Fukushima Prefecture requests Japanese government remove TEPCO from management of Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning

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It is no secret that Tokyo Electric is incapable of containing the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, and often their actions have had adverse affects which have worsened conditions on-site.  For example, TEPCO had begun operations onsite to reduce the amount of contaminated water on-site by injecting chemicals into the ground to prevent the contaminated groundwater from reaching the Pacific Ocean, only to find that the water began piling up until it flooded over the barriers and continued its migration into the sea.  But after nearly two and a half years after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, experts from Japan and around the world are calling for the Japanese government to intervene and remove the utility from management of the site.

On Tuesday, officials from Fukushima prefecture inspected areas near where an underground tunnel is thought to be filled with contaminated water.  Many of the officials expressed their displeasure with TEPCO’s inability to proactively deal with the problems arising at the crippled nuclear complex.

Later Tuesday, Fukushima Prefecture official requested that Japan’s central government intervene with the critical emergency situation at Fukushima Daiichi and ensure that TEPCO properly mitigates the continued leakage of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean.  The prefecture also asked that the central government take control and responsibility for the decommissioning of the damaged reactors.

Source: NHK

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5 Comments

  1. I wonder if the plant will end up sinking in to a hole that water will erode deep in the ground, a lot of soil must be washed out with the amount of high temperature water moving under ground. If this happens they will not be able to cool the fuel any longer.

  2. More likely this makes the plant grounds more prone to the phenomenon of liquefaction when earthquakes strike again.

  3. I don’t understand why this hasn’t been understood as a national emergency from the beginning. My perception is that Japanese politicians weren’t willing to expose or commit themselves beyond once-removed money to the problem. It’s downright shameful.

  4. My thoughts:
    How can anyone criticize TEPCO, no other groups had advise for TEPCO that I have knowledge of, they did what they thought was best, has anyone have answers please speak up now. This disaster is beyond any ones expertise and the nuclear industry has known this would happen sooner or later (they calculated the risk of it happening) and after 40+ years have no plans to be put forward to solve a melt down in progress. The more I find out about the nuclear industry the more I see what risks that they take, during the arms race I can see why but after it cooled down it is not acceptable and the risks that were taken in the past have to be addressed now. For some unknown reason politicians and the industry feel threatened by the risks that were taken and want to hide them, the people will not judge those who did this as it put our countries on the top ahead of rouge countries. The countries and nuclear industry have to now admit what risks they toke and neutralize them. The NPP have to be made safer and the spent fuel has to be put away safely, the industry is trying to built NPP at or below other competitive producers that can lead to higher risk taking to sell there products. If this power is required the price will not be a factor, need trumps cost. What I have seen is alternative power is been improved at a great pace making it price competitive and dependable with a huge hole storing energy. Storage development is now been addressed and should be taken care of in a decade at the rate it is proceeding.
    Nuclear will find its need but safely is now open to the public to evaluate and they will accept or reject the risk not government, military or nuclear industry.

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