Bloomberg: Increasing risk that Fukushima radioactive waste being dumped into Pacific Ocean

Published: April 15th, 2013 at 10:46 am ET
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Title: Fukushima Visited by IAEA as Tepco Faces Risk of Dumping Claims
Source: Bloomberg
Author: Jonathan Tirone
Date: Apr 15, 2013 8:23 AM ET

[...] Tepco Faces Risk of Dumping Claims

[...] complications have raised the risk that Tepco may release radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.

Dumping radioactive waste has been internationally outlawed since 1994 [...]

[...] People exposed to tainted seafood may also be eligible for claims, [Martyn Day, the senior partner at London-based Leigh Day & Co.] wrote in an e-mail. [...]

See also: Bloomberg: Radioactive water from Fukushima reactors to be dumped in Pacific? "It's obvious they can't keep storing it forever"

Published: April 15th, 2013 at 10:46 am ET
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15 comments to Bloomberg: Increasing risk that Fukushima radioactive waste being dumped into Pacific Ocean

  • lickerface lickerface

    Here comes U.N. Japan be prepared for complete insolvency (where notional debt value becomes real value). The war has started!


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  • redwing redwing

    "People exposed to tainted seafood may also be eligible for claims…"

    Bullshit.

    Yes, we will get a lot of posturing about how great a legal system we have and all kinds of hand-waving will be done in front of the camera to call attention to how great everything is and hey why not vote for more bullshit this next election?

    The clear reality here is that only token individuals are going to get anything close to the compensation deserved to them. These individuals of course will be selected according to the criteria determined to limit to the greatest extent possible the liability they will face for the 99.9999% of the victims of this ATROCITY.


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    • redwing redwing

      Must learn to proofread. Last sentence should read:

      These individuals of course will be selected according to the criteria determined to limit to the greatest extent possible the liability TEPCO will face for the 99.9999% of the other victims of this A_T_R_O_C_I_T_Y.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Oh no!! Time for Tepco Yakuza to become really really worried …

    Look out!!! An inspection team from IAEA!!! Prepare for some "servicing" by more "toothless toadies" of the nuclear cartel …

    No real demands to do anything serious, which might cost "industry" profits;

    No thoughtful solutions for the fate of future stranded nuclear power plants built at sea level plus two feet …. whose feet will get wet, and where access will prove impossible for spent fuel retrieval …

    Oh so sorry … we never thought of that …

    peace …


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    • We Not They Finally

      Well, we all know that nothing PROPORTIONAL will be done — that really reflects the level of public danger. But since their first thought was to expose NOTHING, we can see them dancing closer to public panic.


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  • retali8 retali8

    can anyone help me? is there any one article(s) that explain just how serious fukushima is ? especially for Osaka,, i need it for my gf's visa interview, we want to get her out of japan… please help


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    • We Not They Finally

      There so MANY articles but they all focus on different aspects. And the usual practice from WITHIN Japan is to just lie, so one has to look to international experts and whistleblowers. AGreenRoad blog printed an article on COMBINED radiation damage from the accidents. Also key activists have been Helen Caldicott, Chris Busby, Arnie Gundersen, all with firm scientific backgrounds. Arnie Gundersen took soil samples from Tokyo and found that they could all be classified as "nuclear waste." An EU scientist named Paolo Scampa said "The world has five years," and that was a year ago, so now it's "The world has FOUR years." Try to find out what will impress the authorities these days and how responsive they are at requests to get out of there. And good luck! We hope you are successful.


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    • Sickputer

      Dear Retali8:

      Osaka at 362 miles from Ground Zero is contaminated just like every square inch of Honshu island. How could it not be when Japan proper is the size of Montana and three huge nuclear reactors blew up and are still emitting poisons to the atmosphere and ocean. The wind did not blow everything into the Pacific.

      Plus Osaka like many big cities has been coerced into incinerating toxic tsunami debris at the rate of 100 tons a day until March of next year (2014).

      Having said this, I doubt any bureaucrat is going to swayed until there is a thyroid cancer epidemic in central Japan. They are on the cusp of tens of thousands of children becoming diagnosed with full blown thyroid cancer in the next 2-3 years. Parents will be in an uproar when that happens.

      Gamma radiation air levels across Japan have declined somewhat inspiring some sense of the declaration the worst has passed. But ground soil contamination has not improved and certainly ocean seafood from the east coast contains more radiation than in 2011. Living in Osaka is dangerous even if the food situation were pristine. But trusting your food safety to the government's stamp of approval is like asking a drunk to hold your wine bottle until next month. It just takes one speck of high level radiation lodged in your bones, blood, muscles, or lungs to kill you over time.

      People don't trust Tepco and the Diet because they lied constantly about the nuclear crisis.


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    • soern

      Hello Ratali8
      You want to get out your girlfriend out of Japan right?
      As i don't know which country is determined, look up visa requirements for that country you want her to get a visa.
      Talking about dangerous contamination at Osaka during trying to get a visa for another country, might not be that helpfull.
      Your girlfriend could be internally contaminated which foreseeable means lots of costs for the host country!
      So just talk about skills and maybe a good employment she has to expect.
      Of course Japan is completely contaminated already and if Sfp #4 falls down after an EQ it might be to late to evacuate.
      There is "fukushima Diary", a Site which even helps people to evacuate from Japan. There is a link at the bottom of this page :-)
      Good Luck!


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      If you love her and want to get her out the easiest method is marriage.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Air and oceans are being contaminated nonstop. And it's not just Japan's problem.

    Every country in the world, and all nuclear industries are refusing to acknowledge this nuclear disaster.


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    <strike>Increasing risk…</strike> Closer to Increasing certainty!


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  • Edward Edward

    Corrupt governments like USA and Japan will not tell the truth. It would hurt the nuke industry and cost them money. Main stream media is biased, sugar coated news. We believe they are dumping radioactive waste in the ocean. The rich/elite and big industry are allowed to rape our planet and destroy the environment without ethics or morals. It's not just the oceans, but the clear cutting of rain forests, Monsanto poison and gas fracking hell.
    Money/greed is in control. Humans are destroying the planet.


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