Japan Dismissed US Warnings To Contain Radioactive Water At Fukushima

Japan dismissed US warnings to contain radioactive water at Fukushima (RT, Sep 19, 2013):

Japanese authorities ignored US calls to contain contaminated water at the stricken Fukushima power plant in 2008, officials told media. The revelation comes as the Japanese battle to stem radioactive water leaks flooding into the sea from the facility.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) estimates that 300 metric tons of groundwater has mixed with radioactive material at the site and is steadily flowing out to sea. Water needs to be constantly pumped over the stricken reactors at the Fukushima site to prevent them from overheating.

Read moreJapan Dismissed US Warnings To Contain Radioactive Water At Fukushima

Japan Officials: Nuclear ‘Event’ At Fukushima From Radioactive Release Into Ocean? (AP)

Japan Officials: Nuclear “event” at Fukushima from radioactive release into ocean? -AP (ENENews, Sep 16, 2013):

Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2013: […] As a preventive step, workers […] were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water.  [Tepco] said the rainwater was being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. Tepco said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea. The government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, however, said the pumping and release of the rainwater into the ocean was possibly ‘‘an event’’ subject to reporting under nuclear safety rules. Tepco said the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant were checking. […]

International Science Times, Sept. 16, 2013:  […] working around the clock to avoid the risk of tank leaks […] workers pump accumulating rain water that has been pooling around hundreds of storage tanks that contain radioactive water. Should the tanks puncture, radioactive water will mix with rainwater and seep into the soil or flow into the sea. […]

See also:

‘Emergency Measure’ At Fukushima Plant After Typhoon: Radioactive Water Being Pumped Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO Releases Typhoon Water Into Ocean, Says It Was ‘Safe’:

In areas where water samples were highly toxic, however, Tepco took a different approach and transferred it elsewhere through makeshift pumps. One of those areas contained rainwater that was emitting 170,000 becquerels per liter, far higher than allowed.

‘Emergency Measure’ At Fukushima Plant After Typhoon: Radioactive Water Being Pumped Into Pacific Ocean

“Emergency measure” underway at Fukushima plant after typhoon — Contaminated water being pumped into Pacific (ENENews, Sep 16, 2013):

Title: Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea
Source: AFP
Date: Sept. 16, 2013

[…] Workers were pumping out water from areas near tanks storing radioactive water, from which leaks are believed to have seeped into groundwater.

Read more‘Emergency Measure’ At Fukushima Plant After Typhoon: Radioactive Water Being Pumped Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO Releases Typhoon Water Into Ocean, Says It Was ‘Safe’

TEPCO Releases Typhoon Water Into Ocean, Says It Was Safe (ZeroHedge, Sep. 16, 2013):

The always-truthful and ever-trustworthy Tokyo Electric Power Co. has released a statement that says “Typhoon Man-Yi caused no major damage at Fukushima.” That’s great news – if it’s true – but the follow-up to that is perhaps a little more concerning. As Kyodo News reports, TEPCO has released the excess rainwater, that has collected between the barriers around radioactive storage tanks, into the ocean. We are reassured though, as officials stated that the level of radioactive substances in the accumulated rainwater was below allowable limits at 30 becquerels per liter (except The Tokyo Times reports some was emitting 170,000 becquerals per liter). All good then…

Via Kyodo News,

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it has released rainwater that accumulated during a typhoon between barriers around storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex to prevent the water overflowing.

The plant operator said it has decided to pump the water into the ocean after finding that the level of radioactive substances in it was below the allowable limit for release into the sea.

TEPCO, fearing that heavy rain caused by Typhoon Man-yi could raise the water level and cause flooding, opened the barriers and released the water mainly through drainage ditches.

but The Tokyo Times has a little more color:

The utility said the rainwater was discharged from barriers at seven locations and contained strontium 90, which can cause bone cancer if ingested. The beta radiation given off by the strontium did not exceed the government’s limit of 30 becquerels per liter, it said.

Tepco said the radiation level of the water overall, including strontium 90, which accounted for about half of the beta ray emissions, maxed out at 24 becquerels per liter.

In areas where water samples were highly toxic, however, Tepco took a different approach and transferred it elsewhere through makeshift pumps. One of those areas contained rainwater that was emitting 170,000 becquerels per liter, far higher than allowed.

TEPCO Admits To Reporting False Radiation Levels For Nearly 2 Years At Fukushima

Tepco admits to reporting false radiation levels for nearly 2 years at Fukushima (ENENews, Sep 14, 2013):

KBS, Sept. 14, 2013: Japanese media say the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported lower than actual levels of radioactivity in waters around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for nearly two years. […] TEPCO said the inaccurate measurements were taken from July 2011 until May this year, resulting in concentration levels of radioactive cesium being reported some becquerels lower than the actual level. It said the measurements were taken one-point-three kilometers south of the nuclear plant. […]

NHK, Sept 14, 2013: TEPCO under-reported cesium measurements […] After being notified of the error by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, TEPCO discovered that its previous per-liter measurements were several becquerels lower than actual figures. TEPCO says the error was due to the wrong assessment of the impact of radiation in the surrounding area. […] Experts at the meeting criticized what they called an elementary mistake. They also said the matter should not be left to TEPCO alone and called for the Authority’s involvement.

See also: Professor: Fukushima disaster “beyond a cover-up” — Japan gov’t thinks they can get away with tricking masses about extent of problem — Officials and Tepco cannot be trusted, they are lying to the camera

TEPCO’s U.S. Adviser: Japan Must Get Ready To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Pacific Ocean

INTERVIEW/ Lake Barrett: Japan must get ready to release Fukushima water into the sea (Asahi Shimbun/Reuters, Sep 14, 2013):

Japan should begin preparing to release a massive tide of water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, once it regains public trust and can confirm the water has only low levels of radiation, a U.S. adviser to the plant’s operator said on Sept. 13.

Lake Barrett, a former head of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Nuclear Waste Management, spent nearly a decade at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and led the clean-up operations after the 1979 partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant. He has been brought in by Tokyo Electric Power to advise it on the lengthy decommissioning process at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

He said work should begin now to pump groundwater from the plant before it reaches wrecked reactors–a measure that has been stalled by local opposition.

“They should start pumping as soon as practical,” said Barrett, adding that groundwater would have to be released into the sea along with water that had been treated to remove most radiation–by a system designed by Toshiba Corp.

“I believe in a matter of a few months … early next year … water will be cleaned up and be ready to be discharged,” he said in an interview.

Read moreTEPCO’s U.S. Adviser: Japan Must Get Ready To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Pacific Ocean

Dr. Helen Caldicott For RT: Endless Fukushima Catastrophe: Many Generations’ Health At Stake

Endless Fukushima catastrophe: Many generations’ health at stake (RT, Sep 13, 2013):

Bio-accumulation of radioactive elements around Fukushima will devastate many future Japanese generations, while the Pacific Ocean is also being contaminated by leaking radioactive water. Yet there is still no good solution from the Japanese government.

As I watched the tsunami power into the reactor complex at Fukushima on March 11, 2011, I realized the world would never be the same again. No nuclear reactor can withstand being drowned in a massive wave of water without catastrophic consequences.

There were three nuclear reactors undergoing fission at the time while one, unit four, had just been emptied of its radioactive core, which was now situated in an unprotected cooling pool on the roof of the building, 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground. As the power supply to the reactors was disrupted during the earthquake, and the auxiliary diesel generators in the basements of the reactors failed because they were flooded, the pumps which supplied up to 1 million gallons of cooling water to each reactor failed.

Within hours the intensely hot radioactive cores in units one, two and three started to melt. As they melted, the zirconium metal cladding on the uranium fuel rods reacted with water to produce hydrogen which exploded with overwhelming intensity in the buildings of units one, two, three and four releasing huge amounts of radioactive elements into the air.

On March 15 alone, it is estimated that 100 quadrillion Becquerels of cesium, 400 quadrillion of iodine plus 400 quadrillion of inert noble gases (xenon, krypton and argon) escaped. Over a period of time two-and-a-half to three times more noble gases were released into the air than at Chernobyl.

Read moreDr. Helen Caldicott For RT: Endless Fukushima Catastrophe: Many Generations’ Health At Stake

TEPCO Official Admits Fukushima “Out Of Control”

TEPCO Official Admits Fukushima “Out Of Control” (ZeroHedge, Sep 13, 2013):

A month ago, when we quoted an independent expert that “TEPCO has lost control of Fukushima” many took offense, despite all signs to the contrary. Perhaps the skeptics will reevaluate their position following today’s news reported by AFP, which cited Kazuhiko Yamashita, who holds the executive-level title of “fellow” at Tokyo Electric Power, who finally admitted what those not mired in prejudice about the state of nuclear energy refuse to accept, that the nuclear plant was “not under control.” This promptly led to the government, which last weekend learned it would host the 2020 Olympics and promised that Fukushima would not be a concern by then, to scramble and “reassure people on Friday that they have a lid on Fukushima.” Unfortunately, the lies, like the radiation in the plant, are now finally seeping through and more are becoming fully aware of just how serious the catastrophe truly is, and drove yet another steak through the heart of the official narrative by Prime Minister Abe as they “flatly contradict” his assurances.

AFP elaborates:

In a meeting with members of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, Yamashita was asked whether he agreed that “the situation is under control” as Abe had declared at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires.

He responded by saying, “I think the current situation is that it is not under control,” according to major media, including national broadcaster NHK.

Read moreTEPCO Official Admits Fukushima “Out Of Control”

Japan Government To Spend Almost $500 MILLION In Attempt To Contain Fukushima Leaks

H/t reader M.G.:

“Guess what? TEPCO going to spend half a billion to clean up the water. Doesn’t say how, if it has been done before, or anything like that……they want the Olympics.
Unbelievable that none of the executives of TEPCO have faced any charges for this world disaster……..”

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Simulation By German Marine Research Institute: ENTIRE Pacific Waters To Be Radioactive In Just 6 Years

Fukushima: Multiple Leaks, Radiation Soars To 1.8 SIEVERTS PER HOUR, Totally Out Of Control


Japan earmarks £300m+ for Fukushima cleanup (Guardian, Sep 3, 2013):

Tokyo unveils measures to decontaminate toxic water at nuclear power plant as Tepco struggles to prevent leaks into Pacific

Japan’s government is to spend almost $500m (£320m) in an attempt to contain leaks and decontaminate highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The measures, announced on Tuesday, come as the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), struggles to prevent leaks into the Pacific Ocean and to find a way to contain and treat the huge volume of water that has accumulated at the site since it was hit by a tsunami in March 2011.

The decision is widely seen as a safety appeal just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid on which city will host the 2020 Olympics.

Read moreJapan Government To Spend Almost $500 MILLION In Attempt To Contain Fukushima Leaks

TEPCO Admits Deliberately Using Radiation Detectors That Give Deceptively Low Readings; Radiation Leaks Far Worse Than Reported

TEPCO admits deliberately using radiation detectors that give deceptively low readings; radiation leaks far worse than reported (Natural News, Sep 1, 2013):

At the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, radiation isn’t the only thing leaking out. Each week, it seems there’s another small leak of the truth that has been deliberately hidden from the public. Yesterday, TEPCO finally admitted it has been downplaying the ongoing radiation release levels by a factor of almost twenty.

But the real story here is exactly how TEPCO arrived at the deceptively small numbers it has been reporting since the 2011 accident. It turns out (see below) that TEPCO has been deliberately using radiation detectors that “max out” at relatively low levels (i.e. they don’t go higher than 100 mSv). When those detectors are pegged at their max readings, instead of switching to a more capable instrument with a larger detection range, they simply report the maximum detection limit of the smaller detector as the “real” exposure number.

Huh? Yeah. Seriously.

Here’s how we discovered this:

Read moreTEPCO Admits Deliberately Using Radiation Detectors That Give Deceptively Low Readings; Radiation Leaks Far Worse Than Reported

Simulation By German Marine Research Institute: ENTIRE Pacific Waters To Be Radioactive In Just 6 Years

Watch the broadcast here:

Radioactive water may contaminate entire Pacific Ocean in 6 years (Arirang News; Aug 28, 2013):

This graphic shows the gradual contamination of the Pacific Ocean due to leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

The simulation, which was run by a German marine research institute, shows the ENTIRE Pacific waters being polluted by radioactive water in just six years.

Read moreSimulation By German Marine Research Institute: ENTIRE Pacific Waters To Be Radioactive In Just 6 Years

Fukushima: Multiple Leaks, Radiation Soars To 1.8 SIEVERTS PER HOUR, Totally Out Of Control

Meanwhile In Fukushima: Multiple Leaks, Radiation Soars To 1.8 Sieverts/hr (ZeroHedge Aug 31, 2013):

Remember when we said Tepco has lost all control of Fukushima? We weren’t joking.

Perhaps the above, together with the terminal demographic social collapse, coupled with Abe’s monetary experiment which will end in currency collapse, explains why for Japanese society, for which pretty much nothing matters anymore as a “happy ending” is out of picture, Syria is merely an opportunity to rerun the more glorious moments of WW II:

  • JAPAN EYES BACKING POSSIBLE U.S. INTERVENTION IN SYRIA: NIKKEI.

Unclear if Manchuria is next.

* * *

As posted here over a week ago, this is what is really going on:

Read moreFukushima: Multiple Leaks, Radiation Soars To 1.8 SIEVERTS PER HOUR, Totally Out Of Control

Fukushima … ‘It’s The Ultimate, Worst-Case Scenario’

Nuclear Operator Raises Alarm on Crisis (The New York Times, Aug 23, 2013):

Experts have said they suspect that more contaminated water is seeping out from under the melted-down reactors into the groundwater and the Pacific. Elevated levels of radioactive cesium in surrounding waters seem to confirm those suspicions.

Tepco has said those leaks are not directly from beneath the reactors, but from maintenance tunnels that run along the coast and remain contaminated from the early days of the disaster.

But it also acknowledges that the water beneath the reactors is extremely contaminated, and experts say that if it does get into the ocean, it will surpass even the leaks that occurred in the disaster’s early days.

“That prospect scares me,” Michio Aoyama, a senior scientist in the Oceanography and Geochemistry Research Department at the government-affiliated Meteorological Research Institute, said in an interview this month.

“It’s the ultimate, worst-case scenario,” Professor Aoyama said.

Tepco Begins Testing Tainted Earth At Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Plant To Assess Extent Of Contamination

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Tepco testing tainted earth at No. 1 plant (Japan Times, Aug 23, 2013):

Utility begins digging ground to assess extent of contamination

FUKUSHIMA – Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Friday started digging up soil tainted with highly radioactive water discharged from a storage tank at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to test its radiation levels.

The utility will dig areas measuring 12 sq. meters in total to a depth of 40 to 50 cm where pools of leaked radioactive water formed, and then measure levels to determine how far the contamination has spread and how much soil needs to be removed.

New Radiation Readings Suggest More Fukushima Tank Leaks (Leaking Unprecedented 80 Million Becquerels Of Radiation Per Liter)

H/t reader M.G.:

“Additional leaks discovered today with unprecedented levels of radiation poisoning.”


New radiation readings suggest more Fukushima tank leaks (RT, Aug 22, 2013):

Excessive radiation levels have been detected next to the vast storage tanks containing the highly-contaminated water used to cool reactors at the damaged Fukushima power plant. One such tank already leaked earlier this week.

The announcement was made by Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which began to check its 300 storage tanks after 300 tons of contaminated water escaped from one of them on Wednesday.

The contaminated water that leaked on Wednesday contains an unprecedented 80 million Becquerels of radiation per liter, according to the company. The norm is a mere 150 Bq.

Read moreNew Radiation Readings Suggest More Fukushima Tank Leaks (Leaking Unprecedented 80 Million Becquerels Of Radiation Per Liter)

Senior TEPCO Official: Fukushima Tank May Have Leaked Tons Of Highly Radioactive Liquid Every Day

Anonymous Official: Tank at Fukushima may have leaked tons of highly radioactive liquid every day for a month… “We didn’t detect it for as long as 30 days” — Spokesman: Leakage is continuing… Other tanks may be affected (ENENews, Aug 20, 2013):

Japan Times, Aug 20, 2013: On Tuesday, Tepco said the water level in tank No. 5 had dropped by 3 meters, meaning about 300 tons of contaminated water had been lost. From Monday to Tuesday, about 10 tons were lost, indicating this amount may have leaked every day over the past 30 days, a senior Tepco official told The Japan Times. “So far, we had four similar (tank) leakage cases. The problem this time is that we didn’t detect it for as long as 30 days,” the official said.

Xinhua, Aug 20, 2013: Masayuki Ono, spokesman of TEPCO, told a press conference Tuesday that the leakage is continuing and leaked water has most likely seeped into ground but not run into the sea. TEPCO is now trying to prevent the spread of radioactive water and remove the contaminated soil. However, they have not checked yet whether there are still leakage in other tanks, said Ono.

Prof. Chris Busby For RT: “Worse Than Chernobyl: The Inner Threat Of Fukushima Crisis”

Flashback:

Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 Is 200 Times Greater Than At Chernobyl Accident


Worse than Chernobyl: The inner threat of Fukushima crisis (RT, Aug 20, 2013):

By Christopher Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risks for RT

I recently pointed out, this operation has to go on forever – a long sickness, but at least not a sudden death. However, this week begins a new development in the potential sudden death department.

There is a curious and bizarre reversal of the natural at Fukushima: a looking-glass world inversion. Unlike the standard marine catastrophe, for example the Titanic, where the need is to manically pump water out of the ship to stop it sinking, at Fukushima the game is to madly pump water in, in order to stop it melting down and exploding.

Read moreProf. Chris Busby For RT: “Worse Than Chernobyl: The Inner Threat Of Fukushima Crisis”

Fukushima: TEPCO Admits Most Severe Radioactive Leak Since March 2011 Meltdowns

Fukushima operator reveals leak of 300 tonnes of highly contaminated water (Guardian, Aug 20, 2013):

Spillage is most severe since March 2011 as Tepco says it does not know how the water leaked out or where it has leaked to

Frantic efforts to contain radioactive leaks at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been dealt another blow after its operator said about 300 tonnes of highly contaminated water had seeped out of a storage tank at the site.

The leak is the worst such incident since the March 2011 meltdown and is separate from the contaminated water leaks, also of about 300 tonnes a day, reported recently.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said it did not know how the water leaked out or where it had leaked to, but it believed that the spillage had not flowed into the Pacific ocean.

Read moreFukushima: TEPCO Admits Most Severe Radioactive Leak Since March 2011 Meltdowns

Japanese Nuclear Expert: Radiation Levels Detected In Pacific Ocean Too High To Be Explained By A Daily Leakage Of 300 Tons

Fukushima Mystery? TV: Japan expert says radiation levels in ocean too high to be explained by groundwater flow alone — Must be coming from “other contamination routes” entering Pacific — “Devastating impact” to come? (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 19, 2013):

Title: Nuclear Watch: Contaminated Water Leaks at Fukushima Daiichi
Source: NHK Newsline
Date: Aug 19, 2013

At 2:45 in

Yoichiro Tateiwa, NHK reporter: [Professor Jota] Kanda argues government statistics don’t add up. He says a daily leakage of 300 tons doesn’t explain the current levels of radiation in the water.

Jota Kanda, Tokyo University professor: According to my research there are now 3 gigabecquerels [3 billion becquerels] of cesium-137 flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every day. But for the 300 tons of groundwater to contain this much cesium-137, one liter of groundwater has to contain 10,000 becquerels of the radioactive isotope.

Read moreJapanese Nuclear Expert: Radiation Levels Detected In Pacific Ocean Too High To Be Explained By A Daily Leakage Of 300 Tons

Tritium Measurement In Fukushima Bay Highest Ever As TEPCO Admits 40 Trillion Becquerels Have Spilled Into Pacific

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Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Reaching Critical Stage


Tritium Measurement In Fukushima Bay Highest Ever As TEPCO Admits 40 Trillion Becquerels Have Spilled Into Pacific (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2013):

Over the weekend we posted an in-depth narrative of what may happen in a theoretical worst case scenario in Fukushima, one in which the government continues to do nothing and pretends all is well, and where the end casualties are millions of innocent Japanese (and other) citizens, whose only crime is believing their government. Sadly, with every passing day the theoretical is becoming all too real, and moments ago reality struck again, when the Nikkei newspaper reported that readings of tritium in seawater taken from the bay near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has shown 4700 becquerels per liter.

This was the highest tritium level in the measurement history.

RT has more:

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has detected the highest radiation level in seawater collected in the harbor of the crippled nuclear plant in the past 15 days, Nikkei reports.

Read moreTritium Measurement In Fukushima Bay Highest Ever As TEPCO Admits 40 Trillion Becquerels Have Spilled Into Pacific

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Reaching Critical Stage

Nuclear crisis reaching critical stage (Coast Reporter, Aug 18, 2013):

The news coming out of Japan these days is not good.

First, the Japanese government confirmed that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking an estimated 300 tonnes of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean each day. The leaks have apparently been going on since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused three reactors in the plant to melt down.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) called the situation an emergency and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it “an urgent problem.” The consensus among independent scientists is that Tepco, the plant’s operator, is incapable of stopping the discharge into the sea, which it has kept secret for more than two years.

It was discovered after the NRA detected strontium and tritium in a monitoring well at the plant site. When found out, the company apologized.

But it gets worse.

Read moreFukushima Nuclear Crisis Reaching Critical Stage

Japan Looks To Nagasaki Atom Bomb Maker For Lessons On Fukushima Cleanup

FYI.


Japan looks to Nagasaki atom bomb maker for lessons on Fukushima cleanup (RT, Aug 17, 2013):

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator dealing with the containment of radioactive waste at Fukushima nuclear power plant, has sought the expertise of the same US company that produced plutonium for the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki in World War II.

Hanford Engineer Works produced the 20 pounds of plutonium used for the atomic bomb “Fat Man” which was unleashed on the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The company has had decades of experience treating millions of gallons of radioactive waste, The Japan Daily Press reported.

Read moreJapan Looks To Nagasaki Atom Bomb Maker For Lessons On Fukushima Cleanup

Radioactive Water Leaks From Fukushima: What We Know (Scientific American)

The real situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant is of course much more dire than we are told.

Closer to the truth:

Fallout Researcher: Fukushima Worst Case Scenario Could Result In BILLIONS Of DEATHS


Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima: What We Know (Scientific American, Aug 13, 2013):

The lingering questions include how the radioactivity might contaminate ocean life that humans eat

Here is what you need to know about the radioactive water leaking from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists on both sides of the Pacific have measured changing levels of radioactivity in fish and other ocean life since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. On Aug. 2, 2013, when Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) gave its first estimate of how much radioactive water from the nuclear plant has flowed into the ocean since the disaster, the company was finally facing up to what scientists have recognized for years.

“As an oceanographer looking at the reactor, we’ve known this since 2011,” said Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, Mass. “The news is TEPCO is finally admitting this.”

TEPCO estimated that between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels (units of radioactivity representing decay per second) of radioactive tritium have leaked into the ocean since the disaster, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The Fukushima plant is still leaking about 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean every day, according to Japanese government officials. [Infographic: Inside Japan’s Nuclear Reactors]

Read moreRadioactive Water Leaks From Fukushima: What We Know (Scientific American)

Prof. Chris Busby: Tepco Might Have To Pour Water On Fukushima Wreckage Forever

FYI.


Pump and pray: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever (RT, Aug 7, 2013):

Professor Christopher Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risks for RT

Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an “open-air super reactor spectacular” which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe.

On April 25, 2011 – one month after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant and the anniversary of Chernobyl – I was interviewed by RT and asked to compare Chernobyl and Fukushima. The clip, which you can find on YouTube, was entitled, “Can’t seal Fukushima like Chernobyl – it all goes into the sea.” Since then, huge amounts of radioactivity have flowed from the wrecked reactors directly into the Pacific Ocean. Attempts to stop the flow of contaminated water from Fukushima into the sea were always unlikely to succeed. It is like trying to push water uphill. Now they all seem to have woken up to the issue and have begun to panic.

Read moreProf. Chris Busby: Tepco Might Have To Pour Water On Fukushima Wreckage Forever

Japan Government: Fukushima Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Toxic Water Into Sea Daily

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Gov’t says Fukushima plant leaking 300 tons of toxic water into sea daily (Japan Times, Aug 7, 2013):

TOKYO — A Japanese government official on Wednesday said an estimated 300 tons of contaminated water is leaking into the ocean per day from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Wednesday to step up government efforts to stem radioactive water leakage.

The ministry official also said the utility would begin pumping out groundwater to reduce leakage and had aimed to be removing 300 tons per day by December, but would end up 60 tons short of that goal. Removing 300 tons of groundwater, however, would not necessarily halt leakage into the sea, he said.

“Stabilizing the Fukushima plant is our challenge,” Abe said at a meeting of the government’s disaster task force. “In particular, the contaminated water is an urgent issue which has generated a great deal of public attention.”

Read moreJapan Government: Fukushima Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Toxic Water Into Sea Daily