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Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor #4

Astonishing tale of Hitachi teetering on bankruptcy, wining & dining... & golfing inspectors to distract them from citing the huge damege to the containment vessel. Multi-Million dollar cover-up.

Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor
Bloomberg Front Page News - Mar 22, 2011 4:54 PM PT

One of the reactors in the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have been relying on flawed steel to hold the radiation in its core, according to an engineer who helped build its containment vessel four decades ago.

Mitsuhiko Tanaka says he helped conceal a manufacturing defect in the $250 million steel vessel installed at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 reactor while working for a unit of Hitachi Ltd. (6501) in 1974. The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.

“Who knows what would have happened if that reactor had been running?” Tanaka, who turned his back on the nuclear industry after the Chernobyl disaster, said in an interview last week. “I have no idea if it could withstand an earthquake like this. It’s got a faulty reactor inside.”

“I saved the company billions of yen,” said Tanaka, who says he was paid a 3 million yen bonus...


Reports of "Nuclear Power" are an exaggeration.
Submitted by Mark Twain on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 16:27

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Bump: This story makes me sick.

Nature presented the situation, but the greed of Mankind also played a roll.....again. Grim realization of what we are capable of.

"Braces that were supposed to have been placed inside during the blasting were either forgotten or fell over when the cylinder was wheeled into the furnace. After the vessel cooled, workers found that its walls had warped, Tanaka said."

"The vessel had sagged so that its height and width differed by more than 34 millimeters, meaning it should have been scrapped, according to nuclear regulations."

the dude should be in jail

If by his own admission he helped cover up for a "Time Bomb"