crane-reactor-4via NHK World / March 30, 2014 / The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says it has resumed the process of removing spent fuel from one of the crippled reactors.

On Wednesday, an alarm suddenly activated and stopped a large crane, as workers were preparing to hoist a cask containing fuel assemblies from the pool at the No. 4 reactor building.

Tokyo Electric Power Company found that a worker had mistakenly operated the crane without releasing an auxiliary brake, causing it to become overloaded.

The problem was fixed, and the removal work resumed at noon on Sunday.

This was the first suspension of the operation since TEPCO started removing fuel units from the pool in the building last November. The utility is removing the fuel assemblies to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

1,533 fuel units were being stored in the pool at the time of the 2011 accident, and 983 were still there on Sunday.

SOURCE: NHK World

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By Broc West| 11 Comments | Featured, News

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  1. I don’t understand why this is not a planetary effort . It wont go away

  2. WHY ARE THE LEADERS OF THIS WORLD NOT HAVING A SUMMIT UNTIL THIS IS RESOLVED. THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD HAVE FORGOTTEN OR ARE TO BUSY TO CARE. THIS IS A FULL BLOWN DISASTER. THAT WILL EFFECT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. WAKE UP PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION AND NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN EVER AGAIN. I T SHOULD NOT OF HAPPENED TO BEGIN WITH. WE NEED TO HAVE MORE REGULATIONS AS TO HOW THEY CAN PROVE TO US THE SAFETY OF THESE PLANTS. RADIATION IS STILL POURING INTO THE OCEAN FROM JAPAN. IT HAS KILLED SO MUCH SEA LIFE. IT IS APPALING. IT HAS ALREADY GOT INTO THE FOOD CHAIN IN CALIFORNIA. WE CANNOT SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL STATE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN. THAT’S THE LEAST WE CAN DO.

    • Unfortunately it’s a too late. Nothing can be done….. and nothing will be done. All the talk of “clean up” and “ice walls” and such is just a smoke screen designed to prevent the world’s population knowing the truth and panicking – let’s face it: people are stupid enough to believe that NPPs are built to generate electricity! What a joke; NPPs are here to make bombs and weapons of mass destruction…… for fuck’s sake, “they’re” building new NPPs all over the place irrespective of the dangers, the radioactive pollution AND the fact that ALL of the existing NPPs are leaking AND there’s NO WAY to deal with the spent fuel. THESE MONSTERS DON’T GIVE A SHIT, about us or about the planet.

      The obvious conclusion….. those in power, or who have the power, to try to mitigate the Fukushima disaster have done nothing because, if they bothered to tell the truth, they would tell you that there is nothing they can do. Fukushima will NEVER be “cleaned up”…. and “we” are of no consequence…. useless eaters, “Fuku-Fodder”. All we can do is try to minimise our exposure, stay as healthy as we can for as long as we can, and try to live our lives as best we can. πŸ™

  3. As long as something is being done , then progress is being made , and you don’t interfere without causing worse problems.

  4. Absolute truth that there is no way we can fix/affect/change this existing
    Crippling, mind boggling disaster πŸ™ every living being
    Is negatively immensely affected by whats already
    Beyond control. I could never imagined scarier
    Things at least on such a grand/GENERAL human race
    Scale… like zombie apocalypse but impossible …
    No chance.. No change… No possible resolution.
    Yes… BUT!!
    We have no choice but to hope. And FIGHT NUCLEAR
    POWER THAT STILL EXISTS everywhere in our world.

  5. We are already in so much trouble as humans
    … On earth. And (sigh) nuclear plants are still being
    Built.. NEW!? All over the globe.
    Utilize all the power/voice/resources we’ve got
    To stop the worst is all we can do. Let’s do it
    LOUDLY!
    We all prefer life I’m assuming…?!
    Pass everything u have on friends πŸ™‚
    Positive energy is a good start

  6. Update: So far the workers at unit 4 have carefully transferred 638 of the 1533 fuel assemblies out of the pool. The first transfer was 22 unused fuel assemblies, and the remainder have all been spent fuel, meaning 616 out of 1331 spent fuel assemblies have been moved – about 46%.

    —–

    Of course, yelling slogans is easier than actually doing something positive. Apparently some find it too challenging to their prejudices to even acknowledge that something positive is happening.

  7. Where is that BIG, BAD, ALL POWERFUL, ALL-MIGHTY GOD? WHERE THE HELL IS HE? DO NOT EVEN TRY TO TELL ME THIS IS HIS WILL! WHAT? HE IS PISSED OFF AT THE ANIMALS, THE FISH, THE ECO SYSTEM HAS HIM THROWING A TEMPER FIT AT THE EARTH? YOU DELUDED FOOLS THINK A LOVING GOD WOULD REALLY DESTROY HIS CREATION BECAUSE HE IS ANGRY AT PUNY MANKIND? I WOULD SPIT IN HIS FACE! I WOULD LAUGH AT HIS INSANE EGO, I WOULD TARE HIM TO PIECES, SHAKE HIM LIKE A RAG DOLL!!! OH! BUT HE IS JUST A MYTH TO KEEP THE PEOPLE PARALYZED WHILE THESE TWO LEGGED GREEDY MAGGOTS FIGHT OVER THE LAST SPECK OF GOLD DUST, AND THE LAST BREATHING CREATURE GIVES UP THE GHOST! SOMEONE GAVE THE ORDER FOR THE MAN MADE EARTHQUAKE THAT CAUSED THAT TSUNAMI! H.A.A.R.P. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW WAS WHO THE HELL GAVE THE ORDER! WAS IT OBAMA?

    • Please LINDA, “Calm Your Farm” (as my Teenagers say to me!). Shouting… panicking…. and indulging in wild accusation(s), looking for someone (or something) to blame is useless.

      There can be no doubt that, no matter who/what/why, the ongoing FUKU-CASTROPHE is beyond and out of control.

      When I was young I thought that the adage “Time Will Tell” was worthy… (suggesting that wisdom would come with age and experience), now, with Fukushima and ALL the rest of the NPP/NWP bullshit that’s been inflicted on us/Earth, it’s more apt to say “Time Will Fell”….. like Trees; like wheat, whatever… we’re all “for the chop”: a “Deathly Harvest”…. we are, after all, just the “useless eaters”.

      For what it’s worth: Obama, Abe, and all the other “meat-puppets”, our so-called “LEADERS”, who keep pumping the nuclear myth: (it’s) clean – safe – cheap – it’s the end-of-global-warming …. these fuck-wits are either “wilfully complicit”, “wilfully ignorant”, “wilful eugenicists”, or “they” think that somehow “they” are going to survive, and/or “they” think that money/profit now is all that matters…. no matter what, “they” think that lies, lying to themselves, lying to us is OK. Of course it’s not but, sad and true: “WE” let them get away with this…. Now it’s “Too Little, Too Late”.

      LINDA, if you want to scream and shout… Good for you – Me too!! But such passion is better spent not asking God/s to help – it’s better spent waking people up so that, at the very least, we pave the way to see these murdering bastards hang for what they have done and for what they have duped us in to.

  8. 80% of the spent fuel have been removed. ALPS is restarted. Ground water bypassed. Every reactor are inspected and worked by robots. The water plugs are soon freezing. Debris is removed.

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