Kyodo: Tepco ‘reverses’ position — Admits Fukushima plant’s groundwater is contaminated with radioactive cesium — Wanted to dump it into Pacific Ocean

Published: June 3rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm ET
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Title: TEPCO finds groundwater contaminated with radioactive cesium
Source: Kyodo
Date: June 3, 2013

TEPCO finds groundwater contaminated with radioactive cesium

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday that it has detected radioactive cesium in groundwater samples taken from the premises of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, reversing an earlier announcement that any contamination was negligible.

The announcement came as TEPCO is trying to secure the understanding of local fishermen over the dumping in the Pacific Ocean of groundwater that has been pumped out from wells at the site [...]

See also: Reuters: Rising radioactive spills at Fukushima plant -- "More contamination, less hope"

Published: June 3rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm ET
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41 comments to Kyodo: Tepco ‘reverses’ position — Admits Fukushima plant’s groundwater is contaminated with radioactive cesium — Wanted to dump it into Pacific Ocean

  • We Not They Finally

    They can't explain this except to just say that they LIED. Note, they are not even apologizing to the fishermen or making their lives right, much less to the fish or to the people being poisoned by eating the fish.


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    • Jay

      Think again 'WeNotTheyFinally' , the 0.22 Bq was lost in the background radiation considerably higher at the plant , so no one could have read it there 'on-location' .

      The critical information is missing : Where exactely and at what Depth did they collect the sample ?

      It takes a bit of DNA change before 'we'll finally be they' , and judging by the way the Original is worded , 'they' means Monkeys …


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    • Jay

      It will come to fight radiation by DNA adaptation and modifications in humans . The observed fungus will lead the way , afterall the initial life was lead by microorganisms , now we can jump ahead the slow natural evolution/selection and … self-evolve .

      We have to make up our minds if we want to keep decelerating mentally and became a two-digit IQ specie that regressed and vanished , IMO a very Common occurance in the Universe .

      Here , another example of necessity if we want to exit the turbulent and unsafe volume of our galaxy :

      http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Radiation_Exposure_Associated_with_a_Trip_to_Mars_Calculated_999.html

      Radiation Exposure Associated with a Trip to Mars Calculated

      Boulder CO (SPX)

      Jun 03, 2013

      … "In terms of accumulated dose, it's like getting a whole-body CT scan once every five or six days," said Dr. Cary Zeitlin, a principal scientist in SwRI's Space Science and Engineering Division and lead author of Measurements of Energetic Particle Radiation in Transit to Mars on the Mars Science Laboratory, … "


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      • We Not They Finally

        Jay, thanks for leading the way. No, excuse me, as you said, it will be "the observed fungus" leading the way. I guess that that is the melanized fungus from the nuclear meltdowns that THRIVES on radiation? Let's just be constructively human as long and best we can!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Leaking radiation into an ocean that completely surrounds the country.


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  • jec jec

    Unfortunately, leaking into the ocean surrounding Japan..is really contaminating all oceans.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Contamination of the Pacific Ocean is THE story of Fukushima, IMHO, as I have said from day one.
    The amount of GROUNDWATER that flows past the CORIUM LAVA TUBES and out into the PACIFIC OCEAN in a day is many times the 400 tons per day that TEPCO will admit to.
    The $40 billion fishing industry is likely to devolve into a local industry catering to the immediate needs of local peasant populations. Most of the seafood remaining on the market will be farm raised, which means that it will be fed on things like it's own feces, or pig manure, like this:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/asian-seafood-raised-on-pig-feces-approved-for-u-s-consumers.html
    UGH!
    No more fish for me! ;)
    But everyone take heed: The Pacific Ocean Fishery is DEAD. Do NOT eat any fish or seafood, UNLESS you know where it did not come from the Pacific.
    Before the BP/Gulf of Mexico disaster, news reports dealt with the awful conditions under which Asian shrimp were raised. As a result of such reports, at our local grocery, 5# frozen shrimp bags sold at 2 for 1 sale prices. Now, they are again selling shrimp at fire-sale prices. Why?
    Because it has been taken from the Gulf of Mexico, with the worst of the mutated and deformed shrimp thrown in the catfood pile, to be fed to our pets.
    Or, it is farm raised in throughout Asia and China, where they feed the shrimp pig manure, and don't have any concern at all for the Americans who eat the shit (quite ltiterally) that they produce…


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    …If the seafood for sale in your local grocery is "wild caught" in the Pacific Ocean. (Which used to be a good thing.). But now, Pacific Seafood means you will be eating Cesium, which will WEAKEN YOUR HEART MUSCLE, causing heart attacks; and STRONTIUM, which will attack your bone marrow, causing leukemia.
    Again, unless you know where the fish you are eating came from, eat something else. If you value your life, and the lives of your loved ones. Do NOT eat Pacific Seafood!


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  • Bioaccumulation Of Radiation In Fresh Water And Salt Water Fish After Chernobyl And Fukushima; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/04/bioaccumulation-of-radiation-in-fresh.html


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  • Radioactive Seaweed Found With 40,000,000 Bq per Kilogram – Seaweed Put Into Many Food Products; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/04/radioactive-seaweed-found-with-40000000.html

    There is no human way to keep radiation out of many food products… Seaweed is made and forms the basis for many food products that have nothing to do with seafood..

    Trying to avoid radioactively contaminated food and liquids is like driving through a live mine field… eventually one will get you.

    The only sure way to avoid radioactive foods is to buy an expensive pancake Geiger Counter and measure EVERYTHING that goes into your body, including water.


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    • We Not They Finally

      AGreenRoad, that's very true about seaweed. The common ingredient CARAGEENAN, a thickening agent, is a seaweed extract. We've been using Silk Vanilla Soymilk as an alternative to milk –it tastes delicious and is marked "organic," but that's probably just the soybeans part. We haven't a clue where the carageenan in it was extracted from. Or we get "organic rice milk" at Costco's but that's packaged at their Seattle headquarters and Seattle itself is dangerously "hot." Like most people who at least try to be vigilant, we do the best we can.


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  • They 'wanted' to dump it?

    What happened to the fuel rods that got exploded out of Unit #3, for 2 kilometers in all directions, including the ocean?

    Where is much of the leaking radioactive water going, except into the ocean?

    Where do all of the radioactive air emissions from FUKU end up? The OCEAN.

    Where do the coriums put their radioactivity? Into the ocean…

    This disaster is just STARTING.. it may still get very much worse, very quickly.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Ask yourself this important question:
    "How did the GROUNDWATER become that contaminated?"
    TEPCO would have you believe that a mere 400 tons of groundwater flows through cracks INTO Reactor Buildings1,2,&3 every day.
    What ACTUALLY is happening is that thousands of tons of GROUNDWATER is moving UNDERNEATH Reactor Buildings1,2,&3, past Corium Lava Tubes, left when Coriums1,2,&3 ate their way through the mudrock under Fukushima.
    This GROUNDWATER becomes highly contaminated, thousands of tons every day, and flows right into the Pacific Ocean.
    With one very LOUD VOICE!
    DEMAND that TEPCO publically announce: WHERE ARE CORIUM1,2,&3 RIGHT NOW?


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    • We Not They Finally

      PhilipUpNorth, it is rarely explicitly stated, but it seems clear again and again, that they do not KNOW where the corium is. That melted fuel is really really REALLY "out of containment." Don't know where it is, can't go down there to find out, with NO barriers between that and the groundwater and the inexorable flow of massive radiation into the ocean ongoing. But in all this time, no one seems to even have a clue where the corium is. Someone stop me if I'm wrong.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    WHERE ARE CORIUM1,2,&3 RIGHT NOW?


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    hey guys, don't worry. The sun beams down on the oceans all day/every day so it's already "radioactive" according to the pro-nuke shills. All radiation is "the same" let's not be absurd. Cesium is a just a code word for "natural"

    /sarcasm


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The humongous lava-like Corium is saturating the continent, and there seems to be no stopping it.


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  • weeman

    The day tepco tells the truth would be a miracle, not to be believed as far as I can comprehend this is a economic decision, way cheaper to dump than contain, if it real is not that contaminated then it should not be a great problem to store, not as if it will eat its way through containment if low in concentration, why not filter take the long lived isotopes out and let it mature like a fine wine?


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  • KDM KDM

    They have to be the worst bunch of lying numb nuts in captivity. I swear a kindergartener could tell more believable storys than they tell. It's really insulting that they could possibly think anyone with two brain cells to rub together would believe anything they say. It's so pitiful it's almost funny.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Hey no problem with a little more Cesium, 'cause the scientists say it has no affect on fish like the Bluefin tuna you eat. Their study proves it.

    There is no reality today. We live in a world of perception because the psychopaths distort and control, the real story.

    No credible scientist would use 2 year old data that is subject to massive change, to prove conditions 2 years ago would be the same as to date. Those persons should not be considered researchers, they should be labeled as propagandists and junk science shills. How any reasonably thoughtful person would not reject this research protocol, methodology and conclusions, is beyond me.

    Scientists to eaters: Don't freak out over Fukushima fish http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-la-sci-sn-fukushima-radiation-seafood-20130603,0,2092220.story

    Here’s the study’s conclusion using 2 year old data that supports their junk science…assuming the radionuclides in the Pacific are unchanged since 2011. UFB!

    “This study shows that the committed effective dose received by humans based on a year's average consumption of contaminated Pacific blue fin tuna from the Fukushima accident is comparable to, or less than, the dose we routinely obtain from naturally occurring radionuclides in many food items, medical treatments, air travel and other background sources," Fisher and his co-authors wrote.


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    • Lion76 Lion76

      more "background" nonsense.

      IGNORANCE

      this is why "anger" is the only way forward on this. there is no "reasoning" with ignorance. "ignorance" is "not knowing" and it has become ACTIVE IGNORANCE.

      "anger is a gift" -rage against the machine


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      "We live in a world of perception because the psychopaths distort and control, the real story."

      That is highly analogous to what must be a common atmosphere in many TV news broadcast studios. An atmosphere of understanding that the "bubble-headed bleach blonde" is not Fit to be an anchorperson. A steady diet of such vacuousness is of the nature of debauch.


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      • Trawling4Trolls

        It is the nature of said "bubble-headed" that they sit in indictment of All they perceive. Why does Management retain such types?

        Hint: Looting.

        I don't think I've ever seen a feminist that affirmed All aspects of Life around her, and they are highly similar vessels of indictment. Therefore Management's use of such types is super-suspicious.

        Choice of direction in 'PR'.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    These people are 'Brain Dead" and for the most part so is the rest of what we call the educated civilized world.

    More bad news for the Nuclear Genie as it grows around the world like the black plague that it really is…Oh boy "look" mine are bigger than yours are…nanananana…na!

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/


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  • jec jec

    Has the radioactive groundwater from Fukushima's meltdowns –has that water contaminated drinking water for the citizens of the area? Do not see that mentioned YET..but a smart resident of that area should ask the question…about contaminated drinking water. They should also ask the same question about other major water sources which could be contaminated as well.


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    • Sickputer

      jec sez…"Has the radioactive groundwater from Fukushima's meltdowns –has that water contaminated drinking water for the citizens of the area?"

      SP: Probably not…elevation gravity is working against reverse flow from the coastline where the plant resides.

      But the fallout from wind, fog and rain from Daiichi has been massive all across central Japan.

      I really think Japan is already cut in half by radiation…the leaders just won't accept that the nation's breadbasket and largest city (35 million in Tokyo) are essentially a toxic waste dump.

      Too bad for all of them if they are hunkering down in Tokyo thinking the problem is going away in a year or two. It will not…it is getting worse.

      The bureaucrats are trying to share the "wealth" by incinerating radioactive debris all across Japan. Madness…


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  • Trawling4Trolls

    The nuke industry appears to be backing a PR campaign.

    Today I present yet another to be grouped with Paul Blustein and Tim Worstall.

    This one will be described as a Simulacrum, of Sense, that is. I'd seen a commenter calling himself 'netudiant' on ex-SKF described as a "semi-cunning AI", so also is this Milton Caplan,

    http://theenergycollective.com/mzconsulting/232341/only-thing-more-powerful-truth-fear

    Samples of his delivery,

    "Looking at these three studies we can confirm .. iii) that after the biggest nuclear accident in the last 25 years, radiation has not harmed any of the people of Japan and is unlikely to do so in the future."

    Something tells me the fishermen of eastern Japan would not agree with semi-cunning AI Caplan.

    .. "Why is the world not blown away by this fantastic evidence of the benefits to our lives of nuclear power?"

    What is "necessary" for you, Milton Caplan, is to read a book called Deadly Deceit: Low-level Radiation, High-level Cover-up by Gould & Goldman. Attempt to comprehend it is describing your world.

    Read this, as well .. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-stein/400-chernobyls_b_1171129.html


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  • Jebus Jebus

    "TEPCO had said radioactive cesium in the groundwater was at a level that could not be detected by an instrument at the Fukushima Daiichi complex. But the same sample was found to contain 0.22 becquerel of cesium-134 and 0.39 becquerel of cesium-137 per liter when checked at the Fukushima Daini plant, where radiation levels are lower."

    Think about that statement for a moment…

    That's how massively contaminated the Fukushima Daiichi complex is…


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  • We Not They Finally

    Question what happens when morons take over the world?
    Answer we are witnessing the unfolding of supreme stupidity and massive self destruction.As Carol King sings iTs too late baby.


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  • Does it matter what Tepco says or doesn't say? If the numbers were wrong the first time what makes anyone think they are right the second time? Its an ongoing problem that no one is talking about except here and in Japan. Its a damnable way to report a crisis. As Jebus said you read between the lines they detected the radiation in the water away from fuku where the radiation is lower. Whats the real deal? Probably worse then what we think. Its so bad they report this between the lines. At this point all we can do is pray that they keep coolant flowing to the spent fuel pools. Radiated water is flowing to the Pacific while free trade fish is being served at a sushi bar near you. No one is looking after you but you.
    God Bless All.


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  • EyesWideOpen

    The bottom line is they have no idea what to do as the event exceeded "worst case scenario" by a factor of 10. So even the experts in the west have no idea how to approach the disaster, they dont even know where the coria are, robots cant even get close before frying…..this may well be an ELE, especially if the SFP fail and explode, they are already cracked and leaking and having problems with cooling so all it will take is one more good earthquake and the SFP will collapse and the fuel rods will ignite/explode and what we will have is a "On The Beach" slash Mad Max scenario in which devastating radioactivity will encircle the globe on prevailing winds and ocean currents, no escape. The elite will no doubt head into their D.U.M.B.s,like cockroaches, but with the planet hot for several hundred million years how long do they think that will be an option for?? My only idea is to evacuate most of Japan, and using megaton nuclear devices vaporise the entire plant and in doing so vaporise the remaining fuel rods and corium, a bit extreme you might think?? not doing something is way more extreme………….


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  • EyesWideOpen

    Oh, and just in case people arent aware, most of the United States and Canada are red hot, especially the west coast, when the debris from the tsunami starts washing up on the beaches as it has done in Hawaii then you can be certain that the contamination is no longer only airborne but also washing up on the beaches and contaminating ground water, well contaminated worse than the frackers already have done that is. Not a pretty picture at all, GREED will be the death of us all…..


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  • ftlt

    It is what is going to happen anyway… Might as well own up to it Tepco…

    Tepco is playing its end game with the Japanese Government… I would think that the company is dissolved and nationalized soon… Then privatized as soon as someone (corpo) thinks, they can make some money on it in the future… ( a real life corpo pipe dream.. It is done all the time.. See the American Auto Bailout)

    Of course, that is after the people of Japan have paid for the losses incurred…

    It is so ugly…

    As Gen. Techumseh Sherman once said, "Then again I'm insane, even mad"


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