– Fukushima leak is much more radioactive than Tepco claimed — Almost 20,000 times the legal limit flowed into ocean — Nuclear Official: “They seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation” (ENENews, Oct 3, 2013):
Japan Times, Oct. 3, 2013 (Emphasis Added): New spill at No. 1 laid to typhoon miscalculation […] Authorities are still groping for a solution to the water crisis at the crippled nuclear plant, which is rapidly running out of storage space and facing a growing risk of flooding from typhoons. […] The water contained strontium and tritium and was emitting beta-ray radiation of 580,000 becquerels per liter, according to Tepco, which was apparently trying to drain rainwater from the flood containment area into the tanks during the typhoon. […]
Previous reports of 200,000 Bq/liter
Kyodo News, Oct. 3, 2013: Tepco said Wednesday it detected 200,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium-90, far above the legal limit of 30 becquerels per liter […]
NBC News, Oct. 3, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said the water which spilled from the storage tanks had radiation readings as high as 200,000 becquerels per liter — almost 6,700 times higher than the legal limit of 30 becquerels.
Tepco not sure how to even measure the radioactivity, let alone contain it?
Associated Press, Oct 3, 2013: In recent meetings, regulators criticized TEPCO for even lacking basic skills to properly measure radioactivity […] “As far as TEPCO people on our contaminated water and sea monitoring panels are concerned, they seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation,” said a Nuclear Regulation Authority commissioner Kayoko Nakamura, a radiologist. “I really think they should acquire adequate expertise and commitment needed for the job,” she said.