Japan Officials: Nuclear “event” at Fukushima from radioactive release into ocean? -AP

Published: September 16th, 2013 at 4:43 pm ET
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Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2013: [...] As a preventive step, workers [...] were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water.  [Tepco] said the rainwater was being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. Tepco said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea. The government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, however, said the pumping and release of the rainwater into the ocean was possibly ‘‘an event’’ subject to reporting under nuclear safety rules. Tepco said the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant were checking. [...]

International Science Times, Sept. 16, 2013:  [...] working around the clock to avoid the risk of tank leaks [...] workers pump accumulating rain water that has been pooling around hundreds of storage tanks that contain radioactive water. Should the tanks puncture, radioactive water will mix with rainwater and seep into the soil or flow into the sea. [...]

See also: "Emergency measure" underway at Fukushima plant after typhoon -- Contaminated water being pumped into Pacific

Published: September 16th, 2013 at 4:43 pm ET
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  • Low Level Radiation Causes Premature, Accelerated Aging, Chronic Diseases In Young, Increased Premature Deaths; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/low-level-radiation-causes-premature.html

    List Of All Genetically Linked Diseases Caused By Low Level Radiation Exposure; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/09/list-of-all-genetically-linked-diseases_1674.html


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    • We Not They Finally

      Thanks for reminding us. I mean really. Just wish there were better terminology than "low level." It's cumulative, which many/most people do not even know; and it selectively concentrates in the body. All "low level" means is that you are not hit suddenly with a bomb!


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  • Radiation is leaking in the Pacific on sunny days too. The storm might give Tepco/Japan an extra chance to get rid of more nuclear waste but they can't be trusted on sunny days, either. Seafood not on my menu due to bio-magnification.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    According to Fukushima Diary:announced before discharge) → (announced after discharge)

    2,000→20,000 Bq/m3
    6,000→10,000 Bq/m3
    3,000→6,000 Bq/m3
    8,000→15,000 Bq/m3


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  • kintaman kintaman

    What will need to happen for Tokyo to lose the 2020 Olympics?


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    • We Not They Finally

      The chances of its happening by 2020 are so remote, that maybe they have ALREADY lost it and just don't know it. On the other hand, maybe it will take a loud public announcement to "Run for your lives!" Competitive athletes think that it is worth anything to get a gold medal. But it is in no way worth THIS. Tokyo has already been tested as highly toxic. (See Chris Busby, also Arnie Gundersen on that.)


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  • Sickputer

    The events have already happened (toxic sludge in Tokyo Bay, Tokyo watershed contaminated, suspect food being sold daily in Tokyo, the complex still out of control both by air and by seawater).

    What will have to happen is an open dialogue about the health risks created by those events.


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  • InfoPest InfoPest

    Arnie Gunderson already walked around Tokyo and collected and tested soil samples that would be considered a NO GO ZONE in the USA. Now half the countries in the world are going to send their Olympians there. All it will take is one or two countries to do the same tests as Arnie and withdraw from the games claiming it's a contaminated city. Having the Olympics in Tokyo will shine a very bright light on the entire nuclear industry. Good for us, bad for them.


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  • Jebus

    This, the Worlds Worst Nuclear Disaster, is no longer their Nuclear Disaster, it is no longer our Nuclear Disaster, it has become the Planet Earth's Nuclear Disaster…


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  • 2020 Olympics brought to you by Tepco/Japan/US/GE/IAEA Totally Awesome Nuclear Disaster.

    Don't worry folks it will still be bubbling away in 2020.


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  • See this is the problem, being that most of us sorely lack a nuclear education. Just wasn't part of the public school curriculum. So I don't know what the technical reasons are for only measuring beta and only reporting strontium except to come up with a lower figure. Any contaminated water should have beta gamma and alpha radiation. Tepco's reasoning is only released in Japanese so good luck with the English translation provided by Google.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tepco.co.jp%2Fnews%2F2013%2F1230605_5311.html&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=UTF-8


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  • Lilith

    The Olympics are the best thing that could happen for Fuku I think. Obviously these events must not take place and Fuku MUST be addressed! This is the perfect opportunity for enenewsers and activists to educate coaches, athletes, their families, and participating countries about the seriousness of this situation! I know most want to turn a blind eye to our message, but try we must!! If enough groups wake up and realize what is going on and actually care, we have ambitious, cause seeking ( egos and gold but hey we can convince them of a bigger cause), mouth pieces or comrades to work with that are getting TONS of media attention!! If they refuse to participate and demand a new venue, then Tokyo and Fuku get public global admonishment, and perhaps global outcry!! If Tokyo has the Greedy Balls to Think they are hosting the Olympics then world wake up and see the radiation!! Bring on the Media Eye Tokyo!! Do you really think you dare?? Then again, thinking is not really a trait I would use to describe this place :( my husband was a foreign exchange student in Japan many years ago. He looked on his FB page today for some inside info about man yi but his friends there post about lunch or how cute fluff crap instead. He says his friends in Tokyo have not ever discussed Fuku really at all ever!!


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  • Lilith

    Dr. Goodheart,
    You are most excellent btw..
    I have meant to tell you for some time <3


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Agreed. The good doctor is awesome. We all like doctors and trust their best judgment. Why is that? Could it be because they fondled our genitalia when we were children looking for hernias or lumps? Could it be because they were there when we took our first breath of air? Could it be because they oversaw the death camps and gas chambers of NAZI Germany? There are some good doctors, but like any organization that has political pull, a group of thugs with big guns can capture it. And they do capture it. They have captured it. You, I, any everyone else will succumb to their witchcraft eventually. They won't have to use contrast for the CT Scan Imagery anymore. We will all be lighting up like Christmas trees soon.


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  • Lilith

    Aaah Hbjon!
    Greetings and Salutations!
    Like your observations on doctors, authority, and thugs :)
    I like Dr. Goodheart's logical and informative contribution to enenews, and appreciate their subtle sense of humor as well :)
    I too see this rather blind misplaced faith and authority people confer to doctors.
    There are naive well intentioned doctors trying to do good with the tools they believe in, but they are employed, educated, and indoctrinated by drug pushing thugs with the eye on control and profit. Healthy people do not need doctors but sick ones do. Drugs are designed to create dependence and thus repeat daily consumers not cure. Much of medicine is and has been dishonest and cruel.
    I for one DO NOT believe in doctors, nor do you it seems ;)
    I personally am a victim of doctors so learned these lessons.
    My mother allowed doctors to perform an unnecessary clitorotomy for which I was awake . My tonsils were needlessly removed. My thyroid was radiated , creating a lifetime thyroid junkie out of me. My first husband eventually died do to forced inappropriate use of antipsychotics. My hospital birth was horribly mismanaged.
    I became a home birth Midwife and caught my own three of four children! :)
    Doctors are one of many sectors and facets of society deserving of a critical lens applied..


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes. a "critical lens" is advised at all times!


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