Kyodo: Gov’t to dump Fukushima plant groundwater into Pacific Ocean once plan approved — Senior Scientist: No one believes claims by gov’t labs or Tepco about releases, “there’s a shattered trust there” (VIDEO)

Published: February 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 am ET
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Ken Buesseler, Senoir Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Oct 24, 2013 (at 49:30 in): Ultimately you can’t keep putting contaminated waste in tanks, you’re going to have to decontaminate and release some of that water. There’s a finite amount of real estate. That’s going to take an assessment of what’s left in the tank, how much can you release, what are the consequences. No one’s going to believe Tepco, there’s a shattered trust there. No one’s going to believe government labs… I’m even more confused…  some of the statements that come out from Abe […] the situations under control? Every week… they’re not able to control… leakage to the ocean and groundwater of some of these isotopes of concern, now particularly high in strontium-90.

Kyodo News, Feb. 3, 2014: Gov’t seeks approval for dumping Fukushima plant groundwater into sea — The government on Monday sought approval of a nationwide fisheries federation to dump groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex into the sea on condition that the water’s contamination level is far below the legal limit. [...] The measure is intended to prevent toxic water from continuing to accumulate [...]  officials proposed a more stringent maximum contamination level for judging the safety of water for release, compared with the legal limit. They also said the radiation level of groundwater will be checked each time before releasing it into the sea and that the operator will stop pumping out groundwater if its contamination level exceeds the limit. [...]

See also: Newspaper: Nations across Pacific fear impact from Fukushima — Japan exporting their environmental problem to the ocean — Many expecting cancer will increase in Pacific Rim

Watch Buesseler’s presentation at MIT here

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  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Can someone help me with a link I saw but can't find again.
    It was connected with a law about doctors reporting cancer rates in Japan. Mostly in Japanese
    It was a summary linked to the Japanese.
    It was slipped in under the radar with the secrecy law.
    I've mentioned it to friends and it's unknown.
    Wanna link and translate


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  • DrAlexC

    Ask how many gallons TEPCO will release. Ask her why she's not mentioning Cesium too.

    Then ask how many gallons are in the Pacific.

    Ans: 200,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons.

    Then ask how many radioactive atoms are delivered per second by all the natural rivers flowing into the Pacific.
    ;]


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