NHK, Jan. 4, 2014: [Underground] tunnels are believed to be one of the sources of radioactive materials that are polluting the groundwater at the facility on a large scale. [...] A large amount of highly radioactive water has accumulated beneath the plant. [...] TEPCO will set up radiation monitoring equipment at various hot spots on the floors of reactor buildings this month. The readings will be used to support the decontamination work by robots that will follow. TEPCO officials say they will also study how to remotely locate and repair holes in the reactor containment vessels. The vessels were broken in the nuclear accident.
The Big Picture, RT, Jan. 3, 2014 (at 5:00 in) — Kevin Kamps, Radioactive waste watchdog at Beyond Nuclear: It’s the weather conditions that make the steam visible, but what people need to realize is that we’re almost three years into this thing — those releases are happening every day. Those releases atmospherically [and] into the ocean are happening every day, they have been for three years, so that is the massive radioactivity release that’s going on. Once in a while it becomes more visible because of atmospheric conditions […] we’re seeing this heated water coming out of Unit 3 – it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Published: January 5th, 2014 at 7:23 pm ET
- Nuclear Expert: Fukushima is a pretty close approximation of ‘The China Syndrome’; Melted fuel cores burned through containment vessels and material is below reactor structures mixing with groundwater — Essentially it’s a machine that’s washing radioactivity into the sea (AUDIO) November 4, 2014
- NHK: Officials admit it may be impossible to stop leaking at Fukushima reactors — Will be investigating ‘bottom of containment vessels’ for holes — Gov’t asking engineers from outside Japan for help with melted fuel (VIDEOS) April 30, 2014
- Japanese TV: Fukushima fuel cores have ‘molten-through’ containment vessels — Location of molten fuels is unknown — “Risk of re-criticallity” from filling vessels with water March 20, 2014
- Gundersen: Very visible steam at Fukushima Unit 3 is from constant radioactive releases — Coming from hot rubble, not related to new explosion January 1, 2014
- Nuclear Engineer: Footage shows me “it’s broken… there’s really no containment” at Fukushima Reactor 3 — I expect many different kinds of leaks will be found — Radioactive contaminants “basically floating freely” (AUDIO) January 24, 2014