Japan TV: “Radiation levels surge” at Fukushima — “Another major leak” — “Massive leak of … highly contaminated water” — “Hundreds of tons… breached barriers” (VIDEO)

Published: March 12th, 2015 at 9:57 pm ET
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TEPCO, Mar 11, 2015 (emphasis added): Fukushima Daiichi NPS Prompt Report — Tepco Reports Rainwater Containing Strontium90 Found Seeping Into Ground At Fukushima Daiichi Tank Area; No Leakage Into Ocean… approximately 750 tons of rainwater containing Strontium90 may have seeped into the ground… [TEPCO] explained that the water is unlikely to leak out to the ocean through any of its drainage channels but it is monitoring the situation… the total amount of nuclides emitting beta rays such as Strontium90 ranged from 150 to 8,300 Bequerels per liter… it is investigating the cause of the rainwater contamination…

Asahi, Mar 11, 2015: [TEPCO] reported a massive leak of radioactive rainwater… on March 10. It said hundreds of tons of contaminated rainwater breached barriers surrounding storage tanks for highly radioactive water and seeped into the ground… Highly contaminated water also leaked from the same area and seeped into the ground in summer 2013… In the latest leakage, workers discovered bubbles at the junctions of side ditches in the area. Officials said this indicated that contaminated rainwater had seeped through the junctions and into the ground.

NHK, Mar 11, 2015: Radioactive rainwater leak at Fukushima plant — The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says an estimated 750 tons of rainwater with relatively high levels of radioactivity has been leaked… TEPCO officials said the rainwater was 15 centimeters deep at 10:30 PM on Monday, but the figure had fallen to 8 centimeters shortly after 8 AM on Tuesday… They say the water inside the dam contained up to 8,300 becquerels per liter of beta-particle-emitting substances. TEPCO officials say all the water has now been collected. They say the drainage channel to the ocean is buried underground and it is unlikely that the water flowed into the ocean.

Jiji Press, Mar 11, 2015: TEPCO initially put the amount of leaked rainwater at 400 tons. The number was revised to 747 tons.

Arirang, Mar 12, 2015: Another major leak at… Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this week may have raised radiation levels in nearby waters. [TEPCO] told Seoul-based Yonhap News that the radiation levels in water collected on Wednesday were 30 times higher than the sample collected on Monday. TEPCO said earlier this week that nearly [750] tons of contaminated rainwater had escaped the plant.

NHK, Mar 11, 2015: Groundwater radiation levels surge after leak –  [TEPCO] says levels of radioactive material in groundwater have surged 30-fold, apparently after contaminated rainwater leaked outside a barrier… [It] estimates the leak at about 750 tons of rainwater, and it says levels of beta ray-emitting substances [were] 8,300 becquerels per liter. On Wednesday, TEPCO measured 11,000 becquerels per liter in groundwaterup from 370 becquerels…

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108 comments to Japan TV: “Radiation levels surge” at Fukushima — “Another major leak” — “Massive leak of … highly contaminated water” — “Hundreds of tons… breached barriers” (VIDEO)

  • bo bo

    NHK link here is missing I think


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  • A Boy Called Heather

    This is total INEPTCO B.S. I no longer believe these leaks are accidents, they are just trying to muddy the waters when it comes to deliberate releases and there effects.


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    • bowling

      I know it sounds cynical but the history of nuclear power reads like this"we will find a way to get rid of the wastes!" THE WAY TEPCO IS DOING THIS is not inept to.them. it is their business model. IT is the ongoing business model for all of nuclear except maybe some parts of chernobyl. They never do find a way to safely get rid of wastes. The ongoing disasters at hanford.where vitrification is not working. The numerous huge nuclear waste piles and reactors just.abandoned right in the middle of communities to kill everyone are examples. More than a trillion gallons of high level radioactive waste pumped into more than 6800 wells around the us. DU artillery ranges in virtually every state in the us. Nuclear reactors and ships sunk. Dumps full of cobalt 60 medical waste. IT IS ALL A SCAM always has been. I am quite sure you are right heather.They are not leaks! The whole.thing is a criminal.operation always has been.


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      • nedlifromvermont

        thank you, bowling … these are my thoughts exactly … and connected to the British Crown and French nationalist desire to commercialize uranium resources in French Africa, Canada and Australia, not to mention the "client state United States, which had led the way with the wartime Manhattan (District) Project … and the serf-like chosen businesses, from General Electric to Monsanto, to DuPont and Kerr McGee, from Halliburton to Boeing and Westinghouse, all the usual suspect "national champion" corporations, grown fat off an immoral and unconstitutional (Price Anderson) development of uranium production (bombs, delivery systems and uranium fission electric power) … a business model which rivals the automobile industry in macro terms … all of it illegal and immoral!!!!

        Put that up your White Anglo Saxon Protestant butt and smoke it!

        How does it make you feel to have been so badly betrayed by "big business" (and the British Crown and the French Ancien Regime … not to mention Great Grand-daddy Coffin's General Electric Company …

        Say no more … we jump and die …

        peace my 'newser friends … just musing … lost in the valley of the night …. etc.


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      • jo

        > bowling,
        Please supply a reference for your claim, "More than a trillion gallons of high level radioactive waste pumped into more than 6800 wells around the us."
        This is news to me. Want to read more about it, for ex. where ARE these wells?


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      • bowling

        Virtually every state in the us has a radioactive shooting range with depleted uranium bullets. Half have had underground nuclear bombs detonated. Half have nuclear reactors with hundreds of thousand of tons of nuc high level nuclear waste right there.  They dump billions of gallons of radioactive water into every waterway in the east us.  Thee are 7000 uranium mines, 100 uranium mills and tailings ponds, 3000 nuclear waste dumps, 300 plutonium uranium medical isotope facilities across the the us. Every city has a thousand gallons of radioactive isotopes 1 oz of which would fry your ass if exposed to it.   inglammation immune system inflammation. BY THE WAY JO AND FARMER THE INFOERRMATION I GOT ABOUT HALIBURTON PUMPING TRILLIONS OF GALLONS OF NUCLEAR WASTE INTO THE GROUNDIN WELLS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES CAME FROM SEVERAL ARTICLES FROM ROGERTHATS RESEARCH. HE IS A RESEARCH GENIUS. IT IS HERE ON ENENEWS.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      If they're talking about the water leaking into the channel in front of the reactor buildings, we already know those channels drain directly into the ocean. The channel/moat-like thing between the plant and ocean was designed to leach water into the ocean.

      Didn't check out the article closely, so I'm not sure what channel TEPCO is referring to ….

      Sounds like the typical TEPCO drivel and excuse for more deliberate dumping, sloppy procedures, or outright carelessness.

      Rule of Engagement #1: If it's an official TEPCO pronoucement, don't believe it. Think of what 1.) isn't being said, or 2.) the opposite of what's being said, and #2: if it's quantified, multiply by a factor of 10, 100, 1,000, 100,000, 1,000,000 or more, and you likely have something closer to the truth.

      TEPCO = INEPTCO when they're not in outright lying mode.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        BTW, there was an Enenews article which appeared about a year ago, maybe a bit longer ago, discussing how the water in the ditch/channel in front of the plant leaches water into the sea.

        We also know there is a huge crack under Reactor #2 building (yes, it's Fukushima Daichi, not Daini) that also allows water to drain directly into the underground river and aquifer below the plant.

        The ground under the plant has been in a basically liquefied state, much of the time since 3/11, especially during the winter months, and the monsoon season.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        TEPCO = INEPTCO when they're not in outright lying mode.

        And that is giving them the benefit of the doubt.


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  • Bay Area Guy 2

    Oh thank God it only leaked into the ground. Because, ground water never, NEVER seeks the lowest level around which would probably be what? Maybe the ocean? Idiots.

    On a lighter note, it might be easier on the site Admin if he only posted on days when TEPCO did NOT screw something up. I figure he'd have one story a month…..tops.

    I commented on a story on sfgate.com, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle. There was a story where one of the comments said something about the ocean dying because of global warming. I commented that global warming came in far behind Fuku when it came to killing the ocean. Someone commented on my comment that the dilution of the radioactive material in the ocean made radiation infinitesimal. I politely suggested he look at some of the horror stories on this site and then shook my head at the fact that probably 99.9% of the people on this planet think that Fuku is not a problem any longer. Hitler was right. If you keep telling the big lie often enough, people will believe it.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      BayAreaGuy2, good point. Was thinking same, the water will seek the lowest possible level it can before coming to rest.


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    • We Not They Finally

      The dilution myth is one of the nastier ones to be loaded onto the public. They forget about air currents, water currents, bio-accumulation, bio-magnification, escalating, exponentially increasing, ongoing, cumulative, new fissioning, no remedies….

      But I guess that the people who believe that at least get to enjoy their fish [sarc]. Then when they get to the doctor's office, they can learn that they have some deadly disease because the fishies swam around in water a degree or more too warm?


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  • johnnyo

    …..
    Relative to what?
    Last weeks record high death spew?
    Work to wake daily


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  • Nuclear complex number 2 clears govt 'safety' screening in Japan. Ready to restart.

    Takahama Reactors Clear Screening
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclearwatch/20150216.html


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  • Uranium_Mountain Uranium_Mountain

    If this same leak happened in the United States at one of our NPP's, there would be an uproar. No, wait a minute, Halliburton did it with Uranium Hexafluoride and did our government care? Not a fuck was given that day. No. Not one. Their stock actually went up. Imagine that.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      right UM, plenty examples of accidents and sloppy work and disregard for life in general. There is an open pit uranium mine northwest of Spokane Washington, on the Indian Reservation of course, declared super fund sight but sorry… no funds.??? Yo Kathy McMorris-Rodgers, do you give a shit? Uranium dust just blowing around, or leaching into the river, making people sick all over up there, someone should go door to door and do a wellness survey, bet there are tons of really sick folks, but hey, at least that corporation got to make all that money.

      Capitalism, sadly, is the great destroyer of Earth as a planet able to sustain life.


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      • 3,200 Abandoned Uranium Mines in Just 4 States, Broken Treaties, Uranium Dust Blowing Over US Mount Rushmore Monument; via @AGreenRoad
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/11/3200-abandone-uranium-mines-in-just-4.html


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        • Golomt – Dangers Of “In-Situ Leach” (ISL) Mining And Heap Leach Method, Ulaanbadrakh, Mongolia
          http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/12/golomt-dangers-of-in-situ-leach-isl.html


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Wow, no wonder the CPM counts and RadNet counts (when we can see them) are SOOOOO high in Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. Sheesh. How awful. Why is it the Native Americans or First Nations peoples, Aborgines, and similar peoples ALWAYS get screwed when uranium mining, nuclear testing, dumping, mine abandonment, or whatever, happens?

          We'll be happy to write bogus treaties for you giving you rights to the land, except when we need it as part of our global garbage heap, or for purposes of resource extraction.

          So it seems ….


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          • PlowboyGrownUp

            It goes on and on, breaking of treaties "In a landslide eighty-nine to eleven vote the senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The 585 billion dollar defense bill had some unusual riders attached to it causing a major fuss, namely the “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act” which will remove Native Americans off of their sacred grounds so that the Australian–English mining firm Rio Tinto can mine the copper deposits underneath. The act will force many of the Apache tribe off of their “protected lands” so that foreign companies may profit." They just attach a 'rider' to a bill that is sure to pass…http://www.saltybadger.com/2014/12/us-government-indian-gives-indian-lands.html


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            • PlowboyGrownUp

              Quoting the source link "Rio Tinto senior media advisor Gary Franz had this to say about the topic.

              “We are just glad that the United States Government finally caved to our pressure. It’s taken a long time to reach this point, but now we can finally move those savages off of our copper and get to mining. We will be patient while we give the Apache time to leave on their own accord. However those that attempt to remain on their lands will be subject to the Trail of Tears 2.0 clause of the act. We understand that some of the Arizona community may be potentially upset by the outcome of this situation. We would like to take the opportunity to say that maybe if your great granddaddy braves had fought a little harder, you wouldn’t be in this situation. War happened. You guys lost. Get over it. Several people have come forward to warn us about repercussions of our actions, but our scientists have assured us that there is no factual evidence to support a link between disturbing ancient burial grounds and haunting by ancestral spirits so good game, you.” "


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              • We Not They Finally

                That is the most revolting thing I've read in a long time and I've read a lot of revolting things. Bad enough, way bad enough, when Native Americans get granted the worst land agriculturally — dusty and dry, but then they have to cede "the mineral rights." But for companies (and foreign companies?) to rush in with their vitriolic racism and just outright force people off their lands and with arrogance, is beyond the pall.

                May the spirits haunt them badly. But even if not here, some other place, some other time. No one gets away with that kind of inhumanity forever.

                BTW, the NDAA does a lot of other bad things. Shame on so many Senators voting for it.


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                • We Not They Finally

                  These criminals are quoting the Trail of Tears as a GOOD thing? This is WAY too despicable all
                  round for the Senate to have passed this bill without deleting the riders! Shame on the corporation moving in (it is THEY who are truly "savages") forever. The gates of hell are wide open for these folks. But shame on the Senators too. Shame on all of them.


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                • DUD DisasterInterpretationDissorder

                  Human "civilisation" under the "growth dogma " aka we made self restriction illegal and for slaves (the majority) only.. has become such a raging insult to itself it should be wiped of the face of the earth pronto aka asap.. , "lucky" enough , it is doing an excellent job accomplishing that..
                  wait..did i really had to be born to come to this conclusion.. interesting times.. those last tree minutes of satan's orgy..interesting as observing my fellow man , under evil control of the super evil elite.., executing me and you can be..
                  It has been said before.. we sooooo deserve what is happening to us..to share in the pain we inflict..that is the Only justice occuring related to our existence..


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      • Shaker1

        Not defending the capitalism that's practiced, but it's just a theory.

        But that's the problem with capitalism, isn't it? The theory doesn't account for the humans to which it might be applied. Same with any other modern economic theory that I've seen. It's people who do the dirty work despite capitalism's theory and its vaunted 'practicality' and 'efficiency'. (Those are illusions anyway, always have been. But that's OT.


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      • tbg

        Now Washington is going to try to become the new leader in Nuclear, thanks to that nuke shill Sharon Brown. She introduced several nuclear bills that have passed the Senate, hopefully they wont pass the Senate but I'm not too sure with these imbeciles. Shill Conca's Forbes piece lays it out all, although Ive got to give it to him, he's not afraid to put it all out there for his lizard masters.
        http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/03/12/cant-all-nuclear-just-get-on-the-same-page/
        The few MSM news stories here in western wa about the bills didn't even bother to explain what they really were, and what it meant. I printed and read the actual bills, as I always do if I care about a bill, so I knew what they meant. At least the TCH has a hanford section and they finally went into some detail now that its passed the Senate and they no longer have to worry about the honorable lizard Sen Brown coming down to the TCH office and eating them for any bad nuclear PR.

        http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/03/06/3444771_nuclear-education-small-reactor.html

        Oh and if your in the Washington area and want to inhale additional plutonium particulate, they're opening up Hanford B Reactor tours again! For a limited time, get it while its hot!!!

        http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/03/08/3448043/ready-set-go-registration-for.html


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      • PraisingJesus Praising Jesus

        All economic forms are destroying the earth. Police states are destroying it even faster. Communism, fascism, socialism are destroying the earth. Pure capitalism doesn't even exist anywhere. If the US had only capitalism or even modified capitalism, nuclear energy would not exist because it is not economically viable. Can't be insured, can't exist without corporate welfare and government subsidies.


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  • Checkmate

    Happy New Year everyone, this is Mar. 12, 2015, the first day of the beginning of year 5 starting since 4 FUKUs blew up and has continuing hissing. And to celebrate, TEPCO has even better news for us to start out the beginning of year 5. Now there is even more hissing with added Strontium, but hey it is staying in the soil…don't worry and it is all confined to only Japan. TEPCO has told everyone (and I believe them)that they have an invisible protective shield around FUKU so nothing escapes into the air or water. So relax everyone. I can hardly wait to see what the next news from TEPCO is- I bet it will be just great…like they are really progressing by putting everything into trash bags so nothing escapes. It's just a shame the TEPCO officials and government won't be put in the trash bags too, because I think all SH%T should be bagged and buried.


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  • Johnny Blade

    I posted the RSOE-EDIS link to this event much earlier today but saw nothing about it until now[?] Thanks for catching/posting this one Admin! :) There's never been a better time for me to keep my promises,in this case,the one made yesterday promising not another long-winded rant or plea about the end of nuclear or nuclear being the end of us all,in addition to all other radiation-intolerant living things already gone or on their way out! I suppose the earlier link could be as easily dismissed as my emo crap too though[??] It sounded like a "rerun" of a hundred other "massive leaks" of hundreds of tons of Shitium flowing out of that festering,NE Japan shithole created & kept in constant chaos by TEPCO & their creepy cohorts[?!] "Same Shitium,different day" is all…PEACE…


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  • Shaker1

    Oh, it looks so well ordered from these overheads, doesn't it? Likely not any conclusion one would come to if intimate with ground level at the site. And then, this is constructed by whom?

    Crappy tanks that are meant to be temporary, lord only knows the amount of contamination in each (Has anyone seen a tank by tank breakdown? I haven't.) or anything other than how radiation might generally impact such systems. They're so good at robots…I know they lessened the manual checks…Christ, we have robots that vacuum our living rooms. I know there's bremsstrahlung that might things difficult, and there is the above ground piping to evade, but basically the piping and any above ground objects are known points. Might there be a robotic crew, even if they have to change out PC boards now and then.


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  • Checkmate

    Hbjon, you are a scream and I mean funny. That is the best idea I have heard of yet- you should forward it to the White House immediately before the Russians or Chinese do it after reading your comment here…lol.

    I can see real estate going up in price in the Rockies…lol.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    I'm always on duty for America.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      The idea is the result of a computation on the equation of the optimum solution. Nobody knows the full potential of these mysterious new windmills and nobody knows what will happen when they eventually test their full power. Will the earths rotation speed up and shorten the span of a day by several minutes, increasing the number of days in a year? Will California and the west coast get blown into the ocean? Perhaps the risks outweigh the benefits and the plan should be suspended. I don't believe it is an unwarranted gamble to at least give it a try.


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  • NitWit

    Not really "new(s)" but expected.

    All this decaying stuff and nobody knows who to stuff it back in containment?

    I'd think about that and I'm nitwit.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Let it rain, let it pour, let it rain a whole lot more. I've got them beta leaking blues….


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  • razzz razzz

    I have every confidence that TEPCO will figure out how to deal with radioactive groundwater, a spill which they caused, as soon as they stop the radioactive exposure coming from the roof of Unit 2. After four years of melted cores themselves, everything thing else seems as if minor importance.

    The radioactive counts are mind boggling except now at Daiichi it is an everyday ho hum experience. I guess the wow and shock factor values have worn off.

    Japan doesn't need nuclear power, there is no reason to suffer more meltdowns on a quake prone island by restarting any of the idle or damaged nuke power plants located there.


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  • First rain of the season here. Duck and cover, Folks
    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation

    And Get the Rad Word Out

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    Nifty cards are easy to print, pass out and leave about.
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    Keep an eye on Dana testing in B.C.
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    Donate,too
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    Fukushima Day 1463
    http://www.rockythedog.net/F/fuked.html


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Ineptco clown car!
    Again!


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  • Nick

    Here we go 'round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, all time long.

    An eeeensie teeensie weeensie bit of somewhat radioactive hydrogen-dioxide
    escaped from TEPCon's ability to obfuscate the fact that things are beyond
    FUBAR at what used to be one of the world's largest nuclear electrical generating stations located precariously close to what used to be one of the largest pristine bodies of water in the solar-system. But don't be alarmed, scientists are frantically trying to get you to be impressed with water on other moons.

    Soon Japanese robotic spacecraft will venture off in search of pure water….

    My ioneyes!


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  • Nick

    I thought Rod atom boy said that radiation diminishes over time? The WNA doesn't seem too alarmed, neither does the UN, or the IAEA for that matter.

    Aren't we supposed to be rivetted to civil unrest here in the US instead of worrying about awol reactor fission piles and fools' pools?

    Why are you people keeping The Fukushima Fiasco in our faces? The computer models all give us 23 years before carbon-based life-forms mutate into
    corporate tentacled teat-sucking bores.

    Oh wait. Maybe that is already happened?


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  • Nick

    has

    (example of a brain pan doing 3 things at once, GMI creep)


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  • earthsmith

    Whew!…old news, cause for a second there I thought…..fools!


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  • mrutopian mrutopian

    It is 450 tons, no, 750 tons, yea, that's it! Darn idiots will believe anything, it is really 10,000 tons!!!!!!!! Hahahahahaha! Hey govt. give us some more money from our victims, we got it under control. Pass the saki.


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  • Would I be correct to judge that we are in an ELE event right now where these massive releases of radiation will continue for many decades until life cannot continue? Granted this scenario is a slower process than the collapse of an SFP?

    If so, would anyone care to guess in years how long it will take before the northern hemisphere will be uninhabitable? I feel sure that D.C. or Pentagon has computed this.

    For example, the global elites agenda to reduce the population by 90 percent will automatically occur now without a world war or pandemic. Current oil demand will decrease as the population dies off. The problem of the damage to our bodies from GMOs is now mute as we absorb increased amounts of radiation from the biosphere. The problems and possible solutions to all world problems can be forgotten as they will all be eliminated along with the demise of the world population. Even if it took 100 years for a substantial die off, that time will pass quickly for the super wealthy who want to survive. I am guessing the global elite will need their money to research how best to save themselves without passing on damaged DNA to their future progeny. They might be required to live several thousand years in special bunkers long after the rest of us are gone. The current situation is interesting when we project out a completely new set of problems.


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    • m, you give the 'elites' WAYYYYY too much credit. They do not know enough to be able to kill off 90% of the population without killing themselves as well. They are dying just like everyone else.. they are not immune to radiation, GMO, vaccines, irradiated foods, lead, 20,000 chemicals, DU dust, etc..

      They are drinking the poison of their own making… rest assured.


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      • Those bunkers that the 'elites' have built for themselves are almost totally useless. Consider a global nuclear war… all life killed. 400 nuclear plants melt down, melt out and blow up, releasing all of their contents due to being blown into smithereens by atomic blasts. Now add 400 spent fuel pool contents and a couple thousand nuclear ships and subs, a few hundred thousand medical isotope labs, hospitals all filled with nuclear materials that would also be released.

        The radiation levels would be insane off the charts globally.

        Nothing and no one would live through that. If they could filter the air and keep it up for 100,000 years, store enough food and water and vitamins for that long, and then come up above ground, there would still be nothing left above ground.


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  • Nick

    Relatively high water escaped containment.

    It is hoped that, given time, this water won't be stoned for long.

    In other news….

    ….TEPCon announced a new diaper product that will be worn by 67% of adults working at the site. Twice the rad capacity as the old ones that have been in use since 3/11/11…..

    ….also: The 2020 Olympic Committee toured the site of a new playing field outside of Fukushima. They hope to level the playing field so that athletes can absorb mutagenic substances more easily and dispense with the need to provide rad detectors since it will be assumed that everyone has received an equally lethal dose….


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  • Dr Goodheart,

    I love your description of the impossible odds of the global elite surviving the ELE. I feel much better knowing they will be going with the rest of us.


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  • Checkmate

    Mth…you hit the nail on the head about declining population and oil not needed. This probably is the reason why the Rockafellows for the first time in 120 year history have sold all their assets and stock in oil companies about a month ago as reported in the financial press…and not because they expect a short term downturn in oil as others may think…


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  • So, according to Tepco; NO plobrem! The water just leaked into the soil of the site.. And the site isn't connected to the ocean, at all, right?
    They say this extremely heavy water is contained?
    Uhmmm. Bull!


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/03/12/3691707_nuclear-energy-issues-deserve.html?rh=1

    Guest Opinion: Nuclear energy issues deserve open, accurate discourse
    GUEST OPINION: IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY
    BY JOHN J. GROSSENBACHER
    March 12, 2015

    - this is fun for the comments lol


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  • rogerthat

    http://kunm.org/post/los-alamos-may-face-stricter-runoff-regulations

    Los Alamos May Face Stricter Runoff Regulations

    By RITA DANIELS

    Should Los Alamos National Labs and Los Alamos County be held to the Clean Water Act standards for stormwater runoff that ends up in the Rio Grande? That’s the question the Environmental Protection Agency is weighing. A public comment period on the matter will begin soon.

    Amigos Bravos, a New Mexico organization that works on river water issues, filed a petition with the federal regulator last summer. Rachel Conn, who runs the nonprofit, said they discovered high levels of heavy metals and radioactive contaminants were not coming from toxic industrial sites at LANL but rather from water cascading off of buildings and pavement after storms.

    “When it rains, the water picks up all those little particles of contamination,” Conn explained, “and the rainwater goes into our canyons, into the tributaries and eventually into the Rio Grande.”

    The EPA could decide in the coming months that LANL and urban pockets within the county will have to start operating under a special permit that requires cleanup of the stormwater runoff.

    Both the lab and the county have taken issue with the environmentalists’ petition.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/afaad6725941445c9a11f856dad78ebe/TN–TVA-Watts-Bar

    Environmental group wants nuclear regulators to consider flood, earthquake risks at Watts Bar
    By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
    March 11, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — An environmental group wants federal regulators to withhold the licensing of a nuclear power plant along the Tennessee River unless the commission first takes into account flood and earthquake risks at the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor.

    The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has filed a response with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission saying that NRC staff has disregarded a report saying that earthquake risk is now greater than what the reactor was originally designed to withstand.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates the nuclear plant about 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga, issued a statement disagreeing with the earthquake risk.

    The environmental group says the regulatory commission appears to be postponing its analysis of greater earthquake and flooding risks until after the reactor is licensed.

    "If there is something that's related — a very important safety concern about earthquakes, seismic events and then subsequent flooding risks — why not address it and make sure things are being done properly before issuing the operating license?" asked Sara Barczak, the group's program director. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Mar-12/290516-lebanon-speaker-sues-over-radioactive-imports.ashx

    The Daily Star
    BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has filed a lawsuit against merchants responsible for importing radioactive products into Lebanon, a judicial source told The Daily Star Thursday.

    Berri filed the case with the State Prosecution Office Wednesday morning, on behalf of himself as both a citizen of Lebanon and the speaker of Parliament, the source added.

    The case targets those who participated “in the crime of importing radioactive products to Lebanon, which has negative effects on public health and the environment.”

    Berri requested that the locations of radioactive products be determined, the suspects detained and the material sent back to the source.

    State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud tasked criminal investigators with carrying out the probe.

    The speaker had expressed his concern over the matter in his regular meeting with MPs who visited him Wednesday at his Ain al-Tineh residence in Beirut.

    The move came after the local newspaper As-Safir reported Tuesday that Defense Minister Samir Moqbel had made a decision to transform a military base in Adloun into a landfill for radioactive waste.

    After Berri voiced his rejection to the plan, Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi assured him that it would not go through. …


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    • rogerthat

      The Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research Mouin Hamzeh also told As-Safir that the plan violated environmental laws, because the landfill would be close to touristic and residential areas.

      However, Berri told MPs Wednesday that a plan to store the dangerous waste in Adloun was still being weighed by officials.

      Storing radioactive material violates international conventions that Lebanon has signed, Berri noted.

      As-Safir’s report also stated that “gangs and mafias” had been smuggling radioactive products from Syria and Iraq through illegal crossings on the Lebanese borders.

      But once the products arrive to Lebanon and are found to be radioactive, Lebanon is banned from selling or deporting them, according to international conventions.


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  • rogerthat

    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/235352-nuke-regulator-chided-for-safety-sluggishness

    … Public Citizen on Wednesday accused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of “sluggishness” in improving nuclear reactor safety standards that could have "potentially lethal consequences." …

    The NRC "has yet to require nuclear power plant operators to complete implementation of a single one of the post-Fukushima safety upgrades recommended by the agency’s own staff,” Fisher said. “Not a single one."

    Furthermore, only four of those recommendations are even on track to be implemented in the coming years, she added, while no action has been taken on many of the other recommendations.

    Fisher also pointed out that some nuclear reactors do not comply with current safety standards. She even suggested that the NRC may be “knowingly allowing plants to operate with safety deficiencies." …


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  • rogerthat

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/stuxnet-leak-probe-stalls-for-fear-of-confirming-us-israel-involvement/

    Stuxnet leak probe stalls for fear of confirming US-Israel involvement
    Obama admin wants to prosecute leakers but doesn't want to admit Stuxnet role.

    by Dan Goodin – Mar 12, 2015

    A criminal leak investigation into a top military official has stalled out of concern it could force US officials to confirm joint US-Israeli involvement behind the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program, according to a media report published Wednesday. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://grist.org/climate-energy/thanks-to-californias-disclosure-law-were-finding-out-whats-in-fracking-wastewater-and-it-aint-pretty/

    … From the report:

    Petroleum chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive elements, plus high levels of dissolved solids, are among the pollutants found in fracking wastewater samples tested under the new disclosure program.

    They include benzene, chromium-6, lead and arsenic — all listed under California’s Proposition 65 as causes of cancer or reproductive harm.

    Nearly every one of the 293 samples tested contained benzene at levels ranging from twice to more than 7,000 times the state drinking water standard.

    The wastewater also carried, on average, thousands of times more radioactive radium than the state’s public health goals consider safe, as well as elevated levels of potentially harmful ions such as nitrate and chloride.

    In addition to the universal presence of benzene, the neurotoxin toluene was detected in 83 percent of samples. As residents of fracked communities can tell you, living near a gas well with those chemicals in the air may cause health problems from headaches and nausea to benign and malignant tumors. …


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  • rogerthat

    A bit off topic, but excellent work:

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/column/AJ201503120022

    COMMENTARY: Depopulated areas in Fukushima learned bitter lessons from dams
    March 12, 2015

    By TOSHIHIDE UEDA/ Senior Staff Writer

    FUKUSHIMA–I recently saw “DamNation,” a documentary film that portrays advocates of dam removal who have turned that goal into a reality in the United States.

    The film shows what rivers are, and what we have lost as a result of building dams along them.

    The 2014 U.S. movie was released in Tokyo in November. It has since been shown in Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya and elsewhere. …


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    It's not about all these little old TEPCO "leaks".
    An underground "river" flows under the plant, from the inland mountains, emptying into the Pacific Ocean.
    Under the plant's reactors are corium lava tubes, where the groundwater is in direct contact with nuclear debris.
    As a result of this continuous leaching, the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem is in a state of collapse.
    TEPCO has not yet completed an underground impermeable wall to isolate the underground corium from this groundwater river.
    Nor will TEPCO even acknowledge that they have let things get way out of hand at Fukushima.
    TEPCO has been busy preserving "shareholder value." ;)


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  • We Not They Finally

    "TEPCO officials say all the water has now been collected. They say the drainage channel to the ocean is buried underground and it is unlikely it flowed to the ocean."

    How dyslexically disabled are we supposed to be to even make ourselves get through this crap? There is NO water there, EVER, that has been "all collected." And if a drainage channel is "to the ocean," then it does go to the ocean, right? Or are there just undisclosed nano-robots in the water routing it inland like little drill sargeants? Oh, I forgot. There AREN'T robots even. Four years and counting and they have yet to build ONE that will withstand the gamma rays and the Wigner effect.

    How do the newscasters even keep their composure on t.v. when they report this manufactured crap?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Under panties! Oh my! :)


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  • DannieJ DannieJ

    We must be very close to some kind of tipping point by now.

    History however takes many years to unfold.

    Get of out of debt if you can.


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    • DannieJ DannieJ

      Goddamnit! This site needs an edit function.

      Get out of debt!


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    • Now that major agencies (nuclear industry related head honchos have no doubt read the most damning statistics) we can use a recent extensive report to pluck facts, figures and summaries from… to use in the comment sections of mainstream media articles.

      http://www.worldnuclearreport.org/WNISR2014.html
      POWERFUL debunking data there!
      Summary "The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014 provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR assesses the status of new-build programs in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. A 20-page chapter on nuclear economics looks at the rapidly changing market conditions for nuclear power plants, whether operating, under construction, or in the planning stage. Reactor vendor strategies and the “Hinkley Point C Deal” are analyzed in particular. The performance on financial markets of major utilities is documented.

      The WNISR2013 featured for the first time a Fukushima Status Report that triggered widespread media and analyst attention. The 2014 edition entirely updates that Fukushima chapter.

      The Nuclear Power vs. Renewable Energy chapter that provides comparative data on investment, capacity, and generation has been greatly extended by a section on system issues. How does nuclear power perform in systems with high renewable energy share? Is this the end of traditional base-load/peak-load concepts?"


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  • 4th year of Fukushima damage and we have our own milestone. 3 people to go and we hit 25,000 http://enenews.com likes!


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  • Arto's latest investigation gives me the shakes….
    you need to get cam access to all of japan's reactors….
    Arto believes that all of Japan's reactors went dead…30sec without elec they're belly up….all the transformers blew…
    they are ALL on the same electric grid….
    i really cannot believe this revelation…but the science and evidence holds…GIC (geomagnetic induced current DC)…

    https://youtu.be/38rFInEFsYU


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