‘Emergency measures’ used at Fukushima site during typhoon — Contaminated water dumped in ocean — 9 barriers were on verge of overflowing, then released into environment with NO radiation test — CNN: Workers were “on vigil” (VIDEO)

Published: October 16th, 2013 at 6:33 am ET


Asahi, Oct. 16, 2013: Heavy rain from Typhoon No. 26 forced [TEPCO] to discharge rainwater Oct. 16 that was threatening to swamp the barriers that surround the radioactive water storage tanks […] According to the utility, workers drained about 40 tons of water from within barriers in areas called C-West and C-East at around 5:40 a.m. The water was transferred to a temporary storage tank to check its radiation levels before it was released, TEPCO officials said. But water levels continued to rise inside the barriers, threatening to spill over. Plant workers were eventually forced to open drainage valves on a total of nine storage areas starting around 7 a.m. to allow the water to escape, according to officials. Earlier, TEPCO had said it would discharge water that accumulated behind the barriers only after transferring it to a temporary storage tank where it would confirm it complied with safety standards. TEPCO officials said circumstances forced it to take “emergency measures” because the water rose at a faster rate than it could transfer to the holding tank.

NHK WORLD, Oct. 16, 2013: [TEPCO] has released rainwater that had accumulated in the compound from typhoon Wipha. The water has reportedly cleared tests for radioactivity. […] It began releasing the water from 9 locations on Wednesday morning. […] The level of tritium, which takes longer to measure, is also likely to be safe. In a separate move, TEPCO made an emergency transfer of highly radioactive water that had pooled at 2 other locations. The water was transferred to an adjacent underground storage pool. TEPCO had not stored water underground since a leak in April […] because rainwater from the typhoon was rising fast, the utility decided to store the radioactive water temporarily in an underground pool […] TEPCO has built additional storage tanks and increased personnel and patrols to control contaminated water after a storm earlier this month. Radioactive water flowed over barriers at that time, and seeped out of an overfilled tank. […] The authority asked TEPCO to tighten monitoring for possible leaks.

CNN, Oct. 16, 2013:  Typhoon Wipha hits Tokyo area, killing at least 17 […] TEPCO, which has been struggling to deal with a series of leaks at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said workers at the plant were “on vigil” and accumulated rainwater had been released from storage tanks.

NHK Newsline, Oct. 16, 2013: The water accumulated around the compound. Some of it became contaminated with radioactive substances. Managers at Fukushima Daiichi instructed workers to release it into the ocean after tetsts showed the radiation levels met safety standards. […] Workers made an ’emergency transfer’ of rain water at two other locations because they suspected it was highly radioactive.

Watch the NHK broadcast here

Published: October 16th, 2013 at 6:33 am ET


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46 comments to ‘Emergency measures’ used at Fukushima site during typhoon — Contaminated water dumped in ocean — 9 barriers were on verge of overflowing, then released into environment with NO radiation test — CNN: Workers were “on vigil” (VIDEO)

  • Cisco Cisco

    Gee, whoda thunk? Every storm is a great opp for TEPCO to dump tank water; saves them from constructing more tanks. It's all about the bottom line and preserving TEPCO's stock price. What's a good CEO to do?

  • dodge

    "It's a no my fault" always good to share the blame – get rid of years of toxic waste without cleaning it up first, and giving the blame to the weather. Some one please step up and start working toward a solution – this going through the motions isn't working.

  • ion jean ion jean

    If you read NHK version of the news, it is clear they are just trying to placate their people with Nuke Sponsored Propaganda…more lies.

    We have to take everything claimed and raise it two orders of magnitude for mathematical accuracy.

  • Why is the Asahi story reporting emergency procedures that involve no proper tests but not cnn or nhk? Asahi story is more believable.
    Evidence of Lies in the news. Also of note, all that water must contain plutonium which is more deadlier in smaller doses partly because it emits alpha radiation which is more deadly internally. Plutonium readily bonds with oxygen and hydrogen. No testing for plutonium. Out of sight out of mind. Nobody but Tepco is testing that water. Took them months to admit a meltdown so my guess is they used this typhoon as an opportunity to get rid of high radiation waste water. Whats to stop them? Government and Tepco collude to lie to the public, endangering our health, for the purpose of keeping their economy intact.

  • weeman

    Conflicting articles one says they did not check radioactivity of water, the other says they did check radiation levels, even low you cannot check tritium on the spot and it was presumed to be safe.
    Tell me what would be more sensible to realease water or use vacuum trucks to store overflow, till you have somewhere to store permanently, the cost a couple of vacuum trucks or contamination of pacific ocean?
    Cheapskates no other reason.

  • Japan's 'Fukuppy' firm rethinking mascot after sniggers

    Tokyo (AFP) – Japan's Fukushima Industries said Tuesday it was rethinking its "Fukuppy" mascot, after the Internet erupted in sniggers over a name that recalls the catalogue of mishandling at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    The Osaka-based refrigerator maker, whose name derives from its founder and has nothing to do with the area hit by an atomic catastrophe, has been ridiculed on social networking sites for the name it gave its egg-like mascot, which has blue wings and red feet.
    "I'm Fukuppy. Nice to meet you," the smiling character with a human face tells visitors to the company's website. "I think I'm kind with a strong sense of justice but people say I'm a little bit scatterbrained."

    Fukushima Industries unveiled "Fukuppy" in April, blending the first part of the company name — Fuku — and the end of the English word "happy", saying it represented the corporate philosophy of being a happiness-creating company.

  • or-well

    Where is the 'net/social media uproar over all the nuke power mascots?
    Missing, it seems.
    But lots of media-herd bandwagon-jumping "Haha" over a 'frig manufacturer's mascot.
    Cheap. Easy. Filler.
    Let's all move along to the next soon-to-be-forgotten non-threatening amusement.

  • sangell

    I gather the vent stack at #1 did not come down. Lucky this was mid October and ocean waters not warm enough to support a more intense typhoon. In fairness to TEPCO there's no way they could handle the run off from a tropical system where rainfall is measured in inches per hour. The plain truth of the matter is they are wasting time and money trying to prevent contaminated ground water reaching the Pacific. They need to focus on removing radioactive material from the site that is causing the contamination but they don't even have a plan yet to do that.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    The storage tanks and "excess" radioactive water were dumped, just as some here predicted.

    Good going, IneptCo. Once again, your failure to plan has resulted in planning to fail.

    Epic fail.

    Meanwhile, life in the Pacific continues to show signs of mass die-off.

    Why is this ecocide being allowed to continue w/o any meaningful international intervention or cooperation? Bean counters calling the shots, still? "Too big to fail," therefore IneptCo continues to hide behind the protection of its big money backers?

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Umm.. Tepco moved highly radioactive liquid to underground storage tanks??? So, it is now most likely in the Pacific… especially given 10 inches of rain per hour.. and tritium levels were "probably" safe??? UGH!!!

    "TEPCO said the water released into the ocean was checked for radioactive materials including cesium and strontium-90 and the levels of radioactivity were within the NRA's standards for toxic water being released into the sea.

    The utility did note, however, that levels of tritium in the water, which take far longer to measure, were "probably" within the safety limits.

    TEPCO, in an emergency move, also transferred highly radioactive water that had pooled at two other locations at the plant to underground storage pools.

    The NRA, who were notified of TEPCO's decision to dump and move toxic water on Wednesday morning urged the utility to safeguard against further possible leaks from sources such as tanks and drainage ditches that could further contribute to the existing 200 tons of radioactive water that is leaking into the ocean from the plant on a daily basis."


  • Hide 99%, admit 1%, same old, same old…

    Nothing to see here, move on.

  • If an earthquake hit the plant and all the storage tanks drained into the ocean, they would call it an emergency release, with no 'immediate' health hazards, due to 'dilution'.

    It would just be a multiple of the 99% rule.. Hide 9999999999.999% and admit .00009%.

    No big deal.. potential ELE.. no immediate deaths due to radiation, so nothing bad happened, despite releasing 600-6000 TONS of PLUTONIUM directly into the air ocean and groundwater, and continual release right up to today all the way from then to now.

    No big deal, why are you getting so upset?

    one picocurie of plutonium is enough to kill. One nano gram in the air is enough to kill, smaller than a dust mote floating in the air, invisible, undetectable, and those 'hot' particles went all around the world.

    No big deal, why are you getting so upset?

    Nuclear is safe, we guarantee it… really. Trust us.

  • We Not They Finally

    They say that they were responsibly testing rainwater for radioactivity before releasing it into the ocean IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROARING TYPHOON? Yeah….

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