Fukushima leak is much more radioactive than Tepco claimed — Almost 20,000 times the legal limit flowed into ocean — Nuclear Official: “They seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation”

Published: October 3rd, 2013 at 11:56 am ET


Japan Times, Oct. 3, 2013 (Emphasis Added): New spill at No. 1 laid to typhoon miscalculation […] Authorities are still groping for a solution to the water crisis at the crippled nuclear plant, which is rapidly running out of storage space and facing a growing risk of flooding from typhoons. […] The water contained strontium and tritium and was emitting beta-ray radiation of 580,000 becquerels per liter, according to Tepco, which was apparently trying to drain rainwater from the flood containment area into the tanks during the typhoon. […]

Previous reports of 200,000 Bq/liter

Kyodo News, Oct. 3, 2013: Tepco said Wednesday it detected 200,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium-90, far above the legal limit of 30 becquerels per liter […]

NBC News, Oct. 3, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said the water which spilled from the storage tanks had radiation readings as high as 200,000 becquerels per liter — almost 6,700 times higher than the legal limit of 30 becquerels.

Tepco not sure how to even measure the radioactivity, let alone contain it?

Associated Press, Oct 3, 2013: In recent meetings, regulators criticized TEPCO for even lacking basic skills to properly measure radioactivity […] “As far as TEPCO people on our contaminated water and sea monitoring panels are concerned, they seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation,” said a Nuclear Regulation Authority commissioner Kayoko Nakamura, a radiologist. “I really think they should acquire adequate expertise and commitment needed for the job,” she said.

See also: [intlink id=”tokyo-profess” type=”post”]Kaku: “Tepco… like the 3 stooges operating a nuclear power plant, Moe, Larry and Curly chasing each other around the control room hitting each other over the head — We have a bunch of incompetents running that nuclear power plant”[/intlink]

Published: October 3rd, 2013 at 11:56 am ET


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19 comments to Fukushima leak is much more radioactive than Tepco claimed — Almost 20,000 times the legal limit flowed into ocean — Nuclear Official: “They seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation”

  • weeman

    What is it 200,000 or 580,000 becquerels, not that there is a big difference or something.
    Why would tepco not let experts do the work, because the experts would run away and require completely different standards and that would cost lots of money?


    the incompetence is endemic to the entire nuclear technologies industry. Singling out TEPCO is a joke. Curious how the endless array of nuclear contamination 'incidents' that we find throughout the world, would be explained by highlighting the arrogance of TEPCO's management. How would Hanford's management – throughout the last half century – be rated? Who's kidding who…

    • KDM KDM

      Aftershock is right, it's all one big circus. Tepco is just the clowns taking the blame for it all right now. There's not much Tepco or anyone else can do about it but lie or play dumb. How can something of this scale poison and contaminate so much and so many without being acknowledged by our world leaders? If a country is thought to have used/possess weapons or chemicals of mass destruction they're ready to go to war over it. It's a complete shame how morally wrong all of this is. They can turn their backs and try to ignore it but it's not going away, it will only haunt you.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Three stooges? Cant even measure radiation?

      There are some 35,000 TEPCO employees. Their engineers are more or less equal to any. They have offices in London and Wahington.

      Disregarding the alarming point that ANY and ALL nuclear engineers have highly questionable left brain function, and thats no joke, the real problem now is not TEPCO incompetency or lack of international involvement, its business.

      The three stooges theme is consistent, and quite transparently a PR tool. What is the reason for it? They are isolating TEPCO as the scape-goat so they can maintain nuclear business. Thats the easy one to figure out. What about the cliffhanger theme that also smells of PR? Could they be planning an explosive demolition, or is it a diversion tactic? TEPCO goes it alone, with Larrysan, Moesan and Curlysan who cant even read a geiger counter at the controls of a cherry picker, precariously unloading thousands of fuel bundles without the oversight and engineering development of the thousands of TEPCO engineers or their international associates? Cmon! What you hear is the press release from powerful international media who are in bed with nuclear business

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        n the White House Situation Room, an emergency task force included officials from so many agencies that the participants were often divided into groups of 32, with people from the Pentagon, Hawaii, Tokyo, and specialists from around the world.

        On a heavily guarded campus east of San Francisco stands Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the U.S. government’s premier scientific research facilities. If you want the best to be involved in Fukushima, send your petitions there. Just hours after the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, a team of Livermore scientists mobilized to begin assessing the danger from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The 40-odd team members include physicists, meteorologists, computer modelers, and health specialists. The worlds largest supercomputers and most experienced nuclear engineers worked 18 hour days. This crisis was big, and no resource would be spared

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        While the Livermore scientists were using uber computing power beyond imagination, high-resolution weather forecasting, and stor ed databases about weather patterns and terrain to generate three-dimensional maps of hazardous plumes with high precision, over in London, a world quite different from logic constraints was revving up. The huge diabolical, octopus like machine of business/media. Former executive director of Rupert Murdoch's News International, Barbara the Judge Lady (Barbara Suzanne Singer, pronounced sinGah) was appointed member of TEPCO Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee.

        While Barbara has a degree in law, we see no education in science or nuclear engineering. This has been no hindrance in her career however. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for "services to the Nuclear and Financial Services Industries". (see a green road for interesting info on the Queen and nuclear). She was also appointed to the International Advisory Board for the development of nuclear energy in the United Arab Emirates. (15 WTC terrorists were Arabians). She led a trade delegation to India to discuss how British companies could take part in the construction of six giant nuclear reactors at Jaitapur. Lady Judge is the chairman of the nuclear power plant industry start-up Hyperion Power Generation. IN short; the powerful elite, with fingers in every pie and major influence of media, keepin those millions rolling in, no matter the cost in lives.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Make no mistake, the U.N. the WHO, the IAEA, UNSCEAR, JAEA and more are all pronukers! They are advised, they are invested, they are powerful, they are not lazy. So when someone says "save it, just sign the petition for the U.N. to take control, I tell them, listen son, Im not a kid in your romper room. You can play pretend, little Jimmy goes to Turtle Bay with his signatures and changes the course of the U.N. and saves the world! At least have a look at the U.N. building for a sense of scale…put your propeller hats on and take a step into the real world

          • Sol Man

            C.S. You are right on all of those alphabet agencies, but add in any pronuker-policicians, K Street, etc. and they are all people like everybody else, and, they, and their family members are as able to be affected by radionuclides as anybody else- not that that will change anything at all.
            Too bad for all!

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          The Queen owns a lot of uranium assets, and energy assets in general, all over the world.

  • We Not They Finally

    They make it sound like "They made a mistake." Hardly the same as "They're killing off the world." That discrepancy gets addressed WHEN?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    C H R O N I C . . F A T I G U E

    We're getting no real information, and never have.

    Someone else is at the helm, definitely not tepco.

  • jec jec

    The only assumption for this 'three stooges' activity is the disaster is so HUGE the world governments are useless. They just dont want to tell the public the truth. If there was something that could be done, or a way to stop the spread..it would be on the front page news. Since there is not a solution, government is pretending until we get too sick to protest our treatment.

    It is just the 'flu'…

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Aside from the fact radioactive contamination is out of control, to get insight into the business mind that controls the spin on this crisis, compare the total radioactive release from the bomb test era to the total release from Fukushima. While its not a stretch for sensitive initiatives to imagine an ecological tipping point causing an ELE, another psycho-type is looking at numbers. They can deal with a 0.1 to ten percent mortality increase. Dont forget, the WHO and UNSCEAR have been lying to themselves and their advised for so long, they probably believe their statistical mortality projections.

  • Wooster

    "TEPCO people … seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation,” said a Nuclear Regulation Authority commissioner Kayoko Nakamura, a radiologist."

    Sheesh. Remind me of how many nuclear power stations they are in charge of again?


    Like Code said, they know what's going on.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Codeshutdown, you have hit the nail on the head! Who or whom has the most to lose as far as family fortunes that has been in their family for over 400 plus years & has supported both sides of the Civil War, French Revolution, WW1, WW2 & all wars sense? It would take the records of sold off their stocks before or soon after 3-11-2011, many names come into mind, but the wealth they hold buys armies & sets off mass killings!
    If there was a chance of a fix it would have been front page news, but all we get is how worse it gets daily! Now that speaks loudly does it not to those who back the use of nuclear power/weapons & the ones to damn scared to tell the truth of what really happen at Fukushima!

    Will we ever get the real truth of what happen on 3-11-2011? I have read many damning writings/articles that go against the findings of lines of government agencies reports on the quake & explosions of unit 3 & much more!
    In todays world profits trumps health in all fields!

  • FXofTruth

    I'm sick of hear this "legal limit" bullsh*t!
    AS far as the "legal" who goes to jail if it's over?
    No one….I thought so. TEPCO should be hauled into World Court and the management should be doing hard time for all the lying and killing people because of the lying!
    Also, there is no "limit" that's tolerable, for people…unless they are dead then they can take all the radiation no problem….boneheads!

    20,000 times? More lies because its too low. It's more like 1,000 tera-becquerels per liter and climbing!

    This is a prize statement if I ever heard one –
    Nuclear Official: “They seem to lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation”

    Well a Duh! They don't need expertise to build these Hell boxes.
    They can do it with "nuclear engineers" that got their degrees from making copies them off the Internet!

    There should be a "legal limit" that controls the amount of lying TEPCO has done.
    OR, a legal limit on being stupid. Go over the limit and your fired or put in jail.