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The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised.
How long will it take to decommission the three breached reactors, and how will it be accomplished, when not even robots have been able to enter the main fuel-debris areas so far? How much will it ultimately cost? Naohiro Masuda, tapped last year as chief of decontamination and decommissioning for plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co., acknowledges he is a long way from answering those questions definitively.
“This is something that has never been experienced. A textbook doesn’t exist for something like this,” Masuda said at Tepco’s Tokyo headquarters Monday.
New science will have to be invented for the plant to be cleaned up. Each step of the way, safety and consequences must be weighed, for workers and for the environment alike, Masuda added.
No promises in Fukushima cleanup, director says
Mother from Fukushima: It was very weird… plants with huge, huge flowers and gigantic stems — I brought deformed vegetables for radiation measurement, but officials didn’t test any and yelled “Don’t you understand? We say it’s safe!” — “All the beetles were disfigured and died”
Mother from Fukushima: It was very weird… plants with huge, huge flowers and gigantic stems
…How long will it take to decommission the three breached reactors, and how will it be accomplished…
…when not even robots have been able to enter the main fuel-debris areas so far?
"I feel it is impossible to fix before my death," he said.
"We just don't have the technology to fix it. It currently doesn't exist. We just can't deal with the melted fuel."
How asinine is that?