AP: “As a last-ditch measure” water from Fukushima reactors to be released into ocean… after ‘purified’ — No ‘immediate’ plans

Published: March 6th, 2013 at 11:21 am ET


AP, March 6, 2013: [...] Among the most visible of the challenges facing the plant is its struggle with contaminated water leaking from reactors. About 260,000 tons of highly radioactive water is being stored [...] The water keeps swelling and the land space is limited. So TEPCO is anxious to launch a new water treatment system that can purify the contaminated water and eventually release it into the ocean as a last-ditch measure in case of a lack of storage space [...] TEPCO says it has no immediate plans to release the water [...]

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Published: March 6th, 2013 at 11:21 am ET


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6 comments to AP: “As a last-ditch measure” water from Fukushima reactors to be released into ocean… after ‘purified’ — No ‘immediate’ plans

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    One of the saddest things of this whole episode, played out here on Enenews, among others, is that not only have the most pessimistic commenters been proven absolutely correct about the worst excesses coming out of Fukushima, but consistently have been shown to not be pessimistic enough.

    The news as we march through the months and years of this disaster just gets worse and worse.

    A h/t to all that care.

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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Let me point out once again that the water in the tanks has been circulated into Containment1,2,&3, then recovered for storage in the tanks. The water in the tanks is CIRCULATION water.
    This is a drop in the bucket compared to all of the heavily contaminated water that pours directly into the Pacific Ocean every day:
    1. Ground water continuously flows around Corium1,2,&3 located in the ground under Reactor Buildings1,2,&3. The now heavily contaminated water flows right into the Pacific Ocean. Thousands of tons every day.
    2. TEPCO has not pumped out the heavily contaminated water from the Torus Basements of Unit1,2,&3, nor the water from the Generator Buildings. TEPCO claims this is ground water leaking INTO Building1,2,&3 through cracks from outside. It is actually cooling water that TEPCO poured into Containment1,2,&3 that flowed out of the big holes in the bottom of Containment1,2,&3, and through ruptured pipes, and into the basements of Torus1,2,&3. This water overflows into the Generator Buildings, and thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water flows OUT of Unit1,2,&3 into the ground water, and pours into the Pacific Ocean, day after day. Remember how surprised TEPCO was to find so little water inside the containment, when they put a camera in?
    These problems dwarf the problem of what to do with the relatively few tons of contaminated water in the tanks.

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  • We Not They Finally

    Oh, "just" a half-trillion more pounds of highly contaminated water ON TOP OF the massive daily contamination into the sea? No problem. I'm sure that TEPCO can get one of those nifty Brita water filters that that cheeery lady on t.v. tells us "gives you good water wherever you go." And if that doesn't sound lucricrous enough, consider that WHATEVER Tepco is saying, it's a lot worse. We are so screwed….

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  • dosdos dosdos

    There's that word "immediate" again.

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  • Birdseye

    Yes, when I hear anyone from TEPCO, the Japanese government, Japanese "experts", Japanese "academics", the Japanese "media" or any other bought mouths from in or beyond Japan for that matter, say that word "immediate", I know there's trouble up ahead. And behind. And all around.

    I think the last ditch they're referring to IS the Pacific. And we've been at the last ditch with this mess since Day 1.

    As for the meaning of "purified" in this context, what might that mean?

    and PhilipupNorth, your comments about the state of Fukued are spot on. George Orwell, when he coined the term doublespeak, must have had a vision of Japan since-Fukuedshima.

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