Fukushima Operator Given Green Light To Restart Nuclear Reactors

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.

Comments

HockeyFool MagicHandPuppet Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:39 Permalink

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.

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Lurk Skywatcher Keyser Thu, 10/05/2017 - 04:19 Permalink

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. 

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HockeyFool Common_Law Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:40 Permalink

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.

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Golden Showers Thu, 10/05/2017 - 03:16 Permalink

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!

One of these i… RedBaron616 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:50 Permalink

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..  

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Laughing.Man Thu, 10/05/2017 - 04:09 Permalink

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 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 04:06 Permalink

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 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 04:44 Permalink

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 Deckchair Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:42 Permalink

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.

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gregga777 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:29 Permalink

"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.

Ex-Oligarch headhunt Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:51 Permalink

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. 

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Ink Pusher Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:29 Permalink

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 vienna_proxy Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:02 Permalink

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

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pc_babe Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:41 Permalink

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.