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TEPCO Slammed By Regulator For "Incorrect" Fukushima Radiation Readings

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While the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its 'clean-up' remain oddly missing from most mainstream media headlines, the farce continues to unfold. As Reuters reports, Japan's nuclear regulator has criticized TEPCO for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater. The NRA blasted, "something like this cannot happen ... This (data) is what becomes the basis of various decisions, so they must do their utmost to avoid mistakes in measuring radiation."


Via Reuters,

Japan's nuclear regulator has criticized the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.


Almost three years since the reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi station, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) still lacks basic understanding of measuring and handling radiation, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said on Wednesday. The utility has been widely criticized for an inept response to the March 2011 disaster.




Tepco said there was a calibration mistake with one machine measuring strontium levels of well water at the plant, and it had also found an error with devices that decipher all-beta radiation.


"Something like this cannot happen ... This (data) is what becomes the basis of various decisions, so they must do their utmost to avoid mistakes in measuring radiation," Tanaka told reporters, though he added the mistake did not pose a serious safety risk at the plant.

Of course, it doesn't really matter what the actual radiation levels are... we assume with the Olympics now set in stone that these "measurements" will be decided by fiat from now on.


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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:42 | 4427556 gmrpeabody
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What disaster...?


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:56 | 4427586 GetZeeGold
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We're talking ballpark numbers here.


How exact did you want us to get?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:04 | 4427634 mayhem_korner
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We want you to stand there, unprotected, until you get it right.  Shouldn't take long.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:06 | 4427640 SamAdams
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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:05 | 4427646 GetZeeGold
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Right there.....problem solved.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:08 | 4427653 SamAdams
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It's a bit like Monsanto testing its own product 90 days for FDA approval...

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:46 | 4427775 halfawake
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Nail on head. No f-ing kidding. Whytf tepco is even involved anymore is beyond me. It's my hope there's some shadow rescue team behind this whole thing, like the private bankers behind the fed, but doubt it.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:24 | 4427897 TheMerryPrankster
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It can't be fixed, therefore it all crisis management. Make it look like its under control.

its okay to falsify the numbers, but please don't revise them, it makes everybody involved look bad.

Save face, lie until they die. Fukushima didn't happen like you thought, lets get those other reactors restarted ASAP.

Oxford Dictionary nominates new phrase for 2014 consideration, "we've been Fuk'ed"

Why aren't governments sampling water,air and food? Because they don't want to panic the populace that they spent so much propgandizing into zombie like submission.

They have the private real numbers and the public propaganda numbers and lets not confuse anybody by making the real stuff public okay boys?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:38 | 4427942 aerojet
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Is Fukushima not as bad as or worse than what the Russians did at Lake Karachay?

Here we have a historical example of uncontrolled radiation release and the outcome on the population, and even Cesium 137 involved.  So if the Russians had such a horrifying social impact, what do you suppose Japan is going to have?  I tend to think multiple reactor meltdowns are far worse than Lake Karachay, but I am no expert.



Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:45 | 4428824 fuu
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"therefore it all crisis management"


Just have Chris Martenson write a pay-per-view article about it, everything will be fine. 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:02 | 4428304 Not Too Important
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It's entirely possible - and highly probable - that in many cases, measurements were taken and the equipment wasn't designed to handle readings that high. At some point a hand-held device, or even suitcase-sized devices, won't read what is coming out of the wreckage that is Fukushima.

So what would a good workerbee do? Pull numbers out of his ass to please his boss, and hope he doesn't get fired.

Now, what the larger, site devices, helicopters, ships and satellites read, well, we'll never see that data.

At some point, you just admit all life is coming to a radioactive demise and have a beer. We won't last 100 years. Eventually every child will be a mutant that can't support itself, let alone procreate, and that'll be it.

We already know what's coming:

The plant mutations and biocollapse now occurring across the North Pacific and North American continent are just the beginning.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:39 | 4428208 TheMeatTrapper
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Was just a fat finger issue. After Fukushima, finger got fat then fell off. No more fat finger problems. 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:51 | 4427592 jbvtme
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we invade countries routinely to confiscate their oil, minerals, poppys, currencies, freedom...but we won't intervene in japanese affaires in order to solve a planet wide catastrophe?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:06 | 4427647 forwardho
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The world has a major population>energy problem.

One way or another it will eventually balance.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:40 | 4427763 Mister Kitty
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TEPCO has put the fun back into cancer.  Bastards.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:37 | 4427944 aerojet
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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:03 | 4428322 Not Too Important
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Yes, it will all balance to zero.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:41 | 4427757 krispkritter
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Wrong skin color and the new Godzilla flick is already in the can.  We're not that desperate. Yet.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:24 | 4428405 Not Too Important
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Loved this:

"The WikiLeaks revelations have shined a light on the dark nature of U.S. foreign policy, including, as Eric Margolis recently described it: “Washington’s heavy-handed treatment of friends and foes alike, its bullying, use of diplomats as junior-grade spies, narrow-minded views, and snide remarks about world leaders.”

As much as I, an American, hate to say it, U.S. foreign policy is actually much worse. It is aggressive, reckless, belligerent, and meddling. It sanctions the destabilization and overthrow of governments, the assassination of leaders, the destruction of industry and infrastructure, the backing of military coups, death squads, and drug traffickers, and imperialism under the guise of humanitarianism. It supports corrupt and tyrannical governments and brutal sanctions and embargoes. It results in discord, strife, hatred, and terrorism toward the United States."

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:00 | 4427622 forwardho
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Think I could hitch a ride with you and your pet boy in the wayback machine?

Drop me off any where in the distant past.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:04 | 4429858 Flying Wombat
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Two important related stories:

Radioactive Water: Fukushima Daiichi’s Hidden Crisis: click here. 
It's a documentary produced by Japan's NHK. No hype, just facts (alas, not all of them, but still, the doc is well made).


Cracks found in floor near Fukushima radioactive water tanks: Click here.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:42 | 4427560 TruthInSunshine
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TEPCO is working hard to regain Japanese Citizenry trust, as they've ordered "Spinal Tap" Geiger Counters that measure up to 11.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:45 | 4427562 Sean7k
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And this is the information they "allowed to be released". I notice there aren't any numbers...

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:46 | 4427563 LetThemEatRand
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Does anyone actually expect us to believe that artificially low readings were the result of mistakes?   

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:50 | 4427585 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Yes they do expect you to believe it. Sorta like when Obama speaks, he thinks all of us will believe him. 

They are amazed when we do not understand, believe, the lies and incompentence.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:58 | 4427609 nuclearsquid
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Having taken these types of readings myself, you should absolutely believe they could make these mistakes.  The question is, how long before a supervisor caught it, and who is running the show on the ground. I am a trained nuclear engineer and you wouldn't catch me within 100 miles of that place.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:01 | 4427625 onewayticket2
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the BLS must have helped them with the Seasonal Adjustment to those radiation figures....

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:11 | 4427659 knukles
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I'd almost forgotten, the Tumor-2.0 series, the biannual Skin Sloughing adjustment, the annual Dead Birth and Death model, not to mention the Leukemia Withdrawal Series and the Chemo Application of 1950.  Then of course are the newly to be released Beta, Alpha and Gamma series Deformity Corrections.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:39 | 4427946 kurt
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In nuke experiments the US Guvmint wanted to see what the flash does to the eyes so they strapped a bunch of chickens on one side of an airplane, against the windows. The tests were non-conclusive because, "the chickens blinked."

The next time, they removed the chicken's eyelids before the bomb test.

They also blasted thousands of pigs to check on the their skin damage, but not before SHAVING them. The tests were deemed inconlusive because "their hides were to thick to be compared to people."

They tried the eye test on sheep, also, but had to do it twice because the sheep turned their heads. Subsequently, they strapped their heads, and removed their eyelids.

So don't worry our government is watching out for our welfare, they care.


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:44 | 4427964 kurt
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Oh yeah, they wanted to test different clothing materials on the shaved pigs but there was a weather delay. The pigs gained weight, burst their seams, and had to be re-tailored in time for the nuclear test. Once again delared non-conclusive due to hide thickness

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:05 | 4428330 Not Too Important
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:49 | 4427979 aerojet
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It is related to all the psychological experiments done around marketing in the 20th century.  What they have perfected is the concept that reality can be woven from whole cloth and these people truly believe that--all you have to do is remain on message at all times.  It is quite Orwellian.  Read about Edward Bernays:

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:54 | 4427602 forwardho
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A mistake is an UNintended action based on erronious data.

This was action taken with full knowledge of the intended outcome.

Forthought and malice were involved here.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:59 | 4427835 TuPhat
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The araticle didn't say if the readings were low or high.  ZH expects all of it's readers will assume the worst and therefore no need for numbers or accurate reporting of facts.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:33 | 4427927 TheMerryPrankster
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The readings were low by a factor of at least 5x


TEPCO has revised the readings on the radioactivity levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant well to 5 million becquerels of strontium per liter – both a record, and nearly five times higher than the original reading of 900,000 becquerels per liter.

Strontium-90 is a radioactive isotope of strontium produced by nuclear fission with a half-life of 28.8 years. The legal standard for strontium emissions is 30 becquerels per liter. Exposure to strontium-90 can cause bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:24 | 4428345 Not Too Important
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The most serious problem is the thousands of tons of enriched uranium and plutonium aerosolized and blown around the world, with a half-life of a billion years. A billion years of the most dangerous and lethal material made by man being absorbed into every remaining living cell of every lifeform on this planet.

And what's left on site is being leached into the sea.


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:02 | 4428024 Snoopy the Economist
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Maybe TuPhat can tell us ZHers which gubmint numbers to believe. I already know that I don't believe any.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:30 | 4428161 ThroxxOfVron
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WHAT THE FUKISHITM..??!  Are you insinuating that those well dressed serious faced Jap .GOV/corporate bureaucrat douchbags are nothing but liars Mr. Rand?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:46 | 4427565 ziggy59
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Accidentilly on purpose...

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:45 | 4427569 Xibalba
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only 1500000x more than we thought

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:52 | 4428848 Crash Overide
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We have all been Fuked...

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:45 | 4427572 Stoploss
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They're toast. Just a few more years to go now.


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:12 | 4428347 Not Too Important
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Then the North American continent. It already started weeks after 3/11 with a significant rise in the Infant Mortality Rate, and hasn't slowed down since.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:48 | 4427576 moriarty
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Well I never.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:48 | 4427582 fonzannoon
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"Japanese citizens stormed the residence of several of the highest ranking Tepco employees and beheaded them in the town square this morning.  Police encouraged residents to remain calm but eventually left the scene out of fear when the citizens started accusing them of violating their oath to protect the public. No government officials could be found to comment on what has been unfolding"

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:52 | 4427590 suteibu
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That might have happened 70 years ago.  The Japanese have been properly tamed since then.  Pity.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:54 | 4427599 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Never going to happen in Japan. Not in the culture. They will slowly die of radiation and only be upset that TEPCO officials did not seem to be sincere. Not that they lied, not that the people are dying, but that no one seemed to mean it when they said sorry.

The Japanse are unique.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:48 | 4427583 Sudden Debt
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Japanese... microwaved... not cooked.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:48 | 4427587 No Way Out
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So let me get this right. The power company that operates nuclear plants all over Japan does not know how to correctly measure radiation? What the fuck am I missing here?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:54 | 4427598 suteibu
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But Chris Martenson told us last night that radiation wasn't that bad.  So what's the big deal?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:09 | 4427649 toady
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Actually, that's next;

TEPCO officials in a press release said the radiation levels at Fukishima are actually good for humans, and present an opportunity to evolve a unique subset of humanity. Some residents are reportedly evolving gills and tenticals, while others are turning reddish brown and are purported to have super human strength.

There a rumors of people turning bright yellow and becoming super intelligent, but after a few initial sightings, they apparently disappeared.

I for one hail our new yellow overlords.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:20 | 4427686 suteibu
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From the Yomiuri Shimbun (CIA) (2011/5/11)

"During the expert panel’s meetings, members presented studies comparing the health risks of radiation, such as cancer, to those of problematic daily habits. For example, the risk of contracting cancer from smoking is equivalent to that from being exposed to 1,000 millisieverts to 2,000 millisieverts of radiation.

The risk of cancer due to obesity is equivalent to being exposed to 200 millisieverts to 500 millisieverts of radiation, and the risk from not eating enough vegetables is equivalent to being exposed to 100 millisieverts to 200 millisieverts.

The study shows that people who refrain from eating vegetables due to radiation fears may face greater health risks than if they ate them."

The logic is stunning.

And this from Dr. Shunichi Yamashita professor and government radiation adviser.  (2011/6/21)

"This doctor is quoted as saying, “The effects of radiation do not come to people that are happy and laughing. They come to people that are weak-spirited, that brood and fret.”

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:44 | 4428534 MeelionDollerBogus
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You know, it's funny, growing up in the 70's & 80's, you'd think the Japanese were some kind of super-beings or something.
It turns out they're actually the most obedient sheeple-flock on Earth, questioning almost nothing.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:43 | 4428514 MeelionDollerBogus
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It's the only way to evolve a new Hulk, Naruto Fukushima jutsu style, to face Godzilla in the final battle.

hmmm how do you say "won't someone fink of da shilldren" in Japanese?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:21 | 4429650 StychoKiller
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Nihongo Wakarimasen

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 00:22 | 4431164 MeelionDollerBogus
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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:31 | 4427916 kurt
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Yeah, I'm eating fish until Chris says otherwise, and licking sidewalks.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:02 | 4427847 TuPhat
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You are probably missing a knowledge of the different types of radiations and their effects on people.  Most ZHers don't know much about such things and are willing to accept any sensational nonsense about it.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:41 | 4427963 TheMerryPrankster
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Cause there are so many good types of radiation?

lets face it Fukushima is a toxic waste ground and the only thing in larger abundunce than radioactive isotopes are lies, big fat corporate government lies, like a big black cloud hanging over a toxic waste site filled with 3 melted nuclear cores leaking waste into the water table and the sea and the atmosphere.

Lies can't stop it, but they hope it can hide it. They recently made it a felony to ask questions about it in Japan. They are as transparent as the Obama administration and the NSA.

IF you can't trust the people in charge, and you can't trust the processes, you are right to be discerning and distrustful of official facts regarding the harmless nature of radiation.

we don't have a clue what the real readings are and thats not because they are so good they dont want to release them.

I know enough about radiation to avoid it whenver possible. Especially taking in radioactive materials through food, water or breathing.


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:34 | 4428172 Poofter Priest
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Ann Coulter?


Is that you?


I thought your overlords had put you out to pasture after completing your quota of idiocy.

Good to hear from ya again!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:38 | 4428494 MeelionDollerBogus
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I'm sure the #1 clean-up worker sub-contractor being the Yakuza has no effect whatsoever on the accuracy of reported numbers.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:53 | 4427601 verbot
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now can we say they are a bunch of culturally stunted pacific islanders with no ability to act as humans in the 21st century? i mean come on! look at how they handled this real crisis!... they are as children and should have not been allowed dangerous technology till they grew up and joined the rest of the enlightened world... General Electric decided this disaster years ago and should be held accountable for giving such poor stewards access to lethal and dangerous tech......imho......

thanks ZH for keeping us informed.....

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:02 | 4427623 suteibu
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US National Archives...

"President Dwight Eisenhower’s administration, concerned about Japan’s possible exit from the Western camp, accelerated cooperation with Japan in atomic energy technology to contain antinuclear and anti-U.S. sentiment among the Japanese.

In a memorandum to U.S. Secretary of State John Dulles, dated May 26, Eisenhower said he was “concerned about the Japanese situation,” and asked Dulles to help “have a better idea of what it is now possible for us to do to further our interests in Japan.”

In a top-secret memo to Eisenhower, the State Department replied: “The Japanese are pathologically sensitive about nuclear weapons. They feel they are the chosen victims of such weapons.”

Noting that several exchange projects were under way, the memo concluded that “in the long run, scientific interchange is the best remedy for Japanese emotion and ignorance and we intend to push such projects.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:13 | 4427667 falga
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The question to really ask: why is TEPCO still in charge?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:44 | 4427770 BeansMcGreens
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Who in the world would want to take over from TEPCO? 

 Maybe the US National Guard needs a new mission to be volunteered for.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:54 | 4428860 fuu
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The National Guard is too busy running drills about fighting Americans with guns.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:47 | 4427981 TheMerryPrankster
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The largest shareholder in TePCO is now the japanese government. it is a way to put the blame on someone other than the government.

Tepco is the scapegoat setup to lose face.

No one can fix it, so blame it on Tepco, since they fucked it up in the first place.

Tepco will be in charge until the next large earthquake when they will come up with a new name and keep the same people in charge.

its called crisis management, try to calm everybody down and don't get any shit on yourself and fuck reality, what's reality got to do with our propaganda?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:19 | 4428392 Not Too Important
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Regardless of any further earthquakes, soon Japan will run out of workers at their other NPP's - regardless of whether they turn them back on or not (or the other NPP's that are broken and no one talks about, like Daini) - and who will be there to make sure the cooling systems work? The continuous cooling is required on every NPP in the world, and without humans to supervise and repair, every reactor without continuous cooling will melt and enter the biosphere.

And the 24/7/365 cooling will be required for billions of years. On a huge number of NPP's that weren't built correctly in the first place, and no liability/responsibility to do so - Price-Anderson.

Look at gang members. Their only existence is to make as much money as they can, before they die early. They don't care what happens to anyone else, as long as they get theirs quick. They have no concern about living a long, healthy life, for them or their children. We call them psychopaths.

Now transplant these same people into banking and nuclear supervision.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 00:53 | 4431235 kareninca
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Nonsense, Japan won't run out of NPP workers anytime soon; we've seen that they kidnap homeless members of their untouchable caste for the work, per Reuters.  No shortage of those poor souls to expend.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:54 | 4427999 Boxed Merlot
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why is TEPCO still in charge?..



Because much like US financial / politico watchdog agencies, as long as the inmates are running the asylum, at least someone's running it.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:15 | 4427675 Byte Me
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Tokyo Environmental Pollution and Catastrophe Organisation.

How come they haven't had their corporate charter revoked yet?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:19 | 4427691 Son of Loki
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But wait...."Numbers don't lie," ...they say.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:09 | 4428042 TNTARG
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Please, don't eat snowballs from the "catastrophic" weather heading to Atlanta, even if the weather comes to be for the MSM a lot more "catastrophic" than THAT kind of radiation spreading by air, jetstreams, ocean currents, exports from Japan...

And stay out of the rain.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:27 | 4428155 Zymurguy
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Ho'rey fuk. Me rook gauge rong, give u rong numbah.  Soooreeee.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:12 | 4428679 LFMayor
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Quick, someone get some Thorazine into Geo Washington's latte.  He reads this he'll whack until he damages himself.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:22 | 4428733 Joebloinvestor
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I am surprised the regulator isn't in on the SCAM.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:10 | 4429227 sixbilliondollarman
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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:55 | 4430695 kurt
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Three Words:


General Electric


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:36 | 4432538 noguess
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New study by the European Commission:

Possibly 56.000 km2 radioactively polluted (20.000 square miles), endangering the lives and health of some 43 million people, including the Tokyo area.

See this report: (news alert)

EC openly says that IAEA models underestimate effects (multiple 5 !). Considering that the EC report dates from 2012 and is based on 2011 data, while Fukushima still produces masses of radionuclides on a daily basis (2014), it may even be (much) worse than even the EC analysed. This may very very very bad indeed. No precedent, ever. There does not even exist technology to decommission the stricken plant, so what can you expect? Has something unthinkable happened?

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