Asahi: Sources say about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials released from Fukushima reactors

Published: January 29th, 2012 at 6:15 pm ET


Title: TEPCO to ratchet up efforts to decontaminate water
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: January 30, 2012

To prevent a further contamination of the sea as occurred in December, Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to remove about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials from water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, sources said on Jan. 28. […]

including not only cesium, but also strontium, cobalt and manganese, the sources added […]

In December, contaminated water containing strontium whose concentration level was 1 million times higher than the government’s safety standard leaked into the sea […]

Initially, TEPCO considered discharging the water into the sea after purifying it. But it faced strong opposition from the central and local governments to the plan. […]

Published: January 29th, 2012 at 6:15 pm ET


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43 comments to Asahi: Sources say about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials released from Fukushima reactors

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Good job Enenews! Posted to HP
    New one here too:
    Plutonium IS FOREVER

    • lokay5 lokay5

      I really laugh at the term “leaked” into the sea! It makes it sound like a teeny weeny little itsy-bitsy amount “leaked” into the sea, when in reality we know hundreds of thousands (millions?) of gallons POURED into the ocean.

      LOL GRRRrrrrrrr !

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    1000? oh damn…

    i wonder how much of it i’ve inhaled..

    • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

      List of Radionuclides in alphabetical order.

      Remember this list the next time you read an article saying “Cesium found in …” and ask yourself what other nuclides was not found.

      I didn’t count them, but about 1,000 radionuclides looks right.

    • Anthony Anthony

      I’m thinking you can assume its at least a thousandfold.

      • dosdos dosdos

        You won’t find Americium above 239, Berkelium, Californium, Curium above 238, Einsteinium, Fermium, Mendelevium, Neptunium 240, or Plutonium above 240. The rest is possible, but most will be unlikely to be detected because of very limited half lives (fraction of a second, etc.). Those you can detect probably range in the 200’s. Those that have the biggest impact are about 40. Those that are easy to detect by decay signature, less than a dozen.

  • They are releasing 1,000 radioactive products? Well, very little has changed since Chernobyl blew up and radiated everyone, except that many more nuclear accidents and releases happened, plus way more radioactive substances are now in the air, on the ground and in the ocean as well as inside all of us.

    What kinds of things are inside of us you ask?

    Out of the 1,000 released at Fukushima, here are 93 different long lived radioactive elements lasting anywhere from 17,000 years to BILLIONS of years in total decay life, plus maybe some more that do not last as long.

    This is what you can tell your kids that you left for them to clean up, once you are gone.

    The Egyptian pyramids are only 5,000 years old, and the Bible is about 2,000 years old.

    How much sense does it make to heat water for only 30 years with radioactive ‘fuel’ that blows up and melts down (creating huge non livable zones for 50,000 – 5 Million years?

    Do we really want our future generations of kids and grandkids to have to deal with the radioactive leftovers from the spent fuel, laying around for billions of years, just so we can have hot water TODAY?

    Do we REALLY want our kids and grandkids for infinite future generations to pay for the storage and guarding of these dangerous, terrorist inviting waste products?

    More details on just 13 of the above long half life radioactive elements;

    Part I Elements 1-9

    Part II Elements 10-13…………………………………………………………………………………………..

    • pacific


      Definitely check out AGreenRoad’s links above if you haven’t already, they’re great — the first one, his list of 93 long-lived radioactive elements, is an incredible, mind-boggling reminder of what we’re playing with to run our TVs and microwaves, and the elements details pages are really great too, if I remember rightly.

      93 long-lived radioactive elements

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    We’re getting it from above too;
    RADIATION STORM: Accelerate­d by Friday’s X-flare, energetic protons from the sun are still swarming around Earth on Jan. 29th. The radiation storm ranks S2 on NOAA scales, which means it is not a severe storm. Neverthele­ss, it can still affect spacecraft and satellites at the nuisance level.

  • CaptD CaptD

    TEPCO will not do a thing unless they will make money from it!

    Face it, they are just a big GANG and they not The Japanese Gov’t. control what is happening!

  • Sorry, I don’t believe them, I’d like to see a video report start to finish with no breaks in footage and reading to boot on cam !
    They would say anything to dump it again, check the sea water before and after too !
    They think they are BS’n the world again !

  • Anyone see the movie Human Centipede, excuse me, I have to go !

  • ok, so they remove the 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials from the water…how (so, they DO know how to do such a wonderful thing)? and then what?

    what do they do with these removed materials?

    • many moons

      I can remember when a paper company in Brasil had a water containment bust open and the water used in the paper processing contaminated the river Paraiba in northern Rio de Janeiro.The owners of the plant said they were busy decontaminating the water. The TV news the responded by clearly explained that these heavy metal chemicals could not be cleaned from the water…only biological material can be cleaned from H2O. I can only imagine radioative material could only be even more difficult to clean out of water…..I can only guess that they are lying..again again again…..

  • Cindy

    Whatever happened to the radioactive tests supposedly done on the Alaskan Seals that were dying … been a couple of weeks , hasn’t it ?

    • many moons

      Cindy it takes decades to find out and announce important info like that….I think you have the right approach we have to keep asking….like they do to Obama about his birth certificate.

    • Covered up or they lose their fed funding…

      • lokay5 lokay5

        You’ve got it stock’!

        • alasanon

          That’s what they did on the lab data on the thousands of dead baby dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil gusher disaster…

          The scientists had plenty of time & specimens, finished the work, then would not make it public.

          I think those “results” say it all!!

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    They want everyone to forget this.

    None of that water got cleaned before it leaked into ground water & the ocean. OPPS MY BAD tepco says. Now we will sell you a story about how hard we will work to clean water…What water?!?!….the tons that are already in the ocean & ground??? Really?!?! hahaha

    Tokyo Electric Power Company has found water leaks in 14 locations at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant
    Leaks apparently occurred after frozen water ruptured the pipes
    [Tepco said] leaked water did not contain any radioactive materials
    [Tepco] said about 40 liters of water leaked from a cooling system for a spent fuel pool at the No.4 reactor
    Leak forced the system to stop for one hour and 40 minutes, but the pool’s temperature did not rise

    ~Tokyo Electric said 7 tons of water had leaked from the No.6 reactor…

    Ruptured pipes caused 3 water leaks on the previous day
    [Tepco] official Junichi Matsumoto admitted that the utility failed to take sufficient steps to prevent frozen pipes

    • pacific


      MAYBE they’re capable of cleaning some specific part of the water running thru the overall site. Though that seems unlikely.


      Lipstick on a pig.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Reporting from Tokyo and Los Angeles
    “Even with a pond, it could take up to 10 years before the radioactivity would decay enough for the material to be handled, Morse said. Building a storage pond “buys you time,” he said.”

    OHHH read this…THIS is how they CLEAN up the water….exposing it to the air will clean the water….yup while you, plants & animals absorb it. Yup sure will clean that up good. “But other experts sharply disagree, saying exposing the material to open air could allow radioactive iodine and other volatile substances to blow off the site, adding to the remote contamination that is already spreading dozens of miles from the plant.”

    “A factor that could vastly complicate the problem is the presence of tritium, or heavy water, which is produced during fission. Tritium cannot be filtered out of water, instead requiring an extremely expensive treatment process.”

    “If the contaminated water has relatively high tritium or tritiated water concentration, then treatment could be more complicated,” said Joonhong Ahn, a nuclear waste expert at UC Berkeley.

    “Nuclear power plants normally have systems in place to treat tritium on site. But the condition and capacity of the Fukushima system is not known.”

    “At Three Mile Island it was decided to allow the tritium-contaminated water to evaporate, though that meant the tritium escaped as well.”

    “Enokida and Morse contend that if the water can be concentrated, it can then be put into dry form or even turned into glass, as is planned at Hanford and other contaminated sites around the world. But this process, called vitrification, is expensive and requires a small-scale industrial facility.”,0,7610288.story?page=2

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Cleaning up Japan’s radioactive water could take decades

  • kintaman kintaman

    But, but, but……Cold shutdown. F*cking idiot criminals. Hang them all. They have destroyed Japan. These are traitors to the nation and humanity. There is NO other way to see it.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    If they are talking *seriously about cleaning up what little bit of water is left on site, then some company is going to make billions, from the CITIZENS to build this, but reading below it is clearly experimental, & will simply means storing it around the world….We will soon run out of areas to store Nuclear waste, never mind the cost to do so.

    Japanese Citizens who as of Dec. only just over 1000 had received compensation, out of over 60,000 applications.

    Enokida and Morse contend that if the water can be concentrated, it can then be put into dry form or even turned into glass, as is planned at Hanford and other contaminated sites around the world. But this process, called vitrification, is expensive and requires a small-scale industrial facility.”

    • Anthony Anthony

      I remember they already tried this with France and within days the filters were SO contaminated the system failed. There was also an issue about how to handle the contaminated filters.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    CaptD, you around? God i hate hp. I left him a message that wont show for 30 minutes.

  • pacific

    For the folks new to the topic,

    Vitrification, ‘turning nuclear waste into glass’, is only temporary storage, like all other nuclear waste storage. Plutonium-239, for example, is dangerous for 240,000 years, we still have no way to safely store anything that long, even radioactive ‘glass’.

  • many moons

    A Nurse asked me today, “but don’t you see nuclear energy as energy of the future?” I said nuclear energy will insure that we don’t have a future.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Can’t fight with that logic! 🙂

  • zaner8 zaner8

    I looked through all 663 radionuclides
    and could not fine Upsidasium.
    We are in luck.

  • W8R W8R

    About 19 isotopes and 8 nuclear isomers are known for americium.
    There are two long-lived alpha-emitters, 241Am and 243Am with half-lives of 432.2 and 7,370 years, respectively, and the nuclear isomer 242m1Am has a long half-life of 141 years

  • mikael

    I dont know if its been posted earlier, but this made the hairs in the back of my neck, stand.
    And its even more frightening, because its highly plosible and I am certain its ongoing right now.
    And has been sice March 2011.
    We have moved into the shaddow of a real Nucklear Nightmare, the ultimate one.
    Somebody or someone better start to wake up, before its to late, its highly dangerous already, but the future looks even more dangerous.
    Read this first, and watch some of the issues on this video.

    This is also a possible explenation on the “burning” of threes and basicly everything else.
    Respiratory issues, like the “flu” but realiy is the Burning of tissue inside the lungs and/or throuth/mouth areas.
    I have had some weird, burning sensation inside my mouth and ca that “feild” was ca. 5cm in radius, where the burning sensating was, and lasted for aprox a week. In April, May 2011

    Even in Europa we must start to be alerted, regarding wildlife and insects, and respiratory issues.

    The Goverment of Japan needs to realise that there is infact a limit for how mutch a human body can take, Japan or half of it is forever gone, and thats the reality.
    The only solution in short term is that China and Japan cooperate in this, Japan must be relocated.
    This is also the only way I can persive as sustaiable for the future, bariers must fall, first.
    Thats up to the people in China and Japan.
    And the clock is tikking.


  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “The utility will start installing equipment in March for the removal of the radioactive materials, including not only cesium, but also strontium, cobalt and manganese, the sources added….

    “The design of the new equipment has yet to be decided….”