‘Alarm bells’ over state of Fukushima plant — Official: Gov’t will investigate how radioactive contamination is impacting life in Pacific Ocean; “Problems… are more complicated than (we) initially thought”

Published: July 30th, 2013 at 12:30 pm ET
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Title: Japan nuclear watchdog to beef up Fukushima monitoring
Source: AFP
Date: July 30, 2013

Japan’s nuclear watchdog will beef up monitoring at the crippled Fukushima power plant, an agency official said Tuesday, after leaks of radioactive groundwater into the ocean sparked heavy criticism of the site’s operator.

The leaks have triggered alarm bells over the plant’s precarious state and the capability of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) to deal with a long list of problems [...]

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) plans to pull together two dedicated teams to investigate water contamination and its impact on the ocean’s ecosystem, according to the the official.

“We still don’t know the root cause of the problems as they are more complicated than initially thought,” the NRA official said.

A formal announcement on the new teams, expected to be comprised of experts from the regulator, TEPCO and a government-back research institute, is expected on Wednesday. [...]

See also: Radio: Fukushima Daiichi has "contaminated the biggest body of water on the planet" -- Radioactive leaks to harm marine and human life -- Whole Pacific Ocean likely to have cesium levels 5-10 times higher than at peak of nuclear bomb tests (AUDIO)

Published: July 30th, 2013 at 12:30 pm ET
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23 comments to ‘Alarm bells’ over state of Fukushima plant — Official: Gov’t will investigate how radioactive contamination is impacting life in Pacific Ocean; “Problems… are more complicated than (we) initially thought”

  • LegionNetworkCH

    "…don’t know the root cause of the problems as they are more complicated than initially thought"

    That is the regulation authority, admitting they don't understand the situation.

    Bring rocks and ropes!


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    alarm bells over leak of information about the fukushima plant and destruction of the ecosystem. Quick, hire your own expert panel to downplay the situation so your house of cards doesnt collapse on you. Never mind your children and grandchildren


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    “We still don’t know the root cause of the problems as they are more complicated than initially thought,” the NRA official said.

    Lesson one for engineers who think they know it all; things are ALWAYS more complicated than initially thought. Lesson two, a Yakusa shotgun or cryptic note concerning your loved ones was not in your physics book. Now thats complicated! Lesson three; if you play with poison, life will get poisoned. I know you dont believe it yet, but your granddaughter will be deformed and retarded, thanks to your over confident idiocy. Scientists screwed up and the world will suffer big time.


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  • jec jec

    Again, government is going to play 'dumb', save face by making a criminal responsibile,TEPCO. Its just a matter of time. Japan government will hope to make it seem they were duped by the criminal corporation elements or TEPCO. So with these media releases,Japan is NOT responsible for the problems, big business or the company is. The government can come in as NEW to the issues, and let TEPCO take the fall. Or that is what the press releases could lead one to think!! Drip drip drip of information in little pieces; if they mention a radiation data point, just multiply it by a factor of 5 or 20. The truth is being covered up as fast as possible. Where is the whistle blower who is collecting the stored data files? Bet US government has all the emails stored and can provide proof of collaboration between the major players..wonder if they will share THAT? Probably not….


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  • razzz razzz

    Call Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Institution, they initially did testing of the Pacific and never came back. Concluded that radioactive fish makes it easier to track them and unlock their migration patterns.


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  • weeman

    At least they are beginning to accept help, two teams won't change much and hopefully only the start of hundreds of more teams of experts in different fields, but who is footing the bill, guess.


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      No, they had the DOE supercomputers on it from the beginning. If the U.S. France and England (or your favorite) dont stay out of countries around the world, why would they stand off from this event? Impossible.


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      • We Not They Finally

        That does SOUND right (about the US DOE), but is there any paper trail on that? Whistleblower? Or maybe Julian Assange or Ed Snowden has a cousin somewhere….


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        WNTF, its the same link Ive been posting over and over. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is one of the United States Department of Energy National Laboratories. D.O.E. has the worlds biggest supercomputers. The power of these is beyond comprehension. They had their best working 18-20 hour days etc


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        • Kassandra

          In June of 2012, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Texas published for public review a power point presentation titled ‘US Particulate and Xenon Measurements Made Following the Fukushima Reactor Accident.’

          The researchers had used a SAUNA-II xenon measurement system in March and April of 2011 to measure noble gasses from Fukushima reaching the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The system measured Xenon-133 at 450,000 times background. The levels persisted for weeks.

          J. McIntyre, S. Biegalski, T. Bowyer, M. Copper, P. Eslinger, J. Hayes, D. Haas, H. Miley, J. Rishel, V. Woods (2011) ‘US Particulate and Xenon Measurements Made Following the Fukushima Reactor Accident’, http://www.batan.go.id/inge2011/file/day1/1650_mcintyre.pdf.


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      • weeman

        You can have the biggest computer in the world but without verified data to input, the variables are increased.
        It's still a educated guess.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Yeah, but they HAVE the data. Computer modelling has reached an amazing level. Data acquisition the same. This is not for idle conjecture. They have the best of the best on this. Here at ENEnews, were just a social club. At Livermore they model our nuclear systems, bombs etc. They have the stuff of science fiction, if that helps imagine it. They aint no fools, and itsmo then a educated guess


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          • Jebus Jebus

            Logic and common sense agrees with that assesment, CodeShutdown.
            And so do I.
            The ones who do the most mad science are not stupid, they are psychopaths.
            If anyone on this planet actually knows how much, it is the US alphabet departments and the top top elite.
            The tech is there to locate and tabulate all this contamination.
            The giant eye of the dollar has focused upon this event.
            They know exactly what has and is going to happen, considering multiple scenario's.
            You are fooling yourself to think otherwise…


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  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I was at the Da Vinci Days Fair in Corvallis last week and they had a "water glider" exibit from Oregon State Univ. This thing goes out and measures temp and O2 in the Ocean. I asked the person at the booth if they were measuring radiation too. Boy…the look he gave me…he was clueless.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes…they are all clueless and its created by an ancient very well practiced and designed Zeitgeist.


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  • We Not They Finally

    "more complicated than we originally thought"?? Hmmm… That part about the triple melt-through. Was that the part you started by being transparent about?


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  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "… more complicated than (we) initially thought”

    Kinda makes one wonder what their original thought was. Did they watch any of the video of the reactor buildings exploding? Did they look at any of the photos after the explosions? Have they taken ANY radioactivity measurements? Are these people for real? How could they possibly be this god damned stupid? Thanks Japan.


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    "Upsurge of iodine-131 in Japan. Daiichi on fire?

    The latest analyses of sewage sludge in Gunma and Chiba prefectures shows that iodine-131 levels have sharply increased in the last two months. The presence of this short-lived radionuclide indicates criticalities have been occurring at Fukushima Daiichi. It is also the cause of thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, and other thyroid diseases.

    The Gunma graph indicated the highest amounts of I-131 found since testing began in May 2011. The peak in early June is slightly higher than the previous peak in May 2012. Note that levels dipped in early July and bounced back up again in mid-July. This suggest that two separate criticality events have occurred…."

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/upsurge-of-iodine-131-in-japan-daiichi-on-fire/#comments


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  • DeSwiss

    “We still don’t know the root cause of the problems as they are more complicated than initially thought,” the NRA official said.

    It's the nuclear material you're using. Stop it. :-|


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  • mairs mairs

    "More complicated than initially thought" is just a bald-faced lie and nothing more.


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  • Wooster

    "Japan’s nuclear watchdog will beef up monitoring"…

    "Beef up monitoring", "step up monitoring", "increase monitoring". How many times have we heard these phrases over the past two years?

    Almost every press release from Tepco the Japanese NRA or government promises to "beef up monitoring". A fat lot of use it has done.

    Someone needs to get a grip on this situation and stop making promises. It should have been done two years ago!

    Enough monitoring already, it's time for ACTION.


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