Pittsburgh Played a Pivotal Role in Bringing Fukushima under Control

Nuclear Powerhouse Cover by Tom Imerito

Tokyo, August 2011- Roy Brosi is collaborating with colleagues from the U.S. nuclear power industry  and their counterparts from TEPCO, the Japanese company that owns the disabled nuclear power station at Fukushima Daiichi, to bring it to cold shut down conditions.  Five months earlier  three of the station’s six reactors had been crippled by the fourth largest earthquake on record and the 46-foot tsunami that followed it. Although the reactor structures successfully survived the pounding quake and the reactors themselves were automatically shut down when seismic sensors detected the tremors, the subsequent tsunami, combined with loss of electrical power from the grid, precipitated a chain of previously unimaginable events. [Continue Reading…]