NHK: Contaminated water problem “getting more serious” at Fukushima — Gov’t task force on nuclear waste flowing into Pacific Ocean

Published: September 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm ET


RTT, Sept. 10, 2013: Japanese government has assured the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it would take the initiative in dealing with the massive buildup of radioactive water […] Ambassador Toshiro Ozawa outlined the government’s plan to solve the problem at a regular board meeting of the IAEA in Vienna on Monday, Japanese media reported. Ozawa told the meeting that the buildup of radioactive water was the most urgent problem caused by the 2011 nuclear accident […] Government and Tepco officials have agreed to boost measures to stop the toxic water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean […] on Monday. The government-led task force was constituted on September 3 in the context of the leak getting more serious. […]

NHK WORLD, Sept. 9, 2013: Officials from the government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have met for the first time as part of a task force to discuss radioactive waste water leaks at the plant. They agreed to boost measures to stop the waste water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean. About 20 officials, including senior vice industry minister Kazuyoshi Akaba, attended the task force meeting in Naraha town near the plant on Monday. The government-led task force was established on September 3rd as the problem of contaminated water at the plant was getting more serious. […]

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Published: September 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm ET


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11 comments to NHK: Contaminated water problem “getting more serious” at Fukushima — Gov’t task force on nuclear waste flowing into Pacific Ocean

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Did these government officials & task force, just imply that good ol' Abe was lying through his teeth, when he said that the contaminated water was confined to the harbour.

    I suspect that either there are parts of the Japanese government that are rebelling against the party-line, or they really need to improve their communication skills.

  • Nigwil

    'Ozawa told the meeting that the buildup of radioactive water was the most urgent problem caused by the 2011 nuclear accident…'

    Er no. A constant trickle of irradiated water into the Pacific is nothing compared with the cascading disaster that will follow the collapse and fire of a spent fuel pool.

    If Sent Fuel Pool 4 lights up, then the entire site becomes inaccessible by humans, which will mean they loose control of all the SPF on the site as well as the cores on reactors 5 & 6 which are in cold shut down provided someone keeps twiddling the knobs, and any semblance of control of or access too the lost cores of 1,2 and 3.

    Once Fukushima becomes totally lost the radiation plume in the air will swing all over Japan, resulting in abandonment of key electricity infrastructure systems and loss of control of the national power grid and hence loss of external power to other reactors nearby. Thence ditto Fukushima at each of these plants too. And the pox will continue to spread first through Japan then to other nearby nations – which have nuclear power plants too.

    So a bit of 'hot water' is nothing compared with what could ensue if they don't get the SFPs empty and secure.

    And I would suggest that the minor issue of three missing coriums is perhaps a 'big' problem that has arisen from the 2011 accident too..

    But at least Ozawa is saying that Something is serious, at last!

  • weeman

    Contaminated water is only one off many obstacles to be overcome, no the priority right now is dealing with SFP if you can and store contaminated water until such time you can deal with it in a responsible manner. Ha.

    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      Maybe it's just me, but, putting the words "TEPCO" or "Japanese Government" and the phrase "deal with it in a responsible manner" in the same sentence seems somewhat ludicrous, as from the complete shambles of a response, and the PR, both seem to have been learnt from watching old 'keystone cops' films.

  • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

    I love the phrase "getting more serious."

    It's been serious the whole damn time.

    Despite Abe's reassurances, this situation is nowhere near under control, and I doubt the Olympics will actually be held in Tokyo.

    I hope we realize that Fukushima is where the world's resources need to be directed before it's to late.

  • UN Human Rights Council Fukushima Report Extremely Critical Of TEPCO And Government; via @AGreenRoad

    Art And Science Of Deception; Global Corporations And The 1%

  • The same pattern repeating itself…

    Hide 99%, reveal only 1%.

    When will 100% of the truth come out?

    Or is it that important to maintain appearances; that means slaughtering future generations by the millions, possibly billions on a global basis…

    This is how Hitler started; first promises of jobs, being the best, and then worshipping the God of domination.

    The nuclear industry;

    Promises of jobs, safety, free energy and prosperity, security.

    What did we get?

    Too big to let fail, too powerful to jail, global radioactive disasters, lack of security; nuclear threats all over, Terrorist targets spread around the world, potential ELE events justing waiting for trigger, expensive power, failure prone 'safety' systems, defective reactors, toxic cleanup jobs, no answer for nuclear waste, increasing dangers at all plants where waste is crammed in, plutonium pollution globally, bucky balls globally, hot particles globally, pandemic of cancer rate 1-2 or 3, rising to 1 in 1 potentially very soon, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Wow! 🙂 Thems there shore some type of inteelliiggeeent species that's for sure!

    We must all be insane! Bat-shit crazy!

    But can we still go shopping is the real question?

    Bobby would not like it if he lost shopping.

    Could Bobby still shop inside the hospital?

    Bobby wants more of everything!

  • SusanS

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  • jbvtme

    the sooner fukushima wipes out mankind the sooner this planet can be repopulated…