JAPAN’S GOV. AND TEPCO ARE LYING AGAIN ABOUT A “COLD-SHUTDOWN” AT FUKUSHIMA NPPs
16 Dec 2011
JAPAN’S PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIKO NODA IS LYING when he says Fukushima Dai No. 1 nuclear reactors have been brought to a state of “cold shutdown”. He said: “A stable condition has been achieved, and we can consider the accident itself contained”; This, is highly questionable from a scientific perspective; in the opinion of many experts.
SPEAKING AT HIS OFFICE IN TOKYO JAPAN, Prime Minister(PM) Noda said on 16 Dec 2011 that his government and the “Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO)” had contained the nuclear crisis that occurred after the (THREE) reactors (MELTED-THRU) at the Fukushima Dai No.1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in N.E. Japan last 12 Mar. 2011. He envisions (hopes for) the potential return of some evacuees from the no-go zones.
IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THEY CALL “COLD SHUTDOWN” P.M. Noda, and TEPCO define it as “a reactor’s cooling system operating at atmospheric pressure, and below the boiling temperature of water (93 Celsius or 200F) degrees.
NATURALLY, THE USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) AGREES. Saying that TEPCO has released data showing it meets these criteria at Fukushima (SEE THERE- IT IS JUST A MATTER OF WHAT YOU WANT TO CALL IT! – Our NRC is complicit in deceit ; However, most nuclear scientists say the term “Cold Shutdown“ DOES NOT APPLY TO MELTED REACTORS. Tadashi Narabayashi, a former reactor safety researcher at Toshiba Corp. and now a nuclear engineering professor at Hokkaido University, said: “Achieving cold shutdown does not change the condition of the reactors…It does mean the government will start reviewing evacuation zones and perhaps lifting restrictions depending on extent of contamination…Work on decommissioning is a long way off. For now, they have to focus on making robots to remove melted fuel, and developing new technologies to demolish facilities…In addition, there are about 7 kilometers of plastic pipe in the makeshift cooling system that will need to be replaced with metal versions”
WHAT JAPAN, AND THE NRC CALLS IT, MAKE NO DIFFERENCE, Problem is: huge areas of land, towns and villages in the Fukushima region are highly contaminated by radiation fallout, and are likely to be uninhabitable for 20 years or more. Radiation has already forced the evacuation of about 160,000 people, and the government has yet to say how many can return and when.
AS USUAL, HIGH RANKING JAPANESE POLITICIANS PUT A “GOOD FACE“ ON THE PROBLEM. P.M. Noda said: We want to make a united effort for them to return home as soon as possible and rebuild their livelihoods,” PLEASE SOMEONE, TELL US WHAT THAT MEANS! – A DECREE DOES NOT REMEDIATE THE MANY HIGHLY CONTAMINATED AREAS OF JAPAN, OR MITIGATE THE HUGE ACCUMULATED “NUCLEAR WASTE” AT THE PLANT, OR DAMAGE TO COASTAL WATERS.
TEPCO LIES AGAIN WITH A STRAIGHT FACE They had said in Sep 2011 that they achieved stable cooling of the three reactors at the Dai-No.1 NPP, by reducing their temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius; so, one supposes TEPCO DID IT AGAIN! Last month, TEPCO assessed the radiation exposure at the plant’s boundaries at 0.1 millisievert a year, below its target of 1 millisievert a year. The drop in radiation was the second of two criteria imposed by the country’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency(Japan’s NRC) before they would consider the plant stable. Problem is no one believes TEPCO anymore; specially, the Japanese people.
AMERICAN OUTSPOKEN NUCLEAR ENGINEER ARNIE GUNDERSEN SAID: “It is an achievement to have restored (reactor) cooling and gotten water temperatures to 100 C. …But I don’t know why they choose to say “cold shutdown” because that’s an affront to those in the industry who really know what the term means …(Plain fact is)those nuclear cores are still in a configuration where the center is extraordinarily hot.” AND UNPREDICTABLY SO – FOR MANY YEARS YET! Gunderson added: “Declaring the cold shutdown at Fukushima risks further eroding people’s faith in the government’s ability to regulate the nuclear power industry. I actually think it’s going to blow up in their face…In the eyes of the Japanese public, the last thing they need to do is exaggerate; AND THIS, IS AN EXAGGERATION”.
JAPAN AND TEPCO’S HARDEST WORK IS ONLY BEGINNING Besides maintaining stable cooling of the melted-thru reactors and “spent-fuel pools” at the plant, TEPCO has to manage storage tanks holding millions of metric tons of contaminated water; So said Najmedin Meshkati, a professor of civil engineering at the “University of Southern California” who worked as a consultant on decommissioning Chernobyl. He added: “Now the hardest part starts, which is the cleanup” Experiences in other countries show the scale of the task still facing TEPCO as it begins decommissioning the reactors, and cleaning contaminated waste, even without the complications posed by the damage at Fukushima.
USA ALSO HAS A HUGE “NUCLEAR WASTE” LEGACY TO REMEDIATE Daniel Poneman, the U.S. Deputy Secretary at the Department of Energy (DOE), said in Tokyo on 15 Dec 2011: “Cold War weapons production in the U.S. left the country with ‘a significant nuclear cleanup legacy, including high- level waste, contaminated soil and groundwater’….The Hanford Site in Washington State and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina have more than 90 million gallons of liquid waste in tanks that the government is working to convert into more stable forms, that do not threaten the environment”. ONE SUPPOSES PONEMAN IS TRYING TO SAY: WELL…WE HAVE A PROBLEM TOO, YOU KNOW! THERE IS AN OLD SPANISH SAYING: “MAL DE MUCHOS – CONSUELO DE PENDEJOS” (WHAT AILS MANY – IS THE CONSOLATION OF FOOLS”) NO REAL HELP. ” Japan’s government has requested support from the USA to decommission the Fukushima Dai-No.1 NPP, as well as managing the site from an environmental perspective”. Hell, we can’t even clean up our own act!!!
Thanks to Bloomberg 16 Dec 2011, Tokyo Japan, for quotations.
MY TAKE: Is that the Japanese government is under intense pressure from the Japanese and the Worldwide Nuclear Cartel. They all know they are sinking by the bow, and want to do something – even lying, which is cheap, but no longer easy to sell. JAPAN MAY JUST AS WELL FORGET THEY EVER HAD A NPP PREEMINENCE IN THE WORLD.- IT WENT UP IN THE BLACK SMOKE OF THE FUKUSHIMA EXPLOSIONS, AND RADIOACTIVE SPEWS OF 12 Mar 2011. THEIR PROBLEM IS : IT IS DOWNGRADING THEIR HUGE INVESTMENTS WORLDWIDE. Just look at EDF in France. It is hemorrhaging money, and they do not know how to stop it. They, and several other nuclear energy purveyors, need to diversify into Clean-energy ASAP! THAT IS CLEAR AS DAY!