Fukushima Operator Given Green Light To Restart Nuclear Reactors

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Via TheAntiMedia.org,

The Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has received approval to operate reactors for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.

On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said TEPCO’s two reactors in northern Japan met new and stricter safety standards.

The authority unanimously approved the draft certificate for reactors number 6 and 7 at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, marking the first step in the process toward restarting them. Portions of the plant’s reactors were damaged in a 2007 earthquake.

Much of the Japanese public is opposed to granting TEPCO permission to once again operate reactors, and rightfully so.

TEPCO was blamed for safety lapses in the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster after a major earthquake in March of 2011, and the tsunami that followed damaged the power supply and cooling system of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, resulting in an unprecedented nuclear accident.

The area around the plant will be closed for the foreseeable future, with extremely high levels of radiation still being recorded in 2017. Radiation from the damaged plant has found its way into the ocean and surrounding areas, including groundwater. The long-term effects of the disaster are still unknown.

TEPCO said in a statement that it will continue improving safety standards at its plants while focusing on Fukushima’s decommissioning in addition to compensation for the thousands of evacuees.

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Common_Law's picture

Great info about nuclear reactor design from a GE Engineer who helped design the reactor used at Fukushima. 


Keyser's picture

Just when you think it couldn't get more idiotic, leave it to TEPCO to raise the bar... Indeed, what could go wrong with their stellar track record?

gigadeath's picture

The timing of 3/11/11. Israeli Magna BSP guarding the plant. Chikyu Maru drilling operations near the epicenter. The event in essence forcing reliance on Middle Eastern oil. Many unanswered questions and disturbing coincidences. 

HockeyFool's picture

Yet another fear mongering article from ZH devoid of any facts or data.

"Sanial and her colleagues acknowledge that the caesium-137 they discovered might also be left over from nuclear weapons tests in the 1960s."

Of course they don't mention at what levels the Cs137 was at. Nor the Cs134. Because it is probably barely above naturally occurring background levels.

But the if they said that it wouldn't have the same fear porn impact to the uneducated.

Don't be a dupe. This article is garbage.

By the way, there is no 'a' in the word Cesium. Fucking limeys butchering the english language again.

Stuck on Zero's picture

100:1 says they still haven't installed a hydrogen purge valve. These would have prevented the explosions at the other reactors. It was a lesson learned at 3 Mile Island and never put into practice by the idiots who operate these things.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

Plus one for the sheer chutzpah of that last sentence!


Lurk Skywatcher's picture

The only positive here is the author refrained from saying "worst since Chernobyl", so maybe finally people are realizing that 3 uncontrollable complete reactor meltdowns flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean involving MOX (uranium/plutonium mixed oxide) fuel rods is actually the worst ever.


alt-center's picture

Where do get the idea that there are high levels of radio activity near Fukoshima?

Keyser's picture

You're right, the cores from those reactors is probably half way to Switzerland by now, no where near Japan... 

alt-center's picture

Honestly though, radiation levels are measured around 1 to 3 microSievert.

Really nothing much to worry about.

And they know it, that why Yakuza is forcing peasants to clean it all up without any protection.

HockeyFool's picture

This is a pretty good article. Some of it is not correct, but in general it has 100 times more factual information than any article related to nuclear power you will ever read on ZH.

For instance it infers that all the spent fueal at Brown Ferry could be ejected into the atmosphere as it was at Fuckedupsheema. That is not true. At worst, a spent fuel pool could go critical restarting the nuclear chain reaction. A bad situation. But that is not likely. More likely is the SFP loses cooling water, overheats, water boils off, massive heat build up and the fuel cladding starts to melt releasing fission products into the atmosphere. Also a bad situation.

malek's picture

From your link:
"The liquid sodium circulated inside the reactor instead of water"

Great, I mean what could go wrong with liquid sodium!?

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

“Holy shit Batman! The Joker, Penguin and the Riddler have taken over the reactors...”

SoDamnMad's picture

Are the emergency generators still down in the pit? Thought so.

krispkritter's picture

What could go wrong? 

Golden Showers's picture

Tokubetsu Kogekitai!

Let us honor the man who would restart Fukushima today and pray for him.

I'm drinking a beer to this motherfucker.

Listen, I really don't give a fuck. Because I have no control over this. But do me the favor of clinking a glass with me you sots.

You fucking scoundels. Dirty rotten scoundrels.Let's give a cheer to life and Nature! C'mon! Fire it up!

Eyes Opened's picture


Sounds like u may have been imbibing the fermented apple juice for breakfast....   lol  

Ex-Oligarch's picture

The headline is misleading.  As I read the article, it is the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant that is being restarted by the dirty rotten scoundrels, not Fukushima.

57R4n6e I_OOp's picture



does it really matter at this point? the pacific ocean is just one giant irradiated chemical stew for the forseeable future; theyre hosting olympic events up in fukishima prefecture in a couple years; maybe the 2026 world cup can be held in ukraine!





Keyser's picture

Not to be outdone, the Japanese have succeeded in destroying future life in the Pacific Ocean, while we white folk from western Yurrup have only created huge dead zones in the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico!!! 

SunRise's picture

What's this "we" stuff?  "We" is "Me" turned upside down with some gang shaking the change out of my pockets.

PrivetHedge's picture

We sold them the GE reactors we knew could not contain a meltdown.

Lots still in use too....

RedBaron616's picture

No reactor is safe if you refuse to follow all the safety guidelines, no matter who designed it or installed it.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

No reactor is safe. They all produce copius quantities of completely unmanageable radioactive waste.

They told us that 20% of our electricity comes from nuclear. I straightaway reduced my personal consumption by 30% after a bit of thinking, quite easily, and now I have solar and wind about to come online. Soon, for some of the time I will be a net exporter of electricity to the grid. I bought cracked solar cells and some epoxy to seal them, I use reconditioned surplus batteries and an old computer UPS and the bits for my 250watt savonius turbine have cost me not very much at all.

I own a geiger counter and in the days after fukinshambles we did have some rather hot days in the UK. including one where the background was running at 40x it's usual value. In the next ten years (If the doctors have it right) the cancers started by that event will start to become noticeable to the people who didn't manage to cough the isotopes up.. 


Silversides's picture

Sounds like a good plan

silverer's picture

They're going to get Fukushima'ed.

Blackfox's picture

Is it even safe to walk around the place? or will it be run by men in NBC warfare suits?

soyungato's picture

North Korea should just shoot a few over there to end this sad joke of a nation. 

Laughing.Man's picture

This Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant is on the opposite side of the island from Fukushima (i.e. not related).  However, this plant have a string of safety issues.  The suits at TEPCO needs to be sent to North Korea.

tie_boxer's picture

Insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over again and expecting different results..........Nature doesn't give a shit, if you build it on her fault lines she will come and knock it down....savvy? 

Deckchair's picture

They should have poured concrete over the area then set off a nuclear bomb to glassify the area.

It's the only way to be sure.


<more radiation for a while


<use water make it spread, get zero good results.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

The Japanese refused to entomb the site.  Doing so would have been far more effective, but would have required publicly acknowledging the extent of the meltdowns and admitting the lies that had been propagated by both TEPCO, the government and the politicians from the very start of the accident, as well as the numerous idiotic decisions made in attempting to regain control of the reactors, salvage some value from the site, and minimize compensation to the local populace. 

It would also have set back the global warming propagandists whose only solution to fossil fuel impacts is "clean, safe" nuclear energy.

JailBanksters's picture

Go with throttle up !


Ahh, we appear to have malfunction

moorewasthebestbond's picture

The Eagle has landed... on a movie set.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

You just can't fix stupid. I guess we can always just eat fish from the Atlantic. The intersection of stupid and greed is where wreck of humanity itself, occurs.

Eyes Opened's picture

Fuck u !!! Keep away from "our" ocean !!!  

Enjoy yer 3-eyed fish dinner !!


moorewasthebestbond's picture

I like radiation.


I'm going to warm my face in the rising sun.


I'm not going to hide in a dark cave.

gregga777's picture

"TEPCO was blamed for safety lapses in the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster after a major earthquake in March of 2011, and the tsunami that followed damaged the power supply and cooling system of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, resulting in an unprecedented nuclear accident."

More like a faulty siting decision. Did they not ignore the high water marks of previous tsunamis (though not necessarily recorded in written history)? If so, that's a glaringly faulty decision on where to site a nuclear power plant.

headhunt's picture

If they would have at least installed the backup generators above the old, well marked, tsunami line with underground electrical lines to the reactors they would of had the power to continue operations and cooling the core. The cooling failure is what caused the literal meltdown and explosions.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Considerable evidence emerged during the exploration of the reactors by robot and analysis of monitor data that the cooling system failed due damage caused by the earthquake, not from power interruption caused by the tsunami.  As I understand it, that is essentially the consensus of the engineers now. 

Of course, no effort was ever made to correct the story offered to the public during the early days of the disaster.  There are far more nuclear plant sites that are vulnerable to earthquake than that are vulnerable to tsunami, which would really put a dent in the "it could never happen here, don't worry about it" arguments offered by nuclear operators and advocates to concerned neighbors. 

Ink Pusher's picture

I can already tell that today is going to be completely fuckin' idiotic and I've only been conscious long enough to build my first cup of coffee...

vienna_proxy's picture

why dont they just push the entire site into the Pacific and be done with this charade

vienna_proxy's picture

Let me count in my head here: so the Pacific gets piped in and out of 1,2,3 like they're flushing a water main, instead it's touching the corium, except they dont exactly really even know where it's at. maybe the spent fuel got blown out of number 4 or maybe it didnt. now restarting 6+7. and the way they dont talk about number 5 makes it seem like it doesnt even exist. is that correct

Ex-Oligarch's picture

There is no Fukushima Daiichi 6 or 7.
TEPCO is restarting Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 6 and 7.
Different site.

pc_babe's picture

One wonders what happens when NK drives a mini sub armed with a small nuke or two right up against that pretty new dock ... and detonates.

Arnold's picture

One wonders why you weren't in Las Vegas this weekend.