Diablo Canyon: nuclear plant on a fault

Posted by Christine, July 9, 2013

John Geesman, legal advisor to Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility gave this presentation to the California Energy Commission on June 9, 2013.  The internal PG&E emails he’s got are chilling in their evasion of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant’s true risk.

“Insurmountable problem, PG&E knew as far back as 2010…safety and capability are not the same as licensing compliance…The stakes are very high… inappropriate coaching.. it appears as if we are covering something up…a matter of profound concern…”

His facts are important as PG&E moves forward with its application for license extensions.

In news of Fukushima in Japan:

Former chief of Fukushima power plant is dead at 58

Yoshida led efforts to stabilize the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after the March 11‚ 2011‚ earthquake and tsunami knocking out its power and cooling systems‚ causing triple meltdowns and massive radiation leaks.

TOKYO: Masao Yoshida, the man who led the life-risking battle at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant when it was spiraling into meltdowns, has died of cancer of the esophagus. He was 58.

Officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Yoshida’s illness was not related to radioactive exposure.

Yoshida led efforts to stabilize the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami knocking out its power and cooling systems, causing triple meltdowns and massive radiation leaks.

Recalling the first few days when the three reactors suffered meltdowns in succession, Yoshida later said: “There were several instances when I thought we were all going to die here. I feared the plant was getting out of control and we would be finished.”

Yoshida, an outspoken, tall man with a loud voice who wasn’t afraid of talking back to higher-ups, but also known as a caring figure to his workers. Even then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who was extremely frustrated by TEPCO’s initial lack of information and slow handling, said after meeting him that Yoshida could be trusted.

Yoshida stepped down as plant chief in December 2011, citing the cancer, after workers had begun to bring it under control. TEPCO spokesman Yoshimi Hitosugi said Yoshida died Tuesday morning at a Tokyo hospital.

Yoshida brought workers together and kept their spirits up to survive the crisis, and had expressed hopes of returning to work for Fukushima’s recovery even after falling ill, TEPCO President Naomi Hirose said.

“He literally put his life at risk in dealing with the accident,” Hirose said in a statement. “We keep his wishes to our heart and do utmost for the reconstruction of Fukushima, which he tried to save at all cost.”