Kyodo: Fearing Fukushima plant would flood, workers opened barriers — Amount of contamination released ‘unknown’ — TV: Japan media questioning if radioactivity levels were measured before pumping into ocean; Tepco now under investigation

Published: September 16th, 2013 at 6:31 pm ET


NHK, Sept. 16, 2013: Workers took water samples from the barriers on Monday to measure the amount of beta-ray emitting radioactive particles. The samples yielded between 3 and 24 becquerels per liter. […] The utility says it started discharging excess water from the barriers into the ocean at around 12:40 PM on Monday.

Kyodo News, Sept. 16, 2013: The plant operator said it has decided to pump the water into the ocean […] TEPCO, fearing that heavy rain caused by Typhoon Man-yi could raise the water level and cause flooding, opened the barriers and released the water mainly through drainage ditches.

UPI, Sept. 16, 2013: The area of impact included Fukushima prefecture and its troubled nuclear reactor, where radioactive water was discharged to prevent the complex from flooding, Kyodo News reported.

Arirang News, Sept. 17, 2013: Japanese authorities say more than 1-hundred millimeters [3.94 inches] of rain was measured in some parts of the crippled plant Monday afternoon […] The deluge that accumulated within the concrete walls surrounding tanks at the plant, combined with contaminated water there, was drained out by authorities. The amount of water, however, was not known. […] some Japanese media outlets questioned whether the operator measured the level just before leaking the water.

Arirang News, Sept. 16, 2013: Operators are under investigation for taking what they say were preventative measures of pumping accumulating rainwater near leaking tanks into the ocean.

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Published: September 16th, 2013 at 6:31 pm ET


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33 comments to Kyodo: Fearing Fukushima plant would flood, workers opened barriers — Amount of contamination released ‘unknown’ — TV: Japan media questioning if radioactivity levels were measured before pumping into ocean; Tepco now under investigation

  • This is typical. After the fact the truth comes out slowly. Who besides Tepco can measure the water? Good luck with the investigation as the Japanese government owns Tepco so what will they fine themselves?

    • scottyji scottyji

      Yes…business as usual and no need for alarm. 😉

    • We Not They Finally

      I don't believe in the death penalty. But I'd be fine if the TEPCO people would finally honor their own ancient traditions and do it to themselves.

      • johnnyo

        yeah, I was thinking someone should open the barriers that keeps the blood in those fools throats. Hey, it might flood their brains…gotta be done…….guess we could pretend to measure it first

        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          I know this is horrible to say, but I agree. And even though I don't want or need any bad karma …I can only hope that the greedy-rich-bastards in charge there will die from the poison they are dealing in.

  • Usefulbreather

    So let me get this straight. In order to protect against flooding and additional contamination of the Pacific, TEPCO chose to dump what water there was directly into the Pacific as a preventative measure, just in case it might have flooded?

  • At worst, it will probably will be 50 lashes with a wet noodle, since they did an investigation of the whole 3/11 thing and no one was charged with anything. Everyone is a hero these days..

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    total bastards…they found an excuse to open the floodgates, maybe even flush out a few nasty spots. To the gallows with all tepco management!

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    If they ever make a film about Fukushima, I'm going to nominate it for "Best tragic comedy".

    Who's going to run the investigation Inspector Clouseau or the Keystone Cops.

  • SteveMT

    I posted this comment 3 hours before this post.
    I'm now thinking like TEPCO. Ugh. It's not so difficult. Just think of the worst possible thing that can done, and you can too!

    September 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm · Reply

    Is this typhoon a good enough reason for TEPCO to flush all of the tanks into sea calling this an accident and unavoidable. Yup, it is. Never let a crisis go to waste. They will have lots of new storage capacity again and also more time to obfuscate, which is TEPCO's middle name.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes you did, and you can now feel and are now part of the force!

    May the force always be with you!

  • We Not They Finally

    So there are "under investigation" and we DIE?? The equivalency eludes me.

  • We Not They Finally

    And everyone just docilely stays home in this country and sucks it up while their own children are being mass-murdered? Not to even mention inflicting death on the rest of the world?

    I've wanted to wish them well, I mean the ordinary people over here. I've always wanted to do that. But this is getting daunting. If THEY won't opt for life for their own nation, how SHOULD we react?

    On the other hand, I don't live there and maybe I have no way to gauge the repression. And I don't want this to bring out bad character traits in me. It's just gotten beyond the beyond the beyond. Will ANYONE step forward from within Japan to EXPLAIN how ANYTHING going on there is somehow "culturally acceptable"?

    • or-well

      On the other hand,
      if WE won't opt for life in OUR own nations, how should THEY react?
      Looks like there's plenty of nuke death and passivity for all.

  • We Not They Finally

    Now they say that the excess water was only between 3 and 24 bequerels per liter? For all we know, it was between 300 and 2400, or between 3000 and 24000. Or maybe (hopefully) not. The thing is, we actually DON'T KNOW. We HAVEN'T A CLUE.

  • Ron

    How convenient for Tepco. An excuse to dump all that radioactivity at sea.

    Kind of reminds me of BP and their use of Corexit. Rather than actually fix the situation, just hide it, thus making it worse somewhere else.

  • Nigwil

    Ah! They saw the opportunity for a quick bit of dilution and took it! I bet 50% of the tanks on the site have valves wide open and are bone dry by now!! And the ocean is utterly ruined, of course. But what would they care. Sigh!

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    It's just beyond criminal what is happening. It is totally inhumane. I'm afraid ALL the people's of Japan will slowly die and/or go down with the entire country into the sea. In some ways, it's too bad they couldn't all just aim for that Marianna Trench. They could fill it in!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The Japanese people are just like you and nice!

  • mungo mungo

    Why is there no mention of this on the BBC?

  • mungo mungo

    And what is this "mild contamination' bollocks?
    I will be getting mildly contaminated this week when I have to have a full body cat scan,about 10mSv…..

    It all adds up, every bit. Fuckers.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Tell me 1,000 ton of water came from the Typhoon

    ENENewsers are right again, they bled some tanks…

    Over 1,000 tons of Fukushima were dumped after typhoon

    TOKYO: The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility.,000-tons-of-Fukushima-water-dumped-after-typhoon

    Never let a typhoon on top of a disaster go to waste…

  • Jebus Jebus

    But hey it's only 264,000 gallons, if metric tons, right?

    But wait:

    The utility said about 1,130 tons of water with low levels of radiation — below the 30 becquerels of strontium per litre safety limit imposed by Japanese authorities — were released into the ground.

    But the company also 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.

    Is it all of a sudden more than double that?

  • Lilith

    This is one of many examples proving the lack of respect or integrity this evil place possesses !!
    Not like me at all I must say..
    Japan has made a bad example of itself for some time..
    They slip in a little Mox fuel here and there
    They lie from day one, STUPIDLY I must add.. Do they think we are that stupid? Are they?
    They let their garbage float all over the ocean, yet find time, boats, and resources to go illegally poach whales off of Australia and do literal combat w GreenPeace over it to sell these magnificent creatures for dog food! Garbage still everywhere, but hey! Lets go capture and harass dolphins!
    Support by Eating, no hospital visits for radiation victims, dirty Fuku rice donated to India, data and bodies dissappear to hide truth.
    They burn this waste and discharge into ocean from day oneish I'm guessing.
    They proposed and may have constructed, who knows, 'chimneys' designed to direct the incineration plume directly into the jet stream and away from them!
    They offered an ignorant and willing backstabber lord knows what to sell out his people via a proposal for the mining of then refilling of Pagan Island with Fuku waste!
    They placed bags full of radioactive waste along the coastline for miles when typhoon gugul (?) hit to carry it out to sea!
    Not at all like me..
    There are obviously good people there, but all of these acts are treason and war to me and my planet if I am honest within myself about what is and is not right!

  • Lilith

    Not venting at you Obewan, you gave me a platform to wax indignantly upon 😉

    • hbjon hbjon

      So you believe that Japan makes the decisions of mixing plutonium with reactor fuel? The survival activity of a few are often strenuous on the survival of the many. Which goes against the true way where the good of the many outweigh the good of the few.

  • Lilith

    I do believe this Hbjon.
    It makes sense to me.
    Reza Kahlili did a compelling and extensive piece on this, as did Iori Mochizuki. They delved into the political and historical climate of Japan as well, giving further understanding about the underpinnings of this culture, as well as truth about the newly elected head honcho. My husband was a foreign exchange student in Tokyo many years ago and confers that Japan is indeed likely to Mox enrich, given the belief system espoused by the governing elites there. He also says that disobedience in in any form is not tolerated or accepted, but most conform due to conditioning and do not want to rebel. Part of the awareness problem there. He has many Japanese friends and reports they NEVER bring up Fuku or respond to his Fuku posts 🙁

  • Lilith

    Someone mixes the Mox fuel anyway..