Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Insanity at the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant

IAEA group inspects nuclear plant at Onagawa. Japan Today

[Excerpted] Three reactors at the Onagawa plant, about 120 kilometers north of Fukushima Daiichi, suffered temblors that exceeded their design capacity and the basement of one of its reactor buildings flooded, though the plant was able to maintain its cooling capacity....
Despite protests, the government is eager to restart reactors because of the ballooning cost of fuel imports to keep the power supply running....

Majia here: This is really insane. Here are some headlines I've collected about damage at the Onagawa reactors:

Enenews: Fukushima Report Introduced by Top Official Hosono: “Other reactors are all in considerably severe condition” — 14 total; Dai-ni, Onagawa, Tokai — “Extreme situations, though not much has been broadcast” (VIDEO)

NHK: Fuel rod container at Onagawa plant found damaged (July 10, 2012)

[Excerpted] The operator of the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture has discovered damage to fuel rod containers at the facility's No. 3 reactor.

...The utility recently used an underwater camera to inspect the 4.5-meter-high metal containers in a fuel rod storage pool.

It found a 2-centimeter-long, several-millimeter-wide chip on one of the containers. It also found more than 12 places on other containers where pieces were missing.

Such damage has never been reported at a nuclear plant in Japan.

Tohoku Electric says the fuel rods are intact, and that there are no safety concerns because the reactor is out of operation.

But it says will investigate the damage in detail, and inspect the plant's No. 1 and 2 units.

News Reports from 2011

A fire was put out at a turbine building at Tohoku Electric’s Onagawa plant, and there was no radiation leak, said Satoshi Arakawa, a spokesman. Three reactors were shut."
A state of emergency issued..March 14 2011

Reuters: Water leaks at Japan's Onagawa nuclear plant April 8 2011

[Excerpted] Water leaked out of spent fuel pools at the Onagawa nuclear plant in northeast Japan after a strong aftershock rocked the region...

It [Tohoku Electric] said water sloshed out of spent fuel pools in the plant's No.1, No.2 and No.3 reactors, which had been shut down after the 9.0 magnitude quake on March 11, and had also leaked in three other locations in the No.3 reactor complex...

Tohoku Electric said on Friday two out of three lines supplying off-site power to the Onagawa site -- in so-called cold shutdown since the March 11 quake -- were lost last night in the strongest aftershock so far of the earlier quake.

Cooling operations of its spent pool fuels resumed after they stopped due to the quake, it said, and there was still an emergency backup generator to fall back on.

"We detected a small rise in radiation levels inside the reactor buildings, and are trying to find the locations of the leaks," a Tohoku Electric official said.

Majia here: The insanity in pushing for these reactors to be re-started is beyond belief.

The IAEA is NOT an independent source!

 UPDATE: I just saw Enenews has a story on this as well

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