Bloomberg: Radioactive water from Fukushima reactors to be dumped in Pacific? “It’s obvious they can’t keep storing it forever”

Published: April 11th, 2013 at 11:34 am ET


Title: Tepco Faces Decision to Dump Radioactive Water in Pacific Ocean
Source: Bloomberg
Author: Tsuyoshi Inajima
Date: Apr 11, 2013 11:01 AM ET

Tepco Faces Decision to Dump Radioactive Water in Pacific Ocean

[Tepco]’s discovery of leaks in water storage pits at the wrecked Fukushima atomic station raises the risk the utility will be forced to dump radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean.

Leaks were found in three of seven pits in the past week, reducing the options for moving contaminated water from basements of reactor buildings. […]

Not Ruled Out

Officials at the utility known as Tepco, including President Naomi Hirose, have said the company will not “easily” release radiated water into the ocean, indicating it’s not ruling out the possibility if it runs out of storage.

“It’s obvious Tepco cannot keep storing water forever as it increases by 400 tons a day,” said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of the antinuclear group Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center. That’s why the company won’t rule out discharge into the sea, Ban said in a telephone interview. […]

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Published: April 11th, 2013 at 11:34 am ET


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42 comments to Bloomberg: Radioactive water from Fukushima reactors to be dumped in Pacific? “It’s obvious they can’t keep storing it forever”

  • Now its official. Their dumping in the sea.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    They'll have to keep pumping and keep storing. And cannot fail. Time is ticking.

  • Sol Man

    Forever? It didn't even hold two years!
    What have you done?!!

  • weeman

    Japan produces how many cars a day, how many electronics etc and you are trying to tell me you can not produce a 400 ton tank once a day, of course you can, even if you can't the heavy industry in south Korea could, they produce a ship a day and you can't build a lousy 400 ton tank. B.S.
    Question for the wise is it possible to freeze contaminated water or does it produce it's own heat due to decay,
    Just thinking it would be easier to controll if frozen and give you time to rectify if loss of offsite power, never stop looking for answers.

    • harengus_acidophilus

      "a 400 ton tank once a day"

      How many years to cover whole Japan with tanks?

      It isn't that easy.


      • weeman

        Please check my calculations but 400 tonnes long is approximately 9000 gallons imperial to be stored a day, that is not out of the question and since vast areas of Japan are contaminated beyond redemption, I would think you can find places to store, untill you have a more permanent solution.
        This is by no way a good solution but I favor it over dumping into the ocean and every action you take has a reaction, it's just a case of taking the path of least resistance.

        • papacares papacares

          can be understood in one word


        • robu

          400 tons of water is about 14000 cubic feet (400 cubic meters). That's a box 24 feet (7.4 m) on a side every day.

          • weeman

            Thanks that puts it into perspective, tepco can't even build a simple tank once a day and they just want to dump in ocean, over your dead body, not mine.
            your fired this security guard will escort you to prison.
            We are doomed if we can not remove tepco from the picture, wakie wakie world.

            • papacares papacares

              remember this?


              Japan Mulls Using Tanker to Remove Radiation-Tainted Water
              Jiji Press ^ | 03/30/11

              Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:40:54 AM by TigerLikesRooster

              Japan Mulls Using Tanker to Remove Radiation-Tainted Water

              Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is considering using a tanker ship to collect radiation-tainted water from a quake-damaged nuclear plant, its top spokesman said Wednesday.

              The government is also considering blanketing broken parts of the plant's reactor buildings with special cloth to keep radioactive substances from spreading, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference.

              Experts are discussing such options in order to limit radioactive contamination in areas around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to a minimum, he said.

              No conclusion has been reached, he said. The government will have to make a decision some time, he said.

              He also said it will take substantial time to bring down the temperatures of nuclear fuel rods at the plant to relatively stable levels.

        • Sickputer

          Don't know about imperial gallons, but 400 tons is 92,472 gallons US.

          • harengus_acidophilus

            What a mess of units.

            One ton is one cubic meter are 1000 liters of water.
            Primary school math …


        • PurpleRain BeachGirl

          I'm with you Weeman on this!! Great ideas and a hell of a lot better then nothing!

    • m a x l i

      @weeman, you seem to have a lot of ideas where ice plays a role. I can't see what the advantage would be here. Try it out yourself! Try to store a few liters of liquid water over several days! And for comparison try to store the same amount of ice over as many days! The first one is (if you are not working for Tepco) child's play. You put it in a bucket for 5 or so dollars. The second one is way more complicated. You need a fridge which will cost you a hundred times more, then you need energy to turn the water to ice and to keep it that way, which means more cost. And the amount of water Tepco is dealing with, is huge. You would need a gigantic fridge and probably one or several nuclear power plants to deliver the needed energy….well….probably there will be a few people who will like your idea.

      • weeman

        Cost is not a factor or should not be, any remediation is going to cost astronomical amounts of money and energy. I don't even know if you can freeze, the only advantage to this if you manage to freeze it would give you added time to fix a problem before melt and prevent from getting to ground water, I just feel it would be easier to manage, probably not and you are right.
        It is a mute point if they can not make a tank a day what's the chance of success, zero

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        What about something like circulating a thin blanket of liquid nitrogen around the outside of a tank?

        What about cryogenic hardening of steel storage tanks there, so they might be more resistant to breaking down?

        Just throwing some ideas out there.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          What I meant was using double hulled tank, where the liquid nitrogen could circulate between the layers of the tank.

        • RichardPerry

          They dug under Churnobyl and used a cooling system to prevent melt through, had to use more power then freezing water, maybe still cooling today. Ship ice to south pole and dig a hole into the ice and cover with 1/4 mile of ice. Hope half life will reduce enough by the time it ever melts. You do not need to freeze it just pore water into hole.

  • jec jec

    Is it possible? They are planning to blackmail the rest of the world for money to keep them from dumping? Just watch, time will tell. Want to say its not true..but the fiasco is probably not run by TEPCO or Japan's Government..its being run by a batch of gang lords.

  • many moons

    Maybe this is a silly question, How long has Tepco known about the leaks? Did all the leaks just spring up simultaneously…and if they didn't then the leaks have been leaking for some amount of time…and TEPCO knew that…but we were not told, we had no input or plan of action….that is criminal.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      A year ago in January or February (2012) the "temporary" pipes which were a part of the cooling system failed and were leaking. Leakage has been an ongoing problem.

      It's SICKENING but not surprising to hear they're finally considering (or admitting they are considering) dumping the water into the Pacific Ocean. I'm with those here who think they've likely been doing it for a long time.

  • Trawling4Trolls

    "forced to dump"

    Kim Jong-Un appears to have nothing on TEPCO. TEPCO even had its version of the hermit after the tsunami, hostage-taking ever since.

  • Trawling4Trolls

    "Water in the basements is from the months after the earthquake and tsunami disabled the plant two years ago .. "

    No, no, the water bloomberg is referring to long ago leaked to the sea.

    "Officials at the utility known as Tepco, including President Naomi Hirose, have said the company will not “easily” release radiated water into the ocean .. "
    Perhaps not "easily", try 'deftly' on for size?

    “Regardless of whether we had the leaks, we will properly manage the issue and never easily discharge contaminated water into the sea,” Hirose said. “We will employ all available means to manage it [as 'deftly' as possible].”
    fixed it for 'ya

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      No, they will not "easily" dump the water. Rest assured they will make much official groaning to go with their, "Oh, we're so very sorry to be forced to dump the water in to the Pacific Ocean" apologies.

      Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the TepBeanCounters happily tally the many yen saved by cutting costs ….

      • Trawling4Trolls

        … and the prefecture fisheries association tallies the many yen lost by Japan's state-sponsored terrorism.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          And the people are faced once again with food shortages … much like what bedeviled them after World War II. The Asians depend HEAVILY on seafood for their survival. They can ill afford to have their seafood poisoned.

  • Sorry… NO DUMPING allowed!

    Now what are you going to do?

    Maybe start by admitting that building these monstrous Death Machines was a colossal mistake. 😉

  • It's about time that Pacific nations – to start with – presented a united front to force Japan to accept technical help from the United States and other advanced nations. The oceans are the Commons. There is really only one ocean and it does not belong to Japan or to anyone else using it as a toxic waste dump.

    Are other countries afraid to intervene in damage mitigation out of fear of becoming responsible in case of a major lawsuit?

    On the other hand, perhaps the threat of an international lawsuit against Japan and Tepco could make them reconsider their ridiculous attempt at dealing with the problem all by themselves.

    If this were not so very tragic, their way of dealing with this crisis looks like a comic farce full of inept technicians running all over the place trying to appear as if they know what they are doing, but only stumbling around making things much worse.

    Many years ago the Japanese were known for films about huge monsters created by radioactive mutations. This may have had something to do with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki trauma. But maybe it also had some premonitory aspect to it. Who knows what mutations will emerge from this radioactive assault on the oceans.

  • AB AB

    It's obvious that this is world Democide by the Elites. Remember the 1st 2 weeks that the real information was being LEAKED as well and how we knew more than what we know now? That is until US-AID, a CIA front took control of the Fukushima Daichi PR problem.

    After they went to control the out pouriong of TRUTH, when a story or headline like this appears in your Yahoo inbox for example, IT'S OFFICIAL. This is a clear example of how the MANIPULATE the sheeple into believing that it was ll being contained until now. Frankly ridiculous and it angers me that there is no International Push against TEPCO and Japan to take over and confiscate the region under the grounds of Global Security…

    Where are those United States when you need them? No, instead they are on their war-frenzy missions and outposts. Meanwhile, our children are already being radiated and will likely develop hypothyroidism, have their growth stunted and develop all kinds of diseases… like the seacubs and dolphins and whales… we are next. And it won't be random cases, it will in mass.


      I think AB, we've come to learn much more over the last year than what was 'leaked' during the first weeks. I would submit that many of the suspicions voiced within the first year are now being realized. Many of us were accused of being hysterical and alarmist by the pro-nuke pundits. Sadly, if those replies to our warnings had been true, we'd only have-had to finish out our days with bruised egos.

      As these undeniable revelations come to light, it's likely a international effort will be made to address Fukushima. Hopefully, there's been a behind-the-scenes effort to define what that response will be. And given TEPCO's fumbling efforts, I would be stunned to find they've not considered stepping in and taking over. Besides, they may yet realize that something more than professional reputations and industry profits are now at stake…

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      AB, it's apparent the oceans are divulging the truth TEPCO and even US AID can no longer conceal.

      Someone here called this, "ecocide" and it appears to be an appropriate term.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    new radioactive storage pond code named pacific. I thought the storage ponds were rather broad plastic lined ditches. How would you test for leaks under such a pond? Maybe waders, feeling with their feet. Something does not add up; Nuclear fallout, including fuel pellets supposedly liter the entire grounds. Do they have some guys out there, walking the perimeter of these ponds checking which radioactive source is fallout and which is a few liters of water? More insanity.

    photo appears to be half football sized fields covered over with a grey material that you can walk on. Impossible to check underneath for a few liters of leaked water.

  • Tsunami Debris Is Expected to Hit San Diego County Beaches This Summer
    A San Diego County environmental health specialist said if the public thinks it has found tsunami debris they should call 911 or talk to the lifeguards at the beach.
    April 9, 2013

    "They do not think we’ll be inundated with tsunami debris. And they think it’s very unlikely that any tsunami debris will carry any dangerous levels of radiation because it was swept out to sea before the power plant melted down and has been in the ocean for two years.

    “You’ve got to realize the debris was probably two days out to sea before the reactor (melted down),” Vent said. “And if you actually look at the (radiation) plume models and where the radiation drifted, it actually went into the island of Japan. It didn’t go out into the ocean.”"


    Not sure about that last sentence. The airborne plumes went both inland and out into the ocean. The ocean plumes went both into the swirling eddies around Japan and out into the ocean.

    It's possible some bits of debris swirled around for a bit in the contaminated ocean near Japan then headed East into the North Pacific Ocean.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    None of the 100+ accidents compare to what will happen if they do not find a solution for Fukushima and stop the constant flow of radiation into the ocean.

    Time is wasting.

    The longer it goes on without addressing the problems, the worse it will get.

    Just claiming there is no problem is NOT a solution, sorry.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Radiation going into the Pacific Ocean is the major issue right now. Agreed 100% AGreenRoad.

  • TomSmall

    I know what to do about this! I have a solution. Use the mothballed ships of the US Navy. There are plenty of them, and they have no other use. Tow them to the harbor in front of Fukushima Daiichi and fill them with water and other radioactive debris. The hulls of these old ships are thick, solid steel. That was how they built naval ships 50 and 100 years ago. They are perfect vessels for storage of radioactive materials. I don't know what the depth of the sea just offshore of Fukushima is. Probably, a big naval craft could be sunk there and still have its topside above the water. Then sink them and leave them for a century or so, and fill in the water between them and the shore, which will slow the radioactive leaks into the sea. Somebody listen to me! My solution will work.

  • James Hollen

    Tom, A lot of those mothballed ships are there for a good reason-they are structurally worn out. Steel gets brittle after being pounded by the waves at sea for years. There are Russian and American subs on the bottom of the sea now with nukes on board. They are a ticking time bomb of radiation. Steel corrodes very much at sea.