Mayor: Impossible to stop groundwater entering Fukushima plant — Abandoning melted fuel means contamination will always be flowing out — “I’m truly afraid… a tremendous problem… very, very serious” (VIDEO)

Published: September 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am ET
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Title: 主催 村上達也東海村長 記者会見 (Tatsuya Murakami, Mayor of Tokai-mura in Ibaraki Prefecture)
Source: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
Filmed by: IWJ Ch4
Date: Sept. 5, 2013

At 37:30 in

Tatsuya Murakami, Mayor of Tokai-mura in Ibaraki Prefecture: What I’m truly afraid of is the groundwater. As you know, Japan is a country with a lot of rain. You could even consider it to be a monsoon country, and when we add that to the fact that we are a very mountainous nation, that means you have a lot of water always running underground to the ocean.

When you look at the Fukushima power plant, you see that nearby is a very big mountain range called the Abukuma mountain range, and mountain ranges are always as I said a source of water. And there’s just a tremendous amount of groundwater always, always flowing very strongly towards the ocean. […]

Given the fact that the special terrain of Fukushima encourages groundwater — I know that at present the people in charge of the Fukushima plant are saying that they will somehow stop the groundwater from getting into the premises of the plant — but I think it’s an extremely difficult task. I frankly think it is an impossible task, and I think anyone who thinks that they can accomplish such things and conquer nature in that way is simply just full of themselves and not really realistic

I am again very concerned about the groundwater, in part because as a result of the meltdown we have this spent fuel that is just being abandoned, just been left there, and as long as it exists it is constantly emitting radiation, it is constantly being in contact with water and you’re always going to get more and more contaminated water produced. So unless that spent fuel is a somehow taken care of, you’re always going to have this danger of more contaminated water getting out. […]

I believe that this groundwater is a tremendous problem, and the idea of this contaminated water reaching the ocean I think is very, very serious and frightening thing.

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Published: September 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am ET
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20 comments to Mayor: Impossible to stop groundwater entering Fukushima plant — Abandoning melted fuel means contamination will always be flowing out — “I’m truly afraid… a tremendous problem… very, very serious” (VIDEO)

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    "Safe, Clean, Nuclear Energy" … $$POD$$

    • Anthony Anthony

      ….said the Spider to the Fly…..

    • We Not They Finally

      Please will the idiots in Japan and our media stop using the term leaks. If you do so the only thing that is leaking is your brain matter.Soon enough you will discover that our oceans are dead and most of the world.Denial is one thing.Living in a coma is another.
      The great leaders of our world have chosen to for reasons of ultimate greed sacrificed this world out of motive of profit and have all lost what they had left of Soul.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    This guy may be a bit confused, but he is definitely on the right track.
    Japan must do whatever is necessary to divert groundwater around the FDNPP.
    When TEPCO failed, the Japanese Government was forced to take action.
    If Japan fails, the UN, US, and Russia must step in.
    If humanity fails, we will see what a hundred years of Fukushima radiation does to the human genome. Sometimes, I tell myself:
    "Perhaps we are to revert to small bands of savage mutants, afterall."
    But usually I tell myself:
    "I didn't come to Planet Earth just to watch people die horrible deaths."
    And I didn't.
    🙂

    • vicky13 vicky13

      ""I didn't come to Planet Earth just to watch people die horrible deaths."
      And I didn't."

      So true!!!

    • Sickputer

      "This guy may be a bit confused, but he is definitely on the right track."

      SP: Mainly in that he doesn't know the difference between spent fuel (in six upper level ponds in six buildings plus one huge ground level Common Spent Fuel Pond versus the fissile fuel that was running in the reactor vessel of Units 1-3 prior to the Great Eastern Earthquake March 11, 2011 (AKA 311).

      But his concern is genuine and the fears valid for future contamination of the runaway melt-out fissile cores of Units 1-3. There is no technology to stop their deadly effects. Ever.

    • truthseek truthseek

      Mad Max movie series was based on post Fukushima apocalyptic based plot, who knew…it was real? I'd have never imagined it…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Wow..a cornundrum ..sponsored by the nuclear industry.
    Ahh..a bit of 'damned if you do…damned if you don't'.
    Sponsored by such brilliant minds..that failed to comprehend the full scenario of a nuclear disaster of this type.
    I take that back..these are the brilliant minds..that ran the scenarios..and built anyway.

    Index finger to chin.
    Gee.. this even involves life on the planet.
    Gee.

    END NUCLEAR POWER

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.To all those scientists with the 'God Complex'.
    You should give it up..because you are lousy at it..

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  • Peak oil? There is a ton of oil in the ground. We (Canada) alone has more oil in our tar sands then all of the Middle East. The simple fact is that there are alternate sources of energy that have been suppressed by big oil. We have been sold a bill of goods that we need oil. But this is Enenews and the topic is “Frightening”: It’s Impossible to stop groundwater entering Fukushima plant, says official — Abandoning melted fuel means contamination will always be flowing out — “I’m truly afraid… a tremendous problem… very, very serious” There will be oil in the ground after we have all been nuked the way this scenario is playing out but I hope I'm wrong.

    • byron byron

      Thanks Mark. The new word is FUKE(d) with a long U sound. The long version is FUKUSHID. 🙂 Example sentence: "The mainstream press and government fukushid for years about the disaster until everyone had cancer." The "i" on the last syllable is short as in "They hid the disaster".

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  • ftlt

    Who woulda thunk