“Growing sense of crisis” at Fukushima — Tepco “very concerned” about high levels of contamination in groundwater thought to be clean — Was to be pumped into ocean as part of bypass plan (VIDEO)

Published: September 7th, 2013 at 8:25 am ET


Reuters, Sept 6, 2013: […] Tepco said it was “very concerned” that radioactive water could flow towards a bypass it is digging to divert clean groundwater around the damaged reactors and into the sea. […] The tank that leaked radioactive water is at least 130 metres (426 feet) above the planned bypass area, but Tepco said the leak may have already reached groundwater – suggesting the bypass may have to be dug much further from the sea than planned, complicating an already fraught effort. […] Local fishermen have consistently opposed the bypass plan, and on Friday reiterated they would not accept any release of even low-radioactive water into the sea, as has been suggested by Japan’s nuclear regulator.

Bloomberg, Sept 6, 2013: […] The plan was complicated by the Sept. 4 detection of irradiated water in an area that had been thought free of contaminants. Inspectors found 650 becquerels per liter of beta radiation, which includes the contaminant strontium-90, Mayumi Yoshida, a spokeswoman for the utility known as Tepco, said today by phone. That’s more than 21 times government safety guidelines covering sea water near the plant for strontium-90, which has been linked to bone cancer. […] Since the groundwater would pass through the plant’s tank areas before entering the bypass system’s intake wells, the tainted water found this week could pose a contamination risk.

Japan Times, Sept 5, 2013: “There is the possibility that the contaminated water (from the tank), diluted by rainwater . . . has seeped into soil and reached groundwater,” Tepco said in a press release. […] The discovery of leaks from some of these tanks or from pipes feeding them, as well as radiation hot spots on the ground even where no water is evident, has created a growing sense of crisis.

NHK, Sept. 5, 2013: Officials at Tepco have warned of a potential new problem at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. […] Tepco says it collected samples of groundwater from a monitoring well about 10 meters from the faulty tank. Tests showed the water contained high levels of radioactive substances. […]

Watch the NHK broadcast here

Published: September 7th, 2013 at 8:25 am ET


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25 comments to “Growing sense of crisis” at Fukushima — Tepco “very concerned” about high levels of contamination in groundwater thought to be clean — Was to be pumped into ocean as part of bypass plan (VIDEO)

  • UncleCrusty

    I'm super glad that all the nasty radioactive stuff is staying in the harbor, and not reaching the sea. This groundwater thought to be clean that is now contaminated? Just dump it in the magic harbor and it will be fine. Nope. Nothing wrong here. Move along folks – nothing to see here.

  • Wooster

    Unfortunately there won't be any choice but to dump the water into the sea quite soon. The space for storage tanks is almost delpleted.

    At least they will good enough to apologise for doing it, so that's alright then.

    • We Not They Finally

      You think there is space left in storage tanks? Where did you get that misinformation? About 1000 tons of contaminated water per day has been going directly into the ocean for a long while now.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear technology brought this crisis

    Out of control

    Leaking radiation

    Highly dangerous

    Cesium in soil, water, milk, air, livestock, crops, seafood

    We choose safe energy for future generations and will outlaw nuclear

  • Sickputer

    The TEPCO geniuses claim they spent the past 900 days building a waterproof underground cofferdam wall around the reactors to stop leaks into the lagoon.

    Apparently this was a laudable plan, but unnecessary according to Prime Minister Abe and his fellow 2020 Olympic bid delegation cronies.

    They attested to the world Friday that the lagoon at Fukushima does not flow any water into the ocean. Apparently it is a landlocked lagoon that they didn't realize until yesterday. Reports of ships sailing in or out of the lagoon have been a clerical error and that person has been demoted.

    It's a miracle and the world has been saved. Sushi from outside the harbor is now safe to eat.

    That is all. You may now all celebrate as Tokyo wins the Olympic 2020 bid today.

  • jec jec

    Land locked Harbor-what a joke. So where are the barges coming and going with tubs of nuclear fuel waste going to? Radiactive.eu.com has photos from 3/11; recent high quality photos show barges loading along with a fluid filled tank staging area. Barge in, barge loaded by cranes..barge gone…AND OH..those LARGE ships, they WALK over the breakwater into the lagoon (sarcasm). WAIT..maybe they are trapped due to tsunami surge??? Its goes on and on, but JAPAN IS DUMPING NUCLEAR WASTE INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. And not only leaking water-those dry casks on the barge–thats not breakfast cereal. Since all nations have access to satellite photos/released stills –they are very aware. Wink Wink…I wont tell if you don't, blackmail is alive!
    It does not mean anything as to WHO in Japan is doing it..the fact is, ITS BEING DONE. Legally JAPAN is responsible; Japan is in direct violation of nuclear regulations-likely since 3/11. And the rest of the Pacific Rim and world has ignored this until recently. Bit late there guys….

    • Where did the FIRST barge that the US brought in with fresh water, and left after being filled with radioactive stuff go?

      And where do all of these other barges go with a full load of highly radioactive water?

      Secrets, secrets, so MANY secrets!

      So much killing, killing, killing to do.. isn't genocide fun?

      We can get away with it by waving a magic wand, saying radiation is harmless, and saying it is all the victims fault due to not enough smiling, too much stress, or not realizing that radiation is HEALTHY for you.

  • weeman

    I have a growing sense of crisis over tepco response to the situation and increased levels of contamination.

    May I speak directly to Japanese people please remove the children from areas within at least 350 miles of Fukushima till the spent fuel has been removed, it would be prudent to be pro active.


  • CB CB

    I have a growing sense of doom. Is it a prereq to be retarded to work for Tepco? According to the latest headlines … survey says… Yes!

  • Kill nuke before it kills you

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    • Edward Edward

      What is the probability the usa will lie, downplay the disaster like other countries, 100%. Regarding japan, the gov. is pretending things aren't bad to secure the 2020 olympics and protect the japanese economy. Disturbing that they place this above public health, environment etc. As does the united states.
      Greed and corruption is ruining this planet!!!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    100% 🙂

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “Growing sense of crisis” at Fukushima — Tepco “very concerned”

    Why weren't they very concerned with this crisis since March 11,2011?

    They should have been extremely concerned before they even built this nuclear power plant, and even more extremely concerned sll the time since March 11,2011.

    • When they get extremely, extremely, extremely panicked, then maybe we will see some progress.

      The ice wall may be symbolic for the attitude of denial around Fuku.. all frosty, cold, hard and dense, not willing to tell the truth and then to deal with facts as they REALLy are.

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Many more will fail in the future in Japan and around the world and if they start up any of the idled ones now down in Japan this planet surely will be exterminated in the near future.

    Time to shut this Nuclear Power Technology down and it needs to be done right now and very quickly!

    Intelligence is knowing when you have made a mistake and then correcting that same mistake that was made and insuring that same mistake never happens again.

    Man is either intelligent or he is not…he can't be both!

    Rather simple concept really!

  • SusanS

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  • RichardPerry

    They should direct the ground water around the plant and into the ocean a mile away, at the same time close off the port creating a closed loop. Then pump water from port storage into plants to cool them, that way they can treat the port water at will and reuse the water with next to no fresh water. They may have to treat the return water if radiation has negative effects on pumps.