Wall St. Journal: First investigation of Unit No. 4 finds “slight buckling in an outside wall” — Tepco claims it’s far from pool and no danger

Published: May 25th, 2012 at 3:26 pm ET
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Follow-up to: Tepco: Unit No. 4 wall bulging -- Local deformation confirmed

Subscription Only: Japan Nuclear Operator Conducts Check on Risky Unit
Wall Street Journal
By PHRED DVORAK
May 25, 2012

[Tepco] said it took extra steps this week to check the soundness of one of its riskiest reactor buildings

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The investigation—the first of its kind to take place at Fukushima Daiichi since three reactors spun out of control 14 months ago

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The utility did find slight buckling in an outside wall likely caused by an explosion, [Tepco spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said at a news conference] said, but added that it was so small and the wall so far from the pool that it didn’t pose a danger.

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Published: May 25th, 2012 at 3:26 pm ET
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14 comments to Wall St. Journal: First investigation of Unit No. 4 finds “slight buckling in an outside wall” — Tepco claims it’s far from pool and no danger

  • faithhopelove

    There is a HUGE HOLE blown through the exterior building wall next to where they took these measurements, on the same level as this pool. How did that hole get there? How did the pool, or how much of the pool, survived whatever created that hole?!?

    Are you performing open-air incineration of any of that spent fuel onsite?!? What is the purpose of the incineration? E.g., a means of seperating and dealing with the pool fuel urgently (lesser of two evils). E.g., ss arc plasma incineration being tried in attempts to remediate? How much radioactivity has been released from such incineration? Where are the measurements?


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  • faithhopelove

    Without clear and accurate answers, you by default, admit the crimes against humanity that the 'nuclear power' sham has been foisted on the public at large. This sham allowed a generation or two to densify power, and rake money hands-over-fist, without paying the true full cost of its generation up-front; when evaluating the true costs, THE HAZARDOUS waste isssue was never properly accounted for! You left that for the following generations to deal with, kicking the can down the road.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      @faithhopelove: spot on post. You are sooo on target with your observations. I only add that they were extremely cost conscious of what they were doing, but decided to push the real costs off-into the future for others to pay. Contrary to what most would think, these people are not fumbling fools. They're capable of quantifying what others can only fathom. Yet, they somehow overlooked the calculations that quantified how many barrels of waste would be produced? To use one of your appropriate words…what a sham…


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  • If TEPCO says it, it must be a LIE


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  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "but added that it was so small and the wall so far from the pool that it didn’t pose a danger."

    Have they admitted yet that ANYTHING has posed a danger? Any admitance of guilt?


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Collectively what Tepco has admitted is damning evidence against them and the whole nuclear industry. GE, Tepco, the whole ball of wax ….

      It remains to be seen whether humanity can overcome the inertia imposed by the nuclear industry and its long reach. For that matter, also the industries and banks affiliated with this industry, even at arm's length. Anyone with anything at stake is trying to keep a lid on this. Many politicians' careers at stake, too. And journalists' careers.

      So you can bet they will fight tooth and nail to keep it under wraps.


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  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    "it is far from pool and no danger" In my experience when 1 of 4 walls is compromised, it does not bode well for the integrity of the entire building.


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    • jec jec

      AND mention of the "explosion". TEPCO has since 311 stated Reactor 4 did NOT have an explosion. Where else have we heard the same media PR? Criminal YES. Can other countrys file a complaint with the UN and request funding to remove TEPCO radiation, pay for health care costs???


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  • StevenStarr

    A blown up wall is buckling and "Tepco claims it’s far from pool and no danger."

    Here in the US, if one wall of a building collapses, then it usually has a rather negative effect on the rest of the building. Obviously this is not the case in Japan.

    TEPCO and the Japanese government have lied through their teeth from day one of this disaster. They knew the reactors had melted down and remained silent as they watched a huge cloud of radiation drift over Northern Japan, not even warning the Japanese people who allowed their children to play outside as the fallout rained down upon them.


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