Friday, June 29, 2012

Reactor 4 DID EXPLODE and Wasn't Simply Damaged by Reactor 3 Explosion


Majia here: Asahi Shimbun interview with Atomic Energy Chairman Shunsuke Kondo. The interview was conducted by senior staff writers Hisashi Hattori and Keiji Takeuchi.

AEC chairman: major change needed in reprocessing nuclear fuel June 29
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201206290123

Q: Explosions could not be averted.

A: I thought there was a need to consult with the Self-Defense Forces about using explosives to open a hole in the roof and wall of the No. 3 reactor building in order to release hydrogen.

However, I never made that suggestion after I learned that Tokyo Electric Power Co. was considering opening holes through the spraying of water. It is a mystery why that was never carried out. If the No. 3 reactor did not explode, the No. 4 reactor might also not have exploded.

MAJIA HERE: REPEAT:
"If the No. 3 reactor did not explode, the No. 4 reactor might also not have exploded."

THE DISCUSSION OF JAPAN'S POLICY OF RE-PROCESSING SPENT FUEL IS ALSO VERY INTERESTING:

Q: Electric power companies are calling for a continuation of policy because if the central government decides to abandon the course of reprocessing all spent nuclear fuel, the reprocessing plant in Aomori Prefecture will also not be able to maintain operations.

A: A nation does not enter into discussions about which blast furnaces in the private-sector steel industry should survive. Since reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel is, in the end, something handled by the private sector, the private sector should itself decide what it wants to do.

Q: Reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel extracts plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons. It is also an issue that is related to the creation of an international joint management structure for spent nuclear fuel.

A: Certainly, there is an element in the reprocessing issue of international contributions as well as nuclear nonproliferation. Time will also be required to collect on the investments made. It is normally not a business that a private-sector company would become involved in. Debate is now being conducted on reforming the electric power industry to spread liberalization. Amid such a trend, it might be appropriate to simultaneously hold discussions on a proposal to have the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, another incorporated administrative agency, handle reprocessing of fuel and processing of radioactive waste, with the central government having ultimate control over the process.

MAJIA HERE: CHAIRMAN KONDO IS A MASTER OF DEFLECTION: Repeating text above:

Certainly, there is an element in the reprocessing issue of international contributions as well as nuclear nonproliferation. Time will also be required to collect on the investments made. It is normally not a business that a private-sector company would become involved in. Debate is now being conducted on reforming the electric power industry to spread liberalization...

HE CONCLUDES INTERVIEW

"But, I do not feel the role of nuclear energy has ended. We will have to move to the next stage after deciding on the future direction of policy."

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