Reuters ran a story yesterday with a lede indicating that Tokyo Electric may have to bury their Fukushima I nuclear plant. This was remarkable news. The battle was about to be lost. The plant, indeed, looked like Chernobyl – an out of control nuclear accident unresponsive to all the fixes promised by nuclear engineers.
This is a current Google search (pdf) for this text, in quotation marks.
“TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl in 1986.”
This is the Google result that I received at around 12:30am ET:
I found what I was looking for. Is that ever a perfect description of looming epic failure, this was it.
But when I clicked each of the links and the “Cached” link on #3, that story had disappeared. Somebody has it and Google, bless their hearts, still shows the search results. But the failure was too hot too handle and Reuters pulled the story.
Here’s the lede at those links:
March 18 (Reuters) – Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday in a race to prevent deadly radiation from an accident now rated at least as bad as America’s Three Mile Island incident in 1979.
It looks like Reuters got ahead of the timeline. They presented the denouement out of order.
If there’s nothing to hide, tell the truth. If there’s something to hid, the nuclear industry must be forced to tell the truth.
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