AP: Tepco admits radioactive water is flowing into Pacific from Fukushima plant — AFP: Experts warn of effects on humans; “Fears of ocean contamination”

Published: July 22nd, 2013 at 7:33 am ET
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AP, July 22, 2013 at 7:06a ET: Operator of crippled Japan nuke plant finally admits radioactive water leak into sea [...] A Japanese utility has said its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely to have leaked contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. Experts have suspected a continuous leak since the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. [...] TEPCO said Monday the leak has stayed near the plant inside the bay. [...]

AFP, July 22, 2013: [Tepco] on Monday admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater has leaked out to sea, fuelling fears of ocean contamination. [...] The admission came the day after Japanese voters went to the polls in an election [...] “But now we believe that contaminated water has flown out to the sea,” a TEPCO spokesman said Monday. [...] “Seawater data have shown no abnormal rise in the levels of radioactivity.”[...] Environment experts warn that such leakage may affect marine life and ultimately impacting humans who eat sea creatures. [...]

See also: NYT: Fukushima plant leaking for past 2 years? Japan Times: Groundwater is reaching sea -- Reuters: Growing alarm, problems mounting -- Official: If you have solutions, we’d like to know -- WSJ: No 'immediate' health threat

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43 comments to AP: Tepco admits radioactive water is flowing into Pacific from Fukushima plant — AFP: Experts warn of effects on humans; “Fears of ocean contamination”

  • nedlifromvermont

    Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal declares "no immediate health threat …" from ocean contamination by radioactive groundwater …

    just like Kristallnacht indicated "no immediate danger" to Jews in Hitler's Germany …

    I'm just loving the MSM ….. not.

    peace …


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Admitted it the day after the election. Uh huh……


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  • Wooster

    You can't help but compare the response of the Ukranians after Chernobyl in April 1986 to the pisspoor response by Tepco at Fukishima:

    "The designing of the [Chernobyl] sarcophagus started on May 20, 1986…. The first task before construction started was to build a cooling slab under the reactor to prevent the hot nuclear fuel from burning a hole in the base. Coal miners were called up to dig the necessary tunnel below the reactor and by June 24, 1986 four hundred coal miners had dug the 168 metre (551 ft) long tunnel."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_Nuclear_Power_Plant_sarcophagus


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  • Jebus

    And as a celebratory reward, Tepco is giving all managers 100,000 yen!

    "To keep them from leaving the company"

    TEPCO to give management-level employees $1000 each

    http://www.tokyotimes.com/2013/tepco-to-give-y-100000-to-each-management-level-employee/

    Thats how hubris works when you win an election…


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    • We Not They Finally

      According to Yoichi Shimatsu (Japanese-American who is visiting Japan) there is no effective opposition party ANYWAY. No money to mount it. Ordinary people are broke and the likes of TEPCO supports Abe. Not that this was not "timed." Of course it was. Actual time-LY news would have been from day one and ongoing that, YES, we are contaminating the Pacific Ocean!


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  • Jebus

    I wonder why the employees are leaving such a great company?

    Fukushima Daiichi not only crisis TEPCO faces

    Tokyo Electric Power Company has been arguably been dealing with more uncertainty than any other utility in the world for the last two years, but the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is not the only threat to their ability to continue operations. TEPCO has been unable to prevent a constant stream of key managers and personnel from quitting since the onset of the March 11th disaster.

    In 2010, 130 employees opted for an early retiree package from the utility, a number that jumped to over 700 in 2012. TEPCO has stated that over 1,200 key employees have quit since the disaster. The utility has admitted that it senses it is in a critical state of affairs and that even its normal functions as a utility, power generation, transmission, and nuclear disaster compensation matters could be hindered by the outflow of critical employees.

    http://enformable.com/2013/07/fukushima-daiichi-not-only-crisis-tepco-faces/

    Run Ralphie, Run!


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    The leak is staying in the bay? Radiation is flowing out to sea but there are no abnormal levels of radiation detected? The Fukushima disaster caused by far the largest discharge of radioactivity into the ocean ever seen. Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts estimates that 16.2 petabecquerels. Environmental Science & Technology published a paper saying radiostrontium has increased by 4 to 5 orders of magnitude far out to sea. Thats huge. There is something so very wrong with people in power. Their insanity brings down the world, paid for by the public. Is it a stretch to anticipate that mass radioactive poisoning of the ocean will have a cascade effect which could destroy the entire ecosystem? Abe, Obama and in fact every single "leader"… its the emperor wears no clothes story, yet the public hallucinates and cant see their naked greed which truly threatens the world. How can they be stopped? How can a world gone mad turn around? ….even the environmental experts miss the point when they say someday man may suffer when he eats the radioactive animals. Man is an epic fail


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      apologies for the disjointed sentences above. I guess the big question is why does the truth remain obscured to the majority? There is no waking up. The lie is unsustainable, with mass illness as the result


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      • davidh7426 davidh7426

        Because, if you tell the truth, the sheep ( all 7+ billion of them ) may get scared and stampede.

        And even a flock of scared stampeding can kill without even thinking about it.

        This is the position that not just TEPCO, but the rest of the elite s*****g's find themselves in, trying to sustain lies that they know will probably get them killed if the truth gets out. And the truth ALWAYS gets out !!!

        The elite are starting to get scared, because they've tried to change the world in their own image, and are realising that they may not have a place in it.


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      • We Not They Finally

        CS, apparently the plankton off of HAWAII already tests worse than between Hawaii and Japan. The Pacific Ocean is already contaminated and getting worse day by day.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    In other new, rain falls and usually obeys gravity. What is the definition of the word "dam"? A structure that inhibits the flow of water. Where does the water flow without a dam? The ocean. Perhaps rain disappears when it falls on Fukushima? In which case that would be a bad thing, because they would have to rewrite many texts on physics.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Seawater data have shown no abnormal rise in the levels of radioactivity.
    June 25 2013

    Radioactive material “soars” in ocean near Fukushima plant — Tepco: Contaminated groundwater leaking into Pacific?

    http://enenews.com/radioactive-material-soars-in-ocean-near-fukushima-plant-tepco-contaminated-groundwater-leaking-into-pacific

    Flippin liars…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima Radiation Leaks Rise Sharply, Officials Are Baffled As to Why
    July 11 2013

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Fukushima-Spiking-All-of-a-by-William-Boardman-130711-487.html

    "On July 5, radiation levels at Fukushima were what passes for "normal," which means elevated and dangerous, but stable, according to measurements by the owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

    " On July 8, radiation levels had jumped about 90 times higher, as typically reported. TEPCO had no explanation for the increase.

    " On July 9, radiation levels were up again from the previous day, but at a slower rate, about 22 per cent. TEPCO still had no explanation.

    " On July 10, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) issued a statement saying that the NRA strongly suspects the radioactive water is coming from Fukushima's Reactor #1 and is going into the Pacific."


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Record levels of radioactive material detected at Fukushima — 600,000 Bq/liter in groundwater — Official: May be seeping from reactors into ocean
    July 8 2013

    http://enenews.com/record-levels-of-radioactive-material-detected-at-fukushima-600000-bqliter-in-groundwater-official-may-be-seeping-from-reactors-into-ocean


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  • Wotcha Wotcha

    Quote: TEPCO said Monday the leak has stayed near the plant inside the bay. [...]
    Who do they think is gonna believe this? Not us ENENEWSers for sure. Lies, lies and more damn lies. Those reactors were built so near the ocean, it's always been obvious that the radioactive material was going into the ocean. I suppose now Tepco has admitted this, there will be no stopping them releasing more and more. Sure saves them building more and more waste containers which incidentally we have not heard anything about lately. Tepco are strapped for cash so burning and releasing to the ocean is the name of their game.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    All this talk about the ground water..they are supposedly containing..
    The corium(s)met the ocean..subsurface a long time ago…IMHO.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It's like baling water from a boat with a hole in it.


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  • Give it another decade and people might start getting angry. Sad.
    The Japanese people voted for economy over stopping nuclear. Twice.
    Abe the nuclear sympathizer is firmly in power. I don't want to hear crying about Japanese being victims. They just voted to continue the madness. What a crime perpetuated by the Japanese people to radiate the Pacific. Talk about pissing in your well. And Obama seems equally useless.


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  • patb2009

    "“Seawater data have shown no abnormal rise in the levels of radioactivity."

    They don't mean , this is within historical background variation, they mean
    this is within predicted change.

    When you say "Today is a normal level of humidity" it usually means,
    this is within the range of variation for this time of year.

    You can also say after a tropical storm hits miami "No abnormal rise in river levels is being observed". However, the rivers can be right at flood state and that can be within the predicted level
    and not be "Abnormal".

    very different meanings.

    In this case, TEPCO predicted this level of radiation so it's not an abnormal rise.


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  • razzz razzz

    'Tepco admits radioactive water is flowing into Pacific'

    In other news, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.


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  • Usefulbreather

    When our children are born looking like that freakish produce from Japan, then there will be no asserting "no danger to the public in the short-term." Is this when the sheep ( all 7+ billion of them ) may get scared and stampede?


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  • Of course, it is still true, because the danger is mostly long term, meaning more than 1 nano second into the future.

    Short term, no one is dying of radiation.. so true. No one dies of radiation in one nano second. That is their standard.

    Even those 6 soldiers would died during the explosion of unit #3, did not die within 1 nano second… Thus, no one has died of radiation exposure from Fukushima.

    NO ONE.

    Of course, many hundreds of millions will die long term, if not BILLIONS, on all continents. This is a GLOBAL disaster.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Folks over at http://www.fukushimafacts.com there is a you tube video Called "Fukushima & the Pacific, How Bad is it?" This a great video, please share it with your love ones ASAP, time is not on our side because Tepco & Japan did not do as the Russian's did & the amounts of nuclear mixtures that has covered the USA has been kept hidden by the EPA & the people who are supposed to protect us! Do not depend on this government or any others to do a damn thing that is right, just look at our economic system, it has fallen on its face & a very good exchange about what we may see soon is at http://www.usawatchdog.com, dated 22,July 2013, each should make up their own minds because these so many views to pick from, being true yourself comes 1st!

    Kevin Branch has fought the nuclear elites for decades & is doing some great work exposing these people for what they are, we can either set & watch or join in the fight to bring about a change that will be a positive toward a nuclear free world, but the trillions of pounds of waste will have to be dealt with & the elites who will not give up that cash cow just like the war on drugs, it was dreamed up by the ESF, a part of the U.S. Treasury that hides with in the Federal Reserve Banking Cartel. The war on drugs brings in billions each month for the NSA, CIA, state & local paramilitary police that no longer protects the people, now they protect the corporations!
    Giving in is not a option for me, cancer can be beat!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Unfortunately, there isn't a scientist in the world that can fix this disaster. It will continue to pollute the entire planet.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "Some experts…say the fuel is no longer there and measuring the temperature of empty cores is meaningless, while nobody knows where and how hot the melted fuel really is."
    http://www.wdtn.com/dpps/living_green/world_green/study-shows-deeper-meltdown-at-japan-nuke-reactor-wd11-jgr_4002530#.Ue2LO8u9KSM
    Rainwater flows past nuclear fuel blasted all over the ground surface around the plant.
    Groundwater flows past corium, or at least through corium lava tubes, in the ground under the plants.
    Cooling water, at least 400 tons, is pumped into the broken Containment Vessels every day.
    Most of this contaminated water flows into the Pacific Ocean.
    The Pacific Seafood Industry is worth several tens of billions of dollars per year.
    A depression in the Pacific Seafood Industry would spark a recession from Japan to China to Korea.
    Apparently, fishermen aren't protesting the contamination of the Pacific Ocean, in order not to call attention to the contamination.
    People are waking up to the situation.
    Thousands of prople every day make the decision not to eat Pacific Seafood.
    Test all Pacific Ocean seafood for radiation.
    Stop Japanese food imports into the USA.
    Boycot Japanese imports until proven safe.


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  • Charles Charles

    Has anyone else got the Heebie Jeebies besides me?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Man.. I got the Heeblie Jeebies too, but I am not not sure if its from all this ongoing radiation contamination in our oceans now.. or.. from the image of 7 billion scared stampeding sheep!

    Great line:
    "the sheep ( all 7+ billion of them ) may get scared and stampede."

    Problem is these cattle and sheep are way to interested in the next text message, movie, or celebrity…and these 7 billion don't have any time to do any kind of stampeding ever.

    They are all being entertained/distracted on purpose!

    Might seem like a stampede though when they have to line up at the doctor's offices in the near future..


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Son.. The false hope the stampeding sheeple are given will help to tranquilize, medicate, and hypnotize them into a battle against the boogie man. They will be told by the false profits to fight themselves LOL. It's not haha funny. This paradigm of fighting the only thing that has ever healed them. The only thing that can heal them. When a person says "I", like in "I am a nice person". This "I" is fooled into a fight against its immune system. Which is an impossible thing. The immune system is part of every living cell within the body. It utilizes every vein and artery. The immune system works with the reactive mind to identify and determine what tissue is no longer "self". Those that have healed thyself of cancer had a successful battle against a growing mass by making the correct identification early, destroying, and carrying off the waste efficiently. Then returning existing tissue around the mass to something that resembles "self". With massive exposure, the body is overloaded and everything gets a "nonself" marker. There is no sense, except for pain management, to see a doctor imho.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This clip is approx. 1 1/2 years old.
    There is a clip of this in which the poster..does a better job of commentary.
    I wish I could find it.

    Inside Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2 Containment Vessel – Longer Version (3/4)

    Jan 20 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8-FxFpA_Nc

    Commentary: Day in…day out.

    I have the Heebie Jeebies..too.


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  • Jebus

    This is the final script for a failed industry.
    It's fiction. Check it out. Nothing but quote's abound.
    Unfortunately, it is all that Barry, the nuclear fool in chief, gets to read on the subject.
    It reads like the traveling carnival in Mr. Bradbury's finest.
    Think about what he was trying to project in that novel…

    “The stuff of nightmare is their plain bread. They butter it with pain. They set their clocks by deathwatch beetles, and thrive the centuries. They were the men with the leather-ribbon whips who sweated up the Pyramids seasoning it with other people's salt and other people's cracked hearts. They coursed Europe on the White Horses of the Plague. They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal, then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale. Some must have been lazing clowns, foot props for emperors, princes, and epileptic popes. Then out on the road, Gypsies in time, their populations grew as the world grew, spread, and there was more delicious variety of pain to thrive on. The train put wheels under them and here they run down the log road out of the Gothic and baroque; look at their wagons and coaches, the carving like medieval shrines, all of it stuff once drawn by horses, mules, or, maybe, men.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

    http://www.ans.org/about/officers/docs/special-session-low-level-radiation-version1.4.pdf


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Tokyo Professor: Situation of Fukushima Reactor No. 2 is ‘beyond imagination’ — Worker: Undoubtedly it’s the most serious problem at plant… We are clueless
    July 3 2013

    http://enenews.com/tokyo-professor-situation-fukushima-reactor-2-beyond-imagination-worker-undoubtedly-serious-problem-plant-clueless

    And this is just reactor 2..


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