“Emergency measure” underway at Fukushima plant after typhoon — Contaminated water being pumped into Pacific

Published: September 16th, 2013 at 4:09 pm ET
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Title: Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea
Source: AFP
Date: Sept. 16, 2013

[...] Workers were pumping out water from areas near tanks storing radioactive water, from which leaks are believed to have seeped into groundwater.

“But we decided to release the water into sea as we reached a conclusion that it can be regarded as rainfall after we monitored levels of radiation,” TEPCO spokesman Yo Koshimizu said.

According to the spokesman, one litre of the water contained up to 24 becquerels of strontium and other radioactive materials — below the 30 becquerel per litre safety limit imposed by Japanese authorities for a possible release to the environment.

However, it was unknown how much water was released to sea under the “emergency measure,” Koshimizu said. [...]

See also: Japan Officials: Nuclear "event" at Fukushima from radioactive release into ocean? -AP

Published: September 16th, 2013 at 4:09 pm ET
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32 comments to “Emergency measure” underway at Fukushima plant after typhoon — Contaminated water being pumped into Pacific

  • kintaman kintaman

    Tokyo Olympics 2020 here we come!


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Forget about it. Olympics in Tokyo jumped the shark. The new venue is Chernobyl Olympics 2020. With the Summer games at three mile island. If you insist perhaps they can host the synchronized swimming at Fukushima.


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      • AB AB

        Yes hbjon,

        They can also have the NUCLEAR POLE VAULT competition using the MOX Uranium and Plutonium Rods. Visitors to the site can watch the neutron beam evening show on the FUKU harbor. Also… the track and field would be historic! 42 KM cross country marathon true nuclear waste in the evacuation zone.

        The swimming competitions can be held in the radioactive pools in Tokyo, remember those with the radioactive gunk at the bottom of them? Those ones.

        Since they will freeze the plant, they can also hold luge competitions in winter.

        Ahhh! the hell with it… instead of the Olympic games or the X games, why not be bold and start a new trend… the NUKE GAMES… a different destroyed and melted reactor each year. The survivor gets special treatment at Bethesda!


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    • JPH

      Hey, look at it this way, The 2020 Olympics will have the first "glow-in-the-dark" gold, silver and bronze metals awarded ever ! Runner up prizes will be a used Geiger counter!


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  • We Not They Finally

    Rainwater is now their EXCUSE to dump radiation into the Pacific? Well, they'll do it anyway and it's all lies in any case. No one thought that the water rushing into the Pacific Ocean was from "a leaky tank" anyway, even though the tanks are apparently sub-standard and not built to last.


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  • So Tepco who have admitted to hiding the triple meltdown, admitted to under reporting radiation values claim the water they measured was below the level for safe release. This typhoon seems to be an excuse for Tepco/Japan to dump into the ocean.


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    • Cisco Cisco

      I think we all saw this coming opp to offload tons of contaminated water under the cover of Man-yi.

      "According to the spokesman, one litre of the water contained up to 24 becquerels of strontium and other radioactive materials — below the 30 becquerel per litre safety limit imposed by Japanese authorities for a possible release to the environment."

      Oh yeah, and he's got some great used tanks he'd like to sell you.


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    After this week we will get an announcement that TEPCO has gotten control of their water storage issues and have numerous tanks available for storage.


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  • saltyfishlvr

    Bastards! This is genocide, you won't see it now, but our children will see the horror of unstoppable cancers, and lowered immune systems leading to a host of other illnesses and disease. These "safety limits" are ALL bullshit.


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  • razzz razzz

    'It appears to be rainwater' let me check my new allowable limits guide and yes, it does read under Sr-90 limits, nearer the upper limits but nonetheless not considered dangerous by these new standards. So safely into the Pacific it goes.

    Now if you will excuse me, I have to dilute more radioactive storage tank water to acceptable levels for dumping.

    Bows down while walking out of the room backwards (in school, majored in kabuki dance).


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  • weeman

    This is why with extreme engineering you need triple redundancy, you store contaminants in tanks, you build levy round tanks in case of leak, you connect all levys to one source, with capacity to contain contaminants, ie emergency supertanker off shore with direct connection, just in case, only to be used in emergency, like this?
    Respond to the accident in a manner befitting this catastrophe.
    Simple minded, not with reality.


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  • and, oh, by the way, the tanks all leaked their contents too, so now we have a bunch of empty tanks that we can use… so sorry! :(

    Garage sale on Sunday!

    Used tanks; cheap!


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Below limits this coming from the folks who have admitted lying about radiation levels. Plus we all know contaminated water has been spewing into the Pacific since the beginning of this fiasco. I'm just glad reactor 4 is still standing or rather slowly sinking.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    What's really interesting in the US, is NPP regularly release radioactive gasses, steam and water within NRC limits; but, it is impossible to determine/discover what those "limits" are.

    I have hundreds of news reports on NPP radionuclide releases nearly always stating "the releases" were within the NRC's allowable discharge rates. Nowhere can I find what those allowable rates are.


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    • Mack Mack

      Hi Cisco,

      This may help:

      >> The NRC says:

      "As part of NRC's requirements for operating a nuclear power plant, licensees must:

      •keep releases of radioactive material to unrestricted areas during normal operation as low as reasonably achievable (as described in the Commission's regulations in 10 CFR Part 50.36a), and

      •comply with radiation dose limits for the public (10 CFR Part 20

      So, try locating these:

      10 CFR Part 50.36a
      10CFR Part 20

      http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/env-monitoring.html

      >> And here's what each nuclear power plant has reported releasing:

      http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/tritium/plant-info.html

      Good luck and report what you find, if you wouldn't mind.


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      • 75% US Nuclear Plants Leaking Toxic Tritium Radiation Into Drinking Water Supply; via A Green Road Blog
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/75-us-nuclear-plants-leaking-toxic.html


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      • Cisco Cisco

        Thanks Mack,

        If you've been to the NRC's site and tried to discover what are the standards regarding NPP releases, then you know it's a masterful word/brainfu#k designed to mask the data and discourage the reader, like double talk. Any good investigative journalist who wanted to discover/quantify these values/standards would have to have a team of experts to get any sort of a model or table that could be explained to smart people; and then, I'm not sure it would be applicable across the approximate 104 NPP's here in the US. I suspect the same thing is generally true, globally.

        I'm doubt most nuclear engineers could give you any definitive standard discharge rates; because, based on my cursory research, each NPP appears to be an exception. Those exceptions require federal and state EPA permitting which is generously given.

        What I consistently discovered, there are hundreds of discharge permits filed with federal and state EPA's for what I would describe as exceptions or variances. I believe that virtually every NPP in the US has different values/levels of allowable discharges. And, I further believe that the "allowable" discharges sanctioned under those permits have virtually nothing to do with human/biological exposure. The consideration goes to the NPP before public health. The exceptions/variances permitted by the feds and state are an industrial accommodation to keep the NPP operating, versus protecting the public.


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  • jec jec

    30 BQ/liter of stronium 90(at least)/Tritium/PU,Iodine, cesium and other nucleides in billions more liters of water released over the past year(s). Doesn't that change the math? If the idea is to protect the environment, Japan has destroyed more than just Japan.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    They had been planning to dump some tanks anyway..
    What I want to know..how high was the storm surge?
    And to what distance inland did the sea come in?


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    • We Not They Finally

      Some reports said that it MIGHT be as high as ten meters, or thirty feet, somewhere along that coast, not necessarily Fukushima. The sea wall outside Fukushima obviously could not withstand that as is.

      Who will even be able to assess the damage, and when, and if there is ANY chance of that being accurately done, is all a crap shoot, of course.


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  • Jebus

    Repost, from the damn liars forum…
    I can't help but think that it's only going to get worse.

    ***

    This is how the Fukushima killing will be explained to the sleeping masses…

    Scientists fear ocean acidification will drive the collapse of Alaska’s iconic crab fishery.

    The emerging issues with Alaska’s crab underscore a predicament that stretches beyond the North Pacific. It gets to the difficulty of trying to comprehend the depth of fallout from ocean acidification.

    For reasons scientists don’t always understand, similar species, even those living side by side, often respond to changing water chemistry in remarkably different ways.

    http://apps.seattletimes.com/reports/sea-change/2013/sep/11/alaska-crab-industry/

    Ya, read that twice…


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    • bo bo

      Unbelievable. Not a mention about fallout.


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      • Jebus

        Except for using the unique words "fallout", "changing sea conditions", "emerging issues", "nasty surprises", "things are changing quickly", "souring seas", "another stressor", and "scary as hell".
        I have no doubts that ocean acidification is a very serious issue, but I have been hearing that since I was a child. I'm 54.
        Take a gander at the chart at the top right of the article, note the year of the start of the drop, reread the article. Think…


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    • 100% correct.

      Changes are occurring all over.

      IMO -
      It will never be 'officially' linked to radioactive contamination.
      It won't even be considered or mentioned. Ever!

      People can somewhat relate to a term like 'fallout from ocean acidification.'. They understand chemicals and acidity.

      Understanding radioactive bio-accumulation that goes unseen and is hard to trace or prove illness from is another story.


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