Tuesday, June 21, 2016
JAPAN TEPCO NUCLEAR PLANT ADMITS COVERUP - IT WAS A MELTDOWN IN 2011.
6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.
7 And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.
8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.
9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood:(bitter,Poisoned) and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.(poisoned)
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.(enviromentalists won't like this result)
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they(False World Church and Dictator) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Edano may take legal action to challenge Fukushima crisis report
Democratic Party Secretary General Yukio Edano attends a press conference in Tokyo on June 17, 2016. Edano said a report on how Tokyo Electric Power Co. handled the Fukushima nuclear disaster is inappropriate as it notes the then TEPCO chief instructed staff not to use the term "core meltdown" in describing the situation in the early days of the crisis due to pressure from the prime minister's office. Edano, then chief Cabinet secretary, said, "We may take legal action to challenge it." (Kyodo)
TEPCO: Delay in declaring ‘meltdown’ was a cover-up-THE ASSOCIATED PRESS-June 21, 2016 at 17:40 JST-THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant has acknowledged its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it.Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose's apology Tuesday followed the revelation that an investigation had found Hirose's predecessor instructed officials during the March 2011 disaster to avoid using the word "meltdown."TEPCO instead described the reactors' condition as less serious "core damage" for two months after the earthquake and tsunami wrecked the plant, even though utility officials knew meltdowns had occurred.An investigative report released last week said TEPCO's former president instructed officials to use the milder description under alleged pressure from the Prime Minister's Office, though it found no proof. Former officials at the Prime Minister's Office denied the allegation.
Didn’t TEPCO betray Fukushima residents by not saying ‘meltdown’? 7:47 pm, June 19, 2016
The Yomiuri ShimbunWas Tokyo Electric Power Co. (now Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.) putting top priority on ensuring the safety of residents around its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant when the accident occurred? The findings of a recent probe have raised doubts even about this.A third-party panel of lawyers set up by TEPCO released a report on why it took as long as two months after the crisis for the utility to acknowledge that the reactors had melted down.On March 14, 2011, three days after the accident occurred following the massive earthquake and tsunami, then TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu instructed a then executive vice president during a press conference “not to use” the word “meltdown,” according to the report. The message was delivered via a public relations staffer, citing instructions from the Prime Minister’s Office, the report said.Subsequently, TEPCO used the description “core damage” in connection with the accident. “The nuclear power plant and the head office shared a recognition that they should refrain from using ‘meltdown,’” the report pointed out.Then Prime Minister Naoto Kan and then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano have completely denied issuing such instructions on their own.At the time of the accident, many politicians, bureaucrats and others concerned were working at the Prime Minister’s Office. The third-party probe failed to identify who gave the instructions to Shimizu.This shows the limitations that the third-party panel faced as it probed the accident based only on interviews it conducted with TEPCO officials. Furthermore, Shimizu’s memories of those days were vague.However, the probe revealed that TEPCO was paying too much attention to the Prime Minister’s Office’s intentions in responding to the accident.-Operator holds responsibility-When a nuclear power plant is hit by a serious accident, residents living around the facility face severe consequences. It is the primary responsibility of the plant operator to respond appropriately.In such a situation, the highest priority should be placed on the safety of local residents. The operator must accurately provide local governments and residents with precise and necessary information regarding the situation the power plant is facing.TEPCO chose to use “core damage,” an expression that made the status of the accident unclear, instead of “meltdown,” even though “meltdown” would have clearly shown the severity of the developments the Fukushima plant was dealing with. The operator cannot avoid criticism for having betrayed local residents with this decision. This kind of stance taken by the utility has caused increasing distrust of nuclear power plants.At the time of the accident, TEPCO had internal manuals that described what constituted a meltdown. The operator must seriously reflect on why it failed to follow these guidelines.When it came to public relations announcements at the time of the accident, the investigation committees set up by the government and the Diet both pointed out that the Prime Minister’s Office had some involvement.An official at the then Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry was replaced after referring to a “meltdown” during a press conference. TEPCO was told by the Prime Minister’s Office to brief it in advance of any announcements made at press conferences, according to the latest report.The Niigata prefectural government, whose administrative area is home to TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, has called for uncovering the whole process of how information was manipulated, saying this is a prerequisite for reactivating reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa. The government cannot help but cooperate with the probe.(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, June 19, 2016)
KEPCO must clear hurdles to restart nuclear reactors at Takahama plant -8:23 pm, June 21, 2016
The Yomiuri ShimbunThe latest approval marks an important step toward making good use of nuclear power as the nation’s key energy source.The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved extensions of up to 20 years for the operational periods of the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant. The reactors were put into commercial operation more than 40 years ago.The new regulation system, with stricter safety standards adopted after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, limits the operational period of a nuclear reactor to no more than 40 years, while approving an extension of up to 20 years under exceptional circumstances. Such an extension has been approved for the first time.Operating a nuclear power plant upon confirmation of the reactor’s safety, even if it has been in operation for more than 40 years, will be highly advantageous in ensuring a stable supply of electricity.However, restarting an aging reactor is not easy. KEPCO must steadily clear a number of hurdles.The biggest hurdle is upgrading facilities and systems. The plant has about 1,300 kilometers of cables, 60 percent of which will have to be replaced with fire-resistant cable. The company will take measures such as wrapping fire-resistant sheeting around the rest of the cable.Solid concrete casings must also be built for the tops of the reactor vessels as a precaution against serious accidents. In the central control room, the control board, which plays a pivotal role in maintaining the safety of the reactors, will be replaced with the latest type of panels. It is vital to make sure the complex control system is functional.KEPCO aims to complete the necessary work by the autumn of 2019 for restarting the reactors. The NRA will carry out strict inspections as the work progresses. The NRA will confirm the seismic resistance of some of the major facilities inside the reactor vessels by simulating an actual earthquake shock.-Huge expense-It is also vital to win the understanding of local communities for the nuclear reactors to be restarted. KEPCO needs to explain carefully what work it is carrying out and the need for restarting the reactors.The work will require a huge sum of money — more than ¥200 billion. Restarting the reactors is expected to help KEPCO increase its profit by ¥9 billion a month.It is hoped that by moving ahead smoothly with a series of procedures, KEPCO will present a model of a nuclear power station designed to operate long into the future.The NRA, for its part, must also streamline the screening procedures. It is also important for the mechanism of the systems itself to be reviewed.Even if an electric power company tries to apply for an extension of the operational period for a nuclear reactor with plenty of time in advance, the application period is limited under the current system. Should the screening fail to be completed by the actual day marking 40 years from the start of a reactor’s operation, the reactor in question will be decommissioned.Undoubtedly the screening schedule will therefore become precarious. This will cause problems in the screenings of other reactors. Even this time, screenings for applications to restart other reactors have been delayed.Another fundamental question is whether limiting the operational period of a nuclear reactor to 40 years is scientifically rational.The government has set a target of having nuclear power account for 20 percent to 22 percent of the nation’s total electricity for fiscal 2030. To realize this target, not only the extension of the operational period of existing reactors, but also the replacement of antiquated nuclear power plants and the building of new and additional reactors must be studied.(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, June 21, 2016)
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