Skip to comments.Japan balked at steps to control Fukushima water in 2011: memo
Posted on 09/19/2013 6:48:00 AM PDT by TexGrill
(Reuters) - Japanese authorities, now struggling to contain leaks of radioactive groundwater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, were urged two years ago by U.S. experts to take immediate steps to prevent groundwater contamination but decided not to act on the advice.
The advice to the embattled operator was outlined in a memo to government officials just two months after the accident, but then shelved, according to two officials who participated in the discussions and documents prepared by both governments and the utility.
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) successfully lobbied against a proposed barrier wall because the cost could have stirred speculation it would be driven into bankruptcy.
A Tepco spokesman said there had been concerns about the feasibility of the proposal to block the flow of water into the reactors, as well as the impact on fragile investor confidence.
Problems containing contaminated water at Fukushima have mounted over the past month, and the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised about $470 million to fund the first part of a plan developed by Tokyo Electric to stop radiated water from spilling into the Pacific.
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Good God, the Board was afraid of hurting “fragile investor confidence,” so they failed to take necessary steps to contain the problem? They should all go to jail right now.
That is the problem with lying about the worlds worse nuclear accident ever. Once you have to defend the initial lies (no meltdowns) it makes it very difficult for you to address any real concerns. So they celebrated cold shutdown at the end of the first year. Yesterday they announced that one of the 400 foot exhaust towers had some structural cracks. Those cracks and gaps in the trusses of the tower have been there since the big earthquake. And they are just now telling us 2 1/2 years later. We were informed however of the 10 Sv/Hr coming out of one of the pipes in the base of the tower about 2 years ago though. BTW - That 10 Sv/Hr at that time was a peaked meter reading. We really do not know how intense the radiation there has become. No doubt some of the Reactor #2 core, that Kaku said achieved 100 % liquification, is in those exhaust pipes.
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