Newly released data shows 4,000% more radioactive material in Fukushima groundwater than Tepco claimed — 39 billion Bq/m³ in sample from shoreline… after going through filtration process — Results not made public until almost a year later (VIDEO)

Published: July 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm ET
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Five months ago Tepco admitted strontium-90 levels in Fukushima Daiichi’s groundwater were much higher than what had been revealed publicly.

Reuters, Feb. 12, 2014: [Tepco] still lacks basic understanding of measuring and handling radiation, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said […] groundwater drawn from a monitoring well [No. 1-2] last July contained a record 5 million becquerels per litre of dangerous radioactive strontium-90 – more than five times the total beta radiation reading of 900,000 becquerels per litre recorded in the well, which is around 25 metres from the ocean. Tepco said there was a calibration mistake with one machine measuring strontium levels of well water at the plant, and it had also found an error with devices that decipher all-beta radiation. […] A Tepco spokesman said the utility will re-check all-beta radiation readings of groundwater in light of the record strontium levels.

After nearly half a year, Tepco has finished re-checking the all-beta radiation readings — and it appears the results are only being published in Japanese — Detailed analysis of Fukushima port, discharge canal, seawall — Corrected Version, RELEASED June 20, 2014 (English translation here):

Note the strontium-90 concentration in the July 5 sample is 74% of the total amount of beta radiation. Based on this ratio (25 : 34), the post-filtration strontium-90 concentration for the July 9 sample would be nearly 30,000,000 Bq/liter.

Watch a report on how Tepco hid the radiation data here

Published: July 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm ET
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154 comments to Newly released data shows 4,000% more radioactive material in Fukushima groundwater than Tepco claimed — 39 billion Bq/m³ in sample from shoreline… after going through filtration process — Results not made public until almost a year later (VIDEO)

  • dunkilo

    whats a few zeros?Give or take.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Um, that's a bit of a discrepancy. Maybe tepco are not the right people for the job?

  • We Not They Finally

    Read it while you can, folks. As soon as this article came up, it was a struggle to even get in.

  • WesternKyMan

    only two types of news come out of Fukushima:

    Bad news and worse news

  • Archie

    "Tepco] still lacks basic understanding of measuring and handling radiation, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said"

    I think they know exactly what they are(n't) doing.

  • bo bo

    Is TEPCO or anybody measuring outside of the breakwater, or any of the nearby beaches btw?

  • razzz razzz

    With all those decay rays and particles flying around, it is easy to miscount 10 hitting at once and count it as a single count instead of 10 separate hits or decays. Have to use smaller portions for testing so the machines can count all the decays and identify all the substance involved. Then start multiplying to makeup for the small samples.

    • We Not They Finally

      Is that something like the banks with "too big to fail"? This is like "too big to count"? So err on the low side? Like ALWAYS?? Not buying it. You probably aren't either.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I'm not sure how anyone could expect any different results.

    Coria are in the ground. It's strontium 90's turn.

    These long lived radionuclides are an immediate threat.

    Tell me again, how many more years till the coria are contained?

    It's not a joke.

    Ask your self, how many of Pandoras Moles, have been released already?

    Is it enough?

    Do we each get one?

  • Gasser Gasser

    Things ain’t lookin’ so good, day, by day, by day~~~;(
    What do you think the’ll BS come up for this to be happening.

    This is a beautiful beach with some bitchen big surfing waves…I lived at Taylor Camp back in the 70’s, glad I got to enjoy the ocean then.

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25969583/giant-corals-rapidly-dissolving-off-kauai

    • dunkilo

      thanks gasser,wonder how other reefs faired?

    • WesternKyMan

      Same here Gasser.. I was stationed in Hawaii from 90-93… good times as a soldier. Wouldn't want to live there full time… too many bugs and bugs don't even bother me.

      For some reason these days, Hawaii doesn't quite seem like the same paradise does it? I wonder why?

      • Gasser Gasser

        @ WKM…Combination of being over population soaked, mindless dangerous Meth druggies, bleeding heart liberals, and DLNR, DOFA's fencing off all recreational use public lands and water ways…once paradisiacal Hawaii is now prisondisiacal, you can live here but you can’t go beyond the highways/or 4WD roads edges, or shore lines, if you do step out of bounds there will be a jack boot gun totting official of sorts to check you're papers and pump tree hugging nanny fear into your over taxed Island existence.

        No biggie though, Fukushima out weights them all in the long run, that’s getting shorter by the everyday increasing Becquerel discharge syndrome.

        Have a lovely Cesium pink sunset day!

      • Yep, it is going downhill.
        Ocean been dying for decades, this radiation won't help.
        Just moved out of there, it must be the worst place to be when the SHTF, even now they just operate under the pretense of law.
        And cost of living around 11,000 a month for a couple living OK but not high off the hog by any means.

        I left.

        PS the flies went away for a full year after Fukushima

  • Sickputer

    Very convenient to make a tremendous error…. Two months before the IOC made their 2020 city selection.

    The nucleoapes will not escape the verdict of history. Their industry legacy will be hated by humans for as long as they exist (and things aren't looking promising for another 10,000 years of civilization).

    • bo bo

      SP – and remember, it took TEPCO 5 months to announce the original, wrong ( and downplayed ) numbers.

      Then ( my pet-crackpot theory ) they time dumping the real numbers on exact day of first game for Japan in FIFA. I bet it was announced there literally as the game started.

  • Sol Man

    There seems to be a discrepancy between what the headline states and what the text of the article is pointing out. Is there?
    Either way, it is a stunning difference between old statements and newer ones, but what about the unraveling of events has not been "stunning" or mind numbing?

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    Melting mermaid's tried and true method for interpreting Nuketard doublespeak. Assume the opposite, multiply by a thousand or a million, depending on your mood, then run like hell. Preferably to the nearest spaceship or owia (off world inhabitable area).

  • dunkilo

    His peace is the only thing that keeps me going.You can have it also,its your choice.I have made mine.Peace is at hand…Time is short.

    • Gasser Gasser

      We are now running on an Atomic Quadrillion Becquerel time factor clock…onceupon an Atomic clock time, time was registered via one Becquerel discharge equals one second , now the discharge rate is in the Quadrillion's per second and speeding up to the point time will become none existent because there will be no one to ask; excuse me Sir what time is it?…and the answer will be;…Son there is no time keeping in Hell!…but, but, wait a minute Sir…?… Son there are no more seconds into minutes left to pause to reconsider putting the boiling water Plutonium Genie back into it's Atomic Uranium orbital cluster fuck, the over populated world has used up all its fucking time…good by, have a good death day Son…but, but, but Sir wait a secon…..sputterrrrrr~~~~~~~

  • Ontological Ontological

    I would agree with this admission of emissions, and it is most likely still a lowball estimate. The sky damage indicating this over the past year is becoming commonplace now. Finding examples popping up worldwide. Some western facing webcams have a weird shimmer effect at sunrise opposite the Sun. This is not new I observed it while in the UCLA Hospital after skull cancer surgery, it was bizarre and happened only one day after a 3 day induced coma like state. it was massively frustrating not being able to photograph it!
    It was an angry orange hue in the west in the AM as the Sun rose, it shimmered and looked like a sunset as the refraction area appeared to "set" as the Sun angle in the East became higher. The reflection from the Pacific created the most impressive hell hue I ever have imagined. Staff commented on it but really did not pay any heed to this unusual event.

    More time will be spent on this phenomenon. Re-refraction (reverse/reflected) light that is then bent against the curve of the atmosphere opposite the Sun would create an Amour hue as the spectrally bent light hits the source (the Sun) purple to purple, annihilating it, allowing red to dominate, making peach out to pink refraction against the back atmospheric curve, reflecting the light back at a focus. Photo examples using a crystal sphere located at file end.

    http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/CesiumSky/library/Cesium%20Sky

    Pass: pinksky

  • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

    This is what you get when you let the criminals run the crime scene.

    The difference in those numbers is massive. It is showing that the concentration of a single deadly nuclide was many times higher than what they reported as the concentration of ALL the beta-emitting nuclides…

    So if Strontium 90 ALONE was that much higher, then what about all the other beta emitters in the sample? Add to that all the gamma emitters…then all the alpha…just in that one sample.

    The cores are being washed out of the buildings and directly into the ocean (not including the masses in the ground).

    Just this one sample, alone, means the difference between life and death for a surfer on the west coast of the U.S.

    The mis-reporting of this sample has, in effect, caused hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. alone do things that they never would have done had they known the truth (like swimming in certain places, drinking certain water, eating certain foods, living in certain areas, etc.).

    Nuclear is hell on earth.

    • We Not They Finally

      Regrettably, of course, the "millions of people in the U.S." never even learned the WRONG scary figures, not to mention the RIGHT super-scary, probably-still-an-underestimate figures.

      Remember the President's five-minute address early on, telling us that all we had to do was "stay fully informed"? I guess you can stay informed if you are actually given information. It's been news blackout ever since.

      So this new news comes into a vacuum and it had seemed too fantastical in the first place.

      However, I DO believe that many people would care if they are just reached. Not so much people tied in with families and jobs and possessions — maybe too much at stake to smash the paradigms just yet. But people who are (for whatever reason) exploring life more alone, it's surprising that they do listen.

      Of course, by the time this changes people's behavior across a wider spectrum, it will be labelled "panic," then new diversions and lies.

      It's daunting to "win" with this. And of course, we're hardly winning, just trying to stay informed enough to inform others and to protect.

      Possibly the shift point will not be the news itself, but if/when real estate values plummet and/or enough havoc has been created in California with the drought (which may be geoengineered in the first place) to create problems with the food supply.

      We'd LIKE the course to be more direct — that real information proceeds to constructive forms of protection. Just unclear…

  • Cisco Cisco

    No surprise, right! We all know/knew where this is/was all going. The playbook is always the same…move along folks, there's nothing here for you to see. Don't worry, we've got it (you) covered. Yeah, exactly.

    I long for the day, when the sh#t hits the fan and it goes viral. Some video… somewhere unbeknown, maybe not yet produced, goes viral compelling the lapdog media to report on the video craze; and then, the real story breaks. I long for the day when some of these shills and their overlords are running for their lives. (probably my delusion :))

    Justice? Nah, they'll just march out the sacrificial lambs to pay for the crimes of their bosses. The playbook is always the same. SSDD

  • mt1000

    good thing the EPA upped the 'safe' levels of radiation again!

    http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/06/raising-the-epa-radiation-limit-will-sav

    (from Kevin Blanch new vid)

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      They didn't it's still up for public discourse until august sometime , I posted it ..we need to let our voices be heard .

    • We Not They Finally

      What they already did some time back was lethal!! They are upping the levels AGAIN??

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        clamshellernh
        July 9, 2014 at 7:47 am · Reply
        I was tooling around the web last night and KB had a video saying that this was passed over the holiday weekend secretly it was not .

        This is still up for discussion although I can see the confusion as that hit peice that was done by reason.com

        So if you want your voice heard on the radiation standards being raised to 350 you have till august 3 to make a comment .

        I urge you all to do so 40 CFR 190 Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations | Radiation Protection | US EPA

        http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/#publicinput

        Here it is folks !

        Report comment

        • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

          Thanks for the link, C. Just commented:
          "I do not support less restrictive standards for the emission of man-made radiation into the environment, and regard any exposure in an uncontrolled environment to be an amoral gamble with the health of the public, perpetrated by the advocates of this deadly, outmoded yet persistant technology."

          • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

            PS GQ alarmed here this morning – set at 35 cpm, about twice usual background average. I wonder if Indian Point had a little event…

            • We Not They Finally

              No radiation is good, but 35 CPM is comparatively not that high at all. 100 CPM or higher for a whole year and cancer risk increases. Maybe at less than 100 CPM, sure, but 350 CPM starts to get lethal.

              I'm just saying get some proportionality and some idea of what's happening on the larger screen, not just in your own back yard. IMHO.

        • We Not They Finally

          This will say that 350 CPM in the air is just FINE? And is that just beta? Also, so many rad stations have been shut down, that who even knows?

          Bad enough that the EPA has been turned into a whore house. Now it's a slaughter house. And with no public info, no debate no anything. Just go out there and get poisoned — the EPA says that is just fine.

        • jec jec

          Too late. Closed comments off on June 4 2014. Just don't you love it..toasted and roasted by EPA. The EPA can not even FIND the toilet..let alone their own hind ends..Backed up by news media talking about Denver EPA using office hallways for toilets. EPA had to bring in HAZMAT..like in the BP Oil Spill Clean Up.

    • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

      WOW! That article it total bullshit!
      They are trying to blame the crappy economy on the EPA having to enforce basic (already lax) guidelines?

      This reminds me a bit of that town where there was a massive explotion on a fracking oil rig. People died in the explotion!

      To make up for it chevron bought everyone in the town a free pizza slice coupon!

      The human race is screwed.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!~~~ OMG! The article is all lies and bullshit too! Grrgrgrggrgrg!

  • Sickputer

    Since you can't prove your cancer, heart attack, birth deformity, or loved ones death on radiation, they have a perfect alibi. They blame YOU for being a fear monger and agitator!

    Keep in mind that payback can take a long time, and these practiced crooks will never acknowledge their nuclear crimes.

    But the tide is turning…not only a dangerous physical tide to non-Japanese coastlines, but alway the tide of public opinion. When it suits Big Brother he will charge us all great taxes to try and clean up the nuclear mess.

    I remind everyone of the words of Benito Juarez who denounced the condescending air of Maximilan of Hapsburg in the 1860s struggle against the French trying to enslave the country of Mexico:

    "It is given to men, sometimes, to attack the rights of others, to seize their goods, to threaten the life of those who defend their nationality, and to make that the highest virtues seem crimes, and to give their own vices the luster of true virtue. But there is a thing that cannot be reached either by falsification nor perfidy, and that is the tremendous verdict of history. She will judge us."

    SP: Nuclear apologists portray dissenters as ignorant little children. Uttering reassuring words that cesium and other radioactive isotopes are just as harmless as bananas.

    The days of controlling public opinion with monopoly of the mass media is over! They will still spew their lies, but millions of people realize we must go nuclear free. Or we all die.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      🙂 Very clear statement!

      "but millions of people realize we must go nuclear free. Or we all die."

    • We Not They Finally

      SP, I'm with you. But since "the monopoly of mass media" is NOT over (not hardly,) how does that message get out? Possibly through immense suffering that people cannot comprehend in any other way?

      Say, how DOES one get around "the monopoly of mass media"? That actually is sorely needed.

      • Sickputer

        WNTC typed these pixels of light: "how DOES one get around "the monopoly of mass media"? "

        SP: One person at a time. In the stores, on the Internet. BB does not have a chip in our head (yet).

        Antiwar advocates broke the Vietnam War in an era before email.

        We have far greater resources. But the personal touch works. Tell one new person a day about the disaster from Fukushima and fracking. Tie them together as a threat and you will win a new believer.

        It's all about numbers and focus. You don't have to advocate boycotting an industry or a food source. Just tell the truth about why you personally won't drink contaminated water or buy certain crops. Plant the seed and it will grow. We still have time to make a difference. Far better than just giving up and letting the bigshots make all the decisions. We can win over our own bigshots if we keep the information flowing.

        Calmly and in a determined manner. These VIPs in the nuclear fields may have a terrible moral compass, but even they don't want mutant descendants. That's where the tide of opinion will turn…when they see the future they are creating. Not all will be convinced…we just need some to fight their own.

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        Facebook, twitter, you tube, In these times, your neighbor, your friends, your co-workers, etc. etc. etc.

  • Some calcs I did, they are conservative, meaning low

    total inventory of radionuclides at Fukushima pre blow up

    Note even just the Cs is 9 E18, thats 9 with 18 zeros after it. A billion is E9, so that is a BILLION BILLION

    Bq
    7.15E+18 Sr 90
    7.15E+18 Y 90
    2.38E+18 Zr 95
    5.34E+18 Nb 95
    1.87E+19 Ru 106
    1.87E+19 Rh106
    9.23E+18 Cs134
    9.60E+18 Cs137
    9.08E+18 Ba 137m
    3.51E+19 Ce144
    3.51E+19 Pr144
    9.93E+18 Pm147
    1.13E+19 Pu241
    1.79E+20 Total of Major Isotopes

  • OK OT but I had to point this out. This is from a real article, not a spoof, of Press secretary Carney and a staged photo session with his family, of all the pictures in the article there are 3 heavily socialist propaganda posters. How freaking weird is that? Like they intentionally want to tie in the happy nuclear family with socialism?

    http://screencast.com/t/hS3dypPb

    Pretty sure it was from the New Yorker

    • tarpus

      …yeah. Blatantly letting us know. Just saying, if the people haven't figured out what's going on by now, they never will. Seems like all the higer-ups are into Saul Alinsky nowadays.

  • AS EPA in process of increases "safe" radiation levels, they can also take your wages without any type of court proceeding or hearing. Hmmmmm, who are these people?

    According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to "garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order."

    The notice went on to say that the EPA had fast-tracked the new rule, enabling it to take effect September 2 unless the agency receives enough adverse public comments by August 1. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a "significant regulatory action."

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/09/epa-claims-it-has-power-to-garnish-wages-without-court-approval/

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    I was tooling around the web last night and KB had a video saying that this was passed over the holiday weekend secretly it was not .

    This is still up for discussion although I can see the confusion as that hit peice that was done by reason.com

    So if you want your voice heard on the radiation standards being raised to 350 you have till august 3 to make a comment .

    I urge you all to do so 40 CFR 190 Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations | Radiation Protection | US EPA

    http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/#publicinput

    Here it is folks !

    • jec jec

      Done, but only comments only allowed for NUCLEAR OPERATION..so not sure if this will do anything. You all can watch for the tracking number. It will be reviewed by EPA.
      Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jy-8d4m-kl59 Your comment will be viewable on Regulations.gov after the agency has reviewed it, which may be an indefinite amount of time. Use your tracking number to find out the status of your comment.
      Your comment:
      Comment: Do not raise the dose or radiation risk rate from 40 CPM. Since areas around nuclear plants are not monitored for the general public on a daily basis, reporting only provided in a limited fashion in reports every two years (if then), its critical to keep any possible exposure to the LOWEST possible dose or radiation level. For nuclear plant workers, public and for emissions into the environment. 350 CPM is too dangerous and too much to have in the atmosphere or be acceptable..dose or risk..either way. Keep 40 CPM as the highest/worse case. And enforce 40 cpm for nuclear plant emissions, including tritium and other radioactive isotopes.

      I tried…

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Is someone google to get in touch with kevin on this ? I'm not doing it

    • Consequently, the Agency is seeking input on the following questions:
      a. Should the Agency express its limit for the purpose of this regulation in terms of radiation risk or radiation dose?
      b. Should the Agency base any risk standard on cancer morbidity or cancer mortality? What would be the advantages or disadvantages of each?
      c. How might implementation of a risk limit be carried out? How might a risk standard affect other federal regulations and guidance?

      6. QUESTIONS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
      With the aforementioned as background, the Agency is seeking input on the following questions:
      a. If a dose standard is desired, how should the Agency take account of updated scientific information and methods related to radiation dose—such as the concept of committed effective dose?
      b. In updating the dose standard, should the methodology in ICRP 60 or ICRP 103 be adopted, or should implementation allow some flexibility? What are the relative advantages or disadvantages of not specifying which ICRP method be used for the dose assessment?

      • 7. QUESTIONS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
        a. Should the Agency retain the concept of radionuclide-specific release limits to prevent the environmental build-up of long-lived radionuclides? What should be the basis of these limits?
        b. Is it justifiable to apply limits on an industry-wide basis and, if so, can this be reasonably implemented? Would facility limits be more practicable?
        c. If release limits are used, are the radionuclides for which limits have been established in the existing standard still appropriate and, if not, which ones should be added or subtracted?

        • 5. QUESTIONS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
          The Agency is seeking input on the following aspects of this issue:
          a. If a ground water protection standard is established in the general environment outside the boundaries of nuclear fuel cycle facilities, what should the basis be and how should it be implemented?
          b. Are additional standards aimed at limiting surface water contamination needed?

          • a. How, if at all, should a revised rule explicitly address on-site storage operations for spent nuclear fuel?
            b. Is it necessary to clarify the applicability of 40 CFR part 190 versus 40 CFR part 191 to storage operations? Should the Agency clarify the scope of 40 CFR part 190 to also cover operations at separate facilities (off-site) dedicated to storage of spent nuclear fuel (i.e., should we clarify the definition of the “nuclear fuel cycle” to include all management of spent nuclear fuel up until the point of transportation to a permanent disposal site)?

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      Yep, just 4 years to build and 4 million years to clean up should a big wave or a war or earthquake or loss of power occur. And it will provide 7%of the country's electricity, but 7% of the babies born around the site will be born without parts or all of their brain, their health is a price the nuketards are willing to pay, though.

  • mt1000

    and on S. France they are just crazy about MOX fuel!
    "By using MOX fuel, EPZ will enjoy the full economic and environmental advantages associated with used fuel recycling."

    http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2014/07/nuclear-power-first-electricity-generated-with-mox-fuel.html

    Dutch-royals-uranium

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Oh please !

    SNL: NRC regulations under industry scrutiny in era of closing nuclear reactors | SNL
    http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-28525510-12849

    Asking for the exemption was an arduous process that delayed the plant's return. "It cost a lot of time and effort to get this change in," FirstEnergy Director of Regulatory Affairs Greg Halnon said in an interview. The company felt that the NRC's initial refusal to declare the plant compliant with regulations was "inappropriate," he said.

    The experience with Perry shows that complying with NRC regulations can cause a lot of unexpected work for nuclear plant operators. Nuclear plants must juggle compliance with a vast number of areas of regulation such as emergency preparedness, cybersecurity and aging components, just to name a few. When the steps that must be taken change, it creates a new set of burdens that can cost time and money.

    The industry has been trying to draw attention to the issue of the "cumulative impact" of regulation, the potentially negative effects from the buildup of rule after rule that might be draining resources from reactor operators.

    • Shaker1

      It's amazing how contradictory one can be regarding their business. Greg might be the first one to rot in hell with a 'survival of the fittest' attitude toward others, yet can't accept that he might not be the 'fittest'?

      And while I can somewhat understand how individual people manage contradictions and separate some activities philosophicly from other activities in their life (the executioner going home to love his wife and children) what bothers me more is the overall public acceptance of such contradiction.

      Greg (I won't even say FirstEnergy because it's abomination that such an entity is entitled to any 'rights' at all as an actor in the public sphere) has no 'right' to these activities that are acted in the general public without that general public's approval. Regulators doing their job represent the public and advocate for them in a responsible way.

      Costs too much? Too much of a burden? Well, adios, my friend.
      What's worse, I guess, is that in the case of nuclear they'll cut every corner and bribe every official to keep these things going, and since FirstEnergy is not really a responsible member of society, despite what the deluded members of the courts might believe, the public will pick up that burden in one way or another for the simple sake of survival.

      Do you have a right to hold a gun to one's head, Greg, and then cry when that right is refused?

    • rogerthat

      …''The industry has been trying to draw attention to the issue of the "cumulative impact" of regulation, the potentially negative effects from the buildup of rule after rule that might be draining resources from reactor operators.''…

      Interesting. It appears that regulations bioaccumlate.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      “It's to the point where utilities aren't able to run their reactors and make a profit from a cost standpoint.”
      –– Keith Jury, vice president for licensing and regulatory affairs at Exelon Corp.

      THAT is the idea! No profit. No NUKES!
      Glad to hear him whining. wine, wine, wine, no cheese.

  • ftlt

    More of the same. Meanwhile, they had a eat local caught fish show on NPR – with all the buzz words > like "sustainability"

    Not only where these idiots promoting fishing until the oceans are empty (even with their Yuppie wording).

    Not one mentioned FUFU. A caller did and they ignored the mention of it with a moment of group silence.

    How could someone have a discussion on Northern Pacific fish without discussing FUFU

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Pour 300 tonnes of cooling water through 3 reactors every day, allowing 100 tonnes to leak into the ground.
    Allow 1,000 tonnes of groundwater per day to flow through 3 underground rogue nuclear reactors and lava tubes.
    Put off building an underground Impermeable Wall Enclosure around Reactors1-4 for 40 months.

    How did those radiation readings get so high, eh, TEPCO? 😉

    Where oh where have those 3 cores gone?
    Where oh where can they be?

    Gone bye, bye every one.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/global-churches-body-calls-on-members-to-work-for-nuclear-free-world-25498
    Global churches body calls on members to work for 'nuclear-free world'
    Citing tensions and disasters in Northeast Asia, the World Council of Churches has called on its churches to deepen ethical and theological debates about civilian and military uses of nuclear energy.
    It main governing body called on the churches to examine "the witness inherent in using nuclear electricity or in accepting protection from nuclear weapons."
    The Central Committee of the WCC issued a statement Tuesday entitled "Towards a Nuclear-free World."
    "Living in proximity to nuclear power plants and in the target zones of opposing nuclear forces, people of conscience and courage in Northeast Asia are raising serious questions about the military and economic path of their societies.
    The statement noted that before and after the WCC's The WCC body recommended ways for churches to work to end nuclear dangers and respond to those affected by continuing nuclear tragedies – from Hiroshima in 1945 to Fukushima in 2011 and beyond….
    … It said churches should "Sustain and deepen ethical and theological discussions about civilian and military uses of nuclear energy."
    They should seek "discernment on what purposes they serve, how much they actually cost, whose interests they serve, what rights they violate"
    Churches should examine the impact on health and the environment of…

  • rogerthat

    … Churches should examine the impact on health and the environment of nuclear energy "whether there is a witness inherent in using nuclear electricity or in accepting protection from nuclear arms."
    Changes in lifestyle and the adoption of cleaner, safer, renewable energy sources are recommended in the statement.
    Divestment is encouraged where businesses and banks are involved in the production of nuclear power plants or nuclear weapons. Churches are urged to listen to, support and advocate with the survivors of nuclear accidents, bombings and tests.
    The document invites the churches to join the WCC in coordinated international advocacy towards a ban on nuclear weapons "in accordance with international humanitarian law and in fulfilment of existing international obligations."
    It stresses collaboration with others who share that goal such as governments, other religions and civil society groups, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
    A special appeal is made to 31 governments in NATO and in Northeast Asia "which call for nuclear disarmament but depend on the nuclear forces of the United States," to join in eliminating nuclear weapons, removing them from their regions and negotiating collective, non-nuclear security agreements instead.

    • rogerthat

      – I think this is a very big deal. Anyone remember this:
      ''We declare … that apartheid (separate development) is a sin, and that the moral and theological justification of it is a travesty of the Gospel, and, in its persistent disobedience to the Word of God, a theological heresy.'' The General Council of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Ottawa, Canada, August 1982.

      The churches – and there are many – wield a very big stick. All belief systems do.

      • rogerthat

        … ''Divestment is encouraged where businesses and banks are involved in the production of nuclear power plants or nuclear weapons.'' …

        This is the World Council of Churches calling for Christians to withdraw their money from, and to cease doing business with ''businesses and banks'' in the nuclear industry. There are a lot of Christians, and the most powerful industry in the world does a lot of business with a very large number of business and banks. Or am I missing something?
        It's calling for a lot of other things, too:
        … ''Churches are urged to listen to, support and advocate with the survivors of nuclear accidents, bombings and tests …''
        ''… The document invites the churches to join the WCC in coordinated international advocacy towards a ban on nuclear weapons 'in accordance with international humanitarian law and in fulfilment of existing international obligations.'
        It stresses collaboration with others who share that goal such as governments, other religions and civil society groups, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)…''

        – the WCC has been ridiculed before, and i am sure it will be again. But they appear to have a backbone of sorts, and a voice. Let's wait and see what happens.

  • weeman

    Why is tepco still in charge, it is not as if this is the first time they have deceived the public, they are not qualified to run a complex job as this, the only reason they are in charge is so they can manipulate the data to prevent panic in the public.
    If only the IOC would step in and demand independent monitoring or are thousands of the best athlics in the world in jeprody, yes they are.

  • lam335 lam335

    "… 39 billion Bq/m³…"

    When they give measurements like this, what is the time frame during which these 39 billion disintergrations are happening? Is it 39 billion disintegrations every second? Or every minute? Or something else?

    I thought a Bq was a disintegration per second. Am I correct to interpret this as saying that 39 billion rad disintegrations are occuring in 1 cubic meter of water every single second?

  • Cisco Cisco

    These naively engineered NPP's were originally designed to operate for 40 years, and then…be decommissioned.

    Many pipes, tubes, valves, and metal components were never designed/engineered to be changeable; because, after 40 years they would suffer metal fatigue/degradation. The NPP's and the associated equipment would, at that point, be too risky to operate and too radioactive for humans to safely manage.

    I was told at a public meeting sometime in '68 when Jersey Central Power & Light was doing their PR tour for the buildo of Oyster Creek NPP, that the OC plant would be "mothballed in '30' years" because its safe operating life would be over. "Over" meaning certain components being unable to access (tubes and pipes buried in the concrete infrastructure), and unable to repair or replace; terminal metal fatigue/degradation of radiated and corroded metal components; and, parts and components too radioactive to be safely handled by humans; therefore, planned to be shutdown and be decommissioned.

    That all changed. The power generating companies now contract armis of nuclear gypsies that work for minutes in these high exposure areas to change out parts and/or components that were never designed to be replaced or repaired.

    continued…

    • Cisco Cisco

      Continued operation of these compromised rattletraps has been a financial bonanza for these companies considering the tax advantages of equipment re-amortization and since the capital costs of nearly all of these plants in the USA have been fully depreciated in 40 years of operation.

    • Cisco Cisco

      Oops…That all changed. The power generating companies now contract armies of nuclear gypsies that work for minutes in these high exposure areas to change out parts and/or components that were never designed to be replaced or repaired.

    • jec jec

      And in the USA, VEPCO (Virginias TEPCO) is trying to get 'their' nuclear plants certified usable for 80!!! EIGHTY years. Guess all that MaryJane is going to their heads…

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Of course they don't tell the local people that this is from the same shoreline where children and families are swimming at the beach and they tell them to just brush the sand off!~~~ I am so SICK of THESE LIARS AND KILLERS!!~~~~~

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Father forgive them, for they know not what they do… 🙁

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    But they do KNOW what they Do!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, I guess they do..especially after all the mutants and cancers showed up after Chernobyl.. 🙁

  • califnative califnative

    "At Fukushima, ice is just another brick in the wall of denial" http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2014/5/27/at-fukushima-iceisjustanotherbrickinthewallofdenial.html

    The plan also comes with concerns: What if freezing causes the ground to sink? What if the ice and the ensuing expansion and contraction interrupts or further damages drainage in the reactor buildings? What if a heat wave or heat from the plant causes parts of the wall to melt? And, what if there is a prolonged loss of power to this cooling system?

    And what happens if (or more like “when”) the water goes around the ice wall (because, as they say, water seeks its own level)?

    The OK on the ice plan comes days after TEPCO, the nominal owners of Fukushima, started dumping water directly into the Pacific that they said had been diverted around the highly radioactive nuclear plant structures. That water is not completely free of radioactive contamination, but TEPCO has assured area fisherman, who had long opposed the dumping, that the amount of radioactivity in this water is low.

    What constitutes “low,” both in terms of the amounts in each ton of water and what will accumulate and bio-concentrate in sea life, is a matter of much debate.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Got the barbecue out, cookin' crow.

    Lets go back a bit, before we were all irriadiated by Fukushima.

    If Fukushima is just one more unfortunate nuclear meltdown, with an unfortunate set of circumstances, all naturally coming together at just the right(?) time, in a perfectly safe fifty year old reactor design, then why did these scientists step forward to tell the truth?

    Fukushima happened. Things are fucked in ways yet to be tallied.

    But, the very first thing that needs to be done is fleet disposal.

    Hundreds of arguements of what, where, how, and when.

    The best argument for why is because they are Mark 1 reactors.

    A little over thirty too many are operating on this planet.

    In light of the truth about Fukushima, All Mark 1 reactors, should be shut down…

    Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor By TOM ZELLER Jr. Published: March 15, 2011

    The warnings were stark and issued repeatedly as far back as 1972: If the cooling systems ever failed at a “Mark 1” nuclear reactor, the primary containment vessel surrounding the reactor would probably burst as the fuel rods inside overheated. Dangerous radiation would spew into the environment.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16contain.html?_r=0

  • Jebus Jebus

    Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor By TOM ZELLER Jr. Published: March 15, 2011

    In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Later that same year, Joseph Hendrie, who would later become chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a successor agency to the atomic commission, said the idea of a ban on such systems was attractive. But the technology had been so widely accepted by the industry and regulatory officials, he said, that “reversal of this hallowed policy, particularly at this time, could well be the end of nuclear power.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16contain.html?_r=0

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

    Hiroshima Univ. Historian: Don’t believe Tepco’s lies — Fukushima meltdowns caused by quake not tsunami — Smoke, radiation spike, loss of coolant, collapsed walls and pipes were all before wave hit (VIDEOS)
    “’I was in a building nearby when the earthquake shook. After the second shockwave hit, I heard a loud explosion that was almost deafening. I looked out the window and I could see white smoke coming from reactor one. I thought to myself, “this is the end.”’” -The Atlantic (Cached Version)”
    http://enenews.com/hiroshima-univ-historian-dont-believe-tepcos-lies-fukushima-meltdowns-caused-quake-tsunami-white-smoke-loss-coolant-radiation-spike-collapsed-walls-all-before-wave-hit-video

    • rogerthat

      They are not only Tepco's lies. The MSM, the alleged scientific community, the regulators, the relevant government officials all parrot these lies every day. Every time they talk about Fukushima, they tell us all the explosions were hydrogen explosions, and that the meltdowns were caused by the tsunami, not the earthquake. This all happened three and a half years ago. I wonder when they are going to investigate. I wonder when they are going to tell us what really happened at reactor 4. I wonder when they are going to ask to see Tepco's video of the destruction of reactor 4. I wonder when they are going to look into the matter of the molten corium flowing out of the side of reactor 4, and explain where that came from. What a joke these people are.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 01:27 AM PDT
    In 1976 3 GE Scientists quit in protest over flaws in Mark 1 Reactor design

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/16/956868/-In-1976-3-GE-Scientists-quit-in-protest-over-flaws-in-Mark-1-Reactor-design

    There is over thirty of these designs, operating right now on this planet.

    Some uprated with MOX fuel.

    What could possibly go wrong…

  • just breathe just breathe

    An EMP srike solar or nefarious!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We are do for a Carrington Event soon and it's only a matter of time..shut them all down.

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  • monster

    Haven't read anything about those pesky storage tanks in a while. What happened did the bottom fall out of all them? The amount of earthquakes they've had is bound to be shaking them up.

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