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  • Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

    03/12/2016 11:03:59 AM PST · by Rockitz · 57 replies ^ | 11 March 2016 | Aaron Sheldrick and Minami Funakoshi
    The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima's nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site. Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-meter high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns. Nearly 19,000 people were killed or left missing and 160,000 lost their homes and livelihoods...
  • Kepco inspects aging Takahama reactors for chance at 20-year extension

    12/01/2014 5:30:16 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Japan Times
    OSAKA – Kansai Electric Power Co. on Monday began checking the safety of two aging nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture that are nearing the end of their certified lives to see if it can keep them going for another two decades. The reactors are the No. 1 and No. 2 units at the Takahama nuclear plant. Safety requirements adopted after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis include a provision requiring operators to shut and dismantle reactors when they are 40 years old. But the nuclear regulator may grant a one-time extension of up to 20 years if utilities carry out thorough...
  • Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning

    01/12/2014 5:08:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    RT ^ | 2014/01/10
    Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the facility, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, has been utilized to liquidate radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the plant. The crane to get rid of the container from the ALPS ceased working on Tuesday. On Wednesday, TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems at the facility. The company officials say the system may take a long time to restart. The container where the...
  • Anyone else hear? TEPCO Quietly Admits Reactor 3 Could Be Melting Down NOW [see post 80']

    12/30/2013 9:07:12 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 156 replies
    Susan posel news ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Turner Radio Network
    Turner Radio Network (TRN) has issued a report regarding Fukushima Diachi Nuclear Plant that is expected to affect the entire Northern Hemisphere. According to the report: “Persons residing on the west coast of North America should IMMEDIATELY begin preparing for another possible onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan.” TEPCO has confirmed that via camera surveillance, that steam has begun to pour from Reactor 3, although they have “not been identified abnormal plant conditions.” TEPCO are reporting that “radioactive steam has suddenly begun emanating from previously exploded nuclear reactor building #3 at the Fukuishima...
  • TEPCO may consider discharging contaminated water into sea: IAEA

    12/04/2013 3:27:26 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies ^ | 12/4/2013 | no byline
    Link only because "Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."
  • Bloomberg Breaking- 7.6 Earthquake off Fukashima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    10/25/2013 10:25:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 175 replies
    TCRLAF | 10-25-13 | TCRLAF
    Just now on Bloomberg TV
  • Japan's Abe orders surviving Fukushima reactors scrapped, pledges safe Olympics

    09/19/2013 4:04:00 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Mari Saito
    (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that survived the 2011 tsunami, a write-off that threatens to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors. He also said he stood by his commitments to the International Olympic Committee of insuring a safe 2020 Summer Games.
  • ANALYSIS: The long road ahead in ending Fukushima water problem

    09/19/2013 4:00:00 AM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | September 18, 2013 | Shunsuke Kimura, Ryuta Koike and Senior Staff Writer Hisashi Hattori
    Even geography is working against Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government in their struggle to deal with the persistent problem of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The site receives so much groundwater that special equipment--rendered useless by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami--was set up to prevent the plant’s buildings from floating on the continuous flow. The most pressing problem is stopping the groundwater from entering the plant’s reactor buildings, becoming contaminated and spilling into the sea. But it is far from the only obstacle in the roadmap to decommission the reactors at the stricken plant....
  • Fukushima Dumps Typhoon-soaked, Radiated Water

    09/17/2013 7:34:03 PM PDT · by SteveH · 12 replies
    Agence Presse France ^ | SEP 17, 2013 12:15 AM ET
    The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility. Typhoon Man-yi smashed into Japan on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain that caused flooding in some parts of the country, including the ancient city of Kyoto. The rain also lashed near the broken plant run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), swamping enclosure walls around clusters of water tanks containing toxic water that was used to cool broken reactors. Some of the tanks were earlier found to be leaking contaminated water....
  • Korea may sue Japan for mishandling leaks

    09/14/2013 3:26:57 PM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    Korea Times ^ | September 14, 2013 | Kim Tae_jong
    The government will be able to take legal action against Japanese authorities if the latter continues to leak radioactive water into the ocean which could affect marine life in Korean seas, experts said, Tuesday. Their view is a response to the recent leaks of highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has fuelled concern here over possible environmental impacts. “Our government can demand Japan provide us with timely and detailed information about water leaks from the nuclear power plant, and also to stop leaking radioactive water,” said Kim Young-sok, a law school professor at Ewha Womans...
  • Japan's Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima

    09/14/2013 8:47:06 AM PDT · by SteveH · 32 replies
    SPIEGEL ONLINE / ABC News ^ | September 14, 2013 | Von Marco Evers
    (SPEIGEL ONLINE) Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next as it battles the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts, but a quick solution is unlikely. This week, the chief nuclear officers of around 100 American nuclear power plant reactors are taking a field trip. They are travelling to Japan and then taking a bus to Fukushima. There, dressed in protective suits, they will walk through the ruins left behind by the earthquake of the century, the tsunami of the century and the resulting...
  • TEPCO official says Fukushima plant situation "out of control"

    09/13/2013 4:18:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Xinhua News ^ | February 13, 2013
    TOKYO - A senior official of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said Friday that situation in the stricken plant was "out of control," according to local media. The remark was made by Kazuhiko Yamashita, who holds the executive-level title of fellow, at a meeting with Japanese opposition lawmakers in the city of Koriyama in Fukushima prefecture, said Japan's Kyodo News. His words came less than a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured the world at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at Argentina that the situation in the...
  • US nuclear expert Lake Barrett 'not concerned' by Fukushima radioactive leaks

    09/13/2013 5:05:51 PM PDT · by SteveH · 14 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | September 13, 2013 | Mark Willacy
    A US nuclear expert brought in to offer advice about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says leaks of radioactive water into the sea are not a major concern. It is believed about 300 tonnes of contaminated water is seeping into the ocean every day. Responding to criticism over its handling of leaks at Fukushima, the plant's operator TEPCO brought in expert Lake Barrett, who spent several years dealing with the Three Mile island nuclear accident in the United States. Mr Barrett has just completed his first tour of the shattered Fukushima complex. Appearing in Tokyo after inspecting the site, he...
  • Insight: Japan ponders Fukushima options, but Tepco too big to fail

    09/10/2013 7:35:56 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/10/2013 | Linda Sieg
    (Reuters) - Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tepco Electric's response to the world's worst atomic disaster in a quarter century has been called ad hoc and more concerned with cost than safety, but 30 months later, the utility is still in charge. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in the centerpiece of Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, said he would be personally responsible for a plan to cope with the legacy of the March 2011 disaster in which a massive earthquake and tsunami caused triple meltdowns, spewing radiation and forcing some 160,000 residents to flee their homes. A crisis over...
  • Charges dropped against Japan's ex-PM, TEPCO over Fukushima

    09/09/2013 9:53:18 AM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 09 September 2013
    Japanese prosecutors on Monday decided not to charge former prime minister Naoto Kan and TEPCO bosses over the initial stages of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. TOKYO: Japanese prosecutors on Monday decided not to charge former prime minister Naoto Kan and TEPCO bosses over the initial stages of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. The decision still leaves open the possibility that they will face criminal charges over other aspects of the disaster, including recent leaks of contaminated water from the crippled power plant. Local residents and activists had filed a criminal complaint against Kan and his ministers alleging professional negligence...
  • South Korea bans fish imports from Japan's Fukushima region

    09/06/2013 4:44:50 PM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6 September 2013 | Justin McCurry
    Seoul blames 'scientifically unacceptable' information from Tepco over radiation levels in waters around nuclear plant ***** South Korea has banned all fish imports from a large area of Japan in response to growing concern over the possible environmental impact of recent leaks of highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In Japan, the row over the plant operator's handling of the leaks deepened on Friday when the head of the country's nuclear watchdog issued a stern rebuke to Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) for causing unnecessary alarm overseas by releasing "scientifically unacceptable" information about radiation levels. Seoul's decision...
  • Japanese nuclear plant survived tsunami, offers clues

    09/04/2013 5:17:57 AM PDT · by SteveH · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 19, 2011 | Risa Maeda
    When the 13-meter (40-foot) tsunami that wrecked Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant hit Onagawa to the northeast, hundreds of residents found refuge at the local nuclear plant, rather than run the other way. It was the right call. At Fukushima, the tsunami knocked out power supply and its cooling system, triggering reactor meltdowns and forcing 80,000 to evacuate in the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years. The Onagawa plant, in contrast, shut down safely and its gym served for three months as a shelter for those made homeless. "At that time, there was no better place than the nuclear plant,"...
  • TEPCO did not act on tsunami risk projected for nuclear plant

    09/04/2013 3:44:43 AM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    Mainichi Daily News ^ | February 13, 2013
    Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s department responsible for managing nuclear power plant facilities did not act on a risk of massive tsunami near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant projected in an in-house study in 2008, ruling out an immediate need to better protect the power station from seawater flooding, company sources said Sunday. Despite the projection of a tsunami as high as 10.2 meters, officials of the department at the company’s headquarters insisted that such a risk was unrealistic, they said. In March, the power station was ravaged by a tsunami as high as about 15 meters. Tsunamis triggered by...
  • Crucial system fails at Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plant

    03/18/2013 8:46:47 PM PDT · by Revel · 11 replies
    CBC ^ | 3-18-13
    Workers at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are trying to fix a crucial part of the plant that stopped working today. The system that cools hundreds of spent fuel rods that are stored at the facility has stopped working, which could have dangerous consequences, CBC News producer Craig Dale has learned. The Tokyo Electric Power Company confirmed that it had a partial power failure Monday evening and then discovered the problem with an electricity supply unit. Currently the cooling systems in reactors one, three and four are not operational and representatives from TEPCO are unsure how to...
  • Fukushima apocalypse: Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in ‘millions of deaths’

    08/18/2013 6:40:01 PM PDT · by SteveH · 37 replies
    RT ^ | August 18, 2013
    Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT. Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment. In the worst-case scenario, a mishandled rod may go critical, resulting in an above-ground meltdown releasing...
  • Tepco now admits radioactive water entering the sea at Fukushima No. 1 (Japan)

    07/22/2013 9:19:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 47 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/22/2013 | Jiji
    Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tepco on Monday admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater is flowing into the sea, fueling fears that marine life is being poisoned. The admission came a day after voters handed the largely pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and ally New Komeito — a handsome majority in the Upper House. Earlier this month, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said groundwater samples taken at the battered plant showed that levels of cesium-134 had shot up more than 110 times in a few days. Although unable to explain the increased readings, Tepco had...
  • WSJ: Tepco in stunning reversal — Admits knowing of problems before 3/11 and doing nothing

    10/12/2012 8:50:30 PM PDT · by ransomnote and WSJ ^ | October 12, 2012 | Enenews quoting PHRED DVORAK:WSJ
    ENENEWS.COM has published the following excerpt from WSJ: In a stunning reversal, the operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant admitted for the first time Friday that it had made errors of judgment that contributed to one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents last year. [Tepco] said in a report that the company failed to adequately prepare for a disaster and that it knew it wasn’t prepared, and yet it did nothing, out of fear for the economic and social consequences.
  • Reactor 2 Core Melt, Possibly Because TEPCO Couldn't Break the Rules to Bring Batteries to the Plant

    10/06/2012 9:56:04 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | oct 6, 2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    Full Title: Fukushima Reactor 3 Explosion, Reactor 2 Core Melt, Possibly Because TEPCO Couldn't Break the Rules to Bring Batteries to the Plant What rules, you ask? Good social rules like "If you want something from a store, you purchase it with money." Or "In order to transport potentially dangerous materials or equipments, you apply for a government permit and wait until the permit is issued." They are all good and proper in peacetime. TEPCO was no longer in peacetime, starting March 11, 2011. But the company and the workers clearly didn't know how to operate in an extraordinary situation...
  • Tokyo Soil Would Be Considered “Radioactive Waste” In the United States

    03/27/2012 3:25:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 25, 2012 | George Washington
    We noted in August that some parts of Tokyo have more radiation than existed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones. And see this and this. There are indications that radiation levels are increasing in Tokyo. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen took 5 random soil samples in Tokyo recently, and found that all 5 were so radioactive that they would be considered radioactive waste in the United States, which would have to be specially disposed of at a facility in Texas:
  • Japan: How the Yakuza went nuclear (indispensable part of nuke industry?)

    02/23/2012 4:59:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02/21/12 | Jake Adelstein
    How the Yakuza went nuclear What really went wrong at the Fukushima plant? One undercover reporter risked his life to find out By Jake Adelstein 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012 /snip Tepco has long been a scandal-ridden company, caught time and time again covering up data on safety lapses at their power plants, or doctoring film footage which showed fissures in pipes. How was the company able to get away with such long-standing behaviour? According to an explosive book recently published in Japan, they owe it to what the author, Tomohiko Suzuki, calls “Japan’s nuclear mafia… A conglomeration of corrupt...
  • Japan: 52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus(really?)

    12/18/2011 6:24:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Jiji Press ^ | 12/17/11
    52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)--A total of 52 workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been infected with norovirus, the utility said Saturday. The workers, who are employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and affiliated companies, were installing storage tanks for sludge accumulated after radioactive water decontamination. Some of them was hospitalized but most are getting better after receiving treatment. The number of patients may increase further, according to the plant operator, known as TEPCO. According to TEPCO, the workers reported symptoms...
  • TEPCO: Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us (all my cesium belongs to you)

    11/25/2011 3:35:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/24/11 | TOMOHIRO IWATA
    TEPCO: Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us By TOMOHIRO IWATA / Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA During court proceedings concerning a radioactive golf course, Tokyo Electric Power Co. stunned lawyers by saying the utility was not responsible for decontamination because it no longer "owned" the radioactive substances. “Radioactive materials (such as cesium) that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not TEPCO,” the utility said. That argument did not sit well with the companies that own and operate the Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club, just 45 kilometers west of the stricken TEPCO plant...
  • Japan: Photos released by TEPCO show huge piles of used radioactive gear

    10/17/2011 3:30:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Photos released by TEPCO show huge piles of used radioactive gear Photos released by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) show huge piles of plastic bags containing used radioactive gear and other radioactively contaminated waste at a facility near the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. The photos show a vast number of bags piled about five meters tall. According to TEPCO, there are currently around 4,000 cubic meters of the waste piled up. The photos are two of 32 released by TEPCO on Oct. 15 and were taken at J-Village, a sports facility serving as a base of operations...
  • Japan: Residents furious over 60-page application, 160-page manual for TEPCO compensation

    09/20/2011 3:35:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Residents furious over 60-page application, 160-page manual for TEPCO compensation Residents affected by the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are furious after learning they will have to wade through a 60-page application form -- accompanied by a 160-page manual -- to seek compensation from the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). The company, which on Sept. 12 started sending out documents for individual compensation claims for the period between March and August, says its careful explanation of the process resulted in a large amount of documentation. However, this hasn't appeased residents. "One can only assume...
  • Japan: TEPCO to directly pour water to No.3 reactor fuel (MOX fuel)

    08/23/2011 10:38:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NHK ^ | 08/24/11
    TEPCO to directly pour water to No.3 reactor fuel Tokyo Electric Power Company will try a new process to cool down the No.3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by injecting water directly onto the facility's fuel starting on Friday. The utility has been pouring 7 tons of water from outside the No.3 reactor every hour. But this process has been producing a massive amount of high-level radioactive water. TEPCO said on Monday that injecting cooling water through pipes situated above the fuel would be a more efficient operation. The utility hopes this new process will reduce the...
  • Japan: Return our dogs, TEPCO demands(all glowing dogs are belong to us)

    06/27/2011 5:05:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 06/28/11
    Return our dogs, TEPCO demands From: The Australian June 28, 2011 12:00AM A MAN who snatched two dogs to safety from the grounds of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has revealed the plant's disgraced operator TEPCO later rang him to assert ownership over them. The Australian yesterday revealed the story of animal rescue "guerilla" Hiroshi Hoshi's mission to the plant to grab two Japanese Shiba dogs spotted wandering around on a webcam trained on the facility. Yesterday, Mr Hoshi said one of the plant's managers, who called himself Mr Igarashi, made a "ghoulish and bizarre" phone call to...
  • Japan: TEPCO halts water circulation due to leaks

    06/27/2011 7:20:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NHK ^ | 06/27/11
    TEPCO halts water circulation due to leaks The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suspended using decontaminated water as a coolant because of leaky pipes. Tokyo Electric Power Company began circulating recycled water through the No.1, 2 and 3 reactors at 4:20 PM on Monday. But it halted the operation one and a half hours later after discovering water leaking from the pipes. TEPCO has been attempting to run the decontamination system since June 14th. It has so far treated about 1,850 tons of the water. The operator hopes to reduce the levels of radioactive wastewater accumulated...
  • TEPCO says contaminated water may overflow

    06/03/2011 6:48:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NHK ^ | 06/03/11
    TEPCO says contaminated water may overflow Tokyo Electric Power Company says that, in a worst case scenario, highly radioactive water may overflow from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as early as June 20th. The company is set to start operating filters for highly radioactive water from June 15th. However, it warns that if the filtering does not go to plan, highly radioactive water may overflow from a tunnel at the Number 2 reactor. TEPCO says that by May 31st, 105,100 tons of waste water had accumulated. It contains an estimated 720,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances. Tera stands for one trillion....
  • Japan: Tokyo Electric to Halt Toxic Water Transfer for Weeks

    05/23/2011 8:21:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Jiji Press ^ | 05/23/11
    Tokyo Electric to Halt Toxic Water Transfer for Weeks Fukushima, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> will suspend for weeks the transfer of highly radioactive water from two nuclear reactors to waste disposal facilities at the Fukushima No. 1 plant. The disposal facilities will reach their storage limits within days, but equipment to clean up the contaminated water will not start operating until mid-June, company officials said. Tokyo Electric has been collecting highly radioactive water that leaked from the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors into nearby facilities including the basements of the reactor turbine buildings. At present,...
  • Nuclear plant cooling system manually shut down (Reactor 1)

    05/17/2011 10:39:53 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | May 17, 2011 | no byline
    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says workers may have manually shut down the No.1 reactor's emergency cooling system in order to prevent damage to the reactor. It says pressure inside the reactor had dropped sharply after the earthquake struck the plant on March 11th. Tokyo Electric Power Company on Monday disclosed records of its operations at the plant. They show that the reactor automatically halted operations after the earthquake. The emergency cooling system was automatically activated but stopped about 10 minutes later and remained off for about 3 hours until after the tsunami arrived. TEPCO says...
  • NEW STORY: Japanese nuke co. admits meltdown occurred 16 hours after quake...

    05/16/2011 1:29:19 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 91 replies
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted for the first time on May 15 that most of the fuel in one of its nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had melted only about 16 hours after the March 11 earthquake struck a wide swath of northeastern Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami.
  • Japan: TEPCO to move radioactive water from No.3 reactor

    05/16/2011 6:47:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    NHK ^ | 05/16/11
    TEPCO to move radioactive water from No.3 reactor The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will start transferring highly radioactive water from the No.3 reactor building to a temporary storage facility as early as Tuesday. Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, estimates that there is about 22,000 tons of highly radioactive water in the reactor's turbine building and in a connecting tunnel. The utility says the water in the basement of the turbine building was about 1.4 meters high as of Monday morning, a rise of more than 20 centimeters over the past 2 weeks....
  • TEPCO concealed radiation data before explosion at No. 3 reactor (FUKUSHIMA)

    05/13/2011 11:29:26 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 28 replies ^ | May 14, 2011 | no byline
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. concealed data showing spikes in radiation levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March, one day before a hydrogen explosion injured seven workers. The Asahi Shimbun obtained a 100-page internal TEPCO report containing minute-to-minute data on radiation levels at the plant as well as pressure and water levels inside the No. 3 reactor from March 11 to April 30. The data has never been released by the company that operates the stricken plant. The unpublished information shows that at 1:17 p.m. on March 13, 300 millisieverts of radiation per hour was detected inside...
  • Accurate data destroys optimistic TEPCO assessment, hampers cooling plan (Fukushima)

    05/13/2011 11:12:27 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | 5/14/2011 | no byline
    Accurate data shattered the overly optimistic assessment of Tokyo Electric Power Co. concerning the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and raised doubts about the company's game plan for ending the crisis. Measurements from a recently installed water gauge provided conclusive evidence that the condition of the No. 1 reactor at the plant was much more serious than TEPCO officials have acknowledged until now. TEPCO officials admitted on May 12 that a "meltdown" had occurred in the No. 1 reactor. Fuel rods had melted, and the molten fuel accumulated and caused small cracks at the bottom of the reactor...
  • Japan: Megabanks Fall On Possible Tepco Debt Waiver(major Japanese banks in balance sheet trouble?)

    05/13/2011 2:15:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 05/13/11
    Megabanks Fall On Possible Tepco Debt Waiver TOKYO (NQN)--Shares in Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (8306), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. (8316) and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. (8411) fell Friday afternoon after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano suggested the megabanks would have to write off some of their Tepco debts. Edano said at a news conference that the Japanese people will never accept the use of taxpayers' money to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) to help pay compensation for damage caused by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant unless banks waive their Tepco debts from before the...
  • TEPCO Opened the Double Door to Reactor 1, 500 Million Becquerels of Radioactive Materials Released

    05/10/2011 2:57:54 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 17 replies ^ | May 9, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    ince the pressure inside the reactor building is lower than the outside by design, when TEPCO opened the double door the cooler outside air got sucked in, and the radioactive air that was inside the building was pushed up and out of the building through the roof that had collapsed by the explosion on March 12. And they chose to open the door at night, when the outside air was even colder. So the whole point of this exercise was to release as much radioactive air as possible out of the reactor building, it seems. They could have chosen to...
  • TEPCO: "Release of Radioactive Materials from Reactor 1 Building Will Be Small"

    05/07/2011 1:08:16 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | May 7, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    That's diametrically opposite of what the government officials were apparently saying on May 1, when the PM's assistant was on record saying "there will be a large amount of radioactive materials released on May 8". No estimate or simulation of how low (or high) the level may be of the radioactive materials coming out of the Reactor 1 reactor building. No official (government) word. For the rest of us, we are supposed to take TEPCO's word and feel secure and comforted that radiation will be low. This is the company that somehow forgot (didn't bother, I might say) to inform...
  • TEPCO official: Fukushima is man-made disaster

    04/30/2011 9:39:45 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    NHK World ^ | May 1, 2011 | no byline
    A vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Company says he believes the nuclear crisis at Fukushima nuclear power plant is a man-made disaster. TEPCO vice president Norio Tsuzumi visited Iitate village in Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday and apologized to about 1,000 villagers who gathered to hear him speak. When he was asked if he thinks of the nuclear crisis a man-made disaster or a natural disaster, he said personally he thinks it is a man-made disaster. All of the 6,000 residents of Iitate were instructed to evacuate by late May based on accumulated radiation exposure levels caused by emissions from...
  • Tokyo Electric to Build Seawalls to Protect Fukushima N-Plant(girds for mag 8 aftershock)

    04/30/2011 10:26:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Jiji Press ^ | 04/30/11
    Tokyo Electric to Build Seawalls to Protect Fukushima N-Plant Fukushima, April 30 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> will build temporary seawalls by mid-June to protect its stricken nuclear power plant from tsunami that could occur if a strong earthquake happens again, officials said Saturday. Based mainly on forecasts by the Meteorological Agency, Tokyo Electric will prepare itself for an aftershock with the maximum magnitude of around 8 on the Richter scale and subsequent tsunami less than 10 meters high, the officials said. The barriers will be installed on grounds to the southwest of the No. 1 to No. 4...
  • Fukushima Residents Seek Answers Amid Mixed Signals From Media, TEPCO and Government

    04/27/2011 4:10:32 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | unknown | Makiko SEGAWA
    The Media Corruption that Protects TEPCO Uesugi Takashi explained the core of the problem behind misinformation and rumors. "Freelance journalists and foreign media are pursuing the facts, even going into the radiation exclusion zone. However, surprisingly, the Japan government continues to prevent freelance journalists and overseas media from gaining access to official press conferences at the prime minister's house and government." Uesugi stated that since March 11th, the government has excluded all internet media and all foreign media from official press conferences on the "Emergency Situation". While foreign media have scrambled to gather informationabout the Fukushima Reactor, they have been...
  • Culture of Complicity Tied to Stricken Nuclear Plant

    04/26/2011 8:27:31 PM PDT · by SteveH · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 26, 2011 | NORIMITSU ONISHI and KEN BELSON
    TOKYO — Given the fierce insularity of Japan’s nuclear industry, it was perhaps fitting that an outsider exposed the most serious safety cover-up in the history of Japanese nuclear power. It took place at Fukushima Daiichi, the plant that Japan has been struggling to get under control since last month’s earthquake and tsunami.
  • Japan: TEPCO seeks 20% cut in employees' annual salaries

    04/20/2011 9:46:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/21/11
    TEPCO seeks 20% cut in employees' annual salaries TOKYO, April 21, Kyodo Tokyo Electric Power Co. is considering cutting annual salaries of its employees by around 20 percent as part of its restructuring effort to make compensation payments over the emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, company sources said Thursday.
  • Mysterious Trades in a Big Block of Tokyo Electric Shares Draw Regulators’ Interest

    04/19/2011 11:18:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/18/11 | KEITH BRADSHER
    April 18, 2011 Mysterious Trades in a Big Block of Tokyo Electric Shares Draw Regulators’ Interest By KEITH BRADSHER TOKYO — Japanese regulators and executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company are asking questions about a seemingly coordinated series of stock purchases two weeks ago that led to an undisclosed buyer or buyers acquiring a large block of the utility, which owns Japan’s dangerously damaged nuclear power plant. Regulators want to know whether the trades, valued at up to $600 million and placed from Hong Kong during the week of April 3, were structured to circumvent Japanese securities laws, which...
  • Japan: TEPCO aims to achieve 'cold shutdown' for reactors in 6-9 months

    04/17/2011 3:10:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/17/11
    TEPCO aims to achieve 'cold shutdown' for reactors in 6-9 months TOKYO, April 17, Kyodo Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that it aims to bring the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to a stable condition known as a ''cold shutdown'' in about six to nine months, while restoring stable cooling to the reactors and spent fuel pools in about three months. At a news conference in Tokyo, company Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata announced the utility's schedule ''for the moment'' for bringing the complex in Fukushima Prefecture under control, while offering an apology for the ongoing nuclear...
  • ANALYSIS: Defensive TEPCO fears ballooning compensation to evacuees

    04/15/2011 8:57:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 04/15/11
    ANALYSIS: Defensive TEPCO fears ballooning compensation to evacuees 2011/04/15 Masataka Shimizu, the embattled president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., promised compensation to evacuees who fled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, but he stopped short of providing specific amounts or a timetable. "We will respond in a sincere manner based on the compensation system for damage from nuclear power plants after consulting with the central government," Shimizu said at a news conference Wednesday. "Because the evacuation has become a prolonged one, we want to make provisional payments as soon as possible. We still have to decide on a specific...