    Tokyo Electric said Thursday that it failed to get any photos of potential fuel debris during a five-day probe of the primary containment vessel at reactor 1 of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., however, stressed that the investigation was worthwhile because its robot was able to take underwater images in the pool of water at its bottom and gauge its radiation level, which will help it estimate where the melted fuel lies.

    The monstrous tsunami of March 11, 2011, tipped reactors 1, 2 and 3 into core meltdowns. The molten fuel rods then penetrated their pressure vessels before apparently dropping to the bottom of the giant containment vessels.

    There is about a 2.5-meter deep water pool at the bottom of the primary containment vessel of reactor 1, and Tepco believes most of its melted fuel rods fell into it. Thus the main mission of the robot investigation this time was to capture underwater images.

    The robot traversed gratings set up several meters above the vessel’s bottom and lowered a wire with a camera and dosimeter on its tip at 10 locations in the water.

    Yet none of the images disclosed by Tepco showed anything resembling fuel debris, while parts of machinery, …

    • rogerthat

      such as a valve, were captured.

      When the robot dangled the camera on spots where Tepco thought there was a higher probability of locating the fuel, it instead found a 90-cm pile of sediment.

      Tepco spokesman Yuichi Okamura said the sediment is probably not fuel debris, given the relatively low radiation readings, which ranged from 5.9 to 9.4 sieverts per hour.

      Although the readings indicate extreme danger to people, Okamura said the readings would have been much higher had they been melted fuel rods. He said Tepco had no idea what the sediment is but added that there was a possibility it was covering the fuel.

      According to Okamura, radiation readings get weaker by a hundredth if blocked by a meter of water. Since the robot detected readings from 5.9 to 9.4 sieverts per hour about 90 cm above the pool’s bottom, there might be something down there emitting strong radiation.

      Tepco plans another investigation this month to pick up samples of the sediment.

      While no fuel debris was recognized, Okamura said Tepco would review the data and analyze it further. By comparing radiation readings from various locations, the utility might be able to roughly pinpoint where the melted rods lay, he said.

      He added that it was an achievement that the robot lasted for five days in the deadly radiation and that Tepco was able to retrieve it.

  • rogerthat

    Radiation brings fear, and kids let it all out
    MAR 25, 2017

    Radiation is a fearful thing. Colorless, odorless, undetectable except by special instruments, it’s one of those evils you can dismiss from your mind altogether, until the special instruments start registering. Then suddenly it’s everywhere, or seems to be — a ubiquitous and ineradicable contaminant.

    Children, as we all know, say and do the damnedest things. They mean no harm, they just know not what they do, sometimes. Their innocence is terrifying. Sometimes innocence looks anything but innocent. But all societies recognize it.

    Children are not legally responsible for their actions. Parents and teachers may punish them in order to teach them responsibility. But it’s a long process. Until it’s complete, the evil they do, when they do evil, gets filed under “mischief,” in recognition of the spirit in which it was — probably — committed.

    When Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant cracked under the strain of a tsunami six years ago and irradiated large swaths of Fukushima Prefecture, refugees streamed out of the stricken area, settling where they could. Forty thousand of them remain out-of-prefecture, 5,100 in Tokyo. Most of them will never go home again. Will they ever be at home where they are? …

    • rogerthat

      Josei Seven magazine raises the issue of “nuclear bullying.” Children too young, one might think, to even know the word “radiation” picked it up under the circumstances, and flung it with what seems like gleeful malice at disoriented new classmates who had enough to cope with already. Six years on, says Josei Seven, they’re still flinging it.

      “It started immediately,” says one refugee, recalling her son’s transfer to a Tokyo elementary school in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. “‘Fukushima kids are weird,’ they’d shout at him. Kids would crawl under his desk and jab his feet with pencils. In the mornings he began saying he wasn’t feeling well. At the time, frankly, I was too traumatized myself to take much notice.”

      Lawyer Yukio Yamakawa, director-general of the Tokyo Disaster Support Network, takes up the story with an account of other children he’s spoken to. What starts with name-calling (“Hey, Radioactive!” “Hey, Bacteria!”) easily escalates into what’s hard not to call torture. One kid is forced to drink a bottle of ink. Another has his shoes tossed into the toilet. A third is met in the corridor by classmates poised as if brandishing guns: “Radiation! Bang! Bang!” A fourth suffers extortion of what adds up over time to ¥1.5 million: “You can afford it, your family gets (disaster victim) compensation payments!”

      Yamakawa reports this taunt making the rounds: “Fukushima kids won’t live past junior high school anyway, so you may as well die now.” …

      • rogerthat

        “Tanaka-san,” as we’ll call the mother cited above, began to fear her son might commit suicide. A poem he wrote contained the line, “Oh, to be able to go to heaven.” Fully focused now, she transferred the boy to another school. The peace that followed was short-lived. Name-calling, exclusion — it started all over again. The homeroom teacher was well-intentioned and put a stop to it — what she could see of it. What went on behind her back was beyond her control. A lot did, its viciousness increasing.

        “I’d been bullied myself as a child,” Tanaka says, incidentally reminding us that the problem is neither new nor necessarily nuclear-related. “I understood what he was going through.”

        She transferred him again. That seems to have ended the ugliest persecution, but, once a victim, you don’t simply get over it. The boy as a small child had dreamed of being a botanist when he grew up. Now he simply says, “I have no dreams.” Fukushima No. 1 destroyed much that is quantifiable — lives, property, livelihoods — and much that isn’t.

        What to make of little kids who inflict this torment on other little kids? Can innocence itself be evil? Or fictitious? One hypothesis Josei Seven raises is that children merely absorb what they hear from their parents. Lacking critical faculties and adult inhibitions, they act where grown-ups merely talk.

        The energy and imagination they put into it make it hard not to suspect they enjoy it. Enjoyment of other people’s sufferings …

        • rogerthat

          is a well-attested human trait, exploited for mass entertainment at least as far back as the Roman circuses. Nothing has happened since to root it out of us, and if radiation stimulates it today, in that respect at least it breaks no new ground.

          Naked fear is a factor too. Radiation, unseen, unheard, is the most fearful of stalkers. Might school kids seriously believe their Fukushima classmates are contagious? If so, the rational response would be to stay away from them, but fear and hatred merge, short-circuiting rationality and generating “Radiation, bang, bang!”

          Radiation today, tuberculosis a century ago, different causes producing similar effects. Novelist Ayako Miura (1922-1999), herself a sufferer, made what might be called “tuberculosis bullying” a sub-theme of her novel “Shiokari Toge” (Shiokari Pass), set in late-19th-century Hokkaido: “It was an age when sufferers of tuberculosis were so hated and feared that they were even forced to leave the neighborhood.” A character who innocently brings up the subject arouses horror in his listener: “Mr. Nagano, even if you only mention the name of that dreadful disease it makes your lungs rot!”

          “Radiation, bang, bang!” Last July a 26-year-old man slipped into a facility for disabled patients in Kanagawa Prefecture and slaughtered 19 of them, his apparent intention being to free the world from the scourge of disability. Disability, bang, bang. In February Satoshi Uematsu was declared fit to stand trial. …

          • rogerthat

            A psychiatric evaluation found in him symptoms of a personality disorder but not of incapacity to distinguish right from wrong.

            The disorder in question, writes psychiatrist Rika Kayama in the weekly Spa!, amounts to an extreme form of self-love. “Of course,” she writes, “we all love ourselves; we all at one time or another fantasize about being king or queen of the world …” We’d all, in short, be insane, more or less, if we let our fantasies rule our actions. Most of us know when to stop.

            Uematsu’s self-love, Kayama hypothesizes, took the form of a conviction of having a mission, a destiny to fulfill. Maybe we all have that too, to some degree. Adults usually stifle it. Children often don’t.

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Dividends, Heaven and Nuclear Bullying in the same thread..poor people.,,have no clue what is in store.

              Chernobyl brought down Russia and it sadly will do the same to them.

              Is there no sanity anymore?

  • curly

    First Fuku became not a conspiracy theory, now we can take Geoengineering off the conspiracy theory list. What's next?

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