Skip to comments.Japan govt abandons hands-off approach to Fukushima clean-up
Posted on 09/01/2013 3:07:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Public worries about Fukushima, revived by news of leaks of radiated water at the plant, have threatened to further delay the restart of other off-line reactors - a key element of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recipe for economic revival and a pillar of the turnaround plan Tepco has given its creditor banks.
Japan's nuclear industry, which once provided a third of the nation's power, has nearly ground to a halt since a massive quake and tsunami struck the coastal Fukushima plant in March 2011, causing reactor meltdowns. Tepco has been pumping water over the reactors to keep them cool, storing the radioactive waste water as well as contaminated ground water in ever-growing numbers of above-ground tanks.
"What is clear by now and can hardly be ignored is that Tepco as a private company is overwhelmed by the containment work in Fukushima," said Martin Schulz, a senior research fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute.
"The discussion about nationalizing or breaking up Tepco and at least putting the stabilization of the Fukushima reactors under direct government control is back."
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Can’t somebody turn Boron into water?
And about bloody time, if you ask me. They should have pried those reactors out of TEPCO’s incompetent hands months, if not years ago.
Thanks to the incompetence of everyone the Bluefin Tuna industry will probably collapse and all other fisheries here on the west coast. Who is going to pay my bills?
did TEPCO even try to remove any fuel from the
problem reactors or fuel pools?
Yup. As planned.
Remember how the Gulf oil spill was purposely allowed to gush without containment for days? Sorta killed (if not crippled) the Gulf fishery/shrimp industries. Shouldn't this Admin have immediately offered technical help that would have limited the huge lethal radiation plume in the Pacific? This is total incompetence at best; do-nothing sabotage at worse.
Who is going to pay my bills?
I think you know the answer...and why reason 0bumaCo yawned (and still yawns) over Fukushima as well. Any disaster that helps destroy American business/industry is a WIN-FORWARD for the anti-American Commie-in-Chief.
I'm sure there are "plenty" available there. However, I've noticed that fish stores in the northeast are avoiding carrying Gulf seafood over safety concerns -- whether perception or reality.
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