Worker reported smoke coming from Common Pool Building at Fukushima Daiichi

Published: January 25th, 2013 at 5:25 pm ET


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Title: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review
Source: Nuclear Street
Date: Jan 25 2013 6:27 AM

A smoking power cord brought the fire department to Fukushima Daiichi’s common spent fuel facility Thursday […]

At 10:46 a.m., Thursday, an alarm sounded and a worker saw smoke coming from a spent fuel storage building at Fukushima. According to a TEPCO release, an auxiliary power cable for floor polishing equipment used in decontamination work began smoking, then stopped when it was unplugged a few minutes later. The fire department arrived and confirmed the fire was out. Its cause is under investigation. […]

Title: Fire Alarm Going off at the Auxiliary Operation Shared Facility at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Source:  TEPCO : Press Release
Date: Jan 24, 2013

At around 10:46 AM on January 24, 2013, a fire alarm went off in the west side of the basement of the Auxiliary Operation Shared Facility (Common Pool Building) at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Later, smoke coming out of the building was reported by a worker at the site. At 10:59 AM, the incident was reported to the fire department.

Smoke came out of the auxiliary power cable of cleaning equipment used to polish the floor during decontamination. As a worker immediately pulled out the power cable, smoke stopped coming out. […]

Then at 12:38 PM, the fire department judged the incident to be a fire and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished. The cause of the fire is to be investigated. […]

See photos here

Published: January 25th, 2013 at 5:25 pm ET


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67 comments to Worker reported smoke coming from Common Pool Building at Fukushima Daiichi

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    OK, how many times have we discussed there need not be flames or fire, per se, to have horrific emissions occurring?

    Criticality, "fire" in the Common SFP? According to Pattie B., there was a fire in the Common Pool last week.

    It just rained in California. It seems every time it has rained since about September, 2011, it is coincidentally timed to be about 7-10 days after something has occurred in Fukushima.

    I know I could sound like a conspiracy whack job, but I've watched this happen over and over again. Something burns or explodes, and presto, the jet stream dumps precipitation over California/the West Coast, then parts of the U.S. or Canada.

    It has happened so many times now I could almost swear it's deliberate.

    On the other hand, could it be due to the additional Tritium and/or Krypton 85 released into the atmosphere? I guess I should go with that possible explanation, as the other is almost too sinister to contemplate. It's just that this happens with a sickening regularity. Just my observation.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      And how long before the place gets too "hot" for humans to work there? See today's Enenews article on radiation readings "off the chart" or "too high to measure" in Fukushima City, posted today, Jan. 25, 2013.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      There is evidence to support a link between radiation from Fukushima and this year's US drought.

      "Earthquakes and Nuclear Testing" by Dr. Gary Whiteford. Paper presented to the Second International Conference on the United Nations and World Peace, Seattle, Washington, 14 April 1989

      [excerpt from the article on a previous study]:

      The Spring 1992 issue of Journal of Orgonomy (1) carried a paper by James DeMeo describing research undertaken in 1990-1991 on the California drought, with a "Special Note on Underground Nuclear Testing and the Oakland Wildfires" that bears repeating here:

      Weather Response to Nuclear Testing

      In prior articles, I discussed a possible connection between underground nuclear bomb testing in Nevada to weather changes in the Western US.(2) A graph was published showing changes in 500 mb pressure over Nevada and Montana in 1990, with a generalized association with nuclear tests. Nuclear testing appeared to have increased atmospheric pressure in the upper atmosphere, a possible factor in the expansion of high-pressure drought conditions in the West.

      16 July 1976, Volume 193, Number 4249 Science, “Meteorological Consequences of Atmospheric Krypton-85; Krypton-85 can disturb the atmospheric environment by perturbing atmospheric electrical processes,” by William L. Boeck.

      This whole article is reproduced in the discussion…

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        …discussion around:

        "There is a possibility that Fukushima may be linked to suddenly worsening drought, ozone depletion, and Arctic Ice melt-off.
        My data and analysis here:

        Critical piece of evidence:

        Limited Nuclear War Could Deplete Ozone Layer, Increasing Radiation Feb 24, 2011 Chris Schneidmiller

        [Excerpted] — A nuclear conflict involving as few as 100 weapons could produce long-term damage to the ozone layer, enabling higher than "extreme" levels of ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth's surface, new research indicates (see GSN, March 16, 2010).

        “A regional nuclear exchange of 100 15-kiloton weapons … would produce unprecedented low-ozone columns over populated areas in conjunction with the coldest surface temperatures experienced in the last 1,000 years, and would likely result in a global nuclear famine,” according to a presentation delivered on Friday at a major science conference in Washington.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          On the other hand, HoTaters, there could be plenty of support for the aerosolized radioactive particulate in the jetstream coming east from Fukushima mixing with all the aluminum the .gov is aerial spraying almost daily causing rain clouds. It may not be only silver that works, as the Chinese have shown.

          There is much to learn from the worst man-made ecological nightmare in the history of this planet.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            TimeIsShort, I'm really thinking on a level I can't explain (some kind of mental processing that's almost subconscious or even intutitive) the highly ionized particles being put in to the atmosphere are interacting with the radiation — causing strange weather patterns.

            Since the Fukushima plant explosions, I've seen very bizarre weather and cloud formations. Here in Northern California, the chemtrails don't always expand into vast, grey blobs of clouds which cover the sky. Instead, the trails seem to concentrate water vapor. So you'll see a trail of very dark, almost black looking clouds, next to a gray one. They have almost distinct edges. Right next to them can be a swath of blue sky which stretches for miles. Today I watched a dark patch of cloud (just north of the chemtrails) which was very dark grey. It just parked itself there all day, a few miles north of me. Meanwhile, it was sunny and nice where I live, just a few miles south.

            This is NOT normal weather. I don't think most people in the U.S. under the age of 30 even remember what "normal" weather and storms were like. They have never seen high altitude clouds in their lives. They just don't exist any more.

            • NoNukes NoNukes


              I have seen the same in the Bay Area! Black clouds dumping buckets of rain surrounded by sunshine. Very strange, not normal.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            There is plenty of evidence Barium sulfate and Aluminum oxide can cause clouds to form. If there is enough aluminum oxide, it can cause precipitation. DARPA's weather modification program website openly admits addition of ionized metallic particles to the atmosphere. It is being done, they state, as part of "global warming studies."

            Calfornia Skywatch, among other entities, has documented the presence of barium and aluminum compounds in California water — which weren't there, say, 15 years ago. This has been documented by reliable scientific methods, all over the U.S.

            See also: "Owning the Weather in 2025."

            Hidden in plain view. WHY are they doing it? IMHO it's being done in part, as part of a defense system, & possibly a weapons system. Some biologists and aquatic scientists are becoming really alarmed, as they are seeing a huge drop in aquatic biota, as the barium and aluminum content in watersheds rises.

            Just have a lot of curiosity about this. Can't help wondering, from the standpoint of chemistry and atoms of all this stuff floating around, how they interact with one another.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              BTW, when I was in school in 1965 or so, we had as part of our weekly science reading, an article on how NASA was studying the use of silver iodide cloud seeding. NASA was doing that in conjunction with the U.S. government, and it was something school children were reading about in grade school.

              TimeIsShort, that in no way denigrates what you are saying. I just want to make the point weather modification has been around for a long time.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          "[Excerpted] — A nuclear conflict involving as few as 100 weapons could produce long-term damage to the ozone layer, enabling higher than "extreme" levels of ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth's surface, new research indicates (see GSN, March 16, 2010).

          “A regional nuclear exchange of 100 15-kiloton weapons … would produce unprecedented low-ozone columns over populated areas in conjunction with the coldest surface temperatures experienced in the last 1,000 years, and would likely result in a global nuclear famine,” according to a presentation delivered on Friday at a major science conference in Washington."

          OK, here goes:

          “A recent study was prepared for Greenpeace Germany by international nuclear safety expert Dr. Helmut Hirsch. Dr. Hirsch’s assessment, based on data published by the French government’s radiation protection agency (IRSN) and the Austrian government’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) found that the total amount of unstable radionuclides Iodine-131 and Caesium-137 released between March 11 and March 23 has been so high that the Fukushima crisis already equates to three INES 7 incidents.

          Release of radiation from the stricken reactors has reached 10,000 teraBequerels (10,000 trillion Bequerels) per hour, measured for radioactive Iodine-131.”

          • Time Is Short Time Is Short

            “The uranium bomb which the United States dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II released 89 tera becquerels. It killed 140,000 people – many instantly, others within weeks of the blast as they succumbed to severe radiation burns.”


            So, a rough estimate is that Fukushima is spewing the equivalent of 112 Hiroshima-type nuclear bombs worth of radiation every hour, of every day.

            That’s 981,120 atomic bombs a year going off worth of radiation into our biosphere.


            For additional technical details on the above:

            "Overall, 9 tonnes of fuel was subjected to atomic fission or activation transformation occasioning a prodigious explosion of radioactivity and radiotoxicity which over time, is several times the amount needed to kill by internal contamination the whole human race."


            "“A regional nuclear exchange of 100 15-kiloton weapons … would produce unprecedented low-ozone columns over populated areas in conjunction with the coldest surface temperatures experienced in the last 1,000 years, and would likely result in a global nuclear famine,”

            • Time Is Short Time Is Short

              And we're seeing almost a million nuclear bombs worth of radiation per year, going on two years. And only 100 would be needed for 'global nuclear famine'.

              How about 'global nuclear extinction'?

              The science is all there, the numbers are all there, so A+B sure as hell is going to equal C.

              • or-well

                Time Is Short,
                your frequent bleak assessments could be construed as promoting apathetic resignation, helplessness,
                a pointlessness to opposition.

                Do you suggest we go to death quietly?

                • NoNukes NoNukes

                  Is The Onion psy-ops to anesthetize us to these absurd stories, the "fluffer" for this "buffer?"

                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    Don't know, NoNukes, but it sure is funny. All it needs is a couple of Jeff Dees comics to make it complete.

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      The Onion:

                      5:19 PM, per coverage of Obama's inauguration. Fly takes advantage of photo op and lands on center of Obama's head, as pictured on Drudge Report headline, January 25, 2013.

                  • or-well

                    NoNukes, I don't think so, but your suggestion prompts the thought that when actual news mocks truth, and when parodys of news are taken as truth, we are down a slippery slope of doublethink.

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  or-well, have you read this? Yes, it's rather bleak, but if extrapolations of data presented by Michio Kaku are to be trusted, we ARE being exposed to massive amounts of radiation, on an ongoing basis. I can't tell you how many mutated carrots, tomatoes, and citrus fruits I've seen in the California Central Valley in the past year.



                  And this:

                  On the other hand, I go out and walk every day, and take time to enjoy the beauty of nature, even though I know the air I'm breathing is likely tainted with radiation. Probably sucking down lots of hot particles, but what the heck, I'll only live here once. Time is short, I might as well take in a sunset on a walk and enjoy it, while I'm here.

                  We just don't really know how much exposure we're getting, and that's problematic. Meanwhile, I'm going to keep living while I'm still living. Let's just keep fighting the good fight, in the meantime.

                  Ignorance wasn't blissful, but it was more peaceful and made less noise. There was less stuff clattering around inside my head and wanting to be digested and ruminated upon, back in my nuclear ignoramus days. (Some would argue I still resemble that remark.)

                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    Nuclear ignoramus that is (resembling the remark).

                  • or-well

                    No HoTaters, I hadn't , but I just did.
                    I don't want to divert down sideroads here, discussing the merits or otherwise of the particulars in those articles, or Mr. Kaku.
                    I know the situation is bad.
                    I know there are dire situations apart from the nuke issue.
                    I know, that on my deathbed, I will NOT know how much sooner I'm dying than if I had never been exposed to radioactive fallout and loads of other environmental toxins.
                    I do not wear rose-colored glasses.

                    I do question the utility of repeating a "We are doomed" theme.

                    BTW, as much as I like your "Warning! Danger!" avatar, I found your mutated orange one very evocative.

        • NOPE!… if you check Paduka… they ran double shifts for entire 2012… so, 300,000 tons of CFC's.. and have a hole in the ozone bigger that the continent at the poles… that's what's melting them! That and the normal 150,000 that the French uranium enrichment plant puts out.. sigh!

          And the high rads were them moving burned-up rods out of the shared pool… into ? couldn't see it. But, with what they said on news? They likely drop them off-coast, and then flush the pool into the ocean a few times as well… drop the rad-count.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        TimeIsShort, that's the first time I've seen orgone anything mentioned here. Shhhh! I have all the goodies to construct one of those bucket thingies, out in my tool shed. A friend of mine has advised caution, and said the energy flow of such devices can be detected. Whether or not it's just purty or really works, I have a couple of them around my bedroom and living room. I also sleep with a box of peat moss under my bed. So how's that for quirky? Orgone discussion, minus the "eros energy" part, is interesting to me. I just don't own any devices which might tell me whether or not subtle energy systems of that type really work.

        To the best of my knowledge, the bucket thingies should be grounded, or they can amplify the bad effects one is trying to neutralize, or create other ones.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          That is TPTB, according my friend, will come and visit if the system is too large or powerful. He said it can and WILL attract unwanted attention.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        TIS, just posted a link to a German sutdy on Krypton 85 and atmospheric effects, a couple of days ago. I think that was in the context of the discussion about the article (or EyeChix's report?) of unusual precipitation around a nuke plant in Pennsylvania. EyeChix reported it happened at three locations in Illinois, the day before.

        OK, I'm going to throw this one out again. Last year, about this time, people all over noticed increases in radiation levels. Maybe it was the end of December. Or was it January? It has something to do with the plants' being allowed a certain amount of venting off of radioactive vapor during a calendar year. Maybe we're at the end of their cycle, again, and they're venting off, en masse?

        Arclight posted last year about this, and the same thing was being done in the U.K. and elsewhere, where he could go with his motorcycle and Geiger counter.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      Hi HoTaters; I wouldn't worry too much about being seen as a "conspiracy theorist"-considering the worst conspiracy of them all is the realities we have all the evidence we need to prove it's FACT right here where we talk about it all the time!~Hope you have a good weekend,mine isn't going to be much fun as I'm recovering from being shot through the leg with a .45 last night and feel like I might've picked up that killer flu bug in the ER by the time I was discharged earlier today…..I'd probably keel over from heart failure if anything "good" would bring something other than the usual BAD news I've learned to consider "normal"(?) I'll try to get out here and say "hello" to everyone from time to time,but might be MIA for a few days!(?) TAKE CARE

      • tarpus

        WOW. A .45 huh? Don't you hate it when that happens? I know I do. Just kidding, good thing you didn't hit the femoral and still have leg left over 🙂 My 10mm would probably just have blown it right off. And of course, seeking treatment you get the flu. Sounds like the makings of a good country song though…

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        OMG, Johnny. I was concerned about you — for good reason, it seems. Know I had you and your wife in my thoughts and prayers. I didn't have a good feeling about how things were going with you, the other evening.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        JB, get yourself some hyssop tea and drink it. And see if you can get some Agrumax (citrus seed extract). Drink 10 drops twice daily, diluted in juice. Make sure the stuff is buffered.

        White tea also helpful, as is NAC (N. Acetyl Cystein).

        If you can get some Oscillococcinum (homeopathic flu remedy) start taking it right away. If you do that, you can neutralize about 80% of the bugs' effects on the body. And it will really alleviate symptoms.

        Take lots and lots of Vitamin C, and make sure you get your fluids. I'm so sorry to hear you were injured.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          You can write to me off list if you want a list of naturopathic type remedies for flu, and for healing. I'll send you a list and directions.

          Please take care. I've been concerned about you for awhile. Too much stress in your life, IMHO.

          Be careful about this flu, it's a doozy. Just got over my first case in 15 years or more.

      • Dogleg Dogleg

        Damn Johnny. I am sorry you are having such hard times, wish there was something I could do to help. You know you cant just leave us hangin though. What happened?

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Johnny, I am so sorry, I hope that you heal quickly.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Just read a comparison of 9MM to 45MM power at close range. Daaang, JB. If you're back in less than a month or two, you'll surprise me. I'm guessing it was a flesh wound, or you'd still be hospitalized.

          • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

            THANKS for the kind words everyone and I have to take in the computer monitor in small portions with a break but I will email you HoTaters and I appreciate everything! 🙂 ~I haven't mentioned the details about all of the circumstances that led to the thankfully non-hollowpoint 230 gr. standard velocity,copper jacketed ball ammo judging by the empty case and what I learned from the "friend" I left out of the story who will owe me BIG TIME for a LONG TIME!LOL! The guy who mentioned his 10mm would've torn up my leg makes a good point & CTscans/& x-rays(uggh!) told that it missed my femoral artery by 3 mm!!- they also said it mostly cauterized the wound channel between the entry & exit wound which led to less bleeding so yes I am lucky I guess and "somebody"was looking out for me while Mr. Murphy paid me another unkind visit but other than some serious pain & swelling and bloodflow picking up a bit following physical activity I'm ok & it was a miracle that my wife didn't have her seizure disorder triggered by the ordeal!! 🙂 Gotta try to see the positive side of things I suppose & I'll take what I can get! Back to the 10mm mention that got my attention-yes it's a mean round but became mostly obsolete except for a loyal following amongst now-senior FBI/Federal L.E. IF they didn't shoot them much at all since the pressures involved lead to VERY early failure as the Colt Delta Elite pistols based on 1911 actions shot themselves apart in short order!(?) 😐 ~Good Nite ALL~…

            • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

              I wanted to keep from straying OT but ran out of room to make mention of the "coincidences" between reports of smoke,fire(s),leaning towers,etc. at Fuku-D NPP usually translate to what I'm seeing on the GM counter as it hits well above "alert" status here just under a week after reports of leaks,high-radiation onsite and visually noticeable increases in emissions via TEPCOcam & the equally obfuscated TBS/JNN cam. "Something" is going on there I'm betting!(?) And back again to the 10mm(lol)-there were other offerings that fared better or worse than the FBI-issue Colt's including the possibility of Glock having models chambered for it presently although little in the way of factory ammo availability since the .40 S&W round that replaced it is basically a short 10mm at lower pressures that can still be handloaded darned close to 10mm velocities & muzzle energy and had I been shot with a hollowpoint.45acp,.40 S&W or 10MM at the range I was shot from and most gunfights occur at with handguns there wouldn't have been any noticeable difference in the damage or outcomes. Bottom line is getting shot with a large diameter bullet of ANY type at ANY velocity/energy level SUCKS!!~ 🙁 ~ not too mention it hurts like Hell and could've been avoided…~NOW~ I've GOTTA lay down for a bit as I'm bleeding again & just feeling crappy via what I HOPE isn't that killer flu (that killed 30 in IL the last time I checked) starting to make its presence known!(?) ~TAKE CARE~ 🙂 ~**

              • tarpus

                10mm is my concealed weapon (Glock), it sometimes scares me, it's so small but screams like mad. Same thing happened to a guy at work but with a .357 revolver…he ALSO discharged the thing through his apartment wall over the heads of his neighbors (who happened to be on the couch watching TV)while ?cleaning? it. Not allowed to own a gun anymore, hehe. About the flu, my experience is to sweat it out, under blankets or in a sauna, consuming as much water as you can hold down. God bless and sorry for off topic-ness admin 🙂

  • ConnectingDots

    Something doesn't add up with this story.

    (1) They're using floor polishing equipment for decontamination. (which is ridiculous to begin with)

    (2) It smoked enough to be coming out of the building yet look at the photo of it:

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      If PattyB is right, that Common Spent Fuel Pool is lighting off like crazy.

      We are fooked, as the British would say.

      Total Japanese collapse by mid-'14. And then it's all downhill.

      • The black smoke was a cask in the basement cooking out.. thing is, it cooked the water circulation/cool system.. result? The pool upstairs went low, and fire started. The black smoke was 2 days before the major steam and fireworks show… or, it could all be just in my minds eye… what say?

        The cask?… THAT ONE… I have therm o-graphics on… So…?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      The floor polisher is very pretty in pink. Do all the plant workers prefer pink plastic drop cloths, d'ya think?

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    When will they learn that floor polishers have to be outlawed. Before it was a vacuum cleaner.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      'You did not create that floor polisher'.

      'What does it matter? What difference does it make?'

      The leaders of the free world.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Free market industrialist: we patented the floor polisher and all its potential applications on a utility patent. It was done internationally and for all eternigy, terefore you can only use constituent parts if you license them from us.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Remember to wet mop and not stir up the nuke dust, at home. Per Arnie Gunderson.

      What are they thinking? Or why are they not thinking (again)?

      Oh, duuuuuh. Yes, ConnectingDots, I agree.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Nice National Enquirer tabloid headline.

    "Worker reported smoke coming from Common Pool Building at Fukushima Daiichi"

    …which seems to have been an overheated extension cord for the floor polisher. Is that an end-of-life event?

    And this is offered as a

    "Follow-up to Jan. 7 report: Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I saw black smoke that came from Common Spent Fuel Pool's chimney — I wonder if it was the smoke of boiler… it’s not fire"

    Which was a diesel engine starting up that they use for an EDG or pumping. It comes from the same place it always does on that building. They have started it every few weeks since 3/11.

    I think the corium's location should be a little more important than this, but I'm not a diesel engineer. Those rings might very well be shot.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short


    • ConnectingDots

      The point is, PavewayIII, do you really believe the "official" press release that it was from a cable of a floor polisher?

      Would a cable from a floor polisher cause enough smoke to be seen outside of the building?

      If the cable by the floor polisher caused enough smoke to be seen outside of the building, would it still look like this:

      Also note the nice white cover over the thing by the floor polisher.

      Where's the smoke damage?

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        First of all, I wouldn't believe TEPCO about anything, period. Saves time.

        Second of all, if you look at the TEPCO press release, they have attached a fuzzy picture of the guilty extension cord. Which doesn't look too smokey or burnt, but does look like the nuclear polisher might have been chawing on it just a little bit.

        I don't think that kind of polisher has a brush or fiber mat on the bottom. It has stones and it's used to grind off rough spots on the concrete or paint.

        Makes sense if they're trying to decontaminate waxed or sealed smooth concrete that they use in the plant. Too hard to pull up all the little particles by sweeping or vacuuming. You wet-grind off a few thousandths of an inch and wet-vac the contaminated slurry.

        The covered thing: an old hand-pushed atomic forklift to hold the surface-remediation engineer over the floor. I see that pink plastic in a lot of pictures. Maybe to keep the plutonium dust off of it? At any rate, they just parked the contraption there. No sign that it was being used at that location.

        I don't know what to make of the smoke, but if TEPCO said it was an extension cord, then it was probably a fuel rod or human being getting irradiated by it. We'll never know either way.

      • yes.. it would… if you had 70-80 of them all burning at once… so the pic tepco showed is a hypothetical excessive dream-scape for the student to poke some holes in.

        any takers?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      A friend of mine used to be an editor at National Enquirer. He said they actually reported some solid news before they got started with the "aliens ate my head and just look at me now" stories. That, he said, was a function of being infiltrated by Psy-Ops. Dissent will not be allowed.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Maybe he didn't say that (about the Psy-Ops). He might have said they were infiltrated and began pubishing fluff stories because some of TPTB wanted to destroy their credibility.

        The days prior to "aliens ate my head" stories were before my time.

  • johnnyo

    so let me get this…so at a complex that is teetering on the brink of being too hot for humans to approach, with a long and growing list of steps they could/should be at least attempting to mitigate the ongoing catastrophic nightmare…someone decides to "decontaminate" the floor of the common spent fuel building with an electric floor polisher??? I think we all want to know if at least the floor has a nicely buffed sheen. That would certainly put MY mind at ease.

    Sarcasm aside, I agree with or-well, succumbing to defeatist resignation is not an option worthy of our species. Feelings of hopelessness are a constant hurdle we must all leap over daily, getting the word out the benumbed masses. Even if you only wake up a person or 3 a day, do not give up the fight. We must do all in our power. Organize locally. Get in the street. I am talking to myself first…as to date my efforts have not measured up to my rhetoric. But every new day we are granted is a new opportunity.

  • Sol Man

    It is good not to confuse feelings of hopelessness with an unjaded view of some truth, in so much as it can be discerned, in the world of the way things are. And, if you do, that's alright, too.

  • when the corium from the reactor core of #4 drooled out the north face of the building… they bulldozed it into the ground. You don't think they will get too worked up NOW.. over a few more rods cooking-off… DO YOU!???

  • weeman

    Is this a admission of contamination at daiichi the cord that short circuited was used on a polishing machine to decontaminate the floor? Must have some problems over at the plant, the truth is slowly coming out.
    These people are pathological liars and you must read between the lines to get a piece of the truth.
    Keep up the pressure enenewsers, we are the thorn in their arses, make it hurt good, we will prevail we do not have a option if we want to exist.

  • Jay

    The pictures show a cut in the wire insulation , not a biggy .

    But polishing the floors ( even with special decontamination compounds ) when 10 million Bq per HOUR 24/7 are coming out in the sorounding area does border insanity .

    Wait a minute … no , I take that back : some contractor Does get paid ! Radiation is good for the economy , including galore of medical jobs soon , no ? And the Packing/Moving industry .

  • Anthony Anthony

    Wonder if this story is a cover for the commom pool fire PattieB posted last week?

  • Start of the fire in shared pool.. glowing blue windows!

  • It's MOP-AN-GLOW wax… they was buffing out… right?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Definitely not the blue glass collection in the kitchen window..nope.


    I have a site with photos and such.. a investigative group… come join us! 🙂

  • kez

    Actually the term floor polishing is quite standard and serious business and quite potentially hazardous and volatile when referring to nuclear biological and chemical cleanups.

    Surprised no one here took it as anything but a joking matter.

    Just takes a few minutes google time (I did) but here's one link: