Japan Headline: ‘Radioactive substances may have escaped Fukushima plant earlier’ than was admitted by Tepco, possibly through valves — Contaminated water released into atmosphere from rainfall?

Published: September 17th, 2013 at 6:45 pm ET
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Jiji Press, Sept. 17, 2013: Radioactive Substances May Have Escaped Fukushima Plant Earlier [...]  (TEPCO) admitted Tuesday that radioactive substances may have been released from its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant through the valves of weirs [barriers] around the tanks containing contaminated water. [...] Contaminated water may have previously been released into the atmosphere as a result of rainfall, according to TEPCO. [...]

AFP, Sept. 18, 2013: [Tepco] said at one site where water was found contaminated beyond the safety limit workers could not start the water pump quick enough in the torrential rain, and toxic water had leaked from the enclosure for several minutes. [...]

Kyodo News, Sept. 17, 2013: [...] To deal with the situation, the utility on Monday released the rainwater by opening some of the drain valves attached to the barriers. [...] As for rainwater found with a radiation level close to the allowable limit or higher than that, TEPCO said it decided to store it in tanks instead of discharging it. [...]

China Radio International, Sept. 17, 2013:  [...] Masayuki Ono with plant-operator TEPCO [...] says any rainwater containing radioactivity exceeding an allowable limits has pumped into the additional storage tanks at the facility. [...]

Arirang News, Sept. 17, 2013: Contaminated water from Fukushima drained into ocean during typhoon [...] A powerful typhoon that swept through Japan Monday caused radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to drain into the ocean. Japanese authorities say more than 1-hundred millimeters of rain was measured in some parts of the crippled plant Monday [...]

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Published: September 17th, 2013 at 6:45 pm ET
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5 comments to Japan Headline: ‘Radioactive substances may have escaped Fukushima plant earlier’ than was admitted by Tepco, possibly through valves — Contaminated water released into atmosphere from rainfall?

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    It's going to be difficult to do work as rad levels increase… impossible if ground subsidies.


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  • We Not They Finally

    "As for rainwater found with a radiation level close to the allowable limit or higher than that, TEPCO said it decided to store it in tanks instead of discharging it."

    Oh, now I get it: There's a frigging TYPHOON, but there are the TEPCO guys, calmly going around testing this water, that water, that water. Then calmly, responsibly, putting the radioactive water, all nicely neatly separated out into tanks, and letting the non-radioactive water flow out to the sea.

    Isn't that grand? Never knew they had their act together like that. Oh, and all accompanied by the above photo taken on a nice sunshiny day, on a nice dry road near a nice suburban-looking house.

    (My actual reaction is unprintable.)


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  • Well since they employ around a thousand people at the plant, WNTF, it is plausable that water samples were sent to the lab but doubtful Tepco, representing JapanGovco, can be trusted to be truthful under all circumstances. Or any circumstances. In any case it sounds like the water would have simply breached sand bags and radiated waste water sloshing around the facility is worse then dumping it in the ocean considering whatever they are doing at the plant is postponing/avoiding a much worse scenario we apparently need not be told about.


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  • jec jec

    And how did the 'rainwater' get contaminated? From the air? Nice to use word, 'rainwater.' Bet they pay their PR folks a lot to come up with this 'smile and be happy' wording..

    Also, the 'neat and nice' photograph of a worker where were they pumping the water OUT; TEPCO was not pumping INTO the tank area. Just adds to the FD photograph evidence showing one heck of a lot of similar looking piping all going into the 'drainage ditch' leading to the ocean. Who believes TEPCO was 'testing' the water then? Raise your hand..oh oh pick ME!! (sarcasm)


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