AP: “Outrageous” — Japan nuclear engineer worries public water supplies far beyond Fukushima plant could be at risk — Contamination from below reactors may already be in underground water system

Published: October 25th, 2012 at 4:37 am ET
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Title: AP Interview: Japan Nuke Plant Water Worries Rise (PHOTOS)
Source: Associated Press
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI (Malcolm Foster contributed to this report)
Date: October 25, 2012

Japan Nuke Plant Water Worries Rise

[...] leaks in reactor facilities are allowing ground water pour in [at Fukushima Daiichi]

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Nuclear engineer and college lecturer Masashi Goto said the contaminated water buildup poses a long-term health and environmental threat. He worries that the radioactive water in the basements may already be getting into the underground water system, where it could reach far beyond the plant, possibly the ocean or public water supplies.

“You never know where it’s leaking out and once it’s out you can never put it back in place,” he said. “It’s just outrageous and shows how big a disaster the accident is.”

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See also: Nuclear Expert: 100 years where people will not be able to use groundwater if radioactive water from Fukushima reactors goes inland (AUDIO)

Published: October 25th, 2012 at 4:37 am ET
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11 comments to AP: “Outrageous” — Japan nuclear engineer worries public water supplies far beyond Fukushima plant could be at risk — Contamination from below reactors may already be in underground water system

  • Yes, every nuclear reactor is an extinction level event compounded by the cumulative effects of the world's dams like earthquakes, sinkholes, underground mine explosions, climate change, sea level rise, drowning of nukes…Shut them all down and begin a normal life.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    "May already be"? How about "has been for the last 18 months"? It is this form of denial that will systematically destroy Japan.


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  • demo demo

    Admin, pls remove the pro-nuclear ad at the top of this page. I hope all readers know that San Onofre nuke in southern Cal is extremely dangerous. The ad says: "San Onofre is committed to keeping SoCal safe and prepared." Admin, many of us depend on and trust ENEnews. Pro-nuke ads don't belong here. How much are you earning from this site and how much time do you put into it? We appreciate your work. Transparency might help restore trust.


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    • ENENews

      Thanks for the heads up. The ads are through Google's ad network, not the specific company. I don't know who's going to show up, but I can block it. I need the destination URL of the ad to block, but can't get it to appear for me. Trying to do that now… only getting water heaters, water wells and politics. Please post if anyone can find the URL for the San Onofre ad. As far at the other stuff goes, there are plenty of websites who specialize in estimating that.


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  • Sol Man

    Wouldn't all water supplies around the world be at risk from the constant sifting down to earth of the components that have already been ejected? The leaking is a problem, but there already is this problem. What quantity has been ejected into the air?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Melted nuclear fuel, burrowed into the ground, permeating Japan. Is there a plan, or even a desire, to remedy this problem?


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  • kintaman kintaman

    This is yet another reason why I left Japan. The ground water will likely be contaminated carrying the radionuclide particles far and wide from Fukushima via the water table.


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  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    Agree. From the beginning of 311…like 19 months ago, I've been telling Japanese people to use bottled mineral water from suitable supplier e.g. abroad whenever possible. I searched for water analysis info and there are a few available for a various brand of water from all over the world. Yes, what we've taken for granted has become an expensive affair. But that's how it is now whether you take it or leave it.

    People will say, BPA leaches into the water from the plastic botle but as long as you rotate the bottle and not store for a long period the risk is minimal. It's that or dissolved radiation such as tritium, cesiums etc

    You have to be careful which brand of mineral water you buy though, for example San Pellegrino and the world famous Perrier contains high level of Uranium. For me, Evian is also out (French dumped nuclear wastes across the country and people don't know about it so it must reach into the water table too! Avoiding anything 'Produced in France' because of many 'unknown' factors).
    I buy Fuji water because that is supposed to come from the deep aquifer which is filtered by rocks etc and even with nuclear testings in the 60s didn't seem to have contaminated the water (no traces of uranium or other stuff).

    Talking of sea, salt is another thing people must watch. Sea salt has become very popular now…it's on many crisps (chips..in the US?), in sauces etc In a way, it's a hidden ingredient but we eat it everyday and it must accumulate.


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