Reports: New site with high levels of radiation at Fukushima — Urgent problem at plant says IAEA; Experts to examine massive water build-up — Found ‘immediately after’ Olympic speech claiming it’s under control — Can’t dump groundwater in sea?

Published: September 9th, 2013 at 4:05 pm ET
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Xinhua, Sept. 9, 2013: [Tepco] said Monday it detected a new site with leaked toxic water in the complex, immediately after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the issue is under control. […] Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it will dispatch a team of nuclear experts to Japan in autumn to investigate the toxic water issue. Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said that the massive buildup of radioactive water at the power plant was a problem that needed to be coped with urgently, said Kyodo. […]

Jiji Press, Sept. 9, 2013:  [Tepco] said Monday that groundwater sampled Sunday from an observation well north of a leaky water storage tank at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station was found to have contained 3,200 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting materials, including strontium. […]  TEPCO said it now seems more likely that leaked water mixed with groundwater.

AFP, Sept. 9, 2013: […] groundwater from an observation well near the site of a leaky storage tank showed high levels of radiation, according to reports. The finding means that it “now seems more likely” that radioactive water from leaking tanks had mixed with groundwater in the area, Jiji press and Kyodo news agency quoted [TEPCO] as saying. Many of the tanks were used to cool molten reactors […] TEPCO also plans to use wells to pump up the groundwater before it seeps into the sea. But, according to Kyodo news, the latest findings could affect that plan as the nearest pumping well is only 130 metres (140 yards) away from the monitoring site from where the sample was taken.

RTT News, Sept. 9, 2013: The samples, collected on Sunday from a well 20 meters north of the water storage tank in the H4 area, contained beta-ray emitting substances including strontium, Japanese media reports said.

Asahi, Sept. 9, 2013: When asked to pick one option among four in regard to the gravity of the problem, 95 percent of respondents answered it is “serious.” Of that number, 72 percent said “very much” and 23 percent said “to some degree.”

See also: “Let me assure you the situation is under control” -Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to International Olympic Committee (IOC) members during the final presentation over the weekend

Published: September 9th, 2013 at 4:05 pm ET
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68 comments to Reports: New site with high levels of radiation at Fukushima — Urgent problem at plant says IAEA; Experts to examine massive water build-up — Found ‘immediately after’ Olympic speech claiming it’s under control — Can’t dump groundwater in sea?

  • scottyji scottyji

    "Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Other Hot Places: Biological Implications"
    by Dr. Timothy Mousseau

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rAJnIxQgxU

    • wonderful presentation…and Mousseau took great risk of exposure for himself to enter the fukushima areas he researched and intends to return to prepare follow data…what a difference between the psycopathic murderers running the charade and fine heros like this…

  • We Not They Finally

    The head of the IOC is now criminally complicit. THREE times as much money as was targeted for Fukushima will now go to build an Olympic Stadium that no one (and in 2020???) will be able to use except under penalty of death.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      PM Abe should be using money to clean up this horrific global catastrophe vs money for the Olympics. I just hope this does not deter work and workers from the Fukushima catastrophe. This country has their priorities askew. I'm still shocked by the IOC decision and I wonder what their ties to the nuclear priesthood are or if it's once again money that swayed the IOC. Money which should be used for Fukushima. JMHO

      • Edward Edward

        The corrupt government officials(japan & usa) have no intentions of telling the public the truth, it would hurt the economy. Don't forget it's all about MONEY! Japan and usa are connected at the wallet and will go to great lengths to downplay fukushima like it doesn't affect anything.
        Venting our concerns on these sites does little to change the corruption. Unfortunatley it will take a lot to make the public scared/mad enough to fight government corruption. We have not reached the point where most people are willing to make their voices heard, possibly be injured or even die to change the corruption of the governments and the very rich. This planet is all of ours,we need to fight for it, it's not just for the very rich to rape and exploit. The change WILL happen when average people can no longer live comfortable, safe lives, it has to.

        • or-well

          Edward, I agree, and would add that concerns vented on sites like this are an eye-opener for some folks who may be only beginning to understand nuclear risk.

          Of course, there are many who won't come to a site like this.
          But there are others who are beginning to question.
          There are others who are past questioning and don't need sites like this to become informed.
          Enenews isn't perfect, but it's another set of voices.

          The only expressions of concern some people hear are in cyberspace. They don't hear them from their "meatspace" circle of contacts. Sites like this, apart from aggregating news, tell them they're not alone in their concerns.

          Those average lives may remain comfortable enough for a time, (although many are not), but the understanding that they are NOT safe has to spread.

  • sworldpeas

    disgraceful… proper tanks could have and should have been in place by this time. The negligence and ineptitude of Tepco is beyond words.

  • norbu norbu

    We Not They Finally, Zombie Olympics…..
    N

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I don't think they will have much of a security issue as who in their right mind would even attend the venues in Tokyo. I remember Arnie Gundersen taking samples from various locations in Tokyo and all were highly contaminated. Do they think rad levels will disappear by 2020 heck the corium is still fissioning. Sorry I'm just having trouble wrapping my head around such an awful decision and hope the athletes boycott. Perhaps some of these world class athletes will start a petition but that will never happen.

  • or-well

    IMO, the news here is that the IAEA is sending a team.

    I'm interested to see if they'll push the "international response" angle, also what the foreign members of Tepco's "Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee" will have to say (Dale Klein, Barbara Judge).

    If that angle is pushed, will the Nuclear Regulation Authority be on board? What will the gov't position be?

    Will it be the (public) opening move to relieve Tepco of command?

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Morning or-well, IAEA is sending a team only to discuss the PR strategy, I'm afraid. To make sure nothing gets in the way of their infamous "nuclear renaissance".

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    The IAEA can't consider the situation to be that urgent, or a team would be sent right away.

    Yawn, we're busy with other things …. It can wait.

    " Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it will dispatch a team of nuclear experts to Japan in autumn to investigate the toxic water issue. Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said that the massive buildup of radioactive water at the power plant was a problem that needed to be coped with urgently, said Kyodo. […] "

    • or-well

      HoTaters, I agree.
      I'm indulging in speculation, that I don't think is too "far out".

      I do wonder at the massive media bandwagon lately.

      From, lets say, an IAEA perspective, maybe Tepco is giving "nuke" a black eye and maybe is going to be taken out behind the woodshed.

      Or maybe, "Global Nuke" is fed up, and sees an opportunity in this crisis.

      Or maybe, the "nuclear village" actually is scared of Tepco being in charge of fuel removal…

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Or maybe the "nuclear village" knows its financial health is waning, and wants to find a means to justify glomming onto "deep pockets" of money to finance cleanup, R&D, etc. The deep pockets being those of taxpayers, that is. Their usual M.O.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    So from 18 times higher to now 38 times higher? Guess standing by the newest pool of water would mean a lethal dose in under an hour. Those tanks are going to distract from the task at hand. Any layman with the slightest contractor inclination could have foreseen these basic stupid mistakes. Single wall, bolted not welded, unstable ground etc. What a Chinese fire drill those tepco bunch. How you supposed to work on anything you can't approach. There are still two reactor buildings no one has ever even been in since the accident. Robots died trying remember. Olympics in Tokyo? Really? Ice wall my ass. Another feeble attempt to calm the masses. Impossible task this ice wall I tell you. If Tepco is allowed to attempt any fuel bundle removals on any of those ticking time bombs we will surely be doomed. Back to the drawing board. Get some real nuclear experts in there for a change. Probably too late .. PEACE ALL.

    • or-well

      tm2020, I'm wondering if getting real nuke experts in isn't exactly what's being set up.
      However many vile psychopath Nukists there may be, they must be able to see that many more Tepco screw-ups will hurt nuke expansion, hurt profits, and maybe even kill them.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        At some point even the nukists know there is danger. At some point the "low level radiation" is really no longer "low level" radiation.

    • mairs mairs

      Your diatribe was very satisfying to read. Right on point.

    • We Not They Finally

      tm2020, do remember that 38 times 18 times the original amount some weeks back, was just an extension of the previous extension of "16 times." Ah, but THAT was preceded by "50-fold spike in radiation." O.k., so now it's 50 X 16 X 18 X 38 X the PREVIOUS level of horrendously high radiation.

      Now I THINK that that equals 22 million, eight thousand, five hundred twenty times the original amount, but say, who's counting?

      O.k. First go build "the Olympic size swimming pool." Then throw Craig Reedie in with Shinzo Abe for a synchronized swim. They can be awarded a medal of whatever radioactive isotope of their choice just so long as it is really really HOT. Sure, it may hurt them for a little while, but just think of how many people might be HELPED once people like them are out of the way.

      (Sorry. I'm a REALLY bad mood over all this. I'll calm down in time. Well, maybe…)

  • Abe "when its important you just have to lie"

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Abe….what a guy….so, some people think the Japan govt should "take control" of the disaster…..well let me assure you all that TEPCO has the situation well under control and there is no contamination leaving the site.
    huh?

  • vicky13 vicky13

    Just got this press release from one of the groups I work with,,

    http://www.unitedagainstnucleariran.com/press-releases/uani-calls-bank-japan-freeze-10-billion-portfolio-it-holding-behalf-central-bank-iran

    Asks BOJ to Clarify Full Nature and Extent of Relationship with CBI

    New York, NY – On Monday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to freeze assets it is holding for the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).

    The CBI is blacklisted by the U.S. and EU for its role in financing and supporting Iran's terrorism and nuclear program. UANI understands that the BOJ is holding a portfolio for the CBI of approximately $10 billion.

    UANI and the BOJ have corresponded over the past months regarding the BOJ's CBI portfolio, however the BOJ has not taken substantive action with respect to the assets.

    UANI is therefore publicly calling on the BOJ today to take action, including freezing the CBI accounts it is holding, and preventing any liquidation, withdrawal, change in ownership, or other action that would benefit the CBI or other Iranian financial institutions or entities.

    In a letter to BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace wrote:

    … UANI understands that the BOJ is holding a portfolio for the CBI totaling upwards of approximately $10 billion. UANI has detailed information concerning the CBI portfolio, which reportedly includes non-matured, yen-denominated Japanese Government Bonds valued in the…

  • Lists of 100+ Worst Nuclear Disasters And Radioactivity Release Incidents; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/lists-of-nuclear-disasters-and.html

    Three Mile Island Radiation Release Coverup Exposed – 1 Billion Curies Released; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/three-mile-island-coverups-exposed.html

    Same old story, all around the world…

  • Take a look at these HIGH res pics taken from a helo on mar 20 and mar 24 of 2011..after 2 and half years of lies, lies, lies…
    it was a shock to see them again…blew the place to shreds…
    let's get awake and go after these basT…ds…no more fancy psy terms like psycopaths…that's to good for these people…
    that has a status protected by the medical community which does not consider psycopathy a form of mental illness…
    well i guess when it just kills others….
    http://wyynd.tripod.com/HRfs.html

  • weeman

    I don't believe you, leaked toxic water in the site, you more likely released in desperation.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Cesium spike in Tokyo Bay is “no immediate threat to health” — Fukushima contamination increases up to 1,200% since August — Levels will continue rising for years

    Published: May 15th, 2012 at 12:53 am ET

    http://enenews.com/cesium-spike-in-tokyo-bay-is-no-immediate-threat-to-health-fukushima-contamination-increases-up-to-1200-since-august-levels-to-continue-rising-for-years

  • Jebus Jebus

    Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima

    We’ve documented the spread of radiation from Fukushima to Tokyo for a year and a half. See this, this, this, this, this and this. Unfortunately, as the following recent headlines from Ene News show, things are only getting worse:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/tokyo-almost-as-irradiated-as-fukushima.html

    • ion jean ion jean

      ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢ ☢
      Tokyo just won the Olympic bid!

      People, even athletes, are still stupid about the deadly threat of radiation, including airborne Plutonium!

  • rockyourworld

    worse? fukushima's radiation hit pennsylvania right after the initial event.

  • rockyourworld

    http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/39.htm heres a cam on a beach in japan, everything about it looks odd. yesterday it looked like there was holes in the clouds with some sun shining thru them

  • SusanS

    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢
    ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢

    http://tinyurl.com/FixFuku

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  • UncleCrusty

    Golly. A new leak found just after the Olympics are awarded. What a shocking coincidence – not. It's ok though. I'm sure their will be a ritual apology (number 249) with really deep bowing.

    • UncleCrusty

      WAIT ! I forgot. It's ok after all. They have the magic harbor. You know. The one that keeps radiation contained. Thank goodness.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    I say there's multiple criticalities perhaps 60 km down and the remnants continue fissioning below the reactor buildings…

    …there won't be any Olympics in Tokyo

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      TY, Mack.

      From this article:
      "…The bottom line is that nuclear power has great potential in theory, but not in reality. Japan reminds us that while we generally now view nuclear energy as relatively safe, the occasional outlier kills the industry. The inherent costs of an accident are too high to absorb. Imagine the cost of electricity if Japanese consumers paid the price of Fukushima in their utility bill. Unfortunately, the industry survives because we fail to evaluate properly low-probably high-consequence events. Nuclear power is with us only because we have inherent flaws in our ability to evaluate risk. That inherent imperfection is blinding us to the simple reality that nuclear power is dead; we just don't see it yet."

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Ground Hog Day times 1 trillion, every day is the same until every one wakes up as people see nothing but new land being bought for grave yards or worse! This is very sick people leading every one to no where but down! Time shout, scream, make some noise to every one you know, your kids & their will be dealing with this thing we call FUKUSHIMA melt downs! May GOD be with all, We Shall need His Mercy!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We need independent and reliable sources to monitor activities at this nuclear disaster. Otherwise, we can't believe a single thing. Who would?

    • Journalist Yoichi Shimatsu insists that Japan is hiding underground laboratories, potentially being used to refine weapons grade material. His statement is close to "Japan must come clean with the international community"…so that they can enter the facility and make analysis and recommendations….he says it's so radioactively HOT there that people visiting would be killed if they don't know the truth etc…listened to a radio interview he did with Rense…got the links here…

      • hbjon hbjon

        I don't buy into the secret weapons labs. It makes more sense that the facilities would be used to extract the plutonium from the spent fuel so that it could be stored in a dry cast. This type of thing needs to be done in a very secure and stable environment one would assume.

  • Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), previously served as a Japanese diplomat and international civil servant for the United Nations.

    The IAEA is generally described as having three main missions:

    Peaceful uses: Promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy by its member states,
    Safeguards: Implementing safeguards to verify that nuclear energy is not used for military purposes, and
    Nuclear safety: Promoting high standards for nuclear safety.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Atomic_Energy_Agency

    Food for thought. This is not the International policing unit for wayward NPP operators unless they are making plutonium for bombs.

    Their main job is to promote the nuclear industry and are involved in bringing nuclear power to third world countries. So don't expect too much from the I.A.E.A

  • razzz razzz

    They could have started damming and pumping the underground water at the foot of the mountain first instead of building underground dams in front and below of the leaking nuclear Units first.

  • Sorry Razzz, that option is too costly as extra money is needed for the Olympics. Japan has its priorities. If Tokyo catches fire, a fiddle will be provided.

  • Sickputer

    I seriously doubt the Japanese have a secret bomb producing basement at Daiichi. Too hard to keep that secret.

    If they do have military aspirations then the best site for it would be Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility. They have purportedly spent $20 billion US dollars on the 38 buildings there since 1993. Much better chance of secrecy there.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Rokkasho secret…?

    You know it's there…(perhaps others too?)

    • Japan is going to lie everyday until the building collapses onto the SFP, or until 2020, whichever comes first.
    Google Michael Scott Chicago Olympics suicide.

    They're playing for keeps folks.

    I didn't think they would use the nuclear option but it makes sense…
    Japan: The FEPA Nuclear weapons arsenal as a bulwark against China?

    General Douglas MacArthur wanted to settle with China when he invaded the North of Korea. The idea was to keep them out/in by deploying an impenetrable zone of radioactive fallout from a number of atomic warheads.

    They fired him and decided to let the civilian wing of the military industrial complex (General Eisenhower’s military industrial complex).

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Look at your map; Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran…Syria.
    This is about containment of China (1.6 billion people)
    Libya and the Arab Spring denied China to Libyan oil…30,000 China petro workers had to go home.
    Now, consider the current events in the eastern Mediterranean: how many nations would have naval forces there because of the civil war in Syria?
    United States
    Russia
    China
    Gr. Britian
    Italy
    France
    Greece
    Israel
    Etc…

    US & Allies Them

    United States Syria
    Israel Iran
    Turkey China
    Jordan Hezbollah
    Iraq Russia

    This thing could quickly get out of hand, if you recall the events of 1914 Europe.

    Whatever happens, better to get the Navy in first of all as

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Look at your map; Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran…Syria.
    This is about containment of China (1.6 billion people)
    Libya and the Arab Spring denied China to Libyan oil…30,000 China petro workers had to go home.
    Now, consider the current events in the eastern Mediterranean: how many nations would have naval forces there because of the civil war in Syria?
    United States
    Russia
    China
    Gr. Britian
    Italy
    France
    Greece
    Israel
    Etc…

    US & Allies Them

    United States Syria
    Israel Iran
    Turkey China
    Jordan Hezbollah
    Iraq Russia

    This thing could quickly get out of hand, if you recall the events of 1914 Europe.

    Whatever happens, better to get the Navy in first of all as it’s better to fight your way out of an area, as opposed to having to fight your way in…

    ….These fellows want to bring nuclear weapons from North Korea into Iran, by way of Syria; Russians want to build a naval base, etc.

    There was never a solution for Mideast stability; they’ used quick fixes and half measures since 1947, and now it’s all coming to a head. The balance of power between strategic forces is shifting while alliances and smaller states rise.

    There will be no transport of WMDs from Syria, through Iraq, and into Iran.

    The North Koreans will have to bring their new warheads overland via the Himalayas, and will most likely blow themselves to Hell.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      We can't control our own borders so what makes you think we can control another nation's borders?

      We can't, just like we can't stop events like Nuclear meltdowns from occurring.

      When one loses hope out of some unknown fear that is when all hell usually breaks loose…

      All laws require voluntary compliance by the masses as they are only words…

      • MichaelV MichaelV

        Borders are relics of the past; globalization and all that.

        They exterminate 40+ million over here, bring in 11 million or so from there, and here we are.

        Every Jedi Knight knows that…
        … heck, even my smart phone editor defaulted to the word Knight after Jedi…

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Of course..

          • MichaelV MichaelV

            DNA in cryogenic state, machines making machines, GMOs production of new foodstuffs…

            …. downsize global population to a few million for a brave new whirrled…

            " Drop the bomb…exterminate them all!"
            "The horror"…

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    I’m biased, and I admit it freely.
    24 months in country and along our sector of the DMZ makes you do and say strange things.

    Hey, I finally rented Avatar, and loved it…

    Hoooooaaahhhhh…!

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    I'm a keyboard whiz-bang…I only posted it once, yet there's a duplicate. I didn't do that…the NSA has grown(?)

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, everything must be recorded (duplicate) for some remaining future generations to read. We will probably start out small with less than 500,000 people or so..

    Seeds are stored.. Check! DNA is stored..Check! Underground Bunkers Built..Check! Ammo and Supplies ordered..Check! Invites Sent..Check.. Check.. Check etc..

  • ftlt

    IAEA says, Urgent Problem!!!… What????

    Where have these knobs been…

    They need firing squads for these folks..

  • jec jec

    1.5 millrem or 150 milli Sievers per hour OR 1500 micro Sievers per hour is "thyroid dose"–so just think all of the possible problems with the radiation contamination of the groundwater..the MILLIONS of BQ! I really dont care if gamma or beta radiation..NEITHER should be in the groundwater and exposed/dumped into the ocean. Japan will not cover the damage to our children..no one will.

    And on March 2011, the contamination was known very well..per this old old report from the US Navy:
    http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2012/02/27/u-s-navy-vice-admiral-alan-thompson-reported-1500-microsieverts-per-hour-thyroid-dose-south-of-tokyo-on-march-20-2011/
    Lets see..a few years ago..and still nothing has been done to stop the spread of this poison.