Japan to open Fukushima reactors to media for 1st time since March 11


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Thank god I am not 1 of these 30 reporters, camera men etc..but good luck and I do hope and pray this TEPCO mess there in Fukushima is one day brought UNDER CONTROL.

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I read on another website that the journalists have been hand-picked by the govt and that the use of cameras will be severely restricted. It's nothing but a PR stunt by TEPCO and the govt.

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Visit to the reactors? Well that's one way to deal with those nasty negative foreign journalists, there are very high levels of rad inside the reactor buildings which is why TEPCO have been using Quince robots. More than 50 millisieverts per hour. I'll wait to see the TEPCO video?

The IAEA visit went no where near the reactors?

Probably, they will have a bus tour of the plant with a few short walkabouts in the compound and surrounding area. On Friday, the journalists visited the Nuclear Village, or J-Village for the 3,300 workers at the plant. One journalist is, Martin Fackler of THe New York Times. No females will be allowed to take part in the tour.

This week, the government issued a new demand to TEPCO. To remove all spent fuel within the next two years. The last time I checked, I think there are about 6,000 tons of spent fuel in 6 spent fuel pools, the common pool, and in dry casks in storage down on the docks. I think the spent fuel pool in reactor building No3 is destroyed or very badly damaged. That pool is at least full of debris and there are spent fuel rods in the building debris, which was the most destroyed from the hydrogen explosion, and a possible steam explosion.

Previous infrared photo's released by TEPCO show "hot fuel rods in the debris". In the latest TEPCO video of reactor building No3, just after the 4 minute mark, shows a piece of highly engineered pipe, which could be a piece of fuel rod.

This week also, the government demanded TEPCO create a new "Fukushima Road Map" or end-game.

The government demand to remove the spent fuel is about one year earlier than TEPCO was planning.

After the removal of the spent fuel, the workers can then concentrate on removing the melted fuel or corium from the reactors, and elsewhere. This could take more than 10 years, and TEPCO need to come up with an idea of how to achieve it.

The government also stated, TEPCO's financial crisis won't delay the progress toward scrapping the plant, but it didn't elaborate.

The atomic disaster will cost ¥1 trillion to ¥1.5 trillion for every year it goes on, and will eventually take more than 25 years costing more than ¥25 trillion.

How much renewable energy could have been bought for ¥25 trillion.

There will also be a major problem dealing with all the nuclear waste from the plant. The spent fuel will probably go to the reprocessing plant in Amori. But there'll be millions of tons of other highly radioactive waste.

TEPCO have also released new photo's from inside reactor building No4.

Finally, TEPCO will veto all video shot during the tour.

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What do you mean by "hand picked", hoserfella? There's only 30 of them, how else would they be chosen?

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Welcome to NHK! Your first assignment will be....

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Carefully selected individuals with background checks done. A big fat lie is coming any day now.

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And here I thought the "New Fukushima Road Map" would be an actual map showing roads safe to drive on without getting a major lungful of plutonium/cesium/whateverium that has just escaped the never ending meltdown over theah. Meh!

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pawatan - You'll understand what "handpicked" means after you see the number of foreign journalists allowed in to do their job freely, not the empty suit Japanese "journalists".

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Welcome to NHK! Your first assignment will be.... ask these pre-approved questions written by the Japanese government. (exactly how the Diet works)

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You spin me right round baby right round...

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Fighting fire with fire. More cheat and lies to cover the cheats and lies.

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Rules for journalists visting the plant.

No women will be allowed on this tour.

Video footage and still photos will be reviewed and if anything deemed confidential will need to be DELETED on site by TEPCO personnel. The reason given for this is security against terrorist threats.

Listed below is the terms TEPCO has given to the Foreign Press in Japan organization (FPIJ):

In consideration of conditions at the nuclear power station, we ask that women refrain from applying.

Due to protection measures against nuclear materials, only the delegated still camera operators and video camera operators will be allowed to shoot inside of the nuclear power station. All camera operators will, however, be allowed to shoot at J-Village.

Due to protection measures against nuclear materials, shooting inside of the nuclear power station may be restricted during certain times. Moreover, please kindly note that TEPCO staff will check the video or images taken inside of the facility, and if it is decided that said material may create problems from the perspective of protection measures against nuclear materials, please be noted in advance that we will ask that the material in question be deleted on the spot. (Please bring handheld, data-based video cameras. Do not bring video cameras that use videotapes.)

Please make sure to bring photo identification (driver’s license, passport, Basic Resident Register Card with photo, or Alien Registration Card) with you, as you must present it when entering the nuclear power station. You will not be able to enter the nuclear power station without a valid photo identification.

You must submit a prior application for approval for all articles to be brought into the nuclear power station. Please fill in the necessary fields of the attached “Checklist for Articles to be Carried into the Radiation-Controlled Area” and return it together with the completed application. As a rule, articles not included on the checklist will not be allowed in.

Even covered you may become contaminated during the visit to the nuclear power station, so please bring an extra pair of shoes just in case.

We ask that all staff wear a company badge, armband, or other form of identification while operating at J-Village.

Please follow the instructions of authorized personnel while covering the visit
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zichi - any word on the number of foreign journalists allowed? I heard it was 3 or 4

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4 foreign journalists are part of the group, 2 (reporter/video) from NY Times, the other 2 ?

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LOL! Who needs to worry about terrorists when you have TEPCO!?

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In consideration of conditions at the nuclear power station, we ask that women refrain from applying.

Even those past child-bearing age? I would have thought they were a safer bet than men who can pass on their irradiated DNA well into their 60s or 70s.

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If they just allow reporters over the ago of 70 it should be a safer bet. What is the radiation level inside the reactor that they are going into?

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Joseph - I don't think you will find anybody is going inside a reactor as such.

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The TEPCO board of directors and top executives should take the lead and visit the "inside of the reactors!"

Then they can tell us all, before passing away, that

Atomic power is,

Clean, Safe, and Cheap,

and BTW,

it's the only way to save the planet from climate change.

ya! right on! what a load of bull!

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Right you are, Zichi-san. I know the "climate change" of my own life on this planet has changed for the worst thanks to TEPCO. Me and millions of others. Thank you TEPCO...Totally Empty Profit-mongering Corporate Obstructionists!

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It needs to be understood that the core did not undergo any normal criticality event. If it had done so, then extremely high external radiation dose rates would have been recorded. What happens is that certain nuclides of uranium, plutonium, curium, americium and other trans-uranium element radioisotopes produced during normal core criticality operations, ie when the reactor is running, have a natural, but low intensity, tendency to undergo spontaneous fission. This cannot result in any normal criticality excursion providing suitable measures are taken to ensure that boron compounds are in the cooling water to absorb the neutrons which are produced during the spontaneous fissioning events which might initiate a criticality excursion. TEPCO have taken those full precautions.

It was unfortunate that a misleading statement was initially made when xenon - I believe - radioisotopes at very low intensity were detected. A TEPCO press statement indicated that core criticality had occurred. That was wrong. The trans-uranium nuclides present to which I referred to above will have been continuously spontaneously fissioning at a very slow rate ever since shutdown of the cores.

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