“The Chief Of The Fukushima Nuclear Power Station Has Admitted That The Technology Needed To Decommission Three Melted-Down Reactors Does Not Exist, And He Has No Idea How It Will Be Developed”

Containing Fukushima Is Beyond Current Technology

Preface: As you read this post, please keep in mind:

  • In response to the Fukushima crisis, Japan banned journalism, and Japan has once again gone fascist.  If the heads of Fukushima are publicly telling mainstream media such as NHK that things are bad – and the government is letting them do it – you know things are really bad …

We reported in 2012 that top nuclear experts say that the technology doesn’t yet even exist to clean up Fukushima.

Now, the head of the Fukushima nuclear plant and the head of decommissioning at Fukushima both say that the technology doesn’t exist to clean up Fukushima, and it may not exist for hundreds of years … if ever.

The Times of London reported last month:

The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed.

In a stark reminder of the challenge facing the Japanese authorities, Akira Ono conceded that the stated goal of decommissioning the plant by 2051 may be impossible without a giant technological leap. “There are so many uncertainties involved. We need to develop many, many technologies,” Mr. Ono said.

EneNews notes:

NHK ‘Nuclear Watch’ transcript, Mar 31, 2015 (emphasis added):

  • NHK: The people trying to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been hit by setback after setback… and faced accusations of misconduct. It’s lost them a lot of public trust… [Naohiro Masuda, president of Tepco’s decommissioning company] revealed he’s not sure if he can comply with the government set plan [for] removing the fuel
  • Naohiro Masuda, president of Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Company: We have no idea about the debris. We don’t know its shape or strength. We have to remove it remotely from 30 meters above, but we don’t have that kind of technology, it simply doesn’t exist... We still don’t know whether it’s possible to fill the reactor containers with water. We’ve found some cracks and holes in the three damaged container vessels, but we don’t know if we found them all. If it turns out there are other holes, we might have to look for some other way to remove the debris.
  • NHK: Asked [about the gov’t target to begin by 2020], his answer was surprisingly candid.
  • Masuda: It’s a very big challenge. Honestly speaking, I cannot say it’s possible.

Dale Klein, Tepco Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee chair, Mar 31, 2015 (at 24:00 in):

  • Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times: I was at the plant last week on the tour and we talked Mr. Ono, the boss. He made no bones about the fact that the technology… to remove the molten or semi-molten fuel doesn’t exist yet… I asked him how can you be sure that it will be, and he said, “Well, 200 years ago people would never have dreamed of bullet trains or mobile phones, but they exist.” That seems to be the scale of the leap… that’s going to be required. So there must be immense uncertainties around that… There must surely be a chance that it won’t work out, and that the eventual solution will be something like the Chernobyl solution… a sarcophagus of some kind sealing in the 3 plants
  • Klein: This is something that has never been done… Units 1, 2, and 3… molten fuel penetrated the bottom of the vessel… We don’t know… how much and where it moved. ***

Akira Ono, chief of Fukushima Daiichi, Mar 28, 2015: “There are so many uncertainties… For removal of the debris, we don’t have accurate information… or any viable methodology… I believe human beings have the capability to develop technologies… It may take 200 years.”

Watch: NHK ‘Nuclear Watch’ | Klein Press Conference

In related news, Fukushima radiation just arrived on the West Coast of North America.

We explained in 2012:

[Airborne] radiation from Japan’s nuclear accident has turned up in seaweed on the coasts of California, Washington and other parts of the West Coast of North America.


A 1955 U.S. government report concluded that the ocean may not adequately dilute radiation from nuclear accidents.

MIT says that seawater which is itself radioactive may begin hitting the West Coast within 5 years.

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  • kimyo

    maybe bill nye, george monbiot, ray kurzweil and neil degrasse-tyson could take a brief break from promoting gmo’s and instead suggest that google, stanford, mit, darpa and others devote wartime level resources to address the cleanup at fukushima.

    their failure to recognize the severity of the situation in japan really makes one skeptical of their ‘science’ creds, which also leads one to question their position on global warming.

    ps: if we end up needing to re-locate 10 million plus from california due to drought, what’s the plan for san onofre and diablo canyon?

  • SausageAway

    No doubt all those who tell us we need more nuclear power stations will explain why the heck We are to do with this situation.

  • Big Bear

    Moreover, as the molten reactor cores, no longer contained within the reactor vessels, continue to corrode and then penetrate their remaining confinement (the cement pan basements) and make contact with the water table, violent explosive releases of fallout into the atmosphere are to be anticipated.

    Also, there’s the matter of the large masses of still-more dangerously radioactive spent fuel (of which there are hundreds in the United States) which will be involved in these explosions. The Fukushima nuclear disaster has only just started.

    Meanwhile, GE and numerous other corporate and governmental entities are still pushing nuclear energy and planning additional nuclear power plants, although an external power failure of sufficient duration will turn any one of them into another melt-down.

  • Greg Burton

    The Japanese culture, over 30,000 years old is now near destruction, along with the United States. The United States is being slowly destroyed: environmentally, economically, culturally, militarily. Up next: Israel (City of London) empire of Asia Minor.

  • Once you know this you will know why we do not get news anymore, and it makes all the sense in the world!


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  • Apr 6, 2015 Radiation From Fukushima Has Reached The BC Coast

    It’s official. Radiation from trace amounts of cesium-134 and cesium-137 isotopes originating from the Fukushima disaster have now been detected on the coast of British Columbia.

  • jadan

    It’s difficult to stay awake and bear witness to all this, but GW manages to keep his eyes open without falling into a zombie trance. How can we speak of this with facts and measured tones, when the appropriate response would be screaming, wailing, and moaning? Hysteria is the appropriate response, a tsunami of emotion to cleanse us of this deadly rationality, this scientific detachment, which under the circumstances is actually insanity. We react to the destruction of our beautiful world like decaying corpses. We surrender to the process of decomposition as though it were inevitable. It is the will of the masses. The controllers doubt themselves and wonder who is controlling who? It is not they who insist on the resolute denial of reality, it is the great mass of people who will not be taught and refuse to be led, and demand more lies. The mind of the masses seems to be made up: we don’t want to wake up. They have no use for whistle blowers….

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