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Tepco To Build Two Coal-Fired Plants In Fukushima

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After being essentially nationalized as a result of the Fukushima explosion, and following years of denial finally admitting that TEPCO has lost control of the clean up effort of the Fukushima nuclear power plant corpse, one would think Tokyo Electric Power Company may have second thoughts about installing additional capacity around ground zero. One would be wrong.

Tokyo Electric Power Company will build 2 advanced coal-fired power plants in Fukushima. The utility says it wants to contribute to the prefecture's recovery from the nuclear disaster.

The same prefecture, mind you, that TEPCO's reckless disregard for safety standards and abject avoidance of repeated warnings about the potential threats to the Dai-Ichi NPP, was made into a ghost town. Very kind of TEPCO, three years after the explosion, to spend government money to "contribute to a recovery" from a disaster it created.

TEPCO's Fukushima headquarters chief announced the project on Friday. Yoshiyuki Ishizaki said the coal-fired power generation systems will be built on the compounds of 2 existing power plants in Iwaki City and Hirono Town. Ishizaki said the planned facilities will use both gas and heat from coal to achieve the world's highest level of power-generating efficiency.


Each facility will have a capacity of 500 megawatts and will be operational by the early 2020s.


TEPCO says the project will create up to 2,000 construction jobs per day, and its total economic benefit to the region will amount to 1.5 billion dollars.


Ishizaki said Japan has the top-of-the-line coal gasification technology. He added TEPCO will make sure the investment won't affect nuclear compensation payments or delay the decommissioning of its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

What could possibly go wrong, besides everything of course. Then again, after providing infinite ammo for the anti-nuke lobby, it is only fair that in 7 years (assuming it is not a province of China by then), Tepco does everything in its power to crush the supporters of coal-power as well.


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Fri, 11/29/2013 - 18:42 | Link to Comment TeamDepends
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Man, The Onion never fails to deliver.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 22:27 | Link to Comment MontgomeryScott
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If only it WAS 'The Onion'.


The irradiated prefecture Fukushima will soon have coal-fired electricity generation.

Do you think they really need it? The trees and blades of grass are already glowing, so no need for electric light...

The whole frigging ISLAND of Honshu needs to be an 'exclusion zone', but, NO, the freaks at TEPCO want to try to draw people BACK IN! LOOK! THE LIGHTS ARE ON!

Who's going to be partnering in this stuff? General Electric?



Fri, 11/29/2013 - 22:44 | Link to Comment max2205
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Top notch seething sarcasm. ..kudos

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 14:39 | Link to Comment 0b1knob
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Before the US forcibly opened Japan to trade it was a very poor isolated country of rice farmers and fishermen.

In the end it will be that way once again, only radioactive.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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Everyone should keep a close eye on Fukushima over the next year.  They are beginning to remove the 1400 fuel rods from that pool that is precariously balanced 6 stories up in one of the reactor buildings.  They are going to have to do it manually as the automatic crane was damaged in the explosion.  If you touch two rods together you get an explosion. If there is a 7.0 or higher earthquake the pool is likely to come crashing down.  If that happens one nuclear expert said that it would be wise to move away from the entire US coastline.  Remember that verse in Revelation about Wormwood and the major portion of the ocean becoming blood???

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 18:44 | Link to Comment Jumbotron
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Great....just fucking great.

Now they will be able to spot the cancer in the workers' lungs easily as the radioactive particles will stick to them better.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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What they are doing to these workers in Fukushima is what we call in unix, writing to /dev/null. They are discarded into the void.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:50 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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...and TEPCO's explanations since the disaster began have been strikingly similar to the output that 'cat /dev/urandom' generates.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:04 | Link to Comment emersonreturn
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i would've thought cleaning fukus would've created more than enough jobs...oh well, the fukus nuclear site is a corpse...well said, brilliantly observed tylers.  happy black friday, happy friday humour.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:05 | Link to Comment steelrules
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Hey WTF. we already did the cesium so lets spread some mercury to top it off.


Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:11 | Link to Comment BubbleBobble
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If I ever start a hedge fund I'm going to call it TEPCO, cause the more shite you blow up the more money that is thrown at you

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:12 | Link to Comment Possible Impact
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Don't they know that burning coal puts Thorium into the air?

Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:45 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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My, how Scientific American has fallen. Never before have I seen such an amateurishly misleading article from that publication. Even the editor's note at the bottom of the second page is an utter failure as a mea culpa.

A genuine attempt at contrition would not leave intact the deceptive Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste title and would disavow the sloppy reasoning of the author.

Gaze upon the absurdity of the last line of the editor's note:

As a general clarification, ounce for ounce, coal ash released from a power plant delivers more radiation than nuclear waste shielded via water or dry cask storage.

Funny. So why aren't the spent fuel rods from Fukushima (and every other nuclear power plant in the world) being dumped in landfills? That sure would free up a lot of space in spent fuel pools and dry storage casks for disposal of coal ash.

Perhaps Scientific American should be renamed Scientific US 'american' Citizen if that's the kind of drivel they've chosen to spew.

Here's an idea for another article they can publish:

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Produces More Gamma Radiation than Recently Detected Gamma Ray Burst in Distant Galaxy

Oh, wait, I'm sorry, they're shills for the nuclear power industry. Nevermind.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 09:02 | Link to Comment Zero Point
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Scientific American is an asswipe.

That said, it's a font of wisdom and knowledge compared to the complete load of shit Popular Science has become.

Man... I used to enjoy Pop mech before it became a NWO propaganda outlet too.

Maybe it always was, and I just didn't know back then. There's a creepy thought.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Homple
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If you need another sad, go to a library with a big magazine archive and compare a Scientific American from, say 1965, with the current issue.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:38 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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"Back to the Future"

Bullish for oxen pulled tillage and harvesting.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 19:53 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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  They should also build a smoked fish plant... ;)  Thinking ahead<

  Where does japan buy their dirty coal from?  I'll bet China knows.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:14 | Link to Comment knukles
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Being dependent upon a country's coal with whom you're about to engage in warfare, to be burnt upon a radioactive site which will kill the coal plant workers and further spread the radioactive waste.

Fucking Brilliant!

These people been Devil Worshipers Far too Long

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:31 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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      You're a true thespian Knuks...  Are you still golfing with those fixed income Ostriches?

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:39 | Link to Comment WOAR
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Only when they stick their necks out, amiright?

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 22:25 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Using Mrs. Knuks Avatar is off limits Knuks. Bad Boy> slap slap>>>

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:27 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:48 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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It's where they'll burn the waste from the nuke plant.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 20:57 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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So... Let's understand it the way it's being presented. 

They haven't even gotten the simultaneous meltdown of 4 reactors that to our knowledge are melting through the containment vessels to the "center of the earth" somewhere under control, and at the same time continuing to release highly radioactive cesium laced water since "day 1" into the Pacific Ocean, but they have a plan for the next alternative energy source to provide electric power to a completely ruined and abandoned city that before March 11, 2011 had more than 100,000 people living in it that won't be coming back more than likely ever?!  Or at least not in 3 to 4 lifetimes.

Truly out of this word insane!

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 21:17 | Link to Comment PersonalRespons...
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Anything that may provide power to help control the accident is welcome.  Love to all.

To me, this is a breath of fresh air.  They need all the help they can get.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 22:17 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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They could perhaps get the coal from Hashima island if it still has viable deposits?

I get what you are saying but we are already on the heels of the third anniversary come this March, and we still don't have it under control. 

The World has yet to know the truth behind what happened with the explosions at the plant, along with a long list of indictments for the security to the facility that TEPCO outsourced to a foreign concern that is more than shady.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 21:48 | Link to Comment stant
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where they gona get the coal? china burns more than they mine.



Sat, 11/30/2013 - 09:03 | Link to Comment are we there yet
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Fukushema is in Japan not China.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 09:10 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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only until after the next war.

China will grow.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 22:12 | Link to Comment surf0766
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The Gore machine will have no such new plants built... unless it is in China..

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 08:22 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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We were just mere hanging chads from having that crazy bastard as President.....that was close.....too close.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 09:03 | Link to Comment Red Raspberry
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This came online a couple years ago in Illinois.


Sat, 11/30/2013 - 02:00 | Link to Comment comrade rally monkey
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How many mega watts are needed to freeze the 5 sq miles of ground?

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 09:14 | Link to Comment are we there yet
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Low maintenance windmill generators would be better for PR.
On the good side, Fukushima land is super cheap, and ther are no longer local residence to complain about coal plant odors and fumes.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Reptil
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they're sitting on a huge geo-thermic energy source.
it's amazing that the conditioning doesn't allow this to be recognised.
it's all about power (over people, not the energy kind)

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 14:10 | Link to Comment Iam Yue2
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I think you mean TESCO. Coming under pressure from BUFFETT.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Youri Carma
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What I still don’t understand is why they don’t use there geothermal energy like in Iceland?

Although, with the right filters, coal certainly is much cleaner than this radiation bowl they're sitting on right now while slowly poisoning the rest of the world.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 17:25 | Link to Comment Goldilocks
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