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Asahi: Grave situation as highly radioactive ‘mystery steam’ and water are released into ground, sea, and air from Fukushima plant — Tepco’s entire focus should be to prevent contamination from escaping — “Appallingly shoddy handling… Glaring ineptitude”

Title: EDITORIAL: Incompetent TEPCO should never be allowed to handle nuclear energy Source: The Asahi Shimbun Date: July 31, 2013

[... Tepco's] appallingly shoddy handling of radioactive water that is leaking from the crippled plant into the sea.

[...] At the No. 3 reactor, highly radioactive “mystery steam” has been spotted.

The fact that . . . → Read More: Asahi: Grave situation as highly radioactive ‘mystery steam’ and water are released into ground, sea, and air from Fukushima plant — Tepco’s entire focus should be to prevent contamination from escaping — “Appallingly shoddy handling… Glaring ineptitude”

‘Water Storage Nightmare’: Bolts in Fukushima tanks will corrode in just a few years, plant workers reveal — “Tepco says it doesn’t know how long tanks will hold” -Reuters

Title: Fukushima clean-up turns toxic for Japan’s Tepco Source: Reuters Authors: Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito Date: July 31, 2013

[...] WATER STORAGE NIGHTMARE

Experts say Tepco is attempting the most ambitious nuclear clean-up in history, even greater than the Chernobyl disaster [...]

[...] radioactive water that cools the reactors [...] mixes with some . . . → Read More: ‘Water Storage Nightmare’: Bolts in Fukushima tanks will corrode in just a few years, plant workers reveal — “Tepco says it doesn’t know how long tanks will hold” -Reuters

Official reveals contamination levels at Fukushima plant are likely higher outside reactor units than inside

Title: Japan Nuclear Watchdog to Step Up Fukushima Role Source: Wall St. Journal Author: MARI IWATA Date: July 29, 2013

At [Monday's] session, NRA [Nuclear Regulation Authority] officials said highly contaminated water may be leaking into the soil from a number of trenches, allowing the water to seep into the site’s groundwater and eventually . . . → Read More: Official reveals contamination levels at Fukushima plant are likely higher outside reactor units than inside

‘Alarm bells’ over state of Fukushima plant — Official: Gov’t will investigate how radioactive contamination is impacting life in Pacific Ocean; “Problems… are more complicated than (we) initially thought”

Title: Japan nuclear watchdog to beef up Fukushima monitoring Source: AFP Date: July 30, 2013

Japan’s nuclear watchdog will beef up monitoring at the crippled Fukushima power plant, an agency official said Tuesday, after leaks of radioactive groundwater into the ocean sparked heavy criticism of the site’s operator.

The leaks have triggered alarm bells . . . → Read More: ‘Alarm bells’ over state of Fukushima plant — Official: Gov’t will investigate how radioactive contamination is impacting life in Pacific Ocean; “Problems… are more complicated than (we) initially thought”

Gov’t: Extremely radioactive tunnels at Fukushima must be drained — Contamination is from melted fuel — Nuclear material going through gravel and into ocean? (VIDEO)

Title: TEPCO ordered to drain contaminated tunnel water Source: NHK Date: July 29, 2013

TEPCO ordered to drain contaminated tunnel water [...] The Nuclear Regulation Authority told [Tepco] on Monday it must stop the water from leaking into the sea.

[...] TEPCO admitted last week that contaminated water is leaking into the sea from . . . → Read More: Gov’t: Extremely radioactive tunnels at Fukushima must be drained — Contamination is from melted fuel — Nuclear material going through gravel and into ocean? (VIDEO)

Japan gov’t intervening at Fukushima nuclear plant — Will take over measuring radiation levels — Top official “questioned accuracy of Tepco’s data on contamination”

Title: Japan Nuclear Watchdog to Step Up Fukushima Role Source: Wall St. Journal Author: MARI IWATA Date: July 29, 2013

Japan’s nuclear watchdog will play a more direct role in the cleanup at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant after doubts were raised about the ability of the plant’s operator to cope with continuing . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t intervening at Fukushima nuclear plant — Will take over measuring radiation levels — Top official “questioned accuracy of Tepco’s data on contamination”

Radio: Fukushima Daiichi has “contaminated the biggest body of water on the planet” — Radioactive leaks to harm marine and human life — Whole Pacific Ocean likely to have cesium levels 5-10 times higher than at peak of nuclear bomb tests (AUDIO)

Title: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint Source: Radio New Zealand Date: July 28, 2013

Wayne Brittenden, host: [...] This latest revelation, the leaking of radioactive water into the sea to harm marine and ultimately human life, hasn’t just happened — the revelation came a day after Prime Minister and nuclear power devotee Shinzo Abe was re-elected. . . . → Read More: Radio: Fukushima Daiichi has “contaminated the biggest body of water on the planet” — Radioactive leaks to harm marine and human life — Whole Pacific Ocean likely to have cesium levels 5-10 times higher than at peak of nuclear bomb tests (AUDIO)

Top Japan Nuclear Official: Remove Tepco from being in charge at Fukushima Daiichi — “It is simply too big for one company to handle”

Title: TEPCO still struggling to keep head above contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi Source: Enformable Date: July 29, 2013

[...] In case one hasn’t paid attention the constant stream of international experts who have called for TEPCO to be removed as the organization in charge of decommissioning the crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors, Shunichi Tanaka, . . . → Read More: Top Japan Nuclear Official: Remove Tepco from being in charge at Fukushima Daiichi — “It is simply too big for one company to handle”

‘Crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Tepco: Extremely radioactive water from trench is leaking directly into groundwater and going into ocean

Title: Fukushima trench water crisis returns Source: Kyodo Date: July 27, 2013

Fukushima trench water crisis returns

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday that the trench problem at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has cropped up again and is sending highly radioactive water into the sea. [...]

[The water] contains 2.35 billion . . . → Read More: ‘Crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Tepco: Extremely radioactive water from trench is leaking directly into groundwater and going into ocean

Kyodo News: Extremely contaminated water is seeping into Pacific Ocean from trench under Fukushima Reactor No. 2 turbine building — Tepco: We believe it’s staying within the pit

Kyodo News, July 27, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday it has detected 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter from water in an underground passage at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that is seeping into the sea [...] The trench, which is believed to be the source of the latest . . . → Read More: Kyodo News: Extremely contaminated water is seeping into Pacific Ocean from trench under Fukushima Reactor No. 2 turbine building — Tepco: We believe it’s staying within the pit

WSJ: Extreme contamination found in trench at Fukushima plant — Cesium over 2 billion Bq/liter; Millions of times above limit

Title: Highly Contaminated Water Found at Fukushima, Japan Nuclear Accident Site Source: Wall St. Journal Author: WILLIAM SPOSATO, MARI IWATA Date: July 27, 2013 at 6:24a ET

Levels Recorded Haven’t Been Seen Since Soon After 2011 Disaster

Extremely high concentrations of radiation have been detected in water from near one of the reactors at . . . → Read More: WSJ: Extreme contamination found in trench at Fukushima plant — Cesium over 2 billion Bq/liter; Millions of times above limit

Tepco: Steam may be from gas leaking out of containment vessel at Fukushima Reactor No. 3

Title: Steam Found Near the Central Part of the Fifth Floor (Equipment Storage Pool Side) of Unit 3 Reactor Building Source: TEPCO Press Release Date: July 26, 2013

[...] the steam is likely to generate in the following mechanism [...]

The steam is estimated to be the rainwater, which was streamed down the gap . . . → Read More: Tepco: Steam may be from gas leaking out of containment vessel at Fukushima Reactor No. 3

Tepco Advisor Blasts Tepco: “You do not know what you’re doing” — Japan Times: Time for gov’t to take over at Fukushima Daiichi? (VIDEO)

AFP, July 26, 2013: Foreign nuclear experts on Friday blasted the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with one saying its lack of transparency over toxic water leaks showed “you don’t know what you’re doing”. [...] “appears that you are not keeping the people of Japan informed. These actions indicate that you don’t . . . → Read More: Tepco Advisor Blasts Tepco: “You do not know what you’re doing” — Japan Times: Time for gov’t to take over at Fukushima Daiichi? (VIDEO)

Japan Gov’t: It’s “inevitable” that Fukushima radioactive water will be dumped in Pacific Ocean — “Tepco has no choice”

Title: NRA chairman says release of radioactive water into sea is inevitable Source: Asahi Shimbun Author: JIN NISHIKAWA Date: July 25, 2013

The head of Japan’s nuclear watchdog body has acknowledged for the first time that Tokyo Electric Power Co. has no choice but to release radioactive water accumulating at the crippled Fukushima No. . . . → Read More: Japan Gov’t: It’s “inevitable” that Fukushima radioactive water will be dumped in Pacific Ocean — “Tepco has no choice”

‘Mysterious’ steam at Fukushima Unit 3 — NPR: “Fuel could have shifted… or worse restarted nuclear reactions” — Tepco: “We still don’t know for sure the cause” (AUDIO)

AFP, July 25, 2013: [...] mysterious steam continued to rise from a broken unit. [...] steam that began appearing last week near the badly-wrecked Reactor 3 was still in evidence, the company said, admitting it was still no closer to identifying the reason for the vapour. “Workers could still see the steam rising from . . . → Read More: ‘Mysterious’ steam at Fukushima Unit 3 — NPR: “Fuel could have shifted… or worse restarted nuclear reactions” — Tepco: “We still don’t know for sure the cause” (AUDIO)

Fukushima Unit 3 steaming again, third time in a week — Asahi: High radiation levels detected near where it was observed — Tepco does not know where it’s coming from (PHOTOS)

AFP, July 24, 2013: [...] Today, TEPCO said workers had noticed steam around the fifth floor of the building housing Reactor Number 3, which was wrecked by the tsunami of March 2011. It was the second time in two days and the third time in a week that steam had been observed. The firm . . . → Read More: Fukushima Unit 3 steaming again, third time in a week — Asahi: High radiation levels detected near where it was observed — Tepco does not know where it’s coming from (PHOTOS)

Senior Japan Officials: Nuclear material flowing into ocean a ‘grave matter’ — Situation at Fukushima is ‘deplorable’ (VIDEO)

ABC (Australia), July 23, 2013: It’s taken about two-and-a-half years, but it seems the Japanese government is finally losing patience with the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The reason: its haphazard approach to stabilising the complex. Last week it was unexplained steam rising from the shattered remains of the building housing the melted . . . → Read More: Senior Japan Officials: Nuclear material flowing into ocean a ‘grave matter’ — Situation at Fukushima is ‘deplorable’ (VIDEO)

BBC: It’s boiling somewhere inside Fukushima Unit No. 3 — Reactor supposed to be in cold shutdown — Situation ‘worrying’

Title: Fukushima nuclear plant: Japan takes steps over sea leak Source: BBC News Date: July 23, 2013 h/t Anonymous tip

[...]  (Tepco) said steam was seen around the fifth floor of the building housing Reactor No 3 [...]

It is not clear what is causing the steam [...]

The sight of steam rising is . . . → Read More: BBC: It’s boiling somewhere inside Fukushima Unit No. 3 — Reactor supposed to be in cold shutdown — Situation ‘worrying’

AFP: ‘Fukushima reactor site engulfed by steam’ — Kyodo: ‘Something like steam’ coming from unknown source at Unit No. 3 — Tepco: ‘Continuously wafting through the air’ — Work to remove rubble suspended

Kyodo, July 23, 2013: [... Tepco] said Tuesday it has confirmed “something like steam” is coming out of the No. 3 reactor building again [...Tepco] said one of its monitoring cameras showed what appeared to be steam coming out of the building’s fifth floor just above the reactor container at around 9:05 a.m. Tuesday. . . . → Read More: AFP: ‘Fukushima reactor site engulfed by steam’ — Kyodo: ‘Something like steam’ coming from unknown source at Unit No. 3 — Tepco: ‘Continuously wafting through the air’ — Work to remove rubble suspended

Japan Times: ‘Fears marine life is being poisoned’ by nuclear material flowing from Fukushima — Experts warn of ‘festering radioactive sore’ contaminating food chain — Tepco flip-flop ‘shocking’

Title: Tepco now admits radioactive water entering the sea at Fukushima No.1 Source: AFP-JIJI Date: July 22, 2013

Fisheries exec shocked by utility’s flip-flop on groundwater’s flow

Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tepco on Monday admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater is flowing into the sea, fueling fears that marine life is being . . . → Read More: Japan Times: ‘Fears marine life is being poisoned’ by nuclear material flowing from Fukushima — Experts warn of ‘festering radioactive sore’ contaminating food chain — Tepco flip-flop ‘shocking’

Gundersen: Fukushima tanks releasing x-rays in very high quantities offsite — Exposure to people outside plant is very, very high from ‘Bremsstrahlung’ phenomenon — Hundreds of tanks could easily start leaking after quake (VIDEO)

Title: Forty Good Years and One Bad Day Source:  Fairewinds Energy Education Date: July 18, 2013

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Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds’ chief engineer: The condition of the site right now is precarious. [...] there’s 3 problems with the site right now. The first is the enormous amount of water that’s stored on the . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Fukushima tanks releasing x-rays in very high quantities offsite — Exposure to people outside plant is very, very high from ‘Bremsstrahlung’ phenomenon — Hundreds of tanks could easily start leaking after quake (VIDEO)

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

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