Skip to comments.Govt 'rejected U.S. offer to help cool damaged reactors'
Posted on 03/18/2011 8:36:57 PM PDT by Errant
The government turned down a U.S. offer of technical help to cool overheating nuclear reactors in Fukushima Prefecture soon after last week's massive earthquake because it believed the offer was "premature," The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The reactors have since been hit by several explosions and radiation has leaked out. Some observers believe this could have been prevented if the government had accepted the U.S. offer.
(Excerpt) Read more at yomiuri.co.jp ...
The article seems to leave out the part that in return for US help Japan was supposed to permanently deactivate the 10 Fukushima (1 and 2) reactors.
and HERE, they are making the situation CUTE..!!!
Sounds incredible, huh? check it out..!
The more info the better. Do you have a link?
2226: The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, quoting a senior official of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said the US made the offer immediately after the disaster damaged Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. According to the unnamed senior official, US support was based on dismantling the troubled reactors run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) some 250 km (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo. However, the government and TEPCO thought the cooling system could be restored by themselves, the report said.
Many articles popping up now blaming TEPCO.
Yeah cause we know having more people is always better. Especially people who aren’t familiar with the plant and don’t speak the language.
And the linked post...
Thanks for the link. It doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. Build (rebuild) it on higher ground so this doesn’t happen again.
Made by a leftwing anti-nuclear group not letting a good crisis go to waste in order to take pot-shots at the powers that be?
Or we let the whole thing blow up.
Having dealt with several weather related IT disasters during my career I can attest that these callers from on-high who interrupt you to insist that you entertain their extemporaneous “plans” only ever make things worse. You have to let the people you have in place to handle crisis situations do their job. If those people can’t handle it then it’s too late and you’re already screwed. Trying to make or remake disaster plans in the middle of a disaster is the worst possible circumstance.
And from Singapore...
We didn’t cause this. Who is the “we” you refer to?
They do have an interesting sense of humor.
Bump that, more info on why they should be rebuilt with newer designs elsewhere.
Good use could be made for our abandoned missle silos. Put new design nuke reactors in them and seal them for the life of the power plant or forever. They’ve been putting nuke power plants on submarines for years.
Interesting that this article doesn’t have the “strings” of yesterdays reports
You have the right idea in my opinion; just not deep enough. I'm thinking a mile or two inside a mountain, salt domes, underground in limestone formations and etc. :)
Whose fault is it that the U.S. doesn't have newer & better designs built? I guess if the government puts a halt on licenses, there can be no new plants built! Ya think?
And with all the MSM hysteria, I doubt this will change!
Need to make em God proof ...
Maybe we should offer the assistance of Homer Simpson? He's got industry experience.
Media hysteria is the big one. A few molten salt reactor designs seem promising to me. Thorium in particular. India is kicking our collective a$$ here IMO.
Do a Bing as well. It's all over the place now.
Based on what has been coming out the last few days, TEPCO does make an easy target.
There were no strings attached when Obama sent a Billion or so in financial aid to Hamas.
What they needed were large generators on site quickly.
The US military could have provided that in all likelihood.
That didn’t happen.
That fact is, they needed help as evidenced by the results.
C’mon. Japan doesn’t have generators? Seriously? The generators our navy uses were probably made in Japan.
Is Carol "Director of Socialists International" Browner still Climate Change Commissar?
Energy and Climate Change Nazi Browner to distraught Japanese, "Barak Hussein bin Obama al-Kenyata will send you aid to cool your nuclear reactors and prevent catastrophy to millions of people if you meet his political agenda extortion demands."
You may not have noticed, a large part of Japan was heavily damaged by an earthquake and tsunami... It had a pretty big impact on what they could transport where and how...
We have heavy lift capabilities and could have brought in resources from beyond the damage zone quickly if pushed.
First and foremost, an offer to help does not mean that help will actually occur. Does American have some magic medicine? Fusion in a bottle they could have hooked up to the power point? Or maybe send over superman to use his super flutter kick down in the cooling pond? What, exactly, would they have done that the Japanese could not do?
Second, Japan botched this design. Unless I missed something, there was 1) reactor with a power plant to cool said nuclear material and 2) back up generators somewhere within tsunami range. More or less about right? Why no pads with hard point power hook-ups whereby a generator could not be air lifted into place, hooked to the hard point and then set to run? The generator does not stay there to a) protect it from any localized disaster and b) rot unused or not work when needed due to insufficient maintenance. Just a thought. If something is useful, maybe you don’t need a back up. If it is important, a back-up plan is good. If it is life and death critical, there is the plan, the back-up, the back-up to the back up and the oh sh%& back-up.
Obviously explaining it in a way that a kid can understand. Sounds like a good approach to a complex situation.
Never waste a crisis!
Use it to push your personal beliefs.
If true, it brings "never let a crisis go to waste" to an entirely new level.
Despicable, just as I would expect from the Obama regime...