‘Emergency’ Measure: Over 1,000 tons of polluted water dumped on ground at Fukushima — “There’s a limit on how much water we can store” — Never tested cesium levels — Sandbags swept away by typhoon (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Published: September 17th, 2013 at 8:00 am ET
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AFP, Sept. 17, 2013: The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said on Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea […]  “Workers measured the radioactive levels of the water collected in the enclosure walls, pumping it back into tanks when the levels were high,” said a TEPCO official. “Once finding it was mostly rain water they released it from the enclosure, because there is a limit on how much water we can store.”[…] But the company also said at one site where water was found contaminated beyond the safety limit workers could not start the water pump quick enough in the torrential rain, and toxic water had leaked from the enclosure for several minutes.

NHK WORLD, Sept. 16, 2013: [Tepco] maintains that water levels increased just because of the rainfall, and that contaminated water did not leak from the storage tanks. Workers also took samples inside the containment barrier of a tank that leaked 300 tons of contaminated water last month. The samples yielded 170,000 becquerels per liter of [strontium and other] beta ray-emitting substances.

Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 17, 2013: [TEPCO] said it released 1,130 tons of water left behind by powerful Typhoon No. 18 on Sept. 16 onto the soil […] The utility said its workers took the “emergency measure” after confirming that the water in each area contained lower radioactive strontium levels than the legal limit. TEPCO said it decided to drain the water because if another leak occurred in the storage tanks and went unnoticed, it could contaminate the rainwater accumulated inside the enclosure. […] TEPCO said its workers did not test radioactive cesium levels […]

Jiji Press, Sept. 16, 2013: Fukushima Tank-Area Water Drained without Cesium Measurement […] But the move could draw criticism, because the company failed to set in advance safety standards for water to be drained from the area although the typhoon Man-yi was forecast to cause downpours, observes said.

Tepco Handout, Sept. 17, 2013: Sandbags at the Drainage Channel B Being Swept Away Due to Rainfall from the Approaching Typhoon at Fukushima Daiichi […] At around 1:30 PM today sandbags that had been set at the drainage channel B in the contaminated water storage tank area were found to have been swept away due to rainfall from the approaching typhoon. At 3:20 PM on the same day, we completed work of resetting sandbags at this location. Before sandbags were swept away, we already collected residual water in front of the sandbags set at the drainage channel B […]

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14 comments to ‘Emergency’ Measure: Over 1,000 tons of polluted water dumped on ground at Fukushima — “There’s a limit on how much water we can store” — Never tested cesium levels — Sandbags swept away by typhoon (PHOTO & VIDEO)

  • hbjon hbjon

    Would you pay a penny for a fish that thinks? I wouldn't pay a penny for a fish that doesn't think. There won't be any fishes left in the ocean that can or can't think, so we won't have to worry about it. Next years salmon will get hammered by a brand new wave of low dose radiation in the form of a massive dose of fuel elements. Nothing low about it.

  • or-well

    Repeating the lie. The science and technology policy minister tells IAEA on Monday that toxic water is not polluting seawater outside a 0.3 square kilometer radius of the plants port.

    https://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130917_08.html

    • or-well

      Just tested. Link works. Will story stay up? How long?

      • Mack Mack

        Thanks, or-well.

        The 'minister' also said the Japanese government is going to provide a proactive role at Fukushima.

        But if he's lying and saying everything is safe, then the government taking a proactive role doesn't bode well for Japan or anywhere.

        • or-well

          Hi Mack.
          One could say J-Gov has been proactive from the start, independently and as an accomplice, in the downplaying and cover-up.

          I read "proactive" as meaning more committees, more talking heads, more campaigns to soothe, reassure, obfuscate, diffuse and deflect responsibility, more push-back against criticism, more spending public money…well, you know.

          I do think more "messaging" will be coming from J-Gov and Tepco's handling of water will be used, in part, as distraction. Economic growth and restarts are still part of the agenda.

      • Wooster

        The last interesting NHK story about Fukushima was pulled after just one day online.

        Perhaps someone should start keeping backups of stories they publish for historical purposes.

    • or-well

      And Tim Worstall will defend his Nukist shillery to the death.
      As the saying goes.
      Which seems appropriate.
      In numerous ways.

      • vicky13 vicky13

        Hiya or-well,,

        yeah at least the comments are from people who don't buy into it.

        Rest of the sheeple will say,, "see,, japan isn't THAT bad".

        We can't eat THAT many bananas,, LOL

        duhhh

        • or-well

          vicky13, I was surprised and pleased at the amount of comment blowback, considering it's Forbes. Maybe it means they're not just "preaching to the choir" and there's more eyes on the Nukists than ever!!!
          But shills will shill until there's none left standing.

          • vicky13 vicky13

            Yeah I am still reading them. Some really good info on the thread and some good links too esp. from poster, Shibui.

            Is a very high end magazine with huge readership so was very pleased to see people mentioning Enenews.

            Maybe some of our experienced members here should jump in the frey. I am only about 10% into the comments so far,, and would love to see some of our folks chime in there.

            GRINZZZZ!!!! BEGGGGGG!!!! More we raise awareness better it is. Esp when tagged onto a post in a huge traffic website.

  • vicky13 vicky13

    Alot of the comments on that link suggest he reads Enenews.

    Hopefully that will increase the traffic to this site.

  • SteveMT

    TEPCO: It's just 1,130 tons of water. Compared to what's in the ocean, that is just a drop in the bucket.
    US: TEPCO minimizing (lying) factor: 3, meaning at least 3 times the radiation and the volume.

  • Wooster

    Tepco, the world deserves better than this. Please vacate the premises and let the world's nuclear specialists manage the site with a budget collected and authorised by the UN.