LA Times: “Plutonium having melted and dropping somewhere” is suspected to be causing contamination of underground water at Fukushima -Japan nuclear professor

Published: October 21st, 2013 at 11:31 am ET
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Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2013: […] 300 tons of radioactive wastewater was pouring into the ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant [Tepco now says 400 tons of radioactive groundwater is flowing into the Pacific every day –Japan Times]. It’s unclear how long the massive volume has been leaking from underneath the damaged reactors […] “It is unclear how the underground water is being contaminated,” [Kenji Araki, a nuclear engineering guest professor at the Fukushima National College of Technology] said, speculating that it’s the result of plutonium near the reactor core having melted and dropping somewhere inside the reactor. Pinpointing leaks is very difficult, Araki said. […]

Arab News, Oct. 16, 2013: Nadeem Qureshi, M.I.T.-trained engineer: “Three hundred tons [400 tons, see above] of toxic highly radioactive water from the site continues to leak into the Pacific Ocean every day. The plant operator — Tokyo Electric Power Company — admitted recently that it has “lost control of Fukushima”. […] The Fukushima incident is emblematic of the problem with nuclear power. A serious accident results in the release of radiation into the environment. And this is the good news. The real problem is that nuclear fuel and waste products generated in nuclear reactors remain radioactive from 10,000 to tens of millions of years. For example the half life — a measure of the rate of natural decay of radioactive materials — of the waste product Plutonium 239 is 24,000 years, and that of Neptunium 237 is two million years. When these waste products are released into the environment in an accident they are there to stay.”

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Published: October 21st, 2013 at 11:31 am ET
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26 comments to LA Times: “Plutonium having melted and dropping somewhere” is suspected to be causing contamination of underground water at Fukushima -Japan nuclear professor

  • sangell

    NHK is reporting rainwater, rainwater!, from the recent storms is contaminated with strontium will levels up to 71 times government safety levels. So water becomes dangerously contaminated just coming into contact with the surface soils of Fukushima NPP!

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131021_16.html?play

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      the rain water they are referring to is the overland flow. thankfully, it is not falling to the ground with levels that high.

      However, that means the soil at the plant has at least that level of contamination. and it is just flowing into the sea. 🙁

    • scottyji scottyji

      No big deal: it's virtually guaranteed "government" will simply raise the "safe level" threshold. Everything will be hunkey-dorey in no time.
      Just watch…

  • sangell

    From the LA Times article:

    " Some fishermen have also been hired to help at the nuclear plant by its owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco."

    What an offer. Sorry we ruined your livelihood but we will give you a job cleaning up the radioactive mess we made that destroyed your life.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Plutonium having melted and dropping somewhere”

    Gundersen: Major problem inside pool at Fukushima Unit 3 — Pieces of nuclear fuel rods were blown out during criticality explosion — Building could ‘shatter’ if another big quake hits (VIDEO)

    "we do know that very high sources were covered up with bulldozers early on after the accident and are likely still there."

    http://enenews.com/gundersen-major-problems-inside-pool-fukushima-unit-3-pieces-nuclear-fuel-rods-blown-during-criticality-explosion-building-could-shatter-big-quake-hits-video

    Melted..dropped and bulldozed!.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    R A D I A T I O N

    This nuclear disaster is contaminating the ground waters, 24/7.

  • pkjn

    Radioactive water leaks at Fukushima as operator underestimates rainfall
    TOKYO | Sun Oct 20, 2013
    (Reuters) –
    In the latest incident, containment areas surrounding 12 of 23 groups of tanks overflowed, with one of them containing Strontium-90 as highly concentrated as 710 Becquerels per liter – 71 times higher than the level set by the company as safe for release.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/21/us-japan-fukushima-strontium-idUSBRE99K01B20131021

  • nedlifromvermont

    Remember the guys who designed and built these Monster Poison Factories???

    "GE eeee … we bring good things to life" …

    A Josef Goebbelsian translation of "GE eeee, we bring radioactive death to life …"

    oh well … some lies sell really well; and in America, He who lies better wins … at least for the moment …

    How about them Morgan banksters handing over five per cent of the company's market value, to settle one class of mortgage litigation?

    Now, Mr. Dimon, about your company's complicity in the Great Nuclear Hoax and Fraud …. Start singing Jamie. I bet your voice is just fine.

    peace …

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The money doesn't matter. Never did. They can just go to the Fed and get all they want. It's a criminal racket of the highest order.

      The Rule of Law is a fantasy. All we're going to get is a boot to the throat. A radioactive boot.

      • The money matters. For they use it to ensnare our time to be devoted for their purposes. The Rule of Law is no fantasy but a high stakes game rigged against us. I remember the sixties when cars were big, single income families were the norm and poor people lived in run down houses not shopping carts. Our slice of the pie has become wafer thin for no good reason.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @nedlifromvermont

      Isn't it obscene that Jamie Dimon can stroll into Eric Holder's office and negotiate the amount they will pay? Could you or any of us do that? If not, why not? Not wealthy enough?

  • ftlt

    Funny not a peep from that Brit woman industry hack who was hired for PR purposes by Tepco about 3 to 6 months ago…

    Wonder what she has to say now – Just curious..

    How is the SINK HOLE in LA doing –anyone??

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Not a word about that illegal nuclear waste dump fire burning in St. Louis, either. That'll only affect about 2/3's of the US.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @Time is short

        I'll bet they are not even telling St. Louis either… I say that is about as high handed as it gets.

    • Anthony Anthony

      There are updates on Judge on the Nuke Issues forum I believe, I know anne (and-or others) posted some bloomberg sound bite last week. I posted something almost verbatim as yours the other week too. Funny how thought wavelengths work!

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    That's quite an honest article by Nadeem Qureshi in the Arab News, apparently a significant Saudi news outlet. Saudi news is very tightly controlled, so there is a reason the largest oil exporter in the world allowed that article to appear.

    Of course, the pro-nuke trolls were the first to comment on the article. Sound familiar?

    The walls are coming down, and it's going to be a rough ride.

    Are you prepared for complete collapse?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      collapse of the unsustainable is inevitable. Why keep it propped up? So we are talking about big oil, coal, nuclear, military, banking, drugs and chemical. But what effect will the three pillars of Judaism, Islam and Christianity have on it all? Arabia became incredibly powerful, yet retained its entrenched Islamic ideology. So it is with the other ones. Nobody wants to give up gold or their idea of superiority.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @CodeShutdown

      [Speaking of Chernobyl] "…Over the years 4000 people died of radiation induced cancer."

      Not true. Approximately one million people died due to cancer and diseases caused by radiation and the birth defects in Ukraine caused by Chernobyl are too grisly for words.

      Where and when do you think this collapse will affect those who are retired and living(?!) on Social Security? Are they prepared? How could they be when most barely survive from month to month?

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        @NoPrevarication; I didnt quite follow your post, sorry. Why did you make the chernobyl quote? Wasnt from me. Time is Short said the walls are coming down, which I took to mean the figurative walls of the nuclear world. But since the Qureshi piece was from Arab News, I expanded the concept to include oil and the other big pillars of corruption. Im sorry, Im sure I wasnt clear about it. I dont like the fact that financial woes will afflict the public. But then we wouldnt be in this predicament if the world wasnt brought here by bankers, and all that unsustainable wall street mentality. Not just wall street, but the very similar idea of seeing the earth as a resource which is rightfully exploited. It is this dangerous house of cards built by the elites which must fall, and that is what I meant to say. Unfortunately, usury, nuclear, oil, strip mining, serfdom and exploitation are in full force

  • Reposting links here as everyone needs to know that they are poisoning us to turn a profit.

    USA wants Japan to start up the nuke plants http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201209140081

    That is why no one is forcing Japan to properly clean up this mess.

    Reposting link or-well posted http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/20/national/whether-tepco-fails-or-not-its-taxpayers-tab/#.UmVfbxhbmKx

    The government creates creative accounting procedures to favour Tepco

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/28-tepco-creditors-agree-to-roll-over-loan

    The banks are insisting on Tepco restarting nuclear plants

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204124204577152162590008698

    Tepco is getting more money from private banks and J-gov meanwhile those displaced who have lost homes farms and towns have not been componsated. OK? These are the facts. And all you well intentioned people who say why don't they do this or why dont they do that. It ain't gonna happen folks. Fuku will bleed radiation and cancer rates will increase so they can turn a profit and certain interests are met. OK?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Mark, You are very observant and the Force is becoming very strong with you…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I see one of the stories derives from the Arab Times.

    While protesting the Situation in Syria..

    Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat in Protest Move
    Oct 18 2013..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-rejects-security-council-seat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Saudi Arabia should keep the protest ball rolling..
    And throw these people out of your country.

    Westinghouse, Toshiba, Exelon partner on nuclear power in Saudi Arabia

    http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/09/westinghouse-toshiba-exelon-partner-on-nuclear-power-in-saudi-arabia.html

    Throw them out ..

  • razzz razzz

    'LA Times: “Plutonium having melted and dropping somewhere” is suspected to be causing contamination of underground water at Fukushima -Japan nuclear professor…' Why should today be any different?