VIDEO: Wreckage crashes into nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima Unit 3 — Officials not reporting if damaged, but “will continue monitoring regularly” — Cooling in pool interrupted

Published: September 2nd, 2014 at 8:25 am ET


TEPCO: The Console of the Fuel Handling Machine dropped during debris removal operation of Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool, Sept 1, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • Accident situation: During debris removal operation from spent fuel pool, to rise the console of the fuel handling machine, the crane tried to grasp the console with its fork, but the console dropped around the middle of east side of the pool… It dropped between debris in the pool and curing material on the upper part of fuel rack… there were 2 fuels under dropped debris.
  • Time… 12:45p: Failed to grasp the console of fuel handling machine and dropped it; 2:37p: Resumed cooling the spent fuel pool
  • Confirmed situation and future schedule – After console dropped, parameters concerned were confirmed to be normal. (1) monitoring post : no significant change; (2) atmosphere dose of operation floor of reactor building: no significant change (3.2mSv/h); (3) water level of spent fuel pool : no significant change; (4) water level of skimmer surge tank : no significant change (confirmed after restart of cooling spent fuel pool); (5) dust monitor of operation floor of reactor building: below the detection limit (1.0×10-5Bq/cm3)
  • TEPCO will continue monitoring regularly ((1) to (4) above) until it is confirmed that the fuel rack etc. are not damaged.
  • Schedule – August 29: analyzing concentration of radioactive materials of spent fuel pool; August 30:Using underwater camera, TEPCO will confirm that fuel rack and two fuels are not damaged.

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Watch underwater video of the impact here

Published: September 2nd, 2014 at 8:25 am ET


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95 comments to VIDEO: Wreckage crashes into nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima Unit 3 — Officials not reporting if damaged, but “will continue monitoring regularly” — Cooling in pool interrupted

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    TEPCO will confirm that fuel rack and two fuels are not damaged.
    What 2 fuels?
    What racks?

    • nedlifromvermont

      I am soooo glad they "will continue monitoring …" No worries now!!! (sarc)

      Has anyone heard if the US Cavalry has been notified … so they can ride to the rescue, as they used to when things got dicey, in those old western movies …

      Ge = US Cavalry?? … not so much …. just a bunch of silly wankers, stewing over their 401's and benefit packages, while the Tohoku burns …. at the atomic level ….

      Thanks Be To GE …. for this God-awful mess …

      Wankers are GE (and the other uranium fission power business associates) … Killer-wankers …

    • weegokiburi weegokiburi

      TEPCo 'will' confirm?
      Already decided? How about that. Guess they must have precognition now.

      You shall go to the ball Cinerella.

      • We Not They Finally

        Cinderella. Correct. It's a costume drama. Manufacture some "good news" on script, keep blocking the whole catastrophic mess best you can.

        • weegokiburi weegokiburi

          Sadly there is no fairy godmother to wave her magic wand.
          Abe as Prince Charming?

          • DebbyS-AbqNM DebbyS-AbqNM

            Abe is more like one of the rats pulling the pumpkin (in the classic animated Disney movie). He's the lead rat who thinks he is a magnificent, purebred horse fit to pull the royal coach, while the "coach" he pulls is actually just a big, orange squash that's about to become a football the day after Halloween.

    • Cognitive Dissonance And The Nuclear Industry; How Reality Refuses To Intrude; via @AGreenRoad

  • jec jec

    Just imagined fuel assemblies, Heart, TEPCO always tell the truth..(sarcasm). Not to worry, they will monitor situation(double sarcasm). I am concerned on how fast the fuel pool heater up. Think someone else also commented on that fact.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    This is no big deal, IMHO. Those fuel assembly handles are small but tough. The acceleration of the Fuel Handling Machine underwater probably won't have damaged fuel assembly handles. The assemblies themselves will be protected by the rack. Even if bent, the handles can still be used to raise the fuel assemblies out of the rack. And we don't care what condition the Fuel Handling Machine and the rack are in.

  • nedlifromvermont

    If you watch the crane dropping console video, the second video comes up of the torus inspection … and there it is for all the world to see: The GE logo, in the bottom right, next to HITACHI …

    Is this not proof of ownership? The capital letters in cursive (not unlike the 'Ford' logo from the same time frame) … from the 1890 merger of Thompson Houston with Edison Electric, when C. A. Coffin and J. P. Morgan (with Rothschild backing) created the monster entity we know as "GE-eeee, we bring good things to life!" except that this message, this mantra, is an Orwellian camouflage for corporate malfeasance and misbehavior …

    From the Green Run fiasco in 1940's Hanford, to the PCB contamination of the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers … to the forcing of the introduction of the under-designed Mark One death machines (poison factories) we know as boiling water reactors …. this corporation has outlived its usefulness and must be derated, delisted and deflated … their toxic practices must not go unpunished … no matter how enthralled Barack O'Diddly is by Mr. Immelt's out-sized hubris …

    They have violated their corporate charter, as they no longer operate in the interests of the living citizens of this country, or the world …

    Give me Putin over Immelt any day … at least he speaks plainly …

    We hear nada, nichts, nothing from the real perps at GE!

    peace 'newsers!

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "A 400 kg piece of equipment slipped from a crane and fell back into a pool holding spent uranium fuel rods… [It] is about a meter wide and 1.6 meters high… "

    The piece of debris that fell was not the Fuel Handling Machine, but the console only.
    Even less of a big deal than I thought. 😉

      • hbjon hbjon

        We witnessed the video of explosion 1 and 3. The debris rained down on the reactor containment buildings and of all that debris, there must have been some pretty heavy chunks that landed in the SFP's. It is reasonable to accept that as fact.

        If a heavy piece fell on some of the assemblies, it would cause a major disruption in the force.(explains Obewan's presence here)

        Said disruption would cause many unpleasant events to occur. The first being a large scale flux of neutrons that increase the temperature. Next comes coolant evaporation. Finally, damage to rods and moron moderators.

        Any broken rods from falling debris will instantaneously vaporize and even separate the bond of H2O. There is your hydrogen. It's a hard one to accept that there could be undamaged fuel in any of the SFP's. Except maybe F2. And that is a big maybe.

        A lot of us here don't believe any work can be done within or around the FDNPP complex because of the residual radiation left from the damaged fuel. It's such a large scale disaster that most unscientific minds are unable to grasp.

        • Starbird Starbird

          hbjon, it amazes me that whenever we talk about the explosions in unit 3, and the huge chunks of debris raining down around the facility including into the sfp, we never discuss WHERE the explosion emanated from!
          Photos show the reactor lid in place and the sfp still able to hold water, so the explosion couldn't have emanated from either location.
          Tepco (with fingers crossed) says, "Well folks it was a hydrogen explosion". WHAT!!! THE ENTIRE NW CORNER OF THE BUILDING IS GONE!
          No "hydrogen explosion" could do that!!!
          This hydrogen explosion fairy tale is as phony as the absurd official story that 19 bozos with boxcutters brought down the twin towers!
          WHY do we let them get away with this nonsense about hydrogen explosions?
          It is CRITICAL to know the SOURCE of the explosions in unit 3 so we can begin to determine what the world has been exposed to from the explosion.

          • hbjon hbjon

            You are very observant Starbird. I suppose it goes down to what is politically correct or not. The knowables and the unknowables. The knowables are politically correct. Football game scores, Hollywood's latest sex scandals, the types of pills that are good for your parents and grandparents. These are examples of knowables.

            Unknowables, are politically incorrect. The massive failure of the nations financial system, food and drug recalls and alerts, medical malpractice, technical details of things involving nuclear power, and ELE events from outer space like huge meteors. That is a short list of some of the unknowables.

            The criticality happened in the RCV. Thats where the pressure was the greatest. Regardless of moderating materials, the fuel did explode. Water is a moderator, but that evaporated. Boron is a moderator, but that vaporized. These are examples of the unknowables, imho. But they can also be figments of our imaginations, as we don't possess the knowable data to help draw correct conclusions.

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    The physical realities at the plants invite all manner of misshaps. The old adage of no news is good news is not aplicable here.
    Silence = death is more fitting.

    The jury rigging that has occured since the accident puts the spent fuel in a very precarious state. A major quake could cause loss of cooling to the SFP's. Fires in those pools release ghastly amounts of aerosoled radiation into living things. The rather casual way high level waste is handled by the industry is indicative of a greedy, selfish culture there.

  • athome athome

    As Tchernobyl have signed the end of Soviet Union, I ask myself, what Fukushima is going deliver ?

    • JimLynch JimLynch

      End of non-radioactive life on Earth

        • JimLynch JimLynch

          Really wish it wasn't true. Throw in Hanford, Oak Ridge, Chernobyl, etc….
          Thirty years later after Chernobyl, we have this now:

          Really doesn't take a PhD to figure out. Where there is smoke, there is usually, or has been, fire. The loss of life in the Pacific is..there is no word to describe it. Criminal doesn't even come close.

          • unincredulous unincredulous

            I wonder how much it costs to have those wild boar tested for radiation. So much for saving money by hunting. New in the sporting goods section of German newspapers — The new handy-dandy radiation in food monitor! "A large Sodium Iodide (NaI) detector and the optimized sampling geometry in combination with an advanced spectrum analysis result in short sampling periods and a high sample throughput."


            Disclosure: Not spamming, I am in no way affiliated with this company, and do not profit in any way from this company.
            I just find the world to be too wrecked to fathom

            • unincredulous unincredulous

              "What do you want for Christmas, young man?"

              "A radiation-in-food detector, Santa!"

              "Allrighty then, young man. You do know Santa is not made of money? What do you think money grows on trees? Elves, prepare some sedatives, and send them to this young man's father! What this lad really needs is a lawyer! Rudolph, warm up my sleigh, we are going to Harvard, Yale, etc, etc, to find some skinny lawyers to shove down a few chimneys!"

              "Santa, I'd like a Geiger counter, too!"

              "… whatever happened to the good old days when boys wanted choo choos?"

  • bo bo

    Hmmm … I wonder what the temperature was for spent fuel pool #3 between 8/24 – 8/30 ( in red line on this chart ),4,7,9,27&vmode=mobile

    But then.. I'm confused.. there's something still in the pool left to cool.. ??

    • bo bo

      Oh I see Rose already had the same thought first thing lol

      • Shaker1

        "Whether there was anything in the pool that would be damaged?" was the question asked by my cynical self upon reading of the incident. But it does appear there is something in there…

        I found the wording of the post itself a bit odd. To what are they referring when the speak of 'fuel cells'?

        Seems there's nothing on Tepco's English page. Bo, if you've time and inclination might you take a look at the Japanese and see if there's a formal announcement by Tepco? If so, might it be enlightening as to what they mean by 'fuels'? Is it something in translation? Not important; I'm just interested.

        Other than that, I agree with PUN, that it's likely not something that's too much more worry than what it is now. If one thinks about how heavy the racks are individually and how little material actually contains the fuel (.032" wall thickness of the ZR tubing), there has to be a fairly stout structure to carry them. Racks that lose their shape are useless in a reactor, so they do what they can to avoid it and retain good function.

    • athome athome

      It may stay two rods and the rack ?

      • razzz razzz

        "Unit 3 SFP: 514 irradiated (used) fuel assemblies and 52 unirradiated new unused assemblies"
        Dated or maybe incorrect information from but close enough for TEPCO. Less than a core load and any MOX fuel in 3's pool was new, awaiting future loading.

        Unit 1's pool has the least amount of wasted fuel even compared to Unit 4's pool now being mostly unloaded.

        Unit 3's pool would had to have boiled dry and the racks damage or melted down to begin any kind of reactions. I think Arnie got that one wrong. More than likely, 3's core melt led to radioactive explosions, not in the pool. Seems difficult for 3's pool water to boil off since there is only less than 500 used assemblies there to create heat.

        Of course the racks are trashed and the pool is full of junk and debris but borated water should keep things under control.

        Obviously TEPCO treats 3's pool with kid gloves so not to upset it. sarc/off

        • bo bo

          Interesting.. if this is true, razzz, that is awesome news ( sarc/off – my standard for what I consider as good news from TEPCO is really low these days too )

    • bo bo

      Reading comments on webcam forum made me revisit this 8/24 – 8/30 gap in the chart and ponder what might have happened at unit 3 –
      Just going to throw this into the mix – this release from TEPCO in Japanese on 8/25 ( I couldn't find English press release of this )

      'Leak monitoring sensor located north of Unit 3 turbine building went off – but there is no leak, no anomalies detected, no rise in sfp temp'

      Just a thought. Prob unrelated…

  • mutante mutante

    In terms of its relevance to the overall emittance of radioactive poison from Fukushima DAIICHI, I would say that is akin to the last tire of an 18 wheeler running over the foot of the obliterated, mangled body it initially hit with it's grill.
    Do you really think it matters at this point?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I think we here often point fingers at the victims of this technology folly and not directly at the technology itself.

    Big mistake in my estimation. No one has the ability to stop what now goes down/on in Fukushima one. 🙁

    Maybe we should raise taxes and that will solve the problem with the constant failures of a 70 year old technology that we and our best scientists do not fully understand?

    Pull your wallets out for the next 250,000,000 years then.. or maybe you/we should shut down and kill this technology before it bankrupts the entire world..

    The writing is now plastered all over the wall and somebody had better learn how to read what has been/being written.. 🙂

    • We Not They Finally

      Economies shutting down due to ill populations, that alone will bankrupt the world. But I guess that the "good news" there [real over-the-top sarc] is that Putin doesn't have to threaten the petrodollar, or the U.S. threaten wars over manufactured lies in the Ukraine in a vain attempt to destroy Putin so as to salvage the U.S. economy. (It's that twisted? Looks like it.) It will all come down anyway.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

        You forget so easily NATO. Europe hasn't forgotten WWII, the Iron Curtain, or Chernobyl. It isn't the US versus Putin, but Europe versus Putin. And it doesn't have anything to do with the dollar, but Europe would like to remain free and to have their own economy. The Soviet Union absolutely destroyed the economies of the countries it ruled in Europe. Why do you want the Chernobyl losers, which was Russia, to rule all of Euro;e? Do you really want Russian nuclear waste all over Europe? Please don't just support and hasten the world destroyed by nuclear weapons and nuclear energy and DU and uranium mining. No one can stop nuclear energy in Russia. It is a completely totalitarian dictatorship and a police state.

        The people in Russia will never have any say so about nuclear energy, nor the press be able to criticize nuclear energy and nuclear waste. Can't you let the people of Europe defend themselves? They have the Euro, not the dollar.

        • We Not They Finally

          Wow. Please slow down. Putin announces war on the petrodollar just this past Spring. Wants to trade in roubles, as well as other countries trading oil in their own denominations, not petrodollars.

          THEN all of the sudden,the U.S. cares so passionately about freedom for the Ukrainian people???

          The U.S. government does not give a flying cr-p about freedom for the Ukrainian people! So whether you do or don't, they do NOT.

          BTW, the euro hasn't seemed to help Europe much, has it? It just seems to have made domino bankrupting of the European nations possible.

          So if you can just curb your hatred of Russia for one little second and look at some larger picture….

          Also BTW, at least Russia did SOMETHING about Chernobyl. Japan has done nothing; and the U.S. has been partners in covering it up, plus jacking up so-called "safe" radiation to post-lethal limits.

          Just know that your personal hatred of Russia doesn't necessarily make you a freedom fighter. There is a whole big world out there, and with MANY bad players. IMHO.

  • demise demise

    Every piece of news that comes out of Tepco just makes my heart sink lower. Just a complete comedy of errors, mistakes and obvious misdirection. The solution is beyond human understanding or capabilities and the result will be the devolution of our civilization. Yes, it is that bad. When the largest body of water, which is largest food producer becomes so polluted that the eco-system is seriously damaged, then we are all doomed. It's happening now, today!

    This generation will die slowly and painfully and much faster for each succeeding generation that carries on till the end of man. Our technology caught up to us which solved past calamities, but this is too far beyond us and now on to the new dark ages before oblivion. Satan has won.

  • The important question to ask is…

    How warm is the water? Is it sufficiently warm for the Olympic swimmers who must practice there, in order to how how the radiation is healthy for them?

    Preferably, a temp of 84 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit; in order to prevent muscle cramps.


  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Its far uglier than any of us can really imagine..
    What women have to go through..
    The learning curve…is bad news for everyone.
    Other cancers..
    What sets these genes off? Manmade Ionizing Radiation Contamination! 🙁
    "Cells with mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 are hypersensitive to ionizing radiation (IR) and exhibit defective DNA repair."

    We are killing our own in the name of progress.. 🙁 Millions upon millions…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Then since we have on the loose a DNA scrambler thanks to plowboy's posts about DU etc., we must now understand that this ongoing gene mutation is based on ionizing radiation assaults and can effect all humans. 🙁

    The reason why it can effect all humans is because the DNA/genes can scramble on the fly and all humans "do" have these genes in their bodies.. 🙁
    "BRCA1 and BRCA2 is short for breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 and breast cancer susceptibility gene 2. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are present in all individuals. Everyone has two copies of each of these genes – one from each parent."

    Dow we feel like guinea pigs now? We should! 🙁

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    oops.. "Do" we feel like guinea pigs now?

  • monster

    How many times does this make that heavy metal debris has fallen into a pool from cleanup operations? I wonder if the thought has ever crossed their minds to use a magnetic crane for this type of removal? Like the type used in the scrap metal industry. I would say it would be less likely to slip and fall off, makes sense to me especially when working over and around a nuclear fuel pool.

    • bf9 bf9

      That's the whole point of having an actual worldwide focus on this problem…countless ideas that would have otherwise never been thought about are now able to be applied in some way.

      We have the power of the internet, no? Good chunk of the world has access. Why not come clean, create a massive think tank via the internet, have all able countries try to mitigate this?

      Either it's genuinely too late or humanity isn't ready for that moment of realization, IMO. That R3 detonation sure was something.

      • bf9 bf9

        *something on topic pertaining to the article;

        I'm sorry Japan, but it's time to allow some open outside help on this and big time. You gotta rotate these people out because fatigue as mentioned above is an enormous x-factor…being honest with yourself you can see that any country in which this happened would have to do the same, or given a larger population at least accepting some engineering/scientific help.

          • bo bo

            Their 'Hi, my name is TEPCO and I admit I have a problem' moment – 3 yrs too late.. but- were there any takers ?

            • bf9 bf9

              Oh it is most definitely three years too late. Lol. You're point is valid though, nobody seems to have the slightest idea of what to do.

              I've got an idea, send a handful of us newsers here to organize a "structure" to figure out what to do. I've read some very intriguing and convincing ideas over the last year and a half on enenews. I myself would even prove useful (and am up for the challenge *cough*) as I have a pretty unique upbringing with at least a basic understanding of everything from engineering, to psychology, to business management.

              Anyway bo, how are you doing? Been a while since I've read a post of yours. Been busy working and miss a lot of comments.

              • bo bo

                Hiya back bf9 🙂

                Cool idea. Again if anybody wants to submit an idea I'll gladly offer translation.

                I really do wonder if TEPCO was serious about 'asking for help' though..I wonder if it is similar to when a pharmaceutical company says it is 'searching of a cure for cancer'? Perhaps cleanup / decomissiong work is easy money & they don't really care to find a real solution ?↓


                • bo bo

                  Quote from article:

                  Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise..“There is decommissioning business here beyond Fukushima and it’s a worldwide business,” said Lake Barrett, a former U.S. nuclear regulator who headed the Three Mile Island cleanup. “I think it’s an exciting new area,” he said. “Japan can be a world leader again.”

                  Don't wanna be too squinty-eyed.. but perhaps that's also behind the flurry of recent 'wins' in Tsuruga & Mihama ? I mean, again – whatever it takes, I'll take it.. but with slightly squinty eyes.. ( insert here squinty face icon )

                  • bo bo

                    Afterall TEPCO did teport PROFITS 2013

                    Anyways -hope you are well too, my friend.
                    I've been keeping my head low and trying to let my off-topic thoughts roam free outside of enenews.. hehe..

    • monster

      It seems that simple oversights, lack of common sense causes a lot of trouble in this industry. Another example is WIPP, would Einstein have stored metal drums in a salt dome? Just stupid shit like that. Did they think the drums were made of super metal ? Yes they have a coating on them and that might protect them in a lab but in the real world it's not going to. They get loaded and moved/ hauled to many chances to be damaged. They can blame kitty litter but the designers screwed up.

      • Shaker1

        I think we all here accept the fact that it all boils down to lack of sense in the orignal concepts. But what does that say about science in regard to nuclear practice? Einstein and others surely didn't need genius to warn of its dangers nor insights into glimpses of a dubious future.

        Seems to me here science discredited itself by defaulting to hope, then goes on to blame its problems upon technology they fostered. Just what material was ever foreseen to be impervious to time, radioactivity, and lack of precise control? Today the reality is no different than it ever was. Each material has its achilles heel. What's the expected life of a dry cask? Even the most promising abatement that I've seen (ceramic or glass) isn't expected to last the life of the worst.

        We shouldn't, and science certainly shouldn't, think that we've somehow moved out of the iron age yet. If the nuclear industry beyond some discrete uses doesn't destroy itself on its own, it will become like an unwanted pet, fed and maintained just for the sake of avoiding outright murder.

        • monster

          Agreed Shaker1. I'm no holy roller by any means but nuclear was definitely the devils temptation. The fools that thought they were smart enough to control it took the bite. Shame shame.

  • Gasser Gasser

    Tennessee Ernie Ford: 16 Tons


    Now scientist say man is made outta Plutonium mud

    A radioactive man's just contaminated muscle and blood

Cesium muscle and blood and skinny to the bones
A mind that's weakened and a back that groans

    You remove sixteen fuel rods, what do you get

    Another day contaminated and deeper in sweat

Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go

    I owe my soul to melted Corium's that won't show

    I was born one mornin' when the Corms did shine

    I picked up my shovel and I walked there with no mind

I unloaded sixteen tons of fuel reactor rods
And the Yakuza boss said "Well, I just beat the odds"

    You unload sixteen tons, what do you get

    Another day radiated and wetter in sweat

Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the Yakuza for my money flow

    I woke up one mornin', it was drizzlin' radioactive rain
Frightened and troubled as they called my name

I was raised on a hook by a big mutha' crane 

    When a Yakuza boss said this may be insane


    • Gasser Gasser


      You unload sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day polluted as you Cesium sweat

      Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
      I'm too freaking polluted and faith to damn low

      If you see me glown', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died

One fist of Americium, the other of Neptunium
If the right one don't contaminate you the left one will

      You unload sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in regret

      Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to Fukushima's BWR hoe

      ~Gasser Classic~

    • Cisco Cisco

      Love that song. We are all "coal miners", workin' for the company store.

  • ISeePinkClouds

    TEPCO Reports: All is Normal.

  • curious george

    Wormwood. Rev. 8:10 'Chernobyl' is a Ukranian word for Wormwood.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, all released manmade radiation contamination worldwide is/should be considered ..wormwood! 🙁

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Nuclear industry = BULL

    Atoms = CHINA SHOP

  • Arto Lauri Investigations FISSIO & SL1 SL2
    Fukushima U3 was a Pu239 Plasma Gas [like a cavitation bubble collapse] Optimum Supercritical Ball Explosion!
    He has discovered videos and documents, quite old, that prove they have always known, and expected, these NPP's to provide future catastrophic events….premeditated killing.
    Finland has become and total sacrifice zone to USA IAEA Plutonium Production & Acquisition… CIA, TVO, Secret Police…
    …with english notes, background data, explanations…

  • SadieDog

    Japan's first female industry minister visits Fukushima plant…

    • SadieDog

      "At her inaugural press conference last week, Obuchi repeated the Abe administration's line that the policy remains "to reduce our reliance on nuclear plants by actively introducing renewable energy and thorough energy-saving".

      But, she added: "We will restart (nuclear plants) by making safety our priority"."

      • bo bo

        She also stated: 'things' are 'generally good' in Fukushima & radiation is 'blocked completely' by the outer seawall.

        I loved kikko chan's tweet yesterday –

        'C'mon.. why don't you do some synchronized swimming in that water for us then? That would be awesome.'

  • razzz razzz

    One thing about Wikipedia, it is always changing. For better or worse I don't know. Guess it depends on who is changing the entries.

    Chernobyl Disaster

    "…The risk projections suggest that by now Chernobyl may have caused about 1000 cases of thyroid cancer and 4000 cases of other cancers in Europe, representing about 0.01% of all incident cancers since the accident. Models predict that by 2065 about 16,000 cases of thyroid cancer and 25,000 cases of other cancers may be expected due to radiation from the accident, whereas several hundred million cancer cases are expected from other causes…"



    • razzz razzz

      'Chernobyl: Ukraine's nuclear time bomb still ticking'

      "…The wider impact of radiation exposure is difficult to measure, however. Over the years, various reports have pointed to rises in fatal cancers among the population as well as the number of children born with genetic defects linked to radiation. Some estimates put the number of people affected as high as a million across Europe, while more conservative figures hover in the tens of thousands.

      The accident at Chernobyl also devastated the natural environment, with the surrounding forest still bearing the effects of the nuclear fallout. Local pine trees absorbed such high levels of radiation in the blast that they turned a reddish shade of brown.

      A recent study in the Red Forest, as it’s now known, found the trees had not been decomposing properly. Without natural decomposers like bacteria and fungi to help put nutrients back into the soil, scientists fear a bushfire, fuelled by 28 years’ worth of dead, dry leaves, could redistribute toxic contaminants via smoke over a vast area.

      Meanwhile, what remains of reactor four is still at risk. Encased in its shoddy, rusting sarcophagus, Chernobyl’s time bomb is just one spontaneous chain reaction away from another disaster…"

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

        I thought it is really ironic when I read someone's post that the US is paying the most for the new sarcophagus. And then Putin this week announced that they are considering a preemptive nuclear strike on the US.

        I've gotten so tired of hearing how wonderful the Soviets were with Chernobyl. They didn't tell anyone right away about the radioactive plume. And how wonderful are they when they won't pay for the new sarcophagus? Isn't the meltdown their fault and responsibility? Why does anyone else besides Russia have to pay for the new sarcophagus?

        • ISeePinkClouds

          I would suggest that the U.S. was responsible for a covert operation sabotaging the Chernobyl Reactor. Russian intelligence determined this fact and challenged the U.S. with the evidence. It was so conclusive that the U.S. couldn't deny the accusation. Russia got so angry that they threatened to wipe the U.S. off the face of the map. The U.S. became fearful and agreed to repairs and reparations. Shortly thereafter the U.S. placed it's military in a position to do a first strike, and told Russia to kiss off. Now Putin is really mad and is moving to exact a pound of flesh in payment regardless of the consequences. Just kidding. Who knows. Chernobyl is so tragic. The whole world should be helping the Ukrainians with it, but they're not. Kinda like Fukushima, huh? Figure that out. peace